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Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel 2019
I’m old enough to have read a few versions of Captain Marvel, so I tried to go in with an open mind about what this might bring to the table.

I’m glad I did.

All the familiar elements are there. The Kree and Skrull are fighting. SHIELD is stuck in the middle, trying to figure things out. We get to see the earlier versions of a few (now) staples of the MCU and perhaps some insights into their contemporary versions.

But how did it do?

Before we answer that, I think we need to ask a more important question…

Who was this for?

Was this movie really for ME? Was it for someone who grew up with the various incarnations of Marvel/Mar-Vell/etc in the comics? …or is this movie for the kids growing up today in the MCU?

My 11yo says very much the latter...

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Tomb Raider (2018)

This is the Lara Croft movie we should have had before we got Angelina Jolie’s efforts.

While she isn’t a tomb raider yet, strictly speaking, we do get some interesting glimpses into the life Lara Croft might have lived before she became the star of movies and video games. This is more the ‘Young Indiana’ to Indiana’s later efforts.

High points:

Plenty of action, even if some of it is a bit stretching of the disbelief meter. Most of the first 80% of the film is decent for keeping your pulse going, but some of the final tomb bits are a bit over the top. Nothing to walk out of the theatre over, but a bit out of place when put up against the more grounded action of most of the rest of the film.

Weaving of future threads...

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Pre-production Game Review – Tiny Ninjas

Tiny Ninjas is a small fast game that fits in your pocket and plays anywhere. I had the chance to try out a pre-production version at FallCon 30.

Tiny Ninjas sprang from the desire to have a game that was fun for just two people and had lots of replayability. I’m going to go out on a limb and say they’re onto something here.

Each player draws five ninjas from the Dojo and attempts to triumph over their opponent by reducing their ten points to zero. Ninjas have different skills that influence your options. Some whittle away at your opponent, others have ‘Go big or go home.’ skills, and others give you options beyond simple attack or defence.

Defeated Ninjas go into the Pit on the other side of the box from the Dojo...

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FallCon 30

FallCon’s 30th anniversary is also Geek-o-Rama’s 5th anniversary and G-o-R’s founder’s birthday, so it was a special weekend all around.

This year, FallCon was at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta for the first time after outgrowing it’s former venue. Even so, the huge room was filled to capacity throughout the entire event.

Imagine a shelf full of your favourite board or tabletop games and a pile you’ve always wanted to try out…now imagine dozens upon dozens of shelves filled with hundreds of games. That’s FallCon. A huge room full of every game you’ve ever wanted to play and plenty of people of all ages to play with.

The gaming area was filled to capacity the entire time I was there on all three days, and every event was packed...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Project: Uncovered

Our featured projects can span all kinds of artistic content and some even happen to be from one of our very own team members. This week’s spotlight, Project: Uncovered, is looking to do something great with photography and including more diversity. This is a great idea and if you’d like to help make this happen, head on over to the Indiegogo.

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