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Free Comics for EVERYONE!

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Save The Date logo for Free Comic Book Day

Here’s the latest edition of the Geek On Radio Podcast!

This week we’re talking comic books!

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday 2nd May, find out if your Friendly Local Comic Store is taking part at www.freecomicbookday.com and also have a look at some of the comics you could snap up FOR FREE!

This weeks guest is Kwanza Johnson, find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/kwanzer

Next week we’ll be talking about board games & The UK Games Expo! If you’re going, give us a tweet & let up know your plans, give us a tweet @GeekOnRadio) or on Facebook

 

And if you’d like to get involved in our MegaGame give us an email tabletop@geekonradio.com!

UK Games Expo #TwitterBingo

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UKGE Twitter Bingo Card

You may have noticed there’s a fair amount of board gamers over on Twitter & there’s a large amount of us heading to UK Games Expo (UKGE)!

The duo behind Going Halves On Games, Geraint & Rhyannon, have made a Twitter Bingo card so you can spot us all!

WHOOHOO!!!
The #TwitterBingo card we had been putting together to help folks connect at the UK Games Expo in May, is finally here and available for you to print 😀

We have created three formats, so you can pick and choose a suitable one for yourself. Just print it off and bring it along to the Expo and then try and find everyone on the card!

Going Halves will be arriving early Friday morning and then staying until Sunday afternoon. We are staying at the Hilton too, so hope to get some late night gaming in! There’s no specific area we will be because we aren’t working but playing 😀

If you are on the Twitter Bingo card, then please leave a comment on here of where folks are likely to find you and when you are around.

We are looking forward to meeting everyone and getting our game on!
R&G

 

UKGE Twitter Bingo Card

Right Click & “Save Image As…” to save a Jpeg copy of the UKGE #TwitterBingo Card

 

Twitter Bingo Card – pdf

Twitter Bingo Card – Word Doc

 

XCOM The Board Game

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XCOM The Board Game Box & App

XCOM The Board Game Box & App

The Earth has been invaded! Time to assemble your Extraterrestrial Combat Unit and take the planet back. Let’s just hope you charged your smart-phone before they invaded…

XCOM The Board Game was announced in August 2014 by Fantasy Flight Games, and almost split the board gaming community in two, by requiring an analogue hobby to step into the digital age. There is no way to experience the game without downloading the companion app.

And the game is frantic. Rounds are split in two. The real time phase is guided by the app, it’s a crazy few minutes of shouting, with difficult choices made under short time constraints. The resolution phase is almost sedate by comparison, rolling dice, again and again, pushing your luck to see how your plans actually work out.

Then there’s a little housekeeping. If the app wasn’t here, you’d be checking rules, or hopefully a player aid and potentially 10 minutes of resetting the board. With the app it’s a few taps, and you’re ready to dive back into the fight.

XCOM – The Board Game is innovative, and the ability to adjust the difficulty settings provides great re-playability. The app does not distract from what’s happening on the board. It’s actually the non app phases where the game feels a little lacking. Rolling one set of dice to resolve almost everything can make for a lot of downtime.

If you love the XCOM world, you’ll love this game. It’s a great transition from console to the table, with the app adding in familiar FX and music, you really do feel immersed in the game.

If you love real time games, give this a whirl, you’ll get the expected adrenaline buzz you expect from real this genre of games and it’s been designed with good pacing across the game as a whole.

But don’t say I didn’t warn you about all the dice…

XCOM The Board Game is published by Fantasy Flight Games

Retails at £40 ish

1-4 players takes 90min

Preston TableTop Day 2015

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Have I mentioned we’re on Kickstarter? Funding the biggest Preston TableTop Day we can?

I might have, it’s been something I’ve mentioned quiet a bit recently!

 

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Well, we funded AND have some stretch goals on the go too!

What does that mean? Well Preston TableTop Day is 100% going to happen!

What are the rewards?

We have badges, our own version of a game and exclusive tshirts.

I seriously suggest you head over to the Kickstarter page to see more!

If you’re not a fan of Kickstarter, or would prefer to support via a PayPal we’re also on EventBrite, and you can use the register widget below (or visit the full-page https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preston-tabletop-day-tickets-14369861643 ) and add your donation to making the day as big and as fun as possible!

 

I’m so excited to be making the event, and so excited to play ALL the games with you!

Thank you to the backers who have supported us so far, we can’t wait for 11th April 2015!

Previously on Geek On Radio

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We’ve turned ONE! We’re one year old!

So it’s time to have a look at what we got up to in the past 12 months!

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There was so much I wanted to include, that I just couldn’t, unless you wanted a 6 hour podcast?

