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  1. Please report back - can't wait to hear your about your experiences, particularly with Battleship Galaxies.
  2. A lot really depends upon what type of game(s) you're looking for and that you think your family will enjoy. Some games are equally great as a family game or with a group of adults. Some games are cooperative, some are more or less player interactive, some have strong theme elements that add to the enjoyment depending upon what you and your kids like. Ticket to Ride will definitely push the time envelope but is a feast for the eyes, simple to learn/play, and equally entertaining for adults and families. It's one of the games I introduced early on to my kids. Niagara is another beautiful game that isn't quite as universally appealing as Ticket, but kids will get a real kick out of watching canoes roll down the river and descend over Niagara Falls (uses clear discs to simulate the river inlaid into a 3-D contoured board laid atop the box top and bottom to simulate rapids and allows canoes to travel downstream and often very literally take the ultimate plunge). However, some other games that have very entertaining themes include King of Tokyo (giant godzilla type monsters running amok and fighting to become king of the hill Tokyo ), Forbidden island (cooperative game where you are racing against time and working together to find all of the treasure and escape from a sinking island), Fearsome Floors where you are trying to play hide and seek and escape from a scary monster who will eat your people. These are all games with VERY strong thematic elements that may appeal to your kids. Here are several fun family games for your age group + anticipated playing time (although until you really get to know a game - double the time) King of Tokyo - 30 minutes (especially if you have boys is a fun and fast game where the monster battle theme is a guaranteed winner) Loot - 20 minutes (only about $10 fast fun easy to play card game with a cool pirate theme) Hey That's My Fish - 20 minutes (might be a bit too youngish for 10 year olds, but very easy to learn abstract strategy game) Ticket to Ride - 45 to 60 minutes (universal appeal and is a great gateway game for kids and adults alike) Fearsome Floors - 60 minutes (Tense game and if the kids are going to get upset/scared with monster chasing and eating their people - might want to avoid) Niagara - 45 minutes (beautiful game kids will like as much for aesthetic value, but I've found to be polarizing with adults) Around the World in 80 Days - 60 minutes (Traditional move around the board start to finish type game with enough bells and whistles to be fun for adults too) Bohnanza - 45 minutes (card game where you are constantly interacting trading cards - NO DOWN TIME - which is really cool and keeps everyone involved) Manhattan- 45 minutes (cool 3d building skyscrapers with your building blocks but more than enough strategy to entertain adults as well as kids) Saboteur - 30 minutes (fast and fun cooperative/traitor card game where you lay out a tunnel path to reach the gold) Forbidden Island - 30 minutes (100% cooperative, very easy, very tense, hard to beat the game, but this theme shines especially with girls) Castle Panic - 60 minutes (100% cooperative, hard to beat the game, kill D & D type monsters before they overrun your castle, better theme for boys and those of us who like to kill orcs, trolls, etc.) If time is the biggest factor for you, then I recommend Loot, Saboteur, King of Tokyo, and Forbidden Island. If you get Ticket to Ride, be sure to get the 1910 Expansion which provides full-sized cards and increases the number of routes you can build from 30 to 69. Best expansion to a game Evah (but it's so essential that it ought to come with the game in the first place IMO). This is by no means a comprehensive list and there are tons of games I've left out that are also great family games, like Carcassone, Settlers of Cataan, and a few others that have a HUGE following. I recommend checking out boardgamegeek.com before you make a purchase, as you can find reviews, videos, and lots of other details that will help you in making the best decision(s). Good Luck!
  3. I heard that they're making (or have made) a new version of Dungeon... Yup, found it: My link On another note, we were able to land a copy of 1st Edition Descent: Journeys in the Dark, in great condition, for $36! :happydance: Sweet! Now I just have to figure out a place that is allowing pre-orders. Picked up Ticket to Ride yesterday, when I passed a hobby shop on my way to a work event in Bowling Green, KY. Looking forward to playing it this weekend. Everything I have heard about it was good. ETA - Preordered for a good price at coolstuffinc.com. If you have the basic USA version of Ticket to Ride then pop an extra $10-$15 for the . It replaces all those tiny cards that are too small to shuffle and doubles the number of routes that you can use. Trust me if you enjoy the game out of the box, having full sized cards and 39 additional routes will be money well spent indeed...
