March 2020 Adventure Date

Our March Adventure Date ended up being a triple date! We used the platform Zoom to have a game night with friends. We ran Jackbox Games on one machine and then had a separate machine that we participated on. Our friends Matt and Beth Fox (and their daughter Zara for a few rounds) and Brent and Jenny Small were able to join us through the wonder that is the internet. It was amazing to be able to laugh and interact with everyone even though we were obeying Governor DeWine’s Stay-at-Home order. We seriously live in the best time period for something like this to have happened. Can you even imagine it in the 80s when we were children? School would have had to send work through the mail or through weekly pick up, teachers would probably have to call every family separately each week, Grandpa and Grandma would never see what the grandkids were up to… We would be going absolutely nuts stuck at home with just each other! At least we have YouTube for virtual classes and streaming services to binge watch sitcoms or crime shows or Disney movies. We are so very lucky!!

Anyway, for our game night, we played Quiplash 2, Drawful, Fibbage 2, and Trivia Murder Party. I think everyone had some success, had some defeat, and had some belly laughs. It was one of the best evenings I have had since this whole “quarantine” thing happened. It was nice to see people other than my husband and kids, and it was so nice to use my brain in ways I have not had to for a while. 10 out of 10 would do it again – and often!

How have you been keeping busy at home? Do you have other games we could play remotely? Share your ideas in the comments!

February 2020 Adventure Date

Our February Adventure Date did not go as planned. We had tickets to go to the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University to see their facility. We were going to get to check out how cold their storage for their ice core samples was, along with learning all about their important research. We were very excited. We left with twice the amount of time we needed to get to campus on a normal evening. And then it snowed. And traffic was crazy because, oh my gosh – water falling from the sky! And we ended up really, really late. So, we went to Starbucks, knowing that we could always get two adventure dates in March to make up for it. After all, all of the shows and events we were working on in late February would be over by mid March, right?

Well, here we are in the strangest March I have ever know. Social distancing and staying home is the order of the day, so our schedule actually cleared up about a week earlier than expected. Thankfully, we are a resourceful family, and our library system is awesome. Keith had reserved the game Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening months ago when it came out for the Nintendo Switch. As luck would have it, we got to the front of the line at the beginning of March, just before the library was closed for the foreseeable future.

So, full disclosure, Keith did play this game back in 1993 when it was released for the Gameboy. I did not, but we agreed that we probably didn’t want to pay $60 for a remake game. We honestly weren’t sure how much Keith would remember – it turned out that we didn’t need to worry. Nevertheless, we were pretty excited to start playing on March 8th, a few days before things got crazy. Our only regret is that we played so much of it before we were home all the time… 😉

In the game, you are trying to get all of the instruments that are needed to wake the Windfish. Warning, this post will probably have spoilers, so if you don’t want to see images from the game or know information before you play, please stop reading now. For real, I only have a few photos, and they are mainly things we needed for hints later and then photos of the end. 🙂

This game was really enjoyable. It had a lot of dungeons, complete with puzzles. There were plenty of side quests, and even a couple things we needed to look up hints for because we had no idea how much time we would actually have the game. (We thought the library would need it back way before it seems it will….) We would definitely recommend playing this – if you are in the Columbus Metropolitan Library area, you could absolutely borrow this for a couple weeks and play through. If you are outside Columbus, I would actually pay the $60 for this game. It took a good amount of time to get through, so you will definitely get your money’s worth. Here are the photos I remembered to take of the game. I won’t tell you which mysteries they help solve, though, you’ll have to figure that out yourself.

See, I told you there were spoilers. I won’t completely ruin the ending, though. You’ll have to play to see what happens after the Windfish (which is neither wind nor fish!) awakens.

Have you played Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!