There were some awesome times at Preston Board Gamers, and some great geekery with Baz as we chatted about RPGs. Absolutely squee tastic chat with Kyle from Kirby Krackle, and just the most awesome day out at Manchester Comic Con. To name just a few things. We chatted with Nate from Boardgame Hour, got excited about The Rosetta Misson and some of you won some games via Harlequins shop (have you recovered from that run yet Tim?!) We learnt about hackspaces opening up, and hackathons, Bar Camps and

Thanks for being here for the first 12 months, lets see what geekery we get up to in 20151

Up To Four Players!

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This week I got to talk to the creators of a new web comic, Up To 4 Players, Eran Aviram and Aviv Or.

I love the web comic and it’s only on it’s 6th strip, I urge you, go forth and binge read them all NOW, then listen to the show, or if you’re good at multi-tasking llisten AND read.

 

If you enjoy the show feel free to leave us a lovely review on iTunes, say hello on our twitter, or visit us on Facebook too.

Must dash, have secret nefarious plans to finish over on Kickstarter, we’ll tell you more next time.

XCOM The Board Game unboxing

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XCOM The Board Game Box & App

XCOM TheBoard Game hit UK shelves last week. We snapped up a copy from our FLGS (That’s Harlequin’s Shop in Preston) and, after doing some mundane things like feeding children, we dived right in for a spot of unboxing!

I covered XCOM The Board Game in the 30th Jan podcast, but if you missed it, here’s our First Thoughts on the game.

My only play through so far is a 2 player game, the tutorial, and I was the one in charge of the app. It wasn’t optimal. For your tutorial play I’d really suggest hanging on for 4 players, it’s a hectic game, and as there’s no physical rules to read beforehand you’re really glued to the app & the info it spews out.

There were moments where we got confused, can we look at the cards we’ve got, can are the secret, face down? What about the cash, should I go big, does the budget roll over? And because it’s just spitting out the info one chunk at a time, it’s hard to know what to do. It’s very in with the “computer game” walk through the first level, but it felt stifling and clunky for a board game. Having moaned about it, it’s actually simple, there are only a few concepts to grasp, and the app leads you through it all.

There’s two parts to each round, a real-time section. Where whoever is in charge of the app is going to be shouting things like “CRISIS” , “Research ONE!” and “FIVE SECONDS!”!” while the others players are going to be trying to respond, see if they’ve got assets they can use to help in this phase, the player in charge of the budget will be cringing at the amount of credits they’re spending, and generally chaos.
Then the resolution section of the round, where you catch your breath, roll the dice (quite a few times) and push your luck, to see what continents are panicked, if the base is destroyed and what research the scientist actually drum up, if your troops are successful, and if all the UFO are destroyed. There’s some housekeeping. The app asks what the panic levels are, how many UFOs are in orbit, did you complete a mission this round, and do you still have a base?

Then you catch your breath, reset things, and dive in for the next Real Time section… If there were any UFOs left in orbit, then this part gets scrambled, you might not get your budget until the last part, you could have to pick your troops before you know the mission, and a whole load of frustration things, but it’s intense, it’s chaotic. It’s war against aliens.
If you win, you get a nice little victory screen, and a warm glow, as you look around your half destroyed base with 2 troops still standing, and a whole bunch of weird alien tech, that your crazy scientists have made up. And you need a nice cup of tea and a biscuit too. We really did feel like we’d just save the word, it was a bit stressful, but fun. I’m looking forwards to getting a full 4 player game.

 

XCOM The Board Game Box & App

A couple of people have asked what the app is like. Is it buggy? Has it crashed? How easy is it to use on a small (iPhone) screen? Does it drain the battery?

Since I’ve downloaded it, I’ve played the Tutorial and just poked about (technical terms) in the app. It seems to be doing fine on iOS, and hasn’t sapped the battery any more than my terminal twitter use does. It fits nicely with the game, I just wish I’d realized you could have read the rules in the app before you play the tutorial.

If the app is something you really worry about, I suggest you search the app store, download and play with it yourself. It’s free, and you can see if you can crash it, how it works and check out the rules & FAQ yourself.

We still haven’t managed to get this to the table for more than the 2 player. As soon as we do, we’ll let you know!

Geek on XCOM the board game, Ghostbusters, and Preston Comic Con 2015!

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This week Millie has played Xcom the board game!

Check out the Unboxing on the YouTube channel http://youtu.be/deJ6Aiq5svI

Why not subscribe while you’re there? (It’s ok you don’t have to!)

She also talks about Exploding Kittens (last time promise) and talks a little about the Ghostbusters casting, and also the Fantastic Four teaser.

The Whose Turn is it any way Episode Millie mentions is

http://whoseturnisitanyway.com/episode-13-is-there-a-design-in-every-gamer/

why not have a poke about and check out some of their other podcasts too, a wild Millie may appear.

Stick with us right to the end, we have something awesome to tell you about Preston Comic Con!!

