Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Shakes Plays Vermintide

(Apologies for the low volume. I no do technology good, apparently.)

Here’s Shakes playing Vermintide in a display of fairly terrible parenting by Yours Truly. I didn’t let him play long (the game is gore-tastic to say the least) but Katie was asleep, so I escaped disapproving bridal stares for a good few hours.

February 13, 2016 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. It all seems fine and dandy, but then one day he’ll bring his bright wizard robes and staff to school and torch the place.

    Comment by Mark Lund | February 13, 2016 | Reply

    • No! My least-favourite College of Magic!

      I mean, I still love it, but it’s nowhere near my fave.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 14, 2016 | Reply

  2. It’s so cool to watch him become a person

    Comment by Ben Chambers | February 13, 2016 | Reply

    • Yes and no.

      Yes, because of course.

      No, because he does a lot of his personing at 5:49am when he decides he wants Cheerios every morning.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 14, 2016 | Reply

  3. ‘I sticked my sword in him and he broke’ what every dad secretly longs to hear their first born say, truly bad ass

    Comment by Carl | February 13, 2016 | Reply

  4. Hmm, that doesn’t look like his first run-through. You should probably run before the better half wakes up 😉

    Comment by Danielle | February 14, 2016 | Reply

    • I know, right!?

      It is, though it’d be way cooler if it wasn’t.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 14, 2016 | Reply

  5. Hilarious and adorable! Speaking as the parent of a 5 1/2 year old boy and a teacher myself, that’s not terrible parenting. There’s something in little boys’ minds that naturally lends them towards sadism. My little boy, whilst playing Minecraft was heard to exclaim ‘I just shot that cow right in the eye!’ Another time, I caught him spawning Ocelots into a lava pit ‘Just to watch them burn’. He’s taken to building prisons now, first for animals and now people. I’m never buying a house with either a cellar or usable roof space.

    Comment by Steven Williams | February 14, 2016 | Reply

    • That’s some delicious and terrifying perspective, right there.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 14, 2016 | Reply

  6. Since this isn’t it, I’d be interested in what Shakes actually thinks is your worst parenting. Probably making him eat vegetables or take baths you fucking fascist.

    Comment by dcbrave | February 14, 2016 | Reply

    • I know the answer to this one. He has a wooden sword and shield set; I was showing him how to hold the shield and attack around it with stabbing phalanx-style thrusts, while blocking incoming sofa cushions. This went well for the first four attempts. On the fifth, the cushion knocked he shield back and the rim hit him in the face.

      There were tears. It was certainly a time.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 14, 2016 | Reply

  7. Yes. You must indoctrinate him well. Next give him dawn of war so he can betray someone he’s played with for ages like you did

    Comment by TheSGC | February 15, 2016 | Reply

    • Nuuuu! I betrayed my best friend’s friend, who I barely knew!

      …the shame still burns.

      Comment by Aaron Dembski-Bowden | February 16, 2016 | Reply

      • that tale is still one of the funniest things ive ever read … i was crying by the time i got done reading it the first time

        Comment by Ben Chambers | February 18, 2016 | Reply

  8. Dark Gods, that was precious Aaron! I’m in stitches laughing at this!
    In all seriousness though, not the worst thing you could do. I mean, I was playing the first Mortal Kombat game when it first came out, and I was three at the time. I think Shakes will be just fine.

    Comment by Kyle Nguyen | February 18, 2016 | Reply

  9. you have clearly never heard of the Scottish boom sword my friend.

    Comment by Craig | May 25, 2016 | Reply

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