Just like shopping locally helps the economy where you live, the same can be said for supporting your local Game Designer. By finding out the game designers in your community you are helping to drive innovation and creativity in your region. Many, if not most, major metropolitan centers have at least a few game designers. Just last night I found out that we have a new set of game designers in Portland; at least they are new to me. They are called Elbowfish Gaming and are located right here in Portland. Thanks to GameStorm for letting me know about them and their Kickstarter Project for a new game called Anti-Matter Matters. Right now they have a Kickstarter Project that is nearing the end of it’s funding time. It is so close to being funded and I really want to see their game in person and for sale. I went and helped with their kickstarter campaign and urge you to as well, but hurry as it closes this Saturday July 13th!!
So what is the game?
Good question. It is a board game about particle physics. Honestly I don’t know a lot about particle physics myself, but this group does and they have created a board game that promises to be fun while demystifying the rather complex subject of quantum physics. They have been test playing at Guardian Games, a local gaming shop, and they say while being fun it also stays true to the science. The game is rated as age 13+ and plays with 2-6 players. They are hoping to eventually do the extra testing and stuff that will allow them to mark the game 11+. But that means I can play this with my son now and my daughter too in the not too distant future.
I urge you to give what you can and help make science fun, and bring this game to life
Here is a quote from Elbowfish Gaming’s website that I just love: “Play is a universal, social activity. Games can be more than diversions. They are a medium of expression that, like film, books, television and theater, can provide thought-provoking, emotional, transformative and entertaining experiences.”
There are so many neat and unnecessary things in this world that you could blow your hard earned cash on. In fact, most of the stuff out there is unneeded even if most of it isn’t neat. But, for the college student that needs that morning pick-me-up after an all-night math proofing session I found the perfect geek gift at Think Geek.
What they need is caffeinated pancake syrup! Now you can have your Eggo waffle and your morning caffeine all at once. Really, who needs this you might ask. Well I know in my (early) college days I used to grab a Jolt cola and a bag of chocolate covered espresso beans and call it breakfast. So I guess I could have used this back in the day.
My first encounter with boffer combat was through my college boyfriend playing a home grown LARP (Live Action Role-Playing) Game. We wore period style clothing, and used boffer weapons for combat. Our group played each Sunday at Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, OR. It is actually where I got to know my first husband, who still plays boffer LARPs just different games. In fact my kids have their own boffer weapons as well.
However it seems that all of the strange looks we got at the park were for nothing as boffer has now gone mainstream. NERF has introduced a line of boffer weapons called N-Force. I checked them out online and then in the store the other day and took a good look at the Nerf N-Force Battlemaster Mace Axe. While the construction is safe enough for most kids to play with, I would still have to say that they are not as well padded as the boffer weapons typically used in a LARP setting. Add this together with the lack of set safety rules that are part of a boffer LARP, and you could end up with a bit of modern-day boffer bruises.
Despite my concerns over the potential safety risks with these weapons, I think that they would be awesome if combined with a bit of boffer combat rules, such as no head or groin shots. It is nice to see that another element of our gamer world has hit the mainstream. It just goes to prove that the geeks shall inherit the earth.
So here we are nearly done with the month of May. Which at my house means two things are quickly coming up, first is my daughter’s Birthday and hot on its heels will be Father’s day. While my daughter is blessedly easy to shop for, just get it in pink and she will love it – more so if it also has sparkles.
The harder shopping feet in our house is what the kids are going to get their dad and step-dad. Both are not into the typical gifts so often advertised on sale this time of year. No ties or bbq aprons will be purchased around here. When you are shopping for a “gamer guy” it is best to find an appropriately geekish gift that they will actually like. So I would highly suggest Think Geek, if you have been to their site you know what I mean. If you haven’t been then you should go check it out. I know that I am ordering my husband’s present from them. I would tell you what it is but I don’t want it getting back to him.
If you are a gamer girl looking to make a geek gift for the dad in your life, then I recommend the Star Wars Craft Book. If I could knit I would say make my son the R2-D2 knit cap. Speaking of Star Wars, I was happy to get to watch most of the opening ceremonies for the redone Star Tours at Walt Disney World. I am sad to see a ride that I have always enjoyed change, but I understand that change is a part of life and so will manage. Though with our next vacation to Disney World coming up end of next year, I am excited to see the new version of Star Tours. It has been converted to 3D, of course, and now features a variety of different Star Tours to go on, which will give the ride some exciting variety. Can’t wait to report on what I think of it.
