Stephen Graham Jones’s ‘The Angel of Indian Lake’ Is More ‘Dream Warriors’ Than ‘Season of the Witch’
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by Z
1d ago
Of the many insightful meta-analyses provided for us throughout the Scream franchise, none rings truer than that of Detective Kincaid in Scream 3: “All I know is that in the third one, all bets are off.” Such is certainly the case with The Angel of Indian Lake, the final entry in Stephen Graham Jones’s Indian Lake Trilogy. While the bulk of Jones’s fiction mines the gore-splattered ground of horror cinema, this series approaches it unapologetically head-on, wearing its slasher, suspense, and giallo influences on the proverbial sleeve—largely through the driving insight and observations of tro ..read more
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Intruder Alert! Intruder Alert! The ‘Berzerk’ x Replicade has Arrived
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by Paul Benson
3d ago
1980 was a great time to be in the arcade. Atari released Battlezone and Missile Command, Namco put out Pac-Man and Rally-X, and Midway put out Wizard of Wor. Among these titles, Stern Electronics also released a little multidirectional shooter with voice synthesis known as Berzerk. In that game, you’re navigating an electrified maze filled with robots trying to shoot you, while at the same time avoiding the indestructible menace of Evil Otto. Berzerk was an arcade hit, spawning a 1982 sequel Frenzy, as well as a board game adaptation and home console releases. The box for the 1983 Berzerk bo ..read more
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Skadoosh! ‘Kung Fu Panda 4’ Arrives on Digital, and a Package Arrives at My House
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by Paul Benson
3d ago
The Dragon Warrior. This legendary martial artist appears in the most unlikely form: a rotund Panda Bear who loves to eat, named Po. The Kung Fu Panda movies combine great animation with generous helpings of comedy, action, and heart. Kung Fu Panda 4 is now available to watch at home, and to herald its arrival, a large box just appeared at my house… Hmmm, what could be inside? Image by Paul Benson. What could be inside? Why, all sorts of goodies… What you see is just the tip of the iceberg. Image by Paul Benson. First off, there’s a Kung Fu Panda t-shirt featuring Po. I’m looking forward to w ..read more
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GeekMom: The ‘D&D’ Campaign I Created for Newer Players
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by GeekMom
4d ago
I run a Dungeons and Dragons game for elementary school aged kids at our FLGS using the Animal Adventures campaign setting from Steamforged Games. When I started this game, my players ranged from 1st graders to 5th. I had several dads at my table who played as well, one whose been playing for quite some time, and the others who had started playing in the last year or so. With that first adventure, we used pre-made characters at level 3 so they were a little less squishy overall as we took on those first adventures, and they were learning the ropes. The downside to this is that the highe ..read more
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Announcing the 2024 American Tabletop Award Winners
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by Jonathan H. Liu
5d ago
Today the results of the American Tabletop Awards were announced for 2024! Each of the four categories has a Winner, Recommended titles, and Nominated titles. I’m a member of the ATTA panel along with a bunch of other folks in the world of tabletop games, and it’s always fun (and challenging!) to hash out our list of games to consider—you may recognize some of the titles in this post from our own coverage on GeekDad, though there are also some that don’t overlap. (I’ve included links to GeekDad reviews when available.) The Early Gamers winner is Blob Party, a cooperative party game abou ..read more
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Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Tiny Epic Game of Thrones’
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by Jonathan H. Liu
5d ago
Political maneuvering, shaky alliances, and inevitable betrayals, all in a box smaller than the first volume of A Game of Thrones. What Is Tiny Epic Game of Thrones? Tiny Epic Game of Thrones is an area-control game for 1 to 4 players, ages 18 and up, and takes about 60 minutes to play. Well, according to the box, anyway: my play times have usually lasted a bit longer than that though these have usually included teaching it. The 18+ is primarily for the game’s content rather than the gameplay; although there are allusions to the horrors of the book/show, nothing in the game is particular ..read more
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DC This Week Roundup – Time and Space
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by Ray Goldfield
5d ago
Sinister Sons #3 cover, via DC Comics. Sinister Sons #3 – Peter J. Tomasi, Writer; Vasco Georgiev, Artist; Tamra Bonvillain, Colorist Ray – 8.5/10 Ray: The third issue of this series is an offbeat bottle episode of sorts, as Lor-Zod and SinSon find themselves trapped inside the belly of a giant space-whale with an unexpected companion—Major Tom, a slightly demented spaceman who has been trapped inside the whale for years and has built himself a bizarre ecosystem there. As Sinson schemes and Lor-Zod alienates their new potential ally, the trio all finds themselves struggling to survive during t ..read more
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Review – Batman/Dylan Dog #2: Welcome to Hell
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by Ray Goldfield
5d ago
Batman/Dylan Dog #2 cover, via DC Comics. Batman/Dylan Dog #2 – Roberto Recchioni, Writer; Gigi Cavenago, Werther Dell’Edera, Artists; Giovanna Niro, Colorist Ray – 9/10 Ray: The first issue of this odd Italian crossover set up an interesting dynamic, as Batman’s nemesis Joker went on a European vacation to team up with the mysterious Dr. Abraxas—the nemesis of paranormal investigator Dylan Dog. That sent Batman abroad, as the two very different crimefighters formed an uneasy partnership and chased down their enemies. But at the end of last issue, both Batman’s love Catwoman and Dylan’s assist ..read more
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Review – Suicide Squad: Dream Team #2 – Assault on Gamorra
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by Ray Goldfield
5d ago
Suicide Squad: Dream Team #2 cover, via DC Comics. Suicide Squad: Dream Team #2 – Nicole Maines, Writer; Eddy Barrows, Penciller; Eber Ferreira, Inker; Adriano Lucas, Colorist Ray – 8.5/10 Ray: One of the big things that has been building as we head towards the Absolute Power event is that Amanda Waller has absolutely no scruples left. While she previously showed no hesitation to capture or even kill villains, she’s now expanded to heroes and civilians alike – placing brain bombs in their heads and sending them on missions. Her new Suicide Squad contains several heroes and antiheroes, and even ..read more
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Review – Batman and Robin #8 – Family Affairs
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by Ray Goldfield
5d ago
Batman and Robin #8 cover, via DC Comics. Batman and Robin #8 – Joshua Williamson, Writer; Nikola Cizmesija, Artist; Rex Lokus, Colorist Ray – 9/10 Ray: Since the start of this series, Batman and Robin have been more in sync than they usually are – but this issue, they’re split up, and the culprit is a pair of women who might have ulterior motives. Batman has chosen to seek out Shush, believed to be Damian’s former abusive teacher Mistress Harsh – who is also posing as the headmistress at Damian’s high school. It’s a tangled web, made only more so by the fact that Shush is working for a derang ..read more
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