Geek On #SecretWarsLive, Ghost in the Machine & More

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It’s the first podcast of 2015.  We had a great holiday, hope you did too!

This week Millie talks about Marvel’s Secret War announcement.

Simon Pegg writing Star Trek 3, and the possible Ghost in the Machine remake.

Plus some Exploding Kittens and Cones of Dunshire on Kickstarter.

Here’s the YouTube link to the Press COnfrence on the Marvel channel

 

Don’t forget, you can alway give us a tweet @GeekOnRadio and tell us what gets your Geek On, we love hearing from you!

 

 

Show Notes

 

Comic News

On Tuesday at 3pm Eastern Time , which was actually 8pm for us UK folk and 20th Jan 2015 if you’re late to the podcast party, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort held the Secret Wars Live Press Conference at Midtown Comics in New York.

The Editor in Chief, laid out what was going to happen in the Company wide EVENT hitting the shelves this May.

You can watch the whole of the press conference on Marvel’s YouTube channel (& we’ll make sure the link is in the show notes.)

Alonso’s comments have cause fans to draw parallel to DC’s 2011 event “The New 52” where DC comics basically rebooted their whole line of monthly comics, and discontinuing many lines and stories in the DC world.

This speculation wasn’t helped by Tom Brevoort’s explanation that “that the mainstream Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe would “smash together”

Again causing fans to point out similarities to the DC “Crisis on Infinite Earths” story line, that resulted in the destruction of many alternative timelines in the DC universe and left one, as DC called it, “Positive Matter Universe” behind.

 

Now there was no mention of Relaunch, reboot or reimagining,during the event. And Alonso was guarded when asked directly if it was a reboot replying ““Read and find out. Our history isn’t broken and it isn’t something we need to fix. If anything it’s something we’re building on and seeing how it comes together.”

I’m not certain if I’m frightened or excited in anticipation of the Secret Wars Event, but we will be getting the first instalment, Issue Zero, as part of Free Comic Book Day 2015, and we know from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the company likes to plan big and plan long in advance, so could this be a hint that all the universes will collide, event the MCU?

It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Age of Ultron, the film, will be released in cinemas this April, just before this Secret Wars event hits our Friendly Local Comic Stores, is this their way of tempting people from the cinema to the Comic store? How long can Marvel rely on their big blockbusters? It seems like a sensible bet to tie the print into the cinema, and TV, to entice the new fans to try the old format, the comics that Marvel does best?

Here’s the timeline for when Marvel will reveal more details of each zone — hopefully including the titles and creative teams involved.

February 3 2015

Egyptia, The Regency, New Quack City, 2099, Hala Field, The Wastelands, Perfection, New Xander

February 17 2015

King James’ England, Weirdworld, Marville, The Eye of Agamotto, The City, The Warzone, Mutopia, Westchester

March 3 2015

New Mars, Greenland, Arachnia, Monster Metropolis, The Far East, Valley of Flame,

The Hydra Empire, Limbo, The Deadlands

March 10 2015

Utopolis, Attilan, Marvel 616, Marvel 1616, Killville, Arcadia, Bar Sinister, The Wall

Whatever is up their sleeves, I’ll bet Marvel will do it in style, and I’ve no doubt I’ll be snapping it.

What are your thoughts on the Press Conference? Let me know how you think the Secret Wars is going to pan out?

 

UNCANNY returns for Season 2

Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell are set to make a return to Dynamite Entertainment for the April-debuting “Uncanny: Season Two,” a modern crime noir about humans with unnatural abilities.

“Season Two” picks up following the 2013 mini series detailing the adventures of Weaver, who has the ability to steal knowledge and skills from other people. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Weaver dodges criminals and the authorities alike when he finds himself used as bait. While evading a shadowy organization known as Cadre, he also begins the search for the source of his own powers.

Of the upcoming arc, Diggle said in Dynamite’s announcement, “In the new season of ‘Uncanny,’ artist Aaron Campbell and I rip away Dominic Weaver’s veneer of self-assured cool to reveal the flawed, frightened and conflicted kid hiding beneath it. Weaver has a lot of growing up to do and little time to do it, if he wants to stay alive.”

Games News

Tickets for the UK Games Expo have gone on sale at their website.

The UK’s largest Hobby Games Convention that runs for 3 days in Birmingham starting Friday 29th May. UK Games Expo is open to the public. You can book in advance OR just turn up and pay on the day. Tickets that are open on the website are for general admission, and do not include the popular tournament events that will be released closer to the date.

The team behind the event are expecting 8000 Visitors over the weekend. Check out www.UKgamesExpo.co.uk for more info.

