Creator Appreciation Day this (and every) March

Creator Appreciation Day


My buddy and fellow game designer Chip came up with this idea and I thoroughly support it! Sure I’ve created things but I also enjoy a TON of other things that many people spent long hours creating.

On the first weekend in March 2016, I charge you to

  1. Pick three things you enjoy that were created by someone (songs, podcast, game, movie, app, recipe, etc.)
  2. Let the creator know how much you enjoy that thing (rate it on Spotify, write a review on iTunes, become a fan on, write a YouTube comment, rate it in the app store, tweet to the creator #CreatorAppreciationDay , become a facebook fan, write a review for Amazon, comment on their kickstarter campaign, etc.)
  3. Share with your friends either in person (schedule a Show and Tell party where you take turns sharing your favorite music, or playing your favorite game) or on social media.
  4. Discover new creators that your friends recommend.

Rules (ok, guidelines):

  1. This is not about money. It’s great to financially support your favorite creators via crowdfunding, patreon, buying products, etc. But this is about expressing appreciation.
  2. Focus on living creators. Let’s appreciate people while they are around to enjoy it.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Albert Schweitzer

GE43: Optimus Prime Dies

Optimus Prime dies
Optimus Prime dies

OOPS! Looks like we forgot the spoiler alert. Well, it should be no surprise to any ’80s Kids out there that in 1986’s classic film Transformers: The Movie that Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, dies at the hands of the evil Megatron who leads the Decepticons.

This episode explains the importance of Prime’s death. Jonathan expands the discussion beyond Prime’s death as catalyst for the film. He touches on universal mythology, Star Wars, a bit of religion (not much…we promise), and our own mortality.

If you’ve never seen the film or if you don’t own it, we highly recommend you pick it up. Amazon has it at an affordable price.

Transformers: The Movie
Transformers: The Movie

The show winds down with Jonathan telling a story that ties Transformers: The Movie in with the rebirth of Geeks Explicitly! We hope that you like Geeks Explicitly and that you will continue to listen as we bring you new episodes.


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GE38: 5 Reasons Ray Harryhausen was Incredible

Ray Harryhausen may not be well known to today’s moviegoers.  But, he was a special effects genius best known for his unique brand of stop motion animation.

Mr. Harryhausen created stop motion characters that explode off the screen.  He was best known for his work with the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts.  Mr. Harryhausen passed away on May 7, 2013.

In the episode Jonathan says it is Episode 39.  He is wrong.  It is actually episode 38.  Please accept our apologies.


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Jonathan’s TotalCon 2013 Schedule


TotalCon begins this Thursday!  After months of planning the time draws near when I get to see tons of amazing people.  The list of industry guests is impressive, as always, and there is a multitude of events to attend.

This year I will be in attendance with Troll in the Corner owner, Indie Talks host, and Growing Geeks co-host Ben Gerber.  We have some events together and other times we’re splitting off to view the con from different angles.  You can be sure that we will discuss our experiences on our respective podcasts.  Indie Talks and Growing Geeks will definitely get Ben’s take while Wargaming Recon and Geeks Explicitly mine.  Maybe we’ll also appear on each other’s shows for our shared views.

If you are coming to TotalCon this year, I’d love to meet you.  Below you can find my public con schedule.  Just look for the tall guy wearing either a Wargaming Recon t-shirt or TotalCon t-shirt or Battleground Games t-shirt.  I’ll try to post my wardrobe on Facebook for each day so you can more easily find me.


Friday February 22

3pm Dice Tower Live Podcast

Tom Vasel & Eric Summerer create an episode of the Dice Tower, live.  I’ll be in the audience enjoying the experience and learning as much as possible.

5pm Cube of Death/Dinner

Peter “Blix” Bryant of Tri Tac Games Podcast and the ConMen Podcast returns with another Cube of Death tournament.  This blends D&D and geek trivia.  Come see me make a fool of myself as I join Ben Gerber’s team, along with Wayne Moulton Jr. of Sages of RPG, in our attempt to win the tournament.

7pm Tri Tac Live Podcast

Peter “Blix” Bryant of Tri Tac Games, and his co-hosts, create this live episode.  They discuss how to run a successful horror campaign.  You can bet that I’ll pick Blix’s podcasting brain.  Hopefully I’ll learn enough from the two live podcast episodes to be able to run my own before too long.

