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Fun table top games to play with your kids.

Hey Guys and gals….

This week we are going to be looking at the 5 best board games for kids / families available at the moment. Now a lot of people have their favorite board games and I am one of those people but what I am looking for here is board games which have replay value and also you can easily pick up anywhere. We all know Speak Out and Pie Face are good games but really how many times are you going to be willing to continue to get hit by cream. A question every porn star gets asked?

Enough of that lets begin

Jenga

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How could we not start off with the classic pull a wooden stick out of a block of sticks and hope to god it doesn’t fall over classic which is Jenga. I love this because of 2 reasons. Its simple. There is no mad rules or set up. It takes 2 minutes to get going and the person to pull the stick out which topples it loses. Great fun. Secondly the replay value is emence. Seriously I have played this game for hours with my kids (well one of them, the other just wants to see destruction and knocks it down like a wrecking ball through my Miley Cyrus shaped heart.)

Checkers

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Such a simple and classic game. The rules are simple for any child to pick up and the reward of beating the child I mean in the child beating you is worth it. This is a fantastic game for teaching kids about thinking ahead and strategy. Just black against whites. Or whites against black. We aren’t racist here. Just keep in mind the checkers can be small so keep away from your 2 year olds please.

Dungeons and Dragons

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Yes I went there. This all time classic is a must to have in any house. Yes the rules are hard but come one. You get to make up your own adventure with your family in which they live or die by a roll of a dice and at any moment a wandering Ogre could jump out and destroy your whole mission. Start simple. Don’t go big on a first play as kids will just get board. Make little drawings for different characters. Get the kids involved in making the dungeon. Never underestimate the power of imagination.

Monopoly

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My partner is not allowed to play this game. I have never played it with her and I can see why she would not be allowed. This is pure maths right here guys. This is your chance to teach your kids ( and partners) about the value of money and how to spend it. Monopoly is probably the best-selling board game in the world so get one and just have some fun. Don’t be too strict at the start but then make sure the kids know all of the rules and then real estate their asses.

Mouse Trap

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To finish up I have to pick one of my favorite games of all time. I love it. Watching all those pieces fall into place at the end to capture my wayward mouse in just heaven to me. This is a simple game which children and families of all ages will surely love. Yes there is a lot of setting up and maybe just maybe you will not wanna set the whole thing up again after the first time around but there will always be more mice to capture and more fun to be had.

So what did you think of the list? Have you any suggestions for games which I have not put on the list? Leave a comment below if you do.

 

When the world is shattered….

Hey guys and girls

A late post this week due to the fact I have run out of game time which means my lovely access to World of Warcraft is none existent until the end of this week. So all information brought to you this week will be from various other websites.

So obviously the big news this week is that shattering of Azeroth as we knew it and reborn in the fires of Deathwing. As I have not seen or experienced this apart from on the beta I have to say I really wanna see it. With all the Dalaran and Shattrath portals being removed I hear a lot of people crying about the fact of not being able to run through a portal to where they want to go. Get over it people. You knew it was coming and it’s not a big deal now we will be able to fly in Azeroth anyway. From playing on the beta I have seen how much the world has changed and I love it. Come on the Redridge bridge is finally complete.

Blizzard has cut the prices of WoW and all its expansions also for a limited time. You can pick Vanilla World of Warcraft and The Burning Crusade up for €5 each and also Wrath of the Lich King for €10. So come on guys buy this limited offer for your loved ones and get them hooked also.

Blizzard announced the Darkmoon Faire website. Similar to the 5th anniversary website there are unlockable features the more that you send in your applications for the 2 competitions that they now have running. One a video competition and the other and image competition.  Prizes include laptops and headsets and the stuff which has been unlocked so far is pretty darn cool. Look below at the images and videos unlocked so far. Must say Garosh looks badass.

The official World of Warcraft forums closed down and reopened in a new location this week on the new community site. They look just as neat and tidy as before and I don’t really see a down side to this one. Sure we will have gotten used to the old system but come on its new and pretty and for all those barred Trolls you have been unbarred to rant and rave as much as you like (until you get banned again) in the new glossy forum pages.

