What better time of year to start planning some indoor events than when it starts to get cold? Don’t get me wrong, I live for the outdoors (Nick Offerman and I are on the same level), but when it comes to rainy, snowy days, it is great to have some indoor plans with friends that do not require spending money at the mall, or boredom. My best suggestion is a monthly board game night!
Around this time of year, my friends and I try to put together a monthly board game night. Because of the frequency, we have to invest a bit in getting board games that are enjoyable and fun! We may break off into groups or play one big game. Here is the group’s tested and approved favorites for when you schedule your board game parties. Bonus! I also included some extra tips for the indoor warrior who tries to keep these events cost effective!
For weeks, Pokémon fans have been chomping at the bit to download Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game, where trainers can catch Pokémon in the real world on Apple and Android products. Nintendo gave a release date of “July.” Trainers, today is the day. Pokémon Go has so far been released in Australia and New Zealand, with a rumored release for the UK tomorrow. The United States is still waiting on a release date. Continue reading It’s Time to Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon Go Released→
Everyone has their “thing” about what other gamers do that annoys them, just like how most gamers probably do something that might annoy others. I’ll admit to being a headset eater. Here are a few things to help anyone out who is trying to kill the gamer stereotype about being a jerk, and who just wants to be courteous. Continue reading Gaming Etiquette 101→
Fandom tends to be seen as an inherently male interest. We have so many cultural stereotypes enhancing this belief. From The Big Bang Theory to “the fake gamer girl,” nerdiness always seems to start as something male, and then move towards women. For a while, this was pretty accurate. In 2010, only 35% of New York Comic Con attendees were women. However, as time goes on, these men get married. They have kids, and they pass on their nerdy genes.
With that in mind, I asked my fellow writers if they had inherited any of their geekiness from their fathers, or for any good stories about how their fathers inspired them towards the nerd community. Here are the responses I got:
It’s 2016, which moves us one step closer to the release of Pokémon Go! Pokémon GO is the dream app for all Pokémon trainers that will be available through IOS and Android devices only (rather than on Gameboy devices as has been the norm for Pokemon games). Players can now experience catching their own Pokémon in the outside world. That’s right, you no longer have to search for Pokémon through a tiny, virtual, playable character; YOU and only you are the Pokémon master with this app, where mobile location and expanded reality collide to create a Pokémon app to do this generation justice. Whether you are a new trainer or a Pokémon veteran, this app will drive and inspire players to go beyond any boundaries they’ve seen before.
Each year I try to go to at least one convention. While I’d like to go to more, some have proven to be more hassle than they are worth. One thing that always seems to be an issue and a big complaint amongst other convention-goers is the etiquette that we see from our fellows.
Another game on my list for 2016 was Fallout 4. I heard a lot of great things about it when it first came out, and it is still enthralling to most of my friends. They’re totally wrapped up in the story line. I got the game as a Valentine’s Day gift from my significant other who has worked hard to get me to focus more on hobbies and using my time better, that for which I am thankful.
Role playing adventures call for a lot of skill and practice using a character. We don’t all play characters that are carbon copies of ourselves, so how do we learn to play our character? Why is it worth trying role playing games, and what do you get out of it? There’s so many benefits for the creative mind in role playing and I bet you could have a lot of fun learning about yourself. Continue reading Role Playing Adventures and Why They’re Worth It→
Plenty of people are looking to buy their beloved gamer something for Christmas, but don’t know which games to buy. Gamers can be hard to buy for, especially if they are particular to their system, or into a big series. Please always note the rating before purchasing for a younger gamer. Here’s my top four plus a bonus gift guide! Continue reading Top Four Games for Your Gamer This Holiday Season→
When I first tried role playing I was way too shy. I didn’t understand how the games work, and I struggled to make sense of why it was fun. About a year after this experience, I tried it again for charity. This time, I got to play a role playing game for 24 hours for a charity. Now it made sense. Because this 24 hour session was a game two of the players created in college, it did not come with a book of rules, and it was fairly easy to comprehend—and if you didn’t understand, everyone was patient while you figured it out. Because the system was not established in writing, all of us newbies were able to ask plenty of questions and get through it together. Continue reading Role Playing as a Hobby—A Newbie’s Account→