Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hoth comes to Angry Birds Star Wars

We get the free Hoth update to Angry Birds Star Wars today...which is good if you've already worn out your phone's touchscreen slinging Luke and Obi-Wan around Tatooine.

Gaming Blend has a post up today about the release.  Hasn't unlocked on my phone quite yet, so I haven't had a chance to give it a spin yet myself, but one must assume that we will be seeing one-armed Wampa Ice Creatures, elephantine Imperial AT-AT Walkers, and warm-bellied Tauntauns indigenous to the icy planet that are just ripe to be eviscerated for the sake of saving your buddy from a frozen death.

Limber up those fingers everyone, and get ready to work out the best physics for catapulting avians into porcine-constructed defenses once again!



Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Free Shipping on ThinkGeek!

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That's right shipping on ThinkGeek today with no minimum!!!


So there's no better time to order that Star Trek Oven Mitt...

Or Batgirl Hipster Panties...

Or Canned PBJ Sandwich...

Or Bluetooth Handset Glove...

And as we all true nerdy geek is really his/herself without a ThinkGeek Eviltron (if you don't know what this is...then you need to educate yourself on this one...)

Don't forget ThinkGeek's huge selection of geek T-shirts and Apparel either!

So get out there and get your geek loved one something they'll really want for the holidays!

(Just in's links to my personal ThinkGeek Wishlists...with a few samples for your surfing pleasure!)

Flagrant Nerd ThinkGeek Wishlist

Flagrant Nerd ThinkGeek T-shirt and Apparel Wishlist

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Kingdom Death: Monster Kickstarter

So for quite a while I've been following Kingdom Death, a 'boutique nightmare horror' miniature board game concept that's in development.  The miniatures and concept designs of the mini's are out of this world, and I received and e-mail today that their cooperative board game set in a nightmare-horror world titled Kingdom Death: Monster is in the kickstarter phase...

Aside from some extremely high-end miniature sculpts (see below) the game is quite simply some of the freshest and most creative work I've seen lately.  I can't say enough about Kingdom Death...

Kingdom Death: Monster is their coop board game that will release in late 2013, and it looks even more spectacular than what I've seen so far.  If you're a fan of the horror genre, tabletop miniature gaming, and/or coop board games, I highly recommend that you drop by their kickstarter page and give them a couple of bucks...for as little as $10 you get a digital art book with concept art, artist bios, etc.  The best deal IMHO is the $100 pledge which gets you the game when it releases...and there's a Black Friday deal today for $85 at this level...tough to pass up.  Even at the $100 level, that's arguably a bonus when you consider that any coop board game can run you upwards of $70 these you're getting a really awesome looking game and giving a little bit to support the project to boot (would also make a great holiday gift for next year...).



Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy T-Day fellow nerds and geeks!

Nerdy things to be thankful for today...

Angry Birds Star Wars

Halo 4

Disney purchasing Lucasfilms guaranteeing the Star Wars franchise will live on...

Wizards of the Coast allowing us to play test D&D Next, thereby giving us a ray of hope that they won't completely fuck it up again.

The Big Bang Theory, making it hip to fix your glasses with duct tape.

Duct tape

Samsung making phones that allow us to skip standing in line for the next 'new' iPhone.

Cheetos and Mountain Dew (and the hope that someone will buy the rights to keep making Twinkies)

The first of three Hobbit films releasing in 21 days.

And last of all... The fact that I resisted buying the full sized version of the latest update to the WH40k rules... Games Workshop gets way too much of my money as it is!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Close Encounters Turns 35

The movie that thrilled and terrified and had us chasing dreams of Devil's Tower in Wyoming turns 35 today.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind opened on November 16, 1977 and aside from battling back and forth with Star Wars for awards (Close Encounters would go on to be nominated for eight Academy Awards), the movies nevertheless formed the seminal groundwork for the future and resurgence of science fiction cinema.

While I favored Star Wars in my youth over Close Encounters, Spielberg's movie still garnered a hell of a lot attention for a then 8-year old boy.  I remember being utterly fascinated at the brilliantly multi-colored spaceships that Richard Dreyfuss chased around in his company truck, and utterly freaked out when the spidery, long-limbed alien first came out of the mothership, even though it raised it's hands in welcome and peace.


 I still marvel at how Steven Spielburg worked so many awesome alien contact concepts into the movie.  From the abduction of 3-year old Barry from his home to the military cover up of close alien encounters that have been happening to growing obsessions of those 'chosen' by the aliens to meet with them at the summit of the iconic mountain, everything held us spellbound with the concept of peaceful otherwordly life showing up and inviting a select group of people to the party.  People abducted were returned (still the same age as when they left even decades ago), fake quarantines kept the public away from the coming alien appearance, Richard Dreyfuss became fascinated with his mashed potatoes while being sunburnt on one side as his family fell apart, and ice cream cone shaped spaceships few at tree top level along midwestern blue line highways.

Even better was that we never really saw the aliens in their spectacular ships.  Oh we got a dazzling backlit glimpse of some short, rubbery fellas without distinct facial features, but never a really good look at the little green (gray) men.  It all just added to the wonder of it all, and we so much wanted to be Roy as he was escorted alone to the mothership by a crowd of the visitors.

So Happy Birthday Close Encounters...and thanks for the five musical notes that will always remind us that we are most likely very not alone...