Advent 2017: Day 14

I had a decent rest last night so I’m much better but feeling extremely tired. J’s friends came round for a playdate so I fortified myself with mini-apple crumble tarts for breakfast and just carried on.

The kids are playing “Ravensburger Labyrinth (I talked about this in a previous post) and another game called Marrakech.

This is a really fun carpet-laying strategy game set in a busy market square. It’s easy to learn, very tactile and requires some keen thinking, and is a real hit with the kids including Thumper, who just likes putting out the moroccan blue carpets in a zigzag pattern. (Buyer’s note: We bought our set from My First Games, but you can also find it on Amazon.)

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

P.P.S. Check out our other Advent posts here with lots of crafty fun for the season and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Advent 2017: Day 12

We spent the day with the Aged P today – the kids have missed her so much!

 

By the way, the game that we are playing is called ‘Qwirkle‘. It’s a simple colour and shape matching game with a good measure of strategy thrown in, so it’s a good one to play across generations! (Buyer’s Note: We received this game as a Christmas gift from a relative who purchased it from My First Games, but you can also find this game on Amazon.)

P.S. We are following the Advent calendar from Truth In The Tinsel this year!

P.P.S. Check out our other Advent posts here with lots of crafty fun for the season and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Sisterly Date! Wheee!

So, a couple of people have been wondering why I haven’t posted in the last few weeks[1], the reason is simple:

Success!  A diamond in hand is awesome and fun!

Success! A diamond in hand is awesome and fun!

I was on holiday visiting my awesome sister and we went on an awesome sister date!

We went to Roomraider, which I’ve wanted to go to ever since Debs reviewed it.  There, we challenged ourselves to a spot of amateur jewellry theft in the Dark Mansion.  Our foray was quite successful and I count it as a matter of pride that we only had to ask for help once[2]!

Our egos were so boosted, in fact, that we grew several inches after the encounter!

Debs: Previously 5'0", now 6'0". Becky: Previously 5'1" now 5'5"

Debs: Previously 5’0″, now 6’0″.
Becky: Previously 5’1″ now 5’5″ (Is also a genius)

And then we had a late dinner snack after at Dean and Deluca!

Tea for two with me and you

Tea for two with me and you

We got to Dean and Deluca towards the tail end of the evening, which meant that it was about to close.  The staff were still willing to serve us, but we had a very limited menu to choose from.

Debs ended up having a fruity iced tea and an earl grey muffin while I had a chilli con carne pie and a hot English breakfast tea.

It was a good evening.


[1]All one of you.

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Games with James: Castle Panic Gag Reel

Here’s a little bonus gag reel for you with some deleted scenes from last week’s episode of Games with James to brighten up your Monday moaning morning! Enjoy!

Games with James will be back with episode 3 next week!

P.S. Want to play Castle Panic with your family? Check out your friendly local game store or (if you’re in Singapore) you can buy online at My First Games – tell Pam that Owls Well sent you!

P.P.S. Don’t forget that International Tabletop Day is coming up on the 5th April 2014! Make a date with your family and a brilliant boardgame and be prepared for some awesome FUNTIMES!

Games with James: Episode 2 – Castle Panic

Playing strategy games with preschoolers can be fun, especially when it involves destroying mythical monsters as a family! J hopes that this Wil Wheaton-inspired video will encourage more people to introduce boardgames as part of their own family time. With International Tabletop Day coming very soon on the 5th April 2014, now is the perfect time to start practicing your gaming skills and passing them on to your kids!

If you are interested in playing Castle Panic with your family, do check out your local game store or buy online at My First Games – tell Pam that Debs G from Owls Well sent you!

P.S. We have a 2 camera set up for this episode! *production value UP*

P.P.S Check out the first episode of Games with James here.

Games with James – Episode 1 Forbidden Island

We just love playing boardgames together as a family – and we’re not talking about the usual run-of-the-mill tabletop games like Chess, Monopoly and Scrabble, but awesomely fun strategy games like ‘The Settlers of Catan’ that are aimed at adult gamers. It’s a wonderful way to bond as a family as well as teach the children (through modelling and collective experience) important life skills such as good sportsmanship, negotiation and decision-making.

With a little bit of help from the  King of TableTop, Mr Wil Wheaton (yes, the same one who played the kid in Star Trek: TNG), it is surprising how easy and how much fun it is to introduce strategy games to preschoolers! Both J and Little E are now avid mini-gamers and take much inspiration from Mr Wheaton, whom they describe as ‘That Guy Who Doesn’t Care If He Loses, He Just Likes To Play Games’.

tabletopday_logoJ was so influenced by Mr Wil Wheaton, that he wanted to make his own Geek & Sundry-esque series (with my help), to encourage parents and other kids to play more games together.

Well, we have made it happen right here on Owls Well!

Introducing our first OwlsWellVlogs miniseries, Games with James! *applause and confetti*

We will be releasing one episode of Games with James every week in the run up to International TableTop Day on the 5th of April, a day where people around the world gather together in the name of Funtimes and Boardgames. We do hope that families will be inspired by J’s videos and will play more boardgames together!

In this first episode, J introduces us to ‘Forbidden Island’, the first game that we ever purchased. This game is now one of our favourites. It’s a really great strategy game and even 2-year-old Little E can play with us as well.

P.S. Want to play Forbidden Island with your family? Check out your friendly local game store or (if you’re in Singapore) you can buy online at My First Games – tell Pam that Owls Well sent you!