July 26, 2017

The Future of ‘Car Wars’ is Now!

When the original Car Wars game of futuristic automotive combat was released in 1980 it struck a chord with gaming audiences and quickly became a best-seller. The game had been inspired by the Alan Dean Foster short story “Why Johnny Can’t Speed” and fit right into a popular culture battle car movement that included movies […]

Gaming

Throwback Thursday: Shawna Joins the Geeks in Geekerati Episode 2 “Downloading the Upfronts”

The second episode of the Geekerati Radio Podcast aired on May 21st, 2007 and focused on the television upfronts for that year. The upfronts are when television networks announce their new television lineups for the fall in front of advertisers in order to solicit the advertising revenue that provides the main stream of finances for […]

Geek News , Geekerati Radio , Television

Auroch Digital Bringing Classic Sci-Fi Wargame ‘Ogre’ Back to Computer Screens

Fans of the classic science fiction wargame Ogre were given a pleasant surprise in 2012 when Steve Jackson Games launched a Kickstarter campaign for a $100 Designer’s Edition. The Designer’s Edition was a well planned “premium upgrade” and the Kickstarter campaign raised $923,680. The original version of Ogre  was the game that sparked the Microgaming boom of […]

Computer Gaming , Gaming , Roleplaying Games , Science Fiction , Wargames

A Blast from the Past — Geekerati Episode 1 (2007)

It’s hard to believe that it has been over nine years since I recorded the first episode of the Geekerati Podcast. I had recently discovered Blog Talk Radio, who made podcasting ridiculously easy for a first time host, and was ready to share my wisdom with the internet. In that episode I discussed the upcoming, […]

Geek News , Geekerati Radio , Movies

Geekerati’s Comic Book Recommendation

It should come as no surprise that I would be recommending Batgirl and the Birds of Prey as the first official Geekerati comic book recommendation in over a year. Geekerati member Shawna Benson and her sister Julie are the book’s authors after all, but that’s not why I’m recommending this book. When DC relaunched their titles […]

Comic Books , Geek News , Geekerati Radio , Television

How Ghostbusters Can Be “Successful” and Fail Financially

Some might find it odd that a film that has grossed $194 million worldwide in just four weeks could result in a possible $70 million loss for the production company, but for many genre fans this is par for the course. In an industry were John Carter can earn $284 million in worldwide gross and result in a […]

Geekerati Radio , Movies , Television

Episode 160 — Robin D Laws and Cam Banks Discuss the FENG SHUI 2 Roleplaying Game

When it was released in the 1990s Feng Shui was a genre crushing breath of fresh air. In an era of D&D clones and “mood” role playing games, Robin D. Laws’ game of Hong Kong film inspired action was just what the gaming community needed. Now it’s back and Robin D Laws and Cam Banks […]

Fantasy , Gaming , Geekerati Radio , Movies , Roleplaying Games

Episode 159 — Discussing SHATTERED SHIELDS with Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

While the genre of Military SF has been firmly entrenched in the publishing industry and is one of the more popular sub-genre in the industry. Often overlooked is the rich tales of military campaigns and the struggles of individuals soldiers that make up some of the best Fantasy stories. These tales include seminal Fantasy like […]

Fantasy , Gaming , Geek News , Geekerati Radio , Roleplaying Games

Episode 157: Adventure Maximus!

Game designer Francis Hogan stopped by to discuss his family friendly role playing game Adventure Maximus! This exciting role playing game allows kids to easily create characters, plan and run adventures, find treasures and be heroes! Like most role playing games Adventure Maximus! inspires creativity and problem solving, but unlike computer and console based rpgs it provides quality face […]

Fantasy , Gaming , Geek News , Geekerati Radio , Roleplaying Games

Episode 155: Wayne Shaw Talks Superhero RPG History

The early days of Superhero themed role playing games are a case study in innovation and collaborative design. A couple of years ago on my Advanced Dungeons and Parenting blog I demonstrated some of the influence that Superhero 2044 influenced the Champions roleplaying game’s combat system, but the Superhero 2044 rulebook wasn’t the only thing to influence the […]

Gaming , Geek News , Geekerati Radio , Roleplaying Games

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