About Griffin

Griffin’s geek credentials could easily be proven as such: he’s named after a mech from the 80s tabletop wargame Battletech. As if that wasn't enough, he's also a hireable mercenary in the new video game from this franchise, proving that going full-circle *is* possible. He goes to far too many conventions, at least a dozen a year. He's very easily provoked into a long argument about why all of Bruce Willis' characters would beat all of Schwarzenegger's characters in a fight. Just to START, Unbreakable's Bruce Willis would totally take...

Celebrate Galatune This Saturday at D20!

The day has finally come: Galatune has arrived in Dayton! This has been a long awaited moment for many fans, local and otherwise. So why not celebrate at our favorite board gaming bar with free cake and pizza this Saturday? The itinerary for the evening is as such: 6pm: Party starts! Free pizza available, open gaming begins, and the Galatune store opens for the very first time! Did you back at a level that gets you a copy and some swag? Pick it up early! 7pm: Big group photo which Adam will probably frame in his apartment like a sentimental nerd! … Read more

Nitpicking: Logan and The Lego Batman Movie

Confession time: I’ve never felt terribly comfortable doing reviews here on GeekDayton. Frankly, I’m very easily entertained, which is not what you want in a critical viewpoint. For reference, here’s some films I admit to enjoying: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Out of the Shadows (which even got a review on this very site) Short Circuit 2 The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2 And there’s not much distinction between enjoying “bad” movies and just enjoying bad movies. I enjoy Drive Angry, a Nicolas Cage film in which he plays a grandfather who drives … Read more

Flicks Worth Clicks?: Matrix Reboot, Venom, and DC Switch-Up

Man, there’s a lot of movie news flying at our faces every day now that there’s like 80 different cinematic universes to deal with. Here’s my attempt to pare down some of that into nuggets of fun (most of the nuggets are not fun). THERE MIGHT BE A MATRIX REBOOT The Hollywood Reporter reported an exclusive story that Warner Bros. is in very early stages of developing a reboot of the Keanu Reeves classic. This is a very bad idea. Joel Silver, producer of the original trilogy, is reportedly spearheading the project and pushing it to exist despite the cries … Read more

This Saturday in Dayton: Two Events, Twice the Fun!

This Saturday, Dayton has not one, but two excellent events to check out! DayCon Game Day Running from 9AM to 10PM, come check out a day filled with tabletop gaming of all sorts! Board games, roleplaying games, and more are all here to be played. The show is held in the Rona Banquet Hall, located at 1043 Rona Parkway, Fairborn, Ohio 45324. For a full schedule of games, click here. Studio Akumakaze’s Independent Creators Expo and Film Festival I.C.E. is both a showcase of local creators and a film festival showing local films! With events running all day long, there’s no … Read more

Cursed Uno: An Essay on Heartbreak

Every regular gaming group probably has a game like this. This isn’t the game you pull out for new players, established players’ visiting significant others, or children. This is the nitty-gritty, friendship-demolishing, table-flipping, night-ending monstrosity. Here’s ours. To preface, my game night group is already a mess. It’s a ragtag group of broke late-teens/early-20s barely-cognizant piles of stress and medical issues. For some reason, we all get together about once a week to play a couple terrible, awful games. Betrayal at House on the Hill, The Resistance, Jenga, Coup, just all the most soul-numbing possible games for people who already suffer … Read more

Roll Out to D20: A Bar With Characters Tonight!

If you’ve somehow missed all the news about the new board game/craft beer bar opening up in Kettering, I’m impressed. Not the good kind of impressed, though. You should really get out more, this place is awesome. I got a sneak peek a couple weeks back, and I can safely report that Andrew Sparks and Chrissy Cooper, owners of D20 and co-conspirators in the art of “turning (their) hobbies tax-deductible”, definitely know their stuff. I was hopelessly outclassed by Andrew’s knowledge of craft beer, coming from his wealth of experience in both drinking and selling it. With 20 taps serving 18 beers … Read more

Justify Your Kickstarter: AEGIS: Combining Robots

Edit: This article is in reference to their first, unfortunately not-funded AEGIS Kickstarter. If you’d like to back AEGIS at this point in time, here’s the link to their updated, very likely to be funded one. You have until June 9th! Please note that any exact numbers/details in this article may not reflect the updated project,  but it should be pretty close. AEGIS: Combining Robot Strategy Game by Zephyr Workshop is seeking funding on Kickstarter to the tune of $40,000. It’s based around a Voltron-esque team building premise where the ultimate goal is to put all 5 pieces of your robot together … Read more

Everyday Carry: Things That Make You Better

Your everyday carry (EDC) is all the things that you will (generally) have on your person if you leave the comfort of your home. Knives, multitools, watches, flashlights, flash drives, pens, and whatever else makes your daily life easier? That’s your EDC. EverydayCarry.com exists to document hundreds of peoples’ EDCs and how to buy the items contained in them. It’s a fantastic way to spend your time drooling over the contents of other people’s pockets. My personal favorite contains not just the standard “phone, wallet, knife, watch”, but also ChapStick, sunglasses, and a pink Dunkin Donuts donut with sprinkles. There are EDCs that … Read more

Con Competence: Anime Conventions

Anime convention

Writer’s Note: I’m pretty heavily entrenched in “non-biased” territory writing about most Ohio anime conventions. Being an executive-level staffer at Kabochacon has blessed me with the friendship of head staff at many events I’ll be mentioning below. I’ve been going to some of these events literally a decade longer than I ever became a con staffer though, so it’s not like I don’t have plenty experience as an attendee too. A conversation with some people this past weekend at Matsuricon led me to re-remember that Dayton has definitely lucked out in terms of location when it comes to cons. Not … Read more

Review: Suicide Squad

If it isn’t obvious, yes, this will contain spoilers. About an hour before I saw it, I tweeted “About to see Suicide Squad. If BvS was anything to take a pattern from, I’m sure I’ll love this long-form trailer for the Harley Quinn movie.” And at the time, I thought I was joking. But no, as I expected/feared/hoped, Harley Quinn was the best part of the movie by a long shot. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the cast has its moments, but as a whole, it’s… messy. And you’d think that was what they were going for with their whole … Read more