Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Warrior Purse, Old School Patch, & Bookshelf Framing

Over on geekxgirls.com, they show how a "Warrior Pack Purse Can Be Worn 8 Different Ways" here.


Also, on jerichographics.storenvy.com, they have a lot of nifty patches including some Old School gaming ones (coming soon) here.


Finally on pinterest.com, check out the wonderful way to make "A bookshelf that looks like a huge painting" here.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Media News Monday - Animated Batman, X-Files, & Fraggle Rock

Over on collinsporthistoricalsociety.com, they announced "Adam West, Burt Ward return for BATMAN feature in 2016" here.


Also on tvline.com, they shared "X-Files Revival Officially Ordered at Fox, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Back for 6 New Episodes" here.


Finally on variety.com, we're told "Joseph Gordon-Levitt Starring in ‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie " here.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Gummi Worm Dune, Worst Two Fonts, & Batmen

Overon io9.com, "The story of Dune, recreated with Gummi worms" here.


Also on Motherboard, "Someone Combined the Two Worst Fonts in Existence" here.


Finally on Viral Nova, "This Is What Batman Would Look Like In 16 Different Time Periods" here.


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - The Folio #2, EZPainter, & Descent: Underground

It has been funded but there is still time to get in on "The Folio #2, 1E & 5E Module Launch!" Kickstarter project from Scott Taylor.  Learn more here.


Also. have a look at the "EZPainter - Miniature painting tutorials" Kickstarter project by Arthur Charles here.


Finally, it's only half way home with two weeks to go, have a look at the "Descent: Underground" Kickstarter project by Descendent Studios here.


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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Meetup, Non-Marketing, & Growing up Geek

Over on metrotimes.com, they fill us in "On using Meetup to play D&D with a group of strangers" here.


Also on alistdaily.com, they explain "How NOT to Market Games" here.


Finally on the Living for Crits blog, they tell us about "Growing up Geek" here.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday - 82 JC Penny Catalog, King's Quest, & James Ward Interview

Over on Pinterest, Kyle Crider shared a 1982 JC Penney Christmas Catalog page here.


Also on polygon.com, a recent article tells us "King's Quest to bring nostalgic adventure to fall 2015" here.


Finally on a podcast from Southgate Media Group, they have an interview with James Ward, Game Designer, former TSR staffer, and co-founder of Eldritch Enterprises.  Check it out here.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Cons & Gamedays for April

It's not April yet and let's not forget, Gary Con VII takes place this weekend from March 26th to 29th in Lake Geneva, WI, and celebrates gaming old and new.  Four days with some of the finest gamers/designers in the business from all eras.  See more on their website here.



Some events locally include . . .

First up, Kris Herzog is organizing a gameday for Sunday, April 8th at 11 am to be held at Gregs Catering 3120 Roberts St, Franksville, Wisconsin 53126.  It's a short trip from the Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, and Kenosha areas, so stop on by for free gaming a great, reasonably-priced eats.  Join the event through the Facebook group here.


The third Saturday and Sunday of April, and indeed almost every month, includes the Burlington Gameday on Saturday, April 18th which sets up events through the Burlington UCC Game Day group on Facebook here and A Gathering of Gamers on Sunday, April 19th, set up by the South Lakes Area Gamers here.  The former is in Burlington, WI at the Plymouth UCC space and is free taking place from approximately 11 am to 5 pm.  The latter takes place at the Pizza Ranch in Elkhorn, WI, and requires a $12 fee for the all you can eat pizza and fried chicken buffet (salad bar, soft-serve ice cream machine, etc.) plus unlimited soft drinks and coffee from 11 am to 8 pm.


Be sure to make your plans for April 16th, the "Thor'd Thors'day" of April, since it is the monthly Game Like a Viking Day!  It's a chance, no matter where you are, to break out your Viking-themed tabletop games and have at it.  See more of this ongoing monthly day of fun on the Facebook page here.


You can also find a whole list of gaming events all around the country on Warhorn.net here and they include:

Apr 3-4 CogCon Spring Revel 2015 in Rolla, MO
Apr 3-5 BABSCon 2015 in Burlingame, CA
Apr 3-6 PsyCon Four in Sydney, NSW, AU
Apr 4 Air Con 2015 in Oak Creek, WI
Apr 9-12 MegaCon 2015 in Orlando, FL
Apr 10-11 PathCon 1.5 in Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 10-12 BattleCon 2015 in Cincinnati, OH
Apr 11 Piedmont Triad TableTop Day in Kernersville, NC
Apr 11 Shall We Play? Intl TableTop Day in Las Vegas, NV
Apr 11-12 Game On - Icon in Plymouth, NH
Apr 11-12 MAG CON 7 in New Caney, TX
Apr 16-19 Tekko 2015 in Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 17-19 1d4Con 2015 in Martinsburg, WV
Apr 17-19 Cape Comic Con 2015 in Cape Girardeau, MO
Apr 17-19 Lexicon in Lexington, KY
Apr 17-19 Philly GamesCon in Feasterville-Trevose, PA
Apr 17-19 Who's Yer Con 2015 in Indianapolis, IN
Apr 17-20 Memories @ RIW in Livonia, MI
Apr 18 PFS @ GobliCON 2015 in Mariboro, 070, SI
Apr 18 QuakerCon in Kernersville, NC
Apr 18-19 Bookwyrm RPG Con 2015 in Fresno, CA
Apr 18-19 Contac in Tacoma, WA
Apr 23-26 HMGS Recon 2015 in Orlando, FL
Apr 23-26 Kingdom Con 2015 in San Diego, CA
Apr 24-26 MEPACON Spring 2015 in Scranton, PA
Apr 24-26 No Brand Con 2015 in Eau Claire, WI
Apr 24-26 RavenCon 2015 in Midlothian (Richmond), VA
Apr 25-26 CthulhuCon 2015 in Portland, OR

Some of this information is from the excellent lists on upcomingcons.com/gaming-conventionsGameConventionCentral.comHMGS (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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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Bike Mini-Bar, Magic Leap, & Bye-Bye IE

Over on lifehacker.com, that showed off a nifty way to make a Mini-Bar for a bike.  See more here.