Give us a tweet (@GeekOnRadio) say hello on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GeekOnRadio) or just go ahead and drop an email straight to Millie@geekonradio.com

 

Show Notes
Xcom the game.

It hit shelves in UK game store this week. I got my hands on a copy from my FLGS (that’s Harlequins in Preston BTW) raced home and then had to do mundane stuff like feed the minions, and other totally unglamourous things that an evil overlord has to do.

But eventually I got to open the box and dive in. There’s a video up on the YouTube, www.youtube.com/user/GeekOnRadio The quality of the components and the stuff in the box is good, its made by Fantasy Flight Games, it’s the sort of quality you’d expect from them, it’s nothing AMAZING, but it’s not rubbish. It’s got the FFG generic box insert to keep it all from flapping about, it comes with a few little bags to keep it all sorted. It’s good standard.

Biggest thing is there aren’t any rules in the box, there’s this little four page book that tells you the basic premise, tells you what all the bits are and how the starting setup is, but everything else is in the app. To learn how to play, you run the app on Tutorial.

My only play through so far is a 2 player game, following the tutorial, and I was the one in charge of the app. It wasn’t optimal. For your tutorial play I’d really suggest hanging on for 4 players, it’s a hectic game, and as there’s no physical rules to read beforehand you’re really glued to the app & the info it spews out.

There were moments where we got confused, can we look at the cards we’ve got, can are the secret, face down? What about the cash, should I go big, does the budget roll over? And because it’s just spitting out the info one chunk at a time, it’s hard to know what to do. It’s very in with the whole “computer game” walk through the first level, but it felt stifling and clunky for a board game. Having moaned about it, it’s actually quite simple, there are only a few concepts to grasp, and the app leads you through it all.

There’s two parts to each round, a real time section. Where whoever is in charge of the app is going to be shouting things like “CRISIS” , “Research ONE!” and “FIVE SECONDS!”!” while the others players are going to be trying to respond, see if they’ve got assets they can use to help in this phase, the player in charge of the budget is going to be cringing at the amount of credits they’re spending, and generally chaos.
Then the resolution section of the round, where you catch your breath, roll the dice (quite a few times) and push your luck, to see what continents are panicked, if the base is destroyed and what research the scientist actually drum up, if your troops are successful, and if all the UFO are destroyed. There’s some housekeeping. The app asks what the panic levels are, how many UFOs are in orbit, did you complete a mission this round, and do you still have a base?

Then you catch your breath, reset things, and dive in for the next Real Time section… If there were any UFOs left in orbit, then this part gets scrambled, you might not get your budget until the last part, you could have to pick your troops before you know the mission, and a whole load of frustration things, but it’s intense, it’s chaotic. It’s war against aliens.
If you win, you get a nice little victory screen, and a warm glow, as you look around your half destroyed base with 2 troops still standing, and a whole bunch of weird alien tech, that your crazy scientists have made up. And you need a nice cup of tea and a biscuit too. We really did feel like we’d just save the word, it was a tiny bit stressful, but fun. I’m looking forwards to getting a full 4 player game.

I kind of posted on Facebook that I could have a whole podcast where I rant about Exploding Kittens. I should be clear, it’s amazing at what the Oatmeal & guys have done. They’ve raised over 4 million Dollars in about 10 days.
#7 MOST-FUNDED CAMPAIGN, EVER.
#2 MOST-FUNDED GAME, EVER.
#1 MOST-FUNDED CARD GAME, EVER.

It’s an amazing testament to the fans of the Oatmeal & the community he’s built up around his work and site. I love the Blerch, as a half arsed runner, (It took me 7 hours to complete the Liverpool Marathon 2014, I’m a total Blerch) the things Matt does, and the memes he creates are completely up this cynical geeks street. But the actual game? The game he’s illustrated? I don’t know.

And that’s the think I think we keep missing, and what people think I’m attacking, Matt Inman didn’t design this game, it’s Shane Small and Elan Lee.

And when you look through the credentials of Small & Lee, I have to wonder why this game just seems lame.

Lee has made games to promote things like the Year Zero for Nine Inch Nails, he’s a games designer, he’s been the Chief Design Officer at Xbox entertainment studios.

And take a quick look at Small, seriously head over to his site sml-design.com and have a look at the work he’s been involved with, beautiful, creative rich stuff.

I have to wonder just how drunk, and how bored they were when they made up the game that would become Exploding Kittens.

The way it’s described to me it’s 96% random drawing of cards, and 4% blind luck, with player elimination. I’m seriously just underwhelmed. It could be so much more.

On episode 13 of Whose Turn is it Anyway, (a podcast I’ve been on, and I’ll link to the pod I’m talking about) they talk about “Is there a game design in everyone?” like the adage “Is there a book in everyone?” Ignacy Trzewizek, designer of some amazing games like Robinson Crusoe and Imperial Settlers, Ignacy says something like, no, not everyone should make board games. Not everyone has a board (or card) game in them, or a good quality game. And I think no matter how creative you are, Exploding Kittens will prove this point.

