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GenCon is coming in August and we’re excited to announce a couple of events we’ll be hosting. August 14th through 17th, we’ll be at the Indianapolis Convention Center with 50,000 other gaming fans. We’d love to see you at either of our events, so stop by and say hello!

Our first event is a panel, “Starting Your Podcast on the Cheap” and will focus on how to get into podcast if you don’t have a lot of money. If you have any interest in making your own podcast or are just curious what it takes to get into podcasting, stop by and join us.

Our second event is a Call of Cthulhu game, “Gatsby and the Great Race”. It’s a unique game and will have open spots for 28 players. Joining those 28 victims, errr investigators, will be the three hosts of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Matthew Sanderson, Scott Dorward and the adventure author Paul Fricker. We’ll also be joined by Sean Aikins, our Indy PopCon Kickstarter backer.

This is going to be a great convention, so you should stop by and check it out! Hope to see all of you there! If you do run into us, feel free to chat us up about what you like, we’re always happy to hear from fans, listeners and readers.

Journey to the West: Conquering Demons

By Jestin Kimmet

Runtime: 110 minutes
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy/Adventure/Fantasy
Directed by: Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok
Release Date: February 10
Starring: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang

What is it: Journey to the West is a comedic reinterpretation of the novel of the same name.  Stephen Chow who may be best known for Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle has stayed true to the comical feel however this movie does take a far darker slant.  Continue reading

9GAG

By Philip Durham

Genre: Entertainment
Developer/Publisher: 9GAG
Rated: Medium Maturity
Platforms: Android, iOS,
Price: Free (Limited time on Android)
Size: 3.2M (Android Version)

If you like memes and aren’t familiar with 9gag.com, you need to start checking that site out pronto.  If you don’t like memes, I don’t know what to tell you beyond to keep on looking. Continue reading

Zombie Fried

By: Jestin Kimmet

Price:  $19.95
Players: 1-6
Rated:  13 +
Publisher:  Inwap Games
Designer:  Wayne Deal, Kevin Harris
Style: Card game
Play Time: 20 – 60 minutes

What it is:  The zombie apocalypse has happened and we, as humans, where on the wrong side of the fight.  There are only a few humans left, and it is your task to kill more zombies than the others. Continue reading

D&D Starter Set (5th Edition or D&D Next)

It’s been a month shy of 2 years since the last D&D release, so anticipation and expectations were pretty high for this release. I was lucky enough to get a review copy and to give the new Starter Set a run through. This review is not of the D&D Next or 5th edition rules set. That’s something that I will need the entire core books to really evaluate and give a fair opinion. This is only for the D&D Starter Set with a little mention of the D&D Basic Rules PDF. Continue reading

Thomas Was Alone

by Clinton Worthman

Developer: Independent (Mike Bithell)
Platform: PC, OS X, iOS, PS3, Vita
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer
Rating: E
Distribution: Download only

Minimalism, when done well, is an outstanding way to tell multi-faceted and complex stories using sparse techniques and an unobtrusive style. When not done well, it comes off more like a science project than a story. Stories in videogames are still a burgeoning area of development, and it is rare enough indeed to find a game with a coherent and meaningful story, let alone one that seeks to add distinct genre characteristics to the mix—but that is exactly what we get with Thomas Was Alone—­a minimalist puzzle-platformer with charm and wit, and not just a little emotion. Continue reading

The Island of the Day Before

By: Jestin Kimmet

Release Date: 1995
Author: Umberto Eco
Genre: Historical fiction
Main characters: Roberto della Griva, Ferrante della Griva, Father Caspar Wanderdrossel
Page count: 513

What is it: Roberto della Griva, of minor nobility from northern Italy, is given the task to decode the longitude problem during the 17th century. Roberto’s ship sinks early on leaving the poor man out at sea upon a piece of driftwood.  After some time the man, who can’t swim, drifts into a large ship, and climbs aboard.  His heart filled with joy is quickly sunk as he discovers the ship that should have been his savior might have just doomed him.  Not only is the ship abandoned, but there is an island off in the distance he would have made it too had his driftwood not had washed up upon the ship. Continue reading

Monsters University

By Jestin Kimmet

Runtime: 104 minutes
Rated: G
Genre: Comedy/Adventure/Family
Directed by: Dan Scanlon
Release Date: June 21, 2013
Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren

What is it: Monsters University is the prequel to the hit Monsters Inc.  In this story we follow a small often picked on monster struggling to reach out of his means, and his rival a naturally scary and intimidating monster who thinks he can slack his way through school.  We follow the antics of Michael “Mike” Wazowski, James P. “Sulley” Sullivan, and Randall “Randy” Boggs as we learn how these characters evolved into the characters from the first movie. Continue reading