It's All Fun and Games Blogfest! Plus the Round Robin Blogvel Continues...

Hello Monday!

First off, Chapter 2 of the Round Robin Blogvel is up! Check it out at A.M. Supinger's blog. Chapter 1 can be found here.

Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a blogfest--this time about games that we enjoy. The rule? List 3 of your most favorite games and say why. This is probably where you'll see the geeky side of me. =)

So here we go:


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*Cue nerd alert sirens.... Okay, I'm not a pro and I don't have bragging rights such as I can finish the New York Times crossword puzzle in under a minute. Ah, no. Since I didn't grow up here in the great U.S. of A., a lot of the pop culture references get lost on me. But I still try. I'm a sucker for puzzles. I love figuring things out, and I love it even more when things come together and I have that  'aha' moment. So in our household, whenever there are furniture or toys needing assembly, yep I'm the go-to guy...er, woman (psst, I have a power drill. Oh yeah!).

2. PIT

Pit is a fast-paced card game where you trade commodities with the other players to "corner" the market. There's a bull and a bear mixed in to up the challenge. The goal is to get all of your cards to match. My family loves this game. We yell and scream and trade like crazy, plus I actually learned how to bluff whenever I get the Bear card (you lose points when you have it in possession at the end of the game). The first one to have a matching suit (of nine cards) gets to ring the bell and wins.


I have a 3-year-old who's obsessed with Star Wars. On his birthday, he got the Lego Star Wars Wii game, and what was I supposed to do when he begged me one lazy afternoon to play with him (and the book I was reading at that time was chock full of boring expositions)? So we played. Do you know that the Jedis can do really cool lightsaber moves? And they can jump really high? Do you know that after every chapter you're given a True Jedi rating (for not dying so much during the game)? Do you know there are cheat codes you can find in the Internet if you know where to look, or field guides when you're stuck in a particular episode?

LucasArts Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga Nintendo WiiYeah. One day, the game mysteriously disappeared. My boy thinks Darth Vader took it so we wouldn't "get" him (we were in Epidode VI the last time we played). My theory is that someone in the household hid it so our normal life of chores can resume. But I like my son's explanation better.
There you have it. Check out the blogfest and what cool games people love to play by clicking the picture below. Enjoy! 


Teralyn Rose Pilgrim said...

Yay, Lego Star Wars! I think the fact that everything cool has been turned into Legos is just wonderful.

Ellie Garratt said...

OMG. I never even thought about crosswords - an inspired choice!

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Clarissa Draper said...

I love crosswords too. I love this blogfest because a lot of games I used to play are coming back to me.

T.S. Welti said...

I'm a sucker for Scrabble (or Words with Friends and Scramble on my iPhone). I had to delete the apps from my phone while writing my first draft because I was so addicted. :-/

Marewolf said...

You're so cute Cherie! I want to squish you REAL bad!

I forgot about crosswords. The only ones I ever attempt can be found in the back of People magazine, because those are the only ones I have any hope of ever completing!


Julie said...

I love card games, but I didn't know about Pit. I'm curious about it now.

I didn't even think of crosswords, great choices. :)

Donea Lee said...

I love crossword puzzles, but there's always those one or few answers that elude me... :) Pit looks interesting!

Eli Ashpence said...

I credited you in my post. :) I've never heard of Pit before and I don't have a WII, but I can understand when it comes to crossword puzzles. The NYT puzzle... never tried it. I usually do ones in Dollar General books where all the words reference the same theme.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Crossword puzzles almost made my list! I do the LA Times one every day.
Thanks for participating in the blogfest!

M Pax said...

Pit looks fun. I'm unfamiliar with it. Nice meeting you, Cherie.

li said...

I miss half of the references in the NYT puzzle, and I'm born and bred here. It takes me 3-4 days to complete one (if I don't give up). Then again, I don't allow myself to use the internet to look things up, which makes it a lot trickier.

Bluestocking Mum said...

Look at you off on another Blogfest!

