New Fantasy Game – The Fantasy Football Apprentice

I thought of a fun little game I hope the fantasy crowd will like that I call the Fantasy Apprentice. Since I always dreamed of being Donald Trump and love fantasy football so much, I figured why not combine the two?

You may not have ever watched Donald Trump’s show “The Apprentice” but you have probably heard him say his famous phrase “You’re Fired”. Basically what happens is he forms two teams that compete at various tasks and he ends up firing somebody each week off of the losing team.

Thus, I have assembled two fantasy football teams of 8 skilled position players for a total of 16 players altogether. I may add a player or two off the waiver wire or make some trades throughout the year as necessary to ensure the teams are fairly matched and…fire somebody off the losing team each week. The point system will be standard scoring (6 pts for all TD’s, .1 per yard for RB/WR, 1 pt. for every 25 yards throwing).

The cool thing about the apprentice game is that it is unpredictable. The person who deserves to get fired doesn’t always get fired. Somebody may slip through the cracks and as long as they perform well on weeks that their team loses, they may end up lasting much longer than expected. Also, it’s not only the stats that go into the equation…if a receiver puts up big numbers but drops a for sure touchdown late in the fourth quarter in a close game, guess who’s getting fired? I even threw in a bonus college fantasy football apprentice for all you college buffs.

NFL

Team #1

QB Drew Brees

RB Michael Turner

RB Matt Forte

WR Larry Fitzgerald

WR Randy Moss

WR Marques Colston

TE Antonio Gates

RB/WR Steven Jackson

Team #2

QB Tom Brady

RB Adrian Petersen

RB Maurice Jones-Drew

WR Andre Johnson

WR Calvin Johnson

WR T. J. Houshmandzadeh

TE Jason Witten

RB/WR LaDainian Tomlinson

Bonus: College Fantasy Football Apprentice

Team #1

QB Tim Tebow Florida

RB Joe McKnight USC

RB Kendall Hunter OK St.

WR Dezmon Briscoe Kansas

WR Golden Tate Notre Dame

WR/RB Chris Brown Oklahoma

Team #2

QB Colt McCoy Texas

RB Jahvid Best Cal

RB C. J. Spiller Clemson

WR Dez Bryant OK St.

WR Jordan Shipley Texas

WR/RB Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon State

Daily Fantasy Hockey – A Whole New Game

While the NHL may be slow to change, the world of fantasy hockey has been evolving quickly. Just a few years back it seemed your only option was a rotisserie based league, which grew into head to head, auction drafts, etc. Just recently, I’ve started to get hooked on a new way of playing fantasy hockey: Daily Leagues. While it’s no replacement for the grind, planning, trash talking, and ultimate reward of a season-long league, it does offer a great alternative with immediate benefit.

Here’s how it tends to work: you go head to head with one opponent, or a room of opponents and draft a salary-based roster for one night’s action. At the end of the day, stats are totaled and winner takes all. That’s it. Immediate gratification.

There are a number of sites popping up that offer Daily Fantasy games. Some are cap based, while others have an automated draft system that I’m not particularly fond of. (I don’t like a computer randomly making decisions for me.) Fanduel, DraftZone, and FantasySportsLive are a few of the more popular ones to come on in the past year or so.

Most of these sites offer a few different options for hockey, along with NFL, NBA, and MLB – not that I care… It’s all hockey for me). Perhaps the best part of sites like Fanduel is that you can actually win cash every night, or play for free. When you sign up for a game, you pick what level you want to play at and who you want to play against.

Daily Strategy

As daily fantasy hockey continues to grow in popularity, fantasy players will have to change their mindset a bit when it comes to strategy. With this format, you no longer need to concern yourself with particulars, like whether Marty Turco will lose his starting job by February. All that matters is that you know who’s starting tonight and who is likely to get hot.

The first strategy you need to master is identifying value in players. With a salary-based budget, it’s critical to identify players who are undervalued, so you can free up cap space to spend on a guy like Malkin or Stamkos. In this format, defensemen are of little relative value, so your best bet is to spend the absolute minimum possible on this position. To start the season, guys like John Carlsson and P.K. Subban were very cheap. Their price tag is starting to rise, so you have to be watching for new cheaper options to pop up. On the forward end, some of the Flyer forwards will give a lot of value for little cost. Guys like Leino, Giroux, and Van Riemsdyk are currently undervalued.

