Cove Family Dentistry - June 2019

ROLL THE DICE ON FUN

Turn Family Game Night Into a Real Adventure

Become Super: Masks

Has Monopoly caused one too many fights? Are you tired of stockpiling resources in Settlers of Catan? Maybe it’s time to introduce your family to a new kind of game, one where you control the story and a single roll of the dice can change everything. This is the world of tabletop role-playing games (RPGs), where players embark on epic adventures under the supervision of a central Game Master. There are a lot of RPGs out there to choose from; here are a few your whole family can get into. The first. The biggest. The king of tabletop RPGs. Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) has been around since 1974, though shows like “Community” and “Stranger Things” have only recently helped the fantasy game gain mainstream acclaim. There are a lot of rules involved in the gameplay, so D&D can seem overwhelming to new players. But once you become familiar with the game, there are limitless options for characters and quests. How will a human fighter, an elf wizard, and a dwarf cleric save the world? Roll the dice and find out. Go On a Quest: Dungeons and Dragons

If your family has ever had a long conversation about who would win in a fight between the Hulk and Superman, then Masks is the RPG for you. Fly into Halcyon City where your family can take on the role of a team of young superheroes. Create your own hero and work together to make the world a better place. Fight supervillains, rescue citizens, and ultimately determine who has the best superpower.

Solve a Mystery: Bubblegumshoe

Did you grow up reading “Nancy Drew”? Are your kids all about BBC’s “Sherlock”? Then Bubblegumshoe is the game for you. This teen sleuth adventure is geared toward younger players, so it’s easier to start than other games on this list. Don’t worry if you’re not a mystery writer; the game comes with prewritten stories for your brilliant characters to solve. The villain might have gotten away with it if it weren’t for your meddling kids!

What are you waiting for? Grab some dice and get the party started!

BIRD

Cove Family Dentistry wanted to be in a great location for our patients. It just so happens that we’re also in a great location for birds! All day, we’re able to look out our office windows and spot many different species of birds. This month, we’re watching hummingbirds. Many different beautiful birds can be spotted around the office, but a fond favorite is certainly our hummingbirds. The unique design of their wings makes hummingbirds the only birds that can fly backward, which is part of what makes their tiny aerial dance so enchanting. Did you know a flock of hummingbirds is called a charm, a shimmer, a glittering, or a tune? Many patients are able to watch the charm of hummingbirds zoom around the feeders outside our office while they’re being treated. Hummingbirds can consume double their body weight in nectar in a single day. Considering the average weight of a hummingbird is less than a nickel, that’s not much nectar. Speaking of which, contrary to popular belief, leaving hummingbird feeders up too long in the fall won’t cause hummingbirds to overstay their visit and suffer when the cold winter sets in. Hummingbirds are the smallest migrating bird, and they’ll migrate on time with or without feeders. While they don’t migrate in groups, hummingbirds can travel alone for up to 500 miles at a time. There are many different breeds of hummingbird, though here in Alabama, you’re most likely to spot ruby-throated hummingbirds or blue-throated hummingbirds. If you’re hoping to attract these dazzling little birds to your backyard, keep in mind that hummingbirds have no sense of smell. However, they do have great color vision. Make your yard an ideal hummingbird destination by planting red and orange flowers or by hanging a red feeder. THE CHARMING HUMMINGBIRD

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