Saturday, February 26, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #74 The Kensei, Jon Merz Interview

I read a lot of vampire fiction, because vampires are cool, and my latest find is author Jon F. Merz who has just released The Kensei, book five in The Lawson Vampire series.  I talk to Jon about vampires, ninjas, and a TV show that is in the works.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr 44min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Did you know that this is National Engineers' Week in the US?  I'm betting that unless you actually are an engineer you had no idea.  Just about every week has been designated as "The Week of Something" so these things go unnoticed unless they have a direct effect on you.  This morning when I realized I was happily navigating my way through this week with no knowledge of it's importance, I decided to look it up and see what kinds of things engineers do to recognize their special week.  My Mom was a nurse and during Nurses Week (happens in May in case you were wondering) the hospital sent her home with all sorts of fun stuff for kids about healthcare, and she got free lunches and treats.  It stood to reason that engineers should get treats and come home with, uh, okay I have no idea what an engineer would come home with, maybe a hydrospanner?  So, I did my research, and here's the thing.  Engineers....you're doing it wrong.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Third Rail of Gaming

Telling someone that you're a gamer says a lot about you, but are you sure it says what you think it does?  I've said it when people ask me why I'm going to something like GenCon or PAX East, but if they don't know what those cons are then you still haven't explained anything.  More than a few times when I've said I like gaming people have thought I have a fondness for slot machines and roulette.  They'd be wrong because my game is craps and I'm terrible at it and only bet the smallest chips possible, but that's how I roll.  Really, when I say I'm a gamer I'm talking about things like computer games, boardgames, and card games.  People understand those things, but if you add in miniature wargaming, they may look at you funny. And if you say RPGs they may also take a step backward and hold up their fingers in the sign of The Cross.  RPGs are the Third Rail of Gaming.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

RoboCop is Just the Start

Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Statue of Liberty, and now Detroit will have RoboCop.  No, I haven't been drinking anything other than my usual overly complicated yet delicious coffee from Starbucks.  There really are plans to build a RoboCop statue somewhere in the fair city of Detroit.  It started out as nothing more than a blip in the Twitterverse, one the Mayor of Detroit politely refuted, but it became a campaign that has supposedly raised $50K and secured artists and scultors ready to lend their talents.  No one has any idea where they'll put this statue and it remains to be seen if it will actually be built, but the possibilities opened by this project are nothing short of fantastic.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Where's My Jet Pack?

I want a jet pack more than any other piece of gadgetry my childhood dreams promised me I would possess when I was an adult in The Future.  It seemed like such an easy thing to accomplish when I was six.  All you needed were a couple of rockets of moderate power attached to the back of a harness, a bright red start button, a joystick for steering and a snazzy silver jumpsuit and helmet.  Hey, it was my childhood vision, a silver jumpsuit and helmet were a part of the dream.  Yet, here I am, all grown up and no jet pack.  James Bond had one.  Boba Fett had one.  The Robinson's had one on Lost in Space.  If they all managed to make one then how come I don't have one sitting in my garage?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The D6 Generation Podcast #73 TempleCon

Lots of folks save their pennies to hit up the big conventions, but completely overlook the smaller ones that may be right in their own backyards.  Hear about TempleCon, the latest small con I attended, and why you should seek out smaller cons in your area.  Download the episode and head to the 2hr 45min mark to hear the Total Fan Girl segment of the show.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

Color Me Geek

I got my nails done a few days ago.  Yeah, I know you're jumping up and down at this news but stick with me for a minute.  The first thing you get to do when you go in for a manicure is pick out a polish which is a daunting task when there are roughly four gazillion shades.  I pick a color then flip it over to see it's called something like Tutti Fruitti Tonga or Kiss on the Chic and I just know there is now way I can possibly walk around with that color on my nails.  No one else may know what it's called, but I will and I'll feel like an idiot.  Nothing kills your inner credibility like looking down at your hands and thinking "I'm wearing Aphrodite's Pink Nightie" (I am not making this up, people, these are real names!)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Kensei: A Lawson Vampire Novel

There is one rule that no vampire may break or it's dead to me.  Alright, for the most part they're already dead, so let's say I will not acknowledge it's undead existence if it breaks this rule.  What's the rule? Vampires. Do. Not. Sparkle.  That's the only thing I absolutely demand in my vampire fiction.  I can go along with all sorts of alterations to traditional vampire lore like having them walk in the sun, or eat food, or enjoy a bit of garlic on their pasta, but no sparkling.  I'm happy to say that Lawson does not sparkle and, in fact, is now on my list of favorite vampires.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TempleCon: Small Con Fun

In the last year I've been able to attend quite a few fantastic cons.  You've likely heard of some of them, like GenCon, New York Comic Con and PAX East because they are just huge.  They happen in major cities, sell out hotels, fill restaurants to capacity for hours on end and provide long lists of big name stars who will be speaking at panels and signing autographs.  They're a ridiculous amount of fun, exhausting and impossible to see completely because there is more to see and do than one weekend allows.  Last weekend I attended TempleCon in Warwick, RI.  Never heard of it?  That's because it's not a gigantic con that takes over a major city, but it is the perfect example of why you should seek out the smaller, local cons in your area.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Geek Girls Network Podcast #8: Dr. Who Collectibles from Bif Bang Pow!

If you're a Dr. Who fan then you are going to love the newest episode of the Geek Girls Network podcast.  We talk with Jason Lenzi of Bif Bang Pow! about the new Dr. Who line that they will be debuting at Toy Fair 2011 in just a few weeks.  Then we dish a bit about all the geek stuff to love at Walt Disney World and talk about the upcoming Geek-Out Party hosted by Geek Girls Network in NYC during Toy Fair.  You're not going to want miss this one!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Giveaway: Reality is Broken, Why Games Make Us Better

Early this week it was announced that Jane McGonigal, author of the book "Reality is Broken" will be giving the keynote address at PAX East next month.  In her book she takes a look at all the positive that can come as a result of the skills learned while gaming and how we can harness those skills to create meaningful changes in the real world.  I found her ideas intriguing and can't wait to hear her speech.  You can read my full review  here and thanks to her publisher, you can also win a free copy of "Reality is Broken".  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post about why gaming is important to you and I will choose a random winner on Monday. (Open to residents of the US and Canada only.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

In Praise of Kids and Video Games

I love games.  Boardgames, video games, RPGs, all of them.  I'm not a particularly good gamer, but I have fun and to me that's what counts.  I know that for many hardcore gamers the important thing is to win.  Players of games like Warhammer 40K can obsess about how to use their points and create an unbeatable army, only to throw their hands in the air when it doesn't work.  At a tournament where the goal is to come out with the trophy, of course you're playing to win, but hopefully you're also enjoying the strategy and social interaction that happens in the course of playing the game.  How could you not?  If you've signed up for a tournament that lasts the better part of a day then it would have to hold some interest for you other than just winning or it'd be a mighty long day.  In fact, lots of tournaments have trophies for things like painting and sportsmanship so that those who aren't expert players but enjoy other aspects of the hobby can have fun.  Fun.  It all comes back to fun.  Oh, except when it comes to video games which, according to this Reuters article,  will cause our children to become depressed and anxiety ridden.