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Game Review: Manifest Is Full of Shipping, Storms, & Scoundrels


It’s the 1920s, and shipping goods and passengers around the world is big business—but a dangerous one. In Manifest, you’ll need to find the best contracts, pick up and deliver goods, and (just maybe) engage in a little piracy from time to time. Continue reading

How Great Can This Day Be: Lori Henriques Makes Music for All Ages


When it comes to music, young children like simple rhythms, funny rhymes and repetition. A lot of repetition. They can listen to the same thing over and over forever. And they will. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself listening to insipid drivel that will make you want to stab your eardrums with a pencil, unless you proactively seek out the good stuff. Lori Henriques writes the good stuff. Continue reading

A TL;DR Book Review –Supernatural Enhancements


This may very well be one of the shortest book reviews I’ve ever written. And, technically, it’s not a book review because I honestly can’t say much about it without risking ruining any number of surprises and secrets. I’m always on the lookout for books that are “different.” And Supernatural Enhancements by Edgar Cantero qualified for that list. With a capital Q. Continue reading

The Original Metamorphosis Alpha Is Back and Ready for Play!

Collector's Edition Box

Over thirty years ago, I was dropped off at the Sears in Pensacola along with a friend — we’d been invited by some older kids we knew who were playing some unique games we’d not seen before. Tucked into a back room on the second floor of the department store, there were (if memory serves) maybe 20-30 people divided up over three or four tables. We were spotted, invited to a few open chairs, and handed some paper. One of the people at that table told us we’d had good timing and proceeded to help us create what he called a character. I rolled some dice (all six-sided) and came up with a name, but had no real idea what was going on. The referee provided my character with some mutant abilities and some defects. The game was Metamorphosis Alpha. Continue reading

Game Review: Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing


Having played a brief demo of WizKids’ Dungeons & Dragons – Attack Wing at this summer’s GenCon, I was really looking forward to the fall release of the Starter Set. I’ve finally had the chance to play a few sessions, and am itching for more. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #8: The Well-Dressed Geek

light up hoodie

Well dressed, well groomed, and well organized are things that are rarely associated with geeks. I admit I’m more often wearing an old (usually free) t-shirt and shorts. Whether I’m writing code, or writing articles, my comfort is my top priority, but there are times when we need to make an impression and that AOL shirt from the last COMDEX (circa 2003) won’t do. Below we bring together a few of the things we’ve reviewed over the year that help with that first impression.
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A Very Lord of the Rings Christmas

Image: idreamlikecrazy via Flickr

A few years ago, we dreamed up our own December tradition: Rings Day. Starting on the 25th and running until the 31st, we watch all three Lord of the Rings films back-to-back. We start at Bilbo’s 111th birthday party and try to get Frodo’s trip to Valinor to unfold on New Year’s Eve. It gives the kids our own December tradition to look forward to and occupies us when all the stores and restaurants are closed and our friends are ensconced in Christmas activities. Continue reading

Hacking the Holidays


One of my favorite things about the maker revolution is the availability of tools that a decade ago were out of reach of the average hobbyist. Sure, magazines like Nuts & Volts catered to the die-hard hobbyists, but before the internet, and before e-commerce it was difficult for the average guy to find the parts for their projects. It wasn’t just availability either, the price of these things was high. Development boards for microcontrollers cost upwards of $100 and more, and small parts often had a minimum order of 100 units.
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