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Back when we discovered BGG in 2004, my wife Robin (helenoftroy), and I, started recording plays and posting session reports under "The Honeymooners" moniker. It's hard to imagine eight years have passed since! Therefore, feeling nostalgic, I'm bringing "The Honeymooners" back and adding our two precocious boys, Bailey and Jakob, to the roster. This blog will record sessions and comments regarding our current game play and how we're introducing gaming concepts to our children. Enjoy!
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It's on the Shelf! (New Game Shelves)

Hilary Hartman
United States
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Just your friendly, neighborhood game player and superhero!
Yeah, but which one?

That used to be the problem here at our home. Our games were spread out across various closets, boxes,and book shelves. It was hard to keep track of them all, and the idea that I'd have to find any one of them before playing it was sometimes a bigger hassle.

We had been meaning to hit up Ikea for a set of nice shelves which would fit perfectly in an alcove that is part of our living room. The shelves run close to $300; shipping them would have been another $250+ and they'd arrive in over 30 separate boxes. My luck would likely run where the box with all of the hardware is the one which would be lost during shipping. So, we'd decided we'd head north of Cincinnati to the closest Ikea...five months ago. We never made it.

So, yesterday I took some measurements and headed to Lowe's. For around $50, I was able to get: two 2x12x12 boards, ten gray cinder blocks, and two sets of wall fasteners. Two hours after returning home, the alcove looked like this:

Now that the shelves have been completed, all of the games from two closets, one bookcase, and one large box sit proudly displayed in our living room. We still have one bookcase, also in the living room, filled with games, but at least every game is now out in the open.

That being so, I now see some of the games I really want to get to the table in the next few months. A short list would include Mage Knight Board Game, Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game, and Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game. These are just a few of the 30 games in our collection which we haven't gotten around to reading the rules on, much less get them to the table. Soon!

We did play our first game of Castle Panic yesterday, the whole family victorious in holding off the invading monsters. It was close! Between a few errant monsters that managed to break through the castle walls, and several large boulders which demolished wall segments or towers, we clung to victory by managing to keep two towers intact. Everyone in the family enjoyed the game! It was interesting to note that our oldest boy, who has been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, really enjoyed the cooperative nature of the game. We will get some of our other games out that have the same feature and see how he fares with them.

Good gaming!
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