GE21: 24 Hour Game-a-Thon

In the Simpsons Reverend Lovejoy’s wife Helen is known for saying “What about the children?!  Won’t somebody please think of the children!?”  This is exactly what Ben Gerber, Scott Lazzari, and I did on October 20, 2012.  We participated in the Extra Life 24 Hour Game-a-thon to raise money for children who need medical help.

The funds we raised, over $900, all go to Boston Children’s Hospital to provide medical treatment for kids regardless of their family’s ability to pay.  Ben explained why he chose Boston Children’s Hospital as his beneficiary and I also shared my reasons for picking Children’s Hospital.

This podcast episode doesn’t have a Top 5 list, it doesn’t debate whether Captain Mal Reynolds is cooler than Captain Han Solo, and it doesn’t mention Star Wars.  What it does is share the story of how Ben, Scott, and I helped a bunch of kids by gaming.

We gamed for 24 hours and we played an assortment of games.  You can read the play by play on the Liveblog chronicling the hours of gaming.

Games Played

As promised in this episode, below you will find a list of games that we played.

  • Ascension (iPad)
  • Ticket to Ride (iPad)
  • Nightfall (iPad)
  • My Alphabet card game
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • My Singing Monsters (iPad)
  • Masters of Orion 2 (PC)
  • Mi Gato se Incendia (My Cat is on Fire!)
  • Disney Sorry
  • Carcassonne (Android)
  • Quarriors
  • Upgrade Wars
  • Bang!
  • Talisman
  • Family Business
  • Monopoly Deal
  • Zombie Dice
  • Thunderstone Gateway (iPad)
  • Caylus (iPad)
  • Elder Sign (iPad)
  • Farmville 2 (Facebook)
  • NHL ’12 (Xbox 360)
  • Where’s the Water? (iPad)
  • Plague, Inc. (iPad)
  • Angry Birds (iPad)
  • Angry Birds Seasons (iPad)
  • Angry Birds Rio (iPad)
  • Angry Birds Space (iPad)
  • European Assault (miniatures game by listener Tidal)
  • Star Wars Empire at War (OS X)
Thank You Supporters

I couldn’t have made this big of a difference without the help of each of you. Special thanks are owed to:

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GE20: 5 Favorite Star Wars Novels

Star Wars. Those two words are more evocative than many in the English language. Episode 20 goes Star Wars crazy with 5 of Jonathan’s favorite Star Wars novels. So, take this list with you to your local library, favorite book store, or online ebook vendor.

5 Favorite Star Wars Novels:

  • Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
  • X-wing Series by Michael Stackpole, Aaron Allston
  • Black Fleet Crisis Trilogy by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
  • Shadows of the Empire by Steve Perry
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton
  • Honorable Mention: Tales From Mos Eisley Cantina edited by Kevin J. Anderson

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24 Hour Game-a-thon Fundraiser

Jonathan is joining Ben Gerber to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. Please read all about it, and please consider donating, by going to Extra Life! Play Games, Heal Kids – I’m joining Ben Gerber and I could really use your help and support.

Don’t forget to listen to Episode 18: Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns, if you haven’t done so yet.

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GE19: Favorite Sci-Fi Shows with Brent Newhall

NOTE: IF YOU CAME HERE BY GOING TO TROLLITC.COM/GE19 EXPECTING TO FIND THE SHOW NOTES FOR JONATHAN’S 5 FAVORITE STAR WARS NOVELS, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE A BAD TIME. JONATHAN IS A GOON WHO MESSED UP. EPISODE 20 CONTAINS HIS 5 FAVORITE STAR WARS NOVEL. JUST CLICK THE LINK AND YOU’LL BE TAKEN TO GE20: 5 FAVORITE STAR WARS NOVELS. SORRY FOR THE CONFUSION.


Science Fiction takes us to places we’ve never been while we interact with familiar characters and stories. Brent Newhall and Jonathan discuss some of their favorite Sci-Fi TV shows.

This episode’s topic was prompted by the sad passing of actor Michael O’Hare who played Commander Jeffrey Sinclair on Babylon 5.

Some of our favorite Science Fiction shows:

  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Babylon 5
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Star Trek DS9
  • Firefly
  • Futurama
  • Battlestar Galactica the Reimagined series
  • Dollhouse
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Brent had many more, which he’ll gladly share with you. Be sure to visit his website where you can send him all your hate mail responding to his statement that he thinks it was good that Firefly only existed for one season. 😛

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24 Hour Game-a-thon Fundraiser

Jonathan is joining Ben Gerber to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. Please read all about it, and please consider donating, by going to Extra Life! Play Games, Heal Kids – I’m joining Ben Gerber and I could really use your help and support.

Don’t forget to listen to Episode 18: Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns, if you haven’t done so yet.

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GE18: Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns

Akira Kurosawa defined the American western film and he did so with his Sengoku-jidai samurai films. This episode pays him homage.

Jonathan reveals the Top 5 Kurosawa Westerns. These are cinematic masterpieces.

  • 5-Throne of Blood
  • Kagemusha
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • Yojimbo
  • Seven Samurai

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GE17: Meet Ben and Brent

Ben Gerber & Brent Newhall cover for Jonathan while he’s engaged with real life stuff for his first home.

Brent and Ben sneer at real life, preferring to spend our time on the internet. Where it’s virtual, and friendly. They do what comes naturally, which is talk about themselves.

They discuss their upcoming projects, talk a bit about board game design, and Ben also does a month in the life of a indie publisher, where the cover about the numbers. Total units “sold” (including free stuff), total gross and total net $$$ and the fact that a lot of people who get a free copy to review it, don’t end up reviewing it.

Many thanks to Ben and Brent for covering for me while I was indisposed.

Don’t forget to listen to Episode 16: 5 Great Soundtracks, if you haven’t done so yet.

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