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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!

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    2012 Holiday Geek 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 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!

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.  (more…)


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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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    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!
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    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.
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    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.


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