Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sunday Funnies - Devs, Orks, & Adventure

Over on imgur.com, donthitsave clues us in to "The Dev Dilemma" here.


Also, on gckatz.deviantart.com, gckatz wants us to know about painting space orks here.


Finally, on the Kirk Damato YouTube channel from a couple years back, it's "The epic fantasy adventure concerning a party of heroes... and the teenagers who control them through a role-playing game."  It's fine as a one off chuckle but it's a shame more was made of this.  Enjoy "Critical Hit!" Dungeons & Dragons pilot w/ Bobby Moynihan, Ellie Kemper, Ezra Miller, Jon Gabrus.



Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Milestone, Lost Temple, & Explorers

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being simply an announcement from Kickstarter telling us "The First 100,000 Funded Kickstarter Projects in 100 Numbers" here.


Also, have a look at "The Lost Temple of Forgotten Evil, a 5e/OSR adventure" by Dark Naga Adventures (Kevin Watson) here.


Finally, check out "Explorers of the North Sea" by Shem Phillips here.


Keeping an eye on those Kickstarter & IndieGoGo
projects plus other crowdfunding efforts.
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Friday, February 12, 2016

The Friday Grab Bag - Bookstores

Over on buzzfeed.com, they treat us to "16 Charming Bookshops In The UK Everyone Must Visit" here.


Also, on messynessychic.com, they share "10 Inspiring Bookshops around the World" here.


Finally, on paulcombs.net, we're given "The World's Most Beautiful Bookstores" here.


Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Vintage Toys

Over on metv.com, they tell us of "9 toys from the 1960s that would be deemed too dangerous for today's kids."  Find out more here.


Also, on consumerist.com, learn how "Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Have No Idea How Much ‘Star Trek: DS9’ Toy Costs" here.


Finally, on marxmuseum.com, check out "The Virtual Marx Museum" here.


A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Events & Play Wednesday - Ticket to Surcoat

I've tinkered with my own Medieval Fantasy Miniatures Wargaming System, Surcoat, for a couple of decades and have run it a handful of times per year since the turn of the century.  I have played this large scale and have even created small versions that travel well.  I've taken it to the first Gary Con, played at Gamedays, and have even run events at Gen Con at times over the last decade.  This year, I am busting it out in a big way and, as of this writing, there is one seat left of six for the Gary Con VIII Thursday slot on March 3rd, 10 am to 2 pm.  Rules will be taught and the game will be family friendly, so youngsters with a parent are welcome.

Two of the travel sets ready for play.

The description from the Gary Con VIII event listing is as follows:
Surcoat - Medieval Fantasy Miniatures Wargaming: A straightforward system that anyone can learn quickly and play. If you're new to miniatures wargaming, this one is for you. If you're experienced, you'll find ways to bring what you know to bear and perhaps win the day. We'll divide up teams of players based on experience to even the odds for everyone. Parents with youngsters welcome! Everything provided.
A larger skirmish at a Chicago Gameday.

I'll be setting up a scenario that is already in progress, in media res, at a tipping point where both armies are well balanced and the day could be won by either side.  There will be a castle and an outpost as objectives among other valuable terrain locations, high ground for the missile weapons and spell casters.  Let's roll some dice and have some fun wargaming!

Surcoat being played at the first Gary Con.

News of Conventions and Gamedays as well as pictures
from those I have attended and games I have played.
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tech Tuesday - Nuclear Fusion, Solar, & Wind

Three from Science Alert this week on power with the first being "Germany just switched on a revolutionary nuclear fusion machine" here.


Also, "The world's largest floating solar power plant is being built in Japan."  Find out more here.


Finally, "The world's biggest wind farm will soon be built off the UK coast."  Learn more here.


News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Media News Monday - Star Wars, Blade Runner, & Indiana Jones

Over on sciencealert.com, we're informed "The director of Star Wars: Episode IX wants to shoot scenes in outer space."  Find out more here.


Also, on complex.com, they told us "Harrison Ford Will Officially Start Shooting 'Blade Runner 2' This Summer, Ryan Gosling Included" here.


Finally, on whatculture.com, some time back, they gave us "9 Highly Questionable Actions Committed By Indiana Jones" here.


News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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