The Geekwave Episode 16: All I Want For Christmas Are Movie Trailers

HAPPY STAR WARS DAY, GEEKS!

This episode was actually recorded before Star Wars came out, so it’s completely spoiler-free. We also limit the amount of Star Wars we actually talk about, since we’re sure many of you are a bit overwhelmed. For now you should just go see the movie and enjoy it. And rest assured, Solar and Lee have already seen it by now and enjoyed it immensely. We’ll have more commentary on it after Christmas.

What this episode does have is a ton of movie talk. Trailers for Star Trek: Beyond and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them dropped this week. Also, we got our first look at the new Ghostbusters cast and Logan talks about The Hateful 8.

Also in this episode: Joseph Gorden-Leavitt, the new Kojima Productions, and impressions of the new game Squad.

Have a Merry Christmas and any other holiday you’re enjoying, and we’ll be back on New Years Day.

Games that Don’t Require an Outlet

There are a variety of ways to enjoy time family and friends during the holidays. But my personal favorite is to play some game. This time, I’m talking about games that don’t require an outlet. That’s right, folks, I am talking about good old-fashioned card and boardgames.

This may not be the most family-friendly game, but it does provide lots of laughs. It has nice strategy, and just the right amount of backstabbing. It’s Killer Bunnies.

Killer Bunnies in all its glory. Presented by gamehead.com.

This game isn’t for bunny lovers. It is, however, definitely for anyone with an addiction to carrots, and itt’s a great experience amongst friends. There’s lots of content, and several expansions can be purchased. Once everyone learns the rules, the most important aspect becomes how you interact with other players. Blackmailing, betrayal, alliances, pure evil and more, will be encountered as you quest for the magic carrot.

That cousin you always thought was so innocent will turn out to be a genius at empathy, and an evil mastermind. Or you end up with an urge  to nuke someone, because after all, why not? There are also plenty of pop culture references in this bundle of fun that are great for snowy nights!

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We play the Killer Rabbit from Monty Python, and The Holy Grail always comes up. MontyPython 1 (rbrn.com)

Be warned, this game carries over into everyday life. Friendships can be carved like turkey; people may cry over more than spilled milk, and you may find coal in your stocking!

The next game is great for anyone who wants a change from combat, to empire-building and trade. It has become a classic in my family. At face value, it may not seem the most competitive, but when things get rolling, it’s one heck of a ride. I am talking about the widely beloved, Settlers of Catan.

The new 5th edition available on Amazon.com

This one goes down in history, as one of my favorites. I have played almost all the expansions. I re-wrote the rules to be used simultaneously in a game that lasted days. The strategic depth and replay values are endless. Your bartering and empire-building skills will improve. Will you build the longest road, or bring spices to harbor?

It is complicated, and takes time to master, but I have yet to regret playing the game. Besides, if I ever decide to settle in a foreign land, I will have already built an empire a few dozen times.

Do you like lying? Then Coup, is the game for you.

Here, there is more than meets the eye. Image from Amazon.com

Coup is about bluffing and lying your way to victory. A substantial part involves calling other people’s bluffs. It is the ultimate in backstabbing and trickery. The games are brief, but intensely action-packed. It is extremely simple, strategies are endless, and it can be played a thousand different times. It’s addictive. You’ll end up playing another thousand times to satisfy your craving.

The name explains the game. You have to be the last person alive out of court. The Coup is the ultimate move resulting in your opponent’s immediate death, and there are many in-betweens. In fact, the only certain thing is, the next coup means someone dies.

Are you feeling lucky? Do you want to make a drastic, simulated impact on the world? Do you want to lead a horde of bear-riding cavemen across Australia? Then, without further ado, I recommend Risk Legacy.

Classic Risk, has always played a special part in my life. Risk Legacy does the same, but adds lots of new features. This game is for people who want to risk ruling the entire world. It is the game that always changes. Rules, armies, abilities, victory conditions,  all change after and during the game. It’s one heck of a Battle Royal strategy-game!

