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!



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.



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

age of assassins

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


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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