  4. I am sure I am missing a bunch but,Space Combat: Star Wars: X-wing Miniatures just came out Starfleet Battles Federation Commander Battleship Galaxies Star Trek Fleet Captains Space Empire Building: Eclipse Space Empires: 4X Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition Empires of the Void Traditional - are you more interested in ancient, classical, or modern? WW2 era or space really.Broadway G included it in his list, but since you are looking for something to play with your son I would start with .Easy enough to introduce to your kid, won't take all day to play, versatile enough to create your own scenarios, and just really freakin' awesome production value all for less than $50 at Amazon.
  5. Others I highly recommend that are easy to teach your non-gaming friends and family members: Ticket to Ride (America 1910 and Europe are my favorite versions) Stone Age (beautiful high quality components and one of the best 'worker placement' games around-great for newbies and hardcore gamers alike) Bohnanza Loot Carcassone (Hunters & Gatherers is my favorite stand-alone version and plays faster than other versions/expansions to the base game) Saboteur The Resistance Bang! Niagara Rumis Citadels Pandemic (if you have kids then Forbidden Island is a stripped down version by the same game designer with a theme and components well suited for children if you want a cooperative gaming experience) Dixit (nice party game that's nice departure from trivia games, apples to apples, etc.)
  6. Definitely a great game that is very accessible, easy enough to play that you don't have to be a board game to enjoy it; I definitely recommend it for mixed company as well as for hardcore gamers. A true classic!I've owned the Avalon Hill version for over 10 years (and around 100 other board games because I'm a true boardgame geek) Anyways, I broke mine out on Saturday evening to introduce it to my son (15) and daughter (14), who aren't as in to boardgames as I am, because they were bored and were willing to humor their old man by spending some time together trying out a game we hadn't played previously. They couldn't get enough and have been asking me when are we going to play it again! There are several versions of this game and the Avalon Hill version has the prettiest and highest quality components, but it is also the most stripped down version (fewer cards, maxes out at 4 players, and only has 20 different alien races). It is also currently out of print, although if you look around you can probably pick up a used copy for $20-$30. However if you are a huge fan of the game and want to be able to accomodate more players and have a wider selection of alien races, then the more recent Fantasy Flight Games version is still in print (costs around $40) and has a whopping 50 alien races to choose from.
  7. I've seen neither, nor Battlestar. So I should have FNL in my queue?I haven't seen FNL either, but Battlestar was amazing during its run. Highly recommend it, unless you despise SciFi altogether.One other thing that may or may not make a difference... Battlestar ran while we were most deeply concerned about terrorist attacks, deeply embroiled in Iraq, and highly polarized. Granted some of those issues haven't changed much, but it shows up all over the place in the writing for Galactica. They did a really nice job of using real world concerns, problems, political, religious, social issues we face in our collective psyche and subtly/smartly playing upon them in a fictional scifi story that is well acted/written/high production values/etc.
  8. I think the 'aha' moment was more of a seed planted in Hank's mind, and when it all comes together it will grow to fruition. It's just a tease at this point, showing us just how fragile Walt's facade is becoming and how close Hank is to putting together all of the pieces. Next time around a phone call from Saul's secretary, a diversionary tactic by Walt (like revealing Skyler's infidelity), or a pretend fugue state isn't going to put Hank off the trail. Writers are doing a good job of building up tension and slow playing it at the same time IMHO.I'm enjoying the journey at this point...
  9. He's too close to see it IMO. Plus, He's never thought of Walt as being capable of something ballsy like this. However, now that Heisenberg has taken over (flashy cars, Skyler's personality changes, etc.) it's only a matter of time before Walt's mistakes and new bravado put him squarely in Hank's sights. Also, if he returns to Jessie as a suspect it will lead him to Walt in relatively short order. That could be the "new lead" that helps the investigation.
  10. Heisenberg's 'luck' strikes again, but it can only go on for so long. I'm certain that Hank will catch on to Walt's act. Dude's when he obsesses on a case. It's just a question of how much longer the 'luck' holds out before Hank puts the rest of the pieces together IMO. Walt's downfall is going to be pretty dramatic, but we've still got a bunch of episodes left to get there. Enjoy the ride...