I LOVE crosswords and usually take some book or other of puzzles when I go on holiday.


PS - thank you so much for your lovely words and kind messages of support. It means such a lot.x

Laura Eno said...

Hi, Cherie. It's nice to meet you!

Bethany C. said...

I am a box of rocks when it comes to crosswords. I want so badly to be good at them, but I just suck!

cherie said...

Hi everyone! I've been gone all day getting my sick kid to the doctor's and having to wait forever. Anyway, thank you for stopping by!

@Teralyn: There's also Lego Pirates now. Can't wait to get it...after we finish Star Wars of course. Sadly, I still haven't found it. I'm beginning to think my little boy was right after all. ;)

@Ellie, Clarissa, and T.S.: I absolutely love word games like scrabble and crossword puzzles. I have iPhone word game apps that are fairly addicting (although Angry Birds keeps me up at night sometimes). ;)

@Mare: Awww. Squish like a bug? Lol! I usually buy the 99 cent puzzle books at the grocery store. After fifteen repetitions of some 'clues', you're bound to get the last 10 right. ;) <3

@Julie and Donea: Pit is crazy fun! Even the little ones try to join in everytime we play because there's so much ruckus going on at the table. ;)

@Eli: Me too. And thanks for the credit. It's really Alex who started all this.

Speaking of which, Alex, thanks again for this cool blogfest. :) it might take me the whole week to go through each blog (100++). it's EPIC!

@M Pax: Hi! *waves* Nice to meet you too. ;)

@Li: Ah, I must confess that when I am absolutely stuck, google comes to my rescue. Very naughty, but I can't stand an unfinished puzzle. Thanks for stopping by!

@Debbie: Hi lovely! I'm happy to see you here. ;) <3

@Laura: Nice to meet you too, and thanks for following my blog. :)

@Bethany: Purple soul sistah! I feel you. I suck at it too especially when they start asking film questions, or worse, history. :(

Jenny Phresh said...

Hello my dear friend, I just wanted to say hi and sorry for being absent on blog and twitter biz! I fell into a funk for a couple of days there and couldn't write a word, not even a comment. But your happy posts always remind me to pull my socks up and...do a crossword? BTW I too have a power drill! I got it for Christmas one year.

M.J. Fifield said...

I didn't even think about crossword puzzles. I love to do the one in the local paper. Especially at the beginning of the week when it's easier...

My godson is a big fan of the Lego Star Wars games. I've never played it but it certainly seems like it would be fun.

Alison Miller said...

You and my son would get along so well. He loves Lego Star Wars!

Mary Aalgaard said...

Great games. My boys love that Star Wars game, too. And, I played Pit with my family growing up. It is a raucous good time!

Ciara said...

I LOVE Lego Star Wars! :)

Claire Goverts said...

Lego Star Wars sounds like fun, that is something I've been wanting to try sometime. Nice on the crossword pick, I hadn't thought of word games. I'm not to good at crosswords, the word searches are more my thing.

Melissa Bradley said...

I am a total sucker for a crossword puzzle. My nephews think I'm nuts when I get out the book. They get them as vocabulary homework and hate to do them so they are completely mystified as to why I would do them willingly.

You have a wonderful blog and I look forward to return visits.

The Red Angel said...

Oh my I am obsessed with crossword puzzles! They make me think a lot and dig deep in my brain which is probably why I like them haha.

I've never heard of PIT before, but sounds fun. :] My favorite game is probably Scrabble, though the hand game Ninja is fun too!



Nicole Zoltack said...

All of the Lego games are awesome!! And your boy's explanation is too precious!

Personally, I hate crossword puzzles. I have yet to finish one. I get too frustrated.

Francine Howarth said...


Thanks for dropping by my blog. Damn, I love crosswords. ;)


Fresh Garden said...

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

Siv Maria said...

Crossword puzzles are great, also a good way to learn a foreign language. I went crazy when I first moved to norway and all the crosswords looked like chicken scratch to me. Nice to meet you too.

Dawn Kurtagich said...

