Global Game Jam 2015


Innovation, experimentation, collaboration. That’s Global Game Jam.

We Can Do It! Lessons From My Son


Some people think homeschoolers teach their kids at home, short and simple. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sure, I might teach my son, the Chief, how to do math, or how to find out more information about his favorite planet, or we might read stories together. But truly, the learning goes both ways.

Ruckus: The Goblin Army Game


Check out Ruckus: The Goblin Army Game for multiple levels of non-stop fightin’ action for the family.

Chatting with Jen Wang, In Real Life


GeekMom Melanie had the opportunity to chat with artist Jen Wang about her work on the new graphic novel, IRL (In Real Life).

Cory Doctorow Talks About His Graphic Novel, IRL


GeekMom Melanie talks to Cory Doctorow, author of such books as Little Brother, Makers, and Rapture of the Nerds, and co-editor of Boing Boing, about his upcoming graphic novel, IRL (In Real Life).

Small Cons vs Big Cons

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Big cons have the big names, but small cons have perks too. I’ve had good and bad experiences at both. You?

GeekMom Video Playlist

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LOTS of entertainment to help you procrastinate! From that crazy German supermarket commercial, to the physics of ice-skates, to zombie romance, to Tom Hiddleson winning a dance battle.

5 Tips for Keeping Your New Game Console Safe

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This post is brought to you by Protect Your Bubble.  It’s no secret that for many geek households the console has come center stage. No longer do these amazing machines do just one thing—play games—they’re now where we go to watch movies and television, work out, connect with our families, and even let the Internet know what we’re up to. The line between home computer

BrainBox: Educational Family Fun

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BrainBox is a simple game with editions aimed at every age group and interest that combines memory skills with other subjects in a fun game.

Building With Toca Boca


Get ready to build with this summer’s release from Toca Boca: Toca Builders.

Thanks, Freddie Wong!

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You did it! You have a high quality filmed, action-romatic-comedy, with developing characters, in a unique fictional universe, only available on the internet.

Confessions of a Loser


I learned early on not to play games of chance. My name was never picked from the hat, the dice never rolled in my favor, I rarely picked the good cards. I wasn’t oddly unlucky; I didn’t have random horrible things happen to me, but I was not a winner.

Late to the Game: The Settlers of Catan


GeekMom Sarah was recently exposed to the wonderful world that is The Settlers of Catan. If you are unfamiliar with the game, join her in her discovery.

Was International TableTop Day Really Worthwhile?

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Last Saturday was the first International Tabletop Day, organised by Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton and the lovely folks over at the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. Over 2,000 events were held across 50 countries and six continents making the day an incredible success for all involved. But was it really?

How Was Your Tabletop Day?

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How was your International Tabletop Day? Check out a few pictures from how the GeekMoms spent theirs and calculate your Tabletop Score!

International TableTop Day: Creating New Gamers


Today has been a momentous day. The first International TableTop day, and the day my son became a Gamer. He has been playing board games for a while now but this was his first event, and his first independent purchase.

Tabletop Forge Will Make Google+ Hangouts Awesome


I used to tabletop game many years ago. And then I had kids, and all my games got shoved into the back of the closet and away from swallowing and scattering little hands. These days, there are many things that prevent me from doing it, including time, messy living room, storage space, childcare arrangements, and geographic proximity to other players. Tabletop Forge doesn’t have any time travel technology to give me a couple extra hours for gaming, but it can help with the other problems.

Get Your Girls Into Game Design


Let your girls play more video games. That is, if you want them to grow up to be rock star game designers like Jane McGonigal. Yes, we can enjoy games like Half Life and Angry Birds Space, but Games and gaming techniques can go beyond the entertaining app or console title and be used to educate ourselves and influence real world behaviors. Besides, there’s good money in a career in game design.