9 Pirate Myths Exposed for Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day

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Hollywood and pirate novels would have you believe that pirates were swashbucklers living a life of pleasure on the seas, fighting only when they had to. They make it easy to see past the fact that they were stealing gold and other valuables by making the people they were stealing it from seem worse than them. Well, I enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day as much as most other geeks, but I think it’s important to add a dose of reality. So I’m here to dispel some of the more popular myths about pirates, and to confirm a few as well. Continue reading

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

Stack Overflow: #LOL

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Since Kickstarter launched a #LOL hashtag this week, I’ve got humor on my mind: in particular, funny books and books about humor. Here’s a stack of books (some old, some new) that have made me (or my kids) laugh. Continue reading

On the Set for a Very Bad Day

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Judith Viorst’s classic children’s book Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day has been adapted to a motion picture starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, which opens on October 10. Last year, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon on the set. Continue reading

Of Dice and Men — The Story of Dungeons & Dragons (Now In Paperback!)

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I’m continuing to enjoy my weekly D&D session every Wednesday night, and I’m just amazed at the number of new players I keep meeting at each gathering. We’ve got a 13 year old who is having an absolute blast and asking all sorts of good questions, including questions about previous versions and the “old days” of D&D. Makes me smile.

This Wednesday I’m planning on handing that young player a copy of David M. Ewalt’s Of Dice and Men, an excellent personal account of Ewalt’s experiences, both past and present, with D&D. The book has just been released in paperback, so if you’ve not read it yet, you really need to go and grab a copy. Continue reading

Ben Hatke’s Lost Creatures Blog Tour

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To celebrate the release of Julia’s House of Lost Creatures, Ben Hatke is doing a blog tour, and GeekDad is proud to be his first stop! Follow along to see concept sketches and art from the book, with some details about the fantastic creatures that find their way to Julia’s house. Continue reading

Build Your Own Ninja Weapons With Items Found in Your Junk Drawer

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The latest book in the “Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction” series offers recipes for building blowguns, shuriken, and all the tools of the trade that any budding ninja needs. Continue reading

D&D Adventurers League: Session 1 Report

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Last night, for the first time in over 20 years, I got to play a game of D&D around an actual table with some new friends. It was all part of the D&D Encounters event that will meet every Wednesday (for a while). Players will be using the new 5th edition D&D rules (that include the Starter Set as well as the new 5e Player’s Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master’s Guide) as they adventure in the Forgotten Realms. Wizards of the Coast has created an adventure that DMs in the Encounters event will be running across the country (world?) with a mix of both new and experienced D&D players. Continue reading