8pm ???????

It is super secret.  After the Tri Tac Live Podcast I’ll be in the free play area looking for pickup games, chatting with fellow attendees, popping into the GM Social, and on the prowl for other fun.

11pm Podcast the Day’s Events

When I return to my hotel room I am recording my thoughts on the day.  With luck I may even be able to edit and release the recordings from the con, for your listening pleasure.

Saturday February 23

9am How to run a convention

Con staff, including Promotional Director Angelia Parenteau, share the do’s and don’t’s of running a convention.  No, I won’t be running a con anytime soon.  My purpose is to be supportive of Promotional Director Angelia and the other great con staff who have always been incredibly supportive of my podcasts.  I’m not a morning person so I’ll be the guy sitting in the back, half-asleep, wondering if he got enough sleep.

10am Breakfast

Man can’t live on gaming alone.  As Napoleon famously said, “an army marches on its stomach” and so too do I.

Noon Lunch with YourMoveGames

Chad Ellis, owner of YourMoveGames, will discuss his game Battleground and teach me how to play.  I’ll do my best to capture some audio.

1pm Vendor Hall

Time to peruse the vendor hall and maybe make a few purchases.

3pm Project London

Over 774 special effects in Project London, a sci-fi movie funded by Kickstarter for under $23,000.  Can’t wait to enjoy the show.

5pm Dinner

Adrian, Cort, and I will dine on a sumptuous meal as we talk over final prep for our event at 7pm.

7pm Battle of Freeman’s Farm

I am GMing the Battle of Freeman’s Farm, with Adrian and Cort.  American Patriots meet a combined force of British, German, and Native American troops in a “must win” battle for British General John Burgoyne.  General Burgoyne needs a clear-cut victory but will he get it?  Or, will General Benedict Arnold’s inspired leadership save the day for the Americans?

The fog of war descends as leading elements of the British army approach loyalist John Freeman’s farm just 4 miles north of Saratoga, New York…

Come join in the fun.  We provide all the models, terrain, and materials you need to play our recreation of this historical battle from the American Revolution.  We’re using 10mm models and Warlord Games’ Black Powder rules.

11pm Podcast the Day’s Events

When I return to my hotel room I am recording my thoughts on the day.  With luck I may even be able to edit and release the recordings from the con, for your listening pleasure.

Sunday February 24

11am Podcasting 1.0

Panelist Ben Gerber assures me that he’s dragging me onto the panel with him to share my knowledge of podcasting.  Tom Vasel and Peter “Blix” Bryant are also supposed to be on the panel.  Come learn the error of our ways and our successes in an effort to help you find the joy of podcasting.

Noon Adios

After Podcasting 1.0 I’m heading home.

Geek Seekers – The Truth is on YouTube

They've seen things you can't even imagine. Unless you too have a black turtleneck.
They’ve seen things you can’t even imagine. Unless you too have a black turtleneck.

If you’ve not checked out Geek Seekers yet, it’s time to fire up the old YouTube and get watching!

Geek Seekers features Jen Page and Monte Cook as they embark on a quest to find the truth about things! Things like are the Malloy apartments haunted? Things like how many residents can they get on camera? And how much cake can they eat in one setting?

For those of you who don’t know, Jen Page is an actress, artist, web designer and all around geek. She’s got Wizards of the Coast cred, Gamers: Various Films cred, Project London cred and now Indie Talks cred. You can find out lots more about here at her website.

For those of you who don’t know, Monte Cook is a game wizard, author, winner at Kickstarter and they guy who put lots of the fiddly bits into Dungeons & Dragons 3.x. His cred has cred. Like so many of us, he too has a website.

Want to learn even more about Monte and Jen as they continue their journey through the hidden realms and also make Geek Seekers? Want to do this without bothersome restraining orders and accusations of stalking? Then put your listening ears on this Wednesday as they make themselves heard on Indie Talks! Learn more about Geek Seekers! Listen to the vast, uncharted imagination of two talented creators. Bask in the glow of Monte’s stylish and hip glasses. Hear all about Jen’s foray into Etsy.

You won’t want to miss this, and you certainly shouldn’t miss a single episode of Geek Seekers!

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