Rosters for most sites play 1 goalie and 2 each at LW,RW,C, and D. When setting your lineup, start at the goalie position. Remember, it’s just for 1 night, so it’s critical you identify who’s starting. Several websites offer starting goalie information that is fairly reliable. For the best information, go to the local sources for that team, as they’ll often post it on a blogger site, twitter, or even on the team’s homepage. If you can find value at this position, go for it. Often times, NHL teams will start a backup against a weaker opponent. Backups tend to come at a lower cost, so you can make out if you play this right. For example, on Fanduel, a top goalie like Miller or Luongo may cost 8K of your 55K cap. You might get a starting backup on a good team for 3 or 4K, which obviously leaves room to add better options on offense.

Next, identify the 2 cheapest defensemen that have any hope of getting you points. In general, defensemen produce 1/2 as much in points as forwards, so you’re wasting your money buy placing a mid to top level defenseman on your roster. One thing to look for at defense is penalty minutes. While points from the D are hard to predict, penalty minutes are more predictable.

After filling your crease and blueline, it’s time to spend your money where it matters most, on offense. Start from the bottom up and identify one or two players you can tolerate at a lower pricetag. Next, add a couple of top end forwards to the mix. Finally, play around with the last couple of spots with what you have left. Once you’ve filled your roster, check how much cap space you have remaining. Take a look at your cheaper options one by one and see how much of an upgrade you make with what you have left.

The Future of Daily Fantasy Sports

While it will never completely replace tradition full-season fantasy leagues, daily leagues are growing in popularity and offer a completely different approach to the game. If you like the idea of playing for money, I recommend starting out in one of the free leagues for a couple of games until you get the feel for it. You’ll find yourself watching the out of town scoreboard a lot more closely once your in the daily game.

 

Fantasy Cricket – The New Craze In Fantasy Sports Arena

Fantasy sports, a huge phenomenon in the American online interactive gaming world, have tickled the interests of millions of sports enthusiasts world-wide. Sports and media are working in tandem to provide new entertainment options to the global cricket fans and fantasy sports are one example of this trend. Fantasy sports have successfully bridged real on-the-field action with virtual games. In virtual reality, friends can compete with each other at any place, any time. This social aspect of the game is one of the web 2.0 trends. Sports fans find that spending time with friends, while watching a game, is one of the best ways to relax. Fantasy sports bring the entire fun-filled experience to the cyber world. Every dedicated follower of popular professional sports, be it soccer, football, baseball or cricket, loves to create his/her own dream team and even brag the team’s performance to like-minded friends. Fantasy sports give a chance to such a fan to enter the virtual world and see his/her dream-team compete with that of his/her friends in a fun-filled as well as challenging simulated atmosphere.

In fantasy cricket games, like all other fantasy sports, a gamer gets to follow up a live tournament/series and build his/her team from the players participating in the tournament. The performance of the team would then be based on the on-field performances of the players selected. A few of the fantasy cricket games allow gamers to form leagues with friends as whereby a person gets to create a league and then invite others to join the league. In such a scenario he/she becomes the league manager who coordinates with the rest of the league members. Each member can make a “wish-list” from the list of actual players participating in a live match. The wish-lists are then processed automatically using a unique algorithm called “draft” to create teams for the league members wherein no two teams get the same player. Thus it becomes a challenging task to create a clever wish-list so that the gamer gets to see his/her favourite player in his/her team at the end of the draft! Finally, the team that earns the maximum points wins the game.

Fantasy sports players need not be cricket experts to enjoy the game. They are in fact from various backgrounds, but are united in their love of the sport and interest to spend time with friends. Friends get to joke and tease online while competing for bragging rights as League Champion. Friends can upgrade their sporting knowledge during the course of the game while they get a chance to watch their dream-team win major tournaments. It is definitely a unique way to enjoy the sport you love! You even get a chance to win attractive prizes since most sites announce such prizes to winners in order to make the challenge more exciting.

Games for Whiling Away the Idle Hours

Everyone likes playing games. In days gone by card games were all the rage and even today packs of playing cards are still a best seller at games shops.

Many years ago TV games became popular with an Atari set being a much envied item and many kids learning hand eye co ordination on games such as “Space Invaders” and “Sonic” the little squirrels that used to run and jump trying to collect rings while avoiding all sorts of obstacles.

