Evil Baby Orphanage – A Game Review

Sorry I didn’t upload yesterday guys, I had had some exams and afterwards I wasn’t really in the mood to write. Today I’ll be reviewing a game called Evil Baby Orphanage made by Wyrd Games. I’d heard about this game through the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel and it seemed just awesome. I’ll tell you a bit about the story behind the game, the game dynamics, the cards design and my overall opinion.

In a very early Vlogbrothers video (still called Brotherhood 2.0 back then) Hank and John Green talked about the idea of travelling back in time to try and stop evil baby Hitler growing up to be evil adult Hitler. But, here’s the dilemma, would you kill it? Killing babies is quite an evil thing. So they figured, it’d be better to open up an orphanage for evil babies and make sure they didn’t grow up to be evil any more. This idea became very popular among the subscribers of John and Hank Green and years later this game was created. I think the video originated from 2007 and this game became public in 2012. There is a Nerdfighter wiki page for more detailed information about the history of this project.

When I found out this idea was transformed into a game I was excited right away. Just the title sounds awesome to me! I’ve played this game for the first time about one month ago and decided to buy it almost immediately after. The game is not the easiest to start on for a beginning gamer (as  I am) but once you’ve picked up the basic rules it’s actually quite easy and a whole lot of fun.

You have three kinds of cards in this game: Evil baby cards, toys cards and action cards. The evil babies have different kinds of qualities, you have for example biter babies and bully babies. The baby will act on these qualities during your turn! These actions can be great things like taking a toy card from someone else or bad things like giving away a baby. This makes the game really fast and hard to win because each turn you lose and gain a lot of cards! The goal is to win the game by having a total points of 10 (each baby has a point count on its card). I’m not going into detail about all the rules of the game and how to play exactly because there’s a really great Evil Baby Orphanage website which can explain any questions. I hope you at least have a little bit of an idea about how this game works.

The card design is really great. Each card pictures either an Evil Baby, Toy or Action and they are just so cool. Every baby is drawn to represent the actions that made them evil or the typical way they looked, imagine a baby Hitler with a small moustache. The babies are somehow cute and evil at the same time.

The game offers some nice expansion packs too. I especially like the Nerdfighter Expansion Pack because the cards offer a new look on some famous Youtubers and Nerdfighter related jokes.

I think this game is really great because of its fast dynamics, the card design and the fun you have with your friends when you’ve found a particular creepy evil baby. I’m still waiting on my copy of this game to arrive, but I highly recommend it to anyone. I know what I’ll be doing with my friends once I finally have my hands on some cards….

Until next time,

Vanya

Do you want to buy this game? You can do so here: http://dftba.com/product/132/Evil-Baby-Orphanage-Card-Game

(Image source: http://dftba.com/product/132/Evil-Baby-Orphanage-Card-Game; Nerdfighter Wiki Page: http://nerdfighter.wikia.com/wiki/Evil_Baby_Orphanage ;  Vlogbrothers Channel : http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers; Evil Baby Orphanage Official Website : http://evilbabyorphanage.com/ )

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Achieving Happiness With Goals

This is a garden I visited in China.

I love having goals. Goals make me do things and make me feel like I’ve achieved things when I complete them. For the last two years I made myself pick a goal for an entire year. Last year my goal was to do fun things whenever I got the opportunity. I’m very happy I decided that was my goal for that year, because not only have I travelled quite a bit because of it, I also met a load of new people, who I consider to be my friends right now. The reason I took on that challenge was because I was not happy with the way my life was going. I was bored out of my mind, stuck in a pattern of living that didn’t make me happy.

I’d decided on that goal in January 2013 and I only took the first step to achieving that goal by June 2013. In June, I went to my first Nerdfighter Gathering. The gathering took place at someone’s home about 1 ½ hours travel from my hometown. I was quite scared to meet all these people I didn’t know and I was really worried they wouldn’t like me or that I wouldn’t like them. Making friends wasn’t something I was particularly good at, so you can imagine my discomfort.

It all turned out great. I had a good time getting to know these new people and I talked to almost all of them. When I left for home at the end of that day people hugged me and waved me goodbye and I told myself I would go to the next Gathering too. From then on I went to a bunch of other gatherings, even hosting one myself. I’ve made so many friends and got to meet so many new people, I can’t even remember what my life was like before I became an active Nerdfighter.

The second step to achieving my goal was going to China in the summer of 2013. I’d always wanted to travel to places far away and since I was finishing High School that year too, I’d figured it be a great excuse to do just that. China was absolutely wonderful. It’s such a different culture and I’ve had an amazing time. Again, I met new people, tasted new foods, saw the Great Wall and other incredible places. Looking back on that vacation, I get really proud of myself for daring to go that far outside of my comfort zone.

Setting a goal for myself has turned my life upside down, in a good way. So I decided to put a new goal for myself again this year. Since I’m much happier now than before it was quite hard to think of a new goal. I eventually went with a much less fun goal, namely getting healthier. I have had diabetes since I was just four years old and I recently discovered I’m not doing as well as I should, so I’m working on that. I’m trying to eat healthier and to move a bit more. I won’t say it’s going as smoothly as I’d liked it to go, but at least I’m trying.

I guess that’s what I like about goals. It makes you try harder and it shows you how things could be different. Do you like goals and do you set them for yourself? Do you like smaller goals or large ones like the ones I set for myself? I’d love to know, so please leave me a comment below.

Until next time,

Vanya

(Image Source – Personal archive ; Video Source – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyQi79aYfxU )