John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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

John Booth

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."