Then some serious consoles came into being with Nintendo vs WII for the TV gaming market. The WII consoles broke the mould when they introduced wireless tennis rackets and bowling balls and the like so That the Play stations are now is serious competition bringing out consoles and controls that will match or supersede the current state of play.

On the other hand the on line computer gaming industry is a serious business. Gaming computers need a lot of processing power and huge graphics cards to be able to display realistic images.. They also need very fast internet connections with high usage caps. Playing these high end, multi user realistic games are some serious people with high IQs.

And the old arcade games still exist. One can play pinball or do snowboarding, racing cars or flight simulators and simulated space craft are available at most trade-fairs and weekly markets, provided by trucks that are specially set up for them. In many shopping malls, often close to the movies one still finds arcades offering all sorts of games for playing.

Loaded on Windows and on mobile phones are games galore. From the initial worm where one had to manipulate the thing around the screen ever growing longer and not allowed to touch its tail or the wall. To the far more sophisticated Mah Jong and spider Solitaire all of which can only be displayed on machines with bigger computing capacity and available memory (RAM) than the 1st mobile phones and PCs of 15 years ago.

Unless one is an online, multi player, serious gamer then one is confined to playing games like Solitaire and that rapidly becomes boring. So without needing too much computing power or bandwidth we can find many websites that offer new and exciting games to play. armor games is one such website which promises that it renews its games and adds new ones every week.

There are fantasy and fighting games all available for anyone to play for free.

Some are new developments and all none require a particularly large amount of RAM or bandwidth to play. The current top games are things like Bowman (shooting arrows at an unseen enemy and things like Castle Defense.

There are a few flying games like Dogfight and Helicops, some arcade games like Puzzle pinball and then there will always be a number of shooting games. A pleasant half hour can be had just playing the simple game of Bubble Shooter or Indestructo Tank while taking a break from your actual task

Types of Online Games for Gaming Fun

Believe it or not, online gaming is the biggest thing today. Capitalizing on this huge market, app developers are constantly launching new games with the best graphics and highly engaging gameplay. Not just that, they design and create them in various formats to cater to a varied audience.

Now if you’re a diehard fan of online games, here’s a lowdown on the different genres; something you definitely need to know.

1. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) – Gaming actually saw a spurt when it became social with the introduction of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG). The thrill and adventure lies in competing with other players, playing simultaneously in the virtual world. They are called role playing games because you take up roles as you move through the game. Most of these are not free; you have to pay to access certain premium features or to level up.

2. Real time strategy – As the name suggests, real time strategy games call for an immediate response from the players; it is played in real time. They combine strategy and action and can be highly addictive. Real time strategy includes building the inventory by gathering resources, fighting armies, building base, creating units and exploring areas.

3. Action and adventure – They are set against a story in fantasy worlds or adventure lands. They are fast-paced and involve combats with enemies, puzzles, missions and quests. Completing successive missions result in the character leveling up and earning armor, weaponry, potions etc. Unlike MMORPG and real-time strategy formats, these are generally single-player ones.

4. Casino games – Casino games replicate the real world of the casinos on the World Wide Web. Many of these are played with real cash. It offers the excitement of playing in a casino. There are also real bonuses and prizes to be won.

5. Sports games – If you are a sports buff, sports games will grab your interest. The most popular ones on the web are football, basketball and baseball. They are organized into levels. You can choose to play along, against the computer or compete against another player. Many are modeled on actual sporting events.

6. Simulation games – Simulation games are real-life situations played out in game settings. Think about the number of farming games you’ve played, or that marvelous city you’ve built or the virtual people you’ve cared for, or the pet zoos you’ve managed. If you’re looking for action and adventure, simulation games do not fit the bill. They are about time management, strategy development, decision making. Nevertheless, simulation games promise you good time.

7. Shooting games – If you get a kick out of violent games, shooting games are the one for you. It involves shooting at targets be it objects, animals or people. These games require precision and skill.

 

Are Online Sports Games For You?

Are you interested in sport but unable to partake in them? Then maybe online sports games are for you. Maybe you are a sports fanatic and have to ‘live’ sport every spare moment, on the field and on the internet. Whatever your reason online sports gaming is a great pass time activity giving you skills in strategy and hand-eye coordination.

