About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

‘Mars Attacks: The Dice Game’ and ‘Ten-Minute Takedown’

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Pluto’s gotten plenty of attention lately, but let’s talk Mars. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

‘D&D’ Fifth Edition: One Year in, Beyond the Game

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One of the unsung accomplishments of Wizards of the Coast is the development of this three-volume set in such a way that the books can be enjoyed and appreciated by geek families who’ve never even played ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

‘Star Wars: Smuggler’s Bounty’ – Well Worth Catching

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I’m a longtime fan of the ‘Star Wars’ radio dramas, and attending the one-off live performance of the audio play ‘Smuggler’s Gambit’ was one of my favorite things about Star Wars Celebration VI back in 2012. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Young Sherlock Holmes Revisited

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Young Sherlock Holmes recently became available via Netflix “Instant Watch.” I was both excited and apprehensive because I remember really enjoying this movie, and, well, I’ve been badly burned by nostalgic revisits before. (I’m looking at you, Krull. I’m. Looking. … Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Game Review: Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing

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Having played a brief demo of WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing at this summer’s GenCon, I was really looking forward to the fall release of the Starter Set. I’ve finally had the chance to play a few sessions, and am itching for more. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Book Review: Chicks Dig Gaming

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I’m a huge fan of the sharing of memories with fellow enthusiasts of geeky stuff. If you’ve got recollections of getting lost in a maze of twisty passages, all alike, I dig that. Or if you never got all the sand out of Kenner Luke’s hollow arm after recreating his Tatooine adventures; or if you can vividly remember the real-world setting in which you finally reached the words, “Well, I’m back,” he said. for the first time, then you’ve got a story I want to hear. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Comic Book Artists: Next Generation – A Visit to The RAID Studio

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Comic Book Artists: Next Generation is a short but neat documentary about The RAID (Royal Academy of Illustration & Design) Studio currently running on AT&T U-verse Buzz. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Release Day: Exterminite

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Today marks release day for Exterminite: a five-issue digital comic collaboration from Geek A Week artist and podcaster Len Peralta, Broodhollow and Starslip creator Kris Straub, and Borderlands writer and Gearbox Software Chief Creative Champion Mikey Neumann. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Munchkin Adventure Time

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Steve Jackson Games and USAopoly announced Munchkin Adventure Time during Gen Con 2013, and the game made its debut just about a year later — and it’s [insert your favorite Adventure Time thumbs-up catchphrase here]! Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

GeekDad Book Review: The Art of John Alvin

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You know John Alvin’s work, even if you don’t know his name. Starting in 1974, the Massachusetts-born artist created dozens of the movie industry’s most memorable posters, from Blazing Saddles to The Lion King to E.T. and Blade Runner. He also designed a range of other movie-tie-in imagery, like the original Star Wars Concert poster and a popular fifteenth-anniversary Alien print. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Munchkin Treasure Hunt Is Munchkin for Munchkins

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Steve Jackson Games has unveiled its first product aimed to include players of single-digit age — six and up: Munchkin Treasure Hunt. GeekDad received one of a very few advance review copies, and now that we’ve played a few games, we’ve got good news for Munchkin fans with young kids: it’s really fun. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Tripi Games’ Flip Flash: Need for Speed

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Flip Flash is quick to learn and play, and seems like the kind of card game my family will enjoy having around during get-togethers. It doesn’t require a huge time investment, can be played by a skill-diverse group, and allows for hanging out and chatting without an intense focus on strategy. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

A Small Taste of D&D – Attack Wing

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If you’ve been waiting for a tabletop aerial combat game that includes more shimmering scales and fewer S-foils — more actual fire power than, you know, “firepower” — you’ll probably be interested in WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing, set for release next month. I had a chance to play a short demo at this year’s Gen Con, and it sure seems like fun. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

The Shiny, the Weird, and the Neoclassic: Role-playing at Gen Con 2014

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I scheduled a trio of role-playing sessions for my trip to Gen Con this year: a custom Firefly adventure, Monte Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Much Munchkin Mayhem

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Since learning to play Munchkin in 2009, my daughter and I have largely stuck to our original Munchkin Bites set, with the exception of mixing in The Guild expansion and one personalized (but totally legit!) Go Up A Level card. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi

