Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sunday, 11/04/2007 - Spongebob Monopoly with my Daughter

I'm not a big fan of Monopoly but I do like Spongebob and my 6yr-old likes Monopoly so after church my wife, son, daughter, and I played her copy of Spongebob Squarepants Monopoly. The one thing I like about Monopoly is it teaches the kids math skills. We make our 6yr-old do the math and she is getting pretty good at it. I seen that they have a version that does the math for you - a bad idea in my opinion. I think these electronic games are doing too much for the kids these days.

Saturday, Nov 3rd, 2007 - Finally Some Face-to-Face Gaming

I had not played a face-to-face game since the end of September so was glad I could make it this weekend. Mark Bausman hosted the gaming on Saturday. We started off with a 5-player game of Age of Empires III attended by Mark Bausman, Al Hay, Mervyn Dejecacion, Mark Woodson, and myself. When we got there Mark B announced that the winner would take home a copy of Crusader Rex. In the end it was my early colonization strategy vs Mervyn's Trade Good/Privateer/Building strategy. I barely beat Mervyn by two points. I've only played this game three times but it has become one of my favorite non-wargames.

Al and Mark W. had to leave after the AoE III game so Mark B, Mervyn, and I played Ivanhoe. I took an early lead winning the first four tournaments needing only the jousting tourney for the win but I didn't have the cards to continue so watched Mark B and Mervyn beat on each other as I rebuilt my hand. Meryvn and Mark won a tourney a piece and I then managed to sneak in and take the jousting tourney for the win.

Finally Mark B and I finished off with a game of Starship Catan. It took longer than I thought it would, having never played it before, but I managed to win this one too.

Lady Luck smiled on me this weekend with the wins but the chance to play with the group was the best part.

I'm Proud of my Wife

Last Sunday my wife completed the 60 mile, 3-day, walk for breast cancer. 16 of her 20 team members took part in the walk and it was very emotional at the closing ceremonies with my two daughters telling their mother they were proud of her.