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Matt Mercer & Friends Prove Every Roll Matters in Gen Con GM Improv Showdown

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Gen Con 50 was a records-shattering celebration of gaming culture with countless seminars, panels, events and of course games! Nerdarchy made the pilgrimage to Indianapolis, where Nerdarchist Dave and Web editor Doug met fans and colleagues, met awesome industry influencers and forged new friendships with gamers of every stripe.

Nerdarchy also had the honor of livestreaming a very special event, immediately following the live Maze Arcana game that Nerdarchist Dave played in with DM Ruty Rutenberg and players Satine Phoenix, Amy Vorpahl, Amy Dallen and Andrew Armstrong. Continue reading Matt Mercer & Friends Prove Every Roll Matters in Gen Con GM Improv Showdown

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D&D adventure within adventure at Gen Con 50

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D&D Gen Con adventureA couple of days have passed since returning home from Gen Con 50 adventure. Decompression and recovery efforts were successful – getting back to the gym and catching up on sleep work wonders!

All the physical stuff is unpacked, flipped through wistfully, played again, read, and admired now on the shelf. So I thought I’d unpack the intangibles to share. The memories, experiences and lessons for fellow nerds and gamers.

I love me some tabletop games, and this trip to gamers mecca did not disappoint. But of all the games in all the world, that sweet, sweet D&D is my favorite. Continue reading D&D adventure within adventure at Gen Con 50

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Gen Con 50: Live Stream Your Game with Maze Arcana’s Expert Help

Rolling dice? Roll that camera!

Gen Con 50 celebrates gaming history with a milestone for North America’s largest tabletop game convention.

“How to Live Stream At Home: the Hands-on Approach with Maze Arcana & Blackmagic Design” gives gamers the tools and knowledge to become part of that rich history and share their own unique experiences with the vibrant, growing tabletop game community.

A seminar and two workshops are open for registration. The events from some of the most popular and professional live streaming tabletop gamers partnered with leaders in the professional studio equipment industry aim to empower others to reach out and connect with the greater community.

Participants have chances to win thousands of dollars in giveaways including video cameras, technical studio equipment and applications over the course of the events, too. Check the links ahead and at the bottom to preregister and make sure you have a spot in these events. Continue reading Gen Con 50: Live Stream Your Game with Maze Arcana’s Expert Help

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D&D Adventurers League Community Manager in the house

Nerdarchist Dave and Assistant Web Editor Doug, coming off of Origins Game Fair, welcomed D&D Adventurers League Community Manager Robert Adducci for a live chat. The Nerdarchy team at Origins met Adducci and many other great people there, and were happy to have him join us to talk nerdy for an afternoon.

D&D Adventurers League communityAdventurers League is the fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons organized play program. It offers a way for people to get involved in a larger campaign and community. Previously limited to in-store play, the program has widened to include conventions and even home games – as long as the DM abides by Adventurers League rules.

These rules are essentially the standard D&D rules. There are a few elements specific to Adventurers League play designed to maintain a consistent experience across the board. That way, Adventurers League players know what to expect no matter where they take their characters and log sheets for Adventurers League games. Continue reading D&D Adventurers League Community Manager in the house

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Origins 2017 – game convention from a new perspective

Attending a game convention is not new territory for me. Fresh off of Origins 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, the gaming juice runs at an all-time high and I’m pumped to plow forward with gusto on as a fan of tabletop roleplaying games as well as a savvy up-and-coming Nerdarchy aide-de-camp.

My first game convention was, coincidentally, Origins Game Fair back in the early 90s when civilization was at its peak. I’ll never forget inadvertently joining a world championship tournament of Diplomacy, having never played the game. For about an hour I had my opponents thinking I was some kind of savant, making bewildering moves they’d never seen. Then they realized my cluelessness and my stint as a global leader quickly ended. Continue reading Origins 2017 – game convention from a new perspective

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Origins Game Fair 2017: A Nerdarchy report

Like a lot of people, I recently attended the 2017 Origins Game Fair convention in Columbus, Ohio. Like a lot of people, I spent days upon days walking and milling about the multitudes of rooms and halls that made up the convention, from the Exhibit Hall to the Gaming Hall to the Mayfair Room, the Catan Room, the Wizards of the Coast Jungle room, etc. Unlike a lot of people, I did not play any games at this year’s Origins; it wasn’t that I wasn’t interested, but that I did not have the time as I had other goals in mind, though often those goals were related to gaming. Still, I got to see a lot and meet a lot of people, as well as purchase plenty of goodies, so I thought I’d share some of my experience. Continue reading Origins Game Fair 2017: A Nerdarchy report

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Absolute Tabletop takes the Oath of the Frozen King with Nerdarchy

Absolute Tabletop Adventure Kit Oath of the Frozen King

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. Continue reading Absolute Tabletop takes the Oath of the Frozen King with Nerdarchy

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Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Doctor Who Next

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David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Panel Date – November 19, 2016

Attendance – Approximately 30 Whovians

Convention Detail Philcon is a small Science Writer and Reader Convention that occurs in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in November each year. In recent years, the convention has expanded to include a robust anime track and a cosplay track.

