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That time of year again… GenCon Panels!

April 23, 2009 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on That time of year again… GenCon Panels!

Once again, the BG’s have applied to lead panels at Gencon and we are officially on the books!  Tickets are already going, so go in and reserve one now.  They are all free of course, but just make sure you’ll get your chance to come see us and share in our lively discussions!

SEM0903104: 7 Words You Can’t Say While Gaming

  • Thursday, 8/13 3:00
  • Marriott : Indiana Bllrm B

Join the hosts of the podcast Brilliant Gameologists and learn what words will bring out the worst emotions in people and will counter the real message you are trying to convey- either names you could call players (Munchkin, Powergamer, Drama Queen, Rules Lawyer, Meta-gamer) or whining to your GM (It’s not fair! It’s not realistic! You are railroading us!). Learn alternatives to name calling that are just as fun and send the message you mean.

SEM0903105: A Salon on Gameology

  • Thursday 8/13 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Embassy Suites : Chancellor I

Salon: An 18th Century term meaning “A periodic gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction.” Gameology: The study of games and the people who play them. The Brilliant Gameologists Podcast: Educated type folks who talk about the science of games, gamers, and gaming. Interested? Join the hosts of the in a facilitated “roundtable” discussion about gameology, the industry, and nerd-a-rific, jargon-tastic fun.

SEM090310: On the Critical Analysis of Games

  • Saturday 8/15 11:00-12:00
  • Embassy Suites : Chancellor 1

Can RPG’s be rated? Can they be classified as “good” or “bad”? How subjective/ objective can a review be? Is a RPG review a summary, or is critical analysis possible? Join the hosts of the podcast Brilliant Gameologists who are driven to answer these questions and help sway the argument one side or the other.

SEM0903106: The Airing of Grievances

  • Saturday 8/15 1:00-2:00
  • Marriott : Indiana Bllrm F

Celebrate Festivus in summer! Need to get something off your chest about the game-o-sphere? This will serve to be a safe haven to do so (though laughing may be encouraged. Any games tick you off? Mad about video games taking over the “Gaming” tag? Have a beef with the Brilliant Gameologists podcast? Welcome home my friend. Welcome home.

RPG Podcast Survey

April 14, 2009 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on RPG Podcast Survey

This is a multi-podcast effort to try and gather some actual data about listeners!  Please take a minute and fill out this survey today!

http://spookyouthouse.com/survey

Josh apologizes

April 10, 2009 By: Meg Category: News 6 Comments →

Dear Listener,

Due to recent negative backlash, that my behavior has caused, I need to offer an apology.  My behavior was irrational and inexcusable and for it, I apologize.

I am working with my cohosts to “rebirth” Brilliant Gameologists.  Same humor, less hate-er-aid.  It is my hope that this podcast will continue to entertain and inform its listeners for many years to come.

Josh
4/10/2009

December 6: JiffyCon Lowell/ One Shot Game Day!

November 29, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 1 Comment →

December 6th: JiffyCon/ V3: One Shot Game Day Trolley

JiffyCon Lowell, combined with Veni, Vidi, Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed) is a chance to come and play a new game with other cool folks- including of course, us! The JiffyCon side will feature one shots of indie games- some published, some not, and the Game Day side will feature some more popular traditional games that you haven’t had a chance to try. There will also be a Board Game Corner so you can be introduced to new and exciting board games you’ve never even heard of!

Where: Middlesex Community College- Lowell Campus

When: December 6, 2008

  • 9:00-10:00 Registration and Game Sign up (when they are full, they’re full!)
  • 10:00-1:00 Game Session #1
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00-5:00 Game Session #2
  • 5:00-6:00 Prizes, recap, hang out, plan for the after party!
  • 6:00-? Hang out with the Gameologists!

Specials!

  • Lunch is included
  • Everyone will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes provided by Myriad Games in Salem, NH.
  • Free copies of a special, new, quarterly newsletter will be given to all attendees!

