September 12

Rant – iPhone Hysteria!


As most of you know Apple announced not one, not two, but three new iterations of their flagship product the iPhone Tuesday September 9th. These with be the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 ($199 – $399), and iPhone 6 Plus($299 – $499).

iphone-6
iPhone Comparrison

 

No do not get me wrong I love my nerdy devices just like the rest of you, but I just do not understand why everyone goes nuts every year over what appears to me to be the same product in a different shell. I know, I know there are differences and I am sure some of you iPhyles will know just what they are. But lets be honest are they important to to warrant your blind faith to wait in lines for hours for a piece of equipment? I mean the first 6 months they are working out all the bugs, leaving you for the next 6 months chomping at the bit for their next big release announcement. I just do not get it… I am afraid I never will…

What I thought was the highlight of Apples announcements was the Apple Watch ($349)! I mean look at how sweet looking they actually are! I just not sure it will be able to revive the need to wear a watch. I guess time will tell!

apple-watch
Apple Watch

I will an eye on the developments of this cool device. I mean lets be honest the Dick Tracy cosplayers will finally be able to complete there costumes with a watch that can actually do the job and even more!

Dick Tracy Watch
Dick Tracy Watch
Dick Tracy Cosplay
Dick Tracy Cosplay

Later Nerds!

September 9

Game: Destiny has landed!

Destiny
Destiny

I, like many of you stood in line last night to pick up my copy of Destiny. Even though I was tempted to start the game up once I got home I just turned on the old Xbox One and downloaded the patch and went to bed.

You can bet your sweet butt that I will be playing a Sorcerer tonight! If you want you can friend my on Xbox live. My gamer tag is vV Nerdy Vv so lets get our game on!

Until tonight 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!

September 2

Blurb: Bungie teams with Google and launches interactive map of Destiny!

Destiny - Moon
Destiny – Moon

Do you want a little interactive map of the world of Destiny? Well your in luck Bungie teamed up with Google to create just that and launched it today. You can find it at www.destinyplanetview.com! The tour includes screen shots, videos, & 360 degree views of in-game content on Venus, Mars, & the Moon! Google even added some pretty cool real life factoids of things you will encounter in the game. At the end if you look at everything on each planet you receive a code to enter on Destiny’s website and on September 9th you can redeem it for “Sign of the Finite Emblem. So what are you waiting for! Head on over to the map!

Later Nerds!

August 29

RPG – Crafting Eberron and 5E Dungeon & Dragons.

Eberron
Eberron

Keith Backer is pretty sure that Eberron will see a 5E makeover, but until then wrote a blog the other day that will help you get started! He gives some pretty cool ideas on how to take some the the staples of the core rules and bend them to fit into Eberron. He suggests leaving a few things out like dragonmarks until they are reworked. So why not head on over to his site and read the full article!

Later Nerds!

August 26

Blurb – WotC Reworks Magic Release Schedule!

Starting autumn 2015 WotC will move away from their 3 block / 1 core release (explained below) to just 2 blocks twice a year.

Magic the Gathering
Magic the Gathering

“Expansion sets beginning with Mirage have come in groups (usually three) which form a block (the preferred term in actual gameplay) or cycle (the preferred term when describing the associated storyline) consisting of one large “stand-alone” expansion set of more than 300 cards, followed by one or two small expansion sets of less than 200 cards, which continue the themes introduced in the large set.”

They hope this will relieve some of the player concerns of a constant reinvention of the game. With this move that also hope that it will keep the the players excited about what they release and in turn keep the game fresh.

Rosewater Quote:

 Since the beginning of the block structure (Mirage block, way back in 1996), the third set has always been a problem child. It needs to have enough cohesion to feel as if it belongs to the block, but it has to have enough differences that it manages to spark the interest of the players, who have already been playing the environment for seven or more months.”

“Who exactly is the core set for? If it’s for beginners, why do we only put it out during one point of the year? Is that the one time we expect new players to start? And why do we keep adding new cards and bringing back mechanics? The beginners don’t need any of that and it only leads to making the set more complicated.”

The new set labeled “Blood” will be release in autumn of 2015. You can read more here.

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 25

Blurb – Releases for 8/26/14!

Here is a list of releases that were scheduled to be in stores tomorrow 8-26-14. This is not an exhausted list (especially 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:

Blended

Belle

Legend of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

The Love Punch

The Double

Aftermath

Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhass

Cat Run 2

Cinemonovels

Criminal Minds: Season 9

Elementary: Season 2

Haven: Complete 4th Season

Heartland: Complete 4th Season

Heatstroke

Jackpot

North of Hell

Revenge: Season 3

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6

The Musketeers

Normal Heart

The Walking Dead Season 4

Trust Me

 

Video Games:

Super Time Force Ultra (PC) – August 25

Lichdom: Battlemage (PC) – August 26

Dark Souls II – Crown of the Old Iron King DLC (PS3, 360, PC) – August 26

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 (Vita) – August 26

Infamous: Second Son – First Light DLC (PS4) – August 26

Madden NFL 15 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – August 26

Metro Redux (Digitally as Metro: 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux, Xbox One, PS4, PC) – August 26

The Walking Dead: Season Two, Episode 5 – No Going Back – August 26 (PSN, PC), August 27 (360), August 28 (iOS)

Zen Pinball – The Walking Dead – August 26 (PSN), August 27 (360, PC), August 28 (Wii U, iOS, Android)

Azure Striker Gunvolt (3DS) – August 29

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright (3DS) – August 29

 

Books:

Minecraft: Combat Handbook: An Official Mojang Book (Scholastic)

Amulet #6: Escape From Lucien (Kibuishi)

Madden NFL 15: Prima Official Game Guide (Media Inc)

The Rule of Thoughts (Mortality Doctrine, Book Two) (The Mortality Doctrine) (Dashner)

The Lore of the Evermen (The Evermen Saga Book 4) (Maxwell)

The Art of John Alvin (Alvin)

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy (Follett)

The Star Wars Deluxe Edition

Later Nerds!