The GANG Minute: Upcoming Schedule Changes, Doctor Who, And Payday 2 Giveaway

This will be the last week where we’ll have a weekly TGM vlog.  Tune in to find out why.  Remember to read this full article for details on our latest Steam giveaway – Payday 2!

 

Doctor Who Season 8 Starts Saturday, August 23rd 2014

If you haven’t caught our new podcast, Timey-Wimey Tea Time, we have everything you need to know for Doctor Who Season 8.  This weekend will be a big one for sci-fi fans and Whovians worldwide yet, with all the buzz going around, there are still people that ask,

Doctor WHO??

With more than 50 years of shows, novels, fan fiction, audio dramas, games, and even comics under the belt, the Doctor Who series is something of a big deal.  Surprisingly, it’s not quite mainstream so you hipsters out there should give it a shot.  For realzies.

Doctor Who has romance, adventure, space exploration, time travel, eccentric characters, talking dogs, jelly beans, and high fashion sense.  There’s just so much to love in this series.  With Peter Capaldi coming in as the 13th Doctor, we old-school Whovians are wondering if the series is coming back to the roots.  Will this be the more serious, gritty, and suspenseful Doctor Who we’ve been hoping for?

The Twelfth Doctor (Matt Smith) & Amy Pond (Karen Gillan)

[ Doctor Who HD Wallpaper provided courtesy of BBC. ]

Sorry, no Amy Pond..  And possibly no Clara.

 

Upcoming Geeky Antics Network Schedule Changes

We’ll be changing up our network schedule to make more room for random streams, marathons, hosting, and new podcasts.  As we already established, TGM won’t be a weekly vlog but we will be doing a monthly or bi-weekly TGM newsletter.  Please be sure subscribe to our Social Geeks mailing list so you never miss out on anything.  We’ll be using that as a way to compile all the latest geeky content and events on our network.

Timey-Wimey Tea Time is here and we have a couple of more shows coming up.  This new shows will provide platforms for us to talk about all facets of geek culture with the people that are most passionate about the subject matter.  There will be anime, fan fiction, creative writing, in-house artwork, science fiction, fantasy, and all sorts of delectably geeky discussions.  We hope you’ll join us as a guest or permanent host!

 

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The GANG Minute: Choice Chamber, Early HorsePLAY!, Kickstarter Projects Ending Soon… And Stuff

We have some time-sensitive and last-minute updates in this installment of TGM. For more deets, be sure to watch the video and visit us on the official GeekyAntics channel on YouTube and Twitch.

 

Choice Chamber & Twitch Interaction

We did our first Choice Chamber stream and it was AWESOME.  This got us thinking that we need to identify more games that involved the Twitch chat fully.  Choice Chamber engages the Twitch chat by allowing everyone to vote on what happens in the game.  The current prototype is nowhere near complete but it provides tons of replay and interaction..  We can’t wait for the full product!

http://ChoiceChamber.com

If you missed the Kickstarter project, you can gain early access to the beta by using the above link.  I believe the $15 and $30 both feature beta access but the latter deal is much sweeter.  I’ve been talking to Michael and we’ll likely have him join us on a few of our podcasts to talk shop.  He’s a really awesome dude!

Other ways we have been involving the Twitch community more include the Cards Against Humanity clone, Pretend You’re Xyzzy, and Dawngate.  The issue with MOBAs is that, while they are free, you can only involve so many people at once.  Games like Choice Chamber and CAH are far more fully-involved, so that’s the sort of thing we’ll be exploring further.

http://twitch.tv/Yogizilla

Join me for future Choice Chamber streams.   The upcoming beta will likely have multi-channel support, which will be EPIC!  Word on the street is that there are other games featuring Twitch integration on the horizon.  Even the consoles are starting to jump onto this trend.  If you know of any of these, let us know in the comments!

 

Early HorsePLAY! LIVE & Possible Rescheduling

We’ll be starting early tonight, Thursday July 31st 2014.  Expect us to start around 10:45pm Eastern (3:45am GMT) and running a little shorter than usual.  As such, we’re skipping the obligatory news and featured discussion of the evening.  HorsePLAY! LIVE is evolving to be more of an interactive show and THE official radio show for the Geeky Antics network so we’ll be experimenting a lot more with the format.  Tonight, expect more Twitch interaction and call-ins, too!

