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June 27, 2013
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Wil Wheaton – Table Top

Table Top - Smash-Up

Table Top – Smash-Up

Board games were the default nerd pastime before video games became knocked them for six, but are enjoying a third or fourth or even fifth golden age and resurgence.


The video reviews for them, from the likes of The Dice Tower, Undead Viking and Joel Eddy are as much a part of YouTube as video game reviews, and the biggest difference between them and their digital counterparts is the social aspect. Wil Wheaton’s Table Top perfectly captures that – five or six people playing a game after a brief introduction from Wil.


And the videos are immensely geeky, crying out to have animated gifs created from scenes, plus gag reels and extended interviews with the guests.


For a while computers seemed to kill the need for getting out and setting up a board game; on a PC you could play without that hassle, with always willing AI opponents and the CPU to do the grunt work that was once the bane of wargames* class=”small”>* with their CRT’s and DRM’s, but fast connections and the internet means videos are a easily created and even easier to surf, and if you are even vaguely interested in board gaming you can quickly discover a range of games that might interest you.


And Wil Wheaton is creating some of the best. The latest episode, with Mad Men’s Rich Sommer, Cara Santa Maria, and Jen Timms is a great place to start if you haven’t seen any.



*See alos: REINVENTING TACTICAL WARGAMES: Game Design Blog for War Stories



June 27, 2013
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Recently watched



It’s a Disaster – ★★★☆☆
– dark uncomfortable comedy of manners

The Lookout – ★★☆☆☆
– forgettable quirky bank raid semi-thriller

Veep (tv) – ★★★★☆
– brilliant two-faced backstabbing political comedy (season two)

Mad Men (tv) – ★★★★☆
– season six great surreal storytelling

Sex Toy Stories (tv) – ★★☆☆☆
– mish mash of female needs/design/production/inside homes of rich and famous

Inside Jaws, A Filmumentary – ★★★☆☆
– didn’t think I needed to see Jaws again, but this Jamie Benning “Filmumentary”…

Hannibal (tv) – ★★★☆☆
– misses being compulsive viewing, but better than The Following

Twenty Twelve (tv) – ★★★★☆
– second series even funnier than the first. Olivia Colman is brilliant

July 10, 2011
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TV series I’ve binged my way through

While I think of it, quick ratings of TV series I’ve binged my way through.

Krysten Ritter, Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad took a second attempt, but then - incredible TV

Breaking Bad – ★★★★★
The Wire – ★★★★★
The Shadow Line – ★★★★☆
Sopranos – ★★★★☆
The Shield – ★★★★★
Sherlock – ★★★★★
Mad Men – ★★★★☆
Doctor Who – ★★★☆☆ / ★★★★☆
House MD – ★★☆☆☆
The IT Crowd – ★★★★☆
The Walking Dead – ★★★★☆ / ★★☆☆☆
Spartacus – ★★★☆☆
Dexter – ★★★☆☆
The Killing (U.S) – ★★★☆☆
24 – ★★★☆☆
Episodes – ★★★☆☆
House has really run out of steam the last series or so. Shame. Breaking Bad didn’t grab me at first, but has just got better and better after I gave it another go. 24 is enjoyable tosh, Sherlock and The Shadow Line amazing British TV, Doctor Who is up and down, but since Eccleston kick started it again I’ve been hooked, sticking with it even when some of the episodes sag because the great ones more than make up for it. And I’m a sucker for a WPC, so… IT Crowd is hammy, but very funny.
Notable duds
Hate to knock anything, but True Blood, Game of Thrones, and Treme just didn’t (haven’t) grabbed me. And Oz – couldn’t do it. Too bleak.

2015-11 Update
Game of Thrones is great