Sunday, September 30, 2012

An Epic Geeky Proposal

In a recent article on called "'Scott Pilgrim' Fangirl Proposes To Boyfriend In Epically Epic Fashion" details how one young romantic proposed to another.  Read more here!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Andy Serkis reads The Hobbit as Gollum on stage

Over on the Showbiz411 YouTube channel is a report of Andy Serkis reading The Hobbit (in part as Gollum) on stage for a delighted crowd.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Museum Day - Saturday, September 29, 2012

This Saturday, September 29, 2012, is Museum Day,  See more on the Smithsonian website here!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Boardgame Manicures

Over on the Stellar Four blog are some fun-looking manicure ideas that take their inspiration from boardgames.  Check them out here!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Origins of the Vulcan Salute

In a recent guest blog on, Leonard Nimoy discusses the origins of the Vulcan salute which often is accompanied by the phrase, "Live long and prosper."  Read more here!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Games by the Book Exhibit

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has an exhibit called "Games by the Book" running from September 7th through October 8th at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology showing how literary works can be adapted into games.  Read more here!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Artist Daniel Somerville Assistance Fund

Artist Daniel Somerville has gone through some rough times, undergoing brain cancer surgery, so some friends have set up an assistance fund to help with the bills through  Read more here and here and see if it moves you to help.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Games Plus Fall Auction 2012

If you have some old or unused games taking up space on your shelves or in your closets, you can turn those games into store credit by participating in the Games Plus (Mount Prospect, IL) Fall auction 2012.  Read more here!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sword & Laser (#12, Genre Fiction Web Show) on Geek and Sundry

Over on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel is a new episode, number twelve as it happens, of the genre fiction webshow called Sword & Laser.  It's hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt who bring enthusiasm and knowledge to a broad variety of subjects within their purview.  This episode features an interview with LeVar Burton of Star Trek fame.  Enjoy!

Be sure to subscribe to the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel.  They have over 330.000 subs and are shooting for 500K with this sub drive.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Gary Con V Early Registration

Early registration has begun for Gary Con V, the old school gaming convention held in March in Lake Geneva, WI.  There are several levels of registration but an explanation of how they work was posted by Luke Gygax in their forums which I will quote here -

The Early Bird package was delayed due to website upgrade issues and it is fairly close to the silver package. Here is my take on the packages.
Platinum: You want to guarentee getting one of the premium GC souvenirs (Stein, Stadium Cup Set or T-shirt) and you want to fill all 4 days with pre-registered events. You get the opportunity to play in 2 or 3 VIP events (Tim, Frank, Jim, Ernie etc) and multiple other events (3 SPs average for an event).
Gold: You want to play 3 VIP events and fill your GC with lots of pre-registered events. You get to choose a GC souvenir (hat, print, GCIV module or a single stadium cup). This is the choice for gamers that want to maximize game time and are less interested in guarenteeing a premium souvenir but still like to have something from GC V. Last year we sold out of many souvenir items by Thursday night, especially steins and certain T-shirt sizes.
Silver: You want to play in 2 VIP events and play in 4-8 other events over the 4 days. You get to choose one of the 3 stadium cups. Note the cups allow you to buy discounted soda or beer throughout all 4 days of Gary Con and depending on the color get you either free soda during happy hours or free beer on either Friday or Saturday during happy hours. This is the option that should satisfy the majority of people. Plenty of gaming and the bonus of discounted/free soda or beer.
Copper: This option is designed primarily for GMs that will spend much of their time running events and young gamers that are accompanying their parents. There are no souvenirs built into the package (but there will be some available for purchase on site). The 15 SPs will enable you to pre-register for 4-6 events. 
Early Bird: This option gets you into 1 VIP event and 6-8 other pre-reg events. You get all 3 stadium cups ($25 value). This is a good option for someone that wants to balance pre-reg events with open gaming or private gaming sessions as well as partake of free soda and beer at both happy hours.
I hope that my take on the packages is helpful and that we provided enough options to satisfy everybody. We always welcome feedback to help us continue to improve Gary con.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Attacks of Opportunity and You! from Penfound Productions

Over on the Penfound Productions YouTube channel is a new video called "Rolling High Presents: Attacks of Opportunity and You!" which takes a humorous look at that particular game mechanic.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Numenera from Monte Cook

Just a few hours left in the Kickstarter for Numenera, the new roleplaying game from Monte Cook, so hurry and jump on board.  See more here!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Nick Offerman, Gamer

An article last month on details the gaming life of Nick Offerman, better known as Ron Swanson on the television series Parks and Recreation.  Read more here!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Medieval Hoodie

Back in June, Gizmodo ran a little article on a Medieval Hoodie that might be just the thing for those chilly Autumn days.  See more here!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tekumel Foundation - New Space

Over on YouTube, Bob Alberti gives a quick video tour of the new space for the Tekumel Foundation, a group dedicated to preserving the works of M. A. R. Barker.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Water Rockets

Over on the National Geographic YouTube channel is a new video showing some ways to launch water rockets.  If you've never done this as a kid, or with your own kids, you might like to give it a go before the weather turns for the worse.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Hobbit Second Breakfast

If you're a Tolkien fan, or just a fan of food, then perhaps you'll want to participate in The Hobbit Second Breakfast event.  It will commence at 11am (sharp), on the 21st of September, 2012.  Read more here!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Genesis Roleplaying System Kickstarter

Joshua Raynack of Alea Publishing Group (Warning: Website has audio) has been among the hardest working guys in the industry for quite some time, always bringing the goods and production values in the products he releases.  He's got a Kickstarter project going for his Genesis Roleplaying System and it's one of the best put together Kickstarter pages I have seen.  Check it out here!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gary Con V Preregistration Announced

Per their website -
The official show dates for Gary Con V are Thursday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17, 2013.  Once again, Gary Con will be held at the Geneva Ridge Resort (formerly the Lodge at Geneva Ridge) with a special room rate of $89.  Early Bird registration will begin September 16th, 2012.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Dick Blick Sale

Through September 19th, there is a sale at the Dick Blick online store with savings up to 77% on many art supplies.  See more here!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Chop Socky Boom Kickstarter

Just a couple of weeks left in the Chop Socky Boom Kickstarter project, so jump on in with both feet for some really cool pledge incentives.  See more here!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Hobbit - Film Titles and Release Dates

The Hobbit films now have titles and release dates.  First, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, will release December 14, 2012, second, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will release December 13, 2013, and, third, The Hobbit: There and Back Again (originally the title of the second film), will release July 18, 2014.  Read a bit more here!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Google Map-Camera Discoveries

Over on are some very interesting and sometimes disturbing photos of what the Google Maps camera captures while out getting street views for us.  See more here!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Ancient Human Pinky DNA

NPR had a recent story about the discovery of ancient human DNA from a pinky.  Read (and listen to) more here!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary

There is a Kickstarter project in the works for Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary.  It's been running for a couple of weeks but it'll need a good deal of help if it is to make its stated goal.  See more here!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Space Elevators

A recent article on Space Elevator technology discusses the potential upside of moving beyond rocket tech to lift things into orbit for a fraction of the cost.  Read more here!