 

Cones of Dunshire hits Kickstarter…

 

If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation you know the game has “all of the excitement of the IRS annual tax refresher program, but without all of the state law complexities!”

 

The gaim aims to raise $300,00 USD by early March, The lowest pledge level that includes a copy of the game is a $500, so this is a game for only the most dedicated enthusiasts (with the top tier of $3,500 already taken!). A $300 pledge nets you a pass to GenCon 2015 and dinner with the game’s team. Lower tiers include goodies like shirts, posters, and a Ledgerman hat.

 

While you’re on Kickstarter also have a search for “Exploding Kittens”

 

coming from famed comic The Oatmeal, Mat Inman, who partnered up with Elan Lee and Shane Small to create what appears to be a rather simple game for players of all ages, although a NSFW version of the game is also available.

 

The creators describe the game a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette,” on their project’s Kickstarter page.

 

The game reached its $10,000 funding goal in just 20 minutes after being listed, and it topped $2,500,000 in pledges with almost a full month to go.

 

To get the full game  including the NSFW content you need to pledge around $40 USD and they’re talking with the guys behind the VERY NSFW came Cards Against Humanity to help with the distribution.

 

Top level perks include signed boxes and cards drawn by the oatmeal, Shane Small or Elan Lee, although they do apologize for Elan’s drawing skills in advance.

 

So if you’re into card games or laser beams or weaponized enchiladas, and kittens causing terrible explosions, check it out.

 

Film News

Simon Pegg will write Star Trek 3!!!

Roberto Orci, who was also slated to direct Star Trek 3, left in December reportedly after disagreements over the script, has been replaced by Scotty! (Despite a fan campaign to get Jonathan Frakes (aka Will Riker) into the directors chair Orci, has been replaced in the director’s chair by Justin Lin, best known for the Fast and Furious movies.)

Pegg has taken over scripting with the help of TV writer Doug Jung. Hopefully this means at least 2 things

  1. we’ll seem more of Pegg’s bemused scots man in space, and all the joys that come with having Scotty on screen
  2. we’ll get a script, and ultimately a film, that will be as amazing as any of “The Cornetto” trilogy.

there’s no doubt in my mind that Pegg will pull out all the stops to create a script that he’d want to go watch himself, after all the man is a self declared Trek fan, and a loud and proud geek. Announcing Pegg has taken a script writing role, has renewed my waning enthusiasm for what was starting to feel like a doomed ship!

Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johansson has signed up for the lead role in the remake of the 1995 japanese anime “Kôkaku Kidôtai” Also known as Ghost in the Shell.

While I’m certain the Black widow could pull off the role of Major Kusanagi, I have join with others asking…. does this film need a remake?

Hasn’t Hollywood riffed off the film enough with, The Matrix, Avatar (not the airbenders, the blue aliens on the faraway planet) Surrogates and AI: Artificial Intelligence.

Do we need a live action version? Do we need Major Motoko Kusanagi & the rest of Section 9 westernised and turned into a futuristic arm of the Feds?

I’m also questioning why we need a remake? Do film studios still only think audiences can only relate to characters of the same nationality as them? I’m full of questions and outrage over this remake, and am currently hoping that it goes the way of the off-on-off on Akira remake.

We thought the Suicide Squad was confirmed, and then Tom Hardy dropped out of the Rick Flagg role (with the rumours being that he didn’t like the script)

Jake Gyllenhaal was Supposed to his replacement, but Variety is now reporting that he’s also turned down the role. And it seems like he didn’t waste time on passing this project over.David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is due to start filming this April, but the search for Rick Flagg continues.

Something I’m a little more excited about is According to Global News, Ryan Reynolds will begin filming Deadpool in his hometown of Vancouver in late March.

This is the second time Reynolds will step into the red lycra of Wade Wilson, but this time we’re praying that it’s a little more Merc with a mouth, than some random science experiment to see how many fans the studio can upset.

 

The film is due Feb 2016, and I want to make some glib reference to valentine’s day & deadpool, but I’m scared Shiklah will find out & hurt me.

 

AEG Black Box – Review – Was it worth it?

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On Friday, Black Friday, Alderac Entertainment Group released the AEG Black Box.

We snapped one up from our FLGS, Harlequin Games, and dashed home to play it, stopping only to film a hasty unboxing video.

The box promised to contain 4 great games, and opening it up to see Trains by Hisashi Hayashi, it instantly proved to be worth the purchase.

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Trains is a mix up of deck building and territory management, yet despite it’s rather boring first appearance, it’s great fun, and rather simple to get into. Plus on it’s own retails at more than the whole Black Box. You can’t see my face in the video, but I was very pleased that Trains was the star of the show. It’s also quite satisfying to have so many things! Trains has 500 cards and 40 extra to help you sort them, 120 wooden tokens and a double sided board!
It plays in about 45 min & fits 2-4 players.

