Miniature Wargame Video!

This is my first Vlogging experience, ever, so I’m pretty excited. I hope you enjoy it!

Special Thanks:

Thanks once again to Galaxy Comics Comic Games and More, and a very special thanks to Matt Schmidkamp of angryelfbrewing.blogspot.com, Eric Skarenes, Justin Wilzba, Chris Randazzo and Fred Simmons.

Picture Credits:

  • Matt Schmidkamp  – Warmachine Photo
  • CSW Expo 2009 Photos – Wargame Photo
  • Alan De Smet –  Gary Gygax Photo
  • Photo of HG Well is Public Domain

Music Credits:

  • “Consort for Brass” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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Game Night

What is a Game Night?

Game nights are the most important part of any traditional game club and family. This togetherness is the most important part in forming a community and brings people closer to one another. It is events like this that helps us make memorable moments with people we care about.

Game Night At The Museum 

Volunteers show parents and children how to play the multitude of games that night.

Volunteers show parents and children how to play the multitude of games that night.

Just this September, Galaxy Comics, Games & More, is sponsoring family game night at the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,  on the last Thursday of every month.

“This is a brand new thing for us, we had fun with it last time and had a pretty good turn out,” said Chris Randazzo, owner of Galaxy Comics in Stevens Point. “You never know with this sort of thing if you are going to spend the night playing games with each other or you are going to have twenty people.”

Randazzo also said that he that within a few months they will have a good turnout every time and is very enthusiastic about family game night. He sees this event as very important, because it help engage community members and helps in getting parents to familiarize with the fact that there are many family friendly games besides, Monopoly.

He also says that they are trying to show how many fun games are out there and that board games are beneficial.

“The great thing about board games as opposed to electronic games and I have nothing against electronic games, Randazzo said, “is there is so many beneficial things, not only to children, but really for anybody.”

According to Gwen Dewar, Ph.D from parentingscience.com, there are social benefits to board games. These benefits include, games teach lessons about getting along with others and that When kids play with older role models they can learn something else, too: How to win—and lose—with grace and good manners.

At about 5:40 p.m. parents and children startled trickling into the room and by 6 o’clock the game night was in full swing. Everyone was having a great time playing multitude of games like: Ticket to Ride, Forbidden Island, Castle Panic, Hiss, Duck Duck Bruce, Cardline, Hide & Eek and Catan Junior.

Raise the roof.

Raise the roof.

Cogitationes Populorum

I sat down at a table joined Scott Cherkauer, who was with his son Liam and Brandon Uhlig. We were playing Catan Junior for a better part of the hour. Scott Cherkauer said he and his family don’t play too many board games at home, but did play Monopoly and Sorry Slider.

Liam won at Catan Junior. Right Side: Brandon Uhlig and Scott Cherkauer. Left Side: Scott's Children

Liam won at Catan Junior.
Present in Photo: Brandon Uhlig and Scott Cherkauer and Scott’s Children

“We mostly play Monopoly and Sorry Sliders,” Cherkauer said,” but our biggest addiction at home is Minecraft.”

Scott Cherkauer thinks that games are important for kids too and thinks they are great for being able to think strategically, but says there are other ways to accomplish that and that not everybody needs to think strategically.

“There are other things that you have an interest in, Cherkauer said, the important part is making sure that you are honing in your children’s interest and getting them out to do stuff.”

Brandon Uhlig said that board games may not be that important, however they are fun and may useful when it comes to kids.”I think they are fun and they could be useful, Uhlig said, but not having them doesn’t hurt.”

Uhlig also agreed with the idea that families should play a board games once in awhile. “Any amount of family time is good,” Uhlig said, “as long as every body is involved and is having a good time.”