Geek, Sundry, and a World of Slaughter

FINALLY FRIDAY is a weekly review article meant to give you some suggestions on what to geek out about over the next week… or so.

WATCHING

Alpha (Geek & Sundry/Nerdist)

I’ve been a fan of Nerdist and Geek & Sundry for a few years now and not too long ago they released a joint subscription service called Alpha. For $5 per month you get access to original content by both companies. This includes shows currently available on YouTube, like Tabletop, Critical Role, and some others, but there’s Alpha-only content like G&S Painter’s Guild with Will Friedle, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, and Game the Game to name a couple I’ve watched.

If you’re unfamiliar with Geek & Sundry or Nerdist, I would be incredibly surprised, but to give you the long and short, they create content for geeks and nerds. Self-explanatory, I know, but I really think what they’re doing is special. There is a genuine love for that niche of pop culture and it shows.

The shows I mentioned above are only a few of the ones I’ve taken the time to watch. One of the others that is really hitting home is Starter Kit. The gist of this show is to walk newbies through different RPG systems and games – Dungeons & Dragons, Cypher, 7th Sea, Numenera, and Pheonix: Dawn Command.

I’ve mentioned in recent entries of GTFF that I’ve become more interested in playing D&D, so Starter Kit is something I can’t wait to dive into more. So far I’ve only begun to watch the Numenera series due to my familiarity with the Cypher System that is used. And there may or may not be another reason why I’m brushing up on that knowledge…

Talkin’ Toons is great, too. I’ve always been a fan of voice acting and seeing Rob Paulsen, the voice of so many characters, sitting with other amazingly talented actors, really lights me up. I recently sat down and watched the episode with Paul Dini, Kevin Conroy, and Alan Burnett. These guys not only love Batman, but they love how they shaped a generation with their depiction of the Dark Knight. There’s so much heart in that conversation and so many more conversations that I can’t wait to watch and listen to.

I’m currently on a two-month trial of the service, but as of right now, there’s a good chance I’ll stick around for $5 every single month.


PLAYING

Small World (Days of Wonder)

No, this isn’t that creepy ride with the creepy dolls singing their creepy song in a creepy tunnel. This Small World is all about winning the most coins and taking over your opponents in order to do so.

I’ve eyeballed Small World for the last few years, since I started playing (and collecting) board games. It was that elusive one that I wasn’t sure I wanted to drop $50 on just to see if I liked it. Luckily it was in the Clearance section at Target for $15. And boy oh boy would I have paid the original price for it!

I’m not the best at strategy games, but I love them. This one’s a little different because it isn’t always about how many tokens you have on the board; it’s about utilizing your tokens and power-ups to get the most coins by the end of the game.

Here’s a good rundown on how exactly to play it. I’m not great at explaining board game rules, so I’ll leave it to the professionals. I always forget something.

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I’ve played it with two, three, and four players at one time and it’s always fun, especially once everyone understands how it works. My favorite combo is Spirit Ghouls. Or maybe it’s Berserk Amazons?


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