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    The Co-Op Experience

    Imagine playing your favorite solo campaign. You’re getting hit from all sides and it really looks at times to be damn near impossible to make it through. You’re struggling to work through a tough part and you think “Man it would sure be nice to have a little help here.” Of course you have the option of a co-op experience, but at the moment you’re all alone.

    Then all of a sudden a recently added person on your friends list pops up… “Ker-plink”

    You know of them, you have played multi-player with them before with your other friends, met them in a random lobby, or they were with you at a midnight launch event. You had a great time joking around and thought they were awesome in one way or another.

    You send them a game request and boom…to your surprise they accept. You and your partner link up and “poof” you’re not alone anymore.

    At first everything seems great. You both think this is going to be easy. You’re going have the same amount of obstacles and enemies. It will be be a cake walk. But then the system throws a monkey wrench in the cogs… you realize it’s not going to get any easier. It is going to be just as tough as the lone experience except this time you have a friend along for the ride.

    The system takes into account that there are two people playing and ramps up the amount of difficulty. Instead of the single player experience that your used to you both realize that each of you still have the same issues it’s just doubled. Now things look even more impossible. Wave after wave of enemies bombard your little encampment. Communication begins to break down. Both of you start focusing on different objectives.  You’re thinking that separating for a little while will get you through this game. You both are completely mistaken…. Soon you see the dreaded “Game Over” screen. Each of you blames the other for the fail. Then with both of you angry and bitter, you log off.

    Game-over

    Games can be tough but there is no need to get all defensive and huffy about it. You both made mistakes. Now is the time to move on or apologize to each other and jump back in.

    Here is my advice on having a great co-op experience.

    #1 Communicate.

    Communication is and has always been the most important strategy to any successful game. Without that one key component you both are dead in the water. You must be honest, clear, specific and and in agreement with each other on how to proceed in the game. Communication becomes even more important and critical when you’re several hundreds of miles or even a  continent away.

    #2 Take your time.

    In all cases slow and steady wins the game. Enjoy the level and take time to look around. Be in awe of all that is there to offer. When enemies pop up take them on together. I mean this is the reason you both are here together. You both have decided to put in an investment of ones time, skills and resources. Why try to rush though something that has such a high cost in today’s society?

    #3 Understand each others strengths and weaknesses.

    Find a way to help each other out with individual flaws. Give encouragement when needed and above all else, never point those flaws out in a cruel and hurtful way. Remember you’re in this together. Observe these flaws, take them into account. Understand that your skill set is different from theirs. Use these to your advantage and find a way to make those skill sets compliment each other in a cohesive unstoppable force to be reckoned with.

    #4 Be ready to upgrade.

    There will be the possibilities of add-ons in most games. Understand that if your Co-Op partner wants an add-on or four  you will be expected to take them on as well. You might be hesitant at first but remember this can only enhance your experience together. If you’re not willing to get the add-ons then don’t waste the others time. Remember tip number one…communicate.

    #5 There is always a continue.

    Sure games get difficult. No game is easy… especially the good ones.  There are always a few bugs that pop up now again. Sometimes there are objectives and achievements that you both were striving for in single player mode. But in almost every case  you have the opportunity to get those together.

    SONY DSCNow if you read this and didn’t “get it”… replace the word “game” with “relationship”.

    Funny how gaming and life can imitate each other huh?

    I hope these five tips that my wife and I have learned help you with your “Game”. But there is one last tip that really can’t be put into the above hidden message…

    Neither of you can ever say  “I love you.” too much to each other. We are never promised another day. Take advantage of each and every opportunity to say those three words.

    All games become retro but I’d rather have a classic that I will continue to play for the rest of my life than a flashy game that loses it’s luster in three months.

    This month my wife and I will be celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. This is the best, most rewarding and addictive game I will ever want to play. She always has my six and I keep giving her the encouragement to keep going and achieving the next level.

     

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    A Day In My Life…

    Kimberly Kinrade & Family

    This is guest post about a day in the life of author Kimberly Kinrade. Read below to see how she keeps up with her writing, 3 kids, pets and husband.