It’s great that they’ve connected with The Oatmeal, and it’s super that Matt loves and has had some creative input in the game, it’s super that he’s got so much of his fanbase on board, and I’d love The Oatmeal to do a reskin of something like Smash Up! or Gloom or a million other games. But Expolding Kittens, no thanks.

It all gets me a little mad, like seeing game adverts on a Christmas for things like Monopoly, when I know there are a million better games in my local games store. Some of them for a fraction of the price of the stupid game advertised. But enough. If you’ve backed Exploding Kittens, and I’ve upset you, I’m sorry, I honestly hope you love the game, I’ll even play it with you and will be quite happy to eat my words if it turns out to be an amazingly tactical and strategic game. But Sceptical Millie is sceptical.

 

Ahh more scepticism…
The Fantastic Four Teaser trailer hit the internet this week… and gives about as much info as we’ve all come to expect from trailers that are actually not for the film but for the next trailer.

There are some standard action / sci fi shots, the classic behind shot with alien light shooting into the sky, and some montage of working shots too.

The only think that had me worried was they all look so young! Is it that I’m just getting old, and by default everyone is starting to look young. Jamie Bell, aka Billy Elliot but now playing Ben Grimm is 28. Miles Teller, soon to be known as Mr Fantastic is 27, so is the human torch Michael B jordan and Kate Mara, the invisible woman is 31.

But they all look like they’re 15.Have they had half their lives airbrushed away? How can I take Mr Fantastic seriously if he’s still in nappies?
I’ll reserve judgement until 20th Century Fox give us more to go on.

 

More info is still needed for the Ghostbusters reboot, but this time I’m tinged with optimism.
A full female line up has been announced. Melissa McCarthy, Kirstin Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones. And the release date is set for July 2016.

They’ll be busting ghosts in NYC, and who would suggest they do otherwise, it seems like the spiritual home of the Ghostbusters. (sorry)

The Director Paul Feig has worked with both Wiig and McCarthy in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids It wasn’t my cup of tea, but it was a hit.

The thing that’s keeping me optimistic, is Starbuck. About 12 years ago if I’d said that, you’d be thinking of the guy from the A Team doing that space show. Now you’re thinking of the kick ass Katie Sackoff in the cooler BSG and shouting SO SAY WE ALL at every opportunity. I was incredibly sceptical about the new Battlestar, super wary of someone ruining what I loved from Childhood. Casting a woman to play Lt Starbuck. OMG NO.

There was so much drama around them casting a woman as Starbuck it was crazy, Sackoff even received a death threat before filming started.

It was genius.
So I’m just going to wait and see about this Ghostbusters, it could be BGS brilliant, it could be Phantom Menace terrible. who knows, we haven’t even had a teaser trailer yet.

Other things to talk about…

Firstly, Geek On Radio has been sent a couple RPGS that will be hitting Kickstarter soon, we’re having a read thought some of the source books, and I’ll fling out some links on Twitter ( At Geek On Radio) if you see something you’d like us to have a bit more of a delve into let us know. I guess we’ll post to Facebook too… I’m not a Facebook lover, sorry.

Last… but by no means least, I said in the bonus Pod that I had something awesome to tell you about Preston Comic Con.

If you didn’t come to Preston Comic Con last year, you missed a cracking event! And if you haven’t listened to the bonus pod, obviously I suggest you do, it’s the Comic Book Panel featuring Carlos Ezquerra John Wagner, Nick Brokenshire and Andy Diggle.

But that was last year! The next Preston COmic Con is Saturday 1st August, and tickets go on sale Sunday 1st Feb.

I’ve got some exclusive guest news for you…
Is it that Andy Diggle is a returning guest? nope,
how about that Anthony Johnston, Jim Alexander or Dave Taylor are going to be joining him? nope that’s old news,

It’s gotta be news about the film and TV guests then,
Colin Baker, nope, almost everyone knows the 6th incarnation of the doctor will be there.
How about Natalie Cox (aka Juno Eclipse) & Sarah Louise Maddison (don’t blink, she’s played weeping angels) will be waiting for you? Nah.

You know what is news… Everyone’s favourite Book Dwarf Ori, will be there!
Well the actor Adam Brown will be. He’s walked the length of middle earth with Bilbo, battled Smaug and now he’s heading to Preston! Well I’m excited. Are you? Tell me (& the guys at Preston Comic Con) on Twitters and the Facebook,

Thanks for listening, if you’ve enjoyed the show, please do subscribe, ect ect

I’m off to play Eclipse all weekend! Let me know what you’re up to, give me a tweet @geekonradio, say hi on the facebook page www.facebook.com/geekonradio or just send me an email millie@geekonradio.com