Jeff Mach creates geek events like Steampunk World’s Fair
Jeff Mach from Jeff Mach Events stopped by for a Nerdarchy live chat to talk about conventions, steampunk culture and creating strange, wonderful new homes for people whose interests lie outside the norm. As one of the east coast’s largest creators of unique events for non-normal people, Jeff Mach Events runs the world’s largest indoor Renaissance Faire, Wicked Faire, Steampunk World’s Fair and more.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O50YCw_lqAc&w=560&h=315] Nerdarchists Dave and Ted welcomed artist and craftsperson Mellie Z. to the Nerdarchy live chat to talk shop about her fantasy-themed leatherwork creations. Mellie hand-crafts fantastic pieces for display, wearable garments and accessories, bags and "monster boxes." [caption id="attachment_19924" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Mellie Z. creates handmade, fantasy-themed...
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ5Hts-8VQY&w=560&h=315] Nerdarchist Dave got three special guests for the cost of one when he welcomed Satine Phoenix to the Nerdarchy live chat. Hanging out on her birthday from her home/studio in sunny Los Angeles, Phoenix shared her morning chatting live and answering questions. Nerd culture...
Nerdarchist Dave welcomes Matt Click and Tim Kearney from Absolute Tabletop to live chat #45 to talk about Oath of the Frozen King, their latest Kickstarter project. With a solid history of RPG content creation, AbTab’s latest offering is the Adventure Kit, which they describe as “versatile, flexible frameworks for roleplaying game adventures.” The modular presentation allows for minimal prep time for GMs, enabling you to run adventures for your players at the drop of a hat.
Sans guest, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted hung out with fans live, answered viewer and Patreon questions and talked about nerdy stuff during live chat #46. The classic Nerdarchy camaraderie was in full swing as these OG Nerdarchists chatted with each other and interacted with a lively chat room.
Nerdarchy friend and regular gamer in Nerdarchist Dave’s Gryphongaff game, Anthony Amato from Cardboard Fortress Games joined the daily live chat to talk nerdy. Amato is a graphic designer, illustrator and game designer. Along with fiance and longtime business partner Nicole Kline, they’ve created several tabletop games like RESISTOR_. He’s also contributed work to other games like Grow, designed artwork for the Tabletop Cooperative and is a regular at the Philly Game Forge’s dev night.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1wNFRC2rRI&w=560&h=315] If you're looking for fantasy, science fiction or pop culture-inspired cocktails for your next party or gaming session, your quest is complete. Derrick Schommer from Common Man Cocktails joined Nerdarchist Dave for live chat #42 to discuss recipes and a whole lot more. Schommer...
Want to know what it takes to be a writer covering nerd culture? Nerdarchist Dave welcomed journalist and writer Jim Moreno to the Daily Live Chat #41 at Nerdarchy’s YouTube channel to talk about his journey to becoming a professional writer and share tips and advice for aspiring writers.
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="326" class="zemanta-img"] The Incredible Hulk #1 (May 1962). Cover art by Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] I don’t normally do a shout-out for a solitary YouTube channel, especially one that is fairly new, but the channel called Comic Book University...
There seems to be a subscription box service for just about everything nowadays, from crafts to wines to all kinds of foods and more. There are even a number of different subscription boxes for the nerd or geek in all of us. But what about tabletop role playing gamers?
Before January 18, the pickings seemed pretty slim, but that was the launch date for Dungeon Crate, a monthly subscription box service with a focus on role players and the games we love.
What are subscription boxes?
So you’ve caught up on all the latest Nerdarchy videos at YouTube, and you’ve watched everything available from sr2joker, aFistfulofDice, Tabletop Gaming with Juce, and your other favorite tabletop gaming-related YouTube channels. Still, you want more. There have to be other channels out there providing helpful and fun videos for the tabletop nerd in all of us.
Below are some of the non-gaming YouTube channels I have found helpful as a player, a game master, and as a fantasy writer, and a few channels that are merely fun and could be enjoyed by all nerds. By no means should this be considered a comprehensive listing, so if I leave out one of your favorites, it is not meant as a slight. For that matter, if you’ve got a favorite channel, by all means tell us about it in the comments.
Swords, swords and more swords
I have been enjoying fantasy art since I was a boy in the 1970s. Initially I grew to recognize and love the works of Brothers Hildebrandt, Frank Frazetta, Walter Valez and Darrell K. Sweet. Most of these artists drew my attention by their fantastic work on paperback book covers. During the 1980s, I found myself drawn to newer artists, those whose works were featured in role playing material, mostly Dungeons & Dragons products and Dragon magazine. Names like Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore and Keith Parkinson became familiar to me, along with hosts of others.
Yet one artist stood out for me among all the others, that artist being Daniel R. Horne.
Fantasy Artist Spotlight – Daniel R. Horne
This past Friday, I went check-out the latest gallery show at Arch Enemy Arts in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA. It was a pop surrealism show and if that sounds too highbrow, I promise it’s not- in fact, another name for the term is “lowbrow”. The movement is one of the most accessible art movements in a long time- it may sometimes use a symbolism and other high falutin visual elements, but at it’s core, it’s cool imagery that is either fantastical or might have a sly sense of humor. Beyond anything, looking at this art is sheer entertainment.
It’s time to walk the hallowed halls of my artist pantheon, this time with the imaginative work of Tony Diterlizzi. I first knew Mr. Diterlizzi’s work from his RPG artwork for 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons, primarily in the Monstrous Manual… and then- Planescape! How mind-blowing was that 2nd Edition boxed-set with it’s purple and brown tones and whimsical, yet with an aspect of danger, characters? He has contributed his pencils and brushes to RPG artwork for the fore mentioned Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, young adult book covers (“The Spiderwick Chronicles”), children’s books (“Ted” and “The Spider & The Fly”), and even a full-length young adult novel series that he wrote himself (“The Search for Wondla” series)!