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More Fun Than You Can Possibly Imagine

Playing board/card/any tabletop game with the girls is fun, but now that they’re getting older they’re beginning to move up on the complexity.

Enter Fantasy Flight’s Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game – I went a round with each of them, and we had a blast.

Having the ships, cards, dice, dials, firing sticks and everything else out in front of them was a lot to take in but I tried to keep it light and they really seemed to enjoy it.

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The might of the Empire

This past year has been a big year for Star Wars in our family, and I was glad to add something else to our list that lets them explore that galaxy far, far away.

We played X-Wing Miniatures Game for the first time together on March 21, 2015

Aboard the Experto Crede: Freedom Cry

Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag: Freedom Cry was great because it was more AC4.

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More sailing, more shanties and more story – that’s DLC I can get behind.

Sailing with Adéwalé and crew was a worthwhile adventure; finding the Jackdaw and the intensity of freeing your brothers on the slaving ships were two moments that still stay with me.

I finished Freedom Cry on March 20, 2015

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Sailing the Experto Crede

 

First Steps into Narnia

One of things I enjoy most about being a father is sharing the stories that mean so much to me with my children because they come to mean even more when I’m able to pass them on.

We took our first steps as a family into the world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis’s The Magician’s Nephew and are currently about a third of the way through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian in between of course).

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“In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street … “

It’s a dream fulfilled to enjoy these stories with them and hear them ask for one more page before bed.

Narnia and the North!

We began The Magician’s Nephew on March 9, 2015

 

Cardboard LAN

LANs are great, be they video or board game.

The former is what took place on February 20-21 of last year (2015) and we had a fantastic time – games played:

  • Pandemic
  • On the Brink (Pandemic Expansion)
  • In the Lab (Pandemic Expansion) – first time played with either of these expansions, but I was glad I had someone else looking at the rule book. There was a lot more to keep track of
  • King of Tokyo
  • Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation – this game is always so good. Even when you lose, it’s always so close and goes back and forth so many times. Having said that I still wish I would have won!
  • Coup – we played eight games of this and I did really well, mostly because unlike The Resistance you can use the truth more to your advantage I think
  • Hanabi – first time playing this and really enjoyed it; the goal for us was to try to be perfect rather than just win
  • Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game
  • Avalon

First Step into a Larger World

Star Wars

A little over a year ago I was able to do something that I’d been looking forward to for a long time – share Star Wars with my children.

If you’re a parent you know you only have a few precious years to teach your kids that what you think is cool is cool, so you’ve got to get on it. If you’re not a parent, consider this a head’s up!

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Pushing Buttons: Jack Taylor, Series 1

How come, no matter how long since you’ve seen the family, nor how much distance you’ve put between you, they can always push your buttons? Answer: because they installed them

I enjoy Jack Taylor (Series 1) for lines like the one above – introspective PI’s go a long way with me.

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This is the Podcast You’re Looking For

Star Wars is a big place, and with the upcoming The Force Awakens it’s getting even bigger.

The amount of media out there that covers all the happenings from “Star” to “Wars” can be overwhelming, even intimidating if (like me) you don’t have the kind of time needed to read/listen/watch everything that’s happening in a galaxy far, far away.

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Pay no attention to what’s behind the Curtain

Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case closes out the twenty-four year (1989-2013) history of the television drama Agatha Christie’s Poirot, and I felt that things weren’t quite right.

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“Dear Ms. Christi, I feel my final treatment has been rather severe…”

Without going into the plot I will say that I’ve heard Ms. Christie grew tired of the Belgian detective as time went on, and if so than this last case shows it.

I don’t feel the character was done justice, but perhaps I just don’t know him well enough.

Whatever my feelings on the last chapter in the famous sleuth’s career, it’s been nothing less than an incredibly impressive run for the show and I will miss looking forward to new cases.

Adieu mon ami.