Phil’s Weekly(ish) Geek Out-September 13, 2018

So it’s 3:50 am, I can’t sleep and my world has been rocked with geekdom as of late. I’ve been delving harder into games, working on my own writing, reading, watching movies, blah blah blah. It’s insane.

On the podcast, sometimes we ask our guests to do a 30 Second Geek Out, in which they spew out as much information about some thing they’re passionate about. It’s fun, it’s random, and sometimes it pisses people off because we’re rude AF.

Therefore, I’d like to give some short-ish reviews of what is tickling my geek fancy (that sounds weird) at the moment. In return, I’d love for those reading to share some of your own geeky delicacies.

Enough with the intro. Let’s Geek Out!

Gloomhaven

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For those that love board games, you know this game. It’s been number one on Board Game Geek’s Top 100 List for a while now, dethroning the equally awesome Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, and in my opinion it earns this. It’s a game that’s gotten my wife addicted and we have more fun with it than any other game in our collection. It actually makes me sad sometimes that my other games are just sitting there. Sad-like.

In short, Gloomhaven is a game that smashes dungeon-crawling, RPGs, Euro-style games, and about twenty other things into one giant package. Seriously, the box is huge. Like you could probably packed all your winter clothes in it. Or bury an imp.

It’s one of those games that has so much hype, it sometimes leaves people disappointed. I suspected I might feel the same, but no. It’s really captivated me and my wife and we haven’t slowed down yet. Of course that means I’m super-hyped for any future expansions, specifically the upcoming Forgotten Circles.

If you’re on the fence about dropping over 100 dollars on a game, believe me, it’s worth it. You can play a psychic rat, for F’s sake.

Disenchantment

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The newest creation from The Simpsons mastermind Matt Groening, this takes aim at fantasy the same way that Futurama did for SF. I have to admit, I wasn’t hooked immediately, but geez, this show gets dark and in a hurry. It’s on Rick and Morty levels of darkness sometimes. And that’s one thing I can’t help doing is comparing it to Rick and Morty. Because I love Rick and Morty. In any case, I hope this show sticks around but it honestly had me LOLing a few times and it messes with the tropes enough that it stays accessible without being cliche. And Eric Andre voices a demon.

Age of Assassins by R.J. Barker

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While R.J. was a blast to talk to, his novel Age of Assassins has obviously hit a chord with a lot of people as well. So much so that it’s the current Book of the Month Read-through for the Grimdark Fiction Readers and Writers Facebook group (5,000 plus members strong!) I’ve been listening on Audible and enjoying it quite a lot. I’ve always been intrigued by assassins and the opening of the novel hints at magic being involved in the world. I’m curious to see what happens and it’s definitely piqued my interest. And RJ is  a laugh riot to talk to (listen to our interview here)

 

Battle Brothers

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I recently wrapped up my game on Battle Brothers after an over 100 day campaign. Leading a merc company has never been so much fun. Even watching them getting maimed, bludgeoned, and decapitated. Wee! If you’re a fan of tactical games, this is a must-have. You won’t be disappointed by its bleak environment, ruthless monsters, and the brutal reality of trudging across the countryside and surviving. Another cheap plug. I interviewed Jan Taaks from Overhype Studios a while back!

While there’s a ton of other shit I could talk about, that’s it for this week. Hopefully this will be a regular feature on the site so you can check out recommendations and share your own.

Until next time, geek it out!

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The Grim Tidings Podcast: The Ladies of Grimdark

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We bring you LADIES OF GRIMDARK, a special panel episode featuring some of the most prominent female voices from the Grimdark subgenre. Guests include Anna Stephens, Deborah A. Wolf, Anna Smith-Spark, and Sarah Chorn. During our conversation we attempt to establish a definition of Grimdark, we examine misconceptions of the subgenre, we take a look at gender issues that persist within publishing and online communities, the best way readers can support female authors, and more!

Anna Stephens Website / Amazon / Past Appearance

Deborah A. Wolf Website / Amazon / Past Appearance

Anna Smith-Spark Website / Amazon / Past Appearance

Sarah Chorn Website

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Tina LeCount Myers

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It’s a new episode of GTP! We’re joined by Tina LeCount Myers, author of THE SONG OF ALL! Tina drops by to discuss her new book and the hectic schedule of being a debut novelist! We talk cover art, the need for maps and glossaries in novels, the use of language and religion in the novel, agents, marketng, and much more. Be sure to stick around at the conclusion of the podcast for a reading by Tina from THE SONG OF ALL! Find Tina online at TinaLecountMyers.com!

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Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Interview with Anna Stephens

Interview with Josiah Bancroft

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Grimdark Helped Me Survive Four Days in a Japanese Hospital

Getting hospitalized sucks. Getting hospitalized in a foreign country can be ever worse. Not that I was treated badly by any means, but I couldn’t communicate very well and it left me feeling pretty isolated except when my wife was around. I had some kind of intestinal infection last week and it gave me a high fever, vomiting, etc. etc.

With a lack of internet due to my self-imposed decision to be a pseudo-Luddite and not have a smartphone, plus the inability to charge anything, I had a few options to keep myself entertained for the four days of my stay.  I turned to grimdark. Grimdark wouldn’t let me down.

So what occupied my time?

1. The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark

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To be honest, I don’t read nearly as many print books as I used to, but Anna sent me The Court of Broken Knives a while back and I had been reading it at bedside when I had the chance. Being in the hospital limited my time with electronics, so having this book was a lifesaver in more ways than one. The story is grimdark at its finest and even throws in some interesting philosophy that kept me turning the pages. Marith is a captivating main character and the supporting cast are equally interesting in their own ways. I particularly liked the random nature of religion and how absolute things were. I’m definitely looking forward to finishing this one and it now has a permanent spot in my heart.

2. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Audiobooks are almost exclusively how I “read” these days and Red Sister is one of the most remarkable ones I’ve come across. The narration is superb and the story itself is definitely high on my list of current favs. Mark Lawrence got a lot of buzz for Red Sister when it initially came out and I could totally see why. I always enjoy how he slowly unravels his the setting and learning more and more about Nona through backstory has kept me hooked. Another one that I’m going to be listening to more and more in the coming days. In fact, it’s up for discussion on the Grimdark Fiction Readers and Writers group right now!

3. Salt and Sanctuary

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If you want Dark Souls in your pocket and side-scrolling with the same punishing difficulty and dark, strange world, Salt and Sanctuary will be up your alley. I spent loads of time in hospital dying over and over again which probably didn’t help my healing process. The bosses in this game have the same level of “oh shit” that Dark Souls does, but in a kind of cute way, if that makes sense. I’m actually still playing this game now and I think it’ll continue to have a lot of replay value for me going forward.

4. Aeon’s End

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A card game that is actually quite heavy with all the cards in the box, Aeon’s End can be played solitaire, one of the reasons that I wanted it at the hospital with me. It’s a deck-builder, but one that requires a lot of planning to pull off a victory. It’s also one of my current favorite games in my collection. Me and my wife play it a lot and even when we lose it’s still fun. I played this about 4 times in the hospital, once with my wife in the day room, and it kept my spirits up. It has demons, mages, and twisted ass monsters. It also seemed to have a “wow” factor for the nurses. When they saw me playing it they’d say “Sugoi!” (“Wow!”)

5. Splatter Elf writing

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Some may know from my shilling now and again, but Splatter Elf is my main world that I write in at the moment. It’s kind of a satire of grimdark in a way with over-the-top violence, crazy monsters, and some of the mundane nature of real life thrown in for extra realism. I’ve almost exclusively shifted my Splatter Elf writing to The Grim Tidings Patreon now (for 5 dollar Patrons!), so I got to spend some time working on stories while in the hospital. I wouldn’t recommend that to be a reason to catch up on writing, but it certainly helped to have very little to do. It wasn’t until the last day I discovered I could turn the TV on. Sure, it would have been Japanese TV, but I did notice myself watching a documentary about sembei that I totally didn’t understand. Before then, I did get some decent writing in.

Overall, grimdark honestly kept me sane in the hospital. If not for my wife and grimdark, I probably would have gotten really down in the dumps. However, I pulled through and I have to place a significant amount of my mental health staying positive on grimdark. Yeah, ironic isn’t it?

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Wizard World Portland

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In this episode host Rob Matheny drops by Wizard World Comic Con in Portland, Oregon to chat with cool authors and publishers about their books! Guests include J.R.R.R. Hardison, L.M. Pierce, Felipe Cagno, Annie Bellet, Kristopher Jerome, and J.S. Fields! Wizard World has tour dates across North America all summer long, find a city near you at WizardWorld.com!

J.R.R.R. Hardison

Author L.M. Pierce

Ninestar Press

The Few and Cursed Kickstarter – Felipe Cagno

Annie Bellet – Author, Gamer, Nerd

Dark Tidings Press – Kristopher Jerome

J.S. Fields – Author & Scientist

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THE STRANGEFUL THINGS PODCAST – A horrifying and hilarous podcast!

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Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Dark Poetry Special – The Crimson Circle

Talking Funny Fantasy with J.R.R.R. Hardison

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Mark Lawrence Part 2

The conclusion of the first ever podcast with Mark Lawrence can be listened to here!

Grey Sister, the second Book of the Ancestor, is available now in various countries!

In the epic conclusion of our first-time-ever-on-a-podcast interview with international bestselling author Mark Lawrence, we attempt to define Grimdark by finding the common link between the top MOST GRIMDARK novels as voted by Mark blog readers; we look at the big picture of Grimdark and whether it’s a viable commercial market or just a collective of passionate enthusiasts; we talk about the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off and how Mark got interested in assisting authors with getting their books into the hands of more readers; tips for SPFBO success, writerly advice, what’s next for Mark and more!

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The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley – “Grimdark with heart and soul.” Read on Amazon!

Wizard World Comic Con – Coming to Portland April 13-15! Get a 20% discount with promo code GRIM20

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Past episodes you’ll want to check out:

Insterview with Anna Smith Spark

Interview with Deborah Wolf

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Music by Michael R. Fletcher

The Grim Tidings Podcast: Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith Spark

A grim conversation indeed! It can be listened to directly here!

We catch up with authors Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith-Spark (at the same time)! Writing the concluding novel in a fantasy trilogy is tough, Mike and Anna discuss the shared struggles of writing the perfect ending. We get a preview of their short stories both appearing in the Art of War anthology. We’ll get a final update on the Landfall Kickstarter project from last summer. We find out if there’s any “grief with Grimdark” and what troubles come from being an author trying to make a name in the subgenre. We dish on noblebright, readers hating on Grimdark at face value, and much more! Be advised, this episode contains explicit language (well because Michael R. Fletcher and Anna Smith-Spark are on it), *as well as some Game of Thrones spoilers*. You can vote for Anna’s book THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES now at GemmellAwards.com! Find Michael online at MichaelRFletcher.com, and find Anna online at CourtOfBrokenKnives.org.

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This episode is sponsored by:

Wizard World Comic Con – Coming to Portland April 13-15! Get a 20% discount with promo code GRIM20

ARCHIVOS Story Development Software, online at Archivos.Digital

Past epsiodes you’ll want to check out:

Our two-part interview with Anna Smith Spark

Our first interview with Michael R. Fletcher

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Philip Overby online at PhilipOverby.com, or on Twitter

Music by Michael R. Fletcher