About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Superheroes vs. Zombies… On the Ocean!

Ex-Isle Feature

Fans of Peter Clines’ ‘Superheroes vs. Zombies’ series of novels are undoubtedly walking around with grins on their faces right now. The fifth book in the series, ‘Ex-Isle,’ was released on February 2nd and it delivers exactly what fans of the series have come to expect: zombies galore, survivors pushed to the brink, superheroes striving to protect the remaining human population as best they can, and tension… pure tension… in every chapter. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Computer Coding’ — Programming for Young Coders Part II

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A few weeks back I wrote about a new book from DK Publishing that introduces programming concepts and the Scratch programming language. I reached out to DK to see if they had any other books related to programming, and they just sent me a copy of ‘Computer Coding: An Introduction to Computer Programming.’ Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Save 50% TODAY on Fat Dragon Games PDF Gaming Files

Tower Feature

A quick one for all you DMs/GMs out there — I’ve written recently about my love for Fat Dragon Games and their PDF files you can purchase and print to create stunning 2D and 3D terrains and structures. Well, today over at RPGNow.com, you can save 50% on all their stuff. All. Of. It. Today only. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

New Kickstarter – The Cryos for Oenophiles (aka Wine Geeks)

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I love making things. And when I can’t make things, I like watching other people make stuff. I especially enjoy seeing creations as they evolve and grow over time. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Before ‘D&D,’ There Was ‘Chainmail.’ But Before ‘Chainmail’…

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It’s widely known that ‘Dungeons & Dragons,’ created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, was the successor of Gygax and Jeff Perren’s earlier work titled ‘Chainmail.’ But this week an interesting find was shared by wargame historian Jon Peterson over on his blog, ‘Playing at the World,’ and it’s definitely a bit of disruptive news… Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

XCOM Fans, Prepare Yourself With ‘The Art of XCOM2’

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I’m usually one who doesn’t like spoilers, but when Insight Editions offered up an advance look at their new The Art of XCOM2, I couldn’t say no. I’ve already watched enough teaser videos from Firaxis Games and read enough of the backstory to know about a handful of the aliens and some of the tech involved… so I figured I wouldn’t be ruining too much for myself. That said, I’m going to share some samples of the artwork from the book below, so if you’re wanting to avoid any close looks at the game’s content… stop now. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Secret Coders’ — A Comic With a Mystery and Programming

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If you’ve got a young student who is showing an interest in programming, the key is to encourage but not overwhelm. Sometimes you need to sneak something educational in under the radar, right? Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Medusa’s Web’ — Time Travel With a Twist

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At least once or twice a year, I manage to luck into discovering a book or two that offers up a truly new twist on a traditional science fiction element. Well, 2016 is off to a great start because I’ve just had a new novel drop onto my doorstep that has shown me that good authors aren’t running out of new ideas any time soon, especially when it comes to time travel tales. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Tales of 2D and 3D ‘D&D’ Adventuring Part II

Tower Feature

Every five or six sessions, I like to do something different and special for my players. And three times this season, I’ve found myself relying on Fat Dragon Games. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Ready-Made ‘D&D’ 5e Adventures for DMs Do Exist!

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I was recently chatting with a fellow ‘D&D’ 5e player (Hey, Tyler!), and he was asking me all sorts of questions about DMing–time demands (in terms of preparation), the need to improvise, coming up with new material, etc. He wants to be a DM, but he was understandably hesitant to jump in. I told him that he could always go with the pre-generated content books that have been released for 5e–‘Hoard of the Dragon Queen,’ ‘Elemental Evil,’ and the most recent book, ‘Out of the Abyss.’ He told me he was looking for shorter adventures similar to the old ‘D&D’/’AD&D’ modules that were so popular in the ’80s and ’90s but they seemed to be in short supply. WHAT?! Short supply? Not true! Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

From Casual Game Insider Magazine – ‘Raising a Gamer’

