[orthodox-synod] Re: Games & Other Amusements (was: Okay, alternatives? [was: Magic Cards])
- One suggestion is to follow the adventures of Asterix the Gaul, his friend
Obelix the Menhir-maker, Obelix's sweet little doggie -- Dogmatix, and all
the other men and women of their village.
There are at least several dozen Asterix high-quality "comic" books that
deal with their adventures. There are even some movie-videos available (I,
personally, am familiar with three: "Asterix the Gaul," "Asterix and
Cleopatra," and "The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix").
The characters are sure to appeal to both boys (esp. Asterix, Obelix,
Getafix, and Julius Caesar) and girls (esp. Dogmatix) of various ages --
even to old fuddy-duddies, such as myself (Cleopatra). <sigh!>
The art-work is superior, by far, to most conventional "comic" art. The
historical aspects are -- well, "interesting," to say the least...
The "puns" (and there are many, each tailored to the specific language
being read!) are mightier than the Romans' swords.
The characters are quite well developed, especially given the fact that
they are only "cartoon" characters, after all. The "good guys" (such as
our heroes, Asterix and Obelix, et al.) are definitely good; the Romans
(such as Julius Caesar and his legionnaires, for example) are not entirely
so; the "villains" (such as the pirates) are definitely "ba-a-ad"...
Cleopatra (in "Asterix and Cleopatra") is -- well, what can I say -- "the
spittin' image" (hairstyle, nose -- and =temper=, alike) of one of my
college girl-friends, who just died a few months ago (but not of
The "official" Asterix web-page is located at:
But there are hundreds (if not thousands) more, albeit "unofficial" ones.
(Just run a web-search on "Asterix" and see what comes back.... The very
"search" is an "adventure" in and of itself -- esp. if you use a number of
There is a game site at:
(one of many, no doubt) which looks like it might be interesting.
(The "potion-magique" reference, above, is to a "magic" potion which the
wise Druid, Getafix -- or Redimix, or any of his many other names,
depending on the language used -- prepares for the little Asterix, to give
him the strength of many men, in order that he might, the better, fight the
Romans and/or the pirates. Obelix, of course, always wants a sip, but
rarely -- if ever -- does he get one. He's way, way too strong, as it is,
as far as all the rest of the Gauls are concerned!)
I, myself, first became acquainted with the adventures of Asterix some
thirty years ago (when they were already some 10 years old), which should
provide some indication of their staying power, as he and his friends are
no less popular now, than they were then.
And as Asterix the Gaul and his friends have a world-wide following, and as
their adventures have been translated into many, many languages -- even the
web-sites often provide the visitor a choice of at least three, sometimes
more... (It's a "painless" way to learn them....)
Anyway, just for the record...
The year is 50 B.C.Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not
entirely... One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against
the invaders. And life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison
the fortified camps of Totorum, Aquarium, Laudanum and Compendium...
Asterix, the hero of these adventures. A shrewd, cunning little warrior;
all perilous missions are immediately entrusted to him. Asterix gets his
superhuman strength from the magic potion brewed by the druid Getafix...
Obelix, Asterix's inseparable friend. A menhir delivery-man by trade;
addicted to wild boar. Obelix is always ready to drop everything and go off
on a new adventure with Asterix - so long as there's wild boar to eat, and
plenty of fighting.
Getafix (Norwegian: Miraculix, French: Panoramix, Disneyesque: Redimix),
the venerable village druid. Gathers mistletoe and brews magic potions. His
specialty is the potion which gives the drinker superhuman strength. But
Getafix also has other recipes up his sleeve...
Vitalstitistix (Norwegian: Majestix, French: Abraracourcix), the chief of
the tribe. Majestic, brave and hot-tempered, the old warrior is respected
by his men and feared by his enemies. Vitalstatistix himself has only one
fear; he is afraid the sky may fall on his head tomorrow. But as he always
says, 'Tomorrow never comes.'
Cacafonix the Bard. (His name speaks for itself....)
And many more...