  11. This is where I'm at as well. I really hope they don't take the easy way out with a convenient "inside man" either...
  12. Armchair Psych analysis: You suffer from codependecy IMHO Deal with that first... Once you've dealt with that (read a book or two on the subject, or better yet see a professional) and you reach a point where you are able to look at things with unclouded judgment, then be honest and identify what to stay away from moving forward. You come from a strong family background and are looking forward to building your own, modeled after the lessons and examples in your own upbringing. There's nothing wrong with that, but there is something wrong with becoming a human floormat to a mismatched partner in making that attempt. You can keep telling us how perfect your ex was, but that's not dealing in reality mi amigo. There were plenty of warning signs from the very start that Coralyssa was a ticking relationship time-bomb. Wimmens who come from emotionally detached and/or broken families, and who have siblings who can't hold down healthy relationships either, are demonstrating to you what they've never learned in their own life/upbringing. i.e. what their role in a loving, respectful, monogamous, built-to-last relationship is. No one taught them what the real thing looks like and how they should be treating their own mate and children. They just don't have the same values and life lessons that you do (although they may convince you otherwise!), and they will ultimate bring their dysfunction into your relationship, it's just a matter of time. There are a few exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking "damaged goods" aren't what you should be looking for in building your own future family. Be thankful that you are getting to learn this lesson before saying "I do" to the wrong woman and after you've got a mortgage and kids to deal with on top of the emotional devastation. You are lucky that things went down this way...
  13. He should win the Emmy for his facial expressions alone. DING!
  14. At a loss here myself...As long as I cook at lower temps cleanup is a breeze with some paper towels and coarse sea salt, but I also like to use mine to cook steaks using the "Alton Brown method"; however, cooking at those high temps ALWAYS leaves charred remnants embedded into the cooking surface that coarse sea salt alone is extremely difficult to remove.So am I supposed to just wear the charred remains down with my cleanings, allowing a thin layer of smooth black carbon to build up over time? I've always sought to remove ANY remnants rather than risk future meals being tainted by leftover residue. I've re-seasoned several times over the last couple years (whenever I fear that my clean-up has stripped away the seasoning). What's the correct call here? I have the exact same dilemma. I mean exactly the same problem. Not sure what to do but am hoping someone here has a recommendation.After cleaning and re-seasoning for the umpteenth time, I started making cornbread in my CIS, and an amazing thing happened... I can't explain it, but the seasoning seemed to take better than ever before. Maybe it's something about plopping down a half-stick of butter on a 400+ degree skillet and then smothering the cooking surface with cornbread batter and letting it work its magic in the oven for another 20+ minutes. Maybe the batter lends something that helps the seasoning process better than oil alone? Whatever the reason, now I find that cooking meat at higher temps doesn't leave behind the heavy baked on charred remains. And what is left behind is a lot easier to deal with. Don't know if this will have the same result for everyone, but if you're having trouble with meat sticking to your skillet, try re-seasoning and then baking in the CIS and see if you get similar results...
  15. I have been one who has questioned Cutler. I DO think he will take a step forward now that he has Marshall back. There are a small group of elite QBs who can make their receivers great, even if the receivers are average talents. Cutler is not such a QB. He is not elite. He is a good QB with a great arm, but he DOES lack judgement and leadership. The article linked here talks about his throwing talent--no doubt, he has a great arm and can make some throws that other QBs cannot. But what the writer fails to acknowledge is judgement and character--and those two qualities DO matter for a QB. We have seen with Tebow how far leadership can take a QB and how much throwing talent it can compensate. Nevertheless, I do think Marshall is the perfect receiver for Cutler because he has the size and the ability to compete for every throw. He needs a QB who can wing it and isn't afraid to throw it in tight coverage; and he will reward the QB who does so by snagging most of those throws. I do see a big uptick in Cutler's performance and I do see him as a low end top 10 QB in 2012. He may even win a SB someday, but his leadership IS a deficit.How do you know he lacks leadership/character?The last two years he led Chicago to a home game in the NFC Championship and to a 7-3 record.Some folks make up their mind about a player and are loathe to re-evaluate and change their initial assessment.az_prof does not like Cutler; he has accepted a narrative of Cutler as a "poor leader", "bad guy", "dumb decision maker", etc. and continues to cling to it. He accepts any negatives ever spewed about Jay as the gospel, and his justifications have at times been as superficial as reading too much into facial expressions and body language. IMO this has negatively skewed his perception of Jay's ability and accomplishments, with Cutler he'll always take the "glass half empty" approach. I still find valuable insights in az_prof's postings, but I also keep in mind that he has a propensity for discounting certain players he doesn't like even when there is evidence to suggest a re-assessment may be in order...