Join Us LIVEhttp://twitch.tv/GeekyAntics

We’ll be announcing the winner of Magic 2014 and Gun Monkeys on Steam tonight on the show.  We were hoping to break 400-500 entries but no worries – more giveaways will be coming.  For future giveaways, we really need some hype.  The whole reason we give stuff away is to help draw in a greater audience.  We love giving you guys free stuff but we need to get something in return..  After all, we’re starving artists!  LOL

With the earlier start tonight, there’s a good chance we might play with the schedule.  I think we’ll stay on Thursdays but we may shoot for an earlier time.  Heck, maybe we will start at 5:00pm LIVE on AllGames.com – that’d be neat, eh?  Hmmm..  That may be TOO early though. *wink*

 

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Kickstarter Projects Ending VERY Soon!

First up we have Fire With Fire, which is being developed and produced by some of our friends in the All Games Network community.  This is a TD (Tower Defense) that should make Warcraft III mod fans and mobile gamers super happy in the pants.  The funding period ends Sunday, August 10th 2014 so please share this with everyone you know and tag friends that like this sort of game.  Even if you are not a TD fan, everyone knows people that love em!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/660810230/fire-with-fire-online-tower-attack-and-defense-0?ref=nav_search

Fire With Fire - Tower Defense & Attack Game

Note how this game takes a very streamlined approach to TD PvP action. I am hopeful that this will be the game that Tower Wars should have been.  Keep in mind this screenshot reflects and alpha/prototype version so there will likely be much more polish in the final release version.

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For tabletop gamers, Factions looks REALLY good.  It is a tile-based, fully-customizable strategy war game.  The game designer reached out to me personally and must have known I am totally into this sort of thing.  Chip Cella a.k.a. CaptinChaos would love this too.  Let’s spread the word because this Kickstarter project also ends on August 10th!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/699966849/factions-a-customizable-strategy-wargame?ref=nav_search

 

 

Goodies Coming To Geeky Antics.. FINALLY!

We’re still working on getting Doctor Who content out to you guys.  Most recently, it was announced that Peter Capaldi will be playing a non-flirty Doctor.  How do you feel about the sexual tension on the series?  Is it a trademark or just pointless pandering/fanfare?

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/07/30/doctor-who-peter-capaldi-2/

Doctor Who returns on August 23rd but for us in the states, we may have to wait a little longer.  We will keep you posetd!

There are tons of topics we’d love to discuss.  Here are a few of the proposed topics and rough drafts we have in the pipelines:

  • 10 MOBA Myths Debunked
  • Booth Babes Banned – Hypocrisy Or Justice?
  • The PC Police – Are People Too Uptight These Days?
  • SEO Basics For Geeky Journalists & Podcasters
  • Does Doctor Who Need A Strong Female Lead?
  • A Non-Flirty, Serious Doctor: Good Or Bad?
  • And MORE!

The first topic is the funniest to me because, sadly, for a web site to thrive you have to write lists and sometimes paginate..  People have ADD these days soooo..  Yeah.  Please forgive us if we cheat a little bit.  LOL

As always, please share your feedback in the comments…  And remember: WE LOVE YOU!!

The GANG Minute: Launch Party, Game Dev Tycoon Giveaway, And Steam Gift Exchange

*** GIVEAWAY ALERT:  Read the full article for a Game Dev Tycoon giveaway at the end.  Remember: some entries can be earned daily..  Such as tweeting out.  Be sure to copy the tweet URL to validate the entry.  Good luck!  GANG contributors are welcome to participate.  I am not allowed to win, of course, because I am the one giving the prize away.  LOL ***

 

Hey GANG!

I’ve been running around like a chicken without a head – in a GOOD way!  We’re working on launching new shows, do some giveaways and contests, and keep the momentum going.  Pardon the marketing talk but, really, momentum rocks..  We are making big moves!

What momentum am I talking about?  Peep the video version of The GANG Minute.

 

…And now for some highlights and latest haps!

Geeky Antics Network Launch Party

What is this business about a launch party?  Well, it’s more like a marketing campaign but that’s boring.  This is a big celebration.

  • We are celebrating hitting some big milestones during our soft launch/beta phase – 3K+ fans on Facebook – w00t!
  • We are celebrating our awesome shows, collaborators, contributors, and supporters.
  • We are celebrating the influx of donations in the form of love, monetary support, games, services, etc.
  • We are celebrating YOU!

There’s no end date for the campaign.  Basically, the better the results, the more we will keep it going.  We need your help.

Tell your friends about what we are doing here.  The Geeky Antics network is here to help geeks liberate their content and level the playing field.  The 1% dominates so many spaces, podcasting and streaming inclusive, and we want to empower others to get A-Lister results without losing their souls.  We hope this excites our community as much as our contributors.

I am passionate about our mission to bring quality, authentic geeky content to a more global audience.  Our vision is simple: we want to be a Geek & Sundry that will focus more on engagement and niche content with a simple approach, rather than featuring huge personalities or focusing on high production value.  We’re hoping by celebrating and creating the good kind of hype, we can rally more people behind these core values and ideals.

