D&D Adventurers League: Session 5 Report (PLUS: Bonus DM Report!)

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For Session 5, our regular DM (Martin) was out, and in stepped Chris. I’d had Chris as a DM a few weekend back at Expeditions where he ran four of us through one of the five hour-long mini-adventures in the Defiance in Phlan story. Chris probably remembered my character as the sorcerer who decided to grab a handful of gold at a very poorly chosen opportunity, triggering a trap and causing some tense moments with my fellow party members. Won’t do that again. Lesson learned. Well, Chris stepped in for Martin and was forced to create a custom mini-quest on the spot. And he nailed it. Continue reading

Starring Adam West Examines Life as an Icon and What Happens When the Cameras Stop

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Starring Adam West is a look into the life of the actor who captured the world with his portrayal of Batman before sinking into obscurity, then remaking himself to be relevant to a whole new generation. Continue reading

Having Fun at the PDX Mini Maker Faire

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Portland’s third Mini Maker Faire was held at OMSI last weekend, and it was an impressive show. I was only able to go on Sunday this year, but I could tell from the difficulty finding parking that it was well-attended. According to OMSI, attendance was 6,700 and there were about 115 Makers exhibiting. 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

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

Spin Master Toys: 20 Years of Spinnovation

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend a media event for Spin Master, the Canadian success story and one of the global leaders in the toy industry. That’s a long way to have come in just 20 years and Spin Master’s rise from a start-up selling the grass hair-sprouting Earth Buddy to a multinational children’s entertainment company with products ranging from the robotic Zoomer line to Air Hogs RC vehicles and the hit PAW Patrol animated TV series shows how quickly things can change in the industry. With its three co-founders still in leadership roles, an emphasis on innovation and a laser focus on entertaining kids, Spin Master is well positioned for further growth. Continue reading

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