There are many online sports games in a wide variety of sports. But for them to work properly you need a good computer system and fast internet connection/ Dial up would not be suitable. You do not want to run the risk of a computer freeze just at that point you are about to win the game (or not!!)

You can play free games or paid games. Just make sure you know if it is a one time payment or recurring fee for the paid sites. Sometimes you get free trial periods first before given the chance to pay a membership.

When you enter a site you are given a wide range of information including how to play the game. But there are also message boards and chats you can enter into with other interested players for tips and advice. In fact it can become a real bonding experience and source of new and solid friendships.

Let’s have a look at three online sports.

1. Ice Hockey: There are many sites which offer ice hockey in different forms and looks. For some sites you can hook into playing with players of a similar level to you and other sites you can hook onto playing with players that are better or worse than you. Each game site will have levels and for some sites you are only allowed to move onto the next level with so many points earned for wins and other accomplishments.The best idea would be to get familiar with the game and play at your comfort level.

With online ice hockey you can have the opportunity to play fantasy league using the free league option for the casual or beginning player and the paid league options for the more experienced players. What you have to do is draft out one team and play against others on the same league. With some sites you may be up for prizes or trophies for successes.

2. Soccer: These games are gaining popularity as they try to be representative of the real sport. There are many sites to choose from with most sites having great graphics and stunning sound. You can choose to play professional players as your online alter ego or a more generic type of play.

3. Basketball: If you are too short, out of shape or just plain lazy then being a National Basketball Association (NBA) Star is out of the question. However with today’s age of the internet you can hook into an online game of basketball with people from all over the world and have a great workout. Online basketball gives you a chance to play in a game which you are not capable of partaking in. There are many forms of the game including fantasy league games where you build your own team and control the action and play.

And so the list could go on with many other online sports games to choose from. Basically they all require a good computer system and all have membership options ranging from free to a fee.

So what you need to do is answer the question “Are Online Sports Games For You?”

Maybe you have tried some and they are not for you.

Maybe you could be interested in other online games.

Maybe you could be interested in offline games.

Dress Up Games For Girls

There are many different kinds of girl games online, but among the most popular are dress up games, and with good reason. Dress up games let girls express their creativity and allow them to enjoy a creative process with something they truly love – fashion. The variety of games within the category is mind boggling as well.

Celebrity Dress Up Games – Celebrities are always in the news and many celebrities become a sort of to teens and preteens. Following the antics of celebrities online has long been a common practice for this age group, but fashion games with celebrities have made it even more interesting to know about celebrities. With fashion games, you can actually dress up the celebrities. Many of the celebrity games have the clothing styles that the actors and entertainers are famous for wearing, including items from the red carpet, but you often have the option of creating something new and totally different for a favorite celebrity as well.

Barbie Dress Up Games – Barbie has been a favorite for over fifty years and it is no surprise that she graces the pages of fashion games. Dressing up Barbie was great when she was a small plastic doll, but it is even better now that she is all grown up and online. Barbie looks the same, but when you play Barbie games online, she has countless clothing options, hair styles and accessories that you simply can not find playing with the traditional doll.

Holiday Dress Up Games – The holidays are a wonderful time of year, and holiday fashion games are certainly not the exception to the rule. Playing games with holiday fashions can be useful in addition to being entertaining. Finding the right things to wear to holiday parties and even just to school on those holiday events is fun, especially when you get to help an online character try on the outfit ahead of time. You can do a lot with holiday games including creating characters to use on gift cards, special stationary and even wrapping paper.

Dress Up Game Contests – Another feature of the games are the large number of contests that occur on the websites and communities that promote the various games. In the contests, girls create characters to meet a certain requirement and then are judged by other forum members to see who has created the most interesting outfit or overall style. Sometimes the contests go a step further and require the girls to create a doll and then create a story that goes along with her. This stimulates the mind in many different ways, tapping into various forms of creativity.

Princess Dress Up Games – Among the favorites are the games that let you create your own version of a princess. Some of these games are fantasy-esque while others are more realistic, sometimes using true princesses from around the globe. Creating a princess does not have to mean large ball gowns and such, but it often does. The fantasy and beauty is simply part of the experience.