  16. At a loss here myself...As long as I cook at lower temps cleanup is a breeze with some paper towels and coarse sea salt, but I also like to use mine to cook steaks using the "Alton Brown method"; however, cooking at those high temps ALWAYS leaves charred remnants embedded into the cooking surface that coarse sea salt alone is extremely difficult to remove.So am I supposed to just wear the charred remains down with my cleanings, allowing a thin layer of smooth black carbon to build up over time? I've always sought to remove ANY remnants rather than risk future meals being tainted by leftover residue. I've re-seasoned several times over the last couple years (whenever I fear that my clean-up has stripped away the seasoning). What's the correct call here?
  17. Disclaimer: I haven't read the books...However, this has been explained in this thread and in the series on HBO.Greyjoy rebelled against King Robert, and Ned Stark helped his buddy Robert put down the rebellion. As punishment/insurance policy Ned took Greyjoy's only son as a hostage/ward of the Starks to ensure Greyjoy wouldn't cause any trouble in the foreseeable future...
  18. While most of this post is meaningless drivel, you should be reflecting upon the bolded part IMO.As a general rule if you are looking to settle down at some point in the future, then you should be avoiding wimmens who come from this type of family like the plague! It sounds great in principle to successfully perform a reclamation project on the product of a dysfunctional family, but the cold hard reality is that they tend to produce dysfunctional broken children who screw up their own relationships and families and create heartache and pain for those who try to love them. LEARN FROM THIS 16, and RUN don't walk away from this girl and women like her. Not only are the odds stacked heavily against any guy who tries to build a family with a girl like this, but even if successful, there is almost always an inordinate amount of pain and hard work that makes such a relationship more tedious than enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and make a mental note of this...
  19. Two of the biggest Risk/Reward fantasy players I can conceive of for the next 2-3 seasons. With such a premium on top 3-5 RB production, I wouldn't entirely dismiss either out of hand.And I wouldn't be shocked to see either one of them squeeze out a couple more years of elite production.However, I agree owners shouldn't overspend to acquire them (which is what I think you're driving at here). That's not quite the same as some people's (my own) concept of not touching "with a ten foot pole."
  20. I was simply trying to elaborate on some potential pros and cons regarding F&L's rankings, not bore you to tears. :rolleyes:Simply saying Chris' rankings are wrong without providing any context or support to your argument is a wasted posting IMO. Chris created this thread and it has often been driven by HIS rankings for much of the last 5.5 yrs...