RPG Games Scheduled so far:

Other Tabletop Games in the Board Game Corner (run by BG Meg):

  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Stone Age
  • Pillars of the Earth
  • Thurns and Taxis
  • Vegas Showdown
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Card Games include: Bohnanza, Citadels, Guillotine, Gloom, and Bang
  • Classics include: Carcassone, Risk, Settlers of Catan
  • Too many more to list!

GM’s Still Sought! Games we’d like to see run include:

  • Burning Wheel (one of the published adventures)
  • Shock
  • Dread
  • Savage Worlds

GM’s get in 1/2 price! Let us know your ideas!

To Register:

  • $10 if you register in advance (Thursday Dec. 4th or before) or $15 at the door. There is no limit to how many people we can host!
  • RSPV “Yes!” on the Event’s Facebook Page or
  • Email Meg at Meg (at) brilliantgameologists.com

Children’s Track

  • If there are 3 or more children (3-11) attending (with their parent or guardian!) we will have a children’s track led by a first aid/ CPR certified teacher. Must know by Wed December 3rd!
  • Cost: Children pay normal admission which will cover the cost of the child care provider.

Any questions?

Email Meg at meg (at) brilliantgameologists.com or post on our forums HERE

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27, 2008 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving!

The Brilliant Gameologists are thankful for the following items:

  • Sucotash
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Tooti-fruti hats
  • Cougars
  • The word “turd”

These are all items that are included in Episode #28 which due to New England Fan Experience and the holiday is being pushed back to a release date of November 30th.

Happy holidays everyone!

Reminder!  One Shot Game Day/ JiffyCon is December 6th.  Sign up today!

Meet the Gameologists!

November 16, 2008 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Meet the Gameologists!

The Brilliant Gameologists will be at two upcoming con events- come and hang out!

November 22nd: New England Fan Experience

Brilliant Gameologists are presenting two panels at NEFE and will be hanging from the Friday night through Saturday night at the con hotel. If you are going, make sure you stop by and say hi!

Where: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, MA

When: November 21-23, 2008

Panels:

10:00 A.M. WILLIAM DAWES B: A Salon on Gameology

8:00 P.M. THOMAS PAYNE A: 7 Words You Can’t Say While Gaming

Check out the full schedule!

December 6th: JiffyCon/ V3: One Shot Game Day

JiffyCon Lowell was rescheduled for December 6 and is now combined with Veni, Vidi, Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed) led by the PodgeCast. A chance to come and play a new game with other cool folks- including of course, us! The JiffyCon side will feature one shots of indie games- some published, some not, and the Game Day side will feature some more popular traditional games that you haven’t had a chance to try- perhaps some Burning Wheel or 4th Edition D&D for example. There will also be a Board Game Corner so you can be introduced to new and exciting board games you’ve never even heard of! This event is proudly supported by Myriad Games in Salem, NH.

Where: Middlesex Community College- Lowell Campus

When: December 6, 9:00 am to Question Mark!

Jiffycon Lowell Delayed

November 06, 2008 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Jiffycon Lowell Delayed

Jiffycon Lowell has been delayed until December 6th.

See This post for information

or contact zeke@brilliantgameologists.com with any questions.

Secret Code Contest!

September 26, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 2 Comments →

secret Code contest logo

What do Atomic Array, Brilliant Gameologists, Ogre Cave Audio Report, The Podgecast and The Tome Show have in common besides all being gaming podcasts? They are all offering fabulous prizes from Noble Knight Games!

Listen to the Secret Code Episode of each episode (releasing on or around September 26th) and get the code disclosed in the episode. When you have all 5, send your entry to secretcodes@moonstew.com by 17 October 2008 along with your full name and contact information. 10 correct entries will be randomly drawn and will win a $25 gift certificate to Noble Knight Games.

Participating Shows:
Atomic Array episode 006: New Gods of Mankind

Brilliant Gameologists episode 23: 7 Things We Hate About the Gameosphere

Ogre Cave Audio Report episode on September 12: Ogre’s Choice 2008

The Podgecast episode 11: Professional Min/Maxer (Check out the special guesthost for this episode- hint- it’s Meg!)

The Tome Show episode 85: Wyatt at GenCon

Spread the word and enjoy!