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Interesting RPG Games for the Entire Family

RPG – Role Playing Games go by their name wherein players take various roles and act them out while playing games. Each one is played with a set of rules and guidelines that should be followed if the player wants to emerge as winner. These games are so programmed that a single player or many players can participate in the game.

Now with the introduction of the internet the electronic RPG games have gained enough momentum attracting players young and old to the TV or the monitor screen. Players love to play these games as they have certain quests to be undertaken crossing from one level to the other.

The internet based RPG games are very interesting as they allow players to save their game played if they should stop before the end of the game. In this way a player can reach the end of the game with frequent intervals. However, online-games could be a great distraction for little children but at the same time they are better so you know your children are indoors under your watchful eyes.

The Xbox 360 a very powerful console of Microsoft in 2010 has developed many gaming studios that have developed RPG games. Companies like Bioware have been the successful behind games like Neverwinter Nights, Mass Effect 2, and Dragon Age: Origins ranking first in the top ten games of 2010.

Lionhead Studios bring moments of joy for players with their series of Fable I, II and III. Elder Scrolls and Fallout is a product of Bethesda Softworks. More than 96 million Final Fantasy CDs have been shipped by Square Enix for keen players to enjoy their game treats. However, presently only Final Fantasy XIII is available for players.

Popular games like swords and sandals, age of war, battle gear, face of mankind, element, castle guardian, heart of ice, little protectors, finders seekers, star apocalypse and so on are on the rise luring a wider public into the game world.

RPG games are exclusive 3D space simulation games that provide great choices and ways to play online games on the PC. The internet is flooded with sites offering the best online stuff like space trek – the new empire, epoch star, star knights and numerous games for the mind to work on. Playing space games online takes you to a point where you forget everything around you and just concentrate on the game alone.

 

7 Tips for Fantasy Baseball Beginners

Fantasy baseball has been a big part of my life over the past few years. I have won and lost my fair share of fantasy baseball leagues. In my experience I have learned quite a few things about fantasy baseball that I would like to share. I have compiled seven tips that will prove beneficial to any sports fan new to the fantasy baseball world.

1. Be prepared. You will need to put some serious time into knowing the players and draft trends. Fantasy baseball leagues are more often than not won and lost during the draft. The draft sets up your roster for the entire season. You can never be over prepared for the draft in my opinion.

2. Draft the best player available. When it comes time to make your pick don’t let favoritism come into play. You have to choose the best players not your favorite players. I have found this to be tough to do even after all these years. But in order to build a successful team bias needs to be left at the door.

3. Draft closers. In most fantasy baseball leagues saves is an out-weighed category. This fact alone should tell you to always draft a top of the line closer if you have the opportunity. By drafting a top closer you will easily win this category week after week.

4. Stay away from drafting players based on potential. When it comes to drafting hyped players stay away. Always draft established players. This way you can feel confident in your team’s probable performance prior to opening day.

5. Spring training statistics are not consistent over the season stretch. Often times a player will get hot while playing in pre-season exhibition games. These players may seem like someone to draft for your team but they aren’t. Drafting like this will be the death of your team. Stick to what works and that’s drafting those with experience.

6. Use league rules to your advantage. One rule very common in beginner leagues is unlimited roster moves. This rule enables you to add/drop and trade players whenever you want without restriction. What could be better? Keep your eyes on players getting better as the season progresses and pick add them to your roster at the right time.

7. Be an active owner. The teams’ that usually win in fantasy leagues have the most active owners. These owners are sending messages to other owners, constantly doing player research, listening to baseball experts, watching MLB games every day, and always looking to make their team better whether it be through free agency or trades. In fantasy baseball you cannot afford to be afraid to make risky moves. In the end the move may or may not pay off but no matter what you will learn something for playing in the future.

If you’re looking for a leg up on your fantasy baseball competition then use these seven tips. I guarantee you will go into your fantasy draft feeling confident and ready to dominate your league. Hope you find these tips helpful. Good luck and have fun!

Creating a League and Finding Players For Fantasy Football

Fantasy football can fulfill your gaming and coaching fantasies without you having to break a sweat (unless you count that finger workout you have get with your computer mouse). Using statistics of real life players, along with virtual representations of these real life players, fantasy football is all about winning the game online and strategizing the draft by knowing players capabilities early on.

