Disclaimer: If you don’t like reading about parents bragging about their kids, click away now. Go on. Nobody is forcing you to read this. Tomorrow I’m sure will be back to standard grousing about the world.
DH’s main reason for wanting a child was to have someone to game with. My main reason for having a child was to see DH as a father.
DH is a total gaming nerd. The first time I spent any appreciable time alone with him, we walked along and he told me about some D&D mission he’d been on, as if it were real. I thought, amused, “My lord, what a huge nerd.” He grew on me though. (Being tall dark and handsome didn’t hurt.)
Our house is full of games, mostly Eurogames which replaced more standard gamer-type-games such as Risk or Stratego (think Settlers of Catan, though it is not actually one of the best, it was the one that introduced Eurogames to the US). We’re not talking Pictionary here, though we do have Apples to Apples (saved for when DC gets older).
And so DH introduced my little darling to hir first real game. A simple little $15 lego board-game called Castle Draida in the Heroica series. DC was hooked. One lego game became two. Then DC saved up hir allowance to buy a third. Then the in-laws got the last (and most expensive) for Christmas. Ze has spent hours upon hours playing with relatives, alone, trying out different scenarios, intimately getting to know the instructions manual, and so on. Just like DH with his bigger kid board games.
Man, I wish I could show you all a video of DC talking about Heroica. Dark druuuuids and knights and orcs and goblins… and their hitpoints and healing potions and treaaaasure. High speed kindergarten nerdity.
DH’s next contribution after Heroica, and just in time for the relatives, a fun board game called Castle Panic. It can be played cooperatively or competitively.
My poor parents. DH’s poor parents. They listened patiently to DC going on and on about game mechanics and orcs and trolls and bosses and boulders. Then they gamely played the cooperative version. My sister I feel less sorry for– she got the mechanics right away and doesn’t let DC cheat. Listening to them play is kinda like listening to two kids the same age play together, complete with, “Nooooo, you can’t DO that.” When played competitively, DC likes to play the monsters. Last game DH won by a single point when a lucky boulder got DC’s last two monsters, preventing them from taking down his last tower.
Ze is now attempting to shuffle: this may be hir next big goal now that ze’s mastered shoe tying.
We’re so proud. :)
What are your kids into? Alternatively, what were you into when you were little?
[p.s. Also, DC isn’t immune to my form of nerdity. Anime may not be an all-consuming passion for hir, but ze will watch it with me.]