Play Capture the Flag to Celebrate Flag Day!

Did you know that June 14th is Flag Day? Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the United States flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1977. The week of the 14th is called Flag Week and it’s common for people to celebrate with a barbecue or other patriotic celebrations. However, in EMD we like to celebrate a different way- by playing Capture the Flag! Be sure to gather your friends and head on over to the Badlands to get started!

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Strategy is key to winning a game of Capture the Flag, or CTF as we call it. Being able to work together as a team plays a large part in developing your team’s strategy and changing it as the game progresses. Without proper communication, it is easy for a team to have too many players attempting to capture the other team’s flag and thus exposing their own. On the other hand though, if no one from your team pushes forward to capture the flag, then it is impossible for your team to win.

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Sometimes during a game of CTF, your team will need to change your strategy. This often happens as the time limit approaches or one team secures a substantial lead. Changing your teams strategy might be as simple as just sending more players forward or as complicated as executing a ‘feigned’ retreat to draw the other team away from their flag. Regardless of what your strategy is or how it changes throughout a game of CTF, communication and cooperation are keys to CTF.

Armed with this new knowledge and these helpful tips, be sure to assemble your friends head on out to the Badlands during Flag Week to earn some coins playing CTF.

A Whole New World, a Brand New Challenge

It’s time to take your finely tuned racing skills and test them in the air! For an exclusive sneak preview of JumpStart’s upcoming game, School of Dragons, check out the FunZone in JumpStart (http://www.jumpstart.com) and begin to experience a small part of this scientific world, full of exploration and discovery. At the FunZone, you can play School of Dragons’ Fireball Frenzy and earn a high score to brag about to your friends. This exciting game will challenge your ability to control your dragon and give you the thrill of riding on a dragon’s back!

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In School of Dragons, players will not only be able to own and raise a Dragon but they will also be able to engage in a variety of exciting tasks. If the FunZone sneak preview leaves you wanting more, head over to the JumpStart3D YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/JumpStart3D) and watch the School of Dragons Official Trailer. Be sure to visit the website at http://www.schoolofdragons.com/ so that you can learn more about this upcoming game and sign up for the Beta to experience School of Dragons for yourself in the June!

Real Life Racers: an Introduction to NASCAR

NASCAR stands for the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, and is one of the biggest car racing organizations in the world. NASCAR organizes such events such as the Sprint Cup series, the Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. The Sprint Cup is the most prestigious of the three, and the one most people think of when they think of NASCAR.

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The major races in the Sprint Cup are the Daytona 500, the Aaron’s 499, and the Coca-Cola 600. If a driver wins all three of those races, they are considered a Triple Crown winner, as those are the “major” races in the Sprint Cup series. The Coca-Cola 600, held in Concord, North Carolina, is the longest NASCAR race at over 600 miles long. The Aaron’s 499, held in Talladega, Alabama, is known as the fastest NASCAR race. The Daytona 500, held in Daytona Beach, Florida, is considered the most prestigious of the NASCAR races, and one of the most historic. NASCAR essentially got its start in Daytona Beach, with informal car races held there in the early twentieth century.

Some of the top drivers today are Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick.

Jimmie Johnson, who drives the No. 48 car, is the only NASCAR driver to ever win five Sprint Cup championships in a row. He is not only considered one of the top drivers, but one of the top athletes in the world due to his success racing stock cars.

Jeff Gordon is one of the most famous NASCAR drivers of all time. He has the third most wins out of any NASCAR driver ever. His team is nicknamed the “Rainbow Warriors” because of the distinctive rainbow color scheme on the car and suit.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most popular NASCAR drivers, winning the Most Popular Driver Award ten times in a row. Earnhardt’s father, Dale Earnhardt, was one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time before he met his untimely end during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

Danica Patrick was originally an IndyCar driver, switching over to NASCAR in 2011. Not only was Patrick the first woman to win an Indy car race, but she also has the best finish by a woman in a NASCAR top-circuit race, as well as the first woman to win a pole position and the first woman to lead a lap at the 500. Due to her success as a woman in a dominantly male sport, Danica Patrick is one of the most well-known drivers in the world.

NASCAR is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States, drawing the biggest crowds and some of the biggest television audiences. Do you or your family watch NASCAR?