The Geekwave Episode 43: Brian Wiser, Professional Geek

What’s up Geekdom?

This week on The Geekwave we have Brian Wiser, the man who makes geek look like a full time profession! He is a long time fan of Firefly and Serenity, co-produced/directed the Firefly documentary Done The Impossible, loves Apple with a dying passion, publishes books, speaks at geek conventions across the United States, is a game designer and much much more. Deep down inside, we geeks all want to be like Brian, meet our favorite characters and talk about what we love. From when we first met Brian, to walking him out after we finished (at which point he mentioned that he met Robin Williams after walking across the Golden Gate Bridge), we heard one amazing tail after another. He has so many stories and we only get to get a glimpse on this episode.

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Episode 43 is a combination of these geeky tales covering Brian’s very exciting life. From his experience as an extra in the Firefly movie Serenity to taking the Firefly cast on a cruise, he is one heck of a Firefly geek. We also talk a lot about his work on books and interest in Apple. He worked on the book WOZPAK Special Edition and recently released Nibble Viewpoints from Mike Harvey. Additionally, he just finished a game called Structris which follows the retro style of Tetris with a twist. Did we mention it was originally programmed on an Apple II computer? The whole time we were wondering how does he do this all? Checkout the links below for more of the interesting endeavors of Brian:

 

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Listen to the episode for the details on the astounding stories and make sure to look for Brian Wiser at upcoming cons and geek events. Have a great weekend and geekout!

-The Geekwave

Images provided by Brian Wiser

 

 

The Geekwave Episode 42: Travis with Demolition Games!

Hey Geekdom,

Hope your your 4th of July was full of patriotism and geekness. We here at The Geekwave recommend role-playing the signing of The Declaration of Independence to fulfill those geeky patriotic urges. All fireworks aside we got an explosive episode for you.

This week on The Geekwave we have Travis from Demolition Games. Demolition games is a local game store at 85 W 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. They sell a variety of board games, card games and minis, but have a specialty in Warmachine. Warmachine is a table top miniatures game published by Privateer Press and this last week a new addition of rules was released, MKIII. To say the least the Warmachine community is psyched out of their minds. In fact, our very own Ollie has decided to return to his roots. As some of you may or may not know Will Shick who is now the brand manager of Privateer Press, was one of Ollie’s teachers in grade school and helped to grow Ollie’s interest in games. This included teaching Ollie Warmachine which Ollie came to play quite a lot of up until high school. Ollie now plans to dive in head first and partake in a Warmachine Journeyman League down at Demolition Games so stop by and say hi! The Geekwave also plans to be partnering with Demolition Games to put on events and hopefully do some episode from the store. Make sure to stay tuned so you don’t miss out, because of course their will be free stuff.

For those of you who are not familiar with Warmachine this episode may be confusing at times but has a lot of great advice for how to get started. Travis is quite the Warmachine scholar having played it for many years. Warmachine, now being in its third iteration, has had a lot of changes made so to kick it off we banter and discuss all the new and exciting game design decisions. The rules are much easier to learn but the game has never been more skillful and fun. It is a great time to jump in! How do you jump in? How do you get started? Well, Travis has the answer. Buying a Battle Box is the best option and it won’t kill your wallet unlike other table top games. Then you just gotta find a game store, like Demolition Games, and start playing. You will be amazed at how friendly and helpful the staff and veteran players are to us newbies. Besides, game stores need to offer a safe space for players to have fun and express their inner geek. There is no better place for your third home than Demolition Games.

Thank you so much Travis for coming on the episode. You where an absolute blast to talk to. Listeners make sure to stop by Demolition Games and give them a like while your at it: Demolition Games Facebook Page. Most importantly…geekout!

 

-The Geekwave

The Geekwave Episode 41: Dreamwake with Jordan Bell

Hey Geekdom,

Hope your week has been filled with more geek than you can handle. This week on The Geekwave we have Jordan Bell, lucid dreamer and author of DreamWake. He gives us a very in depth look into his book and explains lucid dreaming. DreamWake is a fictional tail focusing on the future and a great new technology allowing us humans to lucid dream with ease. Look below to read the synopsis from Amazon:

“DreamWake, a device designed to induce and network dreams. The world was instantly taken with this new technological marvel. When a group of hackers attack the system, the creators form a unique team to stop the attacks. Jane is the first ever dream forensics detective, and finds herself drawn to an unusual hacker. Sam can do things others can’t, but has a haunting secret. Together with psychologists, gamers, and the creators, these two must learn to work together before the hackers turn the dream world into a nightmare.”

Kimmy read the first couple chapters already and has given it the thumbs up. Based on what the rest of us heard, it sounds to be an exciting adventure and a must read. Besides, it’s got a cool cover.

Very generously, Jordan has donated some copies for us to giveaway. We’ll be giving a copy to a lucky fan or two who Retweets this episode’s Twitter post. We’ll announce the winners on July 13th. If you just cant wait, which we don’t blame you, go grab a copy right now: DreamWake from Amazon.

