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Free Comic Book Day Celebration with Nerd Titan

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This Saturday is a super eventful day, because it is Free Comic Book Day and also Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you). Due to this rare alignment of Nerdly Venn Diagrams, the people at Nerd Titan are celebrating by posting our asses up at Borderlands Games (Salem, Or) to give away some cool nerd swag and to play table top games! The event starts at 11 AM and finishes up pretty late, so show up, read some comics, talk with us Nerd Titan folk and play some games with us! I have to work that day and won’t be able to get up there until ~4:30 or 5:00 PM, and I’m planning on doing some game demos while I’m there. Zac (a.k.a papa Titan) and I are talking with Borderlands about getting some weekly gaming tourneys started and this is going to be where we finalize a lot of those details. I’m also told that Bentley and King Richard will be recording an episode of their podcast on site and I will surely be popping in on that at some point!

All the details are documented on the Facebook Event page, so go confirm your planned attendance and post what games you would like to play with us! I will be bringing a bunch of games and plan to demo a couple of my favs (i.e. Ruse, Ascension, Munchkin, We Didn’t Playtest This, etc.) and talking gaming and game development. I am proud to be a part of a small commune of game developers in my area and I’m hoping some of them will also be attending. You might get a chance to play some games still in playtest mode or see some workshopping in action!

I’m Playing in Albany, Oregon on #TableTopDay!

Flyer for the Albany, OR #TableTopDay Mini-Con! Yes, you may print these out and plaster them all over your school/work. [Click to Enlargify]

Flyer for the Albany, OR #TableTopDay Mini-Con! Yes, you may print these out and plaster them all over your school/work. [Click to Enlargify]

My good friends from Bonsai Games (Ruse, Infinite Power) & Elderhaven Games (Dig Site) and I have been planning a local event for #TableTopDay! Sarah and Levi of Bonsai Games put in MAD WORK on this getting several game publishers to send us stuff to demo and giveaway at the con!

I will be bringing my game library and will be doing demos of many of them through out the day. This is my official invite to you to come out and play some games with your fellow nerds! The event is free (with encouraged donations going to the Boys and Girls Club of Albany) and will be a blast! Here’s the list of games that I will be bringing…

  • Ascension
  • Castle Panic
  • Dominion
  • Elder Sign
  • Infinite Power (ECG)
  • It’s Alive!
  • Kittens in a Blender
  • Magic: the Gathering
  • Munchkin (+ Unnatural Axe & The Guild Expansions)
  • Star Munchkin
  • Pandemic
  • Ruse
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Small World (+ Two Expansions)
  • Ticket to Ride (+ India & Switzerland Expansions)
  • We Didn’t Playtest This
  • Zombie Dice (+ Double Feature Expansion)

I will be printing out several QR codes for some of the games that have either mobile versions (Ascension, Elder Sign, Small World, Ticket to Ride and Zombie Dice) or have mobile accessories (Munchkin) like a level counter. You will be able to scan these QR codes with your iDevice (not sure if they have Android options) and download the app on the spot!

I am encouraging all comers to take pictures and/or videos while at the event and Tweet them to me for a post that I will be doing on Nerd Titan, and my YouTube channel! Should you be interested in Tweeting pics/vids to me to include in my video, you can Tweet them to @alloymatt using the hashtag #TableTopDay

You can find all the details about the event by clicking over to our event pages on either Facebook or Google+ and can find more info about what #TableTopDay is by watching the videos from Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton at the bottom of this post or by visiting the Table Top Day website where you can find similar events going on in your part of the world, should you not be local to the Oregon area.

Question time! What game(s) would you like to play/are you planning to bring with you on #TableTopDay? Tweet your responses to this question with (or just copy and paste) the following:

I’m playing [insert game name here; or just delete this part] with @BonsaiGames, @ElderhavenGames and @alloymatt on #TableTopDay! Join us! http://wp.me/p1Mdle-gd

Make sure you include the link at the end of the Tweet (to this article) so other people that you know that may be interested in also attending will know where to get the info on the event! You can also just grab the link and start posting it to all the other internets (Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, etc…) should you so desire.

