I'm going to be upgrading Nuketown to the latest and greatest version of Drupal at some point over the next two days (hopefully tonight, given that I've laid in supplies of Mountain Dew and fried chicken, and the family won't be home until late). I'm testing it on local version hosted by ye ol'PowerMac first, but if something unexpected happens when I update the live site, well, you've been warned.
Should the worst happen, and the site goes down, emergency updates will be posted to The Atomic Age, my Blogger backup blog.
The Libertarian Gamers Project is having a lively conversation about using the Star Wars campaign setting to run just about any type of game imaginable, from space opera to noir detective stories to medical dramas. I posed a counter argument that just because you could run a medical drama story in Star Wars doesn't mean that you should.
The idea that kicked off the hold discussion was Jay Hailey's proposal for an Age of Alderaan in which modern day adventurers find themselves in a galaxy far, far away.
The March 2007 edition of SF Site features reviews of the books Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon, Hardboiled Cthulhu edited by James Ambuhel, The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and my vote for the most amusing book title of '07, John Scalzi's You're Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing. Looking for a good book from 2006? Then check out the SF Site Best SF and Fantasy Books of 2006: Readers' Choice awards.
You'll also find a movie review of Ghostrider and the regular columns "Babylon 5.1" and "Geeks with Books".
Baby Luke learns to crawl and joins me as a guest host of the latest edition of Radio Active. In addition to news about our littlest geek, I've got news about a new "Game Day" column that's running on Nuketown and a review of Gears of War, as well as audio feedback from Doug of the Geek Acres podcast.
In Net News, I catch up everyone on podcasts that I'm listening to nowadays including old favorites like Random Signal and Roll 2d6 as well as new ones like the audio novelization of Cory Doctorow's Eastern Standard Tribe, the musical stylings at Mainstage at the Monkey and the covert happenings at the Stealth Geek podcast. Finally, I have a review of Vernor Vinge's science fiction novel A Deepness in the Sky.
We'll never get to explore along side John Carter on Mars, but it's always nice to know that worlds as weird as anything Edgar Rice Burroughs might have imagined do exist ... minus the warlords and Martian princesses of course. NASA's Cassini space probe has found good evidence of large seas on Titan, Saturn's moon methane-shrouded moon. The photo above shows one such sea, which is about as large as Earth's own Lake Superior.
Hat-tip to Joystiq for this Reuters story which notices that hey, parents like to game ... and they're likely to get their kids to game as well. They dub these strange creatures "Nintendads" since many grew up on Nintendo systems and are now happily doling out $250 to buy Nintendo Wiis for their kids (and themselves)
Way to catch on to a trend that's been going on for at least a decade folks! Every gamer dad I know has been breaking out their old gaming systems (what, you think we traded those in?) to educate their children on the wonders of old-school gaming. The Nintendo Wii, which allows you to buy those old school games and comes with the convenient "physical exercise" rationalization provided by Wii Sports, just lets them do that with a spiffy new gadget.
Now roll System Shock is the blog of S.L. Shirley, a friend who falls into that odd category of someone I've known for years but home I've never actually met. Like myself, Shirley spends a goodly chunk of time hanging out at UncleBear.com discussing all manner of things game and geek related. At his own blog, he does much of the same, but focuses in on various applications of the free RPG Risus, including his own incarnation of the No Game Day concept started at Uncle Bear.
I love WizKids' Pirates of the Spanish Main and its various expansions, even though I never actually get to play the game. Hell, I think I've officially played it twice, but that hasn't stopped me from picking up booster packs for every other expansion.
The most recent of these is Pirates of the Frozen North , which introduces a new Viking faction and corresponding Viking longships. It also has icebergs that move about the board on their own, smashing any ships they come in contact with, and the icebreaking ships needed to destroy them. I picked up a pack to honor my Swedish ancestors, but I'm more interested in snagging the recent Pirates of the Mysterious Island, which has submarines, and the upcoming Pirates at the World's Edge which ups the game's weirdness quotient even further with giant crabs and prehistoric sharks.
Revolution SF has apparently run out of things to watch, because they're crawling back through the annals of time looking for classic geek movies that should be -- but aren't -- available on DVD.
Here you fill find The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Twilight Zone: The Movie and, umm, The Star Wars Holiday Special. Hey, they didn't say it was a list of great movies, just ones that geeks will enjoy (or enjoy hating).