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A Christian Perspective on the “Race Card” Game – Part 2

As a Christian believer, or as any other decent human being, your role as a logical, intelligent individual is to distinguish between when there is a true allegation of racism from when someone is playing the race card. You are not to allow anyone to manipulate you with his or her own agenda. Take for example, a political scenario, where one politician in desperate need of votes starts playing the race card by bringing up divisive racial issues, rather than presenting a concrete platform and work plan to the people. Many people fall prey to such politicians who target the racial sentiments of individuals. Such people end up voting on racial lines rather than focusing on what the politician really has to offer. Inevitably, they get disappointed because the politician fails to deliver, because they really had nothing more than political rhetoric to offer.On the other hand, be careful with individuals who are quick to accuse others of playing the race card. Many of such individuals may have deep-seated racial prejudice and discriminatory beliefs, which they have mastered the act of obscuring. On the surface, they present themselves to be “non-racist,” while practicing racism in the subtlest manner. In the meantime, while they accuse others of being racist or playing the race card, they are no better themselves.Still, it is easier for you as an individual to fall prey to the game of playing the race card when you have unresolved issues within you about racism. If you have fear of other races, especially fear that is motivated by anxiety over perceived loss of economic control or dominance, your fear could dominate your mind and make you a quick target to be easily manipulated by those who play the race card. If you have been wounded in your soul by one or more experiences of racism and the “wound” is still a “open sore”, you could be more receptive to someone playing the race card on one issue or another. This is why you must treat your experiences of racism like any other life’s negative experiences. Daily, you must continue to positively evolve from any experience with racism to become a better human being who simply refuses to be defeated by racism. Someone who refuses to use or manipulate racism in any way for individual benefit. Below are steps that I suggest that you learn to take daily in order to gain your own individual victory over racism, and to avoid playing the race card game.· Regardless of your religion or creed, you need to accept the universal truth that you are not superior or inferior to anyone. Your humanity as an individual is not superior or inferior to that of another human being.· Daily, you must dust yourself of the “debris” of racism to prevent any negative lingering effects of it. You must cleanse your thoughts and emotions of all of the “wreckage” and “remnants” from your unpleasant experiences with racism.· Daily, you need to cleanse your mind of any perceived fear of individuals of other races taking over your life or that of your community or country. Fear and anxiety breeds all manner of destructive negative thinking and emotions that sets you up to become receptive to racial prejudice and discrimination, or playing the race card game.· You need to forgive your racist offenders, so that their ignorant, racist actions against you don’t succeed in making you bitter about life and turning you into a living, wounded soul. God has asked us to forgive those who offend us, so that we too may be forgiven by those we offend and by God Himself. This is a simple Biblical instruction that is by no means simple to practice. Yet, it is necessary for the well being of our soul, that is our mind, thoughts heart, emotions and will. It is necessary for individuals within a family, community, state, country or the world as a whole, to continue to live and co-exist in reasonable harmony.· You must continue to act with integrity before God, regardless of your experiences with racism. So, you do not have the luxury to be a part of racism, or ethnicity-based politics, or play the race card in any shape or manner.· You have to make the conscious effort to remember that God has given all of humanity the mandate not to discriminate against anyone based on race, ethnicity or nationality, or any other reason.

Board Games Help Families Have Fun Together at Home

One of the biggest trends for families who are never together is planning a family board game night. It’s an idea originally used to market board games, but it’s also an idea that families all over are embracing.Why? Because in this modern age of video games, cell phones, television, and endless planned activities, the amount of time we actually spend with our children is dwindling. Too many families are never together, and when they are, they are staring at the television, texting their friends, or all in separate rooms doing separate activities.Planning a family board game night is perfect for people who value their family time and recognize that their children are growing up and away without really spending quality time with them.Remember, playing a game with your child is supposed to be fun, and not something that will end up in a child stalking off in tears. Sometimes, parents have to force themselves to play a game that is less than challenging and simply enjoy watching your child have fun. Before you know it, that game of Shoots and Ladders can be fun even for the adult.Choose your games carefully. This can be tough when you have children of varying ages and skills. It’s okay to help a younger child, just make sure you speak to your older child and explain why their brother or sister is getting extra help and they are not. You want to avoid the “It’s not fair!” cry that can come from this strategy.One thing to do is the Great Compromise. Start the night off with a game your little one can easily play, and then move on to something that might be a bit more challenging for your ten-year-old. Junior versions of games can be perfect for the elementary-aged children and still leave enough challenge for adults to have fun.Board games are relatively inexpensive, so it’s easy to build a library of games. That way, you’ll never grow bored with the two or three games on your shelf. Remember to get a variety of games, some that are just silly fun, and other that may have a learning aspect to them.And don’t forget that you can pull out a board game any time your kids get bored. You don’t have to wait for the entire family to be around, but keep them as a fun option on those rainy days.

