Can You Expect Survival in the ‘Unrivaled’?

unrivaled-tournamentUp until recently, if you were labeled a professional gamer, most people would think that you must be involved in the rise of popular competitions for eSport games like Overwatch, Rocket League, League of Legends, etc. However, table top gamers have been waiting in the shadows for their chance, and now it is happening.

Enter Oomba and the Unrivaled Tournament Series 2017. Oomba, a tournament management system and social network for sports and games, has created a tabletop tournament series like Continue reading

A Worried Man Searches For The Human Highway

This started out as a Facebook post. Then it got long. Then it turned into a story that I thought was better shared here. If you enjoy it, awesome. If you don’t, I get it. It’s long, but not as long as my wait for a song.

Here’s one of many tales of being a nerd in the days before the internet. I’ll peg this around 1989 – 1990-ish. Continue reading

Star Wars Celebration 2017: The Experience

Earlier this week, Monday, April 17th, 2017, the halls of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida were quiet.

The four days earlier, however, were a different story.

This year celebrates 40 years of one of the largest, most beloved film franchises of all time, Star Wars. Since 1999, just before the release of the first prequel movie, The Phantom Menace, there has been intermittent gatherings of the fans as the Star Wars Celebration conventions have been held all around the world.

America, Japan, England, Germany….the phenomena that is Star Wars knows no boundaries and can be found in the hearts of fans of every age, gender, race, religion, culture, and creed.  Many of them were in attendance at this past weekend’s Celebration, and Amanda and I were glad to be counted among the masses.

Day One – Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Acclimation. Learning the ropes. Looking around, eyes wide, and testing the waters before the real waves hit.

Exhausted from spending  the day before at Disneyworld (my first time!), we decided to Continue reading

Reading Without Walls

Of all the social media “challenges” I’ve seen over the years, this is perhaps my favorite, and it’s happening now, in the month of April, but you can feel free to continue it as long as you like.

Reading Without Walls is happening now, and anyone can participate — teachers, librarians, book-sellers, and readers. Just find something new and different to read — and let books open up the world around you.

Thanks to books series that have been made popular through movies and TV series like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), Twilight, and I’m sure upcoming, American Gods, the hobby of reading books has retained a love and following that I once feared becoming extinct.

This year, however, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang, has issued a challenge to the world. #ReadingWithoutWalls

The challenge goes like this:

It’s that simple! Once you’ve finished (or heck, before you even start!) don’t forget to challenge your friends as well. Also, make sure to use the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls on your posts to join the community and spread the word.

Reading Without Walls aims to promote diversity and learning through exposing people to ideas, cultures, experiences and concepts outside of their normal circles and/or comfort zones. To help us all better understand one another at a time when we couldn’t feel or seem more divided.

READING WITHOUT WALLS is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others — and to learn new and exciting things.

Poll: Which Video Game RPG Is Your Favorite and Why?

RPGs have long been a staple of the hardcore geek/nerd. Some people think this started with Dungeons & Dragons. In the current incarnation this may be true. Although I’m not sure of what or how, something tells me there has to have been Continue reading

Bones Says Good-Bye After 12 Years

This is the year of farewells. Bones has come to an end.

From the Wikipedia page:

Created by Hart Hanson, the series is very loosely based on the life and writings of novelist and forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs, who also produces the show. Its title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs’ crime novel series. Similarly, Dr. Brennan in the Bones universe writes successful mystery novels featuring a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Bones is a joint production by Josephson Entertainment, Far Field Productions and 20th Century Fox Television. The series is the longest-running one-hour drama series produced by 20th Century Fox Television.

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Buffy’s Scooby Gang Reunites 20 Years Later

Entertainment Weekly has reunited the Scooby Gang 20 years later. The whole cast looks absolutely amazing. As Joss Whedon says, “This is surreal. For the most part, this is like a high school reunion but much worse because they all still look so great. I was hoping some of them would puff out a bit. But that did not take place.” Maybe they are all really vampires?

This show really does Continue reading

The Secret Life of Pops!

I am a collector. Not to be confused with THE Collector (shout out to Benicio del Toro), but there is an insatiable desire within to gather troves of…well…stuff. I blame Pokemon. I was young and impressionable in my early teens when Pokemon made its debut in America with its amazing story of a boy on a journey to “catch ’em all.” All these cute and fierce creatures waiting to be part of my mobile database, I was hooked!

To this day, I have yet to catch them all, but the damage has been done. I too am on a journey now, collecting whatever the new fad is, and I have found myself exploring some of the darker parts of Facebook in search of Funko Pops!

If you asked me a little over a year ago Continue reading

Hidden Manga Gems: Helen ESP

For my very first review here on Nerd-Base, I wanted to start off with something light and short for the readers out there. Today I will be giving my review of one of my favorite short mangas, Helen ESP.

Written and drawn by Katsuhisa Kigitsu (who also wrote and drew Fraken Fran, another series I’ll be writing a review on) and published in Shounen Champion from 2008 and ending in 2010, this series only ran a total of Continue reading