Friday, January 30, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Beautiful Library, Hobbit Home, & Predator Film House

Over on, they tell us about "America’s Most Beautiful Public Library" here.

Also, the Nerdist website shares an opportunity to rent a beautiful Hobbit-inspired home in Thailand here.

Finally, over on, wisnik shares a bunch of images telling us, "So this Swedish dude put out his house for sale."  See more here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Old TSR Adverts

For a little trip down memory lane (for older gamers), try a Google image search with "TSR Hobbies advertisements" as the search parameters.  Here are a few from a tumblr page here had some cool stuff like an old Tom Wham piece . . .

And a Star Frontiers color ad . . .

Finally, over on 2 Warps to Neptune, where there are a ton more ads here, this one suggesting folks should try D&D instead of "The Old Standby Game" gave me a chuckle.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Conventions, Gamedays, and Misc Gaming, Feb Plus

Some events locally include . . .

Once again, Kris Herzog is organizing a gameday for Sunday, February 8th at 11 am to be held at Gregs Catering 3120 Roberts St, Franksville, Wisconsin 53126.  It's a short trip from the Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, and Kenosha areas, so stop on by for free gaming a great, reasonably-priced eats.  Join the event on its Facebook page here.

Be sure to make your plans for February 19th, the "Thor'd Thors'day" of January, since it is the monthly Game Like a Viking Day!  It's a chance, no matter where you are, to break out your Viking-themed tabletop games and have at it.  See more of this ongoing monthly day of fun on the Facebook page here.

The third Saturday and Sunday of February, and indeed almost every month, includes the Burlington Gameday on Saturday, February 21st which sets up events through the Burlington UCC Game Day group on Facebook here and A Gathering of Gamers on Sunday, January 15th, set up by the South Lakes Area Gamers here.  The former is in Burlington, WI at the Plymouth UCC space and is free taking place from approximately 11 am to 5 pm.  The latter takes place at the Pizza Ranch in Elkhorn, WI, and requires a $12 fee for the all you can eat pizza and fried chicken buffet (salad bar, soft-serve ice cream machine, etc.) plus unlimited soft drinks and coffee from 11 am to 8 pm.

Don't forget that Winter Fantasy 2015 takes place February 5th to 8th at the Grand Wayne Convention Center 120 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802.  More information can be had on their Facebook page here and on Bald Man Games here.

You can also find a whole list of gaming events all around the country on here and they include:

Feb 7-8 Swampcon Gainesville, FL, US
Feb 8 Castle Perilous Games X-Wing Minis Carbondale, IL, US
Feb 13-15 Pathfinder Society @ RadCon 6C Pasco, WA, US
Feb 13-16 DunDraCon 39  San Ramon, CA, US
Feb 13-16 OrcCon 2015 Los Angeles, CA, US
Feb 13-16 PFS ORCCON 2015 Los Angeles, CA, US
Feb 18-22 Cayden's Crawl 2: Drinking Games Jacksonville, FL, US
Feb 19-22 Dreamation 2015 Morristown, NJ, US
Feb 19-22 PFS at TotalCon 2015 Mansfield, MA, US
Feb 20-22 Gamicon Iowa City, IA, US
Feb 21 RHoG X-Wing Minis Sacramento, CA, US
Feb 27 - Mar 1  Con Nooga 2015 PFS Chattanooga, TN, US
Feb 27 - Mar 1 Pensacon Pensacola, FL, US
Feb 27 - Mar 1  GottaCon 2015 Victoria, BC, CA
Feb 28 Charm City Gameday, Winter 2015 Glen Burnie, MD, US

Coming up in near months, New England's Largest Game Convention, Total Confusion, runs February 19th to 22nd, 2015.  More info can be found here.

Later, February 27th thru March 1st, check out the information here on the Fire & Ice game convention.  It's also their 15th anniversary.

And coming in March . . .

Online Registration will open Jan. 10 and run through Feb. 13 for Cold Wars which takes place March 5th thru 8th.  This year's theme is Civil War 1865 commemorating "150 Years" since that conflict began.  This is easily one of the top events held by the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society in the US, so if you want to get some wargaming in, head to the  Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center in Lancaster, PA  Get more information here.

Lake Geneva Games is hosting a gameday this second Saturday, March 14th.  You can donate five dollars to the kitty if you want to partake of the pizza and snacks, soda machine on premises, or bring your own feast from the many restaurants right down the street.  check out more information on the Lake Geneva Games Facebook page here and the events page here.

The third Saturday, March 21st at Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL, the first Chicago EN World Gameday of 2015.  The event is organized on here and features two game slots, the morning slot from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, followed by a one hour break, then an afternoon slot from 3:30 pom to 8:30 pm (and sometimes later).  There are three of these events each year and this is the fortieth one of its kind, so join in for all the RPGing (and some times other games) they have to offer!

And lest we forget, Gary Con VII takes place March 26th to 29th in Lake Geneva, WI, and celebrates gaming old and new.  Four days with some of the finest gamer/designers in the business from all eras.  See more on their website here.

Some of this information is from the excellent lists on (the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society), and  as well as many, many gamers on Facebook and Google Plus, to whom I am grateful for the help in this compilation.  Thanks so much and have a great game!

News of Conventions and Gamedays as well as pictures
from those I have attended and games I have played.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Mario AI, SPIDER in Antarctica, & Rabbit Poop Flamethrower

Over on the AAAI Video Competition YouTube channel, they recently uploaded a video titled "Mario Lives! An Adaptive Learning AI Approach for Generating a Living and Conversing Mario Agent."  Enjoy.

Finally, NASA tells how the "SPIDER Experiment Touches Down in Antarctica" here.

Also, on, they explain "How to Build a Flamethrower with Rabbit Poop" here.

Tech Tuesday on 
News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Media News Monday - Thrones Theft, Guardians Backstage, & Shannara in Auckland

Over on, they tell us that the "Game of Thrones sculptor's sea god statue stolen from mountain" here.

Also, on, they explain why "10 “Guardians of the Galaxy” Backstage Facts Will Give You A Double Whammy!" here.

Finally, on, there is news that a "US fantasy TV series [is] to be shot in Auckland."  Of course they mean the upcoming Shannara series starring Austin Butler.  Find out more here.

News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Funnies - IDing Spiders, Rebuilding Lairs, & Laughing at the Middle Ages

Over on they've shared an extensive chart on spider identification here.

Also, Doc Mastermind has started a GoFundMe project tempting you to help him rebuild his lair here.

Finally, the website examines "Laughing at the Middle Ages: The Ethics of Historicist Humour" here.

Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Tabletop Props, Deluxe Orléans, & Wilderness Terrain

With less than five days left to fund, the Tabletop Props: Tent Kickstarter project by Jonathan Wilson is very close and looks pretty damned cool.  See more here.

Also, Deluxe Orléans - Best of Essen 2014 by Michael Mindes has about the same time left, well over 125K and is going strong.  See more here.

Finally, Wilderness Adventures  28mm Scale Fantasy Gaming Terrain by Tom Tullis has just started up and Fat Dragon has a great track record for fulfillment and high quality.  Learn more here.

Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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