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
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
Up 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.
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
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
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
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!
AVENGERS, 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!
FANDOM 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 Mannix, Ann Cornell, Craig Liggeons and Cait Pringle. Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)
I’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 Liggeons, Chelsea 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.
THE 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
MARVEL 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 Mannix, Craig Liggeons, Rob Martin, Liz Pochop and Ben Beck Hosted by Tony Kim (@Crazy4ComicCon.com and Con Radio)
BEHIND 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
In 2014, I reported that both the Rhode Island Comic Con organizers and convention center have some growing up to do as they were entirely unprepared for the new cohort of nerds that were quickly expanding (click here for original article). This past 2015 con demonstrated that they had indeed adapted to that demand. More articles discussing the events, costumes, and general other fun things will be published soon. For now, I am focusing on the con’s logistics, improvements, and a few questionable choices for both the attendees and the vendors.
Where the con was before undersized, using just the RI Convention Center, it was now rectified with the expansion to also include the Dunkin Donuts Center. Lines were better organized into the event; waits were not unreasonable for the volume of people at the peak times. And of course, no one was turned away this time.
This year I was fortunate enough to attend the Philadelphia Wizard World (Comic Con) with a press pass graciously given to me by Steve Morrison (from the Preston & Steve Show at WMMR in Philly). I was also fortunate to have a great friend that let me live my nerd dream of meeting and getting a picture with David Tennant (of the Doctor Who fame).
Generally, after conventions I am exhausted. Glad for the experience, but also glad it’s over. This time was different. I’ve been to Wizard World a couple of times, but this year they’ve changed something and that’s a good thing. Perhaps it was the natural high of getting to see Billie Piper and David Tennant on a panel, or being responsible for getting friends ON a panel, but I’m not the only one who had this observation. Friends of mine that had also attended the convention (and are not convention rookies) agreed, Wizard World was a blast, and more importantly, wasn’t stressful or crammed. Sure, it was crowded, but what comic convention isn’t?
I was only able to go on Saturday and Sunday, the busiest days of any convention, and the main show room was actually breathable and I wasn’t bumping into people left and right like I normally do. Even kid’s day, which at NYCC is a nightmare, made me forget it was even kid’s day after a while.
Saturday morning I had arrived in Philly just as the doors to the Convention Center were opening. Although I was press, the lines for general admission were moving fairly quickly and surprisingly there wasn’t a line out the door. The Doctor Who panel was at 10:30am, and the room it was held in (Terrace Ball Room) seemed like miles away, but I finally made it, and got a decent seat by my friend Janice. I should have gotten there much earlier to get a seat front and center, but I was happy to be in the same room as my favorite Doctor and his blonde companion. For me, Doctor Who was Continue reading
Hey there! We’ll be hitting up the City of Brotherly Love this weekend for the Wizard World show. I’m addition to our regular coverage and cosplay pics, your’s truly (Chris) will be sitting down on a couple panels hosted by the gracious Tony Kim!
Star Wars Fan Panel: Fandom Strikes Back (Sat 4:30, Rm 111)
No story has captured more of our imagination for the past 4 decades than Star Wars. As a result, our fandom is like an energy field; it surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds our galaxy together. Now that we are on the eve of a Episode VII The Force Awakens, it’s time for fans to gather to discuss the potential of the continuing stories of Star Wars. Join our panel of Philly geek experts as we discuss the past 4 decades of Star Wars, the cultural impact, and speculate on the future… which still happened a long time ago. Moderated by Tony B Kim
GEEK WARS Episode VIII: The Nerds Awaken (Sun 1:00, Rm 107)
Philly Geek experts compete in an epic game of nerd trivia while debating the latest culture topics like race-bending, objectification, film casting, cosplay is not consent, and more. This hilarious, energetic, and outrageous panel will not only be entertaining but might challenge your view of the pop culture world. Moderated by Tony B Kim