Posts made in January, 2014

Dresden Files and Old Man’s War

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Books, Geek Culture | 0 comments

I just recently finished reading books 3 and 4 in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series (Grave Peril and Summer Knight respectively), and the first book in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series.

I reviewed Old Man’s War over on Goodreads, but suffice it to say I found it enjoyable. More enjoyable than I had expected it to be, given the subject matter. I recommend that you check it out.

The Dresden Files series is enjoyable brain candy. Highly formulaic, it’s light hearted fantasy-meets-real-world with some detective stuff thrown in for good measure. I find it nice bedtime reading as it doesn’t require much brain power. His formula is reliably engaging, if a bit predictable after 4 books. There are 15 books in the series so far. I’m still finding them entertaining enough to continue to purchase upon occasion. I just hope that series doesn’t jump the shark like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series by Charlaine Harris did.

To round out this post, I’ve found a couple of amusing things on the internet that I wanted to share before the weekend comes. One of them is a fantastic Superbowl commercial. Enjoy!

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This Week Online – January 27, 2014

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Food, Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

I hope everyone is enjoying the Winter weather across the country. I know I’m glad the kids are back at school today. Here are some fun things I found online this week:

Please enjoy, and check back often!

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Tabletop Thursday – Ticket to Ride: Europe

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Games/Video/Board, Geek Culture, Web Shows | 0 comments

Happy Thursday! Today’s episode of Tabletop features Ticket to Ride: Europe.

Players are Emma Caulfield, Anne Wheaton and John Kovalic. The chemistry between the players is very upbeat and positive, despite Wil and John’s initial competitiveness against each other. Still, this game basically plays just like the original Ticket to Ride from last season with very small variations.

Hope everyone has had a good week. The kids in my area got the entire week off from school due to snow, and this was also my son’s birthday week. So happy birthday to him, and yay snow! I feel like I’ve gotten some proper Winter now.

The big project at my house is painting a bathroom to look like the inside of the classic TARDIS. It’s turned out to be a lot more work than expected (as all painting projects do). I’ll be posting pictures & details here when it’s finished!

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Don’t miss Tabletop Day 2014!!! (April 5th)

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Games/Video/Board, Geek Culture | 0 comments

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I don’t know what you did for Tabletop Day last year, but I had a fantastic time going to my local game shop and playing games. Dragon’s Den in Short Pump, VA is my store of choice, and they put on quite a game-filled day for last year’s Tabletop Day.

I got to play Cthulhu Fluxx for the first time, and discovered that the rules for that variant of the Fluxx games are far more complicated than most. I also saw people enjoying wonderful games like Gloom, Sentinels of The Multiverse and Dixit, to name a few.

Here’s an ad that Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton did to promote awareness of Tabletop Day on the USA Today website.

Take your family to your local game store and check out some new games. Tabletop games are all the rage right now, and there are tons of fun games out there. Your local game store owner will be happy to introduce you to them. You can also check out my link on the left for the full run of Tabletop episodes (Geek & Sundry’s YouTube show), featuring wonderful games and how to play them.

If you need help finding a Tabletop Day participating store in your area, check out the official Tabletop Day website!

To quote Wil Wheaton, “Play more games!”

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This Week Online – January 20, 2014

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Comics/Webcomics, Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV, Web Shows | 0 comments

Hola everyone! Hope you’re having a warm & relaxing MLK day today. Here’s some fun stuff I’ve seen online in the last couple of weeks:

We’re expecting snow here tonight, which would be a nice change from the relatively mild temperatures and lots of rain we’ve had so far this Winter. Have a good week and check back soon for more posts!

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Journey – The Game

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Games/Video/Board | 0 comments

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For Christmas, I received a Playstation 3. This was primarily because there were Playstation exclusives I had never had a chance to play which, by all reports, were amazing games. Journey is one of the games I’ve had the pleasure of playing.

You are dropped into the world with very little in the way of explanation. Not a word is said throughout the entire game. The way your character communicates is by singing. There are various notes which are played when you activate certain abilities, call creatures to you, etc. It’s very charming.

The world is pretty stark. The landscape you move through resembles snowswept mountainsides and vast barren deserts with ruins slowly dissolving into the sand. You are able to fully explore all of the areas that you go into, and in exploring you discover measuring tape creatures (though I always thought of them as my flag friends). You occasionally run into others just like you also completing the same areas, helping each other for a brief time before the other runs off until you need help again.

The entire game only takes an hour and a half to play, and that’s if you run around and look under every rock like I did. It’s well worth the time and money. It’s a beautiful game. It’s a musical game. It’s a simple game. It’s a peaceful game.

And I don’t know a lot of games out there about which you can say all of those things.

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