  21. When you don't clarify what you are referring to by quoting a previous post or citing the article in question, YES it is VERY hard to understand. Especially if all you are going to do is write a couple three word sentences about it. Unless you are willing to share some reasoning for your disagreement, then better not to post at all.Here allow me to demonstrate: I'm a huge fan of MJD, but if we are talking about a startup dynasty league, then #12 overall probably isn't where I would draft him personally... Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the talents of MR. Jones-Drew and believe if he were on a team where he wasn't the only real offensive threat he could be the #1 fantasy RB. He does everything and does it all amazingly well. Unfortunately Jax is one of the least talented offenses in the league, with no supporting cast to keep defenses from keying on MJD and holding down his production and scoring opportunities. The top 3-5 fantasy RB numbers he still manages to put up in such a horrible situation are a testament to just how freakishly talented this mighty mouse really is. However, my reasons for questioning F&L's ranking of MJD would start with what appears to be the beginning of chronic knee problems (when he drops off it will be sudden and it will be off a cliff rather than a gradual decline), and my lack of trust in Jax to put any complementary offensive pieces in place to maximize his talents. Beyond that, if I could, I would list RBs that I believe should be ranked ahead of MJD in the RB rankings (6th) and other positional players I would take ahead of him in the overall rankings (12th). All of that being said, I'm okay with MJD as the #6 RB and can't conceive of bumping him down more than a couple of spots (splitting hairs at that point). Though #12 overall in a startup dynasty is a bit high IMO. After the first five RBs are gone, there are at least a few more WRs that I would consider over MJD (i.e. A.J.Green, Mike Wallace, Dez Bryant, Greg Jennings, Etc.) and in a TE required league Graham might be worth a look as well. Also a couple of QBs (Brees, Brady, Stafford, Etc.) However, Chris' rankings aren't geared specifically towards startups. And therefore, I can understand why he might project and value 2-3 more seasons worth of MJD elite production as top 12 overall RIGHT NOW. Particularly when you consider how rare it is becoming to get consistent elite fantasy numbers out of the RB position, and which Chris addresses in his RB article that you should probably read as well...
  22. Do YOU even know what you are posting about?IF you are talking about F&L's rankings, he has MJD at #6 and ADP at #7 in the dynasty RB rankings article referenced by thriftyrocker. IF you are referring to Chris' overall top 300, which still has MJD at #12 overall (and ADP at #1), then you are waaay behind the times as that list hasn't been updated in quite some time... Perhaps you should read the article, and then if you are capable of posting more than a pair of 3 word sentences, you could let us know exactly what your beef is with Chris' rankings... Dynasty Rankings: RB
  23. I like VJax but am wary of where he may land. He has had a top 10 QB and a passing offense his whole career. I like Colston's talent more, but his knees do scare me. If Colston is renewed in NO that will tell me his knees are pretty good, but if they let him walk, the only reason would be his knees. If he walks I would be very wary of Colston. Anyway, I see both guys as good targets if the price is right, but I would'nt give away a top 3 rookie pick for them.Saints HAVE TO resign Drew Brees, AND stud OL Carl Nicks, AND make a decision on both Robert Meachem and Marques Colston. There might not be enough $$$ or franchise tags left to sign Brees, Nicks, and Colston. So I wouldn't automatically assume health as the over riding reason for being unable to resign Colston IMO.
  24. Have to agree with this, for a dynasty start up. I want my first 3-4 picks to be foundational building blocks that I believe have a good shot at longevity. McFadden's talent is undeniable, but his ability to suit up each week and his career longevity are two strikes against him. Even when he entered the league many suspected his lower body wouldn't be able to sustain the punishment of the NFL game for very long. Nothing that has happened since then has alleviated those concerns. Let someone else have him while you grab the young talented guys that will likely be core players for your team for the next 5-10 years. Much more valuable in a dynasty startup IMO.Also, I find it easier to replace RBs than it is to replace QBs and WRs in short order via rookie drafts, even getting players like MJD or DeMarco Murray in the 2nd or 3rd round of a rookie/FA draft in one of my leagues.
  25. Based solely on the news article you linked, I didn't understand the thread title, but after you shared additional background info a couple things stood out, making it understandable why you might suspect a "serial" killer. The X-box carton full of potential mementos/keepsakes from victims is pretty damn creepy and I've read that it's also common amongst serial killers. Iirc they keep such tokens to help them fantisize and relive their crimes. I'm really glad to hear that you did what you could and turned it all over to the authorities. IMO you deserve credit for doing that, and I sincerely hope a detective in Lansing will follow up on or at least explore this potential evidence. The other thing that that stood out to me was how your bro seemed to lack empathy for both you and your mom based on your recollections of his treatment of you growing up and his lack of concern for the sacrifices your mom made(possible early hints of psychopathic/sociopathic tendencies?). A single mother of four needs plenty of understanding from the rest of the family when it comes to finances. Glad to hear that you were more concerned about her financial burden than on getting the best HS class ring that money could buy. Thanks for sharing netnalp, I'm truly sorry for what you're family has gone through, especially your mom.