Free Star Wars Games on Poki

Thanks to The Force Awakens, Star Wars fever is sweeping the universe, and since you can’t go to the theater every day, you might be interested in some other Star Wars diversions. To help fill the Star Wars void during your free time, take a look at the free Star Wars games available at Poki.com.

Poki has lots of browser-based games for a wide range of age groups. The Star Wars games feature LEGO and Phineas and Ferb characters, to name a few.

Take a few minutes and play some games. Train with Yoda, running through the swamps of Dagobah, or build your own droid in the Jawa Junkyard. Feel like thinking a bit? Try a puzzle game like Sith Assault.

But, wait! You’re not into Star Wars? (INCONCEIVABLE!) That’s okay, I guess. Try one of the Frozen, SpongeBob, Pokemon, or other LEGO games.

Whatever type of game you enjoy, you’ll find something you like at Poki. Just don’t forget to let the kids have a turn.

PS: Have you seen these adorable Star Wars illustrations?

Classcraft Engages Students in Learning Game

Classcraft warriors
Classcraft warriors
I love games, and so do my kids. I often wonder how to incorporate game elements into everyday activities, to make life more fun and nerdy. I have just learned about a new game that teachers can play in class with students, and I think this is a very exciting innovation!

It’s called Classcraft, and it’s a live-action role playing game that involves students, teachers, individual responsibility and team work. Watch this video for an introduction to the Classcraft concept.

Classcraft is a role playing game that integrates into any subject class. With the teacher acting as Game Master, students are grouped into small teams and assume the character attributes of a Warrior, Mage, or Healer. Each character class has its own benefits, and the blend of roles encourages teams to work together and help each other. Of course, individual responsibility and achievements are most important to a student’s success in the game.

Classcraft healers
Classcraft healers
Game elements such as earning experience points, leveling-up, responding to random events, taking damage, and even in-game death bring the experience to life. Students earn points for doing classwork, helping each other and having a positive attitude, and lose points for being late, arguing, and poor performance. Scores translate into real-life benefits and consequences, such as in-class snacks or Saturday detention.

Classcraft is free to play, and can be upgraded for an additional cost per class or per school. The game is managed via a website, with teacher/student iOS apps, additional customizations, and other upgrades coming soon.

This is an interesting way to get students more engaged in classroom learning. Teachers can modify game elements to suit their needs, and not every student needs to participate, although I imagine most kids would want to get involved.

I’ve sent a link to Classcraft to the head of our charter school, and I hope you’ll share it, too. I’m supportive of anything that helps kids feel more excited about learning!

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Don’t Minecraft While Sedated

The cartoon xkcd is one of my favorite nerdy comics. For your Friday fun, here is a strip about Minecraft. The moral of the story: don’t let your noob friends into your Minecraft world while they’re recovering from wisdom teeth extraction.

Happy Friday!

Don't Minecraft on Drugs - comic
Don’t Minecraft on Drugs
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Starbucks and Big Fish Give Away Games

Going to Starbucks? Help yourself to one of their Free App download cards! Starbucks and Big Fish Games have teamed up to give away free iPhone and iPad game downloads.

The free games change every week, so stay tuned to the Pick of the Week page for the latest news.

So next time you’re spending way too much on your caffeine and whip fix, pick up a free game while you’re there!

Top Eleven essential items for Mother, in the RPG of life

Warcraft dwarf warriorFile this post under “whimsical,” folks. I’ve been a mother for a little over nine years now. My youngest child has just turned three, and I’m still in that “Mommy, carry me” phase, at times. My purse is bursting at the seams (but not with money), my memory is fuzzy, my feet are tired, and my body is jiggly, but I’m pretty happy with life. 🙂

Over the years, I have spent more hours than I care to admit playing role-playing games (RPG), such as Neverwinter Nights, Baldur’s Gate, and some others I can’t remember right now. One of the things I enjoy about those games is the magical items a character can equip, to modify her natural abilities.

So, I got to thinking, what if I could create a new class of character? In addition to Mage, Ranger, Rogue, Warrior, etc., there should be a Mother class! A Mother would have a special combination of powerful abilities, including some borrowed from the other classes.

Given the qualities and attributes that I now possess (brain fog, stretch marks, etc.), I would be very interested in obtaining certain pieces of special equipment. These would magically boost my strengths and minimize my weaknesses.

Here are the mythical, magical items that would be on my Top Eleven list, if I were a Mother in the RPG of life:

  1. Handbag of Infinite Holding. No more overstuffed purse or diaper bag. Everything fits inside, without the wearer becoming over-encumbered by the weight.
  2. Gloves of Dexterity. Maintains softness of touch, but gives the wearer manual dexterity equal to having a third hand.
  3. Boots of Lightness. Reduces weight upon the feet of the wearer, especially when standing on a scale.
  4. Girdle of Constitution. Provides the wearer ample strength to bear any physical burden, and causes stretch marks and cellulite to disappear.
  5. Helm of Mental Acuity. Dispels brain fog, improves wisdom with age, and prevents wearer from being deceived.
  6. Bow of Justice + Arrows of Mercy. Enables precise, appropriate defensive attacks or punishments, as needed.
  7. Cloak of Patience. Casts a spell of calm and inner peace upon the wearer, in even the most chaotic environment.
  8. Breastplate of Love. Warms the hearts of the wearer and those in her midst.
  9. Amulet of Healing. Empowers the wearer with magical hugs and kisses, which can be used to heal others.
  10. Ring of Rest. When activated, allows the wearer to continue adventuring without sleep.
  11. Shovel of Clearing. Essential equipment for any Mother, this shovel digs through any pile of literal or figurative crap, leaving a clean, clear path to tread.

A wonderful marriage of football, marching band, and video games

I don’t usually put video on my page, because I’m afraid it will slow down the loading or break something, but this was so great, I had to share it. It’s the Cal marching band, from the halftime show of a Cal vs. Stanford game played on December 1, 2007. It will have you singing along, and craving your old favorite video games again. Let me know if it breaks anything. Enjoy!

This is one charismatic little stick figure!

Fancy Pants world 2Prepare to waste some time on this one, folks! The Fancy Pants Adventure World 2 is here.

The lively little stick-figure dude is back, but this time, the world is in color! The game starts off with a nice game of Fancy Pants style golf, for which Stick Dude receives a delicious ice creamy prize. But then, a mean rabbit steals the prize, and Stick Dude is off on a quest to recover his tasty treat.

I love the way Stick Dude can jump and flip. I enjoy the way the wind blows his spiky hairdo, and I really like the way he can slide, roll, and kick.

In addition to the main game, there is a fun new element in World 2. Stick Dude can still change the color of his pants, but you have to earn your trousers as you complete the levels. Find the snail in each level, jump on him to get his shell, and then kick the shell around until you get it in the hole. This is not as easy as it sounds, and mastering the subtleties of kicking, bouncing, wall-jumping, sliding, cannon-blasting, and puzzle-solving, provide for hours of enjoyable play.

If you’re not familiar with Fancy Pants, you might also want to check out World 1. Thanks to creator Brad Borne, for giving me another way to avoid doing real work. Enjoy!