Author: Cindy Gunnin

Imperial Assault: Campaign Game Captures Feel of the ‘Star Wars’ Movies

Imperial Assault is a miniatures game that grabs the feeling of the Star Wars movies and brings it to your tabletop. The neat thing about this game from Fantasy Flight Games is that it is really two games in one, providing lots of re-play opportunity and chances to play the Empire or the Rebel Alliance. About the Game The core box set for Imperial Assault retails for about $100, but you can probably pick it up cheaper than that at your favorite online game retailer. Picking up an extra packet of dice (as with everything from Fantasy Flight) makes...

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How to Decorate Like a Geek Part III: Make Your Space

If you’ve read the first two parts of How to Decorate Like a Geek, you’ve heard some of our tricks and tips for incorporating your geekdom into your house and doing it relatively inexpensively, but what we haven’t addressed is how we ignored the expected molds to get our house exactly the way we wanted it. Our House and Choices Here are some of the big choices we made and how they have worked for us. About two years ago we moved to a three-bedroom, 1,600-square-foot manufactured home. It came with challenges. The rooms are narrow and long, not...

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How to Decorate Like a Geek Part 2: Do It On The Cheap

The best thing about decorating like a geek is that you don’t have to spend your entire paycheck to do it. Sure, you can spend thousands on a custom game table and big name artists, but you can also do it inexpensively. Decorating on The Cheap Whether it’s your first home after college or a little later in life, the idea of decorating your home can be daunting for many reasons, not the least of which is the expense. So how do you decorate your home in a geek chic you love but without breaking the bank? Start with...

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How to Decorate Like a Geek Part I: Storage

Have you ever walked into someone’s home and thought, “Wow, I want to live here?” Here are some great ideas for getting your geeky friends to say that every time they visit you. Getting Started and Storing Your Stuff Many young adults have preconceived notions about what an “adult” home will look like. From television series, magazines or our families, we develop these ideas that our homes must look like the examples we have seen or we are somehow not adulting. I call foul! I fell for it too, imagining that without plants and throw pillows and boring artwork...

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Meet Author Laura Benedict, Edgar Award Nominee

Laura Benedict hides her geek pretty well, until you get to know her. You’d never know that in fourth grade she often wore her glasses in the swimming pool. At first glance, she looks like a soccer mom, not the well-respected writer of mystery, supernatural thriller novels, and short stories that she really is. Of course, she does also answer to “Mom,” so the fact that the Edgar-nominated writer can aptly disguise herself is perhaps not unexpected. The Edgar nomination is the most recent accolade Benedict has added to her writing bio, but it’s certainly not the first. She’s...

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Why You Should Attend The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

Until two years ago, I had never attended a comic con. Sure, heading to San Diego for a weekend of stars, previews, and all the comics a girl could love sounded fun, but it had never been something I could do. But then, I moved to Pennsylvania and found out about the inaugural Great Philadelphia Comic Con. That’s right, this year marks just the third time that the Great Philadelphia Comic Con has graced the halls of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. In that time, it’s grown to be the largest independent comic con in the state....

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Are You Really a Ninja? Find Out With ‘Ninja Dice’

Have you ever argued with your friends about who the greatest ninja is? Really, who in geekdom hasn’t? With Greenbriar Games’ Ninja Dice, you can settle the question for all time, or until the next time you need a fast-paced party game. The starter set includes six black house dice, five white skill dice and four threat dice in a squared zippered pouch that looks like a ninja’s face. As you might expect from the name, Ninja Dice is a dice game. Intended for two to four players, the game combines the push-your-luck aspect of games like Zombie Dice...

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Board Game Review of ‘Argent: The Consortium’

Players in Argent: The Consortium are competing to win the votes necessary to be named the new headmaster at a school of magic that is not Hogwarts, we promise. The game, from Level 99 Games, is a worker placement European-style game that is unique in part because the win conditions are somewhat unknown to the players. The very pretty game, published in 2015, is recommended for 2-5 players, unless one of the expansions is also in play. The expansions add more characters and expanded rules, increasing the difficulty of the game. The game claims that it takes about half...

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