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Next up, Guildhall Seven Seas by Hope S Hwang. Not a game I’d heard about nor a game that at first glance I’d probably have bought. That doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

Its a pirate themed set collection style game, and a race to 20 VP. It’s the second biggest game in the box with 120 cards and 30 card tokens and was a game that took us a little while to get our heads around. Once you’ve gotten to grips with what some of the pirate cards do, and the ways you can combine these with the special cards you buy then it gets a little less confusing. Not the strongest game in the box for us, but a bit of fun for 2 to 4 players.

 

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After that there’s Doomtown Seventh Hero by Kuro. When I first saw this in the box, I didn’t pay too much attention to the second part of the name, and was a little excited thinking, not only do I have Trains in The Black Box, I’ve also got Doomtown; Reloaded by Dave Williams & Mark Wootton! This isn’t that game. It’s a reskin of Seventh Hero. A little similar in style to Guildhall Seven Seas, instead of recruiting a pirate crew, we’re recruiting a posse to take out a giant water dragon. It’s a quick set building game, there’s a little bluffing and remembering what the special powers are for some Dudes, and then working out the best ways to combine them in your posse. This is the smallest game in the box with 83 cards including the 5 reference cards.
Good, quick fun and sits 3 – 5 players.

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Lastly there’s Maximum Throwdown Overload by Jason Tagmire.
This was the weirdest game in the box, and made me think a little of 52 card pick up mixed with AEG’s Smash Up.
This is a card throwing battle game. Yep, you throw cards around the table. There are 6 different factions and 6 locations. Each player pics a faction, a little like Smash Up, you pick from Zombies, Wizards, Robots ect, and you collectively agree on the lay out of the bases. Then you take turns to throw cards onto the bases. The back of the cards have different icons in different configurations, different factions have different strengths, and you aim to cover up some of your opponents icons whilst having more of yours on show, so that you score more VP and can use more special abilities. It fits 2 to 6 players, but was more fun with at least 4.

That’s all the games!

Was it worth it?
Yes, I’ve already said so! I really enjoyed the game Trains, and we had great fun playing Doomtown Seventh Hero, the other games were great too, and if they weren’t over shadowed by the main two, would have probably gotten more love.

The box itself could have done with a better insert. Trains and all it’s cards takes up one side of the box, whilst Doomtown Seventh Hero, Guildhall Seven Seas and Maximum Throwdown Overload, still flop about in the opposite side. If you’re handy with a bit of foam you could make your own holder to fit things nicely, or could just buy a few Deck Pro boxes to put the 3 smaller games in, or just keep the box flat and don’t jiggle it too much.

I’d be disappointed if I was a hard core AEG fan to get this and end up with a duplicate copy of Trains though. But it was less than £40 so it was a BARGAIN especially if you consider Trains alone retails at around £50!

The additional games would make nice easy games to get into over the festive season, you can tell granny that Guildhall Seven Seas is kind of like a pirate version of Rummy and the kids will love flinging cards about the table. At least 80% better than fighting over Monopoly.

If your FLGS still has any of these left, seriously think about snapping one up!

We’ve only had  the weekend to play them, we’ll tell you more about them once we’ve played them a few more times.

Have you gotten one yourself? What did you think of the games?

Unboxing AEG’s Black Box 2014

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We went down to our #FLGS and snapped up a AEG Black Box! It’s full of mystery wonder, and board games.

We have to say a massive thanks to Tom at Harlequins, our #FLGS, it turns out that our box is missing some of the cards from the “main” game. He swapped it for us no problem. Thanks Tom!

What do you think of the contents? Did you like the idea of a box of unknown games? Or would you rather know about them first?

Geek on 2004

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This weeks show was all about 2004

The ESA Rosetta mission landed Philae on a comet! Mind boggling! Well at least for this friendly local radio host. It’s a mission that launched 10 years ago in 2004.

Marvel MCU & MOAR!

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In this show Millie talks about the 6 films that Marvel are releasing in the UK before the rest of the world.

Also covers some of the DC TV programs on air right now, and some great tunes!

We’ve also got some great news…

Geek On will soon be taking up 2 hours of your Sunday morning! What ever will we fill that second hour with?!

We went to #PrestonComicCon

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Geek on at Preston Comic Con by Geek On Radio on Mixcloud

We went to Preston Comic Con & it was AWESOME!

Millie caught up with Sarah & the iCosplay team, Nicola Bryant and also Norman Lovett.

We also found this video of the event by Ben Yates showing some of the great cosplay!