#TableTopDay in Albany, Oregon:  Facebook Event Page | Google+ Event Page

Official Table Top Day Site

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Bentley Michaels’ Performance Titan Podcast

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I was recently asked by Bentley Michaels, the Performance Titan over at NerdTitan.com, if I would be willing to be a guest on his podcast! I agreed and we recorded last week. He shot me a txt last night, informing me that the podcast was up, so here you go! I had a BLAST talking with Bentley about how I kinda sound like Seth Rogen, my roles as the Table-Top Titan and Science Correspondant at NerdTitan.com and I got on my high-horse and ranted about NASA being defunded. It was a LOT of fun and I have been invited to guest on the show again, in a couple of weeks, along side the VERY funny King Richard, the Comedy Titan over at NerdTitan.com! I am GREATLY looking forward to that podcast! You can give the Bentley Michaels Performance Titan podcast a listen over on NerdTitan.com and you can subscribe to it over on iTunes.

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Sci-Fri: NASA Recently Discovered 461 Alien Planets

The field of view of the  Kepler Space Telescope with graphic showing new planet candidates. [Image Credit: NASA] Click to Enlarge

The field of view of the Kepler Space Telescope with graphic showing new planet candidates. [Image Credit: NASA] Click to Enlarge

The Kepler Space Telescope is on the forefront of studying planets that lie outside of our own solar system, called exoplanets. It has returned some promising info, but recently announced that it has discovered 461 “Objects of Interest” that are considered for exoplanetary status. This is really exciting news considering the information presented in the graphic above. You may be wondering what you’re looking at with that graphic… It took me several minutes of staring to gather what that means. The shape of the photo (something like a fat cross) is the view of the Kepler Space Telescope. It’s field of view is fixed and always observes the same chunk of space, a field in the northern constellations of Cygnus, Lyra and Draco. Here’s a couple more graphics to help with figuring out where in the hell THAT is…

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“Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer” Review, Tutorial and Strategy Tips

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Ascension is, for my money, the best deck building game on the market. I know the Dominion crowd won’t appreciate that statement, but Ascension is a better two player experience than Dominion. I like the Ascension system simply because of limitation of the “Supply” and the (virtually) unlimited amount of basic purchases and Monsters to defeat. There’s also some variety as it applies to strategy. I love that Ascension is available for mobile devices, as well. What card gamer doesn’t like the chance to strategize behind their opponents’ backs? This article is a little tl;dr for some, so if you’re just looking for the app link and not interested in the rest, here ya’ go.

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Happy Earth/Sun Perihelion Day! Let’s Talk Seasons…

Perihelion and Aphelion [Image Credit: Illinois State Museum]

Perihelion and Aphelion [Image Credit: Illinois State Museum]

The Earth’s orbit around the Sun is elliptical, meaning that as it orbits the Sun, there are times that Earth is closer to, as well as, further away from the Sun. The distance is actually very minor, in the larger sense of things. Perihelion is the term for when the Earth is closest to the Sun and occurs today with the Earth being ~147,166,462 km (91,445,000 mi) from the Sun. At aphelion (when the Earth is furthest from the Sun), it’s ~152,171,522 km (94,555,000 mi) away from the Sun, a difference of 5,005,060 km (3,110,000 mi). Sure, this seems like a big change. When you consider that the distance is ~3.4% of the Earth’s total distance from the Sun, it’s not that vast. Wait… if today is the day that the Earth is closest to the Sun, shouldn’t it be warmer? It’s a common misnomer that the distance in orbital difference is the why the Earth has seasons. The Earth should be warmer when it’s orbit takes it closer to the Sun. The idea makes sense, even if its wrong. The reason for Earth’s seasons is actually due to its 23.5 degree axial tilt. How did that tilt happen? How does that tilt give us seasons?

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