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Hogwarts Live!

March 7, 2012

Ever wish you could live in the world of Harry Potter? With your own wand, defending yourself against creatures, traveling from Hogsmeade to Knockturn alley? Are fancy graphics not your thing?
Well witches and wizards, do I have a treat for you! It’s called Hogwarts Live.  An only Harry Potter RPG.  I’ve been losing myself in this turn based text game for months.  You start out as a first year and can level up what is seemingly an infinite number of times (I have yet to discover the highest title).  The main gameplay consists of entering the forbidden forest and fighting creatures and other wizards.  A successful fight is won based on probability, but you can tip the odds in your favor with a powerful wand and robe.  There are a number of temporary power ups you can pick up along the way.  winning a fight will get you some gold and experience points.  Once you have enough experience points, you can challenge your professor to reach the next sub level.  to move on from firstyear to secondyear (and so on) you must defeat all your professors and then defeat Voldemort (a task not so easily done).

Along with the forbidden forest, there are a number of magical places to visit.  Each location has a number of sub locations and activities to check out.  Each location prominently features a chat room where you can roleplay or converse with other players.  You can also duel other players to earn additional points.

There are so many more components to the site than I can mention here.  I’m still discovering some of the gameplay.  It’s simple, but addicting.  If you happen to get as hooked as I am, feel free to add me as a friend (NovaSky).  I’ll be able to resurrect you when you lose a battle.  Trust me, you don’t want to hang out in the Shades for too long!

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Leonard Nimoy Music Videos

February 9, 2012

So William Shatner is not the only Star Trek alum to feature in music videos.  Both have recorded multiple albums to questionable success.  Had Nimoy not been the fabulous Vulcan Science Officer, he may have been know for this explosion of hippiness in the 1960s:

My mind was sufficiently blown while watching that.  A stark contrast from the stoic character he typically plays.

Nimoy did put out a few more albums, but no videos with such campiness.  I thought his music videos days were over, until he appear in an alternate music video for Bruno Mars.  After much digging and confusion (this was before  wikipedia was updated), I discovered Nimoy’s stepson signed Bruno Mars to Atlantic records.  I still couldn’t get a reason why he actually did the music video.  Maybe Nimoy just likes being a crotchety old man.

I’d say the Bilbo Baggins video is more disturbing.  Just don’t get me started on his photography book of naked fat women.

William Shatner + Brad Paisley = Awesome?

February 6, 2012

I have no idea what events lead to William Shatner and Brad Paisley becoming friends, but country music videos just got a whole lot more awesome because of it.  Back in 2003, Shatner appear in two of Paisley’s music videos, “Celebrity” and “Online”. Both feature Paisley singing and playing guitar, with shots and dialog of Shatner throughout.  There’s also a good amount of parody to keep anyone entertained.

Also, Jason Alexander is thrown in there for good measure.

Thank you, Mr. Shatner (and Brad!) for making country music accessible to this geeky east coast girl.

If The Doctor was sorted at Hogwarts

February 5, 2012
I couldn’t have put it better myself.

(source: River Across The Pond)

Egyptian Laser Chess!

February 4, 2012

Yes, the exclamation point is required.

It’s chess, with lasers and pyramids.  It’s almost too much awesome for one box.

How could you walk by this?

Khet 2.0 is a strategy game, where the object is to direct your laser to hit your opponent’s pharaoh.  The pieces have mirrors that bounce the laser around.  You play by moving your Egyptian themed piece (Anubis, scarab, pyramid and pharaoh) one space, or rotating them to change the orientation of the mirror.  Khet 2.0 is different from the original since you can change the orientation of the laser source, adding another set of configurations.

My friend and I found this game while wandering the mall.  We had never heard of it, never seen it, but we knew we needed to play it.  I had a blast playing it, but my friend is geometrically challenged, so the she ended up taking out her own pieces more often than mine (hey, lasers don’t discriminate).

