Family Game Night Break the Monotony of Overplayed Board Games!
Family game night is a time when a family can forget about all of life’s commitments and bond over a good old- fashioned board game. But the old, tattered Monopoly box or worn-out UNO cards can leave something to be desired, and the classics might be getting a little dull. If you’re tired of playing the same board games over and over, it might be time to start looking for ways to change things up. Here are four tabletop games you might not have heard of that are perfect for spicing up family game night. Mysterium Your family will love delving into this cooperative murder mystery game that is a mixture of Clue and Dixit. You can play as the ghost or as one of the mediums who enters the haunting. The ghost player gives each medium a clue or vision about a potential murderer, and the mediums have to guess which person, room, or weapon was used to murder the ghost player. After each turn, the ghost reveals whether each of the mediums’ guesses are right or not. If all of the mediums succeed in guessing correctly by the seventh in-game hour, they work together to find the true murderer. Laser Chess A classic game of chess is a great way to spend an evening, and it just got a little more interesting. Laser chess includes all the problem-solving skills a typical chess
game offers but with a twist. At the end of each turn, a player fires a small laser beam that bounces off the mirrored chess pieces. If it hits the non-mirrored surface of a piece, that piece is taken by the player. A player wins when the opposing player’s king piece is illuminated.
Catan Welcome to the island of Catan! After a long voyage at sea, the people in your expedition compete against other seafarers in building settlements. Enjoy the 45–90-minute game as you and your family build roads, barter resources, and race for absolute supremacy on Catan. One Night Werewolf Every night, werewolves prowl around the village, and it’s up to the villagers to find the werewolf once the sun rises — before it’s too late. Each person plays a unique role with different abilities to help find or conceal the werewolf. If the werewolf is caught, the villagers win the game, but if the werewolf manages to escape, the villagers lose. Now you can bring some exciting variety into your family game nights. Don’t miss out on these excellent tabletop games, and most importantly, have fun!
Is Health Care a Right or a Privilege? What Would Lincoln Do?
While Valentine’s Day tends to get the bulk of the hype in February, several other holidays hold immense historical significance. One of those days falls on Feb. 12, marking the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. After his election into the White House in 1861, Lincoln, a self-taught lawyer and legislator, eventually led the U.S. through its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis: the American Civil War. During his time, the most controversial nationwide issue was slavery, a practice Lincoln opposed. For the Americans of today — and those in EMS specifically — perhaps the most vexing debate is health care. Because Lincoln worked through a divisive time, what would he think? Is health care a right or a privilege? I think that if Lincoln were alive today, he would acknowledge that our current system makes zero sense. Just as he had to take a national approach to abolish slavery, we need to take a national approach to health care. Because each state’s system is so convoluted, a
universal basic health care program that crosses state borders and that can be purchased at a reasonable price makes the most sense. If a federal program like this was implemented at the state level and offered a standard set of benefits for all Americans, it would go a long way in the effort to stabilize pricing for both procedures and medications. It shouldn’t cost $30,000 more to get a knee replaced on the East Coast than on the West Coast. On the other hand, no one should be placed on a Medicaid system for life. As an EMT, I’ve seen families with third and fourth generations on Medicaid, mostly because our country doesn’t provide any incentive for them to get off, which puts the help we offer senior citizens in jeopardy. A federal program could relieve these issues and provide help for those who need it. Topics like these have the power to divide and polarize an entire country. Leaders of today need to step up, take a stand, and bring communities together — just as Lincoln did. I’m not saying that you need to author the Gettysburg Address of modern health care, primarily because I think the solution requires much more than 272 words. Start by doing research, formulating an opinion, and then doing your best to share it with others.
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