This Robotech Thing Special: 29 Years of Robotech

Originally posted on Dislocated Life:

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In which Jonathan drinks half a bottle of wine and spends two hours talking about the history and lasting appeal of the ROBOTECH television series and its spinoff material. Many clips from the show are played, many opinions are expressed, and if any mistruths are spoken, let’s just blame the wine.

Visit the This Robotech Thing blog at: thisrobotechthing.tumblr.com

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Ultimate D&D room

Originally posted on MAKE:

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The Burntwire Brothers remodeled a room to house their collection of D&D paraphernalia as well as a place to hold game sessions. There are stained glass windows, faux dungeon walls, a metal portcullis, dragon statuettes and a rack of swords. As if the place needs more atmosphere, the Dungeon Master can control the room’s lighting, a fog machine and a strobe from his or her seat at the table. [via boingboing]

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Another 40th Anniversary…

Originally posted on The Tékumel Foundation:

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It’s the 40th Anniversary of the release of Original Dungeons & Dragons (OD&D)!  As Jon Peterson has already chronicled, sometime in January 1974 was the original public release date for Original Dungeons & Dragons.  It is a anniversary well worth celebrating, as it was the start of a huge shift in popular culture around the world.

Somewhat less well known is the fact that Michael Mornard – better known as “Old Geezer” in online RPG forums – was the person who introduced Professsor Barker to OD&D in the fall of 1973.  Professor Barker was the faculty advisor for the Conflict Simulation Association (CSA), a student organization at the University of Minnesota.  Michael began attending meetings of the CSA, and it was there he began running his own OD&D game, and as a result, gave Professor Barker an opportunity to experience OD&D.  Later, in early…

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It’s like Christmas, only in February and you don’t actually get anything.

Originally posted on Dislocated Life:

For those of you not plugged into all things childish and geeky, the  New York Toy Fair was this weekend past. As is my custom, I spent most of the weekend glued to an internet-capable device, constantly hitting “refresh” as new and exciting pictures of new and exciting product for properties that are old enough for me to deeply, seriously, and stupidly care about were posted by the small army of nerds on the ground. In the wake of my pictorial sensory overload, I’ve raided the picture archives of Figures.com  to show you, the home viewer, the  eleven(ish) items I am most likely to buy out of everything that I actually caught sight of.

Join me after the break, won’t you?

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Doctor Who, Eleven For Eleven: The Best (And Worst) of the 11th Doctor

SailorCallie:

Pretty good blog post, Jonathan.

Originally posted on Dislocated Life:

“It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a moment, like breath on a mirror. Any minute now, he’s a-comin’.”

“Who’s coming?”

“The Doctor.”

“You–you ARE the Doctor.”

“Yup. And I always will be. But times change, and so must I.”

The Doctor discards his favorite fashion accessory. The next man won't be needing this ...

On Christmas Day, two ongoing sci-fi stories I, perhaps foolishly, genuinely care about — two sets of characters and events and interesting things that exist only in our imaginations — were radically altered. Well, at least for the foreseeable future. One, which I’ve already talked about, is being shifted and changed around for a spell, a bit, an intriguing moment before, I hope, correcting its course and soaring for a new and interesting and transformative future. Not that I believe that’s really going to happen, but as I’ve often said, Hope Springs Eternal.

The other, however, which I’m going to talk about today, is forever changed…

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