Wow! The last couple days have been a whirlwind. But I’m going to start at the beginning. Ryan is a huge Garth Brooks fan and has been for a long time. He grew up in a family that didn’t go to concerts and things like that so when Garth went to Salt Lake, some years ago (I’m guessing ’98 give or take a year), he was lucky enough to win tickets. Not only did he win tickets but they were 7th row tickets. Awesome!!

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I had a great game day with the girls again today. We only played one game today because the kids got out of school early and we had to cut it short. However, Galaxy Trucker took us quite a while.

It always takes a while to explain the game. I don’t know if that’s because I’m not very good at explaining it, or because of who’s here playing, or because we have kids around “helping”. Either way, the explaining this morning took far too long.

Once we got past the explaining, and played through the first round, things went pretty well. I think we need to play it with them again though. Now that they have a better idea what they’re trying to do when they build their ship, it should go a lot more smoothly. I think overall it was a success.

If you’re new to gaming I wouldn’t recommend starting with this game, but once you’ve played a few and have the feel for games, this is a fun game to play.

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thoughtful thursdayI’m really excited about the video The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints put out about the Savior this year. It’s simple, but powerful and is a great reminder of what Easter is really all about. The Savior!

I am grateful for the Savior in my life. I know He is there for me. He guides me, helps me, and strengthens me in all my trials and through all my weaknesses. I know when I turn to Him for help, He is always there for me. I feel it in my heart. I hope you can feel that too as you watch this video.

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Mfg. age: 7+

Our age rec: 8+

Players: 2-4

Length: 30 min

In this game, each player is a new mayor of a new city. As the new mayor you decide how to expand it, and what to add to it to make it better. The most important thing, and the way you win the game, is to build 4 landmarks. But before you can build the landmarks, you need a way to make enough profit to build them. Decide what businesses and factories and such will bring in the most money the quickest, and you just might win the game.

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I have to start off with an apology to Game Crafter. They sent us this game months ago, and I’m finally getting a review done. I’ve been struggling to get reviews and posts up so far this year, but that’s going to change. I love playing games and we play a lot of them. I just have to re-commit myself to taking pictures and telling everyone about them. So here I am, with a review of The Captain is Dead.

20150327_080953The Captain is Dead is a cooperative game where you’re trying to stay alive before the aliens take over and kill you.

 

 

 

 

 

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Quilting is one of my absolute favorite hobbies but it’s also something I don’t do a lot of. Fabric is not cheap, I want everything quilted and I don’t have the best equipment for that so it’s expensive, and really, how many blankets do you really need.

It’s been quite a few years since I made anything. But the wait is over. Seal and Princess love Mickey and Minnie so this year I decided to make Mickey and Minnie quilts for them. And to help me get them done, I decided I would do them for their birthdays. Seal’s is coming up next month, and Princess isn’t till October so I figured I’d have plenty of time to get them done.

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Another amazing game day with the girls. We had to cut things a little short because of the half day at school, but since we can’t play at all next week because of spring break, we had to play today.

pic1152359_mdWe started off with a little Kingdom Builder. This game isn’t for everyone. In fact, it isn’t one of Ryan’s favorite games. He keeps asking if we should get rid of it, but I really like it so I won’t let him. It’s a matter of preference. I’ve played it with the girls the last two weeks and I still love it. It’s a lighter game with some luck as to what card you draw and where you have to place your pieces on the board. I love that the victory point conditions change every game and so do the special abilities so it’s different every time you play it. It’s perfect for game day with the girls.

pic1918028_mdCamel Up – We rarely play games I didn’t already have out and ready to go, but today was an exception. This game came up and one of the girls wasn’t here when we played it the first time, so we played it again. It was still a big hit. You just never know who’s gonna win the game and just like real races, you make bets and take your chances. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Plus, the way you roll the dice out of the pyramid is just cool. Most of the games we play, the girls are content to just play them whenever we play them, but I think one of the girls, and maybe two are hoping to buy to play with their families. Another great thing about this game is that it plays up to 8.

Another great day of playing games with the girls. Sometimes I wonder what I ever did without it. Fridays have become one of my favorite days of the week.

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Every Friday when the kids are in school I invite the girls over to play games. I have to say it’s been a huge blessing in my life. First of all, I clean my house every Friday knowing that they’ll be here. Second, and most importantly, it’s just a lot of fun. I get to share the games we’ve got and spend some time with friends.

I thought it would be fun to start sharing some of the games we play and the feedback I get from the girls.

Today was a bit of a crazy day. I had a doctor’s appointment this morning and had to push back the start them. So we played a couple of light games. We started out by playing…

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Sadly, this game is out of print. The girls were sad to hear that because we had a great time playing it together. We were lucky to trade for it on boardgamegeek.com.

I don’t want to spend a lot of time raving about the game since it’s really hard to get a hold of but it’s a press your luck game where everyone rides in a hot air balloon. The trick is to jump out at the right time.

 

The second game we played is…

pic2286092_mdCash ‘n Guns

Not a game I would generally pick for a girls day, but we had more people here today so I needed a game that could support 6 people and this was right where I could reach it. I wasn’t really sure how they’d feel about the gun pointing either, but I don’t think it bothered anyone.

I think one of the gals felt a little picked on, so I’m not sure if she had a good time or not. In a game like this if you get a lot of points early in the game, you put a target on your back. I think it’s best to lay low and hope nobody notices you getting points.

I may have fumbled through some of the rules a little too and not explained them super well, and that can be frustrating for players. All in all, I think some of the girls loved it, and some tolerated it. For me, this is one of my favorite party games, because it plays a lot of people and nobody has to make a fool of themselves. I’m not a big fan of games that cause you to sing and dance in front of everyone. That’s just me though.

Another great day of playing games with the girls.

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Wow! I’ve been gone a long time. For some reason I can’t seem to get back on track and every week I tell myself I’m going to get back to it, and I just keep falling short. So, I may need to bag my weekly schedule for a while and just post what I feel like for a while.

20150227_152746Yesterday I planned to post pictures of the Mice and Mystics miniatures we painted. We’ve been focusing on painting recently. I feel I need to start out by saying; we are not professional in any way shape or form.

Basically what’s happened is we’ve taken something Ryan loves, board games. (I love board games too, but it all started with him and he’s still the one that chooses what new games we’re getting.) And something I love; all things art, crafts, any kind of creating and rolled it all together. Now we can do things together that helps us both feel a little more fulfilled.

We’re so new to this that we actually chose to start with Mice and Mystics because it isn’t one of our favorites. We originally got it to play all together as a family. Only problem is, it only plays 4 people. So our 4 oldest children have taken the game over and they play it together. So it’s for sure a game that gets played and is loved at our house, it just isn’t loved by the parents.

So without further delay, here’s our Mice and Mystics painting.

Rats

Cockroaches

Centipede

 

Spider

Collin

Filch

Lily

Maginos

Nez

Tilda

I think they turned out pretty good for our first attempt at painting. We had a great time doing it, for the most part. We learned that if we over do it, it’s not fun anymore. For us it’s best to do just a few a night and walk away. Otherwise we never want to get it out. If anyone has ideas to help us improve we’re all ears.

 

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modification monday20150202_194705We love our Star Trek in this house. Inside the main box we have the base game along with the Romulan Empire and Dominion expansions. It was a very tight squeeze but we got it all in.

 

 

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