May 29, 2014

“I Claudius” – Lover of Games

Emperor Claudius also known as Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus ruled Rome from 41 to 54 AD. No one could have predicted that Claudius would one day come to power. From the beginning, Claudius was ostracized by his family because of his limp, stammered speech, a constant running nose and inappropriate behavior. Left to his own devices, he stayed in the background and occupied himself with writing[...]
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May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Salute to US Civil War Soldiers

The Civil War, or the War Between the States, spanned from 1861 to 1865 and it split the nation into 2 military factions, the Union from the northern states and the Confederates from the south. The war was a result of nationwide disagreements over state rights and slavery along with other political and economic factors. Imagine you are civilian from Ohio with a family and a farm to run and are leaving[...]
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May 22, 2014

Pachinko Fever!

I was thrilled to receive a Sankyo Pachinko machine as a gift! I fell in love with its colorful playing field, flashing lights and interactive sounds intended to hook you into playing again and again. The machine came without directions on how to play, so I had to figure it out. Here’s what I discovered. The name Pachinko (pronounced puh-ching-koh) comes from the Japanese word pachi-pachi, which means[...]
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May 19, 2014

Yut Nori – The Korean Game of Sticks

Grab your barnyard animals – the pig, dog, sheep, cow and horse – and be the first to race your 4 tokens around the board to emerge the winner of this ancient Korean game. The word Yut translates to sticks or lots and Nori means game. Four tokens or Mal are moved around a cloth game board called a Malpan. Instead of modern dice, 4 Yut sticks, each having one flat side and one round side are cast to[...]
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May 15, 2014

Bowled Over by Bowl-A-Mania

You’d think I would be the last person on Earth to talk about bowling. I have some experience with the game, but let’s just say, not a good one. While attending college, I need to fulfill a physical education requirement and when I saw that bowling was offered, I signed up with high hopes of becoming a great bowler. Here’s the result. For the entire semester, my score peaked in the low 70’s. (Yeah, the[...]
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May 12, 2014

The A-Mazing Labyrinth

Keep your eye on the ball and your hands on the dials to maneuver the circuitous path of the labyrinth. This hand and eye coordination game takes patience and manual acuity. Use the tilting game board and the fixed walls to keep the steel ball on track. Avoid the “holes” in your pathway and you will emerge the conqueror of the labyrinth! This challenging puzzle game was invented by Sven Bergling and[...]
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May 8, 2014

“Come, Watson, Come! The Game is Afoot.”

Sherlock Holmes, one of the most famous literary detectives of all time and his arch nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, go head to head to find the stolen Crown Jewels and return them to the Tower of London in Cadaco’s, THE SHERLOCK HOLMES GAME. The game comes with a unique game board. The dual sided board is hinged in the center allowing each player to have access to the space below it. Two magnets,[...]
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May 5, 2014

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo or “the 5th of May” is a celebration of Mexican music, culture and food. (Let’s not forget about pitchers of Margaritas and shots of tequila!) But, do we really know the history behind this popular celebration? You can thank General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin and his troops for establishing Cinco de Mayo. Here’s how it all began. Mexico was involved in a series of wars that bankrupted[...]
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May 1, 2014

Meet George Jetson. His boy Elroy.
Daughter Judy. Jane his wife . . .

Welcome to Orbit City! The year is 2062. Meet the residents of the Sky Pad Apartments, the Jetsons. Husband and father George Jetson lives with his wife Jane and their two kids Judy and Elroy, along with their maid Rosey and their lovable dog, Astro. Although the Jetsons are an average American family, the world around them is a bit different in 2062. Buildings are constructed on platforms held up by[...]
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