Panel Premise – From Philcon Program “With the upcoming shift in show runners from Steven Moffat to Chris Chibnall, uncertainty about whether Peter Capaldi will return to reprise his role, and speculation about a change in Companions, Whodom is experiencing a fair amount of fan

 

turbulence right now. Of the recent tapestry of stories, what threads are likely to get resolved in future storylines, and which might just be clipped off?”

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)

Christine Norris (Science Fiction and Fantasy Author and School Media Specialist) – Peter Capaldi was a big tone change following Matt Smith (who was in some ways an echo of David Tennant) Donna was the best companion because she did not take any of the Doctor’s guff; she gave as well as she got Meta Crisis Doctor will not come back Continue reading Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Doctor Who Next

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Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Many Fine Returns

Panel Date – November 19, 2016

Attendance – Approximately 25 Television and Movie Fans

Convention Detail Philcon is a small Science Writer and Reader Convention that occurs in Cherry Hill, New Jersey in November each year. In recent years, the convention has expanded to include a robust anime track and a cosplay track.

Panel Premise – From Philcon Program “The last two years have seen many continuations (as opposed to reboots) of long-silent properties – not just big franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek, but things like the X-files, Twin Peaks, Heroes, Red Dwarf, Mad Max, and MST3K. Which are marching in the same spirit as the original content, which hold up as heirs despite a shift in focus or style, and which should never have been green-lit?”

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE Philcon PANEL (Synopsis of the Content the Presenter Covered)

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Stuart Hellinger (Moderator, Aided in the establishment of the early 1970s New York City Star Trek Conventions) – There are a large number of these second chance shots (being rebooted or reborn) – Twin Peaks, Mad Max, Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, Starship Troopers, Longmire The new Star Trek television show is supposed to start shooting in January 2017 but no real casting has been done; the show could easily fail because of mass audience lacks imagination and education and historically smart content has a limited audience Failed reboots; Heroes, Twilight Zone, Rush Hour, Minority Report Mystery Science Theater reboot should be easy to do, the bar is low Odd couple is rolling but the actors are simply not Felix and Oscar Westworld, spent a lot of time in Development Hell Macgyver is pulling in ratings, but the new guy does not exude personality and the show does not have the silly fun vibe of the original Stranger in a Strange Land; David Gerrold wrote a fantastic screen treatment that was not used because the Seagram’s heir Matthew Bronfman  swooped in and bought an option on the screen rights Want a continuation of Firefly

Kathy Sands (Ran a Science Fiction Bookstore for two decades, Previously the Social Secretary for the Baltimore Science Fiction Society) – Class, a reboot of the Doctor Who spinoff Sarah Jane Adventure looks promising Aftermash, when they took Klinger out of the dress it was just not the same

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Elyse Rosenstein (New York Science Fiction Society, Aided in the establishment of the early 1970s New York City Star Trek Conventions) – Hawaii Five-0, a strong, lasting reboot; used the same elements in the theme song and overall captured the spirit of the original Perry Mason, original show was unquestionably great but the reboot used actors with completely different hair colors and it failed (partly because many fans care about small details such as these) Macgyver, show-runners missed the point of the original, his key ambition was to help people Farscape had a truly unique situation, a second ending (The Peacekeeper Wars) brought about by fans who were upset with Syfy’s original series ending Want a reboot of My Favorite Martian

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM ATTENDEE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

General – Audience called out additional reboots that worked (Alien Nation, Stargate) and reboots that are hoped for (The Pretender, Quantum Leap, Highlander, Dark Angel)

GARIBAY CLOSING NOTES

Wonderful panel. Moderator was on point and the presenters were engaged. My personal favorite reboot for 2016 was Voltron: Legendary Defender and the reboot I would most like to see is Star Blazers.

Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Many Fine Returns
Nerdarchy at Philcon 2016 – Panel Synopsis – Many Fine Returns