Good Old Games is a favorite website of mine for getting classic games from my youth back to play on my modernr PC. I also enjoy introducing my children to PC gaming history. The kids like seeing the progression that games have gonew through.
But finally, three grail games for me have just been released on Good Old Games!. The three games that originally put Blizzard on the map are back, Warcraft I, Warcraft II, and Diablo I. The games are faithfully upgraded to work on modern PCs with all of their original functionality working. That means I and my children will be able to play them together on our LAN. Woohoo!
Good Old Games also releases the games without DRMs on them, which is nice for playing these old games on home networks. They are selling a bundle of the two Warcrafts for only $15. Diablo I is only $10. That's a steal.
So, what are you waiting for? Get busy gaming!
Very few people understand how this issue works in Science. The misunderstanding of statistical significance is endemic to the education field. It's one of the many reasons educators should be suspicious when someone in a staff development workshop uses the phrase "Research says..."
Link: Vox article
Splat Attack! Is a new miniatures combat board game put out by IDW Games. It features characters from four different Nickelodeon cartoons (SpongeBob Squarepants, Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, and Invader Zim) in the base game. It may serve as an easy introduction to the genre of grid-based miniatures combat gaming. As such it is entering the arena of Shadespire and Aristeia, for older players, as well as Krosmaster Arena, HeroClix, and Super Dungeon Explore PVP Arena, for younger players. So how does it compare to the other members of this growing segment of board gaming? What do my own children think of it? Is it suitable for school clubs? Read on to find out!
Here's a great interview with Sophie Williams, the designer of the new boardgame Hellboy coming from Mantic Games. In the interview she talks about what led her to becoming a game designer and gives advice for people looking to find a career based on the things they love.
Interview: Beasts of War link
This looks like a wonderful project that is now on kickstarter. It's a stripped down version of Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition combined with adventures specifically meant to help children on the autism specturm learn and practice social skills. Very cool!
Link: Kickstarter Page
Well this was interesting. I ran across this article from a few years ago showing that teacher attrition in the first five years of teaching is only 17%. For years people have been saying it's around 50%. Fascinating.
Link: Washington Post Article
KiwiCo is a company that ships out monthly crates to children which feature STEM or Arts and Crafts activities. They have different crates for different age groups starting at newborn and going up to later teens. My own children are 10 and 12. So they are trying out the Doodle Crate and Tinker Crate subscriptions. My daughter loves art. So the Doodle Crate, which features arts and crafts activities goes to her. Then the Tinker Crate, which has STEM activities, goes to my son. The crate subscriptions currently cost $19.95 a month, although we started for a lower cost due to a Christmas sale. So what do we think? Read On!
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