Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Do not pass Go, Do not collect $200.

I like games: video games, boardgames, card games, and even role-playing games*. While I would probably choose a role-playing game over other types of games in general, the giant problem with them is in getting all of the players to the same place at the same time... This is why I sometimes like boardgames and some card games over more complex tabletop games, because you can experience a fairly complex game with whoever is available to show up on game night. At this point I should note that Monopoly, Trouble, Chess, Shoots & Ladders, and other such boardgames that you grew up with are not what I'm thinking about. Boardgames have improved a lot in years past, and the best ones have very interesting themes and some even include story elements. Some of my favorites are The Settlers of Catan, Munchkin, Pirates of the Spanish Main, Carcassonne, and the Lord of the Rings Living Card Game. There are scores of others, and plenty that I'm still itching to try.


There are a number of boardgames on my radar lately thanks to various YouTube channels and gaming blogs. These include Ticket to Ride, the X-Wing Miniatures Game, Smash Up, Small World, Mice and Mystics, Castle Panic, and Flash Point Fire Rescue. There are tons of games out there to suit anyone's tastes. Check out boardgamegeek.com to find out more about the games that are out there, and then search on YouTube if you want to see the game in action. I recommend Tabletop, Watch It Played, and Crits Happen.




* On role-playing games' bad influence and potential to lead people into occultism, I say hogwash and would like to kindly invite you to this excellent FAQ: http://www.christian-gamers-guild.org/faq.html










Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Apologies

I am a horribly inconsistent blogger. It doesn't help that by nature I'm not very wordy. I still want to blog though, so in order to avoid the intimidation of having to write introductions and worry over grammar there will be a lot more micro-postings. When I see a picture or something that makes my inner nerd tingle, rest assured that it's coming here for archival and sharing... so long that it's Safe for Work.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Legend of Zelda Turns 25.



2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the original release of The Legend of Zelda in Japan (The US release was a year and a half later). I grew up with this game series and have loved every one of the games that I've gotten to play. I must confess though that I never really got to play through Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. It was insanely hard, especially since I was only about 6 years old when it came out. I skipped Majora's Mask too, but to be honest it didn't look nearly as good as Ocarina of Time so I don't really feel like I missed out.

Part of what makes Zelda so memorable is the music, and to celebrate the anniversary they are putting on a symphony tour in the US and some special copies of the newest game, Skyward Sword, will include an anniversary CD . Over the series, the musical theme has gotten progressively better to the point that this...



... has transformed into this:



It gives me goose bumps it's so good, and it brings back many happy memories.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Crash Course in Doctor Who



Alright, it's time for some Doctor Who.  Who?  No, Doctor Who. No question marks. Do you mean that band The Who? No. Not these guys.

















This guy. The Doctor. (Don't bother asking him his real name, because he won't tell you.)


















Or rather more recently, this guy.
















And this guy.


















Oh, and this guy.

















That guy right there is the "11th" Doctor; technically he's the same character, but he has gone through ten regenerative cycles and each time he looks a little different. Confused? Here's a graphic that will help sum up the Doctor's personal history.  (Thanks to Bob Canada for this poster)


Now that that is settled, we can take a look at the TARDIS or Time And Relative Dimension In Space. It's a spaceship/time machine thing. It's really quite handy if you can avoid messing up the space/time continuum.

On the outside it looks like this.

















But on the inside, it looks more like this.

















In fact, it's much bigger inside as seen in this schematic.





Now you should be well enough informed about the Doctor to begin watching some of the shows. (The series featuring the 9th Doctor is a great spot to start.) And now for a little sci fi mash-up craziness from Summerset.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Star Wars Goes Medieval

Sillof has done it again! Previously, I showed off his custom made Star Wars figures with both Feudal Japanese and Steampunk styling. This time he's gone Medieval though. Click the link here to see all of the figures as well as Sillof's description of each figure's biography.

I really like the detail on these figures. The armor and clothing looks reminiscent of the original Star Wars characters but still looks functional too. The Crest of the Jedi Order on the knights' tabards is also a nice touch. The bad guys just look awesome and dark too.












Friday, March 25, 2011

Geek Art: The Sequel

It's time for another shot of geeky art. This time though, we're looking at some poster designs from several popular franchises. First up are a few travel posters for Middle Earth by Steve Thomas.





Next up, Olly Moss has reimagined the movie posters from the original Star Wars Trilogy. I think it was really creative to use the movie locales to flesh out the characters' silhouettes.














Eric Tan created this poster for the X-men. I like the simplicity of it and the fact that it features the team roster from when I started following the X-men comics. The Sentinels in the background are a great touch too; they're very dark and imposing.








































Last up for today is an instructional poster for the Ghostbusters' Ghost Trap by Tom Whalen. I can honestly see something like this posted next to their Containment Unit.