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The time to be a nerd is now! Well actually the time to be a nerd has been pretty much now for the last 10 years and it doesn’t seem like we will be hitting a slow down at any time in the near future. The true question for the nerd about town is what Convention, or Con for the savvy among you, should you go to?

It all depends on what you are looking for, if you are just in search of the biggest and brightest stars and entertainment, well then maybe one of the larger ones Comic Con San Diego, Dragon Con, New York City Comic Con, even Emerald City Con may be for you. There pop culture meets comics, and you get to see stars from some of your favorite shows and movies. If you are looking for comic books and merch buys there are hundreds of smaller conventions that have exactly what you need! And if you are just looking to start out and maybe work your way to the bigger Cons maybe go to Long Beach Comic Con or Wonder Con to get a taste of what it is all about. Also note I am in Southern California so you should look up smaller Conventions in your region, i.e. Wizard World, Heroes and Villains etc.

There are, in fact, those of us who are professionals at Con going. From packing to planning who you want to see, where you want to go, and how long you can be there, we can pack it all down to a science. Beware though mighty traveler things to occur and plans get broke, and after about 15 years of going to Cons you too can become jaded and burned out. Try to not go to every nerd Con out there, go to a few different ones, mix it up, try to enjoy the floor at larger Cons rather than spending every one of them waiting in a line to hear some folks talk about something you will get to see next year. Also meet people, being a nerdy person can be hard at times, maybe easier now as time goes on, I just know when I was younger it was difficult being an extrovert nerd. So talk to folks, make friends, enjoy other people perspective because meeting folks that are into some of the same stuff you are is awesome!

Water, snacks, and pace yourself. Pack the first two and remember the last one.

Last but not least keep an open mind, you won’t like every fandom, most people can’t as there are just far too many expansive ones to like them all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t merely sit back and enjoy them.

Most of all have fun! This is a vacation not a job, enjoy.

 

A Review…A Plea…A Game

By: Michael Worthan
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I was given the task of reviewing 5 Minute Dungeon, a game that has not only reached its goal on its Kickstarter page, it has DEMOLISHED it!. Now I was supposed to do this a LONG, LONG time ago, but unfortunately life did what it does and go in the way of doing the fun stuff for some not so fun stuff. So for the tardiness of this article I am sorry to those I let down, but as things go I am following through on what I am supposed to do no matter how late.

5-Minute Dungeon is fun for those that love imagination, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or just generally love competition. It is quick, the rules are relatively easy, and the game itself is amazingly fun, especially when you’re with good friends that also have a healthy competitive nature. As I said before the Kickstarter has smashed its goals, but it is still up and running, and I have been told there is a possible extension in it! So you can still go and help make this the best possible release of all time for a game by going straight to their Kickstarter and helping them even more HERE!

The innovation is great, even the mock up review copy that I received was really impressive, and to create a game for generations of young and old nerds, those that play D&D in the long for or those that have always wanted to but couldn’t let a whole day get away from them 5-Minute Dungeon has everything you need. A co-operative game with a 5 minute time limit, hence the name, to beat the boss and move on to the next difficulty level!

The colors! The characters! The game itself! Have I added enough exclamation points for you yet?!!!!!!!!!

In all seriousness though it is very rare in this day and age that folks get a chance to make something great, something they fully thought up, something that rails against convention and embraces ones imagination. This game does everything you want it to, it’s an ingenious creation that, if you get it from them on their Kickstarter here, you won’t be disappointed. It’s fun, it allows you and your friends to come together as a team and defeat the enemies, and it creates a heart wrenching thrill that very few games do nowadays.

So go, give, enjoy, and as always never hate.

 

Punisher, Star Wars, Free Comics & More!

By: Mark Patton

One batch, two batch, penny, and dime!

The-punisherThe Punisher is set to become another Netflix Original and will have his own series coming soon! Now I spoke about Jon Bernthal’s contract a few months ago, as a source I have told me some very new, very private information. Now I can proudly stand up and say that the scoop I gaveĀ GeekNerdNet.com from my source was pretty much right on, and it feels good. I’m 1/1 on Marvel scoops and may very well stop there, being 100% is a nice feeling. Now I was told a “Marvel film” was a possibility and he also signed for two “TV shows” mind you in this day and age Netflix accounts for TV so there we go, now if he appears in a movie I’d be over the top on that, but how many street level characters are we going to see in the big boy films? I’m happy Bernthal/The Punisher just received a Netflix Original season, it definitely shows how ridiculously popular the character was, and the sympathy we all felt for a man who was basically broken makes for better watching in my humble opinion.

This one is a short fun blurb if you didn’t know, have hidden under a rock, or don’t
know what Dimay4sney is, next week is Star Wars Day also known as May the 4th is next week! Wednesday to be exact, so pull out your Vader or Kylo helmet, your Wookiee shirt, or anything else from that “Galaxy Far Far Away” and enjoy a nice fun day!

It seems this next week is riddled with fun times because on May 6th Captain America: Civil War is out in theaters and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I would have seen half the movie with the 30 plus TV spots Marvel has put out, maybe slow it down there guys. Civil_War_Final_PosterYou already have the fan base, you don’t need to force a movie everyone has been waiting for down our throats. All-in-all though I’m excited for it and will definitely see it more than once, because although I love DC I also Love Marvel, blasphemy you say? I say you’re foolish if you have to separate them, or pit one against another, they both can be great all on their own. I am looking forward to the deeper introductions into the Scarlet Witch and Vision, as well as the evolution of the Falcon. Bringing in Ant-Man for a little light heartedness, and Black Panther for another twist and agenda is always interesting. With so many characters and the return of Spider-Man to his roots in Marvel I am excited to see how they use him, and how much of a part he plays in the whole movie. From what I have seen there is so much going on it’ll be a little bit squished in there, but if they learned anything from doing too much with Age of Ultron I feel they will be in safe hands and do a great job. Early reports have it being a fantastic time and a movie you’ll definitely want to see.

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Now here’s a tad bit of information you may not have had before, now take a deep breath because I know a lot is going on next week, but make sure to visit a participating comic book store for Free Comic Book Day’s 15th anniversary! So go to your favorite comic book ho spot and enjoy the festivities! A lot of places are having signings, giveaways, food, and all sorts of different types of fun.

As always folks share, enjoy, comment, but never hate!