modification mondayToday will be the start of a mini series of mods for Star Trek: Attack Wing. It wasn’t too long ago I posted our attack wing storage solution, but sadly that is quickly running out of space and we needed to come up with a new plan. We’ve spent about a month coming up with this new plan, and Ryan’s super excited about it, so I hope this one sticks. If not, maybe it will at least spark or inspire someone else to come up with something even better. If you do, please share.

20141020_203001This all came about because I’m a bit of an organization junkie. I love containers. For some reason they make me happy. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not good at organization, just the idea of it.) A few months ago I was at JoAnns with a friend who wanted to pick up some storage containers while they were 50% off. Without having any idea what I was going to do with it, I bought this storage container. It’s a big container that holds 16 small containers. It’s actually for holding photographs.

20141020_203032With the help of my wonderful foam core, I cut two strips long enough that they fit snugly inside, and cross in the middle. This will generally allow for 4 ships inside each small container.

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So far all I’ve got done is the Federation ships. They took up 16 slots and all fit in just fine. A couple of them may need to t a little higher than the middle, but there are plenty of smaller ships to put on the other side to make it work.

20141020_203012It’s a work in progress, and I plan to show you each update as it comes. After we get everything put away, and to help find things easier, we’ll also be labeling.

Plus, not everything will fit in these small cases. And by not everything, I mean the Borg. Just this morning, Joann’s was having 50% off storage again this week, I bought a different storage container for the Borg. I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to experiment with it yet. All in good time though, all in good time.

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flashback fridaypic1809823_tI never officially reviewed this game, just talked about it coming out. So today I’m going to do a little mini review.

 

 

Mfg. age: 8+

Our age rec: 8+

Players: 3-10

Length: 10 min

One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a great addition to the Werewolf family of games. In the traditional game you randomly assign roles, Werewolf, Villager, Witch, Little Girl, and much more. Night after night the people go to sleep and the werewolves eat someone during the night. When everyone wakes up, you talk and discuss amongst yourselves who the werewolves are and condemn someone to die, assuming they’re a werewolf. The werewolves get to participate and try to throw you off their scent. This is a party game that can handle a lot of people.

In One Night, there’s just that, one night. Again, everyone is assigned a random role and there’s just one night where everyone goes to sleep. During the night different characters get to do different things, like look at someone’s card besides your own, or switch two cards without looking at them. The crazy thing about this game is that when you wake up in the morning, your role may have switched. You may have been a werewolf and someone switched you to a villager, or a villager and someone switched you to a werewolf. You could potentially think you’re going to lose, and then suddenly win. It’s just crazy fun to see how it all plays out.

A couple of things I like better in this version of the game is, first length. It’s only 10 minutes. When you play the traditional game, especially if you have over 15 or 20 people, it can take a long time to finish the game. And even worse than that, if you’re the first person eaten by the werewolves, all you do is sit and watch until the game is over. No fun there. One Night is short, and no one gets eliminated. Two bonuses in my mind.

The downside is that the most you can play with is 10, so if you do have an extra big group, this won’t work. I think it’s nice to have both and mix it up a little, especially if people are already familiar with regular Werewolf.

And that’s One Night Ultimate Werewolf!

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thoughtful thursday20141015_195642I absolutely love love love rice krispie treats. It’s seriously bad how much I can eat all by myself. Last night, I was craving a sweet treat, but I didn’t have enough supplies to make treats for everyone. So I just made me my own personal treat in a cup. It’s sort of like the brownie in a cup, or the cookie in a cup. Well, this is rice krispie treats in a cup, and it’s just for you.

Rice krispie treats are so ridiculously easy that I don’t even measure anything. I put a little butter in the bottom of the mug and microwave till it’s melted. Toss in a few marshmellows, mine was about 3 handfuls, and microwave for about 30 seconds. I did a minute last night and that was too long, but microwave times may vary. Once your marshmellows are melted, add some rice krispies and stir. I like mine gooey so I just add a few. Then I eat it right out of the mug with a spoon. Mmmmmmmm!

