Movies and Games

After a couple games of chess at the end of school today we went and picked up some new games. I shouldn’t say “new” I suppose because Othello is a very old game and Nefarious proved to me that she had played before by shaming me in a 41 to 23 loss. That said, I think it may have been luck, and I think that chess is a far easier game for kids to grasp, and while it’s black-and-white, it has no strange racial overtones (if you’re wondering, I played as Desdemona).


I’d been eyeing this “Inverse” game since I saw it on ThinkGeek so when I saw it today at Toys’R’Us, I grabbed a copy. We haven’t played it enough yet for me to give a conclusive opinion, but unfortunately I’m not too sold on the game — it seems a little too predetermined (as in, if you go second, you’ll almost certainly win). So far it’s not on my recommended list, but I am still giving it a chance.


I watched a couple good movies in the last 24 hours as well… I began with Confessions of a Superhero, a documentary about panhandlers who dress up as superheroes and work for tips in Hollywood. It’s a touching set of stories, and has a couple great and very unexpected twists in it. After that I watched Julie Delpy’s The Countess, a humanizing take on the story of Countess Elizabeth Bathory (who is most often compared in superlatives to Vlad Dracula, bathing in the blood of virgins). Now I’m watching The Maiden Heist. Probably too many movies for one day. Oh, and I watched The Canyon when I woke up during the night with a little insomnia last night.


  1. Rachel Dreadful wrote:

    Elizabeth Bathory has a huge part in the 2nd Stoker Dracular book. It’s a quick and fun read, that’s very well written.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:23 am | Permalink
  2. Sarah wrote:

    i love your daughter’s sense of style :)

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  3. Jared wrote:

    You should try Quarto:

    It’s like 3D tic tac toe, but players draw the pieces from a common pool and hand them to their oponent who then plays the piece. Never a dull moment.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  4. Shannon wrote:

    Have you played Quarto? I’ve looked at it a couple times in the stores and was already thinking of getting it. I was also going to pick up Gobblet — one of the first “real” games that we played was Gobblet Jr which is pretty a good strategy game to start on with a younger kid.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
  5. Jared wrote:

    Yeah, I’ve played it and enjoyed it. It’s very satisfying to set up a two or three way win so that your opponent has to hand you the winning piece no matter which one they choose.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Permalink
  6. Shannon wrote:

    Cool, I will definitely keep my eye out for it more seriously now, thank you.

    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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