Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tech Tuesday - Up

Over on sciencealert.com, they tell us "The US Air Force plans to 'plasma bomb' the sky to improve global radio reception" here.

Also, on space.com, they tell us the "Best Telescopes for the Money" here.

Finally, on the Yoichi Ochiai YouTube channel, watch a form of "Acoustic Levitation."  Enjoy!

News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

RPG Media Monday - HBO's Westworld

Well, the buzz and hype are really ramping up for HBO's Westworld.  I mentioned Westworld a few times on this blog a couple years ago when I first got wind of it, a couple more times since, and I am definitely looking forward to seeing how this turn out.  The original Westworld (1973) was a very innovative movie that became a cult classic.  It also had a sequel entitled Future World (1976) that was received less well but was still cool in a kitschy kind of way.  What HBO is doing is taking the original concept and updating it for an ongoing series.

The excitement around this new venture stems largely from HBO investing quite a bit of money into effects and star power.  Some of the big names involved include: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and Jimmi Simpson.

Today, they released a new trailer that is being touted as "Mature" though it seems less so than that ominous tag might suggest.  Watch it yourself, if you dare, but you were warned . . .

News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Funnies - Facebook Humor

A couple of funnies came across my Newsfeed on Facebook this week that I wished to share here including a picture taken by Jim Kitchen which probably needs some explanation but for which I have none.

Also, the excellent Chris Comier posted this Sci-Fi meme-without-words last week.  Enjoy!

Finally, if Facebook Friends aren't giving you enough humor, Like their page here for Funny or Die, or join their Facebook Community here.

Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Tower, Tiles, & TileMorphs

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being "Double Dice Tower Ultimate GM Screen!" by Andy "Cosmo-Joe" Watkins here.

Also, have a look at "The Path of Osiris : Egyptian Dungeon Game Tiles" by Lunesdargent Workshop here.

Finally, check out "AdventureCraft Tilemorphs for RPG's" by Glenn McClune here.

Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Friday Grab Bag - Feasting, Friendship, & Coop

Over on geekyhostess.com, they share "An East D&D-Style Tavern Menu" here.

Also, on dnd.wizards.com, they announced "D&D Teams Up with My Little Pony" here.

Finally, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube channel, check out the video from Wednesday night where "Anderson Cooper Admits His Dungeons & Dragons Obsession."  It's a hoot!

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Gygax & The Grand Old Game

Over on theoldpinkeye.com.br, Dante SS gives "A Tribute to Gygax" here.

Also, on visitlakegeneva.com, they share "A Grand Tale – The History of Grand Geneva Resort & Spa" here.

Finally, on Jon Peterson's YouTube channel early this month, he treated us to a long lost pilot for a D&D Radio Show.  Enjoy!

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Events & Play Wednesday - FREE Conspiracy Draft

Many of you know that aside from running Creative Mountain Games for the last fifteen years, I recently signed on board to manage Lake Geneva Games, the FLGS in my town, the cradle of D&D.  We've done a lot to improve the store in the last few months including adding twice as much permanent game space and revamping the front retail area.  We've got some more to do as time goes on but the changes made so far have helped the store a great deal and I'm very proud to be a part of it all.

As most know, Lake Geneva Games is a versatile store with TCGs, Boardgames, GW lines, as well as other dice and card games.  Our bread and butter, however, is Magic: The Gathering and the store hosts many events while selling both new product and singles, through our storefront and online.  One thing that has eluded the store in that regard (and wasn't likely to happen until that game space expansion) was evolving from a second tier host of events in the eyes of WotC to a top tier store with all of the additional prize support and privileges that brings.  What Jason and I have decided to do in that regard will be a milestone in the history of the store.

This Saturday, August 27th @ 1 PM, we are hosting a FREE Conspiracy Draft utilizing the new set of cards from WotC, Conspiracy: Take the Crown.  This is where the community comes in, especially local MtG players but not strictly so.  It drafts similar to a regular draft set but has a few twists.  After drafting, players will then play a single multi-player game to determine game winners.  Did I mention that we're supplying three packs of cards to each player for FREE?  We're doing this so that we can qualify (which has to happen once per year) for the top tier.  We fulfill all other requirements to qualify for the top tier except having at least one really big event like this one so we're absorbing the cost and hosting the event at our own expense.  If you're in the area or plan to be, please go to the Lake Geneva Games website and grab a seat for the event, but only if you're absolutely sure you can be there.  We'd hate to turn other away because the event only holds 64 players max (as does the store!).  Thanks, and I hope to see many of you this weekend!

News of Conventions and Gamedays as well as pictures
from those I have attended and games I have played.
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