So while searching the web for fidget toys for my son to use in class I discovered these great pair of gloves from The Therapy Shoppe. Obviously they are designed as therapy gloves for people with sensory issues, but I can help but see them as also being potentially cool costume additions. I must admit I have no idea what costume I would use these with, but they are simply too neat to keep to myself.
Also if you are looking for a quiet fidget toy for the gaming table this website has a pretty good selection. That way you can manage your ADHD without driving your gaming group bat crazy clicking a pen in and out, or constantly rolling your dice. I haven’t ordered anything for my boy from them yet, but hope to manage to sit him down soon and make a couple selections to try out.
If you have any ideas of a costume that would go with the gloves let me know.
Here I am sitting at the game table playing Call of Cthulhu, we are interrogating our prisoners from the first boat we took over, and I noticed on my laptop that Cafepress was having a sale on hoodies right now. So, being in need of a new hoodie (the rats ate holes in mine) I went cruising.
I haven’t settled on a hoodie yet, but I did find this great shirt that really is appropriate for not only me, but also as a theme shirt for this blog. Having been given the nick-name halfling in high school, knowing that I am not likely to get taller (I am only 4’10”) it seemed best to embrace the moniker and be a proud halfling. The image was only added to by my penchant for being barefooted and love of food.
Guess I will need to add this one to my closet too. If I keep finding all these cool gamer shirts I am going to have to buy some more hangers soon.
I am always on the look-out for gifts that can be classed as “Geek Gifts” as I never know when I will find a must have for my husband or kids, or even myself for that matter. Recently I shared a great shirt that I found online, and will be buying shortly to wear at my next convention. But tonight I found a rubber band gun I only wish I had when I was a kid. Sure I had a nice homemade, one-shot pistol that my dad made me, but this machine gun takes the battle to a whole new level.
With a gun like this one you can really amp up the cube wars, or take those backyard fights to the next level. I am sure if I had one of these as a kid it would have been grand. Since I don’t work in a cube environment I will have to leave this to my more Dilbert type readers to see if the twelve shots in this baby are worth the investment. According to the write up it even comes with a sighting hole for increased accuracy.
So as I am sure you are well aware I will be attending Gamestorm again this year in March. So I am looking to find a new shirt to wear at con, to go with my collection of gamer girl shirts. This year we are adding to our collection of friends that are going, one of our additions is a couple that we game with. So since this time there will be a female friend for me to hang with I am most excited about the awesome shirt I just found on Cafepress, I am going to show it to my friend this week and see if she will go in with me and get us a matched set to wear around Gamestorm. It is sure to attract attention, draw comments, and may even help us win a couple games.
So after a discussion during dinner tonight we determined that the game room needs a clock. This is something that had not occurred to me as I could look through to the microwave in the kitchen and read the time just fine. However my near-sighted husband can not perform this seemingly simple feat, then again I can’t read a character sheet without my glasses on so we both have our issues. So off to the wonders of the internet to find a clock that works well for dinner, homework, and doesn’t stand out among the Robo Rally and Killer Bunny games style games that adorn the shelving units in our game room (which also happens to be where we eat dinner too).
While cruising the web I have yet to find a clock I have fallen in love with (suggestions welcome), but did find a shirt worthy of posting on the blog. I have seen electronic shirts before, mainly those that play music or change with volume of the surroundings, but nothing like this one.
This shirt claims to detect the Wi-Fi signals around you!! Nothing in the long write up explains if it tells you if said Wi-Fi’s are secure or not, but I guess if you wear it to your local coffee shop to check if it is a hot spot you aren’t worried about that. If you pick it up, take care around the washing instructions as the shirt is powered by a couple AAA batteries neatly tucked into a holder in the hem. Also I would have to agree with the comment that countered the write-ups suggestion to wear this tot he airport, unless of course you enjoy the full body pat down.
Just when you thought that the new Harry Potter theme park had taken the new wizard craze far enough, I have found the perfect gift for a Potter crazed fan (like my own mom). Think Geek brings us a Programmable Magic Wand for our TVs. I have not purchased this myself so I can not tell you anything first hand, but the site has a cute video about it that helps to show some of its functionality and it seems that, at least according to the video, the hand motions of wand flicking play a part. If that is the case I would keep this one from the young kids or who knows what you will be watching and at what volume!!
Just another friendly gift idea for the gamer who has it all.
If you buy it, stop back in and let me know what you think before I pick it up for my mom!!