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Titan Books’ The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi is a rare beast of an art book: visually incredible, content-rich, exhilarating, inspiring, and eye-opening. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

The Art of John Harris — Beyond the Horizon

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If you’ve read any science fiction over the past 40 years or so, odds are pretty good you’re familiar with Harris’s work, too. Since the mid-1970s, when he began taking on science fiction themes in his work — which he describes as “imaginative realism” — Harris has created art for books by a stunning list of writers, including Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Frederik Pohl, Arthur C. Clarke, Larry Niven, and Joe Haldeman. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Farewell, Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin, Jr., half of the legendary Rankin/Bass animation production team behind dozens of TV classics, including The Hobbit, died Jan. 30 in Bermuda. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Munchkin Pathfinder

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In the case of Munchkin Pathfinder — the fifteenth stand-alone version of the Steve Jackson Games classic — crossing the streams with the world of Paizo Publishing’s flagship role-playing game Pathfinder is good. Really good. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Ray Bradbury: Master of October

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Nobody celebrated October like Ray Bradbury. As Halloween draws near, here are ten Bradbury works that perfectly fit the season’s lengthening nights. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Nine Peeks at the Joy within The Making of Return of the Jedi

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From different versions of the opening crawl to storytelling conversations between George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan to the visions of concept artists and the unparalleled practical effects work of Industrial Light & Magic, J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Return of the Jedi will delight Star Wars fans. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

The Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon: 30 Years Old Today

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Thirty years ago today, Dungeons & Dragons came to Saturday morning cartoon land. Whether you think this was a good thing or not probably depends (as some wizard/crazy old man once said) on your own point of view. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

GeekDad Book Review: Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

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Codex Born opens with a new mystery for Isaac Vainio – the librarian with a talent for reaching into books and bringing objects into reality – and his friends, but author Jim C. Hines takes the people, ideas, and history developed in Libriomancer and pushes them all into fantastic new territory. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Revisiting the Hugo Award-Winning Redshirts

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Earlier this month at LoneStarCon 3, John Scalzi won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for his 2012 book Redshirts, which has more than a little bit of fun with one of science fiction’s longstanding tropes. Seems a good time, then, to revisit Scalzi’s interview with GeekDad covering metafiction, parody, humor’s place in sci-fi history, and Poor Ensign Jones. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

WarGames Still a Classic at 30

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Long after HAL, longer before GLaDOS, there was Joshua, brought to “life” onscreen in WarGames thirty years ago, June 3, 1983. WarGames holds up at age 30, still the perfect blend of Cold War thriller, teen angst movie and computer nerd coolness. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Field Is Set for Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals

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Microsoft announced the field today for its 11th annual Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals, which will be held in July in St. Petersburg, Russia. The competition includes of 86 teams made up of more than 300 students from 69 countries. The teams are tasked with designing projects built on Microsoft technology that fall into one of three categories: innovation, games, and world citizenship. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

What You Take With You: Return of the Jedi – Opening Night ’83 (Part 2)

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I don’t remember the tense anticipation brought on by the 20th Century Fox fanfare or the chills on the back of my neck at the blast of sound when the Star Wars logo slammed onto the screen. What I really remember is a feeling. I’ve never seen a movie in an atmosphere like that again. Packed houses on opening nights with hardcore fans, sure, but never again like this one. We were there. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

What You Take With You: Return of the Jedi – Opening Night ’83

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My movie-going experiences peaked when I was twelve years old. Notice I’m not saying that when my mom and dad and brothers and my friend Mike and I went to Return of the Jedi on opening night that I saw the best movie ever.
I’m just saying that as an overall movie-going experience, seeing Jedi on May 25, 1983 makes an awfully damn convincing case for my top spot. Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."

Congratulations to our Fringe: September’s Notebook Giveaway Winner!

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Fringe: September’s Notebook giveaway, and to Insight Editions for the bonus copy. Our winner is… Continue reading

About John Booth

Writer John Booth lives in northeast Ohio with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the book "Collect All 21! Memoirs of a Star Wars Geek – The First 30 Years."