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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!

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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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