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If you’re really into board and card games and aren’t reading ‘Casual Game Insider,’ you are really missing out. The quarterly journal always manages to succeed in providing a balance of reviews, interviews, and teasers, and there have been more than a few times that I’ve placed the magazine face-down and gone straight (Do Not Pass Go) to my computer to order (or pre-order) a game discovered in those pages. Here’s an article from the latest issue. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Coding in Scratch: Games Workbook’ — Programming for Young Coders

Coding In Scratch: Games Workbook

Since teaching some basic programming camps over the last two summers, I’ve had requests from parents of younger children for a similar type of camp, but it won’t be happening in 2016. That said, in order to even consider the request, I’ve been examining various apps and books to see just how I might go about introducing programming concepts to a younger audience. I’ve been looking for something to recommend to parents as a simple way to gauge the interest of a child in programming without being overly complicated or lengthy. The solution I found came from DK Publishing. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

A Geek Dad’s Year-End, Get-It-Done Self Review for 2015

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It’s that time again… the end of the year where I give a look back at my geek-related work and home life and try to grade myself (always on a curve and with extra credit tossed in before averaging) on my various endeavors. 2015 was a great year for me for many reasons–there were the inevitable potholes and detours and complete traffic shutdowns, but, all-in-all, I have to say it was a pretty straight road for me personally and professionally. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Jack McDevitt Delivers Worthy Sequel With ‘Thunderbird’

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… if you’re a science fiction fan and you’re not reading Jack McDevitt, you’re missing out. It’s been over twenty years (20!) since I first discovered his 1994 novel, ‘The Engines of God,’ and I’ve kept McDevitt on my radar ever since. With two series (three if you consider the book I’ll be reviewing shortly) and a number of stand-alone tales, McDevitt consistently provides fans with some of the best storytelling and characters you’ll ever find. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 (Part 2) 2015

Holmes Collection

With just over a month until the premiere of the BBC’s ‘Sherlock Christmas Special,’ I’m sure that fans of the show are getting anxious to see how Cumberbatch and Freeman handle being tossed back to Doyle’s original setting for the pair. If you’ve not yet seen the trailer, I’m including it below so you can see what all the fuss is about. I’ve also got some news about the new season of ‘Elementary’ that’s just kicked off on CBS, and a few books below that Holmes fans might be interested in checking out. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Between XCOM and XCOM 2: ‘XCOM 2: Resurrection’ Fills In The Details

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I am a mega X-COM fan. Have been since I played the first game, X-COM: UFO Defense, in 1994 on Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Upgrade Your Garage Door Opener With a WeMo Maker

Maker Feature

How’d you like to ditch your garage door remote control and move that functionality to your mobile phone? If you’re thinking to yourself “sounds cool, but way beyond my technical abilities,” then I’m going to tell you that you’re wrong. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Albino Dragon Playing Cards Make Perfect Gifts for Geeks

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Christmas is just around the corner, and we’ve all got those geeks on our list who have been really good this year, right? If you’re looking for a gift that’s not going to break the bank… something that will put a smile on many a geek’s face… something that says “I know you’re a fan of…”– well, maybe this will fit the bill. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘The Lazarus Gate’ – London vs London in Trippy Alternate World Tale

LG Cover

First things first… this is NOT steampunk. Yes, it’s 1890 London, but this is the London we know from history books. Queen Victoria, horse-drawn carriages, and the London Tower… but no goggles or steam-powered ray guns. But whether you’re a fan of steampunk or not, ‘The Lazarus Gate’ is one really cool novel that involves a brewing war between two parallel worlds. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Young Kids Will Scream ‘Me Want Cookies!’

