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Hey, Thanks Games!

No matter how you feel about the Pilgrims, or whether or not you are okay with the idea of love or family only getting one or two special days a year, Thanksgiving is upon us. I may not like certain elements of the human condition or the commercialization of holidays either, but I figure now is just as good a time as any to give thanks.

It’s been a game filled year, and the following is my list of the top moments I’m thankful for, in no particular order.

The return of the AC-130 in Modern Warfare 2
The Predator Missile is fun, but the AC-130 was sorely missed in the single-player campaign of Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 2. So I was especially pleased on my first occasion playing the AC-130-focused Special Op, “Overwatch.” It’s best in co-op mode, where one player in the air uses the nigh-ultimate weapon to defend his partner from swarms of enemies on the ground.

The first 4th Ward AV Club Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Hosting and participating in an 8-person double-elimination sealed-deck Magic: The Gathering Zendikar tournament is fun. Very fun.

I attended Dragon*Con for the first time this year and had a great time. My third and fourth days were spent mostly in the game room playing Battlestar Galactica and Dominion and drinking beer for hours and hours. On the third day, after missing the Venture Brothers panel, forgetting my badge at home twice, and not managing to locate any of my friends for the parade and having to watch it all alone, the game room was an extremely welcome oasis.

The return of Nathan Drake
Waking up as Nathan Drake in Uncharted 2: Amongst Thieves, badly wounded and disoriented, was a good introduction to another awesome treasure hunt, care of Naughty Dog. Realizing you’re actually in a derailed train car, hanging dangerously over the edge of a cliff and having to climb your way out made it the perfect return to the Uncharted franchise. I didn’t want to stop playing and finished in three marathon play sessions in less than 48 hours.

Painting Warhammer 40K miniatures again
We had a Dawn of War tournament several months ago at my old job, and the prizes were a couple of painted space marines, one of which I painted. I used to paint miniatures when I was a kid, and jumped at the chance to get back into it. After painting one of those prize miniatures, I went out and bought a marine squad and later an attack bike, and my friend bought me a Terminator Librarian for my birthday. I’m super excited about starting the project of constructing and painting a full Demon’s Souls over to my house I enjoyed the tutorial stage immensely, but without playing more I was still on the fence. Fortunately, he and other friends convinced me to take the leap and, despite the game’s grammatically erroneous title and punishing game play, I’m extremely glad that I did.

Playing the new Tales of the Arabian Nights with my family
Recently I’ve been buying up board games for myself that I used to play with my family as a kid. Some of the games are extremely expensive (still holding off on buying Advanced Civilization for $200) so it’s always a good thing when one gets republished. I purchased Tales of the Arabian Nights reissued by Z-Man Games and immediately introduced it to my friends and showed it off to my family. I had one particularly awesome evening playing it with my family and girlfriend, and even my brother, whom I don’t keep in touch with nearly enough, came by for the fun.

The conception of Games for Breakfast
It was a quite happy coincidence the morning I called Matt to tell him I’d been preoccupied all night with thoughts of starting a game site only to hear him say he’d been thinking the exact same thing at the exact same time. And thus Games for Breakfast was conceived.

So those are this year’s gaming moments I’m most thankful for. Games are a huge part of my life, and I’m even more thankful that I was born with family and have found friends that can share this love with me.

Happy Thanksgiving from Games for Breakfast!

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