Hey, here’s the second part of my story. To see the first part, go to the post called “Short Stories: Dragon Tales”. Enjoy!!

 ***** ‘“Hello Carmela, nice to see you!”, Mila’s voice drifts toward me through the darkness. I still see red, but this time it’s the red of Mila’s hide and scales, now appearing over the horizon. I immediately panic, expecting to be crushed by Mila’s silver talons. “Yes, Carly, I know.”, says Mila, with a sigh, “But I’ll help you. Meet me at my cave tomorrow, but beware, Thunder has been raging since last night.” I gulp and nod. Thunder has ten times Mila’s temper!’.

         I slowly open my eyes as Mila fades into the darkness again. I sit up and turn around, looking for a clock. “AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!”, I scream as I see Mila by my bedside, but my surprise is quickly muffled as I take in my surroundings. Mila quickly fades into nothingness before I get a good look at her. *****

Oct. 5, 1962, The Gardens of Dragonshire, 7:50 AM 2019 Dragon Rise Blvd. Drasonville, Wales

            Oh no, Oh n– HELP! Before me is the firsthand definition of destruction; fences are gone, stones are missing, buildings are dust, and in the middle of the pandemonium is Mila’s (surprisingly intact) cave with a crooked welcome sign on the two-story front door. I knock, but no one answers. Screeeeak!! I slowly push the worn door open. The inside is dark and dusty; just the way I remember it. In the center of the one-room cave I see Mila peering into the crystal ball on her round table. “Hello, Carly. Come over and help me.”, says Mila, not looking up from the ball. I slowly make my way towards the round table at the center of the room, and peer into the crystal ball with Mila. “I see worlds, fairy tales, a cave, a meeting of hunchbacks, us, and a surprised hunchback.”, I state. “My Dragons! I hope that’s not in our plan for the day!”, exclaims Mila. After a while, Mila says, “I see a cave in Hunchville that has Salvador inside. Let’s go and check it out.” To be continued…

Screenshot of Game Over Gopher
At the beginning of the game, the gophers come and you use carrot shooters and other tools to make the gophers leave.

When you have nothing to do and you’re super bored, I present something that is really fun and some of you guys probably know about it. It is Game Over Gopher! You can find Game Over Gopher at Math Snacks. I have been playing it recently and it is super fun. So I’ve decided to do a fun little review; if you guys like this, I might do more game reviews! OK let’s get to it.

The problem in Game Over Gopher is these gophers want to eat your carrots. So you have to fill the gophers up with small carrots so they don’t need your big Carrot.

There are two parts to this game. One part I just told you about but the other part is to unlock levels of the game. This game is really fun and there’s lots of ways to play it! Overall, I give the game 5 out of 5 stars. It was really fun and I enjoyed playing it.

This game was made by New Mexico State and paid for by the National Science Foundation. It is really fun but there is a problem. Flash will be going away in December so I was wondering what would happen to the game. We decided to email who does it and see what would happen. Here is our conversation!

Dear Dr. Chamberlin,

I am a 5th grader and my class and I really love Game Over Gopher. We would very much like to know after Flash is discontinued, how we could play this game. Are there plans to make a new version or are you discontinuing the whole game?

Thank you for making this game in the first place. It is very fun. 

Maggie
Protector of the Carrot 🥕 

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Hello Maggie,

Thank you so much for writing to me! We are working on updating all of our games. Sadly, Game Over Gopher will be the last because it is *so* complex. We hope to have 3 of the Math Snacks games redone by December (Monster School Bus, Gate, and Ratio Rumble), then start Game Over Gopher.

The good news is that in redoing them, we’re moving them closer to accessibility for everyone who has special ways of playing games.  The bad news is it will take us a bit longer. Thank you so much for playing it!

Have you looked at our new games, Agrinautica and Curse Reverse?

Thank you for your kind words, and for standing up for the rights of oppressed carrots everywhere 😉

Barb

 

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