Game Time

I’ve really been into table top gaming lately… I have always loved board game night, playing family favorites like Apples to Apples and Scrabble every time the family got together. As our groups official #AmbassadorOfFun I would always be on the lookout for great party games to share. We diversified into some console based party games like NintendoLand, Johann Sebastian Joust and Rock Band, and even some smartphone based fun like Heads Up, but playing around the table just seemed like the perfect fit for our brand of get-togethers.

We started several years back playing Hero Clix and Zombies, later discovering games like Munchkin and its multitude of spin off games. We were always nervous about getting games that were too involved or heavy laden with rules, because as you have new friends come over you don’t want them to have to take a correspondence course to understand the basic mechanics of game play. Our sweet spot became something that was unique, fun, and most of all simple to learn.

Tsuro (and Tsuro of the Seas) is easy enough to pick up and play and it stays fun and fresh. iKnow is sleek and engaging (although trivia games are a tough sell in my house.) One of our personal favorites is a game called Dixit, which is a card based game similar to Apples to Apples but with amazing artwork on the cards in place of words.

We recently picked up a game called Love Letter which became a fast favorite (every time we get together at least one person asks to play.) Superfight is another game that holds a ton of fun, but it does require skill and quick thinking, as well as some amount of pre-installed knowledge of the subject matter, so it’s good fun with the right group of friends. I got King of Tokyo for Christmas, which is fun and fairly simple to play (it’s basically Yahtzee meets as Saturday afternoon monster flick.) I also got the Portal 2 Uncooperative Cake Acquisition game, which we haven’t played all the way through yet, but I’m a geek for the subject material so I’m already in love.

Table Top gaming can be a pricey endeavor, with many of these games costing upward of $50 or more. In my experience however, you’re getting a quality made, usually beautifully crafted product that will provide hours of fun for you and your friends. There is a lot of fun to be had and it’s nice to sit around a table, looking at one another, laughing and making great memories. So next time you feel like getting your game on, maybe turn off the XBox and open up the game box.
I’ve linked to my favorite games, share some of yours in the comments.

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Civil War

Yesterday, the Captain America: Civil War trailer finally dropped.

So, I guess that’s old news then?

In case you haven’t yet, check it out:

 

Civil War is one of my favorite comic book story arcs. So, needless to say I was incredibly excited and intrigued when Marvel announced it as the title to the “Part 2” of 2014’s Winter Soldier. I am very interested on how they will tackle this story in the MCU with what they have built into the universe.

I wont go into to any details on the trailer just yet, I’ll let it speak for itself for now. Although, I cannot help but watch this part (among others) over and over again and geek out every time!

 

What do you guys think of the trailer?

Clever Girl.

I thought in my head that this would be a funny mash up, and my Google search for it turned up nothing, so I just went ahead and made one myself. I’m putting it here because I don’t have anyone who puts my art work on their refrigerator anymore.

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Thanks for indulging me.

 

Thanks for Sharing

I was honored to be able to spend time with the incredible community at the Megacon Fan Days this weekend. What a wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and yet it’s a place where everyone was accepted and welcomed as fans, friends, and family. I was asked to speak at a panel titled Religion in Anime and it was a wonderful opportunity. Everyone was super kind, respectful, and we had a great discussion about God and giant robots.
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I appreciate the art and story telling of anime, and I love the passion of the otaku community. Anime is not, however, my personal platform for geeking out, so I still have a lot to learn. During my panel, I let the audience know up front that I was still new to anime. Even though I was very well studied on the particular television show and movies I was referencing during my message, I worried that my credibility as an orator on the subject would suffer. To my surprise, however, it had the opposite effect. The fans in the room, during our Q&A time at the end, used that opportunity to share with me the anime they thought I would enjoy, or from which I could find religious themes.

While some fan bases might see that as a chance to be arrogant to the uninitiated, to gang up and use their fan knowledge as a pedestal from which to look down on an outsider and a noob, this crowd did no such thing. My naivete was instead seen as an opportunity and invitation to share their passion and to open the door for someone to come unto their circle. I immediately wished the church could be more like that.

Christians, or perhaps a better way to say that is Church People, can sometimes (not always, thank goodness, and hopefully not often) be seen as elitist, aloof and even judgmental when presented with someone who does not live by or share their values and beliefs. I wonder if, and more reasonably how, the world would be different if followers of Christ would extend the same level of passion and inclusion as the anime fan community. Their passion is not just to experience the art, not just to consume the culture, but to “evangelize” to those who have not yet heard. To share, not with condescension, but with conviction. To invite not with disdain but with a genuine desire for others to experience the wonder of the thing they enjoy.

It’s a wonderful thing to make someone want to love the thing that you love simply because they’ve seen you loving it. (click to tweet)

Let’s really think about it, church. It all really comes back to loving God with all your heart, soul and strength, then following it up with loving others. That’s what Jesus did. And he didn’t even have to dress up like a green haired warrior with a giant sword and cat ears to do it.

 

 

Superman, Where Are You Now?

With all the news about Paris, all the social media awareness and displays of support, we all are unified by our disdain for the loss of human lives and our repulsion toward the cowards who think, who arrogantly assume, that God is honored by their hate and murder.

I feel foolish, then, given the gravity of the situation, when my mind goes back to the movie Superman II. In it, terrorists take hostages in Paris for their cause of some such demands, and they threaten to level the city with a hydrogen bomb hidden in the Eiffel Tower. Lois Lane, ever on the prowl for a scoop, finds herself in the middle of the drama and Superman, as he is wont to do, shows up and saves the day.

Here are the highlights in case you missed it.

 

 

Back in real life, it’s difficult to be suddenly reminded that there are no super heroes. No one can fly in and save the day, at least not in the way we dream about. We are thankful for the police, fire fighters, and other emergency personnel who risk their lives to save others, but in my mind I wish all it took to make our cities safe was to light up the Bat-Signal. We commend the soldiers who protect the safety of their nation and who fight a battle on foreign soil, trying to choke out terror in its hive, but sometimes it would be nice to see justice delivered faster than a speeding bullet. We are thankful for the voices of sympathy and support that come from every corner of the world during seasons like this, but sometimes I fear gestures of support aren’t enough.

There is only one super man, that is the man Jesus Christ. There is only one Prince of Peace, and He is the one who shows His love in such a way the He died for both His friends and His enemies. In these times, I am thankful for God’s grace, for His justice, and for how He created US, you and me, to be the arms of His love. Let us love and pray for the innocent, the wounded, the frightened. But let us also do what no one other than Jesus can do… let us pray for those with blood on their hands. Let us pray that God would forgive them, to help them, somehow, be free of the hate, of their blindness, of the twisted awful system that creates and celebrates monsters.

It is a long shot, and I admit it might never change them… but I suspect it might change us.

That’s something even Superman couldn’t do.

Tony T Speaking at Megacon Fan Days

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The Nerd of God.cast is excited to officially announce that I (@ItsMeTonyT) will be speaking at Megacon Fan Days in Orlando, FL this year. In cooperation with Wasabi Anime, I will be sharing on the topic Religion in Anime, or as I call it, The Gospel According to Neon Genesis Evangelion.

This is a panel that I hope people from all backgrounds can enjoy and have fun with, and I’m honored to have been invited by Tom and the Wasabi team to present again (I was featured at Florida Anime Experience in April.)

I’d love to see some of the NOGSquad come out to support, as well as to meet some of us. I might even have some giveaway stuff! My panel will be held on Saturday November 21st at 2:30pm. Pray that God uses this opportunity in a big way!

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