Monthly Archives: March 2012

Rallyman brings Rally Racing to a tabletop near you.

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The real-life motorsport that is rally racing is a wholly unique experience that’s not widely known in these United States. Mostly confined to Europe you’ll find offroad point-to-point racing where the drivers compete for the fastest time during a stage. The cars start individually at preset intervals to allow the cars general free-use of the courses that aren’t built to allow a large number of cars to run at the same time. The stage times accumulate to an overall time that determines the winner. Boardgames like Formula D have already tackled the world of Formula 1 racing and PGM favorite Snow Tails adapted a similar tabletop formula for the world of dog sled racing. Today we’re looking at Rallyman to see how well they’ve brought rally to a tabletop near you.

Hey, you got your Nerdist in my Perpetual Geekery!

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For one night only, some of your friends here at Perpetual Geek Machine went nerd, well, Nerdist to be precise. In his unannounced quest to become king of all nerd media Chris Hardwick has been taking his Nerdist podcast on the road, and this past Friday it landed in the City of Brotherly Love.

Weekly Wallpaper: Desktop Wallpapers that look like wallpaper

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In this column we’ve featured movies, games, comics and more. Far and wide I search looking for wallpapers that would look good on any desktop. Alot of times they don’t fit into any particular genre. In fact I’d say that’s most of the time. So today I’m featuring a few that I personally use all the time. They’re wallpapers that look like… well… wallpapers.

BTW, we have a ton Perpetually Geeky wallpapers just waiting to be downloaded over at our Facebook page. You should totally visit us and give us a “like!”

Dungeons and Dragons book: Player’s Option: Heroes of the Elemental Chaos

dnd_products_dndacc_356170000_pic3_enThe latest in the Player’s Option series finds us travelling to the Plane of Elemental Chaos. Where the last two books gave us a great deal of flavorful and intricate options, this one deals with the baser, primordial ones.

Players, ever wonder where those elementals come from that get conjured just as you get close to the evil wizard? DMs of higher level campaigns, tired of using the cliché “super-powerful evil cleric run amok” or “this quest is the will of the gods” as a plot device? Give elemental prince primordials a try as a source of adventure.

If you find yourself wanting to play a character/NPC that is the embodiment of the meme, “Kill it with fire” this is your book, read on…

Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made? Review

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As a self-proclaimed movie geek, I try to devour as much as I can about a film production that interests or excites me. Who is directing it? Who is starring in it? Sometimes a movie can be in production for years, and the director, writers, stars, etc. can change several times. After a movie is released, it may have gone through several changes, but it was ultimately put out for public consumption. However, not all movies are are finished, or even make it out of principle production and languish in what is known as “development hell.” Author David Hughes has expertly researched, and documented numerous movie productions that have stalled out in his book, ‘Tales From Development Hell: The Greatest Movies Never Made?’

Innovation Brings Innovative Twist to an Old Theme

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How many times have we all tried to advance our civilization? How long have we striven to be the first to acquire the basic building blocks for the anthropological success that our people so sorely need? For me, it’s gotta be about two decades now. I mean, in game-form, of course. I initially got my Emperor’s feet wet with the computer game Civilization, but only because I didn’t get a chance to play the board game before that. Many, many hours spent clicking away until the sound of birds chirping let me know that the only thing I’d advanced was my insomnia. More recently, I’ve fallen for card-based games like Killer Bunnies, and Munchkin, again spending hours upon hours trying to build hands and characters that will see my way to victory. Therefore the game Innovation holds a lot of appeal to me, as it gives its players an empire-building motif in the form of a card game.

Ep #00046 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

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We’re trying out a new segment this week, ditching Geek Spew and replacing it with something we’re calling Geek Academy where we are gonna throw down some knowledge on things you might not be familiar with. I’m kicking it off this time with a lesson on something called The Loudness War. Let us know what you think!

Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00046 a listen!

How Loco Are The New Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos?

Doritos-Taco-Bell-217x300Well, I’m diving into the world of reviewing food.
Wait, let me rephrase that.
I’m diving into the world of reviewing “food”.

What better place to start than a novelty taco at Taco Bell? I like to tell myself that I don’t eat fast food that often but that’s not always true. I try to diet sometimes and I usually can stick to it for a while but when I fall…woah brother! Do I fall hard. Daily trips to Wendy’s are not all that uncommon and if there was a Taco Bell closer to either my job or home it would be dangerous.