GenCon Recovery and DragonCon prep…

August 25, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 2 Comments →

GenCon Afterglow…

We’ve been home from GenCon for 6 days and are still recovering…

It didn’t help that we each had very heavy-duty weeks IRL. This past week is one of the busiest for me professionally, Josh had a killer week at work playing

catch up, and Zeke moved. So we haven’t really had time to pause and recap GenCon.

But we are set to record our Post-GenCon show this week! So stay tuned!

Also, if you haven’t checked it out, we each Twittered our experiences and have kept up with some folks we met and the “afterglow”:

We picked up some new games and hope to review some others in the next couple of months. Stay tuned for that as well.

I also have a whole rant about the ENnies… let’s see if that ever goes anywhere.

We have our own pictures we’ll upload at some point. Not a ton, but hopefully enough to show some highlights. The Penthouse Suite upgrade was a huge highlight of the trip.

This GenCon was the year of Bears vs. Robots. We made 1000 postcards and handed them to everyone we came in contact with. At the last minute I needed a design for the front, and made an extremely silly picture and the rest is history.

If you didn’t get a postcard yourself, bask in the glow here:

postcard front

postcard front

postcard back

In other news…

As soon as we returned, we found out that Brilliant Gameologists was nominated for a Parsec Award in the Best Gaming Podcast category! Super cool! We weren’t planning on attending, but this was just enough of an excuse to make it happen and Meg will be at Dragon*Con Saturday-Monday. If you are going, send a message her way! This is her first time at Dragon*Con and her first time going to a con alone in general, so some friendly faces are high in order.

Our GenCon Schedule

August 10, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 1 Comment →

GenCon is almost here! I’m wavering between super excited and overwhelmed with everything that needs to get ready.

While we’re at the con, we will be updating on where we are and what we’re doing on our twitters:

We’re staying at the Embassy Suites and our general schedule is:

Wednesday:

Our plane arrives at about 7:00. Hoping to meet up with some friends Wed night and hang out.

Thursday:

  • 10:00-11:00 AM: Introduction to Podcasting – (Westin Congress Rooms)
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: How to Talk: Podcasting, Marketing Yourself, and Selling your Product (Embassy Suites Chancellor 3 room)
  • 6:00-7:00: A Salon on Gameology (Embassy Suites Coronation I)

Friday:

Saturday:

  • 10:00-11:00 AM: Content is King (Westin Congress Rooms)
  • 7:00-9:00 PM: Media Meet & Greet – (Westin Congress Rooms)
    • Meg, Josh and Zeke will join all of the podcasters and fans for networking, socialization, and miscellaneous Meeting and Greeting

We also have a lot of panels we’re looking forward to attending and of course, spending time in the dealer room. This year we have Press Badges so we’re hoping to get a good look at some new games and a deeper look at some favorites. Then of course there is the obligatory eating, drinking, and socializing.

If you’re going to Gencon, stop and say hi!

A 3rd Seminar Added to GenCon Lineup: A Salon on Gameology

June 30, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 9 Comments →

Salon: An 18th Century term meaning “A periodic gathering of people of social or intellectual distinction.”

Gameology: The study of games and the people who play them.

The Brilliant Gameologists Podcast: Educated type folks who talk about the science of games, gamers, and gaming.

If this sounds of interest to you, join the hosts of the in a facilitated “roundtable” discussion about gameology, the industry, and nerd-a-rific, jargon-tastic fun. (Doesn’t hurt that this is during Embassy Suite’s “Happy Hour” which includes free snacks/ drinks downstairs for guests- of which the BG’s are, so good chance this will start in the official room and move down if there is room.

When: 8/14/08 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Embassy Suites Coronation I

Firefly/Serenity Contest- Get your own haul!

June 30, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 1 Comment →

We got a note today from Quantum Mechanix that caught our eye.  If you are a fan of Firefly/ Serenity and haven’t checked out the DarkHorse comics, what are you waiting for?  The only complaint is that they are a bit too short, but definitely full of Firefly goodness.