Also, over on the Magic Leap YouTube channel, they gave a a spectacular video view of how Google and Weta Workshop might one day present Magic Leap, a virtual reality interface.  Enjoy.




Finally on qz.com, Microsoft has announced "Microsoft is scrapping Internet Explorer" here.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Media News Monday - Electra Woman, Powers, & Swords of Steel

Over on the Nerdist they have shared the news that Electra Woman and Dyna Girl are getting a reboot as a web series with Grace Helbig and Hanah Hart.  Find out more here.


Also on the Nerdist, read up on the new superhero series, Powers, here.


Finally, on BlackGate.com, as part of their New Treasures series they feature "Swords of Steel edited by D.M. Ritzlin" here.


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Batman's Uppercut, Jurassic Parks and Rec, & Nerd Court

Over on comicbook.com, they featured a story titled "Comics Fan Obituary Lists Uppercut From Batman As Cause Of Death" here.


Also, on the  YouTube channel, there is a fun mashup titled "Jurassic Parks and Recreation."  Watch.



Finally, on the  YouTube channel, there is a Nerd Court video titled "The Trial of Star Trek's William T. Riker - Nerd Court (ft. Jonathan Frakes)." Enjoy.



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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Deck Stackers, Hands in the Sea, & Dungeon Decor 2

Three from Kickstarter this week including "Deck Box and Stacking Card Organizer For Your Games" by Christopher Urinko.  This one looks very useful and could use a boost to get properly funded.  See more here.


Also, check out "Hands in the Sea – A two player card driven wargame" by Knight Works.  It's already funded but there are some neat stretch goals to be had if it continues to rise.  See more here.


Finally, take a look at "Tavern Dungeon Decor 28mm miniature scenery terrain" by Johnny Lauck.  He's the Mega-Minis guy who has always done wonderful work and has successfully funded a previous campaign.  Learn more here.


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Friday, March 20, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Kids' Castle, Christopher West Interview, & DMG Review

Over on frontdoor.com, check out this nifty "Castle-Themed Kids' Bedroom in Austin, Texas" here.


Also, tribality.com shared an interview just last month with Cartographer Christopher West here.


Finally, on The Escapist, they posted an interview earlier this year for the 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide here.


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday - D&D, E.T., & Magic's Black Lotus

Over on io9.com, a story from about a year ago has been recirculating titled "How We Won the War on Dungeons & Dragons" here.


Also, from the Dungeons 'N Digressions YouTube channel, you can view a video clip from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) where they were playing Dungeons & Dragons.  Watch it here.


Finally, NPR recently filed a story on "The Curse Of The Black Lotus," an early, rare Magic the Gathering card here.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Lake Geneva Area Gaming, Late February through Late March

A busy month so far and Gary Con is starting up next Wednesday.  A Burlington Gameday toward the end of last month followed by the Franksville Gameday took place on March 1st at Greg's Catering. There's another Burlngton Gameday this Saturday and Franksville again April 8th.  Of course the third Sunday meant A Gathering of Gamers at the Pizza Ranch in Elkhorn, WI.  Quite a bit of boardgaming at the Taco Bell on Tuesdays and Culver's on Fridays as well, and the weekly 1E AD&D game was going strong despite being down a couple of players for an extended period continuing into March.  I also got to run a preview game of the 1E AD&D scenario I have set up for Gary Con.  It's the third part of the Fighting Fire series.  Here are some highlight photos but the bulk of them can be found in a Facebook album here (Waiting on some Facebook issues for link) and on Google Plus here.




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Speeder Drone, Transparent Solar Cell, & Augmented Reality Sandbox

Over on slashgear.com, they show us how a "Star Wars Speeder Bike drone puts mini trooper in the air" here.


Also, on extremetech.com, they share "A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source" here.


Finally, on doc-ok.org back in 2012, they told everyone to "Build your own Augmented Reality Sandbox" here.


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Media News Monday - Legend of Conan, TRON 3, & Pee Wee Herman

Over on movieweb.com, they have shared that the "‘Legend of Conan’ Begins Shooting in Fall 2015" here.


Also, on screenrant.com, they told us that "‘TRON 3′ Begins Production This Fall" here.


Finally, on vulture.com, they let us know that "Netflix and Judd Apatow Are Making That New Pee-wee Herman Movie" here.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Baked Beans, Middle Ages Death, & Holy Grail Modernized

Does everyone remember the Haynes Baked Beans Astronaut Ad?  I just stumbled across it again and it still made me laugh.



Also, in a recent posting the Medievalists.net asked "How Would You Die In The Middle Ages?" here.


Finally, from a couple of years back on the St├ęphane Bouley YouTube channel, using only original footage, he has cut a modern trailer for the classic comedy film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  Enjoy!



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