Welcome to 2017 everyone!
Hopefully the December period's loot was kind to you, and the season's holidays relaxing.
This year, to start us off, we've gotten hold of Andrew Stephens to chat to us about the latest hotness in Star Wars CCGs, Star Wars: Destiny!
If you are a fan of the Star Wars universe, you owe it to yourself to grab a quick listen to find out if this is the new CCG for you!
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It's the end of the year already!
We’re once again gazing into the future, but first we check out and see exactly how well we did last year and who exactly gets to wear the mystical swami hat of grand fortune telling!
As always for our predictions episode we are joined by Les "The man with a plan" Allen and Master comedian Vittorio Leonardi from GeekXP
Got any predictions of your own for 2017? We'd love to hear them! Email them to us at info @ geekofalltrades.co.za and we just might mention the most interesting ones on the show next year!
Other than that, stay awesome and enjoy the show!
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Tabletop and boardgaming is on the rise around the world, and South Africa is no exception. The retail side of this industry in South Africa does have its own challenges - an unsympathetic exchange rate means we're paying more for the product, and the distance from suppliers means more expense due to shipping costs. There are also issues like regional distribution models that, while beneficial for the manufacturers, may cause additional pain for local retailers.
Earlier this year, three of the country's biggest tabletop and boardgame wholesalers, Blowfish Entertainment, Skycastle Games & Toys and Boardgames SA came together to start a brand new company - Solarpop. Eugene Vermuelen sat down with us to talk about his path to geekdom, his decision to start Skycastle and what the joining of forces of these three companies means for the gaming community and industry in South Africa.
For more info on Solarpop, you can check out their website, but probably best to follow them on Facebook to keep up to date with their latest news.
It's November, which means progressively hairier men and NaNoWriMo: the writing initiative designed to help budding and existing authors create 50,000 words before 11.59 pm on November 30th.
In honour of NaNoWriMo, we chatted to Kelan Gerriety, author of 'Crimson Skies' and founder of Sera Blue Publishing about her path to geekdom, what made her decide to start up her own publishing company and why she decided to run a competition that could help another author get published!
You can check out the Sera Blue Publishing website for more information around their competition, and head over to NaNoWriMo's website for more information about their November writing initiative!
It’s November already! Great Scott!
So We got together with old favourite Chris Dean and local author and Chemical Engineer Neil Stacey to discuss what the latest hotness is on the Geek flavoured TV circuit currently!
From Netflix to anime, we cover several shows you should be watching, keeping it as spoiler free as possible whilst still trying to lure you in
Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner is one of the biggest names in professional esports, having hosted and broadcast from dozens of countries around the world including the US, Singapore, Australia, China and now South Africa.
Paul was in SA in January this year to promote the launch of the Telkom DGL Masters, the biggest esports competition to date in this country. Paul was back in SA at rAge Johannesburg in October to host the Finals event, which was quite the spectacle.
We managed to catch up with Paul just before he left to talk about a range of topics including his path to esports geekdom and fame, how SA esports compares to the world skill wise and who his dream broadcast team would be.
Also - a big thanks to Sam Wright and Wayne Miller for helping to make this happen.
To keep up to date with what's happening with Paul, check out his website and definitely follow him on Twitter - @PaulChaloner
Guy Sclanders is a Johannesburg based roleplayer who has been a GM since the age of 12 - he was not forthcoming with how many years that makes. But he's not keeping his trove of skill to himself: Guy produces a large amount of YouTube content giving advice on how to not only be a great GM yourself, but how to be a great player.
Starting October 1st, Guy and his YouTube roleplaying group the 'Bacon Battalion' launched their Patreon campaign and are already well on the way to hitting their second funding goal. Guy took time out to chat to us about his path to geekdom, which Starfleet captain he finds is the best and Bacon's journey to the magical YouTube subscription number.
An aside - we really want to thank Guy for squeezing in time for this interview: it was actually recording the night before Bacon's Patreon launch, which was a pretty stressful time. Kudos to him for taking time out for us.
To see the massive (and massively fun) amount of content, check out the Bacon Battalion RPG YouTube channel, go follow them on Twitter (and Guy himself here), and finally - go to their Patreon page and support them!
ScopeX is a public outreach initiative established by the Astronomical Society of South Africa to promote interest in astronomy, telescope making and astrophotography. Scope-X 2016 happens this weekend in Johannesburg, and we chatted with the Urban Astronomer, Allen Versfeld, about the state of amateur astronomy in South Africa, the naming conventions of planetary objects (hello, George!), what you can expect to find at Scope-X and great names for supernovas.
For more information about Scope-X, head on over to their website and to find out more about the local scene, you should check out the Astronomical Society of South Africa's homepage. You can also find out more about the Urban Astronomer via his website, too!
#rAge2016 kicks off tomorrow, and "Tech Girl" Sam Wright is taking the Telkom DGL Masters stage as a roaming host for the event. We caught up with Sam recently to discuss her forays into the world of eSports and shoutcasting.
We also discuss Sam's manifesty destiny: becoming the Ryan Seacrest of esports!
Go follow Sam on Twitter now - @TechGirlZA - and don't forget to check out !
With #rAge2016, South Africa's biggest LAN and computer gaming event, starting this Friday in Johannesburg, we thought it time to review the state of esports in South Africa.
SA's "Tech Girl", Sam Wright, has been named as one of the hosts for this year's Telkom DGL tournaments at #rAge2016. Back in June, 2016 Sam hosted a panel on the topic of esports in South Africa at ICON Comics & Games Convention. Joining Sam on stage were SA gaming legend and shoutcaster Barry "Anthrax" Louzada, gamer Stefan 'Nefan' Smit, and DeWet "RidditZ" Lombard from nAvTv.
We humbly present a recording of this panel as a primer for this weekend's gaming fun!
For more from Sam Wright, follow her on Twitter - @TechGirlZA!
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