February 18

Review – Can you hear that Echo?!

I have been looking the Amazon Echo ($179.00) for sometime. I have gone back and forth on just how useful this tool would be in my household. I decided to take the plunge…. Today it arrived in all its glory!

The Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo

When I opened the box I was greeted by the attractive packing. As you can guess it did not take long for me to bust out this puppy so I could take it for a test drive.

Outer case removed
Outer case removed

As I started to manhandle the box the first thing I noticed was the weight. I mean this thing weighs in at 4 pounds! This guy is a sturdy piece of equipment and the weight shows it.

What is in the box
What is in the box?

As I opened the inner box I found the Echo loving tucked into a cozy little nook. I gently pulled it out and set it aside so I could remove the other contents. Which included the power supply, setup instruction, & a quick start guide.

Fintie Protective Case
Fintie Protective Case
Fintie Protective Case
Fintie Protective Case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As many know I am a bit of a freak when it comes to my electronics and with the money spent on this device I decided to purchase a Fintie Protective Case for Echo ($17.99). It snapped on very easy and is wraps the Echo tightly. Not only does it have a strap to slip your hand through and secure it from being dropped it has a separate bottom cover to protect the Echo from being set down into something less than desirable. There are so many color choices that anyone can find something that tickles the fancy. I chose purple because, well it is my favorite color and I am a Baltimore Raven’s fan!

There are two minor things I questioned….

  1. The weight of the Echo makes it hard to take with you, whether it be the office or someplace else.
  2. There is no battery. The Echo has to be plugged in all the time for it to work. (I did some research and found this nifty solution by Echo Battery Boot that tackles this deficiency. They are running special pricing ($69.99 12-14hr, 59.99 9-10hr, 49.99 6-7hr.) for those that pre-order. I think you should really consider doing so if you want your Echo to be portable.)

Tomorrow I will go over the setup and my first day using it.

Stay Nerdy!

September 26

Blurb – Stonhenge: What Lies Beneath?

For the last four years archaeologists from Birmingham and Bradford universities, and from the Ludwig Boltzman Institute in Vienna, have  been using powerful ground-penetrating radar around Stonehenge. What they have detected is a trove of previously unknown burial mounds, chapels, shrines, pits — and most remarkable of all — a massive megalithic monument made up of more than 50 giant stones buried along a 1,082-foot-long c-shaped enclosure.

Stonehenge: What's Underneath?
Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath?

If you are interested in knowing more about this magnificent discovery head over to i09.com to read more. You can find the two part series on YouTube Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Enjoy Nerds!

September 25

RPG – 5E: The Bone Devil!

Wow the art work alone on this guy just makes your blood curdle! This fiend is what nightmares are made of! Check out the page below to see what I mean! Oh and when you are done head over to your favorite local gaming store and pick it up (it is available at Wizards Play Network stores early prior to the September 30th release date)!

5E: Bone Devil
5E: Bone Devil

This book is a hardbound, 352 page behemoth and cost $49.99 (you can pre-order it for 29.97 on amazon.com)! It is a must have if you are planning to run a 5th edition campaign!

Later Nerds!

September 4

Blurb – Orkney Island dig reveals early Man not so primitive!

Ness of Brodgar
Ness of Brodgar

Archaeologist have uncovered a 5,000-year-old temple complex in Orkney that suggests that prehistoric people were a great deal more sophisticated than previously thought.

The dig at Ness of Brodgar, which is at it’s infancy, has revealed facts that will have us re-evaluate our understanding of how early humans lived. The complex featured paved walkways, carved stonework, colored facades, even slate roofs at a time when buildings were usually covered with turf, hides, or thatch.

If you find this interesting head on over to the full story on the www.scotsman.com.

Enjoy Nerds!

August 25

Blurb – Days of Wonder Merging With Asmodee!

Days of Wonder best known for it’s award winning Ticket to Ride tabletop game, announced today that it will merge with Asmodee Group.

Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride

Asmodee is a huge distributor of board and trading card games.  These guys handle other known brands such as Dixit and 7 Wonders and the French publishing rights to the Pokémon card game.

This move will allow Asmodee to find more exposure in the US gaming market. With the gaming community growing in the US (as one can see in the attendance at this years Gen Con) I am sure this will be a lucrative move for them.

One other thing! Not to worry the staff at Days of Wonder will continue heading up the brand as a independent company.

Only good things can come out a merger such as this. Lets face it more backing you have the more you experiment and create!

Until next time Nerds!

August 19

Blurb – New Release Day!

Here is a list of releases that were scheduled to be in stores today. This is not an exhausted list (expecially books where hundreds are released) but what caught my eye. If I missed something you think I should have mention or if you have a suggestion on what else to list every Tuesday let me know in the comments! Without further ado your releases for the week!

 

DVD Releases:

Adventure Planet

Go for Sisters

The Sacrament

Only Lovers Left Alive

The Amazing Spiderman 2

Fading Gigolo

The Quit Ones

 

Video Games:

Counterspy (PS4, PS3, Vita)

Crimsonland (Vita)

The Golf Club (Xbox One)

Gravity Badgers (Vita)

Hotline Miami (PS4)

The Last Tinker (PS4)

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS4, PS3)

Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)

 

Books:

Players Hand Book (Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition)

Hoard of the Dragon Queen (Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition)

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Mummy’s Mask Part 5 – The Slave Trenches of (Paizo)

Pathfinder Adventure Path: Mummy’s Mask Part 6 – Pyramid of the Sky Pharaoh (Paizo)

Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Mummy’s Mask Poster Map Folio (Paizo)

Pathfinder Player Companion: People of the River (Paizo)

Percy Jackson Greek Gods (Rick Riordan)

Tales of Xillia 2: Pima Official Game Guide

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition Signature Series Strategy Guide (BradyGames)

Invincible: The Ultimate Collection Volume 9 (Kirkman, Ottley, Rathburn, and Rauch)

Monster Musume Vol. 4 (OKAYADO)

The Complete Elfquest Volume 1 (Wendy Pini and Richard Pini)

Bounty Hunter Code: From The Files of Boba Fett (Star Wars) (Wallace, Windham, and Fry)

Marvels: The Platinum Edition Slipcase (Busiek and Ross)

The Ring of Nibelung (The Ring of the Nibelung) ( Russel and Kindzierski)

The Scorched Earth (The Chaos Born) (Karpyshyn)

Sherlock Holmes: The Spirit Box (Mann)

Warriors of the Imperium (Space Marines) (Hoare and Cawkwell)

 

Later Nerds!

August 17

Blurb – Gen Con Final Day!

The final day of Gen Con is a celebration of gaming families and from what I saw in the posted pictures there were quite a few. The activities looked like a blast!

Next year I hope to be there in person and blogging for where it is happening!

Later Nerds!

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August 16

Blurb – Gamescom 2014

Gamescom
Gamescom

If you have not heard there is a convention that is solely for console games and it is taking place this weekend in Cologne, Germany. Below is a quick run down of the highlights so far from both Sony and Microsoft.

Console Features:

PlayStation 4 gaming console announced new features including SharePlay, the ability to search for PlayStation Network users by their real name, and uploading saved videos directly to YouTube. Xbox One new features will include a new “Friends” section that allows gamers to stay up-to-date with their friends; a “Snap Center” that will allow gamers to switch back and forth between games, Messages, friends and achievements; an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner; Stream TV and Boot-to-TV (August patch).

Game Announcments:

Playstation 4 played up the soon to be released Destiny (not that it needed it) and Xbox One suggested  the sequel to Tomb Raider will be an Xbox exclusive and will launch in late 2015.

Play more games Nerds!