Useless Drivel – Atomic Robo (and more!) with Mike Olson

Atomic-RoboWould you believe that Robert and Matt actually convinced someone to record a podcast with them?  Neither could they!  When it comes to over the top awesome, it’s hard to beat the Fate Core system, but you add a healthy dose of Atomic Robo to the mix, and you’ve got yourself some serious kickassery!  The guys are joined this week by Mike Olson, lead designer of the Atomic Robo RPG, and man, is this guy living the dream!  Tune the world out and flip on your geek-dar, because it’s about to get all sorts of awesome in your ears.  From Action Scientists and Dinosaurs to Brainstorms and Vampire Lucahdores, prepare to be amazed by a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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2012 Geek Resolutions

I love the new year.  My type A, OCD-addled personality loves how perfect January 1st looks on the calendar.  We all have resolutions, even if you’re the type of person who doesn’t “believe” in them, it’s a great time to set some goals and make some improvements.  So here are my geek-related resolutions for the new year!

Go To the Movies

I can’t tell you the last time I went to the movies.  Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the movies it’s just hard to get out.  However, with so many awesome geek movies on the horizons we are going to have to sneak away once a month or so.  Here’s my Top 3 Must-Sees:

The Avengers coming May 4, 2012:

Batman:  The Dark Knight Rises coming  July 20, 2012:

The Hobbit coming December 14, 2012:

Play More Games

It must be noted that this does not mean buy more games.  We have a walk-in closet chock full of awesome games that have yet to be played!  Here’s my Top 3 Must-Plays:

Arkham Horror by Fantasy Flight Games

This game has co-op game play set in a Lovecraftian world so what has kept us from playing?  A dauntingly long rule book and laziness, or course!

Bang!  (La Pallottola) The Bullet!  by Da Vinci

A Western-based card game should have us chomping at the proverbial bit to play this one but it fell to the wayside for quicker-to-play fare and once again.. laziness.

Battleship Galaxies by Wizards of the Coast

I loved Battleship as a kid and when I saw this new variation of the game I immediately impulse-bought it!  I wanted to get my Captain Maul Mal on but the guys seemed meh about the whole thing.  So lack of interest and wait for it… laziness sent this one to the shelf o’ “how long have we had that game!?”

Read More Books

Since I finally got out of my vocabularily-abusive relationship with Fablehaven it’s time for me to sow my oats and see what else is out there for me.  Here are my Top 3 Must-Reads:

The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

When I first heard of this series my inner voice yelled, “Didn’t you learn anything from Twilight!?  Don’t believe the hype!”  But I quickly quieted that voice and hopefully clicked the purchase button.  I am about five chapters into the first book and so far I am liking it!  Katniss Everdeen is no Bella Swan and that alone makes this series far superior to Stephenie Meyers’ dreck.

Locke & Key by Joe Hill

I own all four hardcover volumes of this series:  Welcome to Lovecraft, Head Games, Crown of Shadows, and Keys to the Kingdom but just haven’t found the time to read them.  When I first started hearing buzz about this series I was very intrigued.  It’s written by Stephen King’s son and that makes him a legacy in my book.  I picked up World War Z for a similar reason and Max Brooks impressed the hell of me.  It was also optioned for a television series  on FOX and although it didn’t get picked up (much to my dismay) Cryptozoic is making a board game based on the series this year.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

When I heard that this book was originally conceived during a NaNoWriMo project I knew I had to pick it.  Writers write whether it’s National Novel Writing Month or not but I like the idea of setting aside a special time to chase that manuscript that is always rattling around in my head.  Erin Morgenstern did just that and I am beyond curious to see what she came up with. Oh, and Matt, I know you got your hopes up but it’s not a sequel to Night Train.

So, fellow geeks resolve along with me to get some checks on that old to-do list!  What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2012?

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