Playing Valheim With The Boys

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Playing Valheim

The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show – Playing Valheim With The Boys

Let’s talk about playing Valheim – the new Viking survival game I have been enjoying with my sons and an assortment of friends and family.

We have learned some important life lessons so far. Team work, strategic thinking skills, and how to fell trees without them dropping on your head – it’s all here, folks.

The graphics may not be anything to write home about. As many have pointed out, the game has a very Minecraft feel to it where textures are concerned. But the map to explore is huge and randomly generated. The score is relaxing and appropriately themed. And the lighting effects and scope of vision are downright breathtaking sometimes. Not only that, but the building, crafting, and requisite resource collection mechanics are deeply satisfying and engaging.

Also, more broadly, how do we think about videogames and computer games? As I have argued before, play can be more than entertainment. If we choose to utilize them this way, playing videogames can be an excellent medium for learning. But we have to be intentional and strategic about what games we play, as well as how and why we play them.

Listen to this episode of The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show to hear all about it.

Reflections on 15 Years of Marriage The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

On Saturday, November 25, 2006, I married Lauren Elizabeth Duff in Hillsboro, Ohio and she took my last name. I had just turned 20 and Lauren was 19. At the end of July 2007 our first son Josiah David was born at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Near the end of June 2008, our second son Elihu James was born, also at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. At the end of December 2009, our third son Solomon Emmanuel was born at home in Jamestown, Ohio. The midwives were late to our early morning homebirth. So I delivered him the day before New Year's Eve. In 2010, Lauren and I found out we were pregnant again, but decided to keep the news to ourselves for a while. Our hearts broke when Lauren miscarried, and we wrestled with whether we had cared too much what people would say.  May 2011 our fourth son Daniel Joseph was born at home in Hillsboro, Ohio. On the encouragement of the midwives, since we had done so well with our first unassisted homebirth, I delivered Daniel as well – on Star Wars Day, no less. July 2012, Lauren and our four boys followed me out West and we moved into our rental home in the countryside north of Glendive, Montana – my hometown after I landed a job as a lease operator with ConocoPhillips and started my career in Oil and Gas. Near the end of September 2013, our daughter Evelyn Grace was born at home with the help of a very dear midwife Lauren had found in the area. In April 2014 we bought and moved into our first home in Sidney, Montana. December 2015, our fifth son Enoch Theophilus was born at St. Vincent Hospital in Miles City. We had hoped and planned for another homebirth with the assistance of a midwife, but were relieved all the same that everything worked out. October 2016 I decided to leave my first Oil and Gas job with ConocoPhillips to explore other options. January 2017, I started a new venture with Zedi and worked my way by into Automation by the end of the year. Toward the end of May 2018, our sixth son John Lazarus was born at St. Vincent Hospital in Miles City, Montana. Once again, we had hoped and planned for a homebirth, but the Lord had other plans. At the beginning of September 2019, Lauren and I moved our family to Greeley, Colorado as I took a job with Sterling Energy. Twice in 2020 – once in February and a second time in June – we suffered two miscarriages. The first Lauren learned at the ultrasound was an ectopic; the second was a miscarriage at home. Again, our hearts broke. November 2021, Lauren and I got away to a cabin in the mountains, just the two of us, for three days and two nights to celebrate my 35th birthday, our 15th wedding anniversary, and a new job with Eagle Automation. By God's grace, we have come a long ways, and are excited to see what the Lord has in store for us from here on – particularly with an eighth son named Andrew Matthias due January 2022.  This is our story. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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Christian, husband to a darling wife, and father to seven children - I enjoy pipe-smoking, playing strategy games on my computer, listening to audio books, and writing. When I'm not asking you questions out loud, I'm endlessly asking myself silent questions in my head. I believe in God's grace, hard work, love, patience, contemplation, and courage.