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Armada by Ernest Cline – A Review of the Book

I recently finished reading Armada by Ernest Cline. You’ve probably heard of Ernest Cline from his book Ready Player One, which is currently being produced with Steven Spielberg at the helm (which almost feels like something out of the book…). Ready Player One is set in a crummy mid-twenty-first century where life in the real world is pretty awful, but life in the virtual reality world is awesome – and that virtual world is full of pop culture references (especially from the 80’s). For more on Ready Player One as it relates to Armada, check back tomorrow for my review of Armada compared to other stories.

But first, I wanted to write this review, just about the book. Trying, really hard, to just talk about this book. Because just talking about this book is hard – like Cline’s first novel, this one is full of pop culture references and does not exist alone in the universe. It’s also hard in general to talk about this book without spoilers, something I would like to try to do in this review.

Meaning I had to take a step back. Look at the description of the book on Amazon. And think back to how quickly, in the opening pages, some of the initial questions you have about the book are answered. With all of that, I think it’s safe to say that this is  an alien invasion novel… about alien invasion stories. The book, and the main character, are very genre aware as far as that all goes – and, with video games and the idea of drone warfare, your average gamer could also be the next starfighter ace…

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How do you do a roleplaying game via YouTube? Titansgrave.

We’ve been watching things from Geek & Sundry since before this blog started. We’ve been watching TableTop since the beginning. And we’ve listened to some of Wil Wheaton’s explanation as to why there are some games that are just harder to do on the show.

Which generally included Roleplaying Games, although they’ve done several multi-part episodes to show a little bit of roleplaying (and are in fact in the middle of doing so right now). But it’s hard to do – there’s a lot of thinking, and inside jokes, and imagination, and not a lot to show. Not without a lot of work.

All of which seems to be a problem they have done a lot to solve. They’ve created a new show, which I’m surprised Holly and I didn’t run and share immediately. But some of it is that it’s sucked us in more, week after week. It’s good. We care about the characters at this point – and you can tell the players do. And one of the best things that happens is Wil Wheaton gets the players to flesh out the small details of the world.

The show is called Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana, and it’s amazing. It’s ten episodes in now, and episode nine was particularly harrowing. Not that I suggest starting there: no no, start early. For fun, for glory. For five gold and a party.

Here’s the show in playlist form, starting with the introduction to the world!

International TableTop Day 2015 Game Recommendations!

It’s that time again – International TableTop Day! This event started the same year that we started Comparative Geeks, and we started an annual tradition of the 12 Days of TableTop Day. We featured 12 games over 12 days before the big day – so at this point, there are 36 games we have recommended for play today!

If you missed this year’s game recommendations, you can find all of them on our Instagram – or you can read on after the jump for a bit more about each game! Hopefully today finds you playing one of these or many other games, together with old friends or new friends. You can find events near you on their website. In the words of Wil Wheaton – play more games!

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We Interrupt the A to Z Challenge for International TableTop Day

We are not sure yet how we are going to celebrate International TableTop Day – other than the 12 Days of TableTop Day over on our Tumblr page – but that shouldn’t stop you from having a good time.

As Wil Wheaton points out in the video above, there are not only locations holding events – there are locations that have promotional goods as well for the event! Find an event near you – http://www.tabletopday.com/

Play more games! Preferably tomorrow!

A Word on TableTop, from the host, Wil Wheaton.

Our schedule is a bit thrown off, but we came back from our Fourth of July holiday, sat down to lunch and a bit of YouTube. And what we found stole the show for today’s make-up blog post.

You may recall our Twelve Days of TableTop Day, and know that we are big fans of both tabletop gaming and of TableTop the show. But our final list of TableTop Day games included not a lot from the show. Well, most of those games ended up in the most recent, mid-season video about TableTop from Wil Wheaton.

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