The Word With a Nerd Podcast – Episode Two – Games with Eric Spain (Part 2)

“An interesting conversation, about interesting topics, with interesting people.”

Greetings and Salutations,

This week’s episode my guest once again is Eric Spain and we’ll be continuing our conversation from last week; discussing games sequels and how we play them, old game franchises, difficulty scaling in games and more gaming related topics.

Warning: There is some mild cursing, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from two grown adults. If this language is bothersome then please do not download this podcast.

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(Approx Run Time: 55 minutes 22 seconds)

Copyright Simon Haynes 2013
Intro music – “The Game” by Chris Miller

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The Word With a Nerd Podcast – Episode One – Games with Eric Spain (Part 1)

Greetings and Salutations,

I’m proud to release the first episode of my brand new weekly podcast “Word With a Nerd”. The tag line for the show is “An interesting conversation, about interesting topics, with interesting people.” and I certainly hope to live up to that in the future.

This week’s episode my guest is Eric Spain and we’ll be discussing a shared interest in games and gaming, concentrating mostly on some game design concepts before gradually talking about MMORPGs.

EDIT: I re-edited the file to include a newer introduction and changed a couple of things around to improve the audio.

Warning: There is some mild cursing, but nothing you wouldn’t expect from two grown adults. If this language is bothersome then please do not download this podcast.

Download here!

Copyright Simon Haynes 2013

Intro music – “The Game” by Chris Miller

Creative Commons License
The Word With a Nerd Podcast by Simon Haynes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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Con Report: Armageddon Melbourne 2012 – Sunday

NOTE: I started writing this almost immediately after the con, but only got as far as the first paragraph before torn away from my laptop to never return (I at least saved the draft). That being said it’s taken me over a week to get back to this entry so I’ll probably miss a few things that would have been fresher in my mind. Either way enjoy!

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY

Whoa, what a day. I went in my most brilliant costume ever devised, a pedestrian… okay I just went in civies, partly due to fatigue but mostly was because I wanted to take some costume photos for a change. The one thing I’ve missed doing these past few Supanovas is I haven’t been able to take photos of awesome cosplayers, although I did try this year but taking my Captain America kite shield kinda killed the mood (it was bulky, hard to weld when shooting and kept knocking in my camera lens).

So most of the day was spent just walking the con and taking photographs. And as with all conventions there was a couple of lines I had to wait in so I could get my autographs, although the only line that took a long time was for Christopher Judge (a.k.a. Teal’c from Stargate SG-1), who was super cool, as was Bruce Boxleitner who I both got signatures for my mom (see, whose a good son because she totally gave me the cash to do so). I also got a signature from the totally awesome Aldis Hodge, who plays the hacker Hardison in one of my all time favourite shows Leverage, who loved my Wil Wheaton Code T-Shirt.

I spent some time chatting with the builder of a TARDIS photobooth, talking about various prop related things and I was drilling him for information about how he built his TARDIS (because I’m hoping to build one next year .. fingers crossed). After that spent some time at the Connected Community HackerSpace booth absolutely drooling over their 3D printers (okay, one was building a TARDIS at the time as well.. but I so want one) and just trying to absorb all the information I could have them.

In the afternoon I also filmed the Rebel Empire Workshops performance called ‘Ulterior Motives’ as well as going completely snap happy at their Cosplay competition show, then again the costumes where amazing and some of the skits nearly hurt me from laughing so much. One day all this stuff will make it’s way onto the interwebs, but for now I’m still getting over the trip.

Although to top off the convention as we were leaving someone tried to barge his way back onto the con floor whilst they were packing up, and he started being abusive to security he was picked up by several guards and ejected from the exhibition centre, and after a while the cops shown up and took him away. Before he started getting abusive he was shouting that Global Gear (one of the vendors at the con) had ripped him off for $2000, and then started to accuse a security guard of stealing his mobile phone. From what we heard later on was that all the convention staff and security were on notification about this guy and was apparently waiting from him to pull something like this. I personally don’t know if his grievances are true or not, he did seem genuinely upset when he was ejected from the building, but he pretty much lost any kind of sympathy to his problem when he became abusive.