No pet for the anniversary this year and I for one am pissed off at this. Blizzard stated it was because they wanted these little guys to only be part of a milestone event like the 5th anniversary. So what was with the 4th anniversary pet then guys? What was the milestone there guys? I know the guys at Blizzard have been busy this year and all but this was their chance to give us Ghostcrawlers moose. Hell they could have even set it on fire and told us for all our whining they would be giving us a flamin moose and we would have been happy. Well we’ll just have to wait for our camels then.

Sorry here but sometimes you come across a piece of fan art that blows you away and I have to give a big congrats to Zhongjie Lan (Windforcelan) for this masterpiece below which I have printed on glossy paper and is sitting up in my office as a truly amazing piece of work. It has to be one of the most sexy and amazing pieces of Warcraft art I have seen in ages and deserves the praise of being on the Blizzard fan art site.  Check below for the picture.

Finally for this week in review we got Patch 4.0.3 which saw those elementals attacking the major cities and although I only saw a fraction of this due to the above issue of running out of game time and money. It did look damn cool with epic raid’s amount of people battling to protect their cities for the onslaught of the elements. This of course died down after a few days and most people just stood there and let others do the work for them. Way to go guys on showing your true allegiance.

Well that’s it from me for another week. I shall be back with you on Sunday this week as I need to actually play the game for a while to get acquainted with what I am telling you guys. Have fun

Epic Noobs Everyone.

Hey guys and welcome to another week in the World of Warcraft.

So this Monday we got the 2nd part of the world event. I must ask was anyone else pretty disappointed in this new set of quests. Yes sure it was kinda cool nuking tiny stone dudes in Ironforge but there wasn’t an epic or huge deal really about it unlike the 1st stage where the elementals were appearing world wide. I kinda hoped that the second stage would see an even greater amount of these world invasions or maybe cut the timer down on them from 1 hr to maybe 30 minutes.  But alas neither of the above seemed to happen and instead we got a quest to save some artifacts and kill some little dudes. Lets hope for something a bit more substantial in the coming weeks as Cataclysm rules up to the door and knocks it off it’s hinges.

Then on Friday night we got the 3rd part of this event giving us a few more quests including disrupting some cultists and their plans for Stormwind and visiting Thrall in Nagrand as we find out that he has stepped down as Warchief and handed the title to an obviously happy Garosh. This 3rd installment definitely was as good as the first and shows the effects that the cultists are having on the cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar with visitors having to be checked before entering the gates in case that they are cultists trying to expand their plans. This doesn’t seem to be working too well though as there are plenty of them walking around in plain sight. Don’t you just want to punch them.

This week thanks to our friends at MMO-Champion we got our first looks at the new store pets coming our way later this month. The Lil’Ragnaros and Moonkin Hatchling will be winging our way to us soon and you can expect both these pets to cost the same as the previous Lil XT and Pandaran Monk pets. Just like the Monk last year half off all money raised from the sale of the Moonkin Hatchling shall go to a charity which is as yet to be nominated by Blizzard. My take on this is simple. Buy the Moonkin to support the charity as it is a good cause and will more than likely be a deserving one and buy Rag if you feel like it. It is nothing major to buy one or both of them and it is nice to do your charitable deed for the year guys lol.


Blizzard announced this week the introduction of the Dial in authenticator. So what this service is is a free opt in service for when the game believes that it may not be you who is trying to access your account. If this is the case it shall as you to phone a toll free number from a specific number which you will set upon opting in and follow the directions from there. This is a great idea and one I know has been talked about before other places I.E The Instance and add that extra layer of security against account hackers. For those of you who’s phones are not compatible with the mobile authenticator or just not will to pay for the extremely cheap authenticator itself ( which I don’t see why you should not) then this is a viable option for you and it’s free.

Blizzard also announced that you shall be able to race change immediately as of December 7th to either Worgan or Goblin.Does this make me want to do it with my main. No not at all. Some people will want to do this yes but they are going to miss out on exciting new content if they do which I for one shall be rolling 3 new characters. A Worgan, Goblin and either a Human Paladin or Orc Druid. For the people who want their characters as these new races it’s great but I do not foresee many people doing this until at least their characters hit 85 but I have been wrong in the past.