Power Grid Board Game Review

In Power Grid, a new power market has opened up and everything is up for grabs. Compete against other power suppliers as you work your way towards becoming the biggest power supplier in the land. Build power plants and control the market for raw materials such as garbage, oil, coal and uranium. Connect cities to your power grid before others do and become the greatest power magnate!Power Grid is a strategy board game designed by Friedemann Friese and is a remake of the German board game Funkenschlag. Each player represents a power supply company trying to connect as many cities as possible to its power grid. To do so, you will have to build power plants to supply enough electricity to power your cities; own enough resources to run the power plants; and earn enough funds to connect the cities and buy the power plants and resources.Each game of Power Grid is played on a board featuring a map of a region hungry for power. The base game comes with 2 maps: the USA and Germany. Each map shows the cities that can be connected to your power grid and the connection fees between the cities. For example, it is cheaper to connect Washington with nearby Philadelphia than it is to connect San Francisco to Seattle. The board also contains a grid showing the raw materials (coal, oil, garbage and uranium), how much is available and how much they cost.There are 4 actions each round in your quest to power the most cities (the game ends when a player connects a certain number of cities, determined by the number of players). Firstly, players take turns to bid for power plants. These plants can be powered by materials such as oil, coal, garbage, uranium and wind. Each power plant also has different efficiencies (being able to power a different number of cities), but you pay for that efficiency by spending more to buy the more efficient power plants.There is an order to the bidding process. The player with the most connected cities each round get to bid for power plants first. However, this is balanced by the fact that they will be the last to buy raw materials and connect cities. Buying raw materials involves grabbing coal, oil, garbage or uranium from the board at their current price. There is a raw materials market that changes depending on supply and demand. The materials replenish at a fixed rate each turn, and are consumed by players using the related power plants. The more of each material is available, the cheaper it is.Connecting cities involves paying connection fees and placing your tokens on the connected cities. There are clusters of cities on each board where the connection fees are pretty cheap, but building in those areas means competing against more players who also want to take advantage of the cheap connections. Power Grid also divides the game into 3 phases: starting, growing and matured phases. Progressing from one phase to the next changes the amount of raw materials that are replenished each round, and also increases the number of players who can connect to each city.The last action in the round is to power your cities. You use up the required raw materials and earn cash depending on how many cities you powered. You can then use this cash to buy more power plants and resources, and connect more cities the next round.Power Grid is mainly about efficiency and strategic planning. The goal is to power as many cities as you can, and the player who is the most efficient and can do it the fastest will win. Also, how much are you willing to bid for that attractive power plant? Should you spend your limited funds connecting choice cities first or overbidding for that new power plant? Is it worth it to spend a bit more to connect to distant cities in order to cut other players off from a city network? Should you target cities in cheap but congested networks or go for the isolated expensive ones? These are questions you need to always keep in mind, and the answers will change depending on how your opponents play as well.The game also has expansion boards and power plant sets. New boards include France, Central Europe, China and Korea, and each introduces interesting aspects to the game. For example, the order in which power plants are revealed in the China game reflect’s the country’s planned economy. Similarly, there are 2 resource markets in Korea to reflect the separate North and South economies, and the North Korea resource market doesn’t have uranium (right…).Overall, Power Grid isn’t too challenging a game to learn. The mechanics are pretty straightforward and easily grasped, though it might take time to master the efficiency and fund-allocation required to be really good at it. The game takes just over 2 hours, and is one of few games that can play up to 6 players without losing its appeal or taking too long.Complexity: 3.5/5.0Playing Time: 2.0 to 2.5 hoursNumber of Players: 2 to 6 players


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