Monday, November 30, 2015

Media News Monday - Star Wars, Shannara, & Captain America

Over on io9.com, they tell us "The Heartwarming Story Behind R2-KT, And How She Joined Star Wars Canon" here.


Also, on ew.com, "See the world burn in the opening title sequence for The Shannara Chronicles" here.


Finally, on the Jimmy Kimmel Live YouTube channel, check out the "Captain America: Civil War - Trailer World Premiere."  Enjoy!



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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Memories, Mumbo Jumbo, & Mimics

Over from theargylesweater.com, Scott Hilbrun plies his trade and sometimes hits on geeky issues as he did back on May 10th, 2014 with this archived goodie here.


Also on uptofourplayers.com, they regularly lampoon the gamer's life and no more so than when breaking down the jargon for us here.


Finally, on orcshideout.com, they have a t-shirt design that we should never check for traps here.


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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Traveller Novel, Napoleon Game, & Laser Terrain

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being "Agent of the Imperium: Marc Miller's Traveller Novel" from Marc "Traveller" Miller here.


Also, have a look at "Victory and Glory: Napoleon" by Glenn Drover here.


Finally, check out "Laser Terrain Co - Tabletop Wargames Terrain System" by Laser Terrain Co here.


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Friday, November 27, 2015

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

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


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


Finally, on initiativetabletop.com, 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 starflt.com, 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 grogheads.com, they recently posted an old advertisement from 1980 for a computer game called Computer Bismarck here and a wiki page here.


Finally, on theverge.com, 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.


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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 Warhorn.net 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 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, November 24, 2015

Tech Tuesday - Pollution, RoboBees, & Robotic Tentacles

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


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


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


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Monday, November 23, 2015

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

Over on io9.com, "Vin Diesel Is Bringing Riddick Back With A New Movie And TV Show."  Read more here.


Also, on startrek.com, 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!



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Funny Outerwear

Over on teefury.com, they have a Critical Failure t-shirt here.


Also, on cafepress.com, they have multiple "Keep Calm and Grog On" t-shirts here.


Finally, on io9.com, check out "10 Retro Body Armors That Will Transform You Into An Old-School Iron Man" here.


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup - Tabletop Accessories, Fantasy Minis, & Wolfstar Heroes

Three from Kickstarter this week with the first being "RPG and Wargaming Tabletop Accessories" by Kevin Rau (Author of H.E.R.O. novels) here.


Also, have a look at "Warbears and Stagriders, Fantasy Wargames Miniatures" by Mike and Rich Chappell here.


Finally, check out "Wolfstar Heroes" by Matt White of Oi! Monster here.


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Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday Grab Bag - Tales, Betrayal, & AltspaceVR

Over on rpgnow.com from Ultanya Publishing, you can get your "Tales from the Game Tavern issue #1" in PDF form here.


Also, on slate.com, learn "The Fun of Betraying Your Friends" where they tell us "We’re in a golden age of board games. Betrayal at House on the Hill is one of the best."  Find out more here.


Finally, on the AltspaceVR YouTube channel, watch "How to play Dungeons and Dragons in AltspaceVR."  Enjoy!



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday - D&D Cover Art, Victory Games, & Watership Down

Over on shaneplays.com, Shane has shared "Through the Ages: Dungeons & Dragons Cover Art" here.


Also, floating around Facebook this past week, there was a clipping from The General magazine in 1982 announcing the formation of Victory Games.  Enjoy.


Finally, on 2warpstoneptune.com, they shared a photo of a promotional button from the film Watership Down (1978) over on their website here.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Events & Play Wednesday - Lake Geneva Gaming, October to November

Lots of gaming in and around Lake Geneva and Southern Wisconsin including GameHole Con 2015!  Here are some pictures taken at the various events.  Check out more pictures on my Facebook album here (with Facebook GameHole Con albums here, here, and here) and a Google Photos album here (with Google GameHole Con albums here, here, and here).




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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tech Tuesday - LEGOs, Droids, & VR

From over on cnet.com, comes the glorious news "Lego's anti-Lego slippers have extra foot padding for protection!"  Rejoice, owners of LEGOs and discover more here.


Also, on space.com, they remind us that the "Makers of 'Star Wars' BB-8 Droid Toy Promise Hidden Tricks" here.


Finally, on recode.net, they tell us "We’re Seriously Underestimating the Virtual-Reality Market" here.  Though, to be fair, I stumbled on that story while enjoying the recent news about the AltspaceVR D&D interface which you can check out here.


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Monday, November 16, 2015

Media News Monday - John Carter, Buck Rogers, & Mile High Comics

Over on io9.com, they ask us to "Witness The John Carter Film That Could Have Been" here.


Also, just last month of Boing Boing they told us of "Buck Rogers and the Copyright Trolls" but on the-digital-reader.com, Nate Hoffelder wanted us the be aware of the nuances between copyright and trademarks as it pertains to such legal interactions.  Read more here on the former and here on the latter.


Finally, on milehighcomics.com, they tell us that Mile High Comics is closing their 56th Avenue location and selling off stock at a huge discount.  If you're local or going to be in the area, and love comics, it sounds like something you should not miss.  Read more here.


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Funnies - Star Wars vs Star Trek Mashups

This week I have three Star Wars vs Star Trek Mash Ups ordered by their length.  First up is a fake movie trailer from the SonOfSpork YouTube channel titled "The Carbonite Maneuver (1985)."  Enjoy!



Also, from the Alex Luthor YouTube channel, check out the "Star Wars vs Star Trek Epic Battle Trailer."  Not bad!



Finally, from the 1978Prime YouTube channel, they bring us the "Star Wars vs Star Trek; Borg Attack The Death Star" short film.  Choppy but fun!


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