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11:19 pm: Spore!!!!!!
Last year, about this time, my son, Tornado 1, first heard about Spore. Spore, for those of you who do not know it, is a computer game where you start as an amoeba and evolve until you become a space faring race.

For one year, Tornado 1 has talked Spore, breathed Spore, planned roleplaying games based on Spore, and read books about Spore--including about it's extremely interesting system for making your own adventures--but what he has never done is played Spore.

Until tonight.

For his eleventh birthday, we bought him Spore. This was a surprise. He thought we had decided not to get it for a year.

He was sooooooo pleased (as was Tornado 2. The Cherubim, however, could care less. )

He has already completed his first stage of evolution: from cell to creature.

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From:bojojoti
Date:September 14th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
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Congratulations to your little creature!

I don't think there is anything more delightful to a child than having a timetable moved up!
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From:princejvstin
Date:September 14th, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)
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You do know that fellow F/SF author William Jon Williams has had a hand in the game right?

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From:arhyalon
Date:September 14th, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
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No! I did not realize. Good for him!
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From:juliet_winters
Date:September 14th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
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happy birthday to Orville!
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From:arhyalon
Date:September 14th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC)
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Thanks! He had a happy day...though it started with Ro unwrapping all his presents (except Spore, which was hidden away.)

The cute thing was we found out because Ro came up with Ro's present (Dr. Seuss's Oh Say Can You Say) for me to read to him...which means we successfully picked a good present for Ro. (I make the boys give their brothers presents on their own birthday. It gives them a moment of thinking about someone else as the birthday draws near. They also get presents from their brothers, so they can do an exchange.)
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From:marycatelli
Date:September 14th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Like hobbits!
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From:vitruvian23
Date:September 14th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
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Happy Birthday to Orville - I'm sure he'll enjoy the game thoroughly for quite some time to come. I know my 14 year old still does.
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From:dirigibletrance
Date:September 14th, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
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This is, perhaps, somewhat random. But I have the feeling that if he liked Spore, he'll probably like Darwinia:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/1500/

Only 10 bucks on Steam. ^_^
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