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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Under the Geek Tree 2007

by Ken Newquist / December 25, 2007

 Under the Geek Tree 2007T'was a very geeky Christmas once again this year, and the Geek Tree's rocket tree skirt is filled with all manner of games and toys for thirtysomething boys.

First up, this year's Hess truck goes off-roading with a huge engine-revving 4x4 with two motorcycles. Very cool, and an instant hit with the kids. My annual Star Trek ornament was the bridge of the Enterprise from Wrath of Khan, with the Reliant depicted on screen. It has dialog from the movie, which just makes me want to pop the DVD in and watch it.

The Advanced Players Guide, by Green Ronin, with new spells, new classes and the big surprise -- a mass combat system compatible with D&D. Another big Green Ronin book is the Ultramodern Weapons Guide, which is a d20 Modern-compatible hardcover detailing hundreds of weapons with descriptions, pictures, specs and game stats. I know, perfect for Christmas, but I've heard nothing but good things about the book from my fellow gamers.

Spawn of the Geek Tree

by Ken Newquist / December 23, 2007

 Spawn of the Geek Tree The Geek Tree has spawned. With my 18-month-old son Luke obsessed with putting almost everything he finds in his mouth, we decided that hanging up my various mini (and easily swallowed) ornaments wasn't a good idea. At the same time, my parents discovered my old Christmas tree from high school, a 18" tree that I used to setup in my room.

A string of white lights later, and the Spawn of the Geek Tree was born.

Like the Geek Tree, the mini-Geek Tree is decorated with a variety of science fiction and comic book ornaments (no fantasy ones though -- I didn't have any small enough for this tree; even the hobbits are out of scale). It's decorated with Hallmark's miniature Star Trek ornaments (the Enterprise-E, Defiant and Voyager) as well as their Star Wars collection (Imperial AT-AT, TIE Fighter and X-Wing).

The Day Before the Night Before Christmas

by Ken Newquist / December 23, 2007

It's the 23rd of December, which is a date my four-year-old is having a hard time grasping. She's mentally willing for Christmas to be here tomorrow and the whole "Christmas Eve" thing just isn't making sense to her. But she can tolerate Christmas Eve ... it's the Day before the Eve that's really getting to her.

Signs & Portents #51: Cthulhutech, Spycraft Gadgets, Narn vs. Centuri Scenario

by Ken Newquist / December 17, 2007

Issue #51 of Mongoose's Signs and Portents magazine is available for download. It's available in Role-player and Wargamer editions; the role-playing one includes a history of the mecha-meets-mythos Cthulhutech role-playing game, an article on designing widgets in Spycraft and legendary swords from RuneQuest.

DVD Rack: Buffy Season 4, Live Free or Diehard, Battlestar Galactica: Razor

by Ken Newquist / December 16, 2007

With November’s Herculean feat of creativity behind me, I’ve turned my tired eyes back to the DVD player and the stack of Netflix envelopes that piled up during my self-imposed exile to my third-floor office.

Included in this horde of discs was the first disc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4 (in which Buffy and the Scooby Gang go to college), the Bruce Willis action flick Live Free or Diehard (in which technophobe John MacClane must save the world from hackers) and the one shot episode Battlestar Galactica: Razor (which tells the story of the Battlestar Pegasus's escape form the Cylon's burtal assault on the 12 Colonies).

Ansible 245: Rant on the Edge of Forever

by Ken Newquist / December 14, 2007

Ansible 245 (December 2007) has Harlan Ellison's rants about re-purposing of his Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever"; don't go there if you don't want any Trek-related spoilers and here's to hoping he doesn't try and come and smash my Geek Tree's Guardian ornament. The issue also briefly recounts the SFWA e-piracy controversy, the 2007 Bad Sex Awards, and much more.

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