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Ep #00101 – Code Names Batman, Wolverine & Verity

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Ep #00083 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

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Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!

Not going to lie to you dear readers and listeners. I haven’t heard this show yet. As I sit here writing this it’s sitting in the hopper waiting to hit libsyn and all the various services. When I’m not on the show I like to download and listen to it like a “normal.” Could I grab the file and listen to it early? Sure, BUT THAT WOULD BE CHEATING.

So let’s all just sit here and wonder about what the show could possible cover. Oh, here’s an email from Kevin with a rundown. Ok, to the show notes!

Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00083 a listen!

2012 Holiday Geek Gift Guide – Books

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Shopping for geeks at the holidays is hard, luckily we’re here to help! As nerds ourselves we know that when there’s something in stores that we want, we tend to just buy it then and there. So gauging what we could want under the tree is like trying to find oil just by throwing your shovel in the dirt.

We’re here to give you a bit of a road map, highlighting items that might’ve fallen just off the radar of the person on your shopping list. In part one of our 2012 Holiday Geek Gift Guide we’re taking a look at the books that would be welcome under any geek’s tree this holiday season. Enjoy!

Ep #00076 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

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Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!

Watch out, it’s an Original Crew show, and we got a little gabby. Don’t worry though, it’s just more awesome free entertainment for your buck! Really, it’s a great return on your investment.

Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00076 a listen!

Ep #00073 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

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Another Friday, another Perpetual Geek Machine podcast!

As you guys know last week the northeast was hit with Hurricane Sandy. Luckily the entire PGM crew came away unscathed though a large part of the Jersey Shore and New York was hit very hard. These people are our neighbors, friends and fellow citizens. If you haven’t already please consider making a donation to the Red Cross to help with disaster relief. We really appreciate it.

Now, on with the show! After not being able to coordinate last week we return with a show that doesn’t seem ambitious but definitely took some doing to put together. The first half of the show you’ll find Dan, Rich and Kevin going over what they’ve been doing. After the break Ryan and Kevin do another segment of the same thing and then it’s our first 5 Hit Combo that YOU are going to decide! Rich and Ryan battle it out it over two separate recordings and we’re asking you, our loyal fans, to decide who wins! Hit us up any way you’d like and let us know who you think had the better 5 Hit Combo! They’re might be some Steam gifts in it for you…who knows!

Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00073 a listen!

Book Review: Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Dungeons & Dragons

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At first glance, Shelley Mazzanoble really doesn’t seem like the kind of person I would be friends with or even remotely tolerate. I don’t even know what she looks like, but her writing reads like a prissy girl who would rather paint her nails than talk to a person who plays Dungeons & Dragons, let alone actually roll any dice. But it only took a few pages to realize that I was totally wrong: Mazzanoble is a “girl’s girl,” all right, but she’s also open minded, clever, and incredibly creative. Midway through the book, I found myself wishing I’d found a girl like her to play D&D with back when I was the only female in my second edition campaign. Her hilarious commentary and witty, slightly insane remarks had me laughing through most of the book. 

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?

Ep #00054 – Perpetual Geek Machine Podcast

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It’s about time we expanded The Machine, no? We’re taking our awesome quotient up a level or fifty bazillion this week by adding WarpZoned.com writer Nicole Kline‘s voice to the cast you’ll be hearing on the regular. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll notice that she contributed a review of Miskatonic School For Girls to our site last month, the girl knows her shit. We love her, we know you’re gonna love her so let’s get on with it!

Here’s the link to give Perpetual Geek Machine: Show #00054 a listen!

This book Pac-Sucks…

pac-cr-smallThere have been lots and lots of bad decisions made by the game industry over the years. FMV in video games, giving 50-cent his own game, the virtual boy, etc. But in the early days of gaming, when the first game characters were becoming famous icons in their own right, companies whored them out George Lucas style and put their likeness on anything and everything they could.

As a kid I had Space Invaders t-shirts, a Pac-man trash can, a Mario Bros. TV tray, and a Sonic the Hedgehog mini-pinball…. you get the idea.

Now, for some reason, as an adult I enjoy re-collecting all this crap. Don’t ask me why, I couldn’t give you an answer. Not a satisfactory answer for any rational person anyway.

