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BJ Shea's Geek Nation PAX Unplugged Coverage

BJ Shea's Geek Nation and The Board Game Alliance traveled to Philadelphia, PA for PAX Unplugged 2018 this year, and we had a blast! PAXU is the tabletop gaming installment of the Penny Arcade Expo's family of conventions, the prime edition of which is based here in Seattle and is conidered one of...
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Around the world trivia with Alexa!

We had a chance to play a new trivia game the other day, it's called "When In Rome" and it makes excellent use of the Amazon Echo to guide you throiugh the game. Travel around the world meeting new friends and learning as you go! Check out the vdeo below and, as always, stay nerdy!
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Gaming For Good: Extra Life 2018

Every year, when the Extra Life event rolls around, I get really excited to help out and put my hobby to good use! This year, BJ Shea's Geek Nation, The Board Game Alliance, and The Omega Gamers are uniting to support Children's Miracle Network Hospital, and The BGA talked about it with the guys at...
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TV gets Grimm again!

One of my favorite TV shows might be getting a spin-off! Grimm might be returning soon, details are light at this time, but that doesn't mean I'm not super excited about the possibility! Video of ep 106: More Grimm Times Ahead
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The table gamers want, AND the table gamers need

Even the most casual board game enthusiast knows that table space is often at a premium when you need a place to play. Dining room tables are great, except that you need to clear everything off to set up a game and then tear the whole thing down again when you return the table to dining mode. Enter...
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Trekkies rejoice! New shows are on the way!

Set phasers to "Record Series"! In a recent article from startrek.com, it was announced that CBS All Access will begin to roll out 'Star Trek: Short Treks', the four standalone stories building toward the season two premiere of 'Star Trek: Discovery'. Each short will run 10-15 minutes and will be...
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GM ABCs - How to prepare for RPGs

I spend a lot of time running RPG campaigns, and I have even spent some time on the Geek Nation podcast discussing some of my advice and ideas when it comes to making those games fun and easy for myself and my players. But what exactly goes into preparing for my role as Game Master? That's the...
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We wait all year for PAX West, here's why!

The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX, for short) has been a Seattle-area institution since it debuted in 2004, and has grown into one of the largest conventions in the country. Focusing mainly on video games and emergant video gaming technology, PAX West (or PAX Prime, or even PAX O.G.) has a ton of amazing...
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Teaching the Students to become the Masters

I had a request on one of my other videos recently, asking me to explain my process when it comes to teaching people new games. I never really sat down and thought about how I handle teaching before, but I quickly realized that I DO have a set porcedure and I wanted to walk you guys through a "How...
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Self-awareness for geeks

I usually try to keep things pretty light with my blog, but something happened to me the other day that I feel like I need to share with everybody I can. Because of an unexpected encounter and the conversation that took place because of it, ​I had the opportunity to take look inside myself and...
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