Friday, June 29, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Welcome to the Skyrim Book Club...

Playing Syrim, and I noticed something. So many books in Skyrim. We now need the Skyrim Book Club. I'll bring sweet rolls, we'll read "Uncommon Taste" by The Gourmet first. See? If this was actually done, it would be the best merging of gamers and reader geeks EVER. I'm giving us all a Sci-Five. 

(okay, we aren't really going to do this, but I might do this.)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summertime... and the reading is bitey...

Summer is upon us, it is high season for summer reading, grabbing a book and heading to the beach, going off on vacation and escaping into the pages of a book you maybe wouldn't usually read or haven't read in a very long time. There's nothing like getting away to a nice little ocean side town for a little R and R. Nothing more relaxing than some time at the beach. Well, unless it's THIS beach:

Oh that's right my dear geeks, we are going OLD SCHOOL to start off the summer. The GGBC July read is "Jaws" by Peter Benchley. It is the quintessential summer read, and it reminds us all of the first time we heard that music. Did you know that the theme from Jaws was John Williams' first Oscar for best original score? It is that brilliant. As we did with Lord of the Rings, if you don't have time to read/listen to the audio book, please feel free to watch the movie. It will remind you of how amazing you thought it was as a kid, and I want you to enjoy our favorite predatory girl any way you can.

If this story isn't your thing, I recommend continuing on with Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan" series, we'll be chatting about the first book starting on the last Saturday of June. I wonder what the Darwinists could have made with our friend Jaws here? Whatever it is, it would certainly not be safe to go in the water.

Our visit to Amity Island starts July 1st. You bring the food, I'll bring the shark cage.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Our First Game Review!

Time to sit down all together at the table and play us a game kids. We need to socialize ourselves once in a while, put down the books and have ourselves a game night.

Our first game review is going to be about Miskatonic School For Girls. The great thing about this game is it started as a Kickstarter. It is a card based game, and it also has individual game boards. Before we talk about it, why don't you go learn how to play and see the game in action with game designer Luke Peterschmidt. How to play

Now that you know a little more about the game and how it's played, you can see that the gameplay is really not difficult at all to catch on to. I know teens who are as hooked on this game as the adults. The game boards keep everything organized and easy to understand, and the art on the cards is incredible. I am completely smitten with Lulu the Lunch Lady, and I hope they will make a shirt of her asap for me to wear non-stop. The teachers conspiring to take your sanity are what truly make this game.

If you enjoy a card based game with a great storyline twist, this game will leave you coming back for more. It is also not a huge time commitment, as you can enjoy a game with all levels of player and age. 
It is available from Fun to 11's website and it is also on Amazon. However you get your tentacles or claws on it, be sure to check it out. Your school was never as cool as this one.

Leave your comments about this game here, at twitter #GGBC, and on the FB group.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Who would want to be without books?

Summer is upon us, it is the season of summer reading... fun, wonderful worlds to escape to near the pool or in the comfort of air conditioning to retreat from the heat... 

Currently, we are reading Scott Westerfeld's "Leviathan", our first delve into steampunky literary goodness. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am, and be sure to check out the other books in the series. The discussion, as always, begins the last Saturday of the month.

I mentioned that we will be doing GGBC game reviews, and that will be up soon. It will work much like the book discussions, where I will post about a game, and you table top game geeks who have played it can give your yay or nay on it. We can't read ALL the time (damn) so this will help us build up an arsenal of awesome games to keep us entertained year round.

The new book announcement will be made soon, and be sure to keep book suggestions here, on FB and Twitter with #GGBC and on Goodreads. Another graphic novel read is most certainly in the works, that has been heavily requested! Watch out for that one.

I hope summer finds you wrapped up in your favorite stories, among your favorite people... and if you're off to any Cons this summer feel free to spread the word about GGBC, the more Geeks the merrier!