The night was pretty much spent resting up and eating pizza (oh the Dominoes was better then our local ones, although the Nando’s wasn’t as good), although I started getting the Ghostbuster gear packed up and ready for the flight back (mostly so I didn’t have to deal with it and didn’t have to rush on the day we return).

It feels strange that I should be typing a lot more, it just doesn’t feel like I’ve summed up the experience quite enough, but that’s pretty much it as far as note worthy events. That being said there was a lot time just walking the convention and at least 30-45 minutes was spent in a line chatting with some Stargate fans (anyone else love getting into great conversations with complete strangers whilst waiting?). Either way that’s the con report, maybe I’ll try putting together some of my other Melbourne experiences down at some point in the near future.

Be excellent to each other…

Simon

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Con Report: Armageddon Melbourne 2012 – Saturday

Hey folks,

On my previous blog site I would do a convention report, usually the evening of the convention itself, generally talking about things that occurred or how I felt about the convention, the guests, and well everything else. Sadly I haven’t reported on the last couple I’ve attended but I figured now would be a good time to do a report whilst I’m in sunny (for once) Melbourne about yesterday’s convention.

So first off it was the big Ghostbusters Australia meetup, with busters from about 3 different states joining up with some of the local boys to fend up the upcoming Armageddon. It was a long day in the pack as we got there at 8am and although our numbers diminished over the day, the last of us didn’t leave until at least after 4pm*. We all had a lot of fun posing with and for people at the convention and it was a great time all round.

Personally I got to meet with Aldis Hodge, who plays Hardison from one of my favourite shows Leverage, who was just so supremely awesome and cool. My friend and fellow buster Jon Goon and I had a couple of awesome shots taken with Aldis and I’m getting his signature when I go back to the con this afternoon.

We also got our photo taken with Tron himself, Bruce Boxlietner (after a quick check to make sure I spelt that right), who was actually taller then me AND looked way younger then the last time I saw him on the tube. Bruce was cool and Jon geeked out asking him a couple of quick questions about Tron and Daft Punk.

One of the most surreal and awesome experiences came from meeting with Fil Barlow, one of the designers on the Extreme Ghostbusters cartoon. Whilst unfortunately I wasn’t really a fan of EGB, Jon was and he was there with his EGB pack and PKE and was completely geeking out. I thought his artwork was cool and then I found out he was the monster designer on the (sadly) short lived Godzilla cartoon based off the awful 90’s American movie, and yes sure that movie sucked but the cartoon was AWESOME!!! Oh then I found out that he worked on a couple of really awesome cartoons I grew up with like Captain N: The Game Master and I just lost my shit and went total fanboy.

There is probably a few more things I should put down, but I’m getting ready to go to for another bout of nerding out. So I’ll post more later on tonight if I’m feeling up to it.

Later

Simon

* Just to put this is some context, the actors on set would only ever have their packs on for 10 minute stints, often complaining about the weight for that entire stretch. I personally had my pack on since 7:30 am till I got back to the apartment at 4pm, and yes I was a wreck afterwards but it was so worth it.

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Fanboy Crossing The Website V4.0

Hello everyone,

After nearly a year of inaction, and several barrages of spambots constantly registering and cluttering my old website (seriously I could believe figure out how to log in half the time and they still not only log in but fill up the blog with useless junk…. WTF!) I have decided to get around to converting it to a blog. This is due to a) a move away from a stuffy boring old site that barely gets touched to a resource for upcoming projects and assorted tidbits, and b) moving away from an incredibly poorly designed page editor I was forced to deal with as part of my service. Whilst I know my way around html, php and css is practically a foreign language to me so I couldn’t build a blog style website to save my life, or at least without having to rewrite several pages of html every time I updated.

Sadly not much has progress for Fanboy Crossing since last year’s ‘The Game’, mostly due to other commitments, but I’m starting to get on track to producing and/or directing a couple of productions hopefully within the next year. It’ll be nice to get behind the guy behind the camera and get some videos rolling in the near future. I’d like to say more, but things are still being sorted at this stage and it’s mostly out of my hands.

In the meantime I’m hoping to get back into writing, script and otherwise, and hoping to post more stuff online in the near future, maybe even get a proper full blown kick-ass website running again.

Til next time

Simon

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