Friday, May 6, 2016

The Friday Grab Bag - Boardgaming News

Over on, they told us "Betrayal at House on the Hill Is Finally Getting Its First Ever Expansion" here.

Also, on, they suggest "Board Games Will Keep Us Together" here.

Finally, on, Issue Three is now available here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics not covered
elsewhere or needing a particular focus.
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Cars

Over on, "Behold- the most gorgeous cars of the Art Deco era" here.

Also, on, they give us "The 30 greatest concept cars ever" here.

Finally, on, we find out what classic ideas Seth Ickerman brings to nostalgic looks for future cars here.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Events & Play Wednesday - Intl Tabletop Day

To mix things up for the day this year, I visited 42 Ale House in Milwaukee then swung by Colleseum Games and Rockheads, both in Kenosha.  The first, 42 Ale House, is a boardgaming and geek bar, but the other two are straight up stores, Colosseum a game store and Rockheads a comic and games store.  I really only played games at the first place and looked around elsewhere, so I got a ton of photos from 42 Ale House, only a couple of Colleseum Games, and just outside signage from outside of Rockheads.  The photos can be found on Facebook here and Google Photos 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, May 3, 2016

Tech Tuesday - Solar Power

Three from Science Alert this week with the first being from about a year ago explaining that "China is building its first large-scale solar plant in the Gobi Desert."  Read more here.

Also, they told us "The solar road in the Netherlands is working even better than expected" here.

Finally, they recently featured how "This huge solar panel barge could be the future of ocean-based renewable energy" here.

News focused on Technology
as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, May 2, 2016

RPG Media Monday - Tabletop RPGs

It's been mentioned elsewhere, as well as on, that the preliminary lineup is set for the next season of the Tabletop show on Geek & Sundry.  You can see what else Wil Wheaton has to say about it here.  Among the games announced this time around are two RPGs (so far), and I think that's a good enough number for a show of its format that really is primarily for board and card games.  When the season drops and those episodes are aired, I'll be sure to feature them here and comment more on them individually.

One of the two mentioned is the FATE Core RPG.  More info on that can be had on here.

Also mentioned is the Misspent Youth RPG.  More info on that can be had on here (Maybe NSFW?).

News for Movies, Television, and more
of gamer-relevant Media.
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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Funnies - The Wizard of Id

It's always hard for folks to inject humor into a tabletop RPG with any premeditation.  Most of the time it is best to play it straight and allow any humor there is to be to evolve naturally during gameplay.  However, one can put oneself into a good frame of mind to be ready to enjoy RPGing to its utmost by making sure regular amounts of gamer-adjacent humor are consumed:  Monty Python's Holy Grail, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Time Bandits, Galaxy Quest, Ghostbusters, Men in Black, Your Highness, Spaceballs, and Galavant are examples, depending on your genre of RPG.  Often overlooked amid the television and movie options are comics and none more venerated than The Wizard of Id.

As the creation of Brant Parker and Johnny Hart, the latter arguably the better known, The Wizard of Id has survived for over half a century.  Sure, some might claim it sometimes repeats itself but most times I see a strip, even one I have seen before, it brings a smile to my face.  Sometimes, variations on an old theme can still do the trick.  That's plenty enough for me.

The original creates are gone, Parker left in 1997 and both died in 2007, but the strip lived on.  There's even a Facebook page dedicated to the strip and a wise person might do well to set the page to show up in their Timeline each day and bring them a smile too.

Humor, often gaming-related,
to start the week with a chuckle.
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Pirates, Cavern Tavern, & Dresden

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being "Blood and Plunder" by Firelock Games here.

Also, have a look at "Cavern Tavern" by Final Frontier Games here.

Finally, check out "The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game" by Fred Hicks / Evil Hat Productions here.

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