Happy personal treat day! I know I’m having just one more mugful after lunch today, and then I promise, I’m all done for a while. :)

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Mfg. age: 13+

Our age rec: 10+

Players: 2-7

Length: 60 min

 

 

20141013_193421Space Movers is on Kickstarter right now and you can find it here. It’s the best Kickstarter game I’ve been asked to review, which is really exciting to me. This is a great family co-op game. We love co-op games and we love space games, so all that’s left is do we like how it plays.

The whole thing starts with a comic book. The game starts at the end of the book, and you finish it by playing the game, fun idea.

 

 

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flashback fridaypic1701673_mdThis is a fun little game to keep around and play occasionally. My younger kids especially like it, Seal who is 4 years old. There’s just something fun for them about blowing someone’s house down. He doesn’t care much about building his own houses, he just wants to blow down all the houses that aren’t his.

The older kids will play it too if someone gets it out, but I don’t think they’re quite as anxious to play it. I think they just have other games they like better, or this one just gets forgotten. I think 5-8 is a good age range for this game. I think the kids, at least my kids, start feeling like they’re a little too old for the story of The Three Little Pigs.

Christmas is coming up and if you’re looking for a family game, especially one that comes with a story, for kids around 5-8, this could be a good fit. Although keep in mind that although the kids love to blow your house down, they don’t always like it when you blow their house down. It’s a lesson that needs to be learned, but you have to pick your battles about when the right time to teach it is. Good luck and have a wonderful Friday.

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thoughtful thursdayIf you hadn’t already noticed, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon. I want to do my part to get the word out about the film opening this weekend in theaters called Meet the Mormons. The church produced this film and because of the feedback they got from it decided to open it up to normal theaters to raise awareness about what it means to be a Mormon. We rarely go to the movies, but we’re for sure taking the kids to see this weekend, and I think you should too.

Another thing to note, and I think this is really cool, is that all proceeds will go the American Red Cross. The church isn’t doing this to make money, just get the word out about who we are.

I’m not all that great with words, so if you want to know more about why this is heading into theaters Elder Holland can tell you.

I love Elder Holland! In case you’re still unsure about the film and what it’s about, check out the trailer.

I love the movies, I love my church, and I’m super excited to see this movie. If you want to know more about the Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I encourage you to go see this movie. It probably won’t be in theaters long, so don’t miss out.

To find out if the film is being shown in your area go here.

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Mfg. age: 13+

Our age rec: 10+

Players: 3-5

Length: 60 min

 

Whether your a fan of the original game of Risk or not, this is a great family game. I am not a big war/area control game the original game of Risk included, (unless it’s SmallWorld),  but this is a lot of fun to play as a family. (And when I say family, for us that means mom, dad, and our two oldest children. We’ve also had a cousin and a friend play as well, but they’re not part of the main campaign, because they’re not always here.

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modification monday20141006_205538We just got Enigma last week, and I am loving it. So of course one of the first things I did was make my own insert, hate the baggies.

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t even think to check if there was some already out there, and this is what I came up with. Here’s the box with everything in it, except the rules and the scoring tile.

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flashback friday0005145_440-haba-monza-race-car-racing-childrens-board-gameThis isn’t played as much as it used to be, but that’s to be expected. Our collection of games for the youngins has grown some and this is still in it. We have a shelf of games for GPS, and Seal, where they still need to be careful with the games, but they are able to play them games without help. This is on that shelf. It’s a simple racing game that even Seal can play without help. In fact, he gets a little upset when you do try and help.

This is a kids game. I would never choose this as a game to play when I’m playing a game, but I also enjoy playing it with Seal. He needs a little extra love and attention during the day since it’s just him and Princess at home all day. Plus, it’s good practice with his colors and matching them to win the race.

Happy racing!

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Mfg. age: 8+

Our age rec: 8+

Players: 1-6

Length: 30 min

 

 

An exciting and fast paced architecture game of crazy wild fun.

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