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  • Mag Blast – Who says fleet-wide battles have to be epically long?

    The order comes down from the command ship, “Quickly, move the destroyer to the hole in the fleet on our starboard side.” Laser blasts dart from the enemy dreadnought but the destroyer careens through space and arrives just in time to absorb the direct hit of the blast, but the onslaught isn’t over yet. A squadron of fighters launches from a carrier hidden away at the rear of the enemy’s fleet. Rocket engines propel the fighters in strafing runs over the hull of the damaged destroyer, the onslaught too much for the wounded ship it explodes, once again leaving that sector of the fleet undefended.
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    Let’s Play Hanabi

    So, we’ve all been thrust into the role of firework makers. But sadly we’ve cracked under the pressure it seems and have screwed up the display! Wait, we can fix this, we have to put it back together using these cards to represent the fireworks. Just match them up by suit in numerical order and we are all good. What is this, a kids game? Oh, there’s a twist, we can’t look at our own cards? So everyone here will hold their cards face out, meaning that everyone knows what each other has except their own hand. We’ll try to reconstruct the fireworks (playing the cards in order) by giving out clues and remembering the clues that are given to us.
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    When the name alone gets you to play, Unexploded Cow!

    You and your buddies are trying to think of a way to make some extra scratch. This is 1997 and you believe too many people are delving into the latest fad, this thing called ‘the internet’ and that’s not for you. Scanning the newspapers you see the headlines are filled with worries over mad cow disease and how millions of dollars of cows will have to be wasted. You figure there’s got to be something you can do with them… Cow pie Bingo? Nope, the profit margins on bingo are too thin. Super Well Done Mad Cow Burgers? Nah, you’ll bet that “Where’s the Beef!” lady couldn’t even sell those.

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    More Canadian Sci-Fi from SyFy: Continuum

    Imagine you are a police officer in the year 2077, assigned as extra security during the execution of a handful of ‘terrorists’ that killed thousands of people in an attempt to assassinate the heads of major corporations that now run North America. You see something hinky going on as the condemned are being prepared to meet their end, so you run in to investigate and in a blinding flash of light you wake up in a decidedly different looking cityscape. Years of training kick in as you see one of the terrorists fleeing the strange scene you find yourself in.

    In short order you capture him and learn you have been transported back in time 65 years. You are the only person alive who knows what these people are capable of. Killing thousands was nothing for them in the future where their opposition was prepared for them. Now they face an unsuspecting and ill prepared timeline where you are the only one with the knowledge and training to take them on.

    Sounds exciting doesn’t it? Did SyFy’s latest offering, Continuum, do enough to be added to our list of must see shows?

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    Tasmanian Devils, SyFy Saturday Night Movie Preview

    [dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you have heard me on the podcast, you know I have a special place in my heart for B movies. Specifically the ones shown on SyFy on Saturday nights at 9pm. They are a glorious mix of ridiculousness, gore/action, and goofiness. My wife and I watch and giggle at how terrible they are, and we are able to do it with a clear conscious since no one involved in them can think they are making this generations Citizen Kane. (Gosh I hope not.)

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    Top 5 Things of 2012: The Adam Dickson Edition!

    We here at Perpetual Geek Machine think life as a nerd has been pretty spectacular in 2012. Great movies, games, tv shows and more. We’ve made friends with Nicole Kline, and then put her to work writing here! Rich got engaged, Dan bought a house. There’s a good chance Ryan and/or Bryan did something adorably Canadian. Kevin spent most of the year brewing beer and Adam made it through the latest Mayan apocalypse mostly unscathed!

    Just like last year to celebrate the end of this trip round the sun we got together to run down our top 5 favorite things of the year. We then presented those during part 1 of our spectacular year end podcast. In part 2 of that podcast we whittle out lists down to a Top 5 to represent the site as a whole, and then 1 singular item that is Perpetual Geek Machine’s favorite thing of 2012. Last year The Muppets was our winner. What will take the crown this year? Listen to the podcast to find out!

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    Are you new to Doctor Who too? #NewToWho

    [dropcap]A[/dropcap] note from future Adam… I started writing this article several weeks ago before the onslaught of “Doctor Who’s new season is almost here!” articles started hitting the web. Sometimes timing works out since this article folds in nicely to BBC’s #newtowho campaign on twitter, even if it’s a bit more long form than they intended. Now, back to my original timeline…

    Lately I’ve been trying to fill a gaping hole in my geek/nerd background. I have never really watched Doctor Who. I didn’t have a reason for it… it just kinda happened. A while ago I do remember seeing the “Eric Roberts as The Master” made for TV movie. Maybe that kinda tainted the whole universe for me.

    Anywho, I digress… I fired up the Netflix app on my Tivo and jumped in. I had been blissfully ignorant about specifics of the Doctor Who universe so I got to start out on the ground floor. All I knew was he is something called a Time Lord and he travels in time having adventures. That, and there is something that shouts EXTERMINATE in a robotic sounding voice. I’m sure that won’t end up being important, right?
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    Adieu Eureka

    Last week another science fiction show was cancelled while it still had stories to tell. The latest victim was Eureka, a SyFy channel original show. Unlike some of the recently popular dramatic shows in this genre, Eureka didn’t worry about taking itself too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, the science is A+ technobabble that helped generate award winning special effects. But, something downright ridiculous and funny happened every week.

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    Plunder for gold in Scallywags! ARRRRRRRR!

    Who doesn’t like talking like a pirate, and everyone should love it on September 19th, but it’s more fun when it’s done with a purpose. Enter Scallywags, a quick game appropriate for youngsters and adults alike. If you’ve ever wanted to plundering without the risk of walking the plank, here is your chance. And on this raid you can bring the kids along!

    Let’s dive into Scallywags, and afterwards listen to game designer Chevee Dodd talk about his game on our podcast!
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    Dungeons and Dragons book look: Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook

    Into The Unknown - CoverI get handed the latest book from Wizards of the Coast, Into the Unknown: The Dungeon Survival Handbook. “Ah, another settings book,” I think to myself, “let’s see what they do with this one.” Flip to the table of contents and check out some of the sections… ‘Dungeon Denizens’, makes sense. ‘Character Themes’, of course they have to have that. ‘Top Five Rules of Dungeon Delving’.

    Hmm.

    That spawned the image of a goblinized version of David Letterman sitting behind a stone desk tossing blue scrolls over his shoulder. I’ll check that out.

    Page 72… number 1 item in their list, Don’t split the party. I immediately well up with pride since I find myself saying that at least every other play session. If my second most quoted rule of Always pat down the bodies had been on the list I swear I would have cried. As it is, the list is great for players. Would the rest of the book be as useful?

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