As part of this campaign, we will launch several events and new content series.  This includes, but is not limited to, giveaways, contests, podcasts, streams, marathons, and fundraisers.  Nothing is set in stone because we like to stay nimble so we will play off each other.  Please help us out by sharing our excitement with your friends and family.

 

New Features, Content, And Goodies

We have a CRAP-TON of awesome new features and goodies on the new Geeky Antics site.  Here’s a quick run-through:

  • Site registration
  • Custom profiles & avatars
  • LIVE TV
  • Achievements
  • Friending
  • Forums
  • YouTube sharing
  • Twitter sharing
  • Open commenting

That’s just for starters.  We’ll go more in-depth during HorsePLAY! LIVE so be sure to join us on the GeekyAntics Twitch channel Thursday at 9pm EDT.

One of the most exciting things we are adding are two new areas.  The first will allow us to do fundraising for individual contributors and the network as a whole.  The biggest one is our Storytelling section.  Here, we will feature community submissions in the form of short stories, fan fiction, haikus, or whatever other creative writing you guys share with us.  We will also share stuff from aspiring authors and other awesome geeks you might have heard of (Nika Harper, we’re looking at you).

Please keep checking back.  We’re doing constant updates to the site and they’re all kind of a big deal. *grin*

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The GANG Minute: Game Mechanics Show, FTL Advanced, And GANG Cameos

Greetings and salutations, geeks and gamers!

There’s been so much going on in the world of Geeky Antics that we have not been able to report everything as it happens via our blog or even Twitter.  This installment of The GANG Minute will provide some highlights so you can get all caught up…  We’ve got lots cooking and the GANG is ROCKIN!  Here are the highlights…

NOTE:  Be sure to take the poll at the end – we need help brainstorming for our new show!

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GANG May 2014 Guest Appearances & Previews

On Thursday, May 1st 2014, I will be joining The Gaming Death podcast at 9pm Eastern, which is live on Twitch just like HorsePLAY!  It should be interesting as there will be like five or six people on the show.  Right after, Chip Cella a.k.a. CaptinChaos from The B-Team Podcast will be joining us on HorsePLAY! LIVE Episode 20 (the title is currently undetermined) to talk about some of the following items as part of our #RetroFriday initiative:

  • What the “next-gen” REALLY is..  or should be.
  • The games we’re playing instead of “da newness”.
  • Marvel Puzzle Quest strategies and call-ins.
  • Core concepts in TCG/CCGs.
  • A mini Hearthstone survival guide.
  • What makes strategy games so replayable?
  • Can puzzle fighters be considered strategy games?
  • Some of our favorite strategy games of all time.

We’ll also be setting the stage for a real throwback episode, where we’ll talk about classic and retro-style games.  We’re just waiting to see when Fred Rojas from Gaming History 101 can join us so we can go DEEP!   I’m working on trimming some of the fat for EP20 so we can have  more time for our featured topics and do more community interaction.  We’d also like to do more Freeballin’ to talk about whatever!  Maybe we’ll get to #TheDustOff and talk about the latest games sucking our souls away…

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FTL: Advanced Edition – Hidden In Version 1.5x And Up!

In case you missed it, the long-awaited expansion to FTL: Faster Than Light Advanced Edition was released on April 3rd 2014.  If you’re like me, you eagerly anticipated this, couldn’t find a firm release date, and probably got tired of waiting..  Then it snuck up on you like a ninja in your underpants!

FTL Advanced Edition

It turns out that, for many of us, this was not an auto-update thing.  Everyone who owns FTL: Faster Than Light does get the expansion for free BUT you might have to manually download v1.5x from Humble Bundle or wherever you bought the game if you went DRM-free.  Steam FTL players probably did not even notice.

FTL - Clone Bay Is Off - Crew Are Dying!

The changes are very subtle (you won’t see a new intro video or splash screen, in case you were waiting) until you poke around a bit and engage in extended play sessions.  You’ll have to enable Advanced Edition content whilst choosing your ship and prepping your crew members.  You’ll notice that the randomized encounters are more varied now, there are new ships, visuals have been (and usability) improved, and the clone bay provides an alternative to the med bay..  Just to name a few changes.

I hear there are also new ships but I can’t confirm this personally until I unlock more of them.  I currently have around five space ships unlocked, BTW.  The biggest change has to be the clone bay.  The fear of losing crew members used to be the biggest thing for me but the clone bay makes life in space much easier.  Suddenly, having enemies board your ship is not as scary, whether you have blast doors or not.