It’s alot of fun, and unfortunately the laser won’t set your opponent’s pieces on fire, but it will give them a healthy red glow.  I would recommend playing in a dark, smokey room for the full laser effect (assuming geek board gamers don’t already play in dark rooms…)  The only problem I’ve had with the game is trying to find the laser if it doesn’t hit a piece on the board.  I’ve often had to arrange a barrier around the board to find it (or risk hitting my cat sleeping near by).

Laser source: I have a strong urge to strap this to a shark's head

Seriously, though, the laser won’t hurt anything, but keeping track of all the mirrors and your opponent’s laser is a great mental exercise.

There’s an expansion piece that was released recently and I can’t wait to try it out.  It’s a beam splitter. Yes,  now you can take out up to 3 pieces at once 😀

Oh, and once the Android game comes out, I may disappear from human contact for a while.

Blast from the Past: ReBoot

February 3, 2012

Before Toy Story, before Pixar, before Avatar, there was a small company in Canada called Mainframe, that produced the first 100% CGI television show. That show was ReBoot.

Originally, a Saturday morning cartoon that discussed the tough issues of living inside a PC.  Issues like, “when will the next system upgrade be?” or “can we win the next game so the sector doesn’t get destroyed and everyone nullified?”.  You know, eveyday issues that kids can related to.

This is my all time favorite show.  Not only it it have fun adventures for my 10 year old self, but a number of jokes that I didn’t quite get until I was older.  Everything had a computer theme.  The town was divided into sectors from Baudway to Floating Point Park.  There were software pirates and every other character was a parody of someone else (Captains Kirk and Picard for example).  The main plotline was the classic good vs evil: Guardian 452 (Bob) vs the resident virus Megabyte.  most episodes for the first two seasons revolved around Megabyte trying to find a way out of Mainframe and into the Net to reach the Super computer.  Bob did stop him, most of the time, but I wonder how effective of an antivirus he was since never could delete him.  Maybe I shouldn’t be over analyzing this…

The third season was considerably darker, with the younger character having to grow up and deal with loss, abandonment and an ever growing evil (I did say this was a kids’ show, right?)  The adult characters were stressed out enough that I wanted to write them a prescription for xanax.

Remeber when I mentioned the kid characters had to grow up? Yeah that's them.

Needless to say, the darker issues caused alot of censoring and eventual cancellation from ABC’s Saturday morning lineup.  Thankfully Cartoon Network picked it up for reruns on their Toonami section.  I remember waking up at 1am Saturday nights just so I could sneak down and watch it. Pure sleep deprived euphoria…

The show cancelled after the 3rd season, with a happy complete ending.  Then, Mainframe (the production compay) got the OK to make two movies 3  years (SQUEE!!).  That was great news!  Nothing could be greater!  Only

There was a cliffhanger ending.

And then Mainframe was bought out.  This was the moment that I decided to take up drinking.  Actually that’s a little harsh.  The new owner, Rainmaker, promised fans 3 new movies, to come out in 2010.  The time has come and past, but they did produce a fan based webcomic and a revised Reboot.com (I highly recommend you check it out).  They still own the rights and have a new Guardian character, but my hopes are slowly dying.

I don’t know which is worse: An unsettling, but acceptable ending to a series or a rebooted ReBoot that potentially destroys my childhood.  Only time will tell.

My opinion of Rainmaker for making me wait this long.

Welcome to Nova’s Nerdvana

February 3, 2012

First!

Ok, now that obnoxious comment is out of the way, Hi! I’m Nova and I’m a geek.  This blog is about my geeky adventures, various projects I’m working on and all the nerd-related things I find fun.  Check out my About page to find out more about me (obviously).  Also feel free to contact me if you have any geeky/techie/science-y topics you’d like to see.  I have a Facebook page that I’ll keep in sync with the blog if you’d like to follow my adventures that way.

Welcome to my nerdvana 🙂

Nova, your resident geek.

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