You Know you are a Geek Dad When…potty training edition

So Claire has started potty training. Boy what an adventure this is going to be. Since we are in the beginning stages we are simply having her sit and “try.”

We started by just having her sit a regular intervals, however that quickly became a battle. She did not want to stop playing or doing an activity so she would loudly protest to sitting on the potty. Eventually we made her a “Potty Chart” where she earns stickers which count up to particular prizes.
Why might this be geeky? One of the prizes that she wanted on her chart is better wings for her Comic Con costume! Absolutely fantastic! Since that is the biggest thing that she wanted it is what she gets when she completes the chart.

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Magic the Gathering Initial Review

So this is my second weekend play Magic the Gathering and I have to say that I am enjoying every game that I have played.

For those who have not played it. It is a Trading Card Game in which you summon creatures to both block damage from and deal damage to an opponent.

Naturally since you are summoning things and performing spells you play as a kind of wizard. In the Magic universe these wizards are called “Planeswalkers.” You can base your deck around the five colors or mana or magic. All of the starter decks come centered around 2 colors. From there you can choose for yourself whether or not to diversify.

For the most part game play is quick. There was little to no analysis paralysis except when we had to look up an effect or keyword. From what I can tell Magic releases new sets every year and each set has new keywords for each color.

I can honestly say that the starter packs seem like the most affordable way to get started and seem to be relatively well matched across the different color combinations.

Even though I currently have a loosing record, I look forward to my next game! I do. Not know why I have waited this long to get Into this game, especially since it is this nerdy.

I am going to give it a 4 out of 5 for the average nerdy gamer, +1 if you are into the fantasy genre and -1 if you do not like Trading Card Games.
Enjoy some pics of Alex and I playing today.

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First Foray into Magic the Gathering

This past weekend I went to my local gaming store with my sister and her boyfriend. Amanda and Claire were out shopping with Grandma so I had the afternoon to myself. Our mission was to pick up a particular board game that I was looking for. Since this past Saturday had been “International Tabletop Day” I was thinking that there would be some great deals on recently opened Board Games.

The game we were looking for was called Rampage. It is a dexterity based game. But alas our search came up empty. In going through though we came up with several ideas that would make this summer fantastic. It is our plan to form a game group to do a different gaming style on a weekly basis.

What does this have to do with MTG (Magic the Gathering). In order to heal our broken hearts the two boys bought starter sets. They were very reasonable priced and each came with 2 booster packs. Now keep in mind that the last trading card game that I have been involved with was Pokemon back when I was in Middle School. We ended up shuffling up and having some fun playing a few games.