Did you go and attend any of the Q&A pannels at the event? Who made you star struck & did you get the autograph you wanted?

Give us a tweet @GeekOnRadio & include #PrestonComicCon in the tweet so that the Neil & the organizers can find your comments too!

Geek on with Nick Brokenshire

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Geek on with Nick Brokenshire by Geek On Radio on Mixcloud

We’re on the road to Preston Comic Con & it’s safe to say WE’RE REALLY EXCITED!!

Millie spoke to another of the guests, Nick Brokenshire. Freelance illustrator, and  artist of the fabulous Amelia Cole series. Head over to his website and have a look http://www.nickbrokenshire.co.uk/

We’re also a great fan of Professor Elemental (you knew that already right?) He’s crowd funding over on IndiGoGo so go support him. (If supporting chap hop artists & charities is your thing)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/don-t-feed-the-trolls-the-music-video

See you on Saturday for Preston Comic Con!

Geek on with Andy Diggle & iCosplay

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Andy Diggle

This week we laughed at Millie as she sat in the studio and tried to call Andy Diggle, sound professional & not fan girl all around the room. We think she just about held it together. Andy Diggle’s website is over, at the very sensibly named www.andydiggle.com

It was also a pleasure to speak to Sarah from iCosplay, a great charity group who’ve launched their anti bullying campaign, their facebook page is at www.facebook.com/ICosplayantibullyingcampaign. We demand you head over there now & give them some support!

Both Andy Diggle & the iCosplay team will be at Preston Comic Con on 25th October, plus Andy will also be at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival from 17 -19 October 2014 in Kendal.

If you wanted just the chatter, without all that pesky music, here’s the Andy Diggle interview

Interview with Mike Mearls

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Remember a few weeks ago where Millie spoke to our local RPG guru Baz, and the chatted about the launch of D&D 5th ed?

(Pssst the show upload is here ) While we love Baz, and he is a font of all knowledge on RPGs, we also wanted to talk to someone at the heart of D&D. Alas time zones, Gen Con, and the release of the 5th Edition D&D all added up to nothing happening for the show. *le Sigh*

 

HOWEVER … Yeah you’ve seen the title of the post … we did get to send Mr Mike Mearls (“The main dude on the Dungeons & Dragons R&D team” as he says in his Twitter bio ) a few questions and we were very excited to get his reply back.

GoR : What was the  goal for 5th compared to 4th?
Mike : The big thing for fifth edition compared to 4th  edition was to make the game move quicker. We received a lot of feedback that 4th edition was a little too complex and slow in play. We also saw that while people liked the option for tactical combat, 4th focused on it a bit too much to the detriment of other parts of the game. We made improving on those points a big part of fifth edition.
People definitely liked the approach to balancing character options in 4th. They liked the feel that every character class could contribute, and that you weren’t required to choose from a narrow subset of the options the game presented. Preserving that was definitely an important goal for us.

GoR :How many hours play testing went into this edition?

M: It is almost impossible to calculate. We had over 175,000 people download the playtest rules. 
Since we suspect that for most groups the Dungeon Master downloaded the rules and ran them for a group of players, we think that there was anywhere from 350,000 to 700,000 actual playtesters.
Before even adding in our inner circle of hundreds of testers, the game easily saw several million collective hours of play.

Was there anything you really wanted in 5th that just didn’t work?

Most of my personal regrets focus on story material, rather than mechanics. I wish we had a little more time to really flesh out some of the creatures that are less popular, like troglodytes, with some more details and vivid histories and cultural details. It also would’ve been really cool to include a full selection of demon lords and archdevils in the Monster Manual, but the book was already bursting at the seams with critters.

How do you sync the art with the rules & world building?

It’s a very important step that follows one of two processes.
In some cases, we start with a piece of existing art from D&D’s history and focus on bringing out the interesting and unique details it features. In designing the rules for it, whether it’s a monster or a character, we try to make sure that the most important, vivid elements of its story are reflected and made important in the rules.

Other times, we might have a creature that people know about but hasn’t proven popular. In the case, we look at its unique elements and try to find a new twist or take on them that feels authentic. I’m really happy with some of the adjustments we made to the genies in D&D. Each  genie is aligned to one of the four classic elements (air, earth, water, and fire), and I like how the genies aligned to earth and water are much more obviously tied to them than in the past.

The key is that regardless of which approach we take, someone looking at the art gains an insight into the story and mechanics about a creature or character. Based only on that art, a person should be able to understand a creature’s place in the world and its key traits.

 

Thanks to Mike for taking the time to answer Millie’s questions! We haven’t had the chance to play any 5th Edition … yet! So let us know what you’ve been up to in the comments below or give us a tweet @GeekOnRadio!