FAMILY GAME DAY 2019 CAMPAIGN KICKS OFF WITH A BANG
There is a always a feeling of nervousness at the beginning of a Family Game Day.
It's like a team of chefs in a kitchen, wanting to serve a commendable dish to their patrons. They prepare, then serve, and finally, anticipate for what will hopefully be a positive response to the experience. Yesterday (March 3, 2019), our doors opened again for Family Game Day, and thankfully, it was an absolutely wonderful start to the year.
We should probably just let the pictures and moments from the day speak for themselves.
ROLLIN' ROLLIN' ROLLIN'
Dexterity games are used a quite often at our Game Day events.
Here, Edward Stumpf shows his fellow competitors some proper form in a game of Tumblin' Dice.
CLEAR FOR LANDING
Loopin' Louie is what could be described as today's "Hungry Hungry Hippo", with the exception that its shelf life should typically be much longer for families that own it.
The job at hand??
Stop Louie from ....attacking your chickens with his plane?!
Well, yes, and it's an addictive little elimination game, to say the least.
Here, our board gaming liaison Daniel Rocci defends his coop against his Caelum and Luke Primeau.
PROUD TO BE A "PINHEAD"
Of course pinball is ALWAYS a hit.
It's certainly reasonable to expect that the collective noise level from numerous pinball machines might trigger sensory challenges for some of our guests. So far, we have only experienced the occasional moment when a person might choose to come upstairs for a break.
Our pinball liaison Ian Harrower was a tremendous guide for the families. While some gamers are happy just to "flip" the ball around, others were delighted to get a few tips from someone who spends a fair amount of time competing professionally...in other words, he's really good at playing pinball.
THE ZEN OF PARTY GAMES
We also have the parents in mind when they attend.
A new game called "JUST ONE" has been the new buzz in the board game realm, where EVERYONE is on the same team.
A "guessing player" takes a card with five words on it. One of those words will become the answer they have to figure out. Teammates will then secretly write down a one-word clue, but if two people write the same clue on their tablet, that hint cannot be given to the player guessing. It's a fun twist on the classic family game Taboo.
RIDING INTO THE SUNSET
The kids wrapped the day up with some Mario Kart adventures on the Nintendo Switch gaming console.
While some of the guests continued playing arcade classics like Kung-Fu Master, and World Cup Soccer from the Path of Play pinball lineup, many decided they wanted to race on the big screen.
We only had four controllers for the six kids lining up to play, but even at the end of an exhilarating day of playing together, all were happy to share, and wait their turn.
ALL OF THEM HAD A BLAST!
A SPECIAL THANKS
To Ivano and Stefan Tomasi for bringing Luke a little surprise,
which clearly "feeds" his love for dinosaurs.
...and to Steven Ho for leaving his box of Choco Toast Crunch cereal behind. :)
And finally, to ALL of our helpers and sponsors.
DANIEL AND NEESA ROCCI
KIRN AND LAYLA FROM AUTISM THERAPY & TRAINING
THE REPLAY FOUNDATION - REPLAYFX.ORG
THE PROFESSIONAL AMATEUR PINBALL ASSOCIATION - PAPA.ORG
PIN STADIUM LIGHTS - PINSTADIUM.COM
HABA GAMES - HAHAUSA.COM