Listen closely, as Jordan covers a lot during this episode. From a definition of Lucid dreaming to the do it yourself secrets, he holds nothing back. In fact, Ollie is super stoked to try this at home and we encourage our listeners to do the same. Most importantly though, Jordan says “to have confidence!”. Now go out there and take control of your dreams, make them what you always dreamt they would be.

Jordan is one of our fellow students here at the U so seek him out for a big high five and a congratulations on the publishing of his book. Thank you Jordan for coming on the episode.

Also give Jordan a follow and like @DescendingChime and Jordan Bell, Author.  If your interested in getting your own book published checkout his publisher Get My Story Published.

Otherwise, have a great 4th of July Weekend and geekout!

-The Geekwave

The Geekwave Episode 40: It Gets Steamy!

Hello Geekdom,

We all hope you are enjoying the Steam Summer Sale which started yesterday, June 23rd. If you were unaware of this, email us and we will help you. This week on The Geekwave we talk about the Warcraft movie and all the great success it has had. Solar and Lee both saw the movie  and they give a spoiler free review. It definitely receives two thumbs up. To say the least, if you enjoy video games you should probably go see it.

Then we talk Star Wars. Their have been a lot of cool announcements about Star Wars: Rogue One. You can checkout the announcement on the Star Wars Website. To wrap it up, we get steamy. As already mentioned, Steam Summer Sale has begun. Until July 4th their will be endless deals and happiness in the gaming world. Remember to have a plan and set a budget. Hopefully your wallet will come out alive. If you like funny videos and want an accurate representation of the Steam Summer Sale, watch this: Lord of The Sales. Enjoy the episode and happy spending. Geekout!

-The Geekwave

The Geekwave Episode 38: The Browave

Hey what’s up Geekdom!

Hope everyone had a fabulous time at Salt Lake Gaming Con. We cannot wait until next year!

We got a special bro-tastic episode for you and make sure to listen all the way through, because we have a give away on this episode and in the episode we say the keyword!

Last week we interviewed Josh from Kickbomb Entertainment about his new game Legacy of The Elder Star. The game released this Tuesday, June 7th and now we have 3 Steam Keys to giveaway. Type your email address and the keyword into the Google form right here:

(Note: if for some reason, the form above isn’t working, you can always email us your code word at geekwave@kuteradio.org)

We will select 3 random winners on the next episode and send you a steam key. Make sure to stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter along with all this summers episodes cause we have lots of giveaways.

On this episode of the Geekwave, Ollie forgot how to tell time and was very late. Nonetheless, Solar and Lee “The Neuschwanderer” had some chill bro time. Once Ollie finally arrived, we did a nice Salt Lake Gaming Con Wrap up. Overall, it gets three game hardened thumbs up. We now love LARPing. Checkout our video of Ollie and Lee dueling at the con! Come on, who wouldn’t want to hit each other with foam swords? Besides, we use to do that with plastic lightsabers that would make your fingers bleed. Really this is just less barbaric.

Then we talk table top games and Ollie educates us on Warmachine. Solar also preaches about Kickstarter and the game Finding Gravity made by University of Utah Students. You should definitely go back it. To end it all we have a science quiz and Ollie and Lee cannot remember the order of the planets. There is much, much more, including the keyword for the Legacy of The Elder Star giveaway, but those are the highlights. Have a great weekend, stay cool and geekout!

 

-The Geekwave

The Geekwave Episode 36: Cap Wants You… To Join The Geekwave

CALLING ALL GEEKS AT THE U OF U! The Geekwave is looking for new team members! We’re specifically looking for Bloggers, Game Streamers, and Video People, but if you have any sort of talent and you’d like to get some experience working for Student Media and contributing to The Geekwave, then we encourage you to apply here!

Speaking of which, we’re excited to announce a new potential recruit! She joins us on this weeks episode, and is no stranger to geekness. In fact, she is an EAE major, a DnD player and one hell of a 3D modeler. She is the one, the only, Kimmy Workman! We are so excited to welcome her aboard the SS Geek sailing on The Geekwave. She is our new hope, because our ship is sinking. It actually isn’t. I don’t know why I keep making boat references. I should probably just go watch Titanic. (Which Solar finally watched for the first time this last week. Good for him!)

On this episode us four have a discussion about Captain America: Civil War which is long over due. Warning there are spoilers!!!!!! We give our opinion on the movie, talk about the cutest super hero and discuss what we think will happen next. There is so much more Marvel on its way and don’t worry comic book fans, we also talk about the Civil War comics. Then we almost die over the shocking news that Captain America is a Hydra Agent! (Cue more dramatic music) As any good Geekwave conversation we have a terrible segue into just general Disney stuff. Ollie does try to incite a battle between Lee and Solar about The Jungle Book, but Lee changed his answer. Oh, that’s right! Lee isn’t Lee anymore, he is now the Neuschwanderer. This may seem like a strange name but it makes sense if you watched our Dark Souls III stream this week.