Other FTL advanced features that excite me:

  • Hacking
  • Mind control
  • Backup battery

FTL used to be one of my most-played games on Twitch and the expansion makes me want to suit up in a bad way.  There are times I wish the game went a little deeper on the simulation side but the rogue-like elements (i.e. permadeath) make the experience new and challenging every time.  I recommend playing on Easy or Normal, difficulty unless you don’t mind dying..  A LOT.

FTL: Faster Than Light - Spool Up The FTL Drive!

Burst lasers – PEW PEW PEW!

A few quick tips for new FTLers: burst lasers and ion weapons are likely your best bets for an aggressive, crippling loadout.  Drones and missiles hog up resources, plus they can be dodged or countered by elite ships.  That said, missiles penetrate shields and can cause really nasty damage.  The last thing you want in outer space is a fire that goes out of control or hull breaches that suck the oxygen away.  I reckon that would suck.

 

#RetroFriday – The Granddaddy Of MOBAs And RTS Games

I’ve been teasing Herzog Zwei for a long time and finally got the ROM recording environment perfected.  I’ve been super stoked to share this with you.  I’m a big fan of SEGA but Herzog Zwei is more than just a great SEGA Genesis game.  Herzog Zwei inspired MOBAs and RTS games as we know them today. yet it remains mostly unknown.

Herzog Zwei - Two-Player PvP - SEGA Genesis

Two-player Herzog Zwei takes place in a split screen.. no peeking!

Please like, favorite, and comment on the YouTube video.  I think everyone should play this game at least once.  Herzog Zwei holds up surprisingly well today..  And it is not the hand-holding BS we see today, either.  Did I mention the game let’s you play as a mech (Land-Armor)?  It’s like Transformers..  Without Michael Bey.

We also invite you to join our #RetroFriday Steam community group Herzog Zwei and AirMech discussion.  If you love strategy games but need something fast-paced, these are two fantastic games worth checking out.  Let me know which 8-bit and 16-bit classics you’d like me to play [more of].  Every #RetroFriday, I’ll stream and record retro games from indie developers and classic consoles.  Others are doing the same so be sure to check out the hashtag.

 

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#YOHTAI – Join Us For Hearthstone Streams & Game Nights!

Our beloved Stan Faryna, the hardest working man in social media, has been rallying our fellow geeks and get #YOHTAI off the ground.  Ye Olde Hearthstone Tavern And Inn is a place for Hearthstone players to share their Battle Tag and make new friends.  We have a Steam community group, too:

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/_hearthstone

This Hearthstone Steam community group is unofficial..  But it’s fun to be one of the handful of groups dedicated to the game.  Let’s make #YOHTAI the biggest unofficial community for Hearthstone and play more together.  Join us and we can do some Twitch streams and videos together, maybe even exchange some tips!

In around two weeks since we started this social initiative, I have made five new friends on Hearthstone.  That’s significant considering I have been bad about adding people I play against during matchmaking.  Sworen from The B-Team Podcast recently whooped my ass with a Warlock “test deck”.  It was brutal..   I need new Hearthstone friends.

 

We Need Help Coming Up With A Show Name!

We’re getting closer to releasing a pilot episode for our NEW! game theory/mechanics and strategy podcast.  Right now, I am unsure about the name but I have some good ideas for logos and banners.  Could you give us a hand?

This new show, codenamed “Strategery” (yes, we know that’s not a real word), will have revolving hosts and guest hosts that will include hardcore gamers, casual players, game developers, marketing specialists, analysts, and scientists.  The idea is to provide fresh perspectives on the inner workings of games, both tabletop and digital.  We’re gonna go hard and deep with our ANALysis!

Game Mechanics Table / Graph By Incentive Research Foundation (IRF)

[ source: Incentive Research Foundation ]

As this table shows, there’s lots in play when we are playing games.  Analyzing these subleties can help us foster a greater appreciation for the amount of work that goes into gaming.  If you’re not into game design or any of the business-side, the knowledge is helpful for identifying right-fit experiences or developing new strategies..  Break the meta!

Currently, we are leaning towards the first half or so being deep discussion on a theme for the week (along with the usual pleasantries and banter) and the second half shifting to tips, tricks, and strategies.  There will be a heavy focus on strategy games and anything with an online or team focus.  Our game spotlights will include Hearthstone, SolForge, League of Legends, Smite, DotA 2, Marvel PuzzleQuest, and AirMech.

Once I get some concept art together and firm things up a bit, expect an update to this article or some quick comments.  For now, I think that covers all the stuff we’ve been meaning to cover here on GANGnet.  Stay tuned for more great content.  There’s going to be lots more variety coming up (if all goes well) including stuff covering Doctor Who, geek social issues, anime picks, and comic strips.

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