Friday, August 31, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #29: Star Wars Celebration VI Recap With Amy Ratcliffe

If you were lucky, then last weekend you were in Florida enjoying the wonder of Celebration VI in Orlando. One of those lucky people was geek blogger Amy Ratcliffe. She covers all sorts of geekery on her blog, Geek With Curves, and is just about the biggest Star Wars fan ever. Listen in as I chat with Amy who shares all the details, from Roxie the Rancor, to a stint in the garbage chute to what it was like being in the same room as George Lucas!

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Music: Rebecca Angel

Monday, August 27, 2012

Game Review: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game

The new Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game by Fantasy Flight Games was one of the must-have games at Gen Con last week. I bought it along with the expansions and drooled copiously over the not yet available ships that were previewed. Read on to get all the details on this fantastic game.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Playing All The Games At GenCon 21012

This year marked the 45th anniversary of The Best Four Days In Gaming, better known as GenCon, in Indianapolis, Indiana. I spent nearly every minute of those four days playing games, or at least drooling over the ones I wanted to cram into my suitcase. Here are some of the highlights of the convention.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #28: Taking Kids To Cons

This week I'm joined by one of my fellow Wired GeekMom writers, Mandy Horetski to talk about some upcoming conventions and how to manage them with the kids in tow. Mandy is attending Dragon*Con at the end of the month and I'm at GenCon right now! Listen in as we talk about the things we're most looking forward to, how to manage those scary cosplay moments, and what each con has to offer to people with families. We'll also talk about our various panels so you can stop by and say hello!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Send Me And The GeekMoms To South by Southwest

Voting is open for Interactive panels at South by Southwest and I need your help to get my Wired GeekMom panels accepted!

From March 8th-17th legions of tech, film and music geeks will be in Austin, Texas for this huge event. It lasts for 10 days and is full of talks by experts in their fields. We've submitted two panels, but competition is fierce. Since 30% of SXSW panel selection is by popular vote, we need your help to make this happen.

All you have to do is register on the site, which takes two seconds, then use the links below to vote for our panels by clicking the little thumbs up icons.

That's it!  It's super easy and it would make me very, very happy. Really, you'll have my eternal gratitude and I promise I'll bake you cookies. Thank you for your support and hope to see you in Texas!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Game Review: Zombicide

This weekend I finally got to play Zombicide, the successfully funded kickstarter by Cool Mini or Not and Guillotine Games that has started arriving on the doorsteps of happy gamers. They'll be demoing the game at GenCon later this week, but since I've already had a chance to fight the brain-eating hordes I thought I'd share my thoughts on this hot off the presses game.

I pledged at the $100 "Abomination" level, so I got not only the basic game, but some extra goodies that I'll talk about later. Let's just start with the standard box that has a retail value of $89. That's not cheap for a game, but a quick look at what you get shows that it's actually a good value.

Win Cool Loot: ParaNorman Giveaway

Here's your chance to win a really cool prize pack full of goodies from the new movie ParaNorman which opens in theaters on August 17th! 

One winner will receive:

  • $25 Visa Gift Card for a night at the movies
  • Adult T-Shirt
  • Keychain
  • Notebook
  • Slippers
  • Toothbrush
  • Backpack
Prize value $60 provided by Focus Features

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment with your favorite zombie movie of all time. Contest open to residents of the continental United States only and closes at midnight on Sunday, August 19th.

Good Luck!

***Congratulations to Diana S. who is our winner! Thank you to everyone who entered!***

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Mexican Olympic Gymnast Is a Gamer And An Inspiration

Mexican gymnast Elsa Garcia Rodriguez Blancas chose a beautiful medley of music from The Legend of Zelda for her floor routine. I'm sure that most of the audience and most of the world thought it was just a beautiful piece of music, but to gamers it was nothing short of amazing.

Friday, August 3, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #27: Fight For Space, Reigniting Our Passion For Space Exploration

Have you ever wondered how the US got to the point where funding missions to space just isn’t that important? Paul Hildebrandt wondered, and he's launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary and answer that question. I talk with Paul about Fight For Space: Exploring the Future of Manned Spaceflight and learn what he hopes to achieve with his film. He's already interviewed notables like Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye and plans to speak with many more to discover how we can reignite our collective passion for space not just in ourselves, but in our kids.
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Batman and Spider-Man Fans, Test Your Knowledge With These Trivia Books

You think you know Batman and Spider-Man? Then prove it with these trivia books that ask every question you could possibly think to ask about your favorite superheros. The Unofficial Spider-Man Trivia Challenge and The Unofficial Batman Trivia Challenge each contain over 250 pages filled with questions that are likely to stump even the most devout of fans.