Oh, it’s Monday…and I find myself not quite ready to start my week. Yesterday was supposed to be a killer homework day that would see me accomplish a ton of things…but instead, the Universe conspired to host a catastrophic windstorm and knock my power out all day. Boo to THAT!
The worst bit about the power outage wasn’t the unproductive studies though; the worst was that I couldn’t call my kids as I do religiously, at least once a week.
I’m already the “worst Mom ever,” as I have chosen to follow my passion and have left them behind in Ontario while I study, so this blow was much harder than the gale-force storm outside. As a result, while I was falling asleep last night, I was thinking of them and our wonderful Christmas together here in Victoria. (I was fortunate to have them here for 20 days and it was the first time I had seen them in over seven months!!) This morning I’ve decided to share with you our experiences playing Heroica over the holidays.
LEGO’s Heroica games http://heroica.lego.com/en-us/Default.aspx were high on my wish-list long before Christmas, and I was fortunate enough to pick up copies of all four -3857 Draida Bay, 3858 Waldurk Forest, 3859 Caverns of Nathuz, and 3860 Castle Fortaan- in November while travelling. Shortly after New Years Taylor, Quinn and I sat down together and played the game and I have to tell you –it ROCKED!
I was worried that we would be overwhelmed by trying to play all four in one big conjoined mass the first time out, but it wasn’t a problem as you basically play through each game in series, so the learning curve was not at all steep. The only areas we had problems with were in rule interpretation, as my son Quinn (above) was the “master of training” and for him this is not a natural fit. Do you think his older too-cool-for-LEGO-anymore sister was going to let him dictate how to play? Uh-Uh…she was the self-appointed rule breaker, and spent a lot of energy trying to mess with him and make him lose his cool. Quinn was a trooper though, and even when the competition got truly heated and Taylor had pushed him to his limit -he didn’t flip his lid. He was as keen as I was to see the epic game to its end.
That is the power LEGO has over my 12-year-old son.