Just as in the real world, there are the big leagues and the little leagues, the pro leagues and the amateur leagues, the good leagues and the bad ones. You create your leagues in fantasy football, and you find your own players. You just need to know exactly how the fantasy football world works, and how you can use it to your advantage.

Your Run-of-the-Mill Leagues

First, you have to be part of a league. There are different kinds of leagues in fantasy football, with each of them comprising as few as eight, and as many as fourteen teams each. There are also three major leagues. The redraft league begins with a clean slate: that is, each owner has no players at the start of the season, and thus enlists a fantasy team to play for him or her. The keeper league is for owners with a little more experience, where the owner keeps a few players from the last season, depending on who played best and who might play well in the future.

The dynasty league is for advanced players who already have enough experience to predict player performance. In the dynasty league, owners can keep as many players as they wish from their last season, and draft rookies into a team. Drafts can happen via the serpentine method, where each player is called out to join a team; or through an auction, where owners put their bargaining powers to the test.

The salary cap leagues are part of the dynasty league type, but this time, they add the salary cap, which makes the play even more realistic. In salary cap leagues, players not only posses statistics and play integrity; they also have salaries. There is a maximum total of salaries that each team can have, and this salary cap can be carried over into the fantasy football dynasty league. This is an added challenge for owners, who want to spend a lot on good players, but who need resources for training as well.

Knowing which players to keep and which ones to trade can be complicated by the fact that some leagues also allow trading within the season. There are no real rules on how to trade and who to trade, although an important rule to follow is not to dump good players on another team forcing the other team to win. Trading can usually still happen about a third into the season, but all trades are closed after.

The New, Emerging Leagues

There are actually new leagues coming out of the fantasy football arena. The familiar survivor pool wagering style in the NFL has carried over into online football games. Offline, a member of a pool can pick a team to win every week. The team can be picked only once the entire year. Online, fantasy leagues can also allow their owners to draft new teams every week, with seven players added fresh, and with every player of the seven available for only a week out of every play year. This can pose yet another challenge for owners, as they have to match their players perfectly every time and think ahead (as well as on their toes!).

Simulation football is also gaining popularity. In old fantasy football leagues, touchdowns and passes and their like are counted, but no game actually occurs that the participants can see. In simulation football, however, a computer can actually simulate the games with players, instead of relying on statistics and offline players.

So, are you ready to get into the big fantasy football leagues? All you need is some Internet savvy, as well as some free time on your hands. Look for fantasy football sites online that you can work with and fit into your schedule. Read the rules and regulations carefully, and see that you don’t break any, especially as they pertain to behavior and league creation. Lastly, play well and enjoy the game!

 

Game of Thrones Sets a New Standard for Epic Fantasy

There is no denying that award-winning author George R. R. Martin can weave a fine tale, what with the long string of novels, short stories, and television adaptations credited to his name. With a Game of Thrones book, however, he broke through the barriers of the fantasy genre, bringing to light a unique story-telling structure that is sure to set a new benchmark for future generations of fantasy writers.

Perhaps the most interesting facet of the Game of Thrones book is how Martin manages to create a world that is fantastical and realistic at the same time. While the setting has hints of magic, dragons, and otherworldly creatures, these are used more to enrich the world and the characters rather than to serve as the driving forces of the story. There is no “deus ex machina” element that is typical of fantasy worlds; no presence of an all-powerful god, wizard, or creature that will save the main hero from impending doom. Instead, all of the main characters have to get out of scrapes through their own devices and when they are unable to do so, they can and will be subjected to severe punishment, sometimes even death. One of the reasons the series has become so infamous is Martin’s apparent willingness to kill any of the characters for the sake of the story.

Another intriguing feature of the book is its unique, character-driven nature. Instead of highlighting the fantastical elements of the world, Martin focuses on the human nature of its main players. A Game of Thrones is just that – a power struggle between four main families, the Baratheons, Starks, Lannisters, and Targaryens, who are vying for control of the Iron Throne in much the same way as War of the Roses. The story is told from the viewpoint of eight different characters who represent each of these families. The shifting views offer the possibility of diverse perspectives for a particular event, leading readers to reevaluate their initial assumptions. A nobleman who orders a gruesome beheading at the beginning of the book may be seen as a heartless tyrant, but is later revealed to be the main hero of the book and likely the most honorable among the key players. The Lannister family can be perceived as the villains, but it is the viewpoint of the Lannister dwarf who provides the most earthly, interesting, and entertaining perspective to the underlying war.

