Yearly Archive:: 2016

Twisty, Turny Board Games to Play with Your Tiny Geek

Geeks of all sizes tend to enjoy games, but the trick is finding games that everyone can play together and enjoy. Many games aimed at children consist of rolling a die (or flicking a spinner) and moving, which can get pretty old before too long. Why not look for games with mechanics simple enough for the younger geeklings to grasp, but still allow for a bit of choice in what the player does each time? Last time, I focused...

Make Your Holidays Bigger on the Inside with a Gingerbread TARDIS

The holidays are well and truly upon us! You probably have a billion things to get done this week, but might I suggest slowing down a little, taking some time, and building a gingerbread TARDIS to deck your halls for the what remains of the Yuletide season? At its core, a gingerbread TARDIS is actually far simpler than its more popular cousin, the gingerbread house. There are no angled roof pieces that threaten to slide off unless you hold...

Clockwerks, Minneapolis’s Steampunk Brewery, Opens for Business

The Twin Cities have no shortage of breweries—we are lucky enough to live in a city where it seems as if a new brewery or taproom opens around the corner every day. But when I learned that one of these new openings involved a steampunk-themed brewery, I needed to know more. The cofounders and co-owners of Clockwerks Brewing, Brett Michlitsch and Lonnie Manresa, were kind enough to sit down with me to answer my questions, tell me their origin...

Rogue One Promises a New Hope

Writing about a Star Wars movie presents a certain set of, shall we say, opportunities . . . particularly for someone who was born on the right side of the “Ewok Line.” We, as fans, can choose to revel in the nostalgia of the original series as presented long ago in local theaters such as the Cooper or Southtown. We can struggle with the very complicated feelings that the prequels bring to the fore. We can try to pretend...

What If Wolverine Were Reimagined with a Native American Origin Story?

Wolverine’s first appearance was in 1974, but he went more than two decades without anyone knowing much about him, including himself. Young fans like me were content with this status quo, though when writers gave us nuggets of information through new characters and villains who had a secret history with him, we never stopped turning the pages to find out more. But in 2001, Marvel Comics decided to do the unthinkable: they were going to reveal Wolverine’s origin. After...

This Week in Geek (12/19/16–12/25/16)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 19th through Sunday, December 25th. Figure Drawing Salon What: Arts When: Monday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon The Geek Partnership Society’s Arts Initiative hosts a figure-drawing salon at the Waterbury Center at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. For a $5 fee, attendees can participate in a three-hour drawing session...

A Geek’s Guide for Sleep and Fulfilling Emotional Health

Health is a broad, umbrella term with different categories besides just physical health. As an exercise-science major, I address physical health frequently, but that’s not the only component of health that should be on your radar. Emotional health—your sense of well-being and your ability to take on life’s challenges—is important too, and sleep is one positive way to increase or maintain emotional health. As Harvard Health notes, insomnia can disrupt emotional regulation, which in turn wrecks havoc on symptoms...

Save Baby Toby from Becoming a Goblin in Labyrinth: The Board Game

Labyrinth lovers! Did you know there is now a board game based on the movie? I preordered this game last spring and checked my email weekly once I knew it was finally being produced. Then I received the notification that my game was headed to my doorstep, and my anxiousness grew. I started planning for my monthly game-night party and eagerly awaited its arrival. Finally! My daughter sends me a picture text of nothing but the game, just in...

Throwback Thursday: Humor and Frights Combine in Night of the Creeps

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. It’s hard to get horror comedy right: you don’t want to be too over the top in either direction. Most films skew one way or the other. On the comedy side, you have films like Evil Dead and Dead Alive. On the horror-leaning side, there are films like An American...

Have You Heard of Gamecraft Yet? Twin Cities Geek Can’t Wait to Tell You About It

Are you up for the challenge of helping create a video game? Global Game Jam is the world’s biggest game-creation event—“a hackathon focused on game development,” as its organizers say. Just like a group of musicians comes together for a jam session, Global Game Jam brings game-minded creators together with the goal of creating a game. The catch? Participants only have 48 hours to create the whole thing. Minnesota tech nonprofit Glitch is once again hosting an official GGJ...
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