Great games! I never thought of crosswords (which I love!)


The Words Crafter said...

My husband is a serious gamer and he loved the Lego Star Wars. He said it was really fun and neat the way the characters came apart and went back together.

I love crosswords, but, yes, some of the references get lost on me, too.

Great list!

Simon Kewin said...

Crosswords! I should have included those. Give me a cryptic crossword and I'm happy!

baygirl32 said...

I didn't even think of crosswords! sill me

cherie said...

@Jenny: We shall be drilling together. ;)

@M.J.: Your grandson is a wise one. Someday he might become a Jedi master. :D

@Alison: Yes! Another Star Wars Lego fan. He can come for a playdate anytime. Hehe.

@Mary: A Pit comrade, hooray! We busted our bell one time. That's how crazy we were.

@Ciara: Another Star Wars Lego fan! Hi there ;)

@Claire: Word searches are also fun, except I'm not very good at them. My eyes go cross-eyed after a while. LOL!

@Melissa: Hi, and thanks for the follow! I'm glad you like my blog. =) Welcome to my haven.

@TRA: I've never tried the hand game Ninja. Will have to look it up! Thanks, hun. ;)

@Nicole: Hang in there! Psst, google can help. I know, I know, sorry...cheater here (not all the time though, pinkie swear). Hahaha!

@Francine: Hi! Another crossword lover, yay!

@Fresh Garden: Hi! *waves*

@Siv Maria: You're so right! Crooswords are educational. =)

@Dawn: Hi, Dawn!

@The Words Crafter: We're big on Legos anything in our house. My hubby had a huge collection from when he was a kid (castles, pirates, you name it), and now my son is following after him.

@Simon: Hi! Thanks for stopping by.

@baygirl32: It's ok, I thought of it for you. Hehee. Thanks for stopping by!

Jeffrey Beesler said...

Crossword puzzles are the bane of my existence! I usually have such a horrid time with them that I have to cleanse my soul with a hearty round of connect the dots to make me feel better. It's all of those Abbreviation clues that throw me!

Anonymous said...

Yay for Pit! I remember that game. Three, three, anybody have three to trade? :)

Thanks for sharing.

K.C. Woolf said...

I've certainly done my share of crossword puzzles. Great choice.

Wow, a 3-year-old who's obsessed with Star Wars? Way to go, Mum! :-)

The Golden Eagle said...

Wait, there's a game based on the stock market? I've never heard of that one. :)

Anonymous said...

Crossword puzzles!! Oh, man.....HOW did I overlook those?!

You ever do "cryptic crosswords?" Clues within the clues. Gosh, I could get lost in those things for hours on end.

Thanks for the reminder! It's off to the magazine section for me.

Great choices!

Arlee Bird said...

I probably should have included Crossword Puzzles as I have been working them since I was a kid and do them nearly every day. Love them!

Tossing It Out

aspiring_x said...

ohmygoodness! i bet my kids would LOVE that legostarwars wii game! i'm terrrrrrrible at crossword puzzles! but i hear they ward off alzheimers... that may or may not be an old wive's tale....

cherie said...

@Jeffrey: Sorry to hear that, dude. Abbreviations are hard. I hear ya.

@Kelworthfiles: Yay! Another Pit lover. =)

@K.C.: LOL! It's not entirely my fault. His daddy has a whole collection of Star Wars memorabilia, plus Legos. It was inevitable. =)

@Golden Eagle: Hey, I tried to go to your blog but some kind of malware popped up when I was there. I had to reboot my PC, so I'm sorry I haven't been able to visit.

@Bryce: I haven't tried crytic crosswords...yet.

@Lee: Hi fellow crossword lover!

@aspiring x: Yeah, I heard the same thing. Actually, any kind of game that involves thinking is supposed to help ward off alzheimer's. Thanks for stopping by!

Tara Tyler said...

those are great games! i love xwords! and i remember pit, its been quite a while for that one.
i cant wait to get lego pirates video game (for me!)
happy belated gameblogfest =)

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