Quantum Mechanix who does movie replicas, has partnered with Dark Horse to have a Firefly-themed give away.  Spreading the word:

Ever wanted to hit a “big haul” like Malcolm Reynolds did in the first issue of Serenity: Better Days? Well now you can.

A huge pile of Alliance cash and other prized Serenity collectibles will be awarded in the Serenity: Better Days Big Haul Giveaway from co-sponsors Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) and Dark Horse Comics. Inspired by the piles of cashy money seen in the first issue of the Dark Horse comic, the Serenity: Better Days Big Haul Giveaway features one-of-kind Serenity items including a whopping one million in official Alliance credits, a signed prototype Kaylee maquette, a Malcolm Reynolds stunt pistol replica with card signed by Nathan Fillion and much more. No purchase necessary.

The promotion runs from June 30, 2008 through Sept. 30, 2008. No purchase is necessary. Enter by downloading, printing and mailing in a completed entry form, available at www.qmxonline.com/bighaul, or by visiting the QMx website at qmxonline.com. Limit one entry per household; void where prohibited.

Gameologists chosen to lead GenCon Seminars

June 24, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 3 Comments →

Along with some other great podcasters (see a list here), Brilliant Gameologists was chosen to lead seminars at this year’s GenCon! If you are attending, be sure to come and check us out!

SEM00242: 7 Words You Don’t Say While Gaming

Join the Gameologists as they lead a seminar dedicated to the 7 Words You Should Never Say While Gaming- our podcast episode released on May 18th.

Gameplay should be fun. Collaborative. Positive. But there are words that will bring out the worst emotions in people and will counter the real message you are trying to convey- either names you could call players (Munchkin, Powergamer, Drama Queen, Rules Lawyer, Meta-gamer) or whining to your GM (It’s not fair! It’s not realistic! You are railroading us!). Learn alternatives to name calling that are just as fun and send the message you mean.

This seminar will be on Friday, August 15th at 11:00 AM in the Embassy Suites Coronation I room.

SEM00241: How to Talk: Podcasting, Marketing Yourself, and Selling your Product

Join the Gameologists and their quick witted, content rich voices and learn their secrets for yourself in this GenCon seminar.

Do you have a podcast or vidcast? Trying to sell your product at the con? Come learn tricks and tips for marketing yourself first so that thing you are pushing seems even better. Learn theater techniques and games to practice speaking on air and directing the “talent” on mic. Learn insider tricks to marketing yourself before you ever pull out the book/ game/ apparel so that whether on air or in person, customers buy you first, product second.

This seminar will be held on Thursday, August 14th from 2:00-3:00 in the Embassy Suites Chancellor 3 room.

Corrupted data files got all up in my box

November 26, 2007 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Corrupted data files got all up in my box

Ok, it’s as fixed as it’s ever going to be. Corrupted data files officially suck.

Check out the post on the message boards here.

I was holding off on publishing new episodes until this was all fixed, and now it is, so expect at least 2, maybe 3 episodes to hit this week!

Technical Problems

November 22, 2007 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Technical Problems

Long story long.

 

We attempted to upgrade the boards software to fix a minor technical issue and that caused the boards database to become corrupted. In the course of this upgrade we overwrote the main page with another board.

 

Now the site has been restored, however the boards are still down.

 

We are working to address the issue. The important thing is to keep listening to the podcasts. That’s how you win.

Brilliant Gameologists win the Fear the Boot Spoof!

October 31, 2007 By: Meg Category: News 1 Comment →

We had a lot of fun spoofing one of our favorite podcasts, and it paid off.

Fear the Boot Contest Results

Listen to the spoof yourself or (and?) read the script below!

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Dan: Welcome to fear Dan’s boot a Dancast about tabletop game, battle tech, and a little bit more about Dan, My name is Dan.

Adam: My name is Adam

Luke: My name is Luke

John: My name is John

Dan: And of course they are trying to mess you up because John normally goes first except on alternate weekends during Marti Gras.
(more…)

Placing our knight on Indianapolis

August 15, 2007 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Placing our knight on Indianapolis

The gameologists leave for GenCon on Wednesday, August 14th to get the inside scoop on all things gaming. Look for lots of updates when we return!


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