Friday, September 2, 2016

The Friday Grab Bag - Going Dark

My blogs and Facebook will be (mostly) dark for the next couple of weeks.  This includes,, and, all of which have extensive archives at this point to plumb for interesting tidbits.  Please explore them for nifty bits and bobs and we'll see you on the other side of the nebula!

Also, my Facebook pages will be going dark including my profile page, my Mark CMG author page, my Creative Mountain Games FB page, and the GM's Day FB page.

Finally, my Google Plus profile will go into sleep mode along with my Twitter feed.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Wisconsin Museums

Museums are a great way to spend time learning and having fun on your own, with family, and with friends.  I've been checking into the various museums in Wisconsin to find some places to visit when I get a bit of time to do so.  I was nigh overwhelmed by the number of them listed on Wikipedia here.

Also, on, they have a more manageable list here.

Finally, on, they have a more eclectic list here.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Events & Play Wednesday - LGG Events

We've got some stellar events lined up at Lake Geneva Games in September.  These events are included on the LGG website calendar but also sometimes organized on Facebook as individual events.  First up, today, Wednesday, August 31st and Saturday, September 3rd, we have two follow up events to our very successful Conspiracy: Take the Crown draft last Saturday (which drew 63 players!).  Both days will including rolling drafts for $10 per participant.  They are, of course, Conspiracy: Take the Crown format: drafting then a multiplayer game for three to five players.  Three packs per player and keep what you draft!

Also, Sunday, September 4th, is First Sunday and that means Open Boardgaming (and other tabletop gaming) from Noon to Nine at Lake Geneva Games.  We set up a Facebook event for this one here.

Late this month we have a handful of events for both the Kaladesh MtG pre-release weekend and the release the following weekend (which extends into October).  All of these are on the LGG Events Calendar but the first two pre-release events might draw the biggest crowds as the first chances to get hold of Kaladesh cards.  The pre-release weekend begins with a Midnight event which organizes on Friday, September 23rd at 11:30 PM and start promptly at Midnight.  You can pre-register for this 2-Headed Giant event here.  On Saturday, September 24th at 2 PM, we're holding a Sealed event for a BOX which you can pre-register for here.

There is also a 40K afternoon on September 11th which I discuss on the Wargaming Wednesday blog here!

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 30, 2016

Tech Tuesday - Up

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

Also, on, 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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