Epic box art, courtesy of boardgamegeek.com

It is a true Battle Royal. This nice picture is from mtv.com.

You shape your own planet and get to decide how things are. Will you build a bunker in North Africa for the tactical advantage, or construct a city from which to start your next game? What you do in the past can come back to haunt you, or offer the opportunity to win. For this very reason, I recommend playing with a similar group of people. Impact carries over, and offers each unique abilities. It’s no fun when a new player gets one victory point, and the veteran gets 6 missiles. This is the game for that little dictator in your family.

Last, but not definitely not least, is a game of sexual puns. It is built on the most over-used bit from Americas Funniest Home Videos, and makes second-graders roll on the ground laughing. It’s Nuts.

He is so cute, yet so dangerous. Nutty photo, courtesy of g2ch.com.

This is the Deez Nuts card. From drivethrucards.com

If you’ve every wanted to slap someone’s nuts, or grabs’ someone’s nuts, or if you’ve ever wanted to be a squirrel, this game is for you. You play the role of squirrel, trying to obtain as many nuts as possible. Unfortunately, other people want your nuts, too. You must smack, grab and defend your way to nutty victory. You’ll hear lots of second-grade humor and sexual jokes along the way. Perfect for a good laugh. Warning, don’t play with grandma. Go nuts!

Hope you enjoyed this list of games with no outlet for the holidays. Take a risk this holiday, and protect your presents, like you protect your nuts.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

-Ollie, Master of Stealth and Assassination (Stages a coup and takes over the world!)

Darth Talon (WIP) By Aphrodite, DeviantArt.com

Geek Wish-List: STAR WARS Hopes & Dreams

THE GEEKWAVE AWAKENS

Hey, this is Lee Neuschwander, with this week’s “last hope” for all things Geek. Better late than never. It’s only 3 days until the new Star Wars movie hits theaters, and I know, all of you are as excited as I am. I’m here to talk about things I really want to see in the highly anticipated, The Force Awakens. First, I’ll talk about more realistic things I want to see, and then, we’ll head into the Wish-List.

Two of the biggest characters in the extended Star Wars universe have always been Han and Leia’s kids, Jacen and Jaina. I’d like to see a glimpse of the heroes from the extended universe that embody the Star Wars franchise. At the very least, I want Disney to reference these characters instead of completely writing them out of the Star Wars universe.

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Solo Twins, Jaina and Jacen (starwars.wikia.com)

My other hope is to see more legitimate lightsaber fights. Looking at the trailers for the past few months gives me the notion, that Finn’s lack of training and skills won’t provide satisfying force combat. Now, I know the Force in this universe is more legend than anything else, but I still hope Finn doesn’t splash around, like a magikarp when he faces off against Kylo Ren.

Finn from theguardian.com

Finn (theguardian.com)

The other two things I expect to see in the new movie are tons of droid shenanigans, and Stormtroopers who can’t hit shit. These are two things I’m confident won’t be left out of the movie. I want to make a point here, by saying a certain baseline must be met for a film to be a good Star Wars movie.

Two of the most important parts are, insanely inaccurate storm troopers and droid banter.

Now, the cannon stuff is out of the way, I’ll jump into the good stuff. In the past few years, I’ve really gotten into Star Wars lore. I’ve found that characters like Darth Talon and Boba Fett receive much more love from the Star Wars fans than other characters in the franchise. For example, just check out the staggering amount of Boba Fett and Darth Talon Cosplay.

darth talon by dleoblack

Darth Talon (dleoblack on deviantart.com)

I would love to see Darth Talon referenced somewhere in the next 3 movies. I don’t really care which movie it is, so long as I get to see Darth Talon on the big screen one of these days. For those of you who don’t know, Darth Talon is a Star Wars Legacy character. More specifically, Talon was one of The Hands who worked for Darth Krayt. She is depicted as a red Twi’lek with Sith tattoos given to her by Krayt.

