Thank You, Macworld.

Macworld - first and last

True story — in 1984 my dad made what I believe to be one of the most important purchases in my 14-year-old life. He bought our family one of the very first Macintosh computers. Correction — while my younger brother and sister used it, I am under no illusions that this purchase was primarily for my dad and myself. I can’t remember my mom ever using it, and years later I would realize what a sacrifice my parents made to purchase that quite expensive computer (for the time) and give their oldest son access to what was most likely the hottest growing sector at the time. Continue reading

My Summer 2014 Eclectic Reading List – Part 2

LEGO Steampunk

Summer is over and school is well under way, and my book stack is slowly dwindling again. But it’s not quite back to a reasonable 3-4 titles that I can typically handle in a week. And new books continue to come in! I had considered declaring Book Bankruptcy and starting from zero again, but I just can’t do that… there are just too many good books to share.
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D&D Adventurers League: Sessions 8 & 9 Report

Adventurers League

My apologies to those of you following along with my session reports for the D&D Encounters event. Last week got a bit crazy with some work-related items and I was unable to get the Session 8 report submitted. So… this week I’ll be catching you up on the events for Sessions 8 and 9 — these two gaming nights added to Session 7 make up Chapter 2 of the Hoard of the Dragon Queen. Continue reading

Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy

I enjoy reading and I’m especially fond of a long read. At the risk of sounding shallow, in the olden time bookstore days, I used to browse the Sci-Fi section in search of wide spines, followed by a quick glance inside covers to verify a potential target book’s font hadn’t been boosted in size to make it look more impressive. Of course being a good book is even more important; if it’s a series, even better. Classics like Dune, Lord of the Rings and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are examples of series that satisfy all three of my preferred criteria and are on my regular rotation for re-reading every few years. I’ve just made a new addition to that collection, Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority and Acceptance. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

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It’s time for the Harvest Festival, and artisans are setting out beautiful floating lanterns in the palace lake, each trying to earn the most honor before the festival begins. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a tile-laying game set in imperial China, now on Kickstarter. Continue reading

Table for Two: Eminent Domain: Microcosm

Eminent Domain Microcosm

Table for Two is a series about board games designed for 2 players. Today’s game is Eminent Domain: Microcosm, which boils down the essence of the deck-building game Eminent Domain into a 2-player game that plays in 10 minutes. Note: Tasty Minstrel Games decided to use one of their short Kickstarter campaigns for this one, so it’s down to the last couple days to back the project if you’re interested. Continue reading

“The Book of Life” Is a Story for the Living

The Book of Life movie poster

The Book of Life by Director Jorge Gutierrez and Producer Guillermo del Toro spins a tale of love, fantasy, empathy, and culture. It is a story about living. Continue reading

Magic: The Gathering Strategy Board Game Announced

Magic The Gathering Strategy Board Game2 - UNDER EMBARGO

Come Fall 2015, Wizards of the Coast and is working with the same rock star Hasbro team that developed the much-loved classic, HeroScape and Risk Legacy to bring Magic: The Gathering to your table as a tactical miniatures board game. Continue reading