Monday, August 14, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #151: Winter Is Here


*SPOILER AND SMALL EARS WARNING!*

The chess pieces are in full play in Westeros, with the Night King and the army of the dead approaching, the stakes have never been higher. The emotions have been high, so much that we couldn't wait to talk about season 7 after it was over. So join us as we discuss the season so far, well as best as we can between the tangents and squee.

Game of Thrones Jon Snow and Drogon

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Victor Pemberton, creator of the Sonic Screwdriver, has passed away
Convention announcements:
-Salt Lake Comic Con: Stephen Amell, Elijah Wood, Gates McFadden
-Fan Expo Canada: Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Tom Cavanagh (The Flash) 

Game of Thrones related YouTube channels/videos
-Costume Cinematografico

Friday, August 11, 2017

Gen Con 50 Preview: Demos, Demos, Demos

-By Rachel

I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a gamer. I play Farmville 2, Doctor Who Legacy and Frozen Freefall. I wouldn't know Settlers of Catan from D&D if my life depended upon it, so it might seem odd that I'd be attending Gen Con again this year. And while a majority of the Gen Con attendees spend all 4 days playing their game of choice, there's also the option to participate in demos of new games and maybe find a new favorite. Last year I discovered Happy Salmon and finally got to play the uber-popular Exploding Kittens. This year, I've got my eye on a few new games that I hope to try* during the "Greatest Four Days In Gaming":

-From Czech Games (Rooms 231 & 232): Codenames Duet and That's A Question! (if you want to get a jump on the crowds, both are available for pre-order and can be picked up at Gen Con)

Codenames Duet keeps the basic elements of Codenames — give one-word clues to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table — but now you're working together as a team to find all of your agents. (Why you don't already know who your agents are is a question that Congressional investigators will get on your back about later!)

The party game That's a Question!, takes the familiar format of challenging others with questions, then voting on what they'll say.

Czech Games Codenames DuetCzech Games That's A Question!
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-From Breaking Games LLC (Booth #2329): Sparkle*Kitty

A fast-paced, fun-filled, family card game where players are princesses matching cards to cast hilarious spells to escape from their towers. Up to 8 princesses can play, so it's great for families, parties, and even fancy balls.

Sparkle*Kitty

-From USAopoly (Booth #149): Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle with the Monster Box of Monsters expansion and CODENAMES: Disney Family Editon

Play as your favorite characters and defend the wizarding world from evil forces. Enhance your abilities as you build your deck with over 140 cards. Seven successive game adventures offer increasing difficulty  as you battle Villains and unlock new abilities, secrets and challenges.

Venture into the Forbidden Forest with The Monster Box of Monsters, the highly anticipated expansion to HARRY POTTER™: HOGWARTS™ BATTLE! Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville or Luna Lovegood™ as you face frightening creatures and challenging encounters. Beware of any wrongdoing that might earn you detention! Only working together to defeat the evil forces and protecting iconic locations will make the Wizarding World safe once and for all!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Deck Building Game

The Disney Family Edition of Codenames combines the hit social word game with some of Disney’s most beloved properties from the past 90 years. Two Cluemasters give one-word clues to help their teammates identify the Disney characters, locations and items from a 25 card game grid.  Including both pictures and words, it’s family fun for Disney fans of all ages.

CODENAMES: Disney Family Edition

-From Big Potato Games (Booth #2115): The Chameleon

One secret word and 16 possible options. Everyone knows the secret word except for the Chameleon – but who is the Chameleon?
Your mission is simple. Using one word each, players must prove their innocence and catch out the imposter. But be careful: choose a word that’s too obvious and you might give away the secret word. Choose a word that’s too vague and people might start to think that you’re the guilty one.
Fresh from the mind of Rikki Tahta (Coup) and crafted by Big Potato, The Chameleon is a game of suspense, trickery and some serious mob mentality.

*Not every game that debuts at Gen Con is available for official demos in the companies' booth, sometimes you have to sign up like you would for other gaming. Always check the events catalog to see if signing up is necessary.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gen Con 50 Preview: Dized Invites All GenCon Attendees To Sit Upon The Throne of Games

-By Rachel

Playmore Games, developers of Dized, the board game companion app that "removes the rulebooks and gets gamers playing right away" has announced that Dized will have a presence at this year's Gen Con. While the app launches on IndieGogo on August 28th, during Gen Con 50, Dized will construct a giant throne of games for attendee photos and one attendee will win the throne and all of the games after the show.

Daenerys My Reign Has Just Begun gif

Valued at more than $5000, Dized's Throne of Games will feature more than 100 new and classic board games, including Dominion, 7 Wonders, King of Tokyo, Pandemic, Catan, Smash Up and much more. The throne will be the showcase in the Dized booth (#2941) and attendees will have the opportunity to sit on the throne and have a photo (oh how I wish I had my Daenerys cosplay completed!) The winner of the Throne of Games will have it delivered to their home in a celebratory fashion.

"We wanted something big to celebrate Dized's upcoming launch on IndieGogo and Gen Con 50," says Jouni Jussila, Dized/Playmore Games CEO. "Dized's Throne of Games will be a must-do for everyone attending Gen Con. Who doesn't want to win a giant throne of board games!"

Dized launches via IndieGogo August 28, Sign-up is now open to receive news, early announcements and other promotions. For more information, visit dized.com.

