Uncle Chris

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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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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Geek in The Windy City

The morning show is heading out of town for a radio convention this week, and it will be my first time ever in Chicago. We're going to be busy most of the time with panels and seminars and interacting with other radio professionals from all over the country, but we will have some time to ourselves...
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Remember these Sci-Fi "classics" from the '90s?

We were talking on the show recently about some classic movies that we think everyone should see: The Godfather, Shawshank Redemption, Pulp Fiction, Jaws, and a handful of others. Despite BJ being involved, there were very few science fiction movies discussed and this got me thinking about some of...
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I wanted better money for my game, so I made it myself

I've put a lot of time into getting my Firefly board game to the table for our gaming group. Learning it back to front so I can teach others, buying all of the expansions and extra ships, running down a copy of the full-sized play mat... But I decided that I was really unhappy with the paper money...
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More on the topic of Good & Evil

Good & Evil, Right & Wrong, video games always have these things built in, some just handle them differently. I really like games where your choices in the game change the way the game plays and your interactions with NPCs and the world of the game at large. In part 2, I look at two more...
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"Good vs. Evil" is the name of the game

Good & Evil, Right & Wrong, video games always have these things built in, some just handle them differently. I really like games where your choices in the game change the way the game plays and your interactions with NPCs and the world of the game at large. I wound up going on about this...
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Games, TV, Movies, it's all the same to me

Theme is always important with board games, but there's a whole category of games where the theme is everything. IP games (Intellectual Property) rely on the players' familiarity with a franchise or movie to draw in fans of that IP, but there can also be some great games that are just looking for...
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Games for one

Playing board games alone can be frustrating and sad, unless you have a couple of great games with "Solo Mode" built in! I got a couple of really excellent games for Christmas, let me show you what I'll be doing when I don't feel like dealing with other people in the coming months... Video of ep 91...
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Coolest Advent Calendar Ever!

So, I started a little late with my advent calendar this year, but that's not gonna keep me from sharing the amazing awesomeness with you all! Lego does a few different advent calendars every year, but the Star Wars one is a no-brainer for this geek. Check out this video as I assemble Day 12's cool...
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