Yes it has arrived a lot quicker than last year… We got our Deathy’s. Wow what a little spit fire he is too. Deathy’s animations come less than those of the other pets but this still makes him a constant companion for all those people who attended or bought the Direct TV package this year. I know he shall have pride of place beside me as I adventure through a reforged Azeroth and he shall be there beside me as I take down his daddy Deathwing.


Post Blizzcon cooldown

Oh come on did you really think I was going to write and article before Blizzcon hit use full in the face with awesomeness. No way.

So lets cover it all in beautiful chronological order. This day last week we were all shocked awh’d and basically scared out of our little pink boxers when the Cataclysm full cinematic was released. Everyone has seen this at this stage. It’s freaking  awesome and possibly the best trailer I have seen this year even beating The legend of the Guardians trailer. Got to love the birds people. What the trailer has brought with it is a villain which up until now we knew was mad and bad and really pissed off but in the trailer we now know he wants us dead and not just a nice dead but a dead as you can possibly be dead with burning as well. The final shot of Deathwing on the gates of Stormwind. Well come on its wow for a reason people. I cannot wait for this game and especially this villain after just completing all 3 War of the Ancients books and am geeking out more than ever. Collectors Edition Cataclysm you shall be mine.

Next up we can see that Cataclysm is getting polished and ready to ship as there is a lot of testing going on for the raid encounters to make them great. there are a good few videos out there of these encounters but the ones i found most enjoyable were here and here. The encounters look amazing and as a warrior tank I say bring it on big guys see what a human can really do.

Then as with every year there was a silence. Nothing happening nothing being talked about until that is Blizzcon happened just 2 days ago. Yes the nearly annual event kicked off with Chris the man Metzen talking about what it is to be Geek and what it means to him and Blizzard to have us as fans. This was a major PR prop by Blizzard to basically say that the company is ours. We control if they make money and it want to make games and expansions which are the best possible and sometimes that feels like too long a time. But quick is not always best and I for one am happy to have this franchise still in the hands of the people it belongs truly too. THE FANS.

Now speaking of this Mike Morhime announced that there will be a second charity pet going in game this year for Child’s Play which will be a Moonkin Hatchling. Cannot wait to see what this looks like and again it is for a good cause so i probably will pay out for it this one time. The only other big announcement was the last Diablo 3 class the demon hunter and area battles. Diablo is looking badass.

The big info came as usual from the quests and lore panel with Chris Metzen and the big one seems to be that Thrall shall be the new aspect of Earth taking over from Deathwing. This is huge as what it basically means is Thrall is the main character along with Deathwing this expansion. Expect  a lot of Horde times and expect it to be epic story as always.  We also got the name of the new old god this expansion which is Nezoth/Ni’zoth.  Kalecgos will be the new blue aspect. Thrall and Jaina will never get green fever for each other.

We found out from the raids and dungeons panel that a lot of old world dungeons are getting a face lift and nip tuck also. with whole sections of some dungeons getting the chop. This is welcome news for new level players as the long Ulduam runs are going bye-bye thank old gods. Plus we’re getting 2D maps for each dungeon was the first step. Detailed boss info will be added to the map, including loot, lore, and abilities! 3D Portrait of the bosses will be available.

but by far the biggest news came from the art panel weirdly enough where we finally got to see the Worgen in-game cut scene which you can see below and also we got the final version of the World of Warcraft Cataclysm login screen and OH MY GOD W.O.W is truly wow and will leave you with that scene.

Enjoy

Making the most of a little time

Hey guys

So I don’t class myself as “hard-core” but I do play a lot. Basically whenever I not out and watching TV. This had led to try to fit a lot of stuff into a short schedule per day. I will now walk you through a day in the life of Ravonbrand.

Ok so first and foremost on my mind at the moment is gold and making lots of it for the tundra mount. So with this in mind the first place I hit is always Dalaran. Why Dalaran you ask? Well simple answer is for the weekly raid quest, the daily fishing and cooking. These can be the most time-consuming ones depending on the quests offered so I like to get these out-of-the-way as soon as possible.

