18 December 2014

Mithril Wisdom's 2014 round-up

Mithril Wisdom 2014 round-up

It's been a hell of a year.  Forgive the self-indulgence - here's a quick rundown of some of the best things from here in 2014.

Most popular post in 2014

Given that I wrote this post in January, it's no surprise that the most popular post was my top five geek fandoms for 2014.

I got some good responses on what other fandoms should be added, so watch this space for my top geek fandoms for 2015!

Take a look at the list and let me know if you think I missed any others!

Best Google search that brought someone here

I was surprised that a lot of the things people searched for were pretty normal (mostly the names of books and movies that I reviewed).

The best one, though, was "Skyrim ruined my life", which takes you to an open letter I wrote to Bethesda claiming that Skyrim is just so damn good that my life was over.

Granted, I wrote that back in 2012 - a full year after the release of Skyrim. But it's now 2014 and I'm still playing the damn game.

It's good to have some solidarity with fellow Skyrimnites who have lost everything to this game.

A year of firsts

This was the first time I was asked to wax lyrical on geeky subjects on the radio.

The first time was talking about Game of Thrones season 4 with Cardiff Exposure USW Radio in a pre-recorded bit.

The second time I was asked to review The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and take part in some movie banter with Saturday Brunch Film Review on Radio Cardiff.

This was also the first year that I was mentioned in a book blurb - on the press release for the advance copy of The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams:
The release quotes part of my review of Williams' debut novel, The Copper Promise.

Rubbing elbows

2014 was the year I started getting more 'local' - covering more of the Welsh geek scene.

I got my Doctor Who Regeneration box set signed by the Seventh and Eighth Doctors (Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann) at Cardiff Comic Con in March and November.

I also attended the world première of "Deep Breath" - the first episode of season 8 of Doctor Who, where I got Peter Capaldi's autograph as well.

What's in store for 2015

I'm terrible at making promises and resolutions, so none shall be made here.

Here are some things I'd like to achieve next year instead:

  • Score myself a press pass or media accreditation to a geek event or première 
  • Be invited onto a podcast (audio or video, it's all good to me)
  • Host an awesome giveaway for you good folk
  • Make regular unboxing/review videos for geek swag
  • Watch every movie referenced in Ernest Cline's Ready Player One (more on that in the new year)
And ultimately ...

Become the #1 site for all things geeky in Wales

Baby steps, though. Baby steps. It's been a great year, and here's to more of the same!

What would you like to see from me in 2015? What would you have me change about any aspect of the site (content, design, frequency, types of content)?

About Jamie
Jamie Gibbs is a life-long geek and leans towards anything with sorcery, dragons or obscure pop culture references.
You can follow him on at @mithrilwisdom for a daily dose of fanboy discourse.

12 December 2014

The Guardians: Explore - a deck building semi-co-op card game [Kickstarter spotlight]

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With a great concept behind it and some very interesting mechanics, The Guardians: Explore looks to be a fun co-op deck builder

It's spring break in Arthursburg, a time when kids set out on heroic quests of excitement and imagination.

But this year, the danger and magic are real - the residents and wildlife around town have been transformed into evil monsters bent on total destruction!

Only you and your friends have the power and wits to rise up and save your loved ones from this unknown evil.

To defeat the monstrous hordes that are spreading chaos and evil everywhere they go.

To become the legendary heroes who will save the people of Arthursburg.

8 December 2014

Zombie survival experience - the greatest surprise birthday present ever

I really hope that I get this as a birthday present someday.

If you can't see the video, you can watch it on YouTube