Lego Challenge: Build a Snowman

It’s the Christmas season! That means Christmas-themed LEGO Challenges for the month of December. We will be doing a Christmas LEGO Challenge once a week this month. If you decide to do these along with us, we’d love to see your pictures, whether it’s here or on Facebook! Let’s play!

Ian’s snowman build is very much Ian. He built a microscale city (with green buildings because they painted them that way) with a giant snowman attacking it. Is anyone else getting flashbacks to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters? This snowman is not quite so jolly-looking though!

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Lego Mindstorms: MindCub3r Robot Build 2019

The kids actually built this robot back in 2016, but Matthias asked a few days ago if he could build it again. It was an easier build for him this time around!

Some of the differences this time:

  • It took Matthias half a day to build the Lego Mindstorms: Mindcub3r robot then he programmed it yesterday. Last time, it took us two days to build, and Corran was the one who programmed it.
  • He didn’t have to jimmy anything to get it working! Last time, we had to use a piece of cardboard to keep the cube from bouncing around too much. The robot worked properly right from the start.
  • There are still scanning errors here and there, but for the most part, it solves the Rubik’s cube correctly.
  • The type of Rubik’s cube matters! If you can get a decent one, that would work best in the robot. The smoother movement it has the better.

The instructions and programming are located at the same site as 3 years ago: MindCub3r for EV3

The instructions are listed very clearly there so I won’t repeat them here.

You can also learn to solve the Rubik’s cube yourself. You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube is a good place to start!

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Destiny 2 Altars of Sorrow Guide

The Altars of Sorrow is a relatively recent addition to Destiny 2, and the weapons you can get from it are, for the most part, very good. In this guide I’ll give an overall strategy and then subclass picks for each class. (Do note that I play Warlock much more than Titan or Hunter, so everything I say may not be the best choice.)

Overall Strategy

The Altars of Sorrow is a wave-based mode much like Blind Well or Escalation Protocol. The main idea is to kill enough Nightmares before the time runs out to advance to the next wave, with there being five waves plus a boss wave. Do not let Nightmares reach the altars! If they do it subtracts 10 seconds off the clock, which can be game over on some of the higher waves. Don’t ignore the adds either, because killing them adds 1 second to the clock for each one.

Starting on wave 3, you will need to kill Wizards to spawn more Nightmares. These Wizards have invincible shields that can only broken by Hive swords, which are found on Knights wandering around the altars. Try to clear as many of the adds around the altar as you can before you pick up the sword, as you can easily be overwhelmed.

After wave 5 you will fight a boss, which is level 960 and can kill you quickly if you’re at a lower light level. After damaging the boss enough it will enter an invulnerability phase, and Nightmares will start heading toward the altar. Make it your top priority to kill the Nightmares here, as you want as much time on the clock as you can. I’ve failed this quite a few times because people kept damaging the boss and ignored the Nightmares, making us lose all our time.


Warlock: There are two that I like to use for this, Devour and Chaos Reach, while Well of Radiance is also very good.. Devour will work well no matter what exotics you have equipped, but if you want to become an almost invincible avatar of destruction equip Nezarec’s Sin and something like the Recluse. For Chaos Reach it’s pretty much mandatory that you have Geomag Stabilizers equipped, and along with Bad Juju you will almost always have your super. With Well slap on Phoenix Protocol and go to town on everything.

Titan: Thundercrash with Insurmountable Skullfort is very good for add clear, but isn’t that great for damaging Nightmares. If you like watching your enemies disappear in massive purple explosions, use Code of the Commander with Oppressive Darkness and Voidwall grenades. Unfortunately Oppressive Darkness won’t be around for much longer so enjoy it while you can. Burning Maul with Synthoceps is good for both boss damage and add clear.

Hunter: Both Tethers work well here, for both boss damage and add clear, and Blade Barrage does the same. Other than that, I can’t think of much else besides equipping Liar’s Handshake and punching everything, which if you haven’t tried it is a lot of fun.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Update: It looks like Amazon has sold out of the $49.99 price and it’s back up to the normal price. Hopefully it will go on sale again before Christmas! The standard edition is currently $59.99.

If you’ve been waiting for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to go on sale, you can get the deluxe edition at Amazon for $49.99 today! My oldest son has been wanting this for Christmas and I wasn’t sure I would be able to get it for him until I saw that it went on sale!

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I don’t have a lot of time to play video games anymore, but I might give this game a try if my son pulls my arm! It’s probably got a better storyline than Candy Crush.