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What Is Umbra Via?

Umbra Via is a tile-laying game (with bidding and area control) for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, and takes about 30 to 45 minutes to play. It was released this week and retails for $39.95; it’s available directly from Pandasaurus or check in with your local game store. The theme is pretty abstract, so there’s nothing inappropriate for younger kids.

Umbra Via was designed by Connor Wake and published by Pandasaurus Games, with artwork by Eddie Schillo and Stevo Torres.


Last fall, ELEGOO sent me their Mars Pro MSLA 3D printer to take a look at. I was very impressed with that affordable little printer’s capabilities, as my review can attest to. While ELEGOO is best known for their resin printers, they also have an FDM printer, the Neptune 2. If you’re unfamiliar with the two types of 3D printing, here’s a quick primer again on SLA and FDM:

SLA vs. FDM: The Two Types of 3D Printing

Briefly, for our readers who aren’t that familiar with 3D printers but are thinking about dipping their toes in the water:

There are essentially two types of printers available: stereolithographic (SLA)…


Today’s stack is all about comics for kids: a few are new or upcoming, and a few are a little older, and there are even a couple that are somehow both at the same time. Let’s dive in! These are arranged roughly in order of target audience age.


This post forms part of the blog tour to help promote the forthcoming novel The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud.

Jonathan has kindly shared with us 5 tips for better writing. They’re so good, I’m tempted to stop what I’m doing and start writing a novel right now. Don’t forget to check out my full review of The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne. The book really is excellent.

Jonathan Stroud’s 5 Writing Tips

Every writer may have more or less the same objective-to create an interesting and readable text-but each one approaches the job in their own unique way. This means that any tips…


Recently, my wife turned me on to the music video for “Something About You” by Elderbrook and Rudimental. She just said she thought I’d like it. Neither of us were prepared for the tears that came when I watched it. “It’s just so beautiful and complex.” That’s all I could say. I watched the video another half-dozen times before realizing that the video didn’t affect her the same way it affected me because it is so clearly targeting toxic masculinity, and the struggles men have with being vulnerable in what I call “Western Male Culture.” Below, I have broken the…


Welcome to the Playmobil Playland, where we take a peek inside those impressive blue boxes and see what treasures await within. Sometimes we’ll have step-by-step photos walking you through assembly, maybe we’ll discuss and review a particular set or theme, or maybe we’ll have an unboxing video.

Playmobil’s latest officially licensed line-up is definitely going to be a hit with most grown-ups of a certain age (around my age and older) as they introduce both the Volkswagen Beetle and T1 Camping Bus in glorious ’60s styled sets! I’ll start off immediately by stating that these two sets are all mine…


Got a 3D printer but not sure what to make? How about a few fantastical dice towers and dice jails to go along with your favorite tabletop games?

What Are Kickstarter Quick Picks?

Kickstarter Quick Picks are short looks at projects currently on Kickstarter that are of interest to me, and by extension, many of our GeekDad readers. A Quick Pick is not an endorsement of the Kickstarter campaign, nor have I (as yet) received any product copies to review. If you like what you see here, go check out the campaign and decide for yourself if you’d like to back it, or wait until…


The Wiggles are 30 years old and boy, do I feel old. The veteran children’s group from Down Under have released a collection of 40 of their songs, dubbed We’re All Fruit Salad! If you don’t find yourself singing along within the first couple of tracks, you’re full of apples and bananas.

There are musical acts on my bucket list who I still have not seen in person. But I can brag that I’ve seen the Wiggles — who traveled to America from Australia — four different times with three children (my two sons and one of their cousins). The…


Harley Quinn #1 — Stephanie Phillips, Writer; Riley Rossmo, Artist; Ivan Plascencia, Colorist

Ray — 9/10


1815, Scum of the Earth is a game I’ve been impatiently waiting for since I first heard about it. I’ve played and loved 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, which is a fabulous asymmetric two-player reenactment of the Battle of Hastings. The theme, gameplay, and artwork all bind together to make a deeply satisfying gaming experience whilst making you feel like your learning something along the way. You almost feel like you’re there. This was largely down to designer Tristan Hall’s painstaking research, scouring the Doomsday Book, and bringing the people mentioned within to the table. …

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