Friday, November 27, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Star Wars Cantina, War House, & FLGSs

Over on, they tell us a "Star Wars-themed bar opens in Manchester" here.

Also, on, they feature "Long Beach’s War House [which] specializes in ‘old-school’ games" here.

Finally, on, Kae jumps into the discussion of supporting your Friendly Local Game Store here.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday - Starflight, Bismarck, & Spacewar!

Over on, you can check out one of the great sci-fi computer games called Starflight from 1986 on a website dedicated to the game here and a wiki page here.

Also, on, they recently posted an old advertisement from 1980 for a computer game called Computer Bismarck here and a wiki page here.

Finally, on, they tell us "It began with 'Spacewar!' A history of science fiction in video games."  This story goes back to 1962.  Read more here and more about Spacewar! on a wiki page here.

A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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SRD Bundle Special

Just for the holiday, I am rolling back the price of the 3.5 SRD Revised to it's original price.

When I first released it, it was just a couple PDFs covering the full SRD: Monster as well as Basics, Spells, and Magic items. These were heavily hyperlinked and bookmarked for easy use. This originally sold for $5 and quickly became a hot seller.

Then, individual PDFs were added for the spells of each spellcasting class. A separate PDF for the Psionics rules was added, then one for the additional Divine rules and one for Epic rules. Pentultimately, a Creature Stat Blocks PDF was constructed taking all of the SRD monsters and laying them out in standard stat block format. Finally, an Index page was made that tied all of the other 16 PDFs together and each PDF in the bundle was linked back to the Index page.

It's all amazingly fast for anyone needing a quick rules clarification or to check monster stats or spell details. The price has gone up over the years as more and more was added to the original product but it is on sale for the holiday for the original $5 price so grab one here.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Cons & Gamedays for December

Locally, one of the main events on my radar in December is First Sunday which falls on December 6th.  It's 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 runs from Noon until 9 pm and is mostly about pickup boardgames though planning particular games is certainly acceptable.  Sign up for this event and discuss it further on Facebook here.  Lake Geneva Games is also having another gameday on Saturday, December 12th, though I believe they open at 10 am for that event.  Give them a call at the above number for more details.

There will also be a Burlington Gameday scheduled for December on the first Saturday, the 5th, with details at the Burlington UCC Game Day group on Facebook here.  It will be held in Burlington, WI at the Plymouth UCC space, taking place from approximately 11 am to 5 pm.  All are welcome!  There is no Pizza Ranch Gathering of Gamers in Elkhorn, WI, this month due to the holidays but they will resume on the third Sunday in January.

Farther from my locale . . .

WolfCon XI is running this weekend at the College of DuPage - Student Resource Center (SRC 2000) 425 Fawell Blvd , Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.  The dates are Fri, Sat, & Sun, Nov 27th, 28th, & 29th.  More information can be found here.

Check out the big anniversary event at the Crossroads Board Game CafĂ© in Waterloo, Ontario.  More details can be found on their Facebook page here.

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

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

Nov 27-29 3XP Great Staughton, CAM, GB
Nov 29 - Dec 6 Winterfest Pullman, WA
Nov 27-29 3XP Great Staughton, CAM, GB
Dec 4-6 AnonyCon 2015 Stamford, CT
Dec 5 Dragonmeet 2015 London, LND, GB
Dec 5 MEGAGAME: Watch the Skies Tampa, FL
Dec 10-13 GaymerX 2015: GX3 - Everyone Games San Jose, CA
Dec 11-13 Falls Con 2015 Saint Croix Falls, WI
Dec 11-13 Geekonomicon 2015 Biloxi, MS
Dec 11-13 MacquarieCon 2015 Sydney, NSW, AU
Dec 12 FCB Adventurer's League Alpharetta, GA
Dec 19 TFTCon @ Stairway to Heaven Comics Newington, NH
Dec 26-27 CoolCon II Orlando, FL

Some of this information (and more can be had) is from the excellent lists on (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!

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from those I have attended and games I have played.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Pollution, RoboBees, & Robotic Tentacles

Over on, "This new robot eats water pollution and produces electricity as it swims."  Read more here.

Also, on, "RoboBees Can Fly and Swim. What's Next? Laser Vision."  Find out more here.

Finally, on, check out "Tiny Robotic Tentacles Can Lasso an Ant" here.

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as it might interest gamers.
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Media News Monday - Riddick, Star Trek, & Star Wars

Over on, "Vin Diesel Is Bringing Riddick Back With A New Movie And TV Show."  Read more here.

Also, on, check out the interview with "Star Trek IV's Punk on the Bus" here.

Finally, on the CBR Trailers YouTube channel, watch "STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Movie Clip #1 - Escape."  Enjoy!

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