Tonight when I came home from work, the boys were busy in the basement. So busy that they didn’t even come up to say ‘hi’ to me, so I finally got petulant and asked ‘where are my hello kisses?!’.
It turns out that they were down in the basement, deeply engrossed in creating a new game called Adventureland. Auden started making up the game in his head yesterday, and he drew an elaborate picture that he shared with me:
Today after he was done with his homework, Auden took a sheet of our butcher block paper, and cut a giant piece of it. The ‘scroll’ is the first level of a multi-part game that he is now building with Wynn:
He created a boss called Megaton:
“He has a protective shield that fades when his core is destroyed. The arms and the laser are very annoying for someone who is trying to attack, but you don’t need to kill them all to kill the boss. He is made of pure titanium, which makes him very hard to destroy.”
And then they also created characters for themselves and for me.
Here is Auden’s character. “He has the scythe dropped from Megaton, and in his inventory he has the Megaton Staff. He also has full darkness armor, which is made from pure darkness bars from the Underworld Lord. He has golden wings dropped from the Golden Golem, and he is a strong as a titanium megaton giant.”
Wynn’s character is below. He gave me an elaborate description the first time, so he was unhappy to be asked again! The best I could get out of him was that “he has the ‘strongest armor ever’, out of ‘alaphantite’. He is as strong as Okram!”
Like so many things Wynn makes, it has these elaborate little details that he explained to me. “The star [at the top on the back] will summon a helper to fight him. After you kill him, it will drop and hit the ground. If you catch it he won’t respawn [like the Guide Voodoo Doll in Terraria]. The little pocket halfway down has a Megaton Rifle in it.”
And lastly, here is me. I got to pick the color of my armor, so of course it’s purple!
I look happy, don’t I? Of course I do – I’m one lucky mom to have such amazing boys. I love seeing them bring their ideas to life, blurring the lines between the games on their iPad and the elaborate ones they make up. And of course I love seeing them play together:
It was tough on me having them so close together in age, but moments like this make it all worthwhile!