Saturday, January 26, 2013

Diplomacy

Another season of Historical Games has begun! Now we are playing Aerodrome and Diplomacy. I like Diplomacy better because you can make alliances with other people unlike Aerodrome, where you are on one side only. The goal of Diplomacy is to capture all of the supply centers in other countries.

When the game starts, you have three supply centers. You also have two armies and one fleet. Each army and fleet starts out on a supply center. I am playing for Austria/Hungary. There are 2 turns per section in the game. The sections are called years. The two turns are the spring turn, and the fall turn. You can only capture supply centers in the fall. If you capture a supply center, you can build an army or fleet, in any of the supply centers in any unoccupied supply centers you own. If you capture 2 supply centers, you can build 2 things-so on and so forth. If you lose supply centers, then one of your armies or fleets must be taken of the board-so on and so forth. This is called the fall build.

In Diplomacy, my friend Daniel and I "allied" with Michael, one of our friends. He wanted to take out Italy but we wanted Italy too. Daniel and I agreed to take out Micheal, who was playing for Turkey. Daniel was playing for Russia. We were both adjacent to Turkey so we started taking Turkey's supply centers one by one. Daniel took the supply centers on the coast with one of his fleets, and I took one out with one of my armies. Since I also wanted Italy, I rowed my fleet to Venice and bottle necked my friend Jordan, who was playing for Italy. At the same time I captured Venice, Jordan lost one of his armies and I gained one. By that time it was the end of the day. We will continue next week...

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Skiing

I went skiing with my Mom and Dad during the New Year's week. It was super fun. The first ski resort we went to was the Tahoe Donner Ski Resort which is located North of Lake Tahoe in California. Tahoe Donner Ski Resort is a small resort so it has very simple runs. I went there because I haven't skied since last year so I needed my muscles to get used to skiing again.

The first run I went down was called Mile Run. It was boring because Mile Run was super flat and I had to use my poles to push myself. The second run I went down was The Bowl. It was not flat but not too steep. I skied down with ease and didn't fall. I also skied down Walt's which was a very easy run. The last run I went on for the day was Fire Break. It was rated a black diamond at Tahoe Donner Ski Resort but it didn't look difficult or scary to me. I had a lot of confidence and went down by parallel zigzagging. I was proud of myself. I went back to the condo my parents rented.

The second day, we went to North Star at Tahoe. North Star was less than a twenty minute drive from where my family and I stayed. North Star is a beautiful resort but the runs are tough because the mountains are very tall and steep. It is a very nice resort because it has many up-scale restaurants, shops, and even a movie theater. The service was friendly and helpful.

The first run my Dad and I went down was Logger's Loop. It had a terrain park so we didn't like it. We tried a different run but it also had a terrain park. Later we found out that most of the runs on that particular mountain had almost all terrain parks. It was freezing cold. After the first couple of runs I couldn't feel my fingers or feet. We decided to ski on a different mountain and we went down a run named Sodergrens. We didn't realize it had so many moguls until we were half way down the slope! I liked the challenge but I felt tired because my legs were sore. My dad didn't like it at all. I continuously dodged the moguls and my dad kept falling. Eventually we got to the bottom. We were both exhausted. My Dad and I agreed to not go on that run again. We skied down the runs, Upper and Lower Pioneer, because we were familiar with them. They were fairly easy runs and my dad and I had no trouble at all.

The third day, New Years Eve, we went to North Star again. We tried different runs like Lumberjack and Lower Main Street. I also went on Upper Grouse Alley which was a black diamond. At North Star the black diamond runs are very hard and it took me two tries to go down with out falling. Upper Grouse Alley was super steep and looked very scary but the snow was groomed and not very many people were on the slopes that day. I also went down Powder Bowl. I didn't enjoy that run because I couldn't get around the moguls and I kept falling. That was the last run I did. I was very proud and happy with myself for skiing on a black diamond. My Dad said that my skiing skills have improved since last year.

On New Years Day, we went home. I hope we can go again this season...

The Hobbit: Movie Review

I thought The Hobbit was a very well directed movie. It had the right amount of action, humor, and adventure. The Hobbit is about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. He is selected to go on journey to help the dwarves reclaim their homeland from a dragon. At first, Bilbo shakes his head and refuses to go. However, after the dwarves  leave with the old wizard, Gandalf the Grey, he runs after them. They march on their way to the Lonely Mountain, the last kingdom of the dwarves.

The Hobbit was a very interesting movie because it tells the story of an amazing creature who once lived in peace, but ventured out to the unknown woods. He never gave up and always was a happy hobbit.

I liked this movie because the story line is every interesting. The movie seemed to have a balance of all the aspects a movie needs: humor, adventure, reason, and action.

The Hobbit is split into three parts, so I can't wait for the next one!