August 17

History – Viking Ship Remains Found on the Mississippi!

The heavily damaged ship was found near the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers. It has a length of about 52 feet meters, a beam of 14.5 feet, and a hull that is estimated capable of carrying up to 24 to 28 tons, a typical size for this type of ship.

Viking Knarr
Viking Knarr

Knarrs were naval vessels that were built by the Norsemen from Scandinavia and Iceland for Atlantic voyages, but also used  for trade, commerce, exploration, and warfare during an era known as the Viking Age, that goes approximately from 793 to 1066 AD. They were clinker built, which means the overlapping of planks riveted together. It was capable of sailing 75 miles in one day and held a crew of about 20 to 30 men.

One of the only artefacts on the site, this sword was probably abandoned after it broke, suggesting a violent battle.

 

The above picture of a broken sword suggested it was discarded after a fight.

This new discovery could be one of the oldest evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, and it certainly brings to mind the famous colony of ”Vinland” mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. This mythical colony would have been established by Leif Ericson around the same period as the settlement at l’Anse aux Meadows, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most famous site of a Norse or Viking settlement in North America outside Greenland.

Enjoy Nerds!

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August 17

Blurb – Gen Con Third Day!

Day three of Gen Con is done and a lot of people upload pictures. Here are a few that caught my eye!

Yes you can believe your eyes! That is a poster for a Judge Dread – Munchkin Game! Steve Jasckson Games you can “Just Take My Money”!

Later Nerds!

August 16

Call of Duty – Advanced Warfare

I just got done watching Call of Duty – Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Reveal Trailer. The feel of the game resembles how the more recent installments of Halo games play. The Exoskeleton allows you to jump around like Master Sergeant and allows you to use a cloaking device. Now do not get me wrong the game looks like it would be a blast to play and the environment is stunning. One thing that  caught my eye was the underwater footage (not that there was a whole lot of it), I mean that was pretty cool. Not sure what you can do, if anything while under water but it at the very least it intrigued me.

CoD - Advanced Warfare
CoD – Advanced Warfare

I am pretty crappy at first person shooters (actually I am sure I am worse than I think), but I do enjoy playing them. I know I will never be a MLG contender and I am alright with that. But for those out there that like to compete on GameBattles I just wonder what their take is on what they have seen so far. Is it to futuristic or is it something they have been waiting for. I guess time will tell as we get closer to release.

One last thing… I did find the team exos mock-ups on charlieintel.com to be pretty damn cool!

Until next time Nerds!

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!

August 16

Blurb – Gen Con Second Day!

The second day of Gen Con brought about a great few pictures. Below are a few of my favorite which include two giant game boards, one which was build to Lego’s and had actual robots! I ended the gallery with Wil Wheaton just because I think he is awesome!

Days three pictures will be up tomorrow! I will be looking through all the post to find the good ones!

Enjoy Nerds!

August 15

RPG – The Mighty Ancient Red Dragon!

Just a quick peek at D&D 5th Edition Ancient Red Dragon! Here is the graphic and some flavor text!

5E: Ancient Red Dragon
5E: Ancient Red Dragon

“I’ve been commanded to inform you that our new lord, Rezzhaxthenarin demands tribute to his queen, Tiamat. Should we reach 600k likes for the page by GenCon’s end on Sunday night, he will allow us to reveal his magnificent Red Dragon self from the Monster Manual to the world. Oh, and he also assures us we will not be eaten should we meet his demands. So please, share with your friends and let’s get this tyrant what he wants!”

So get to liking so we can see the full page Nerds!

 

August 15

Blurb – Gen Con Previews!

One thing you can be certain of is that a lot of companies like to hold off showing the public stuff so they can have a big reveal at Gen Con. So I have seen two so far one is for the Pathfinder and Obsidian pairing that you can see on a previous blog.

And this next one!

Dungeonscape
Dungeonscape
Kamus-The-Famous
Kamus-The-Famous
Kamus-The-Famous-PT
Kamus-The-Famous-PT

It is the love child of the Dungeon & Dragons and Trapdoor Technologies pairing called D&D DungeonScape (codename was Morninstar). This is the official character generator for 5th Edition D&D! The beta is being shown off at Gen Con and you can see the pictures of it on Dwarven Foundry’s twitter page!

Enjoy Nerds!

August 15

Blurb – Gen Con First Day!

A lot of awesome pictures were taken at Gen Con 2014 first day! I have compiled a few of what caught my eye!

Oh and if you forgot head over to www.geeknative.com and learn about Anti Gen Con. It is pretty awesome idea allowing those of us stuck at home to connect to other gamers on Gen Con weekend. You can also win great prizes in the GenCant2014 contest!

In the words of Wil Wheaton! “Play More Games!”