Meet Nina. SHe loves nothing better than a sing and dance party with her friends!
Progress on the short stories was very slow this month, because I’ve been getting ready for a double birthday bash for my two youngest sons. 😀 The littlest (Peter Rabbit) is turning one year old on the 4th, and Sammo-saurus will be 5 on the 5th! Sammo-saurus wanted a dinosaur party, of course, so I’ve been having big fun prepping for it.
My kids really like dinosaurs (especially my big girl Budgie, and Sammo-saurus), so they’ve been watching a show called Dino Dana for a while. In the show, the family makes up a game called the “Game of Bones”. Basically, the players must survive the famous dino-killing asteroid impact and all the disasters it brings. Last one standing wins. My kids really wanted to play that game, and it looked like fun, so why not make it?
So I made my own “Game of Bones”. Not as fancy with all the paper mache and crafty special effects, but essentially the same.
Turns out a game that works well for the script of a TV show isn’t really all that fun as an actual game. 😀
So I made a few changes. Tweaked a few things here, a few things there. Researched a LOT on game mechanics…played a couple dozen versions with the kids and updated as necessary. Now I have a game that’s completely different from the one in the show, but it’s really coming along nicely! The kids love it, and I actually have fun with it too. So this month I’ll share a little bit of what that’s all about. 😀
You survived the impact of a giant asteroid that crashed into the Earth, but can you survive the onslaught of its effects long enough to ensure the continuation of your species? Search for food and water while using your wits and survival abilities to endure wildfire, acid rain, tsunamis, and hostile terrain, all while watching your back for those who might want to take what little resources are left!
Your dinosaur (ignore the fact that so many are in the wrong time and place 😛 ) must explore the terrain tiles to find a safe place to build a nest. Collect a cache of food and water as you go, and try not to lose it all (or your life) from other players or disasters.
It was cool to figure out a way to keep track of how hungry you are, and make sure battles with other players (or NPCs in the game) are fun and not just a random roll of the dice. 🙂 I’m still tweaking special abilities, weaknesses, and strengths of the many playable dinosaurs (and other prehistoric critters) in the game. And trying to come up with a balanced, fair mixture is a lot of fun, especially if I can sneak a little science in there. 😀
For the pieces, I just bought both sets of CollectA mini dinosaurs. Most are about 2 inches long, with the longest close to 3 inches, so they work really well for game pieces. The only one I don’t like as much as the others is the Brachiosaurus, because it just doesn’t have the same level of care and detail as the other ones do, which is a shame, because all of the others are just beautiful. Of course, I painted the illustrations on the cards with the same colors as the mini figures, so that they all match. 😀
All I need now is to update the food and water cards, finish the player charts that need finishing, and update the “Event cards”- which players draw each turn to see if they must survive a disaster or confront another dinosaur- just so everything is in the same style and is a nice, more easily shuffled card stock. Right now a lot of my temporary cards we’ve been playing with are regular printer paper.
Not so easily shuffled, I must say. 😛
I must admit I’m actually quite pleased with what the game has morphed into, and some day it would be awesome to actually get it developed into a real game. If there is ever any interest.
Another game we’ll have for the party is also based on a game in a TV show. This time Dino Dan (it’s an earlier season of the very similar Dino Dana). In the show, Dino Dan has a great game for his birthday party that involves hunting for clues to figure out which dinosaur the cake will be.
So I’ll have all 20 of the CollectA mini dinos (and other prehistoric creatures) out on the table, and the kids will have to find the clues to figure out which one the cake will be. The hard part will be keeping the cake a secret until I can reveal it! 😀
Can you figure out which creature the boys will have for their cake?
Clue # 1: This creature lives…
Clue #2: This creature likes to eat…
Clue #3: Does this creature have armor and defenses, or no armor?
Clue #4: Here are some footprints…
Clue #5: A few “fossils”, who do they belong to?
Coming July 1st…
Is that a beaver? 🙂