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The End of Knights

Posted July 22nd, 2010 at 04:34 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Some of you may remember (if youíve read my blog before) that I run a sort-of-summer camp (or winter camp, or March Break camp) for kids, studying knights and chivalry.

We just finished the last one and I believe it will now all come to an end.

No, itís not because every kid gets injured.
Itís not because one kid smashed open both his knees and mashed his forearm- thatís okay.
Itís not because one kid took a hard foam sword thrust in the eye (at the walk-in clinic he jokingly said he knows now how an eight ball feels)
Itís not because we have classes on foiling abductions and surviving school shootings.
Itís not because we have meditation classes where some kids have quasi-religious experiences in their mindís eye with eagles.
Itís not because weíre housed in a two hundred year old building full of ghosts and half the kids are terrified (a seven year old girl this year kept hearing a pianoÖ)
Itís not...
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Obsessive Compulsive Advantage

Posted July 14th, 2010 at 05:40 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I recently blogged and made light of OCD.
Iíve been obsessing about that blog. Perhaps I shouldnít have made light of OCD. Iím not even sure what Iím obsessing about, but Iím definitely obsessed.

I read all the forums even though I donít post much. (Iíve challenged myself to have more blogs than posts, just because Iím obsessed with blogging)
In the forums, people are really obsessed with the whole idea of OCD, and that it is negative.

Truly, it can be. If it interferes with your life and relationships, itís a problem. If you canít have a job or wonít speak to your partner because theyíre wearing a shirt with an odd number of polka dots, then itís a problem. If youíre washing your hands until the red raw skin flakes off, itís a problem.

Life is so tenuous, so iffy. To some, it seems like weíre invincible, but once you reach a certain age, or have suffered through some nasty experiences, you realize that youíve...
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Bad Hunting

Posted July 7th, 2010 at 07:41 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Our most common game right now is a 2 on 2, 250 points per person.

My 16-year-old daughter has become our regular fourth player and we are delighted.

She has now started making her own customs (my 12 year old son says it means sheís hooked too). Sheís reading Tolkien right now and her customs are Mirkwood elves- archers and pole arm fighters with two heroes that synergize with the Mirkwood patrols.

My sons are currently obsessed with goblins (12 year old son) and dwarves (9 year old son). Iím still stuck on archers.

It was a very natural game- everyoneís obsessions.

My two sons teamed together, goblins and dwarves, and joked that we would have good hunting against them, since both factions are regarded as weak. The goblins rely on numbers rather than strength, and the dwarves are tough but soooo slow- in our game they have a move of only three.

My daughter and I laughed, confident that...
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Edward of York

Posted July 2nd, 2010 at 04:09 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
And the forces of York

Please forgive my ignorance and omissions in historical details; itís interesting enough stuff but Iíd rather be playing Scape.

Edward of York (later Edward IV of England) (28 April 1442 Ė 9 April 1483) was a claimant to the English throne on the Yorkist side in the War of the Roses.

He fought on the field at the head of his troops, on foot. (many knights at the time dismounted to fight).

Apparently he was a good fighter and uncommonly tall for the times, approx 6í 4Ē.
He became king when all the other people who had claims to the throne died (were killed- many in battle, many others executed and assassinated).

He was a well-liked king; his motto was modus et ordo, or method and order, and his reign resorted order to an England that had slipped into banditry.
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Our Spell Books

Posted June 23rd, 2010 at 03:15 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Some folks asked, so here they are.

We tried to make our spell books simple to use and understand. We tried to use mostly Scape words and concepts.

A ďchargeĒ is a unit of magical energy. You can buy one for 5 points. You buy charges at the beginning of the game when you select your figures. Youíll need something to represent the charges- toothpicks, pennies, Lego.

Spells in book one require one charge to cast, spells in book two require two and spells in book three take three.

Each mage usually has a ďnatural spellĒ; for example Emirroonís is his Elven Summoning Spell. A mageís natural spell costs nothing for that mage to use. A mage only has to use charges to use spells from the spells books.

You must decide what level (one two or three) each mage is. Emirroon, Iíd say, is a level three mage.

Mages in level one can only cast from spell book one. Mages in level two can cast...
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