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Christmas Ideas – The Grab Bag

Christmas Ideas – The Grab Bag

Last list post, I considered doing a couple more for things like Sci-Fi and Anime, but there are so many specific things, like with Fantasy in both of those, that I thought, let’s wrap it up with a nerdy grab bag of ideas. This list…

TelevisionTalks: Afterschool Dice Club – Episode 2

TelevisionTalks: Afterschool Dice Club – Episode 2

I’m back again to talk about the next episode, Episode 2 is called: This is a Cockroach! As a quick recap, this is the story about a socially awkward girl who feels like she’s different than everyone else and can’t have fun, but then she…

TelevisionTalks – After School Dice Club Episode 1

TelevisionTalks – After School Dice Club Episode 1

Whhhhhat, there’s a board game Anime out there! And not only that, it uses actual board games in it. So, I could just write a review of the series, but it’s board games and I want to talk about the anime in a little bit more detail than that, plus I want to talk about the board games that they play or don’t play.

Episode 1: A New World

We start out this anime, in a pretty common way, especially for a school anime. The main character, Miki, is a quiet and shy character who just does her own thing and really doesn’t know how to have fun. That changes when a fellow classmate, Aka, accidentally runs her bike into a river/stream and decides to teach Miki about having fun. Together, they decide to follow their class representative into the “entertainment” district, because that’s expressly forbidden for the students to be there after 6, and it’s night. There they find out that she works at a game shop and the shop owner decides that the girls should learn how to play some board games.

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Thus far the anime hasn’t done anything that really stands out, except for the fact that there are board games in there. And not that there are games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Uno, Skip-Bo, etc in the anime and in the game store, there are games like Ice Cool, Marrakech (more to come on that), and so many more in the store. Even the ones that only had the title in Japanese on the game, I could recognize a lot of them. There has clearly been a lot of effort making it seem like an actual board game store and keeping the stock of the store in a modern setting. It isn’t that uncommon to see a random copy of Monopoly or something like that in a show, but for an anime to create a store with that much detail it’s impressive.

That said about the anime, while it might not have set itself apart from some other slice of life animes, it hasn’t been week in telling it’s story. The characters, while tropes, are pretty well done, and the shop keeper of the board game store is amazing. He reminds me of Jet Black from Cowboy Bebop, though, I have to thank Kristen for putting that into my head, but it works wonderfully. And I think that there is going to be room for the anime to grow. It kind of feels like they are using board games to help get their little messages or little bits of character development across, and that’ll be interesting to see how they can tie it all together.

One thing I want to do in these reviews is talk about the games that they are playing in a given episode. In the first episode the game was Marrakech. In the game everyone is a rug salesman trying to get as much money as possible. To do this, you are moving around a character Assam across the board. Depending on where he ends, you have to pay other players for their rugs, if you land on one of theirs, counting the connected pieces. Then you place one of your rugs down, but you can’t fully cover up another rug. The game goes until everyone has played all of their rugs, then you get money for how many rugs of your color are showing, plus whatever you had from before, and the person with the most money wins. This game, from what they showed in the show, seems like a very interesting abstract puzzle with a fair amount of luck thrown in, because Assam moves as few as one space each round, and as many as four, based off of what you roll on the dice. So you can hopefully plan some, but you won’t be able to fully plan. There seems to be good depth to the game, though, as you try and force your opponents or at least increase the likelihood to land on your rugs so that they have to give you money. The game seems like it would play quite quickly as well, which is fun. Overall, this is a game that I would like to try before I’d add it to a collection, but I can see it being a game that would have a lot of cheering moments as you get the roll that you or the opposite on a low roll.

I’m excited to watch the next episode and see where the show goes. I love to see board games show up in more popular culture. Already this year we had Nemesis from Awaken Realms show up on an episode of South Park, and now we have an anime that is completely about board games. If you enjoy board games, and after one episode, check out this anime. It’s streaming through Funimation, and they are dubbing it, so I’ve only watched the dubbed version, which was good.

Let me know your thoughts on this anime. Is there another show that you’ve found about board games out there? Would you want to or have you played Marrakech?

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LitRPG – What Why and How

LitRPG – What Why and How

I’ve recently been listening to a lot of LitRPG and you’ve seen me talk about it with Sufficiently Advanced Magic, Ascend Online, and Towers of Heaven that I’m listening to currently. Those are the ones that I have enjoyed but I also read Awaken Online,…

TelevisionTalks: Ultraman

TelevisionTalks: Ultraman

I first heard about the original Ultraman when Kristen and I were listening to Ready Player One, at least that I remember. There’s a cool moment with Ultraman and how he works that is talked about in that book. I was surprised when I saw…

TelevisionTalks: Gamers!

TelevisionTalks: Gamers!

Anime #2 has been watched this year, first was Dagashi Kashi and now Kristen and I just wrapped up watching Gamers!. So I’m well on my goal of getting five animes watched this year, I’ll probably double it realistically, but five seemed safe in case we jumped back into Fairy Tale.

Image Source: My Anime List

Gamers! is a cute little slice of life anime about Amano, a big video game nerd who just loves to play video games and have fun with it. He gets invited by Karen Tendou, the prettiest girl in the school, to join the gaming club that she started. However, that isn’t why Amano plays games, and he declines. The problem is that Tendou is head over heals for Amano and the anime follows their relationship as it grows and the meddling of Tasuku, a closet video game nerd, who befriends Amano and tries to help him with his girl problems.

