This Week in Geek (12/10/18–12/16/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 10th to Sunday, December 16th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...

Enter to Win a House with a Clock in Its Walls Prize Pack!

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is coming to Blu-ray and DVD December 18, 2018, and we have a giveaway just for you! Enter on Twitter and you could win: (1) Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo pack (1) adult T-shirt (1) youth T-shirt (1) drawstring bag All you have to do to enter is: 1. Follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter 2. Tweet us by 12:00 p.m. Central time on December 11, 2018, telling us your favorite Jack Black character We’ll randomly...

Pokémon: Let’s Go! Delivers a Wonderful Update That Effectively Combines Old and New

As an avid Pokémon fan from the very beginning, I was cautiously optimistic when Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were announced in May 2018. On the one hand, the franchise was finally coming to the Switch, even though it wasn’t a mainline release or even the rumored eighth generation, was wonderful news even if it was yet another remaster of a game released back in 1998. On the other hand, how would the Pokémon Go–style catching...

Rob Guillory’s Farmhand Proves You Really Can’t Go Home Again

A Louisiana farmer named Jedidiah receives a vision giving him the information to grow and harvest human organs. His children, Zeke and Andrea, who left the farm years ago, returns upon his request to help him take care of things. The farm is now a super-high-tech, booming business that gives organic transplants to people in need. But with that success come malicious adversaries trying to steal Jed’s work. Unfortunately for Zeke and Andrea, Jed may not be as guiltless...

Red Dead Redemption 2 Shows What Video-Game Storytelling Can Do

Regret is powerful. And while it affects everyone differently, it’s how we deal with our regrets that defines who we are today and who we will be tomorrow. In a medium known for virtual killing and dying without consequence, regret is a theme almost never explored in video games. It happens to also be what makes Red Dead Redemption 2 such a powerful and memorable experience. In storytelling and world-building, Rockstar Games truly pushes video games into uncharted territory. This...

Vampire: The Eternal Struggle Lives On After Death

One of the feelings familiar to anyone who is invested in a customizable card game (other than Magic: The Gathering, perhaps) is the fear of their favorite game being discontinued and the player base subsequently drifting off, their investment becoming all but worthless. But some CCGs persist afterward, sustained by strong communities not ready to drop their hobby. As one example, I recently joined a local play group for Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, a game that like its namesake...

Comics I’m Picking Up the Week of December 5, 2018

Here are the books I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of December 5, 2018. Black AF: Devil’s Dye Publisher: Black Mask Words/Story: Vita Ayala Art/Colors: Liana Kangas “When a new drug called VANTA hits the streets, word is it’s the hottest thing since Ecstacy. For regular people, it has all the highs and none of the lows of traditional drugs. There is some fine print, however—for empowered Black folks, the drug causes a...

The Favourite Is a Sharply Faceted Costume Drama

The Favourite, the newest film from Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos, tells you right up front what it’s about: it opens with a scene of Queen Anne, having just made a speech, being divested of her ermine-trimmed cloak and crown. In the next scene, in deliberate contrast, we meet Abigail Hall, who’s apparently down on hard times and shows up to Kensington Palace covered in mud. The mud, she informs us, stinks. A maid tells her it’s because people defecate...

Why Every Game Store Needs a Code of Conduct

When I was a broke college student, I would visit my local game store to play Magic: The Gathering. Sometimes, I would encounter other players trying to mansplain the rules of the game to me—an experience many female gamers have had. When this occurred, however, the owner of the store always stuck up for me and told the offender to treat me as an equal player. I never forgot these moments and how comfortable I felt being in a gaming community...

This Week in Geek (12/3/18–12/9/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, December 3rd to Sunday, December 9th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Where: Event Horizon at the Waterbury Building Let your creativity shine with drawing, painting, crafting, or whatever your heart desires at Creative Night, a weekly event put on by Crafty Geek and the Geek Partnership Society. This is a...
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