Under the Geek Tree 2023

Ripley in a power loader faces off against the Alien Queen from the movie ALIENS.

Christmas has come and gone. I wrote this post back in December … and then promptly forgot about it. Having remembered it, let’s see what showed up under the geek tree in 2023! Video Games Role-Playing Games Books Technology

Dig Dug – Ready Player One Video Game Replay

A screenshot from Dig Dug, featuring the main character (in white) digging through yellow, red, and orange layers of earth to find an exterminate monsters.

Dig Dug is a quirky tunneling-based arcade game from the 1980s. It features an … exterminator? … in a white environment suit who ventures underground to wipe out the pests dwelling there. Released in 1982 by Namco, it became a staple of arcades and myriad game consoles. Quote I continued farther into the dark electronic cave … Read more

Pac-Man – Ready Player One Video Game Replay

Pac-Man faces off against different colored ghosts in the arcade classic.

One of the definitive 1980s arcade games – maybe the Definitive Arcade Game (after all, did Asteroids or Space Invaders have their own theme songs?) – Pac-Man is a classic. The game was created by Toru Iwatani, and released on May 22, 1980 by Namco. The rest, of course, is history. Quote I continued farther into the dark … Read more

Geek Christmas Tree 2023: The Multiverse Tree

The Battlestar Galactica, the Starship Enterprise grasped by a giant glowing hand, and Wiley Coyote flying on a rocket.

After 2021’s Star Trek geek tree, and 2022’s Star Wars geek tree, it’s time to feature every other geeky ornament in my collection with The Multiverse Geek Christmas Tree. Leading this year’s ragtag fleet of geeky ornaments is the Battlestar Galactica by Hallmark. She’s every bit as beautiful as her full-size namesake, especially with her engines and hanger bays lit … Read more

Donkey Kong – Ready Player One Video Game Replay

The first board of Donkey Kong, taken from the Nintendo NES version of the game.

Donkey Kong is one of the legendary ancient video games. It gave us the first appearance of the plucky plumber Mario and his nemesis (frenemy?) Donkey Kong. The two went on to star in very different franchises (Mario taking on the princess-stealing Bowser in various surreal mushroom-powered kingdoms, while Donkey Kong became the patriarch of a … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Favorite RPG of All Time

A spine view of a bunch of Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition books ... which is not my favorite RPG of all time.

Rather than just go with my gut instinct for “favorite RPG of all time”, I decided to run the numbers. The numbers are, admittedly, a bit skewed. D&D 3rd Edition includes a bunch of d20 supplements (at least, those who survived my 3e purge) including hardcovers and splat books. I don’t have nearly as many … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Obscure Game You’ve Played

A tentacled-headed mutant fires a blaster rifle in Nuketown's pick for an obscure game we've played: Gamma World 7th Edition

The most obscure game I’ve played is Gamma World 7th Edition (2010). It was designed by Richard Baker and Bruce R. Cordell based on the D&D 4th Edition rules and saw a core box set plus two boxed-set-based expansions. That level of support by a major publisher might lead you to believe the game isn’t that obscure, … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Most Memorable Encounter

A cyberpunk truck makes its way through a desert landcape. The text, Chapter 3: The Offer, appears next to it. The image represents Nuketown's most memorable encounter.

Rather than going for “Most Memorable Encounter” of all time, let’s talk about the most memorable encounter of the last year: “The Offer”. Chapter 2 of the Lair of Secret’s Cyberpunk RED actual play campaign saw the edge runners tasked with stealing black box corporate tech for the Maker Enclave. The Makers – whose motto is “We Aggressively Void … Read more

RPG a Day 2023 – Scariest Game You’ve Played

Cover art for Call of Cthulhu and Delta Green: Eyes Only

In college, way back in 1992, a friend of mine ran the scariest session of Call of Cthulhu I’ve ever played in. Heck, the scariest session of any game. My friend – his name is Adam — is the best Call of Cthulhu game master I ever had. With candles burning low, and a mix … Read more