Me Want Cookies Feature

But my 5-year-old… alas… we’re just not finding too many games right now that grab his attention and give him a real sense of satisfaction when he wins. To be fair, he’s often got the attention span of a chair, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped looking. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

New Kickstarter Boardgame Preview – ‘Tavarua’ Surfing Competition

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A prototype copy of ‘Tavarua’ recently arrived in my mailbox; the game revolves around surfing, of which I know almost zero. Given that the real Tavarua has a beach that’s useful to beginners learning to surf, it seems appropriate that, since I can’t be in Fiji right now, I can at least try and get stoked as I catch some cardboard waves and give the game a spin. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Predator: Incursion’ – Book 1 in ‘The Rage War’

PI Feature

Alright, fans of ‘Alien’ and/or ‘Predator,’ you might like to know that author Tim Lebbon has returned to the universe of xenomorphs (“It’s a bug hunt…”), Weyland-Yutani, the Colonial Marines, and planets beginning with LV. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Book Review Triple-Play – ‘Departure’ – ‘Kill By Numbers’ – ‘Illuminae’

Triple-Play Review

My book stack is starting to get a bit tall again, so I’m glad to be able to pull out three science fiction standouts and offer them up for your consideration. Take your pick — you can’t go wrong. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Empire of Imagination’ – The Gary Gygax Biography

EOI Cover

Books such as Jon Peterson’s ‘Playing at the World’ and the recent four-part book series ‘Dungeons & Designers’ by Shannon Appelcline fill in a lot of the details about Gary Gygax and how he, along with Dave Arneson, helped develop the ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ game that so many of us enjoy today. There’s so much information out there on the history of D&D and how it came to be… but up to now there really hasn’t been much in the way of a biography of Gary Gygax. And author Michael Witwer is trying to change that. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 2015

Sherlock Holmes

It’s a good time to be a Sherlock Holmes fan. There’s less than a month before the Season 4 premiere of ‘Elementary’ (CBS), and December is nearing so fans of the BBC show ‘Sherlock’ will get the much anticipated Christmas special that drops Cumberbatch and Freeman into their same roles but jumps back from its modern day setting to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian-era setting. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Maker Faire Atlanta 2015 Revisited

Maker Faire ATL

It’s been a week since Maker Faire Atlanta ended, and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and go through my stack of business cards, brochures, and photos and ponder what I saw, the people I met, and the fun hands-on activities that were available. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Tales of 2D and 3D ‘D&D’ Adventuring

Lava Flow

I love being a DM. It scratches a creative itch for me. Creating an adventure, running it, improvising when necessary to counter whatever craziness the players throw my way–these are all aspects of the job that I absolutely enjoy. Toss in the smiles and laughs of my players at the end of a session as they recall one or two significant events from the night, and there are moments when I could be convinced to actually pay to sit in that chair. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Science for Young Makers Class – Part II

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For this current batch of 28 students, I selected a set of projects that came from a book called Nick and Tesla’s Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Sherlock Chronicles’ Delivers the Details on the BBC Hit Show

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This will be an easy decision to continue reading or not–if you’re a fan of the BBC show ‘Sherlock,’ then do keep reading. If you’re not a fan (of the show or Sherlock Holmes in general), then this book will be of little interest to you. And finally, if you’re not sure because you haven’t watched the show (or have only watched a few of the nine 1.5-hour episodes spread over three seasons), this book AND review are full of spoilers. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘The Silent End’ Pits Geek Friends Versus Deadly Monsters

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With Halloween approaching, I once again find myself hunting down spooky books and movies as entertainment as I prepare for one of my favorite holidays. Usually I have to go on the hunt for just the right book, but not this time. Back in 2013, I had the good fortune to discover author Samuel Sattin and his novel ‘League of Somebodies.’ Since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting his next tale, and it’s now here… ‘The Silent End’ is a tale perfect for Halloween and geeks. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

Science for Young Makers Class – Part I

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Find out how to create interesting science classes for kids without spending a ton of money. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com

‘Mycroft Holmes’ Has His Own Mystery to Solve

Mycroft Feature

I read a lot of Sherlock Holmes fiction that is NOT written by Arthur Conan Doyle. I love canon, but I also enjoy reading contemporary writers who toss The World’s Most Famous Detective into all sorts of new mysteries. Continue reading

About James Floyd Kelly

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com