Call to Adventure Is the Hero’s Journey in Card-Game Form

The games I most enjoy playing are the ones that can inspire players’ imagination with a story that unfolds over the course of a session. Quality and consistent artwork, thematic gameplay, and resonance with the audience’s pop-culture experiences are all elements through which a game can deliver a story experience in which the players feel they are a part of the fictional world where the game takes place. Role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder are the most straightforward example of this,...

GKR: Heavy Hitters Is a Giant-Robot Fighting Game That Holds No Punches

Pick your robot, pick your pilot, pick your weapons, and pick your victim in GKR: Heavy Hitters! This fast-paced strategy arena game lets you put the pedal to the metal—and the metal to the face of more metal—with a beat ’em up, shoot ’em up gameplay. Fans of Pacific Rim will especially find fun in GKR, since it isn’t every board game that lets you pilot your own Giant Killer Robot! In the setting of the game, televised giant...

Minnesota Fan Fusion Aims to Fill a Niche in the Twin Cities Convention Scene

While the Twin Cities have a very active fan and geek convention scene, the pop-culture “comic con” style of expo hasn’t been very successful in our market. Many of the companies that have tried have been the worst kind of gate show that provided little beyond expensive celebrity autographs. Minnesota Fan Fusion (which opened last year as Minnesota Fan Fest) is the latest to enter this area, and it has the potential to be something more than that, filling...

This Week in Geek (8/6/18–8/12/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, August 6th to Sunday, August 12th. Minnesota Fringe Festival What: Theater & Comedy When: Monday, August 6th–Sunday, August 12th Where: Various Venues The Minnesota Fringe Festival is 11 days packed with plays, all 60 minutes or less, held at a variety of spaces throughout the Twin Cities. The variety of great shows from local performers and writers...

Remy Raygun of the Space Brigade: A Build-Your-Own Space Opera Will Be a Family Hit at the Minnesota Fringe Festival

The Choose Your Own Adventure books by R. A. Montgomery were a staple of my preteen years. I enjoyed the sci-fi/fantasy stories, but most of all I loved being able to have an impact on the direction of the story—and when it ended too early, I could cheat back to the spot where I’d made the fatal decision in hopes of a more favorable outcome. I was in control of the story. Remy Raygun of the Space Brigade: A...

Vlad the Sad Prince Is a Coloring Book for the Unhappy Vampires Among Us

I haven’t been around on Twin Cities Geek for a while. The truth is, I haven’t been around much of anywhere lately because I am actually now a sad vampire. Long story. “Whoa, whoa, wait!” you are probably exclaiming with some slightly defensive and universally understood hand gestures. “This is a lifestyle and culture website and not a place to unload your personal dramas!” But look. Regardless of whether unloading the contents of one’s fractured psyche into the cold, uncaring,...

Minnesota Goth Events and Gatherings for August 2018

Welcome again to Minnesota Dark Scene, your guide to goth events and gatherings, for the month of August 2018. The summer of darkness continues with a lot of excellent local acts, tours, and festivals. Events are subject to change, so please follow these events to have the latest and greatest information. If we missed something be sure to let us know in the comments! Special Events Deafheaven with Drab Majesty and Uniform What: Concert When: Wednesday, August 1st at...

#1 Comic Issues I’m Picking Up the Week of August 1, 2018

Below are the new series and miniseries I’m looking forward to seeing at my local comic store the week of August 1, 2018. The Seeds Publisher: Dark Horse Words/Story: Ann Nocenti Art/Colors: David Aja “The bees are swarming. What do they know that we don’t? The rich have built walls around their wealth and scramble into escape rockets. The romantic and the ruthless cross over into the lawless wilds of Zone-B. A few cantankerous aliens have come to collect the...

Babylon 5 Is an Iconic, Groundbreaking Piece of TV Sci-Fi History

My exposure to Babylon 5 came many years after its original mid-’90s broadcast, when it aired nightly on SyFy (then Sci Fi) in the early 2000s. Initially, it was my father who became obsessed with the show and insisted my mother and I would love it just as much. He was right. We taped every episode and eagerly discussed the plot at dinner. As soon as the DVDs were released, we bought them. We stocked up on the books,...

This Week in Geek (7/30/18–8/5/18)

Welcome to This Week in Geek, your guide to events of interest to the Minnesota geek community for the week of Monday, July 30th to Sunday, August 5th. Creative Night What: Arts, Community When: Monday, July 30th 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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