Friday, August 28, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - StoryCorps, Show vs Tell, & Archery

Over on ideas.ted.com, they share "The art of storytelling according to StoryCorps and Humans of New York" here.


Also, on writerswrite.co.za, they suggest "Five instances when you need to tell (and not show)" here.


Finally, on inkandquills.com, they tell us "What Writers Need to Know About Archery" here.


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elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Ghostbusters, Fantastic Four, & Mario Skills

Over on nerdist.com, they tell us that the "Pilot Promo For GHOSTBUSTER Cartoon Materializes Online" here.


Also, on auntpetunia.com, you'll find out loads of information on the fake, original "The Fantastic Four TV Series (1963-64)" here.


Finally, on gamespot.com, they share "16 Skills Gained From Mario Games You Can Put on Your Resume" here.


A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Cons & Gamedays for September

Putting this out there early, since they are rallying for GMs at this stage, Saturday, October 10th, there is a gameday at the Lake Geneva Games store.  They are located at 918 S Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 and their phone number is (262) 885-1515.  The event starts at 10 am and goes through the evening.  There will be lots of board gaming, as well as card games and a bit of RPGing.


As always, the third Sunday this month feature A Gathering of Gamers on Sunday, September 20th, set up by the South Lakes Area Gamers here.  The event 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.  There are two Burlington Gamedays schedules for next month, the first on Saturday, September 12th, and the second on Saturday, September 26th.  They are set up through the Burlington UCC Game Day group on Facebook here.  It will be held both times in Burlington, WI at the Plymouth UCC space, taking place from approximately 11 am to 5 pm.  They sometimes focus a bit on RPGs on the earlier date, since they are mostly a board gaming crowd, but check in to be sure.


Further from my locale . . .

You can also find a whole list of gaming events all around the country and beyond on Warhorn.net here.


Some of the events include (highlight and right click/search for more information on any of the below):

Sep 3-6 Fan Expo Canada 2015 Toronto, ON, CA
Sep 4-6 Save Against Fear 2015 Harrisburg, PA
Sep 4-7 Celesticon Fremont, CA
Sep 4-7 Gateway 2015 Los Angeles, CA
Sep 4-7 Pacificon Santa Clara, CA
Sep 5 Red Raccoon Games Catan - Sept 2015 Store Qualifier Bloomington, IL
Sep 5-6 Arklatex Comic Con Texarkana, TX
Sep 5-6 German Pathfinder Society Convention 2015 Aschaffenburg, BY, DE
Sep 11-13 CarbonCon 2 Carbondale, IL
Sep 11-13 Coulee Con 2015 La Crosse, WI
Sep 11-13 Sibcon XX 2015 Butler Days Inn, PA
Sep 11-13 Viking Lodge Summer Games Roskilde, 025, DK
Sep 18-20 CogCon 25 Rolla, MO
Sep 18-20 ConCentric Games 2015 Adelaide, SA, AU
Sep 18-20 InfernoCon Las Vegas, NV
Sep 18-20 Queen City Conquest Buffalo, NY
Sep 18-20 SkålCon Roseville, MN
Sep 19 Charm City Gameday Glen Burnie, MD
Sep 19 Lords of Waterdeep Tournament Bloomington, IL
Sep 19-20 VT ComicCon II Burlington, VT
Sep 19-20 Save vs. Hunger Maryville, TN
Sep 19-20 TheoretiCon Raleigh, NC
Sep 24-26 Salt Lake Comic Con Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 24-27 HMGS-South Hurricon 2015 Orlando, FL
Sep 25-27 BloomingCon Bloomington, IN
Sep 25-27 Fields of Honor 2015 Johnston, IA
Sep 25-27 Tri-Con2015 Evansville, IN
Sep 26-27 DubuqueCon Dubuque, IA
Sep 26-27 SPSX 2015 Glasgow, GLG, GB
Sep 26-28 PaizoConOz Canberra, ACT, AU

Some of this information (and more can be had) is from the excellent lists on upcomingcons.com/gaming-conventionsGameConventionCentral.comHMGS (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, August 25, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Road Charger, Pocket Spec, & Security Bots

Over on sciencealert.com, they share that "The UK is trialling a new road surface that charges your electric car as you drive" here.


Also, on inhabitat.com, they tell of the "World’s first pocket spectrometer lets you measure the molecular makeup of nearly anything" here.


Finally, on dailymail.co.uk, they herald "Robo-cops go on patrol! Silicon Valley gets five foot tall robot security guards."  Learn more here.


News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, August 24, 2015

Media News Monday - Mockingbird, Force Awakens, & Frankenstein

Over on variety.com, they herald "Marvel’s Mockingbird Series Starring Adrianne Palicki Lands ABC Pilot Order" here.


Also, on nerdist.com, they show us the latest Star Wars: Force Awakens photos here.


Finally, on the 20th Century Fox YouTube channel, they shared a trailer for the upcoming "Victor Frankenstein."  Looks like it will take the same tone as the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies, which is not a bad thing, IMO.  Enjoy!



News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Useless Heroes, Sea Griffon, & Riker

Over on therichest.com, they tell us of "The 15 Most Useless Heroes in the DC Universe" here.


Also, on weregeek.com, check out the danger and beauty of the Sea Griffon here.


Finally, on the gazorra YouTube channel, the series pilot all TNG fans have awaited, "Riker!"  Enjoy!



Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Parallax Warbands, Western Pulp, & Meepillows

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being "Parallax: Warbands" by Adam Rosenblum here.


Also, check out "Wild West Horse Opera RPG (Three book bundle)" by Timothy Glenn Bane, Scaldcrow Games here.


Finally, have a look at "Meepillows - An assortment of colorful large plush meeples!" by Top Shelf Fun here.


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