Category Archives: Conventions

Unrivaled Tournament Series 2: Table Top Boogaloo

A tabletop game renaissance is upon us. With the success of the Unrivaled Tournament Series in Las Vegas this past November, many tabletop gamers have been left to their corner of the table eagerly anticipating the 2018 game lineup. Last year’s smash hit titles ranged from household favorites Ascension, Munchkin, and King of Tokyo to games of lesser-known popularity with Epic Spell Wars 2, Nevermore, and Villager & Villains. As the 2018 series looks to begin with finals taking place this August in Chicago, gamers from around the country are eagerly anticipating word on what games could help them win eternal glory (and a sweet payday). Now we can all just sit here and count our meeples, but I’ve compiled a list of the top five games I’d love to see in this year’s Unrivaled Tournament Series: Continue reading Unrivaled Tournament Series 2: Table Top Boogaloo

We Talk, They Listen: An Unrivaled Follow-Up

If you thought that the Unrivaled Tournament Series was starting to sound like those emails your grandma gets from a Nigerian prince with untold fortunes, that’s exactly how Darren Holt, Executive Producer of the Unrivaled TS, felt as he jokingly discussed his concerns about the initial public perception of the event. After reading my original article about my excitement and apprehensions, Holt reached out for a quick phone interview to clarify some of the information I had reported. In addition, CEO/Founder Michael Williams of Oomba also took the time to write an extensive comment regarding the public’s concerns. Here’s a breakdown of the information gathered from these sources:

The Unrivaled Tournament Series encourages players of every level to support their local game stores while promoting a love of gaming as a whole. This will help to expand the market, drawing in new players of all ages. Because of the rise in the gaming industry, Holt sees a place where tSports (Table Top Sports) are almost equal to eSports.

“Legitimacy is everything,” Holt states, in regards to the information given and displayed to the public. When asked about the lack of details to the public, Holt explains that it was necessary to Continue reading We Talk, They Listen: An Unrivaled Follow-Up

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 Can You Expect Survival in the ‘Unrivaled’?

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 Star Wars Celebration 2017: The Experience

How to Protect Yourself Online as a Cosplayer

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Over the past decade now, cosplay has become one of the largest subsets of the geek/nerd community, both in and out of the convention scene. Faith recently reached out to Nerd-Base to write a guest post on how to protect yourself and safely enjoy the Cosplay Communtiy:

Unfortunately, most cosplayers are no stranger to being harassed when out in public. This is especially true for

Continue reading How to Protect Yourself Online as a Cosplayer

Hero Within: Geek Chic’s Next Level

Today is a special day.

My friend Tony, who is very well integrated in the nerd world (he hosts many panels all over the US, including San Diego Comic Con, and runs his own blog ‘Crazy4ComicCon‘), is bringing fashion and geekiness together with a line of nerdy clothing for men with a slight twist on what we’re used to.

I met Tony a few years ago through common fandoms and interests on social media, and officially at Philly Wizard World when he had reached out to me regarding panels he was set to host, and looking for knowledgeable nerds for panelists, and knew I had quite a few connections. Since then, he’s referred to me as his ‘Nick Fury’ if you will (Nicolette Fury?). I gather geek professionals for his Philly Wizard World panels, and it’s a blast.

What I’ve always noticed each year I saw Tony, even through pictures that he posts on his many con adventures, is that  Continue reading Hero Within: Geek Chic’s Next Level

received_10201747050754434This weekend we’ll be heading out to our favorite new East Coast convention, WIZARD WORLD PHILADELPHIA!

Last year, I was invited to be a panelist on a couple of panels hosted by the gracious con host, Tony Kim (@crazy4comiccon). Tony had me on a general geek trivia and Star Wars panel, both of which were a lot of fun and very well recieved by the audiences. Although, I did get “scolded” by one boy’s mother for teaching him how to respond to her using Darth Sideous’ “No no nooo”. Good times.
This year, I’ll be a panelist on two more panels along with fellow blog/podcasters/nerds, Ben from Next Level Radio, Rob from Caffeine Crew, Cait Pringle a Philly nerd par excellance (did I spel thet rite?), comedian Craig Liggeons, and our good friend, Janice Lai of Ghost Hunters fame (okay, so she was on one episode, but that’s more airtime than all the background acting I’ve done in the last 5 years combined!).
So, here’s the list of panel’s Tony will be hosting. I will be on the panels for Thursday and Saturday, both at 6pm. Also, don’t forget to check back with us next week for our cosplay coverage!

