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Monday
May022011

Hallo's Atari 2600 Review #1: Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle

Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle Publisher: Coleco Date: 1982 Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle is a side-scrolling adventure where an unnamed Smurf attempts to rescue Smurfette from the clutches of Gargamel who has hidden her deep within his castle. Ok, maybe not too deep, but she is stuck on top of some dining room furniture and apparently is not able to climb down by herself.

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Monday
Apr252011

Quite Quotable

"Fantasy is true . . . it isn't factual, but it is true."

 Ursula K. Le Guin, "Why Are Americans Afraid of Dragons?"

Friday
Apr222011

Playing the Tables – My Experience with Geek Chic

Being a gamer dad with four kids can be a blessing and a curse. It's nice to have gaming slaves a built in gaming group, but at times my children seem to have more in common with devastating natural disasters than human beings. When you add three insane cats into the mix, any game on the table teeters on the brink of destruction if you step away for even a moment.

Last February I decided to take steps to rectify the situation. I embarked on a quest to find a gaming table that would allow me to play those epic, marathon length games that I've always longed to play, but still be The Sultan table.

able to put my adventures on hold and take care of real life whenever it beckoned. After sifting through the glut of pool tables, poker tables, and ping pong tables which didn't really address my needs, I started to feel a bit defeated. I even entertained the notion of learning carpentry to build my own table, but the childhood memories of the misshapen birdhouse deathtraps I built during arts and crafts brought me back to reality. Thankfully for me (and my limbs), I discovered Geek Chic, a company that builds heirloom quality, made to order furniture specifically for tabletop gamers.

I originally learned about Geek Chic when reading an article about their "Sultan" table, the game table equivalent of a Rolls Royce. It is made of solid hardwood, sports a dropped gaming surface, and has desks, drawers, and all sorts of hidden compartments. I flirted with the fantasy of owning one, but with the cost of the table easily reaching the $10,000 mark, the idea was exactly that: a fantasy. My daydreams led me to www.geekchichq.com, the company's website, where I discovered a whole line of tables that were much friendlier on the wallet.

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Sunday
Apr172011

George R.R. Martin in The New Yorker

Laura Miller discusses Martin having to deal with the "Entitlement" generation among other things in this great piece in The New Yorker.  Read it here.

Sunday
Apr172011

Quite Quotable

"All that you touch you change.  All that you change changes you."

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower