A Game Night Party to Review Some Awesome Disney and Star Wars Games

One of the best things about reviewing products for companies is being able to host get-togethers with friends to test products out.

Wonder Forge gamesRecently I had the opportunity to put six games from Wonder Forge to the test. To do so, I held a game night with my friend Carol and her two children, Matt and Abby. We had so much fun putting the games through their paces.

We had the most laughs playing Disney Frozen Surprise Slides! Game, which was like a Frozen-themed version of Candy Land, but with the twist of having removable pieces on the board that can get switched around, altering the course.

We also enjoyed Pictopia-Family Trivia Game: Disney Edition, though some of the questions were easier for the adults. All things Disney were included in the questions from vintage movies and TV to current ones to theme park attractions. Definitely a good gift for a Disney nut.

We tried four other games, and if you’re interested, you can read my complete reviews over at The Disney Blog. But the night reminded me how much fun can be had with traditional board games. We all had a blast eating pizza and trying out each of the games.

Most importantly, we were connecting and talking with each other, instead of sitting in front of a screen. I highly suggest holding a board game night if you don’t already.

Thanks again to Wonder Forge for sending the games to review. As always, my opinions are my own.

Some Important Vines For You to Check Out

I interrupt your regular web surfing for these important vines:


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Crackle Original Charity Concert Series “Playing It Forward” Returns With Imagine Dragons #PIF

Imagine Dragons during the Crackle original concert series Playing It Forward.

Imagine Dragons perform for Playing It Forward. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Crackle)

Last month, multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons played a secret show in Las Vegas as part of the Crackle original concert series, “Playing It Forward.”

The November 8 show in front of the Bellagio Resort & Casino on the the Strip showcased the band performing three fan favorites: the newly released single “I Bet My Life” from their upcoming second album; the 9x platinum single “Radioactive”; and the 2x platinum breakthrough single “It’s Time.” The video also shows some behind-the-scenes footage of the band.

Crackle’s original music series, “Playing It Forward,” is a special documentary-style music series produced by Team Downey, an entertainment company founded by actor Robert Downey Jr. and his producer wife Susan Downey, as well as veteran music producer/composer Tony Berg and Kevin Lake. The first episode in the series starred John Legend.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lights Up the Internet with Teaser Trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

As a long-time Star Wars fan, I have been anxiously awaiting the first look at the upcoming new installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Today I, along with the rest of the internet, got that look via a teaser trailer.

It wasn’t long enough to really tell us anything about the plot of the movie, but there was plenty to set our hearts racing.

The first shot that sticks in my mind occurs about half-way through the clip: that badass Sith lightsaber with a laser hilt guard, like a real sword. Check it out:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Things That I Have to Be Thankful For in 2014

On Thanksgiving, it’s traditional to look at your life and share all the things you’re thankful for. So in the interest of tradition, here’s my attempt to count my blessings.

Me on the last day of my external radiation therapy.

Me on the last day of my external radiation therapy.

There’s no doubt this has been a rough year for me, but I actually have so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful that I am able to have a roof over my head, and food in my belly. Many people do not have this.

I am thankful that my writing allows me to have experiences I might not otherwise be able to do.

I am thankful for all of my friends who helped give me strength through my recent cancer fight. Your words of encouragement and love really got me through a few rough patches.

I am thankful my friend Carol was available and willing to get me to my cancer treatments. And to Bette and George for getting me there when she wasn’t available. Without them, it would’ve been very hard for me to kick cancer’s ass.

I am thankful that I live in an age where medical treatments exist to treat cancer with minimal side effects.

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Finishing My Last Day of External Radiation

Me with a few staff members at Florida Hospital Kissimmee Radiation Therapy on my last day of treatment there.
Yesterday I finished my last day of external radiation for my cancer, and I’m so happy to be done.

For the last five and a half weeks, I’ve gone Monday through Friday to have my 20 minute radiation sessions.

Every morning, I partially disrobe in the room as the one or two techs set up the machine. I hop up on the table and get into position. Then I’m pulled, tugged, and taped, so my skin lines up with the marks and I spend the next 20 minutes lying perfectly still as the arms of the machine spin around, radiating my abdomen and pelvic region from all sides.

The first week or so wasn’t too bad. Then the cumulative effects of the daily radiation started causing skin irritation – like a mild sunburn – and my digestive system started to just flush everything out as soon as I ate it, it seemed.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Media Event Clip Surfaces

Steve Rogers and Tony Stark

During the big Marvel Studios press event last week where they dropped news of their upcoming movie schedule through 2019, they showed a short clip from next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The clip, which showed a rather tense exchange of words between Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr), seems to set up the confrontation that will happen between the two in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

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Marvel Releases Special Look At Avengers: Age of Ultron During Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel is on a roll. First with their press conference releasing Phase Three schedule information, and then during last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., they showed a special look trailer of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Yes, Marvel already released an Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer last week, but since that was in response to a leaked trailer, they added more scenes to the special look aired tonight.

In other words, you want to watch both.

The special look video begins with a light-hearted party with the Avengers and associates gathered. A funny game of try-to-lift Mjolnir is interrupted by Ultron, then the clip shows a montage of scenes from the movie. Clips which show our beloved heroes are in for some rough times indeed.

Thanks to Marvel, I’ve posted the video below for your enjoyment. Let me know what you think of it in comments.

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