The Superbowl, Children and Momentum

My teen daughter and I had been planning a Superbowl party together for weeks. She was going to invite some of her friends, I would invite some of mine, and we’d have a fun time watching the game / the ads and sharing a lot of snacks. Yet yesterday, when the game rolled around, she stayed with her Mom. Problem was, I forgot to take momentum into account. Before I explain what I mean by…Read More

Our Thanksgiving Included Epic Mickey 2

When a great opportunity falls in my lap, I’m not one to say no, so when we were asked if we’d like to give the new video game Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two a whirl, my kids and I remembered how we’d spent many hours exploring the dark Disneyland doppleganger Wasteland in the first Epic Mickey adventure and said “you bet!” The game — for the Xbox 360 — arrived a few days…Read More

British soldiers escaped WWII POW camps with Monopoly?

Got this fascinating story via email and it checks out, as far as I can tell. Very cool and ingenious! Starting in 1941, an increasing number of British Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape… Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where…Read More

Inventing kinder, gentler games for the kids

We were playing a family favorite, Pirates of the Caribbean Life, the other evening, and I noticed an interesting phenomenon that’s so common I usually don’t even notice it: my kids modify game rules to make games more friendly and cooperative. In Pirates of the Caribbean Life, there’s a “RAID” square you can land on, which then lets you attack another player and, if the spins are in your favor, steal their ship or otherwise…Read More

Family game night? Our take on some of the best…

I should probably admit up front that I’m a complete board game fanatic. In fact, board games, card games, anything that involves sitting at a table and playing a game with friends is going to score very well on my personal charts. As a kid, my pals and I would spend countless hours playing games like Monopoly, Stock Market and we just about wore out the tiles in our Rummykub game. Heck, I’ve played Mah…Read More