Yearly Archive:: 2017

Adol’s Adventure Continues in Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

For many years my only connection to the Ys series was the music. The OST accompanying each release is always really, really, very, quite good. There were always so many barriers keeping me from actually playing any of the games, though. For starters, the series is 30 years old and packed with eight main releases as well as several reimaginings, spinoffs, and console ports of varying quality. Secondly, Ys would go on to find its home on portable systems, particularly...

Win Tickets See John Carpenter at Myth Live for FREE!

Director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor, and composer John Carpenter is coming to Myth Live in Maplewood November 7. In honor of his new album, Anthology (out October 20) and the anniversary of Halloween (out October 25, 1978), we’re giving you the chance to win 2 free tickets to the show! Here’s all you have to do to enter: (1) like the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page (2) like the John Carpenter giveaway post (3) comment on the post naming your...

The Latest Black Panther Trailer Is Us

By now, you likely have seen Marvel’s latest trailer for Black Panther—if you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you take a few minutes and rectify that immediately. The anticipation for this release is due as much to the gripping visuals and ensemble cast as it is to the fact that this is only Marvel’s second superhero film in which the primary protagonist is black (the first, of course, being the woefully overlooked and underrated Blade). It is shaping up...

Throwback Thursday: In The Stunt Man, It’s Not Paranoia If the Director Really Is Trying to Kill You

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. As consumers, we like our containers. We like defined things. From frozen dinners in which everything has its own compartments to high-school cliques, we put things in the boxes we feel most comfortable with. Depending on where you are on the clique spectrum this can be a good thing...

Publishing Style Guides Catch Up with the Singular “They”

Every five years or so, a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style hits editors’ desks. This style bible is used by editors at most American book publishers and some magazines and websites (including Twin Cities Geek) to make sure everything they publish is clear, correct, and consistent. The 1,146-page 17th edition dropped this September, and one of the most talked-about updates was the expanded guidelines on using they as a singular pronoun. Before diving in to those...

6 D&D Meetups for Twin Cities Role-Players

I’m the first to say that I’m a noob when it comes to Dungeons & Dragons. I have only participated in one one-shot campaign, which allowed me to create Mr. Waffles the ultimate cat/lion killing machine. But I’m always looking for new opportunities to participate in a another one-shot or play D&D weekly, so I’ve put together this guide of local meetups for anyone else who’s trying to find the perfect role-playing group. Before I get into the Twin Cities D&D...

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! Serves Up Food and Frenzy

It’s the lunch rush at Teragon Supertower, and it’s up to you to feed the hungry masses as the orders pour in. The sequel to the original Cook, Serve, Delicious! places you in the role of a restaurant chef, racing to complete orders to appease customers. Note: I’ll be referring to Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! as CSD2 to save this article an outrageous number of exclamation points. In this game, cooking takes the form of quick-time events. A customer...

This Week in Geek (10/16/17–10/22/17)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, October 16th through Sunday, October 22nd. Board Game Night at Tamarack Tap Room What: Gaming When: Monday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. Where: Tamarack Tap Room The Tamarack Tap Room, in partnership with the Gaming Goat, presents a weekly Monday-evening meetup for board games and beer—meet new gamer friends and enjoy a brew. As with most public...

Saturday Night Space Opera Expands Twin Cities Sci-Fi Gaming with a Mini Convention

When someone picks up a 12-sided die, the popular imagination generally links it with a Dungeon Master’s Guide and tales of swords and sorcery rather than spacesuits and starships, an image crystallized among the general public by Weezer, Stranger Things, Freaks and Geeks, and more. But science fiction has been a part of role-playing games since the 1970s with James M. Ward’s Metamorphosis Alpha, among other systems, and local group Saturday Night Space Opera has been providing a space...

Win a Copy of the New Book Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive!

In addition to being the senior editor here at Twin Cities Geek, I’m also a book editor. Sometimes those books are geeky, too, which is the case with Treknology: The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive—a book about the real-life science behind Star Trek technology. After realizing there was nothing like it already out there, I acquired Treknology for the Quarto Group in Minneapolis with astrophysicist and bona fide geek Ethan Siegel to write it. Some two years...
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