Aug 15 2011

Satan’s Halfpipe

Another piece of second grade creative writing from Henry.

On Sunday I went to the skatepark with my dad.

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This is either Satan’s Halfpipe or Henry is dropping into the jaws of the Exogorth.

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Apr 26 2011

Junior Game Designer

Easter Sunday was a relaxing day at casa de Rouse. After church we came home, ate brunch, and played games. Me and Henry tried out the co-op game on Portal 2 and played some Lego Star Wars III on Xbox.  The weather brightened so we all went on a bike ride to a local wetland to look for frogs and snakes. We got home from our bike ride just in time, it had started raining again. Henry and I decided to play a few games of pass the pigs. At the end of a game he declared “dad I have an idea!” and ran upstairs to his room.

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Apr 8 2011

Legoland California

Last week was Spring break so for a family vacation we went to Legoland in Carlsbad, California. The trip was a combined Christmas gift for the kids from me, my wife, and our parents. By about mid February the kids started counting down the days and by about March 20th it was all they could think about.

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Jan 19 2010

Passing the RPG Torch (part 2)

After a rousing success (no pun intended) of playing roleplaying games with my son for the first time, he and I decided to play again a few days ago. We continued where we left off from the last session, with the Star Wars RPG Invasion of Theed Adventure Game. Since he had the basics down, this session I decided to beef up the rules. I added back in the use of the vitality and wound points and required him to use skill checks to accomplish tasks. I also advanced the characters to level 2, equaling the level of the next few encounters. Continue reading

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Dec 14 2009

Passing the RPG torch

Recently, I have been thinking about teaching my son Henry  how to play Dungeons & Dragons as I think he would like the game. His reading and math skills have improved significantly over the past few months and we have always enjoyed creating mass battles using his D&D minis. With the minis we would keep the rules pretty simple, if we used any rules at all, so I knew I would need to simplify the RPG rules. Character sheets, combat rules, and encounters would all need to be scaled back to match his comprehension and maintain the fun. My thoughts were to use the D&D 4th Edition RPG Starter, stripping down the rules to match his abilities. I figured that would take a few hours of work and I was not quite sure where to start.

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Dec 13 2009

May the Cake Be With You

My son is turning 7 this month and he is a huge Star Wars fan. He loves the Clone Wars cartoons, Lego Star Wars video games, Lego Star Wars toys, Star Wars action figures, Star Wars miniatures etc. In 2008 he was a Clone Trooper for Halloween and this year he went as Jango Fett. So when I asked him what theme he wanted for his birthday, the immediate answer was STAR WARS!!! Me: You mean like last year? Him: Uh? Yeah!

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