Thursday
logo_0010.jpgAVENGERS, SUIT UP: THE ULTIMATE MARVEL FAN PANEL (5:00 – 5:45PM ROOM 115)

Liz and Lindi, creators of PureFandom.com and writers for Entertainment Weekly, are bringing another epic fan panel to Wizard World, complete with prizes, games, giveaways, and news about all your favorite Marvel superhero movies that are hitting the silver screen. Follow @Pure_Fandom on Twitter to get a sneak peek of prizes!

X-Men-Apocalypse-Poster-No-Text.0.0FANDOM AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (6:00 – 6:45PM ROOM 115)
From comics, TV, film and the web, we are living in a pop culture renaissance. But with too many options and not enough time, how are we to choose what to follow? Join a panel of professional geeks as we debate the best and worst from Marvel/DC films, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and give our suggestions on what you should be a fan of. With Christopher MannixAnn Cornell, Craig Liggeons and Cait Pringle. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

Friday
c8f026cfba627fe4326e1dec5c095e67ecdec9b5954f5aad72b0788cc4c6c9cbI’M NOT A SIDEKICK: A DISCUSSION ON DIVERSITY IN POP CULTURE (2:15 – 3:00PM ROOM 115)

The pop culture explosion through comics, TV and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exist. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes, current casting decisions and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. With Craig LiggeonsChelsea St Juniors and Janice Lai. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

STORIES SHAPED BY YOU — THE FUTURE OF TV SHOWS WITH INTERLUDE AND SAM BARLOW (4:30 – 5:15PM ROOM 120AB)
Bridging the gap between video games and TV, interactive video is bringing a completely new approach to entertainment. Viewers are no longer just watching a show; they are inside the show, in the driver’s seat. “Her Story” creator Sam Barlow, now creative director at media and technology start-up Interlude, will showcase new exclusive interactive content and discuss his personal 16-year journey, from award-winning gaming director to his current role – creating a new generation of stories.

Saturday
ww_davidduchovny_mitchpileggi_williamdavis_1-1THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE WITH THE X-FILES’ DAVID DUCHOVNY, MITCH PILEGGI, AND WILLIAM B. DAVIS (4:00 – 4:45PM TERRACE BALLROOM)

In one of the longest-running science fiction series in network TV history, X-Files inspired us to believe. Check out this interview with some of the iconic characters and actors that were a part of this pop culture phenomenon. Moderated by Tony B Kim of Crazy4ComicCon.com , ConRadio.com and DCMoviesPodcast.com

maxresdefaultMARVEL V DC DAWN OF NERDOM (6:00 – 6:45PM ROOM 115)
Nothing has done more to bring our fandom to mainstream than the Marvel and DC films. However, not all films are created equal. Join profession nerds as they compare and contrast decades of great (and not so great) TV shows and films from our favorite caped crusaders. This is must for superhero cinephile of the Marvel and DC universe. With Christopher MannixCraig LiggeonsRob MartinLiz Pochop and Ben Beck Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)

Sunday
landscape_movies-stanley-tucci-caesar-flickerman-the-hunger-games-catching-fireBEHIND THE ROLES: STANLEY TUCCI (1:00 – 1:45PM ROOM 120AB)

From the Hunger Games to Transformers to Captain America, there is nothing that the talented Stanley Tucci hasn’t done. Check out this interesting Q&A moderated by Tony B Kim of Crazy4ComicCon.com , ConRadio.com and DCMoviesPodcast.com

Special thanks to Amanda Devine, our Philadelphia Producer, for putting together some amazing panelists. Check out the complete Philly Comic Con programming schedule here.