For Christmas this year I asked for board games. I am not sure why, but this was the year I thought I would expand my board game collection. I was given all the regulars: Yahtzee, Uno, Scene It, Monopoly (KU addition) and last but not least Loaded Questions. I for some reason had never heard of this game until December 25, 2011. But it is a blast. We had some of our friends over to play and we were laughing until the very last second they left. It is a great game that can have 4-6 players….more if you would like.
At my office, we got into a discussion about video games and which ones were our favorites. Everyone had different opinions on what fun is. I actually love GTA (Grand Theft Auto) , MW3 (Modern Warfare 3) and Mario. One that I found particularly interesting was one that came out back in 1996. Yes, 1996- it’s called Metal Slug. When I heard the name, I thought it sounded a little weird….BUT….then I did a little research on it and found it to be kinda cool. It looks like a mix between MW3 and Mario and those combined seem like a good time!
The gameplay of the series is characteristic of run and gun games: large numbers of enemies and a player character with extremely powerful weapons. In most run and guns, contact with an enemy leads to annihilation. In this series, however, contact results in the opportunity to perform a melee attack and the opportunity for the enemy to perform a melee attack of his own if he has one. The player’s melee attack is also much stronger than most shots. This leads to the ability for the player to run in and use melee attacks to take down a number of troops, and the ability to quickly defeat enemies that can take plenty of damage like the mummies in Metal Slug 2.
The player starts with only a simple pistol, as the game progresses the player picks up new weapons. The player can only carry one weapon at the time, when a new weapon is found it replaces the old one. Similarly, when the ammo runs out, the player reverts to using the handgun. A new system was implemented with Metal Slug 6 allowing players to carry two larger weapons and switch between them as well as the default pistol.
The SV-001 or Metal Slug is the main vehicle of the Metal Slug franchise. It is a small, cartoonish silver-gray tank (SV is short for “Super Vehicle”). The tank is armed with one cannon and twin vulcan cannons. The vehicle can jump and crouch. Crouching opens a hatch on the top of the tank through which grenades can be thrown. The grenades are independent of the cannon’s ammo system. The vehicle can run over infantry and perform a suicide attack, with the driver jumping clear and the tank ramming into and exploding upon the target. The vehicle can take three direct hits before it is destroyed. The enemy chaser variant has a shield that must be destroyed before the vehicle can be destroyed. It is propelled by caterpillar treads. Over time, these specifications changed into any vehicle armed with a vulcan cannon and a cannon variant suited to the role of the vehicle, and propelled suitably for that vehicle’s environment. In Metal Slug 6(and the home version of Metal Slug X, 3, 4, 5), Tarma can lock the vulcan cannons into one position and fire continuously. The “slug gunner” is considered the epitome of slug evolution.
Check out more about Metal Slug- It has interesting characters and plots!
Every time we get together with our friends, we always do the same thing. Either meet up for dinner and drinks, go to a movie or just sit around talking. That can be fun, BUT it gets pretty boring as well. There is only so much you can eat and talk about. I ended up getting online to try and find something to break these repetitive activities.
I know some of you might feel stupid playing these games that I found, but I don’t care, it is fun to act like a kid!
- Baby Food Guessing Game - Sample baby food and guess what flavor is in each jar!
- Battle of the Sexes - Test each teams’ knowledge of the opposite gender- sports, fashion and more!
- Build Tower Game - Great creative group game- See whose team can build the highest tower using newspapers!
- Cake Decorating Challenge - Use your decorating skills in this fun activity! Good game for bridal showers and large groups.
- Charades - Guess the secret word/phrase using only actions!
- Company Slogan and Tagline Game - Test your corporate slogan & tagline knowledge now!
- The Dating Game - Fun icebreaker game for groups who know each other well.
- Dictionary Game - Try to guess which definition is correct- or be fooled by other teams!
- Duct Tape Game - Tape your teammate on a wall using duct tape!
- Electricity - Squeeze your teammate’s hand as quickly as possible- only if the coin comes up as heads!
- Food Challenge Cook-Off - Great bonding activity for adults. Create a 2-course meal with the secret ingredient.
- Halloween Telephone Charades - Funny icebreaker game, especially for larger groups. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
- Human Knot - As a team, untangle yourselves to form a full circle again.
- Interview Game - A great icebreaker game, especially for newcomers.
- Jeopardy Powerpoint Template - A free Jeopardy Powerpoint Template, ready to download and edit.
- Logo Game - The ultimate logo quiz- Test your logo knowledge now!
- Photo Scavenger Hunt - Travel to different places to find the items on the list and take photos.
- Purses, Pockets, and Wallets - Quickly search your purses, pockets, and wallets for the called item. Great team game.
For More game ideas ( and trust me, this site has TONS of them) check it out! I can promise you a good time and that everyone will be laughing!
Personally, when I think of games, I usually think of video, computer or board games. Rarely do I think of online games. But, the great thing about online games is the fact that they are free and you can play just about anything! I know when I was a kid, my favorites were pac-man, snake and tetris- and I had to buy them! Now they are all online-perfect if you ask me! Here are some of my favorite sites to find games to play:
Online games are a great because you are able to interact with others or you can play against yourself. If ever I have down time like waiting for a flight, slow at work or even bored at home, I always get on my computer and play games. It is so fun!!
The World War I era seems ages from modern generations but for some it is a nostalgic look back into a special time. War Horse is a hit Broadway musical play that focuses and celebrates the WWI time period and the difficulties faced by the military. Deemed the “Great War” it is suspected that millions of people died and thousands of horses perished. As it can be simple to write such casualties away with the sands of time this play helps do the opposite.
Scott Tucker, the current representative for War Horse told Fox 4 news about the show, “It is absolutely unique and what’s amazing about it is what these actors breathe into this puppet to bring it to life.” Starting as a book before being adapted for the stage, War Horse the play has won over five Tony awards. The performance includes a live puppet depiction of Jake, a combat horse, controlled by several performers that help bring the story into action.
The performance would arrive as part of the 100th anniversary of World War I. It would also mark the first time Scott Tucker has brought the production to the Kansas City area and he hopes the great response continues. It is the goal of those affiliated with the play that it will help to create continued interest and learning about WWI and the importance of war memorials like local Liberty Memorial.
It is a great opportunity for some family fun and learning so be sure not to miss it!
The summer months when school is out can be a tough time for parents, especially those on low incomes who find it difficult to pay for summer day care. Parents in Atlanta now have another option for providing educational fun thanks to the expansion of Horizons Atlanta. Mary Catherine Thompson’s recent article in the Atlanta based newspaper, NeighborNewspapers explained how the non-profit summer program has been able to expand to offer summer programs for high school age youngsters, much to the delight of executive director Scott Tucker.
In her article, Thomson spoke with Tucker who detailed how the Horizons program was able to expand and will able to offer youngsters invaluable advice and opportunities that will ultimately help them prepare for life after high school.
Scott Tucker is a successful lacrosse coach who currently coaches The Limestone College Women’s team. His recently released instructional guide titled ‘Scott Tucker Defense 2-Pack’ is a two part series of instructional videos that concentrates on defensive lacrosse tactics. A recent review on www.thrillingsports.com was extremely positive.
The first part of the guide is the ’33 Zone Ride’ and the second part is ‘The Backer Zone Defense’. According to the Thrilling Sports website Tuckers in depth analysis using both whiteboards and on field demonstrations gives a detailed guide on how to get shore up the defense. Tucker recently led the Limestone Saints Women’s team to the quarter-finals of the NCAA championships. The 33 Zone Ride is a defensive tactic that Tucker explains in clearly and concisely using a real defensive and offensive teams.