Lady Luck was not on my side this game when I was forced to sacrifice birds with valuable actions (normally my favorite) for birds with one-time actions and lower point values. Everyone thought I would be blown out of the water based on what they could see on my board, but I had managed to collect and complete four secret bonus cards for a huge amount of points. The player adding up the scores laughed several times as she calculated scores before announcing me as the winner…by one point!
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My wife, oldest son, and I were playing with little sister when the three of us eyed each other and nodded towards her, hinting that we would let her find the next word (because she loves horses!). While she’s normally great at finding words, she searched and searched and searched but could not find it! We started to smile…then giggle…then full on laugh until she realized what we were up to. She eventually found it and joined in the laughter!
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Our adorable daughter who is way into drawing right now took this game so seriously! I could not keep myself from laughing when she’d put on the vision-distorting glasses, chew her tongue, and cock her head from side to side as she tried to draw the picture. When the time was up, she’d take the glasses off, look down at her drawing with curiosity tinged with disgust, then smile, proud of what she had accomplished. Proud parent moment right there. =-)
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Two Doom marbles had already dropped. We knew the third was close to falling. No one had gone mad yet…until my nephew dropped his last madness marble, immediately went insane, followed by the third Doom marble hitting the ground. He simultaneously went crazy and won the game in the same round!
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We were nearing the end of the game, and my young daughter had collected the four apples she needed for her last trophy. She was frantically lugging them back to the castle portal to return them for the victory while her big brother raced to collect enough pies for his last trophy. She finally made it first with a loud, “Woohoo!” double fist pump followed by a not-so-sportsmanlike, “Hahahaha!” pointing her finger right at her brother. Mom and dad couldn’t help but chuckle while trying to teach good sportsmanship. =-)
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In our very first game ever, each of the players eagerly handed back their answer sheets to the Worge Master who gathered them, mixed them up, and started to review. About five seconds in, he full-on snorted in laughter causing contagious fits of giggling until he composed himself enough to declare the winning word. While the game is mostly family-friendly, this particular word mash-up was a clever combination of two words to make a very naughty-sounding word. =-)
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The first time playing with my tiny toddler made for one of those melt-your-heart parenting moments. We chose a level 1 build, and her tiny little fingers carefully placed each block in its spot as Dad fumbled around trying to get it right. Her big brother and sister cheered her on and chanted “Blow it up! Blow it up!” when she was done. She squealed with delight when she hit the dynamite and sent my blocks crashing to the table. It may seem small, but big wins for kids are even bigger wins for parents!
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My son and I were the last two alive in an epic, back-and-forth battle which included sniper head shots, perfect grenade lobs, armor-piercing assault rifle retaliations, and throwing knife kill shots. I climbed up into a tower to increase my range, ready for the final, pre-explosion kill shot when he pulled out a rocket launcher and took me out with the tower for the win. Little did I know then that rocket launchers gain two extra hit points when targeting a player in a tower. =-)
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