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Still not Wil, but came with my 5 year old daughter. Best advice - find things that are age appropriate and enjoy them. We managed to find half a dozen or more including demos, freeplay tabletop & freeplay console. And use things that are inappropriate (and they actually notice) as teachable moments. PAX may be aimed at a specific demographic, but there were a lot of families there with kids from babies to that-teenage-age-when-they're-hardly kids. The fact that those in the target demo barely notice is due to kid blindness* and those kids not being annoying. Most of the notice my kids - 5 & 11 months - got was positive "Oh, look a the little gamer/geeks in training!" variety. Also, there were several panels for Gamer parents which you might find interesting as a parent of gamers. *kid blindness - the state of being oblivious to kids because they don't form part of your day-to-day life
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2011 on How was your PAX? at WWdN: In Exile
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*sniff* That is a beautiful story and a beautiful sentiment. something something something Christmas, yourself Mr. Wheaton. @pyxl YES! G-list! The best list of all. :)
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Woot for the 14 years club! Also, lovely story. Now I need to find a butternut squash recipe. And a butternut squash.
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No, but the Department of Geek Affairs does. It's here: http://www.paulandstorm.com/archives/geek-madness-congratulations-mr-secretary/ in the top right.
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What I want to know is... how many people 'So say we all'd back?
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Shush, Wil's brain, it's time for sleepies. Night night.
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*sniff* I want more! Also, I think I know those people. :)
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Really? Or did I fail my sarcasm check? Seldon crisis for the win! Czeano's mixing the Floyd reference with the Asimov reference. umm, right? (Says me who really only got the Asimov part *blush*)
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OMG - Stephen Hawking is reading your book! :) Ya, the 'human touch' makes a big difference. Also the actor/ reader's understanding of the subtle nuances of punctuation. And so much more. There's even a big difference of you reading your own stuff vs. somebody else. It's the great thing about art - how each interpretation adds to the greater whole.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2009 on wil wheaton vs. text 2 speech at WWdN: In Exile
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The eyebrows!! The eyebrows make the funny.
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@Gil - start with which version of Munchkin most represents your type of geekness. :) I started with Star Munchkin, myself. A couple years ago our annual gaming group Halloween shindig was Munchkin theme. I was a new mama, so went as SuperMom! With prehensile pigtails, Pants macabre, Freudian slippers, the Ghoul Lash, and poisonous chopsticks (in my hair as hairpins). My hubby was my Generic sidekick - I found an online place that makes barcodes, so his code actually said his gender, age, and country of origin. My daughter - 10 months at the time - was a Slobbering Alien. The guy who won form 'Most Munchkiny Costume' was a Gnome Illustionist. I forget the gear he wore, chainmail likely as he makes it, but he used the Illusion ability to have the Fungus help him, which then became Humugous, found a Mate, and produced at Brood. For a total of +243! And yep, he brought the appropriate bag of mushrooms. :)
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2008 on in which munchkin is played at WWdN: In Exile
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@ HeatherS: Check out Orchard Toys - http://www.orchardtoys.com/ They have awesome games aimed at preschool to elementary age. My 3 year old *loves* the Shopping Cart game, and liked the Lunchbox game, too (both basically matching games but with neat themes). Also, games for young kids are a great way to teach patience and turn taking. Plus she already beats me at Wii Sports.
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Ok, I *love* how who Matt Parkman was required a level of explaination ('from Heroes') but Wesley Crusher... nope. He's everywhere! :)
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Wow, that is an excellent opportunity for you, Wil! I've just ordered the Limited, and happily they ship to 'Canukistan' (hehe vinelander, cute) for only $10 extra. Still $45 for a hardcover is pretty decent. Now the only question is... is it mine or hubby's? @jackwabbit - Congrats on your NaNo!
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Yes, I think both of those are excellent 'rules'. Really are they rules? I'd say they are more positive attitudes to gaming, knowing that it's not all about winning, it's also about having fun. Mine's only 2, so we haven't even bothered with rules yet. She's got one game where you stack elephants. There are rules for the order and you roll and die to see if you stack an elephant or a 'special'. Umm, ya, as if. They get stacked & then knocked down. As a lot of folks have said, these would be good even to use with adults - it all depends on the 'seriousness' of your group. But I do like the tokens - mostly because it's a solid visual reminder, like a 'get out of Jail Free' card. I've played 2 different D&D characters witht he 'Luck' ability (reroll any die once per 'day') and I *always* forget to use it. Now if I had a counter, I just might remember. Excellent parenting tip!
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2008 on Gaming with kids: rule 17b at WWdN: In Exile
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Man I love my gaming group! Varying in age from 22 to 41, it's a pretty good mix up. Half of us are in community theatre so it is *very* roleplay-style. There are many sessions that go by with no dice rolls at all. I'm no big combat fan - it takes too long for what it does, plus I rarely build combat characters - but I do like to kick ass on occasion. One of our group is into 'diceless' roleplaying. I need to find out what systems he's talking about. Did you see the 'Beyond D&D' panel at PAX? Though, to be fair, the system they praised the most did look pretty complex. And, yay for GURPS! My first real gaming experience (one that lasted longer than a month & I can actually remember) was GURPS - whichever version existed in '95.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2008 on Lizardmen live in the marshes at WWdN: In Exile
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I will echo the general 'Get well soon' and 'you totally made your bluff checks' statements. Of course, I was another of the Deer in Headlights variety so I likely wouldn't have noticed if you'd had live Slime devils crawling out of your ears. Or I would've just thought they were cool. :) Thanks for being so totally generous with your time, Wil. The panel was awesome (what I caught when not chasing my two-year old), and I was one of the luckily folks who stayed in line hopefully on Sun and then you generously extended you time there. PAX rocked. Next time, I will will do some LFG rooms as I had loads of fun talking with the folks in line to meet you - the Commodore 64 guy was right behind me - and I'd like to do more of that next time. Hope you feel better!
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Ok, I just made an account for the sole purpose of posting here, just so that if I can get my 2 year old to cooperate long enough for me to stand in line & get you to sign my (husband's) copy of 'Dancing Barefoot' I can say I posted on your site. And I'm totally with Patrick K up there on not wanting to go too fangirl but... I doubt I'll succeed. So if you see a toddler running around during your panel... it's probably mine.
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2008 on Wil Wheaton's 2008 PAX Schedule at WWdN: In Exile
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