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Weekend Gaming: Happy Easter

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.  We spent the weekend with my sister and the rest of my family and had a great time.  The kids loved hunting for Easter eggs and the adults played plenty of Phase 10 and Euchre in the evenings.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas day!

I will be spending mine with my wonderful wife and kids playing Skylanders and doing puzzles.  Maybe we’ll even get a game in later.

Merry Christmas and happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Down with the Sickness

Nothing really going on this weekend. Many of the group were either sick or out of town this weekend, so no games for us. Instead Gina, the kids and I carved our pumpkins for Halloween and went to an early Halloween party. All in all, a quiet weekend.

Until next time, happy gaming.

Weekend Gaming: Away from Home

We were away from home this weekend so Gina could run in a 10k race.  While we were out, we were able to play some games with Nick, Laura, Dana and Phil.

Friday night was dominated by a game of Cards Against Humanity with everyone.  It was crazy fun with plenty of inappropriateness to go around.  Then on Saturday, Nick, Phil and I played Clash of Cultures while the kids were all playing together.  It was a very peaceful game, with only Nick and I building any armies to defend ourselves from barbarians.  I upgraded my economics advances to grab Taxation.  With that I was able to essentially ignore the happiness of my cities, which was good because I was hit with both an earthquake and a volcano during the game.

Nick and Phil decided to push the Democratic route and both were picking up a bunch of cheep resources with Economic Liberties.  Nick was struggling a bit to find his groove, and it wasn’t helped that he spent resources building armies to fight barbarians and then failing twice.  Phil, on the other hand, managed to build two Wonders, while I was only able to build one.  He also built the first, just before I could, robbing me of a potential objective.

When the game ended, Phil had just barely squeaked past me, winning 45 to 43.  Nick brought up the rear with 32.

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After a break for dinner, Nick and I started the evening by learning his new game, Trains.  It was definitely an interesting take on the deck-building genre.  Very reminiscent of Dominion, but the ability to focus on the board rather than just point cards makes for some interesting decisions.  I was able to build more stations, making my track more valuable in the end.

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Dana had called it a night by this point, so Nick, Laura, Gina and I played a quick game of Love letter, won by Gina followed by Phase 10.  I was getting terrible luck with my opening draws, and was well behind when Laura phased out for the win.

Phil had returned and we finished the night with The Resistance.  I was a rebel, and got us off to a great start, succeeding the first mission with Gina.  Gina then sent Nick and I on a mission with herself, for the second success.  Phil failed to put together a good team, while Nick sent Laura with us, resulting in a failure.  Laura put Phil on the team for another failure, but I was able to seal the deal for the rebels, sending Nick, Gina and Myself on the final successful mission.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Happy Father’s Day!

This was originally posted on ProFootballTalk and I thought it was entertaining.  Happy Father’s Day!

Posted by Mike Florio on June 17, 2012, 10:20 AM EDT

118195827_crop_exactIt would be easy — and fun — to treat Father’s Day as an occasion for anyone who has slipped one past the goalie to kick back and relax and expect other people to do stuff for you.

But Father’s Day perhaps is something slightly more important than that.  It’s an occasion for every man who is a father, in any way, to remember his obligations to those who rely on him.

Whether it’s taking care of and providing strong leadership for his family or whether it’s setting the right example for members of his extended family or whether it’s mentoring children and others to whom he has no biological or marital connection, every father has a web of duties to act and to speak in a way that provides a solid foundation for the young men and women who eventually will be the fathers and mothers.

That doesn’t mean it’s a time to feel guilty for any mistakes of the past.  It’s a time to be inspired for the present and the future, and to become keenly aware every day of the impact that we have on those around us, whether we previously realized it or not.

And if it takes a beer (or two) or a burger (or three) to help cement that message, have at it.  But Father’s Day isn’t a time to be a pampered passenger on a cruise ship.  It’s time to appreciate and accept that you’re the captain, and that you always need to behave accordingly.

My behavior at this point will include shutting up, right after I wish every man out there a Happy Father’s Day.

Happy Memorial Day!

Thank you to all veterans and those currently serving.

Especially my friends, father-in-law, uncles, and grandfathers.


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