GeekDad Reviews ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’

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There are few title characters of a series who die within the first 50 pages of their first book, but when you are the son of a Norse god, a ride to Valhalla with an angry teenage Valkyrie is just the beginning of your adventures. Continue reading

Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding – Thinking Like a Programmer

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As technology continues to intertwine our daily lives, it is more important than ever for kids to develop a basic understanding of how this technology functions. Learning to think like a programmer is the first step in both understanding our current world and creating the next, and Hello Ruby can help set kids on this path. Continue reading

‘When Marnie Was There’ – A Different Kind of Ghost Story


I arrived late to the whimsical works of Studio Ghibli, and I take great pains to ensure that my children don’t make the same mistake. They’ve grown up with ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service,’ and ‘Spirited Away,’ and just last week we added another fine film to the list–‘When Marnie Was There.’ Continue reading

This Fall: Interactive Fiction Galore

Fall has brought a fresh harvest of interactive fiction. The annual IFComp (Interactive Fiction Competition) offers 54 games (parser-based as well as hypertext-based) for your consideration, many of them ready to play directly in your browser. If, on the other hand, you are more into chose-your-own-adventure books, there is the 2015 Windhammer Prize for short game-book fiction, offering 16 PDFs for download. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews Rick Riordan, Author of ‘Magnus Chase’

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GeekDad chats with Rick Riordan about the first book in his upcoming series, ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer,’ and the challenges of sharing with middle readers legends that can make even the most stout-hearted warrior a little weak in the knees. Continue reading

Pick Up the Slack: Remember Handwriting?


Recently, several publishers and companies have tried to fill the penmanship void left by U.S. schools’ lack of explicit handwriting instruction. Cambridge University Press recently came out with a series of ‘Handwriting at Home’ books that are specifically designed for parents to use at home with their children. Continue reading

‘Jetpack Joyride’ Goes ‘Back to the Future’

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In case you weren’t aware, October 2015 is ‘Back to the Future’ Month. October 21, 2015, is the date—in the future!—that Marty McFly travels to in the second film, so there are all sorts of fun things happening this month as a tribute to the classic time-travel trilogy. Halfbrick is celebrating with a BttF-themed update to ‘Jetpack Joyride.’ Continue reading

‘DC Super Hero Girls’ First Look


Today Warner Bros and DC Entertainment released the first look at the upcoming ‘DC Super Hero Girls’ with an exclusive animated clip, ‘Welcome to Super Hero High’, and photos of some of the figures. Continue reading

Adventure Scents Will Add Another Level of Realism to Your Next RPG Campaign, Board Game, Book, or Movie


If you’re like most gamers, you’ve been waiting patiently for a way to make your game room smell like a fetid swamp or a moldy crypt. Well, good news, gamers–the long wait is finally over. Read on to find out about a way to add environmental smells (both good and bad) to your next campaign. Continue reading