Sunday, March 31, 2013

Intl Tabletop Day Eve at Lake Geneva Games

We had ourselves some fun at Lake Geneva Games on International Tabletop Day Eve . . .

We opted to begin with a game of Zombies!!! in honor of the memory of Todd Breitenstein of Twilight Creations who passed on early this week.

We allowed a helipad to be introduced early, since we knew our time was limited and we wanted to squeeze in a playtest that afternoon.

Floyd Canaday and John Albert were raring to go.

Scott Felton, Craig, and Ernie Gygax spread out through the streets to take out the zombie hordes.

Tom Wham was giving us some sage advice as we worked through some of the rules. Several of the gang had only played with the core game, Scott had played with all of the expansions, and this day we used the core, plus 2, 3, and 3.5 expansions, so we needed to make sure we were doing it right.

In the end, it was Floyd who got out of Dodge on the helicopter first.

Tom Wham was kind enough to let us playtest a game in development, a Dragon Lairds offshoot, called Dragon Lairds Go to Space.

Ernie, having played many of Tom's games over the years, was strategizing several levels above the rest of us. 

Can someone photobomb their own photo?

The answer is apparently "Yes."

After many of the others needed to head out, John, Floyd Canaday, and myself played a game of standard Dragon Lairds (and Tom got us started with some tips before leaving).  Full disclosure: Got my butt kicked in this one.

All in all a fun way to spend a Friday and roll into Intl Tabletop Day!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ben McFarland's Google Glass Virtual Gencon Project

Ben McFarland is raising some cash through IndieGoGo to fund a Google Glass exploration of Gencon in real time.  See more here!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Todd A. Breitenstein has Passed

Early in the week, it was reported on Facebook by Eden Studios that Zombies!!! creator Todd A. Breitenstein has passed after a struggle with cancer. His genius will be missed.  There is also an indiegogo project set up to help the family with the medical bills here.

"Todd at MegaCon 2006 in Orlando, FL" from

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Creepy but Adorable Cakes

Over on the Cryptovolans tumblr page is a posting about some Creepy but Adorable Cakes.  See more here!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Defiance - New Series on SyFy April 15, 2013

There is a new science fiction series coming to the SyFy channel starting April 15, 2013, called Defiance.  They've put a 14 minute prview of the show up on their website and I think the production values look awesome!  See more here!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Robot Combat League

If you're a fan of robots and combat, maybe you should be watching Robot Combat League on Tuesday evenings on the SyFy channel.  Two-person teams each control one of a dozen robots in a rock-em, sock-em boxing-style match between 800 lb juggernauts.  See more here!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Pre-Raphaelite Artists and Authors

There is a fine article discussing the Pre-Raphaelite artists and authors, those masters who have done such great inspirational work for fantasy fans, over on the VictorianWeb.Org website.  Read more here!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Youth Art Month with Blick

Over on, they've got a number of ways to support Youth Art Month.  Read more here!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Chicago Gameday 34

There are still some seats for the EN World Chicago Gameday 34, into our twelfth year doing this with three per year at wonderful Games Plus in Mount Prospect, IL.  It all happens tomorrow, Saturday, March 23rd, 2013.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop in for the fun!  See more here!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Much Ado About Something

Don't forget, Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing opens in wide release in June.  Read more here and here but here's a trailer.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 Spring Gaming Hoopla in April

The 2013 Spring Gaming Hoopla is coming up in April in support of The American Cancer Society.  Read more here!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gary Con V Remembered

The remembrances of Gary Con V will likely be rolling in all week and here's one from Bruce Heard here!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Industry Wars

For those who enjoy following the latest news about the book industry and where it is heading, there's a new blog post on Bibliographic Wilderness that should be of interest.  Read more here!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lando for the New Star Wars

Looks like they have landed Lando for the new Star Wars movies.  Let's hope they don't alter their deal any further.  Read more here!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Prescription Drug or Classic D&D Monster?

Not too long ago, Ethan Gilsdorf penned a humorous article titled "Prescription Drug or Classic D&D Monster?" Red more here!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Gary Con V Photo Updates

If you're in the area, you should try to make it to Gary Con V sometime this weekend.  In the meantime, my photo albums are beginning to burst with tons of great pics.  See more on Google  here or Facebook here!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer

Check out this trailer for the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, recently added to YouTube.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Gary Con V

This weekend, in Lake Geneva. Gary Con V will be raging.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and play some games!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

School of Thrones

Prom Night Is Coming to Westeros Valley High and the factions are all making their moves. Enjoy!

Monday, March 11, 2013

International Tabletop Day - March 30th, 2013

Wil Wheaton wants everyone to celebrate International Tabletop Day on March 30th, 2013.  Seems like a good excuse to play some games, so I am playing on #tabletopday!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Manned Mission to Mars - January 5, 2018

A manned mission to Mars is being planned to launch on January 5, 2018, according to Dennis Tito.  Read more here!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

d20 Engagement Ring Design

Over on, there is a wonderful story about someone going all D&D on an engagement proposal by having a custom-crafted ring made with a d20 design.  See more here!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Will 3D Printing Change the World?

Recently on the PBSoftbok YouTube channel, a video was uploaded titled "Will 3D Printing Change the World?" Enjoy!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Rolling High Presents: The Bard!

From the humorous mind that brought us the "Attacks of Opportunity and You" pseudo-PSA, comes a new video on the Rolling High YouTube channel called "The Bard!"  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Iron Man Armors

There was a great article on last Friday titled "Iron Man Turns 50: The Many Armors of Tony Stark." Read more here!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Read an RPG Book in Public Week

With all the excitement of GM's Day, let's not forget that it is also Read an RPG Book in Public Week.  Find out more here!

Monday, March 4, 2013

March Fo(u)rth for GM's Day!

Don't forget that today is GM's Day (and also the day we raise a glass to the memory of the late E. Gary Gygax), and if you haven't already picked up something for your own GM, get some baking supplies and make that GM a cake.  Everyone loves cake.  Some say that they do not but I refuse to believe them.  You can also get some less cake-like ideas from here!

Sunday, March 3, 2013 Minas Tirith Disneyfied T-Shirt

Over on, there is a new t-shirt design that Disneyfies Minas Tirith.  If you like it, you'd better move quickly as they seem to retire designs rather quickly.  See more here!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Ernie Gygax Fire Relief Trust Fund

I recently mentioned the tragic situation that has befallen Ernie Gygax in Lake Geneva, his apartment fire leaving him homeless and the many irreplaceable heirlooms and collectibles lost forever.  Well now a way to help has been set up by his brother Luke and other concerned friends in the form of the Ernie Fire Relief Trust Fund.  Read more here on the Gygax Magazine website.

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Digital Comic Museum

A Facebook Friend tipped me off to a very cool website, The Digital Comic Museum.  Check it out here!