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Friday, April 29, 2005


One gaming item and some blathering.

Two words for any of you looking for a game to play with kids between the ages of 8 and 18:

HeroScape, HeroScape.

Boys and girls, kids who've only played Monopoly and Rook, to full fledged geeks, they all love HeroScape. The minis get their attention, the terrain gets them involved with game set up, gameplay draws them in, and perhaps the most underlooked aspect of the game, the special abilities of each character keep the kids on their toes as they look for situations to exploit.

I picked up 3 of the 4 expansions at Wal-Mart the other day. Those were the first characters to be chosen. The kicker is that the kids who had played the game before chose characters that they already knew, the kids who hadn't played were drawn to the new pieces without even knowing they were new.

If you are looking to form an after-school game group or some other kid based game group HeroScape is a must. It will draw in the kids who might be shy, or only marginally interested in games.

Gotta give Hasbro kudos for HeroScape. Make no mistake, when today's kids are adults HeroScape will be going for big bucks on E-Bay, or its future equivalent.

Other stuff

Been fooling around with the blog template, obviously. Never got back around to try my hand at posting pictures. Maybe next week.

Found the Sesame Street Terror Alert Level here http://www.geekandproud.net/terror/ . Had to laugh. Elmo represents the first level, Oscar the Grouch is the highest level. Ernie, Bert and Cookie Monster round out the middle three levels in that order.

Tried to find some interesting blogs from Alaska to link to. Came up empty. Every other Alaskan blogger proudly states his sexual orientation in the title or sub-title, is an extreme leftist, or just writing random thoughts and poetry.

Found a bondage blog from Anchorage. It appeared to be quite popular and it looked like it was pretty well done, certainly much more complex than most game blogs (I only glanced at it, really). Found a couple of blogs that proudly proclaimed they were from a bisexual or lesbian perspective.

Found numerous blogs about politics. Most were extremely leftist. When I say extreme I don't mean normal, run of the mill Democrats. I mean people who see every Republican as a Nazi who wants dirty air, and anyone who disagrees with them as a fascist with a Bible.

Found a blawg, a lawyer blogging about Alaskan legal issues. It was really quite interesting. I put it on my Favorites list. He has been updating it at least a couple times each week, and it was an enjoyable read. Won't link it here, though.

Forgot to add the Anchorage Miniature Gaming Club's website. I've played several boardgames with the guys in that club in the past. I will probably be hosting a board game or two at their next convention in March. Will add it as soon as I get a chance. It's not really a blog, so I forgot about it. Here it is for now http://home.gci.net/~stevepr/AMGC.html .

Just out of curiosity I looked at some blogs from my home state of Montana. Found lots of blogs about life and living in Montana, some of them quite well done. I would have proudly linked to several of them. What is wrong with my fellow Alaskans? Alaska is the most wired state in the union, per capita. More internet in more households here. Youngest average age in the union, too, that probably has something to do with it.

Your Blogging Neophyte,

A "gambit" of gamers? Dunno.
Actually, gambit was Gamesgrandpa's second suggestion. It's not bad either.
Have you tried GeoURL? It's a good way of linking with local bloggers.

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