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  • 20Aug

    Blinged out accessory, but is it really what people want?

    This new blinged out shuffle from a Norwegian Company will set you back $20,000. It’s a mix of gold and diamonds. The recent trend started by Paris Hilton to bling every electronic device they own seems to still be going strong, but I have yet to see any friends or people in real life do the same. Is anyone other than the rich that seem to just use it as a status symbol actually blinging out their wares? iPod Shuffle $99 to bling it out? $20,000 Is it really worth that? Follow

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  • 20Aug

    PoxNora & Octopi – GenCon ’07

    PoxNora & Octopi at GenCon 2007 Pox Nora is a Collectible Online Strategy Game based on gaming with Collectible Cards and Miniatures developed by Octopi. At GenCon, I got the chance to sit down with the president of Octopi and Game Designer for PoxNora, Dan Kopycienski. According to Dan, PoxNora was created out of a love for miniature gaming and role-playing coupled with a decline in the time he had to invest in those types of games. PoxNora is truly a combination of those gaming systems, with the addition of Collectible Cards and Online Strategy play. To play PoxNora, you create an account on the website, where you can dive right in the Training Grounds with a basic set from one of the eight factions available in the game. You have a number of Runes available to play in each game, and each Rune represents a Relic, a Spell or

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  • 20Aug

    GenCon Day Four

    Day Four was by far the shortest day. Not only because it’s the shortest day for the Exhibition Hall to be open, but mostly because I only signed up for one event. Ten am was far too early for a game Sunday morning (I’ve learned my lesson) but I sucked it up to make a Warhammer Fantasy Role-Playing session called, “Rough Justice”. “Rough Justice” was a pre-fab adventure to preview the new Warhammer Fantasy book supplement, Realm of the Ice Queen. Unfortunately for the GM running the game only three of us showed up to play, I’m guessing because it was Sunday morning. The GM was nice enough and well enough prepared for the adventure, but the game suffered due to the very hurried plot with only three players. The game ran a little short, coming in at two and a half hours, with a break. Afterwards, I headed back

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  • 19Aug

    Gencon Day Three

    Day Three for me was a day of seminars. The first was a seminar entitled “Keep Your Science out of My Fiction”. It was run by VV_GM from the Treasure Tables website. The seminar itself was about how to be a decent GM; how to keep the rules from disrupting the game in a role-playing game. Despite the misleading name of the seminar, it was enjoyable with several good tips for GMs on leading a successful game group. It’s also interesting to note that I was the only woman in the room. My second seminar was the Women in Gaming Roundtable Discussion put on by the Gamer Wenches. It was a forum for women to discuss what it’s like to be a girl in the gaming world. For the most part this was a really great discussion group. The GW girls said they’d been afraid that people would show up,

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  • 17Aug

    Introduction to Party Angels

    This is a new blog that will feature reviews and news about places gamers can party, or items that are perfect for gamer parties. What is the best restaurant to have a party at? Which bars are having gaming competitions? What’s the latest accessory and must have for your next party? I hope you enjoy and have fun filling your social calender with our recommendations! Follow

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  • 17Aug

    My night at Uwink

    I met Nolan Bushnell at the 8-bit Gallery opening a few months ago. While speaking with him and some other journalists, I learned that he had opened a new restaurant called UWink. The concept is simple, delicious food combined with a casual gaming experience. Nolan knows a thing or two about games and restaurants. He was the founder of Atari and the creator of Chuck E. Cheese. Chuck E. Cheese many of us can remember as being the go-to place for birthday parties with games, pizza and a dancing mouse. The first UWink restaurant was opened in the Woodland Hills area in Southern California. When you walk into UWink it is very white and people everywhere are gathered around pyramid shaped screens at each table. The walls have various images broadcasted on them. I am surprised at the sophisticated, futuristic feel of UWink. I take time to glance around at

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  • 17Aug

    GenCon Day Two

    Luckily, for me, my day didn’t start as early today. I got started at 1 this afternoon with an interview* at the WizKids booth. I got to play a demo for the AvP (Aliens Versus Predator) HorrorClix while I waited for the rep to talk. The demo was fun, although I’m not new to the Clix system, which helped. I played with the Aliens and won against another con attendee. My interview was short, but we talked about the big announcement for HorrorClix, which is the release of the Nightmares figures in May of 2008. I also got to see the new HaloClix system, which has a few changes from regular HeroClix. Afterward, I made my way to the Octopi/PoxNora booth to meet with Dan Kopycienski and Tom George. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a demo of the game while I was there because all of the demo computers were occupied.

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  • 17Aug

    RockBand/Harmonix Xfire Chat

    Xfire Chat with Harmonix about Rockband As a part of Xfire’s music week I was able to attend a live chat with Harmonix, the development company behind games such as Guitar Hero and Amplitude and, of course, their latest project which discussed, Rock Band. Rock Band is a game that is being released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 consoles. In the game the player will be able to become a singer, guitarist, bassist, or drummer and sing or play the many songs in the game. If that doesn’t sound fun enough you can invite your friends over and have a real band. In short, Rock Band is a game where you can live out that rock fantasy that you’ve always dreamed of. During the 4-chat room interview, Dan T (Senior Designer at Harmonix), Sean (Community Developer at Harmonix), and Naoko (Associate Producer at Harmonix) were answering questions about

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  • 16Aug

    GenCon Day One

    For the un-initiated, GenCon is quite possibly THE biggest gaming convention in the USA. Gamers gather for four days to attend seminars and workshops, but mostly they come for the games. There’s rooms dedicated to all sorts of different games. There’s a giant ballroom for Tabletop Games like Settlers of Catan, or Car Wars. There’s numerous rooms for TCG (Trading Card Games) or CCG (Collectible Card Games) like Magic: The Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh. There’s rooms and events dedicated to Role-Playing like the True Dungeon or Live Action Role-Playing events. Pretty much anywhere you go in the Indianapolis downtown area during these four days is going to filled with gamers gaming. Or just participating in some sort of gaming related hobby, like painting miniatures. GenCon also has a gigantic exhibitors hall where vendors and game companies alike sell their wares, artists display their work and Convention Guests of Honor have booths

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  • 14Aug

    First game made specifically for the iPhone

    Even though it was stated by many companies that they would not be bringing games to the iPhone by Apple, it appears that there are groups trying to figure out new and innovative games to play using the iPhone’s unique features. Lights off was created by Lucas Newman and Adam Betts. The objective is to switch all of the lights out. Tapping a light toggles it and the four adjacent lights. If all the lights go out, you proceed to the next level. Although installing games for the iPhone is not an easy process yet. When I clicked on Installation instructions, it’s stated right away that it can be difficult. You have to download the iActivator so you can have access to the filesystem. Then you install SSH so that you can copy the application to the phone. Adam’s blog says they built it in three days and won 2nd

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