The it’s on to the Argent tournament for all the daily quests in the area and make some very easy gold from there. This one is a no brainer. I have written previously about how simple it is to make money here and that’s without even farming anything. But right after finishing those quests it farm time.  I fly around the Icecrown area twice sometimes 3 times picking up only Rich Saronite and Titanium. Then fly to Dalaran and smelt them all.

Here is where things change lots. I’m a rep hound. I like to see them all full and work on getting them full so after farming it’s rep farming. Now I just finished the Oracles and Mercenary of Sholazar achievements and now it’s time for (what for it)   Hero of the Zandalar Tribe in good old Zul Gurub and really enjoy just soloing it and destroying those poor trolls.

Next up is of course the random daily heroic dungeon for 2 frost emblems and then it’s the random daily battleground for the hour as I want to fill up my mounts and this is the easiest way.

After all this is done I don’t have time for much else during the weekdays due to work commitments so no raiding but weekends are for that right guys and girls. But when I come home from work I work on one of my many alts that I am leveling to 20 and when that’s done I will be working them again each higher and higher to 80. It keeps the game interesting.

Well hope you liked the article and let others know what you routine or lack there of is in our comments section below.

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UPDATED Coming soon: Ustream Ravonbrand

Yes that’s right I am putting myself on Ustream. What this shall basically mean is me streaming me playing Warcraft (Yes I know very exciting)most days for the whole world to see. I have seen a lot of people doing this but have yet to see it from the tanks point of view and that is what I hope to share with you all.

All things going well this should be going live tonight but I shall update the page with the link if it works properly which knowing my luck this week it probably will not. It gives you the viewers a chance to chat with me if you want to and also see how I play the game in the most bizarre possible way.

The link for the show is now below:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ravon1981

Defense and why it must go.

Today seems like Ghostcrawler day here on Warriors Rage and we don’t just get 1 post but 2 about our wonderful class. This time Ghostcrawler fixes his gaze with impending destruction on Defense for tanks. He gives us an insight as to why this must go and for the most part I agree with him.

On the official forums a posters asks : “If tanks get to do away with defense juggling, cant DPS get a break on this too? Maybe not a complete shut out but maybe every class gets a talent to make it easier so we can stack what we need and not what we have to have”

Quite an interesting response after the BREAK

Tanking Gear: FoS, PoS and HoR


Ok so I promised you a DPS and a tanking gear guide for the new 5 mans and here they come. First of all we will look at the tanking gear from both the normal and the heroic versions of Forge of Souls, Pit of Saron and Halls of Reflection.

Unless you have been running ToTC 25 and are a casual player then this is your first stop for gear. Now I am not saying this is the best gear obviously that will drop from ICC 10 and 25 and the level 232 can be replaced with some of the vendor Triumph gear also but for a casual player this is some nice gear and should easily make you good enough geared to take on ICC 10. So lets start after the BREAK

Warrior Tips : Dungeon Finder

Well Patch 3.3 has been here for a week now and we have all seen major changes in the game since it hit us in the face last Wednesday. But nothing has been more talked about than the new Dungeon Finder system.

What this system has basically done is changed the way we run dungeons and also the way we run them with PUG groups. Now for a warrior this has been either the best thing in the world or a long long waiting list. As a tanking warrior this has been a god send for us as it takes on average 5 seconds for any tank in the game to get into a group. This is simply due to the sheer amount of DPS in the game. For DPS warriors it has seen a bit more of a wait as there are plenty more people queuing as well. Lets have a look at some tips for this new system that both specs should use.

Read article after the Break

Patch 3.3: Whats your first impressions?

So for most of us we have had patch 3.3 not for a couple of hours and have probably at least tried 1 of the new 5 mans and maybe even citadel itself.

Me personally I have done both Forge of Souls and the Pit of Saron and was only maybe 50 meters away from finishing Halls of Reflection before worked called and I had to leave. Take about very mad (I could use other words).

The new LFG looks amazing and feels very fluid and the ability to run the same instance multiple times during the day will be a very good thing on the random dungeon feature and will also help people get into instances with the gear matching system.

But let us know what you think in the poll below: