Cruises for Gamers
While Gen Con is mostly about gaming, you do find a bit of everything there. That said, I believe Kimberly Maita was the only travel agent there. (However, Marc Gunn also had information about Celtic Invasion Vacations) More specifically, Gamer Adventures is a travel agency that specializes in gamers.
Listen in to as Kimberly Maita of Gamer Adventures and I discuss:
- The history of the company
- Their cruise with Mayfair Games
- Why the company was created
- The price ranges of the cruises, you will be surprised at how little they actually cost
- Her advice to anyone who has a wish to be a travel agent
Break From Reality Games at Gen Con 2014
This is an interview with Eric Salyers, the president and founder of Break From Reality Games. They were one of hundreds of vendors at this year’s Gen Con and one of fifty participating in the Cheese Weasel ConQuest. Listen in as we talk about their games and their most awesome game mat series, GripMat.
The company made quite an appearance at the con with a booth larger than most of the other vendors. They had a good number of games available and their awesome game mats in many patterns and styles.
They also had some fuzzy things that make neat noises when you touch them. Among the games we discussed or mentioned were: Ricochet Rock Jockeys, Damage Report, Disaster Looms and CEO & Corporations. The one I found most interesting was the last mentioned because, unusual for a space game, there is no combat but still a very competitive game.
On this episode of Through Gamer Goggles News we enjoyed the company of the creators of Zpocalypse from GreenBrier Games. We had a wonderful time discussing their semi-cooperative board game and its future. Lend us your ear for a while and here what Zpocalypse is all about.
You can learn more about Zpocalypse at GreenBrier Games.
It has happened, the zombie apocalpse has arrived… in the form of a board game. About three weeks ago we introduce the Indienation listeners to the Creators of Zpocalypse. We have finally managed to film our Box Breaking on this great game.
Take a look.
Hey listeners it has been awhile since we have aired Through Gamer Goggles News, but we wanted to let you know it’s coming back. That’s right next week, Tuesday April 2nd, we will return at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. We will take a look at one of the recent Kickstarter project from GreenBrieR Games Zpocalypse. Jeff Gracia from GreenBrier Games will be joining us live discuss the semi – cooperative board game and its future.
We kicked off the show with a few Celtic and Middle Earth themed tunes from Marc Gunn:
- Gollum Blues
- Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits
MTGO Goes Mobile
From Slide to Play:
“Well, it’s about time. Wizards of the Coast has announced that they’re bringing an official Magic: The Gathering game to iOS. While plenty of other card battling games have come to the platform (including Kard Combat, which was also made by the legendary Richard Garfield), we’ve been waiting impatiently for an official Magic: The Gathering game. The wait is almost over, as Wizards of the Coast is bringing Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 to the iPad this summer.”
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Video Games Good for You
From the Wall Street Journal
“Videogames can change a person’s brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better. A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability. “
Other points to note
Women that play video games are better able to manipulate 3D objects
Violent games have the strongest beneficial effect, But they are a two-edged sword. Compulsive video gaming can lead to obesity, introversion, and even depression. What was the name of that Bobby Brown song? Every gamer needs to listen to this while they play Don’t Worry Be Happy
According to the article the average gamer is 34 and plays about 18 hours a week.
Portal’s Valve to release ‘Steam Box’ console, says report
Valve which is well known for popular products such as Portal, Half-Life, and Left 4 Dead are expected to announce at the Game Developers Conference or at E3 the release of a console to rival the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The “Steam Box” is expected to ship with a proprietary controller with swappable components to fix different styles of games. The device is expected to rock the console gaming community in the way that Netflix rocked the home movie industry.
Through Gamer Goggles is a new news and media blog for gamers. We focus on blending or balancing our real lives with our games. This has lead us to product reviews, unboxings, and how to videos. We also write articles on game strategies, better role playing, and just plain old guessing about the industry. We aren’t going to stop their, we have plans for RL too like food.
- D&D 5th ed
- RPG theatre
- Warmachine Colossals
- Paizo Hires a new employee
Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
WotC has announced 5th ed.
You can read about some of our thoughts and concerns in the links below. The articles also contain the links to the articles in Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
Basically, they are attempting to make a melting pot of D&D. The hope is they will grab the attention of the early players. The players from 20 and 30 years ago, that are still playing. And return them to a universal system. I like the idea, but I believe in the end will fail because there is no real reason for that player to change systems. 5th ed will have to be so unique and so groundbreaking that it makes everything obsolete in the role playing world. I just don’t think a game can be made to do that.
Releasing this week we have a new World of Warcraft release The Throne of Tides from Cryptozoic Entertainment. While Privateer press has two new box sets releasing; the Khador Shock Troopers an Alexia the Mistress of the Witchfire.
Reaper has a plethora of mini’s landing on the table this week for their game lines. And on the 12th we have Plaid Hat Games releasing Summoner Wars Master Set and Cubicle of 7 has Lord of the Rings: The one Ring Rising. So head on down to your LGS. That’s a local game store if you don’t know that and check out their stocks, spend some money, support the guy who lets your habit be happy.
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