It’s a slice of life anime that focuses on those main characters as well as Aguri, Tasuku’s girlfriend, and Hoshinomori, another girl in the school who is also a huge gaming nerd who just loves video games, but not competing like Amano does. It really focuses on Amano and how Tasuku tries to help him get out of his shell so that he can be part of society. There are all sorts of crazy twists and turns and everyone tries to figure out who likes whom and who to try and set-up together.

What this isn’t is a gaming anime. A more traditional gaming anime like Sword Art Online or Overlord focuses in on the game that is being played. In this anime, though it is called Gamers!, it’s about the people who play the video games and their relationships versus the actual games themselves. The games are really there to bring the characters together, if you go into it thinking it’s going to be about some epic game or focus in on a game every episode, you’ll be disappointed. But what it does, it does well. It really focuses in on the relationships and how gamers aren’t always the best at talking relationships through and saying what they mean. So there are lots of misunderstandings about what is going on and who likes who, it’s a real Comedy of Errors.

Image Source: My Anime List

Now, is it a great anime? I don’t think so, I don’t think it would likely even hit my honorable mentions list when I do my top 5 (or 10) anime at the end of the year. But it is definitely enjoyable. The characters are all quite sweet, so you don’t have the traditional antagonist in the story. Each character, is, in some ways, their own antagonist, as they struggle through relationship drama. Also, with the relationship drama, it’s never heavy or overbearing drama, it’s almost always the case of someone thinking something that isn’t happening and it just works quite well.

So, would this be an anime that I recommend to people? If they are looking for an anime with a cute story line and some fun characters, it’s a good choice. There is a bit of fan service, heavy fan service in the finale, but for reasons you’ll understand if you watch the anime, so it does a solid job of not going too over the top. This isn’t a thinky anime and it isn’t an action anime, so if that’s more your thing, this one is probably going to seem too fluffy and simple for you.

If you’ve seen Gamers! what are your thoughts on it?

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Themes in Board Games

Themes in Board Games

I’ve talked a lot about theme in board game before and how I like board games with a good theme on them. Instead of talking so much about why I like themes in board games, I think I’ve covered that decently well, I’m going to…

Peder’s 2019 Nerd Year Resolutions

Peder’s 2019 Nerd Year Resolutions

So I talked yesterday about the resolutions for Nerdologists and the changes that are going to be coming. Now, those are also my nerd years resolutions, but I have some more resolutions as well. I resolve to play the games that I got in 2018…

Nerdologists New Years

Nerdologists New Years

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Time for the New Years State of Nerdologists Address

Ladies and Gentlemen, Nerds and Geeks, lend me your beers.

Alright, what’s coming in 2019 for Nerdologists, enough being goofy.

1. The podcast is going to be done for a while. As you know, with having a kid, recording an actual play D&D podcast is going to be a we bit tricky. It also uses up a good chunk of my time for content creation, so I want to free up more time.

2. But we don’t want to lose content from Nerdologists. So we, probably primarily myself with guest appearances by Kristen and others (hopefully), are going to start doing some board game streaming and video streaming content. The equipment is on it’s way. The big reason for this move is because the live streaming means that I don’t have to spend extra time editing.

With this, I haven’t come up with a name for it yet, but let me know your ideas of a solo gaming and board gaming focused video stream. Right now “The Gnat Goes Gaming” or “Dice Chuck Gaming” are a couple of options. But I’m still trying to come up with something, could also just be Nerdologists Presents: Dice Chuck Gaming.

3. You’re not going to see much difference in the amount of articles posted. I’m still going to try and get one up per day during the week. Hopefully with streaming we’ll get some more evening or weekend content, but we still want to turn out a good number of articles for reading.

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4. Hopefully we’ll be getting back to some conventions this year. Personal goal of mine will be to make it to GenCon this year, but there are also cons like CONvergence and AcadeCon that we’ll have to decide if we’re going to make it to them and if it would just be myself or Kristen and myself. Mainly, it’s fun with AcadeCon or going to GenCon being able to play games and see people who have influenced and encouraged me with getting into the hobbies of RPG’s and board games. We’ll see how that goes this year though.

I’m sure that there will be some more surprises along the way for Nerdologists this year. The biggest thing I’m excited to do is the video streaming. It’s a new way to add content and it’s a way for me to play board games solo without me feeling like I’m just talking to myself (though I might be anyways).

Personally, there a number of nerdy things that I’m resolving to do. Including get back to watching more anime, took some time off for some TV shows, just started Dagashi Kashi yesterday. Playing the board games that I picked up around the Holidays that I haven’t played yet, especially Betrayal Legacy. It’ll be a fun time delving into more nerdy things again, and then getting distracted from them by the kid.

What are your New Years Nerdy resolutions?


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TelevisionTalks: Ghost Hunt

TelevisionTalks: Ghost Hunt

Who do you call when there is a suspected spirit haunting your school, home, or church? Shibuya Psychic Research Center SPR is the vehicle for the characters in the anime Ghost Hunt. It really focuses around Ayoko and her powers to see into the spirit…