Overall, Disney is doing pretty well. Like come on they are on they way to basically owning the world. Honestly, I can think of a lot worse evil overlords than Disney (cough…cough…)

We wrap up the episode by reminding you, the viewer, to come and see us at Salt Lake Gaming Con next week! It will be a blast and Ollie mentioned some questionable promises. Also last week we got a new theme song, another shout out to Conquer Monster for doing an awesome job. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and geek out!

 

-The Geekwave

Halo 5 Is Rocking It!

What is up Geekdom,

In episodes you may hear me briefly mention something about Halo 5 or tell a story of an epic battle experience. Recently I dove back into the fray. I took a break for a while over the winter and now I have become immensely engrossed in the game again. I have to say, Halo 5 might have the best post-launch plan of any game. With updates rolling out almost every month that include new maps, weapons, customization and game modes, I have never felt so justified in my purchase. I expected to really like Halo 5, but I did not anticipate becoming this invested. Today I am just going to give my to sense on why Halo 5 is still rocking it seven months after release.

In my personal opinion Halo 5 is one of the best next gen games and is the primary reason I own an Xbox One. Having played Halo from a very young age, it has always amazed me how they continue to innovate. Unlike other games where I feel they are to similar or are re-skinned versions of their past selves, Halo has always mixed things up and not been afraid of change. Sure they have had some bumps in the road, but 343 Industries has done a fantastic job of making some of the best multiplayer on the market. Even better, they continue to tweak and add to this experience free of charge! They went with a very different post-launch model than the traditional season pass, which has become all too common, and they have since maintained a substantial player base. Not to mention they used the REQ system to revive the competitive Halo scene.

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This last weekend Europe and North American teams battled for the final spots! (www.halowaypoint.com)

It is no lie that the updates are on point. Sure there have been unpopular maps, but every update has added so much content and did I mention it is all free! For example, I cannot wait for the next update Hog Wild which promises some exciting new warthog variants. It also looks like Halo 5 Forge and Custom Games are coming to Windows 10 for free. This is gonna give forgers so much control and even expand the already substantial Forge community. Still, the summer holds even more excitement with Warzone Firefight dropping in June. Firefight, perhaps my favorite mode from Halo: Reach and a painful hole in Halo 4.

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I cannot wait to go hog wild with the next Halo 5 update! (www.halowaypoint.com)

They also aren’t afraid to tinker with core mechanics such as the recent increase in movement speed while crouched. Being whiling to take risks is a great mindset. The improvements dictate their ability to keep players playing, buying REQ packs and making new sales to expand the player base. There is a lot more at stake for a company with free updates than one who has already pocketed money from season pass holders.

Lastly, Halo players are pretty cool. I have met some of the nicest gamers while being in open chat. I have had great sociable experiences with 12 players filling up our fireteam so we can employ elaborate strategies in warzone or 16 players throwing down on custom built clan maps that look professional. By the way, playing Halo 5 in a clan and raiding is one of the funnest ways to spend in game time.

There ya have it! Feel free to disagree with me but Halo 5 is one of the best multiplayer experiences on the market. I love it and plan to spartan charge my way into the future!

 

-Ollie, a true Spartan (jumps on his mongoose to go make Master Chief proud!)

Feature Image taken from IGN

The Geekwave Episode 35: We Get a New Theme Song

Hellooooooooo Geekdom,

We hope you missed us as we took a break from being geeks…not! We just didn’t do an episode and the break was nice. But now we are so excited to be back and ready for this awesome geektacular summer!

Don’t worry you aren’t hearing things! You may notice that the music leading into this episode is fresh, new and fantastic. We finally got bored of our free YouTube music. Conquer Monster has a done a wonderful job of creating our new theme song, Geek Dream. So a big thank you to Joshua Faulkner and Daniel Romero, the members of Conquer Monster, for giving us a new sound! It has been a real pleasure working with them. It was so great, we just had to have Joshua on an episode.

Photo Credits: Joshua Oman

Photo Credits: Joshua Oman

So we sat down and chatted it up about Conquer Monster. Joshua gives us the behind the scenes details about how they do their Electro Sci-Fi musical magic using dinosaur aged computers, Game Boys and other old pieces of technology. He shares some fun stories and lastly, we get the low down on their new album Metatransit. This is no normal album. In fact, this album actually accompanies the Purge Worlds comic books by Black Omen Comics. The music is meant to give you a feel for the world and is best listened to when readying the comic. So make sure to pick up a copy of the comic and the sound track. While your at it, hit up Conquer Monster on Facebook and Twitter. You can listen to all their music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud. You can also download Geek Dream for free on their Bandcamp. Yay for free stuff!

To wrap up the episode, Lee gives us a very in depth review of DOOM and it gets a rating of six slices of pizza out of 8. Definitely a thumbs up! Then Solar lets us know about all the fun events happening in the near future, including this weekend’s Steamfest and next weekend’s Imperial Ball. Make sure to look for us at Salt Lake Game Con. Have a great weekend and geekout!

 

 

-The Geekwave