The diverse cast of characters keeps readers engaged throughout the lengthy prose. They are not merely kings, princes, and knights, but also fathers, sons, widowers, outcasts, and bastards. There are the stunted, crippled, and the maimed, but they are no less as strong as the people around them. Women play a pivotal role as well. Far from being type-casted as delicate elven princesses or beautiful witches, they are the mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends; and they possess a determination and strength of character that can easily overpower the men.

New Toys For Christmas This Year

All new toys must first of all be tested before they are marketed and all new toys for Christmas this year will have gone through that process. Of course, health and safety considerations come high on the list but apart form that, and we shall assume that all new toys for Christmas this year for sale in reputable stores have passed that test.

New toys for Christmas this year will also of course almost always have been tested by children in play settings to determine durability, age-appropriateness and play patterns. At least one large toy manufacturer maintains and in-house, year-round nursery school for this purpose, while others establish relationships with universities and other educational facilities.

Imagine if you had been a child and taken to one of these purposes. You would already have had a chance to see, and play with at least some of the new toys for Christmas this year. Wow! That must be some nursery!

New quality toys are best for your children to use, as they are more durable than old, used toys. If you would like to give your baby a secondhand toy, do inspect it carefully.

No matter what is really new in the new toys for Christmas this year, there will be thousands of appropriate for youngsters who just want to play with a G.I. Joe action figure, while vintage and vintage reissues are more appropriate for toy collectors.

Plastic pellets (beanie animals) are allowed for children over 3 years old, but do take care to avoid toys with detachable parts (like button eyes) that can be removed and swallowed or inhaled.

It matters not what the children think of these toys, or what is really new in the new toys for Christmas this year. One big shock in recent years has been the revelation that plastics aren’t as stable as we had previously thought, polymers degrade, and plastic products can begin to shrink and become sticky even in normal room heat.

So watch out for even the new toys for Christmas this year, for the risk of ingestion of some rather nasty substances can take place with a child. So make sure aged and elderly plastic toys aren’t showing too much sign of discoloration nor any stickiness at all. If they are, then don’t hesitate to discard them immediately and buy new. It is simply not worth endangering young lives due to possible ingestion of carcinogenic substances related to plastic in toys.

However, technology in the new toys for Christmas this year has been transforming the magical world of the best toys more than ever before. Even a classic toy like Mattel’s (MAT ) Barbie is no longer an inanimate doll that little girls can project fantasies onto.

Barbie is hardly one of the new toys for Christmas this year. But now Barbie Software is all the rage now. Barbie owners can be real fashion designers with this computer software. There is even an electronic element to the classic Tickle-Me Elmo, and D-Rex, the latest in dinosaurs.

I only found out recently that Barbie and Ken, her boyfriend, were named after the real children of Ruth Handler, Barbie’s creator, the wife of one of the founders of Mattel, Inc., and the driving force behind the company for many years. Barbie of course came first. When Ken was introduced, in 1961, Handler wanted him to be what is referred to nowadays as “anatomically correct,” but Mattel’s (male) marketing department said no.

Technology has made great advances especially in the new toys for Christmas this year, but toys are still toys. A good toy is the same the world over and needs to spark the child’s own imagination before it can provide real play value.

Quick & Easy Foreplay Games For Couples

You would think that sex would never get boring. Unfortunately sometimes we allow ourselves to get into a routine. Everyone craves the excitement of doing something new and different. If you want to fire up your passion for each other again, try playing a few couples games in or out of the bedroom.

Here are some fun do it yourself games for couples that you can play tonight. Increase your arousal and desire for each other as you laugh and play together. You’ll both win with great sex as the reward.

Frisky Dice: Use two different colored dice — say red and black. This gives you 36 possible combinations (only 11 if the dice are the same color). Create a list of 36 foreplay activities, sex positions or role play ideas to match each die combination. Then whenever you want some exciting random sex, roll the dice and see what frisky idea you will be enjoying.

