Five Gift Ideas for the Geek Who Has Everything

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You are currently down to the proverbial wire. You’re in a gift-shopping crunch, and likely the folks remaining on your list aren’t still they’re because they’re your least favorite; they’re likely just difficult to shop for. With that in mind, here are a handful of helpful suggestions. Continue reading

Skylanders Introduces Two New Elements

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For the first time in the franchise’s history, Skylanders is introducing two new elements. Light and Dark elements join the other eight elements in Skylanders Trap Team with the introduction of two new characters. Knight Mare and Knight Light will be available soon along with a location piece that will unlock a special level in the game. Continue reading

D&D Adventurers League: Session 18 Report and Player Wrap-Up

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Last night’s session was a little bittersweet for me, I must admit. For the last eighteen weeks, I’ve sat side-by-side with a number of new friends as we took on the evil cultists in the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure. I’ll go in to a bit more detail about this shortly, but as I begin preparing for my role as DM (starting on Jan 7, 2015), I have to bid farewell to Niloshis, my (now) level 4 sorcerer. Continue reading

Hands-On With the $200 OneUp 3D Printer

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I first spotted the OneUp 3D Printer at the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire (San Mateo, CA) this last May. What caught my eye was not just the simplicity of the printer but also the colors… a variety of colors of laser-cut acrylic made the little 3DP really stand out. Both kids and adults were gawking and squeezing in for a closer look. I made a note to myself to keep an eye on this company… Continue reading

New Book on Super Mario Bros. 2, the “Black Sheep” of the Mario Bros. Franchise

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If you’ve read the 33 1/3 book series about record albums, but you love video games, then Boss Fight Books just might be for you. The sixth title in their series is about the “black sheep” of the Mario Bros. franchise, ntitled Super Mario Bros. 2. An excerpt from the book follows this Q&A. Continue reading

Winter Break Activity Alert: Learn Javascript

Javascript for Kids by Nick Morgan

I’ve fallen in love with a book. Like fallen head-over-heels, carry-it-all-around-town, sneak-in-pages-whenever-I-can in love. The real deal.

The book that is the object of my affection?

Uh… it’s Nick Morgan’s Javascript for Kids. Continue reading

Explore the ‘Verse in Firefly: The Game

Firefly: The Game

I was late to the party with Firefly—by the time I watched the TV show, it had already been canceled, fans had rallied, and the followup movie Serenity had already been released. But, eventually I caught up with the rest of the world and discovered why everyone loves Mal and his crew so much. It’s kind of like that with Firefly: The Game, too. Continue reading