board game talk tuesday20150722_104602Mfg. age: 13+

Players: 2-4

Length: 90 min

It’s really board game talk Wednesday this week but I didn’t want to fix the title so I’m going with it.

I’m really excited to share this game with everyone. In the event that I start babbling on about the game too soon, let me tell you a little about it first.

20150722_110422Mad King Ludwig is a seriously disturbed individual who builds the most amazingly crazy castles. Do you think you could do better? Now yours chance to try. The castle I built to the left isn’t one I built during any sort of game play. I just threw a bunch of pieces together to show the castle can get a little crazy. Really though, this is probably the least crazy castle I’ve built and I’m sure that has everything to do with the fact that I built with no extra rules.

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modification monday20150720_101137Stone age is a game we’ve had for a long time. It’s one of those games we keep on the shelf and, like a good movie, we get it out occasionally. Since it’s stood the test of time thus far we thought it would be fun to make another upgrade. My first upgrade was a foam core insert. If you haven’t seen that yet, you can find it here.

Today I’m going to show you the food upgrade we did.

 

 

 

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20150708_125058Stockpile

Mfg. age: 13+

My age rec: 8+

Players: 2-5

Length: 45 min

This game is all about playing the stock market. You have 4-6 rounds (depending on the amount of players) to become the most wealthy, and win the game.

Game play is pretty simple. Like I said there’s multiple rounds, and each round is played the same. So lets get started.

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modification monday20150629_204832I am absolutely loving this game. It wasn’t a huge necessity for this game to have an insert but I had these grand ideas of how I wanted it to look, thinking it was going to be super easy cause I was going to use a lot of the insert it came with.

So I started cutting it apart. I ran into a snag and had to rethink some things, did some more cutting, and well you can guess the outcome, I totally messed it up. So, low and behold, it became a little more work than I anticipated and this is the final outcome.

 

20150629_204941There’s two layers. The bottom is empty and is for the boards.

 

 

 

 

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20150624_203028Tinker Dice

We love our games and that includes anything we can do to make them look good while we play them. Recently we were sent a couple of these cool dice to share with all of you. They’d make a great addition to lots of games.

 

20150624_203103There’s seven different colors to choose from. Tenzi comes to my mind right off, but these could replace any game that uses dice.

If I’m correct, they originally came out with metal dice and although we don’t have any of those they look pretty awesome. I think they look cooler than these do, but I read they’re heavy and could scratch your table so this is the next best thing.

The kickstarter has ended but don’t fret, you can still pre-order them here.

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Mfg. age: 7+

My age rec: 6+

Players: 2-5

Length: 30 min

I always feel like this paragraph should be something awesome and funny. However, nothing is coming to me for now so instead how about I just tell you why we got this game. I like Clue, but Ryan hate’s the roll and move aspect of it, so he’s always looking for a good deduction game. Well, this is a deduction game, but you’ll have to wait till the end to find out if I like it or not.

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20150615_130717We don’t get this game out a lot, but it’s a favorite of mine. It’s one of those games nobody really likes playing with me. In reality, I’ve had a couple of good, okay really good, games and that apparently means I’m unbeatable. I’ve also lost plenty but nobody can remember those times. lol!

I got this game out a few times to play with friends and decided it really needed an insert. It had a plano box before now, and it worked okay, but the compartments are small and it’s hard to get things in and out. So, this is what I came up with.

 

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20150602_150948The Maze of Games

This is exactly what the title says, a maze of games. It’s full of puzzles and brain games. They’re tough, but not impossible to figure out.

Along with all the puzzles is an ongoing story to follow. Thus the maze. There’s reason to the madness. You must find your way out of all the mazes by figuring out all the puzzles.

 

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Mfg. age: 12+

My age rec: 9+

Players: 1-5

Length: 120 min

 

 

Build up your crew and travel through this crazy land of fantasy, fight encounters of various evil, and fight your way to the final land to win the game.

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modification mondayI don’t know about anyone else, but it’s a real chore for me to teach my kids to do their chores. I keep trying different systems to see if we can get one that will stick and keep working. Well, a few weeks ago we started a new system. This system is still very new for us and we’re still working the kinks out but I thought I’d share it anyway, because I think it’s a great system and I’m really excited about it.

I need to back peddle a little bit, because I should have started this story from the beginning. I’ve been listening to podcasts for a while now. Ryan’s making me a nerd, and honestly, I’m really enjoying them. There’s a bunch that I enjoy but today I want to talk about a ted talk I heard on it. Well, this particular podcast takes one topic and shares snippets from a bunch of ted talks on that subject. So, I only heard a snippet of the talk on the podcast, and for the first time listening to this podcast I wanted to find the original talk and listen to the whole thing.

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