LEGO Fusion Is Augmented Reality for Tweens

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Augmented Reality (AR) is not just the stuff of wearable displays (like Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens), ghostly virtual assistants, and floating keyboards any more. In a perfectly appropriate blend of real and virtual innovation, LEGO has found a way to use AR that embellishes the building blocks and increases creativity and real-world play (rather than take away from it) with the LEGO Fusion group of sets. Continue reading

TinkersToys vs K’nex: Gendering American Classics

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There was a lot of silly and random gendering at ToyFair 2015. I saw the same foam bows and bikes painted pink, and lots of building toys like the TinkerToy sets above. One place did it the other way–their soap making kit had girls on it, but their one for boys was for making “prank” soap. Because cleanliness is for girls. Continue reading

Holiday Gift Guide #1: Toys

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So, it’s once again that time of year. The time where we at GeekDad scour our reviews and products for the best gifts any geek would love. I know that Halloween has just barely passed, but with only six weeks left to Christmas, and barely four left to Hanukkah, it’s probably time to start some shopping.

This week we turn our eyes toward toys. Read on to see what the favorite picks from Jenny Williams, Z, Corrina Lawson, Jonathan Liu, Dave Banks, Brad Moon, Michael Harrison, and me.
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Playmates Flaunts Its Turtle Power (Again!)

I am a Ninja Turtle hipster. I discovered the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG in 1985, which was my gateway to Eastman and Laird’s original Mirage Studios comic. In the decades to follow the TMNT franchise went through a number of distinct mutations, but few have proved as satisfying as its current Nickelodeon Studios iteration and the wonderful new line of related action figures and accessories from Playmates. Continue reading

What Is the Future of D&D and Tabletop Gaming?

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What is the future of the role-playing game? What value does a game like Dungeons & Dragons have in the digital age? How can D&D and other RPGs compete with electronic gaming, or should they try to compete at all? And can D&D still change lives, the way D&D changed my life?
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