|Family Game Night -
Cooperative Board Games
I love that my kids are hooked on board games. On rainy days, you can often hear “Who’ll give me sheep for wood!” echoing from our dining room. Nothing like a competition to get everyone’s feather’s ruffled.We have recently tried a few cooperative games and it is a nice change (and none of the 7 year-olds have to get mad because your road is 2 segments longer than theirs! Our new favorite is Gamewright’s Forbidden Islandtm. This is a visually stunning game in which the board is randomly created each time with a set of beautifully rendered cards. There is still a lot of table talk, but none of the trash talk. The premise is relatively simple: collect the four relics and get off the island before it sinks! Each player draws a card that provides their identity and a special ability. Our first attempt at the game resulted in a watery failure because we really didn’t appreciate that every move really has to be an effort to share assets and move everyone towards success. The game provides several options for increasing the level of difficulty and we have mastered the art of working together to have everyone work their special abilities to get the four prizes and back to the helicopter airlift before the water rises! We just purchased Forbidden Deserttm and can’t wait to tackle the new adventure.
What I'm reading
DC Comics has had all the buzz about villains this month with the release of Forever Evil, their limited run series highlighting the return of The Crime Syndicate. I have been enjoying the villain one shots but sometimes want a bit more of the character background and how it ties to The New 52. But my new favorite book has got to be Quantum and Woody from Valiant Entertainment. The first issue had me interested and now by #3, I am hooked. It's nice to have “heroes” (if you can call Woody that) that are fresh and still discovering their new powers and how it fits into their lives. The art has been spot on. One area that I think Valiant really shines is how they incorporate humor and action so flawlessly into their writing. If you have been reading Archer & Armstrong, you will definitely know what I am talking about. This also is so very true for Quantum and Woody, the action and character development is fantastic but I honestly laugh out loud at times. Truly an entertaining read that will keep you yearning for the next issue. Check it out!
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