Hide & Seek Sex: Choose five to ten items and hide them around the house. Each item should correspond to a certain type of sex play activity. You hide them around your house and ask your partner to find them. The first one they find determines what you will both be doing later. For example, hide different types of sex toys or role playing accessories — first one found is the one you play with. You can also hide sticky notes or sex coupons with sex positions, fantasies, different locations or role playing ideas. Or, create an entire list of foreplay activities to seek and enjoy when and where you find them. See if you can find all of them before you ravish each other completely.

Carnal Cards: For a standard deck of cards, create a list of foreplay or sex play activities corresponding to each card (52), colored card (26 red & black) or value Ace to King (13). Now you can shuffle and deal for sex ideas or play one of many regular card games for two with an erotic twist. Agree on certain events in the game where one of the played cards needs to be PLAYED. For example, play War and perform a foreplay activity corresponding to any matching card value that causes a war.

Wild Wagers: You can bet on almost anything. With an erotic imagination, you can come up with creative wagers involving sexual rewards or foreplay forfeits for almost any event or situation. Although playing your own competitive games together is more rewarding, sports programs on TV, murder mysteries and even stock market results can be a source for great sex you can bet on. When you are confident you will win, propose something your partner has asked for but hasn’t gotten yet — sweeten the pot but ask for something you really want too. When you gamble with pleasure in this way, you both win.

Playing any couples game with your partner is quality time that will enhance your relationship. Add some sexy twists to your adult game play and you will spice up your sex life too. Instead of going out to the movies or even the video store, stay home and create your own intimate entertainment rated R (or better yet, X).

Get more ideas for your foreplay games at Frisky Foreplay. See Couples Games for more playful ideas to increase the erotic fun in your relationship.

The Art of Online Games For Free

As a savvy of online games, I would like to say one thing that these online games for free are a great way to learn about life. Chess can teach about strategy and how to plan ahead and bingo can teach how to socialize in a competitive environment. These online games involving teams require the unified cooperation of all participants to be successful at the opponents. Playing these games is just like playing any sport. You need both skill and strategy to play successfully when you play a game online.

From the past decade, it has been observed that the people’s opinions of computer games and online games for free differ significantly. While there are people of certain ages who dismiss games as a means of having fun, the number of people worldwide who see games as the ultimate means for entertainment is considerably larger. And there is no reason why things should be different. Playing a game is a relaxing, fund, challenging, and even educational. Of course, not all computers or video games are suitable for all ages, but you are able to play online games for free that are most suitable for each demographic.

In most of the times, these games are so realistic, that you will find more excitement in these games than the normal ones we play physically. There is a whole new dimension added by this virtual world. You can assume any identity, be anyone you want. You can either be the hero or the devil himself. You can speed your car through the racing tracks. You can vent out your anger by fighting it out. In all, the experience is absolutely exhilarating. Another aspect about these games for few, are that many players can play the game at the same time.

Finally, playing these games for free not only sharpens the mind but also familiarizes the child with all the nooks of operating computers like a pro. Computers have become friends and gateways to fantasy land. Hence, parents should encourage the children to play more of the se free games, absolutely free of any money. For more information and details, please do not hesitate to visit their valuable website.

 

Free Romantic Games For Couples

Have you ever tried free romantic games for couples and lovers to spice up your love life? Romantic games are one of the best and most fun ways to add more romance and passion to your relationship. When you search about romantic game ideas for couples, you will find so many suggestions and ideas that it’s easy to get confused. That’s why here you are going to discover the best types of romantic games you can play with your partner. Generally, here are the three most common types of games couples play…

1. Bedroom Games for Couples

Looking for creative ways to add more fun and passion to your bedroom and sex life? Then these bedroom games are the best choice for you. You can find all kinds of bedroom game ideas, from fantasy games, to naughty and dirty games, to many more ideas couples can play at night in the bedroom. Even though this type of lovers games happen to be the most popular type, but that is not all. There are more creative fun games you can play with your partner.

2. Couples Question Games

Not only they help you find out more secrets about your partner that you didn’t know, but you will also have lots of fun playing it together and grow more intimate to each other. Some of the most common couples question game ideas are Truth or Dare, Guess a Secret, and more.

3. Free Online Games for Couples

Would you like to try as many fun games for lovers that you can for free? The good news is, you can find many online websites that let you play or download their romantic games for free. So you can play a brand new game with your partner every day and never ever have a lack of ideas about what to do on an evening together. Enjoy!