“Yet Another Zombie Defense Game,” normally $1.99, was on sale for $0.67. I bought a copy for me and had way more mindless fun than if I’d stuck 75 cents in an arcade game. So I bought three more copies and gifted them to my zombie-killing kids. Then my boys and I played together for about an hour and a half.
It’s a top-down, 3rd-person shooter with arrow keys for movement and the mouse for aiming, firing, and switching weapons. It’s played on a super-simple board — pavement with a single street lamp in the center. The zombies spawn at the edges and rush inward.
Survive the night and the next day you can shop for better weapons, ammo, etc.
Mindless, yes, but I had a great time with my sons. Yes, I’m in for more than just sixty-seven cents now. I’m in for $2.68 plus tax, but I stand by that subject line.
I caved in and re-installed Sanctum 2 this evening. Then I played for a while with Keliana, Link, and Patch. We’ll have to do that again sometime.
It reminded me that half the reason I installed Steam was so that I could play games with my kids. Man, the 21st century is cool.
Struggled to get anything done this morning. Made a little progress banging on two possible scripts for Sunday, August 24th. Not working.
Went shopping with my 11yo to clear my head. Got home and decided to take a white pill (20mg, 4-hour methylphenidate — it’s basically a short-term ritalin). Aaaand BANG. I’m able to script again. Wrote an all-new August 24th strip, then the next three days of the week. Then I brain-dumped into the outline and it all flowed gloriously.
I love the white pill, but I hate needing it.
I’m on vacation right now. It’s not something I’m very good at. Vacation, to me, means completely unwinding and relaxing. Touring the Grand Tetons, even just for half a day in the rain, means something else entirely.
But it was certainly pretty.
Now we’re back at the hotel, the kids are swimming, and I’m pouring sweat in the dry sauna trying to accelerate my caffeine detox. Later I think I’ll unpack some paints and base-coat a couple of trolls in the hotel lobby.
Sandra is stressing over the vacation a bit. I think that this first attempt in years is a little bit like other, more intimate things a couple might do for the first time: it probably requires practice before it’s as awesome as everybody else makes it out to be.
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