Darth Talon also kidnapped, and then trained Cade Skywalker in the Dark Side of the Force before leaving the Sith. My point is, although Darth Talon doesn’t enter the story until 137 ABY, I would really like to see respect given to the extended universe, which is all but suspended in the new movies.

Well, I know this week’s rant was shorter than the last one, but with the new movie coming out on Friday, the Geekwave hype as been non-stop, 24-7. I hope you all have tickets ready, and will be joining us for the first viewings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Seriously guys, I’m head to toe psyched right now.

Next week, I’m ‘gonna talk about show ideas I think are worth making. For starters, maybe an anime anti-hero will MC…

REVIEW: In The Shade by Aspen Grove

What do you get when you cross Pink FloydGodspeed You! Black Emperor, and Salt Lake City? A fantastic local band called Aspen Grove! Aspen Grove, the band formally known as Archeopteryx makes some dang good music! This album is full of soothing vocals, bad ass instrumentals and radical chord progressions. Only three songs long this album has a soul behind it and you can here the passion in every bar.  It’s not every day that I get blown away by local bands but this one has something special. Even though at times the band has a tendency to vamp for a little to long it moves at a quick enough pace to keep me from having to strain my ears to enjoy it.  Most measures build on the last and it climax’s and melodic restitution’s kept me on the edge of my seat. Very good local album 9/10!

Listen to there album or download it here!

HOLY SMOKES THERE’S SOME GOOD MUSIC BEHIND THIS LINK!

Crisol | Origins In Latin American Film

CRISOLFILMINITIATIVE WEB PAGE

Crisol | Free Latin American Film Series, March 14-April 3, 2015

U film & media arts student, Karem Orrego, Founder of Crisol Film Initiative

U film & media arts student, Karem Orrego, Founder of the Crisol Film Initiative

CRISOL | “DIFFERENT, TOGETHER”

The Rostrum catches a few minutes at the Union, with Karem Orrego, founder of the new experience in Latin American Film, CRISOL. Busy with finals as we all are, Karem generously shares a glimpse of how CRISOL got started—a beginning that connected an amazing assortment of cultures, people, partnerships and interests. CRISOL’s FILM LIST.

At the Urban Arts Gallery opener, one of the many attendees wrote on the interactive mural, “Crisol means, being different together.”

  • Crisol founder Karem Orrego

    Crisol founder Karem Orrego.

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    Her creation is a new intercultural film experience.

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    Karem had a smile for every answer.

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    “I like to do things Big.”

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    Orrego’s first award-winning film was the documentary, Memoirs of My Father.

The Vet Set is Betty Bryant’s Favorite New Show

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The Vet Set host, veteran and student of history teaching at the U, Andrea Bryant (Coxswain)

The Vet Set

The Vet Set is here to share the value of veteran culture, hosted by veteran Andrea Bryant, a student of history teaching at the U. She’s also Betty’s daughter who’s the show’s biggest fan. The correspondent part comes later. These are humorous and endearing stories from University of Utah veterans, who they are, and how they served. Enjoy a few smiles with Andrea, and former Specialist in the National Guard, student of Communication, Capoeria dancer, and “green” entrepreneur, Keith Blanc.

THIS WEEK’S VET

Keith Blanc. Communication, University of Utah. Former Specialist, National Guard

Keith Blanc, Communication, University of Utah. Former Specialist, National Guard

The Geekwave Episode 15: Return of the Claire, Attack of the Kelby

RED ALERT: We are 6 days away from the release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS! Today’s episode is all about the new movie, the books leading up to the movie, our opinions about the old movies and the theories about the new canon, and everything STAR WARS. Solar, Logan, and Lee are joined by special guests, Geekwave Alumni Claire Heman and Kelby George. ALSO, a special guest appearance from our old friend, Harison Ford! This is one you don’t want to miss.

Also check out:

Solar’s Article in the Chronicle about Geek Week

The Hearthstone Tournament Tomorrow

The League of Legends All-Star Viewing Party on Sunday