World Book Night April 23rd 2012 looks to spead the love to reading far and wide

worldbooknightAs the husband of a librarian it’s sometimes hard not to get caught up in the cause of spreading the joy of reading around to as many people as you can. It’s inspiring when I hear about her and her co-workers finding the perfect book for someone who’s not quite sure what they’re looking for or a kid who’s looking to challenge themselves.

Under our roof loving to read is a given, and there’s a passion for all things book related that naturally comes with the territory of her job. As an avid reader I’m totally on board with this.

So I was pretty excited when I heard about World Book Night, a social event intent on spreading the love of reading person to person in communities across the US, UK and Ireland.

Libraries, stores and community centers are going to be giving away free books to anyone that wants to share in the event. There’s a list of the books that will be available for free on their website, and I have to say it’s a SUPER impressive list. Ender’s Game, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Hunger Games, Book Thief and more round out a fantastic pile of literature that is spread far and wide across the spectrum that there’s really something for everyone.

The event is Monday, April 23rd, 2012 (UNESCO’s World Book Day, anniversary of Cervantes’ death & Shakespeare’s birth and death).

I’m happy to say that our local comic/game/awesome shop All Things Fun! is participating, so we’ll definitely be heading out on Monday night to check it out. It sounds very similar to the theory behind Free Comic Book Day, which is an awesome event too by the way.

Check out their site to learn more about it and take part in your community! You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook as well.

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?’

Weekly Wallpaper: Hunger Games Blowout!

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I pull no punches when I talk about my absolute hatred of the 3rd book in the Hunger Games trilogy “Mockingjay.” It’s abysmal on it’s own and even worse when compared to the fantastic Hunger Games and Catching Fire books. So for the first time ever I’m praying they drastically change the 3rd book’s plot when moving it from page to screen.

The movie is still a few months away but we’re already excited about seeing it. The trailers are doing a damn fine job of making it look like a seriously good time. Until the movie hits theaters however we’ll just have to make due with these Hunger Games wallpapers.

Perpetual Geek Machine’s Top Thing of 2011 (and the runner-ups)

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Yesterday we posted our last podcast of the year, in which each of us presented our top 5 things of 2011. From that we then came up with a group of items and debated which things we should have represent Perpetual Geek Machine for 2011. We decided to eschew a standard top 5 list and instead pick one singular thing, and then have runner-ups in no particular order.

It was one of our finest shows to date and combined all 5 of the main writers here on the site! I can’t recommend it enough, and would love it if you listen and if you like it please share it with your friends.

But if you don’t want to listen, or you’d just like to read the results please join us after the break for our individual lists as well as our choice for Perpetual Geek Machine Thing of 2011!

2011 Holiday Gift Guide – Books

Shopping for geeks at the holidays is hard, luckily we’re here to help! As nerds ourselves we know that when there’s something in stores that we want, we tend to just buy it then and there. So gauging what we could want under the tree is like trying to find oil just by throwing your shovel in the dirt.

We’re here to give you a bit of a roadmap, highlighting items that might’ve fallen just off the radar of the person on your shopping list. In part 1 one of our 2011 Holiday Geek Gift Guide we’re taking a look at the books that would be welcome under any geek’s tree this holiday season. Enjoy!

The R.A. Salvatore Interview

200px-RA_Salvatore_conventionIf you’ve never heard of R.A. Salvatore but you’re connected to the Dungeons and Dragons world at all you’ve no doubt dealt with his creations. He’s been one of the most prolific fiction writers for the genre, starting way back in the late 80′s with The Crystal Shard which introduced his most famous character the dark elf Drizzt Do’Ourden. This week his new book “Neverwinter” hits shelves at part 2 of the Neverwinter Trilogy of books and marks Drizzt’s roughly 23rd book.

In the following interview we talk about Drizzt and life as a character, Salvatore’s work with in the Kingdoms of Amalur world with 38 Studios, the comic book series he’s writing with his son and a lengthy discussion of the new book.

You can hear the non-spoliler version of the interview in episode 35 of our podcast or you can snag the full unedited version over on our Facebook page!

The book serves as the sequel to Gauntylgrym, which has some pretty World shattering events that are discussed. So spoiler warning now, if you want to read Gauntylgrym but haven’t yet there’s some stuff down in that section that you may not want to read.

On a side note I should say it was a real thrill to get a chance to talk with him, and he couldn’t have been a more down to Earth cool guy. We really appreciate him taking the time out for us.

Enjoy!