Dized Throne of Games
(Not actual image of Throne of Games)

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #150: Mystery Actor Archive Vol. 5


Happy Epi-versary! For episode 150, we dive back into the hat and pull out 3, count them 3, names of actors/actresses to talk about. Coincidentally all 3 of our actors have ties to Marvel properties: Hugh Jackman, Karen Gillan and Natalie Portman.

Hugh Jackman

Karen Gillan
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Natalie Portman


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Harry Potter alumni Robert Hardy has passed away
Agents of SHIELD S5 will premiere sooner than expected

Monday, July 31, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #149: Superheroes and Hormones


Life isn't easy when you're a teenager trying to balance high school, potential love interests, academic decathlon...oh and saving the world from bad guys as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Join us in this spoiler-filled review of Spider-Man: Homecoming. We discuss what we liked, what we didn't like, and Easter eggs galore. Plus a little bit of news (finally!) and some end-of-the-month housekeeping.

Spider-Man Homecoming

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Convention announcements:
-GenCon: Sunday (family day) is SOLD OUT
Shada to be BBC Worldwide’s next animation project

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #148: Fandom Christmas 2017 Part 2


The dump truck of news has backed up again to Five(ish) Fangirls HQ, this time with all of the fun stuff that came from San Diego Comic Con. We've got toys, we've got trailers, we've got Chris Hardwick giving us a serious case of FOMO. It's a LOT of good stuff and we barely scratched the surface. Plus some unfortunate 10 O'clock news, and some non-SDCC convention announcements.


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Home Alone actor, John Heard, dead at 71
2nd Doctor companion, Deborah Watling, has passed away


Convention announcements:
Salt Lake Comic Con: Dick Van Dyke
Gen Con: Saturday badges are SOLD OUT! Family day badges are on track to sell out


San Diego Comic Con News Resources





Thursday, July 20, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #147: Fandom Christmas 2017 Part 1


The dump truck of news has pulled up to the Five(ish) Fangirls HQ, and left us a full load of news and announcements from this year's D23 Expo! We barely scratch the surface with all of the exciting info that came out of Anaheim. Plus news, including our passionate opinions about the announcement of the new Doctor for Doctor Who (and YOUR feedback on the topic too).

Mickey Mouse outside the Anaheim Convention Center for 2017 D23 Expo


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D23 Expo News and Announcements

Monday, July 10, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #146: Troma, Twitter and Too Much Talking



Indy PopCon has come and gone once again! Give a listen as Rachel givers her recap of the 4th annual event; from cosplay to food trucks a ton of fun was had (and her voice shows it!) Plus hear interviews with Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Alias, Star Wars); Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment); Indiana Cosplay Association President Daz; and Russell McGee and Nick Krohn who have done work for Big Finish.

Greg Grunber, Lloyd Kaufman, Toxie and Rachel in the Troma booth at Indy PopCon


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Joan Lee, wife of Stan Lee, dies at 95
Gen Con 4-day badges have sold out

Looking to listen to a specific interview in the episode?
32:54 Greg Grunberg Interview
41:26 Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Interview
1:16:12 Daz of Indiana Cosplay Association Interview
1:30:15 Russell McGee and Nick Krohn of Big Finish Interview


Greg Grunberg




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #145: The Doctor Falls



After an up and down season, the Doctor makes a final stand against an army of Cybermen to protect a tiny band of humans from destruction. Join us as we discuss what is not only season 10 of Doctor Who, but also the last season for Stephen Moffat and Peter Capaldi. We talk about the highs and lows and a LOT of feels. Plus news, your feedback, some new-month housekeeping and Rachel gives her recap of this year's InConJunction.

Doctor Who The Doctor Falls

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Convention announcements:
Starbase Indy: Denise Crosby
Gallifrey One: Wendy Padbury, Rona Munro and more

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Rachel’s recap of InConJunction
https://www.facebook.com/GamingWScott/
http://tammyjoeckhart.com/ 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #144: Playing The Game of Thrones


***CONTENT WARNING! This one isn't for little listener ears.***

Valar Morghulis! Beware playing the Game of Thrones, as you might just die. Join us as we discuss the epic TV series that is Game of Thrones. We talk our favorite and least favorite characters, the battles, the dragons...we even get into the psychology and social commentary of the show. Plus quite a bit of news, some appearance announcements and housekeeping.

Game of Thrones The Iron Throne

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #143: The Fangirls Turn 3!


Happy Birthday to US! Happy Birthday to US! Join us as we celebrate 3 years of podcasting! We look back at what we've done over the 3 years, and what we've done as people in the process. Plus we answer YOUR questions you sent in. So even if you're a long-time listener or a first-timer, hopefully you'll learn something new about the Five(ish) Fangirls.

3rd birthday cupcake balloon


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Penny Dreadful and the Clockwork Copper
Go Fund Me to support The Nerd's Domain after burglary
Dazzle Cookies

Monday, June 5, 2017

Five(ish) Fangirls Episode #142: The End of SHIELD


Team SHIELD is facing the ultimate test as Aida gains a human body and the included human emotions. Will Coulson and crew be able to defeat her? Or will they require assistance from a certain Ghost Rider? Join us as we discuss the resolution of the 'Agents of Hydra' storyline along the conclusion of S4 of Agents of SHIELD. Also, Rachel gives her non-spoilery review of Wonder Woman. Plus news and your feedback!

Agents of SHIELD S4 finale stinger Phil Coulson in space

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