When it comes to gaming today, you pretty much have two choices: video games or tabletop games. Tabletop games usually have more personal interaction between the players and require a bit more imagination. Video games, on the other hand, engage with animated images, sounds, and even tactile feedback. Given the choice, many children, and even adults, will tend towards video games. However, what if electronic amazement could be brought to the tabletop? Blinks is a new game system that brings together the best of both worlds. In addition, you can currently save money with a special Father’s Day promotion.
For a decade now, Austin-based pop culture company Mondo has been putting out genre soundtrack albums, first by themselves, and then in partnership with former “friendly rival” Death Waltz Recording Co. I’ve been covering Mondo for GeekDad for awhile now; some of you may recall that their 3-LP soundtrack for Black Panther appeared in my Mondo Christmas gift guide from last December. Now Insight Editions has published a coffee table book commemorating the original artwork of Mondo’s soundtrack releases.
For the last ten years, Mondo has been regularly issuing soundtracks featuring original commissioned artwork along with often special color treatment…
Today we’re going to analyze things we say to ourselves and each other that fall under the category of toxic masculinity and its gender-neutral corollary, toxic positivity. Mainly, we’re going to unpack problematic language and phrases and offer healthier more meaningful options to use in the future. The goal is to make our responses to our loved ones more meaningful and intentional, so we can best help those we care about, including ourselves. Toxic masculinity and toxic positivity go hand in hand on this journey because the Venn diagram overlap of unhelpful and unhealthy responses posed by each is massive.
2020 is infamous for many things. It probably won’t go down in history as being the year in which I discovered the work of Adrian Tchaikovsky, but in a year filled with darkness, his novels were pinpricks of light that kept me going. They also make handy house bricks. I’m not sure who the most prolific SFF writer is right now, but Tchaikovsky must be up there. He surely pays his word counter an awful lot of overtime. Of course, anybody who has watched Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films will know that longer doesn’t necessarily make for better. What is most…
Someone has sabotaged your colony starship! You crash land on a frozen, uncharted planet, your ship breaking apart. At night, anyone left on the surface will freeze to death. Your one hope is to get your crewmembers down into the warm, subterranean caverns before the sun goes down.
Cryo is a game for 2–4 players, ages 14 and up, and takes about 60–90 minutes to play. The gametime is pretty accurate once you know the rules, and the 14+ rating is based on complexity, not content. There is also an unofficial solo mode currently being developed by co-designer Luke Laurie.
A new Games Workshop boxed set is something that should bring joy and cheer to hobbyists and gamers everywhere. Yet, it rarely seems to be that way. Time and again there isn’t enough stock to meet demand. Come the preorder day, if you don’t log on at 10 am sharp to place your order, then there’s a good chance you might miss out altogether. Surely, things would be different for their latest hot release, Warhammer Quest: Cursed City?
I should start by cutting GW some slack. 2020/21 has been unprecedented in its logistical difficulties. In the UK (where…
April is International Guitar Month!
Created in 1987 by the Guitar and Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the month is dedicated to the appreciation of the guitar and its significance to the world of music, from classical to heavy metal and everything in between.
The guitar is such a visible instrument in music; guitars and guitarists are often key elements in pop culture storytelling, including some comics.
In celebration of this versatile and beautiful instrument, here are 11-because 11 is one louder than 10-completely random and sometimes geeky facts about fictional guitars, basses…
This book comes after the podcast by the same name, and you will want to know about both of them.
I love speculative fiction, the genre that thinks about the future and establishes possible scenarios based on the way the world is currently going. This book will take you through interesting enactments of possible futures, all in comic form, and then will open up a discussion about them.
Rose Eveleth, the author, producer, and host of the podcast Flash Forward, takes 12 provocative questions about our future, and then lets the artists do the work.
Our daughter has a game at school-though she would say it’s totally serious-where she’s started a detective agency. To the casual observer, it would seem like a complex storyline: she’s recruited other classmates who have code words and secret handshakes, she has plans to recruit agents in other schools, and there is even a rival detective agency with double agents.
But my daughter sighs and says the agency hasn’t really gotten off the ground yet. “We need a murder, a theft, or a poisoning.”
Thanks, Robin Stevens.