I know what you’re thinking: “ANOTHER zombie survivor board game? Really?!” My answer: “No, this is THE zombie survivor game.” To paraphrase King Leonidas, “This is Zombicide!”
What’s It About?
Zombicide is a cooperative game for 2 to 6 players that began its global domination as a Kickstarter campaign. Each player takes on the role of one of several unique, but familiar characters each with their own special abilities.
Your city has been consumed by the zombie plague. You survived and you plan to for a long time to come. There are about ten pre-made missions to run through in Zombicide, each more like a chapter in the book of zompocalypse survival. From getting food supplies, to building your arsenal to simply getting someplace safe, each mission has different goals and challenges. To carry out those missions, the players must travel through a cityscape made up of double-sided tiles with…
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For many families, there are games that evolve into full-blown family traditions. A fun, beloved game that evokes hearty laughter, solidifies rivalries, inspires camaraderie, or even teaches you how to cheat inconspicuously. Some families play card games, some play sports. My family is full of Parcheesi nuts.
My grandmother (Mamita) had a love for all sorts of games and puzzles, from Scrabble to War to word searches, but her love for Parcheesi was next to legendary. The object of the game isn’t particularly unique: get your pieces all the way around the board first and you win. Of course, there are hazards and strategies along the way. For instance, if you have two of your own pieces on the same space, it creates a “bridge” that prevents the pieces behind it from advancing. A stubborn player can keep a bridge up for a long time, which can lead to some…
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- 2-1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 75 wafers)
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
- 4 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
- 1-3/4 cups sugar
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 tubes each blue, red, green, yellow, brown and orange decorating gels
- In a small bowl, combine vanilla wafers and butter. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan.
- Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into sour cream; stir to combine. Set aside. Discard vanilla bean.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream mixture until blended. Beat in eggs on low speed just until combined.
- Pour into crust. Place pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan.
- Place in a larger baking pan; add 1 in. of hot water to larger pan.
- Bake at 325° for 1-1/2 hours or until surface is no longer shiny and center is almost set.
- Remove pan from water bath. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer. Refrigerate overnight.
- Remove sides of pan; cut cheesecake into six wedges. Squeeze each color of decorating gel onto a different wedge and spread carefully.
Yield: 12 servings.