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Introducing Competitive Multiplayer Programming

CodeCombat now has a competitive multiplayer mode! Play against your friends, enemies, and everyone in between in the Dungeon Arena, where you choose humans or ogres and a champion to fight for your cause, then lead your troops into battle. Once you're satisfied with your elegant and effective solution to destroy the opposing forces, rank it on the ladder. See who you defeated and who defeated you. Play against tougher and varied opponents to improve and tune your own gameplay, climbing further and further up the leaderboard. Read on for more, or head right in!

Your main force in this battle is one of four diverse, powerful champions who will direct your forces and inevitably turn the tides of battle.

7 for seven: September 2 (on September 3)

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So, with the holiday, and the packing (move in one week, eek!) I forgot to do my "7 for seven" (key + arrow inspired) happiness list yesterday. Happy to see that Contrary Mom is joining in the fun too. So without further ado:

1. Re-watching the tv series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. I love sci/fi and fantasy shows, and this series, which my boys and I watched in a marathon of late-bedtime nights two (or three?) summers ago, is wonderful. And this past week for some reason we decided to rewatch some of it. Like hanging out with an old friend. (The humorless, boring movie was such a disappointment. Someone should try again with the film idea. Someone funny.)

2. Family. Over the weekend we spent time with some family members, and I get such a joy out of seeing my kids hang out with their cousins. I didn't really know my own cousins that well, or even my grandparents. It is fun to see the joy and care and love that they all experience together. And the fighting. :-)

3. DnDish. My boys share my love of sci-fi and fantasy stories, and in the past they have played a fun "Dungeons & Dragons" type of game with a babysitter, who just made it all up as he went along. My older son asked me about playing d&d, and while I had only played it a couple times as a teen, I could see how it would be a fun evening activity for us. So I looked online for "kids' d&d" games. There are a lot! My favorite was "DnDish", in that it is really, really simplified and allows for kid-style improvisation and flexibility. E.g., there aren't really character "classes": my youngest is a half-ogre/half-human hybrid warrior/wizard. His backstory is that he was "created" by a wizard. At the end of our second adventure, he got to meet his "father," the wizard, and I swear, younger son almost cried. It was sweet. And it's fun! Without a screen in front of us. Yay!

4. Breaking Bad. I figured out that I can get episodes of Breaking Bad on Amazon. $2 each, which is pricey, but, worth it to me. Jessie + Hank, OMG!

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