A quick glance at our score sheets would have shown that I was clearly in the lead when Christmas Day arrived, ending the game. Little did they know that just before entering December, I had landed on the Family Vacation space requiring me to take a gift with three value cards. Being the only gift I had at that point, all three very high valued cards were attached to the gift which was…coal! I couldn’t get rid of it before the game ended, and the huge debt ($900!) dropped me out of the lead. While it wasn’t my best moment, it was super fulfilling to watch my son cheer after the unexpected win.
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We often have a hard time convincing Grandma and Grandpa to play board games with us on Sunday nights. They tend to prefer casual observation. We finally convinced them to play Escape from Iron Gate with us, and they were sucked right in! After a tense and close back-and-forth, Grandpa cheered as he barely escaped first for the win. The sweet taste of victory seems to have been a turning point as they have since joined us far more often than they used to.
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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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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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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have a strong focus on families. As part of this focus, we devote one evening a week, usually on Monday, to something called Family Home Evening (FHE) where we spend time as a family learning, playing together, eating treats, and anything else that helps parents and kids connect and strengthen relationships.
If you are a member of The Church, read on. This game is fantastic for FHE. If you are not, this post may not make a ton of sense, but feel free to visit here or reach out to me directly if you have any questions or interest at all. I promise to not be pushy. =-) I’m just happy to share what we have.
If you’ve ever wondered how to better teach your kids the Gospel in a fun, light, and engaging way, this game is the answer! It focuses on building the fact-based groundwork upon which you can teach lasting principles and doctrines with the goal of building unshakable testimonies. Before you know it, your kids will start revealing Church facts in primary, at home, or even to their friends. It’s now a rarity when The Perfect FHE Game isn’t selected as the activity of choice for Family Home Evening!
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Sideshow Swap is a fun, easy-to-learn game of light deduction equally enjoyable for kids and adults alike. While gamers will enjoy it, the ability to teach the entire game in about three sentences makes it perfect for light-hearted party play with non-gamers.
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You’ve heard of mice coming out to play when the cat’s away? Doxie Dash is a game of the dog coming out to wreak the most havoc while the owner is away. It’s a hilariously clever game of tearing up skivvies, pooing on rugs, and chasing away strangers. Kids of all ages will love competing as different hero canines seeking to cause the most trouble!
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I really, really like the idea of having everything in my life organized. My wife is fantastic at this, but I am not. Over the years, we’ll clean up our game closet and be surprised when it’s a disaster again in no time at all. We even have a little shelf just to keep loose cards and game pieces to “one day” put back in their proper boxes. And then this Quiver came along and solved all of our organizational problems! Not entirely true, but it sure did for certain games in some really great ways. =-)
An actual quiver is used to store arrows (seen Arrow?). This Quiver is used to protect, organize, and transport card games. It would be the perfect gift for anyone who owns a good amount of card games or trading cards.
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