Sometimes that “I NEED TACO BELL NOW” craving comes on in uncontrollable levels that can’t be contained until I cram as many soft shell tacos down my gullet as possible. Doesn’t matter if it’s 4 in the morning (well, it does since most Taco Bell locations are not 24/7), when that thought enters my mind it just does. not. shut. up.

When the wife and I saw the commercial for the new Doritos Locos Tacos…well we knew we were in trouble. It’s the perfect idea for the union of two of the ultimate junk foods to join forces. Why had this not happened before? Hell, why hadn’t anyone made a more flavorful taco shell up to this point? Making a taco shell a big, orangey, dusty Dorito could only have taken this long to happen because it’s so damn obvious. 

DC Comics The New 52: Catching Up With Voodoo

VoodooHeaderIf you remember reading my review of Voodoo #1 you already know two things: I had no previous knowledge of Voodoo before the relaunch and I really hated the seemingly shallow character and setting. To me this first issue represented a lot of what I don’t like about comics which mostly revolves around poor female characters. The argument and conversations concerning this topic aren’t new but they’re still happening which means that a problem still exists to some extent. In my view comics like Voodoo were perpetuating the overly sexualized and shallow female characters that run all too rampant.

A single issue, about 20 pages, is not a lot of space to delve too deep into developing a character. A couple of our readers who were much more familiar with Voodoo had commented on my review and made a case that there was definitely more to her than what there seemed. Of course, I didn’t think that what was laid out in that first issue was everything so I recently went back and picked up issue #2 through the current #6 to check things out for myself.

Weekly Wallpaper: Mass Effect Part 2!

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We’re a little excited around here for Mass Effect, so you’ll have to excuse the enthusiasm. I mean, you understand… the game just came out!

In fact we’re so excited (and I found so many good ones) that we’ll be doing Mass Effect for 2 weeks straight! So, get those download fingers primed and come snag some new Mass Effect themed pics for your walls.

BTW, we have a ton Perpetually Geeky wallpapers just waiting to be downloaded over at our Facebook page. You should totally visit us and give us a “like!”

The Lorax Movie Review: Could Be Better, Could Be Worse

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I like Dr. Seuss as much as the next guy. What kid didn’t grow up reading “Green Eggs and Ham” or “The Cat in the Hat?” The guy wrote some of the most brilliant children’s stories of all time because he made them fun for kids, but they all had a simple, yet important message to convey. Though his stories could make for a good kid’s movie, more often than not, they end up being terrible, and I place that blame squarely on the film maker. The source material is usually perfect. Directors and writers tend to screw things up by trying to get some length out of Dr. Seuss classics by adding annoying songs, or useless characters. Though, sadly, “The Lorax” falls victim to modern Seuss adaptations, it doesn’t come off nearly as bad as some of its predecessors.

The Call Of Duty Movie? Nope! Act of Valor movie review

Act_of_Valor_m-640x361Like many of you, I enjoy playing military first person shooters. When I first saw the trailer for “Act of Valor,” I immediately thought it was about as close as Hollywood has come to making “Call of Duty” into a live-action film. The games are practically movies already with their intense action set-pieces and global plots. I became excited and I immediately started to count the days for the theatrical release. However, I never thought that “Act of Valor” would hit me the way that it did. As I left the theater I wasn’t settling down after seeing what looked like a promising action movie. I actually felt a little disturbed and I wished I hadn’t seen the movie in the first place.

Somehow I don’t think that is what the directors intended.

Ep #00045 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

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This show is a great example of what happens when the Forces That Be keep Ryan, Dan and I away from each other for almost two months. We end up having a lot to talk about and, more importantly, having a great time catching up with each other. At a little over two hours this one’s a barn-burner for us but having been a part of it I don’t think you guys will mine. After all, this is my favorite 5 Hit Combo that we’ve ever done.

Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00045 a listen!

Weekly Wallpaper: Mass Effect part 1!

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We’re a little excited around here for Mass Effect, so you’ll have to excuse the enthusiasm. I mean, you understand… the game just came out!

In fact we’re so excited (and I found so many good ones) that we’ll be doing Mass Effect for 2 weeks straight! So, get those download fingers primed and come snag some new Mass Effect themed pics for your walls.