    I recently wrote a post for Novel Publicity called “This is the year you publish your novel: A road map to getting it done.”

    I’m a Jr. Project Manager with them. I’m also the Marketing Director for Evolved Publishing and a paranormal and fantasy author for young adults and children… oh and a mother of three with two dogs and two kittens and a publishing schedule that makes me wonder if
    I’ve lost my mind.

    Someone asked me how I do it all. Honestly, I’m not sure. I just keep going until it’s all done (and it’s never actually done.)

    2011 was an exciting year for me. I published three books, took on several new clients and got engaged. This year is proving to be even
    more amazing. I got married, and will have six more books out this year with more to come.

    So, what my day looks like:

    5 a.m. Get up, kiss Dmytry, get on my computer and check emails.

    6 a.m. Still responding to emails, seriously? Omg.

    7 a.m. The emails are multiplying like horny rabbits. I’m not even sure how to stay on top of them.

    7:20 a.m. Get kids up and ready for school. Take dogs out to go potty. Deal with whiny 5 year old who’s too tired to go to school
    because she wouldn’t go to sleep when she was supposed to the night before. Find shoes the 7 year old somehow lost between last night
    and this morning. No you cannot take your stuffy to school. No you cannot take your DSi to school. No you cannot stay home to play on the computer.

    8:20 a.m. Grab a snack before heading back to the computer. Kiss my husband, Dmytry.

    8:30 a.m. Check my files for each client, start working on their projects.

    12:00 p.m. Come up for air. Kiss Dmytry. Grab another bite to eat. Take dogs out again. Get on business call or attend meeting with
    client.

    2 p.m. Meetings done (hopefully) and back to work. Kiss Dmytry. Update social media sites. Spend a totally useless hour watching random videos my friends have posted on Facebook. Thanks guys.

    3:30 p.m. Crap, kids will be home in less than 30 minutes and I still haven’t done any writing. But I haven’t done that guest post that’s
    due either. Open file and work on post.

    4:00 p.m. Kids are home. Hugs and kisses for everyone. Yes, even Dmytry. Get kids snacks, take dogs out again. Check school paperwork and homework. Talk about their day.

    5 p.m. Finish guest post while kids are playing on their Nook, DSi and Leapster.

    7 p.m. Oh crap, we haven’t given the kids dinner. Dmytry and I scramble to get dinner ready for them (and us, I guess.) Thank goodness for canned stew.

    8 p.m. Back to the computer. Check more emails. How the heck are there more??? Kiss Dmytry, a lot!

    9 p.m. Get kids ready for bed. Kisses and hugs for all (including Dmytry.) Read bedtime story. Halfway through, stop reading bedtime story because this book is really awful and who would write something like this for kids anyways? The main character is totally obnoxious and unlikable and I do not want my kids behaving that way or learning from her. Pick a new book and remind myself to
    finish my children’s chapter book series.

    10 p.m. Send out review requests to book blogger for my books while hushing kids every 10 minutes and dealing with 400 million potty breaks.

    11 p.m. Kids are quiet, finally. Work on books, then spend an hour watching our latest series addiction on the computer.

    Midnight Write 3-6k more words on current book. Stay up all night if on deadline, if regular night go to bed at 3 a.m.

    3 a.m. Crawl into bed with Dmytry. Yes, there are more kisses. No, I am not going into more detail than that!

    Variations to this routine include but are not limited to: Laundry day, grocery shopping day, family night on Friday night where no work
    gets done past 4 p.m. until the kids are in bed, sick days where less work gets done and summer break where it’s a miracle anything gets
    done at all. Ever.

    And there you have it folks. A day in my life. Isn’t it exciting?


    For a list of her books, check out: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade
    For a fun fan experience, join the team at I.P.I. at http://IPIAcademy.com
    For kids and parents of young kids, join the Lost Kids at http://ThreeLostKids.com

    Email: Books@KimberlyKinrade.com

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