October 8th Live Stream for The @AbleGamers Charity, #SoEveryoneCanGame

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Join me October 8th for a live-stream gaming event benefiting The AbleGamers Charity! Starting at 5pm EST and lasting until 10pm, I’ll play some of my favorite video games over on The Geeky Gimp twitch.tv channel. Watch along, chat, and donate if you can! I’m also going to tweet using #SoEveryoneCanGame, so follow me there for more gaming goodness. My goal is $400, and I can only reach that with your help!

Anyone that tunes in and donates has a chance to win cool, nerdy prizes like a Han Solo pop figurine, Star Wars socks, DC Comics merch, and other surprises. Can’t make it October 8th? No worries – if you contribute funds before the event, you’re automatically entered to snag a prize. Winners will be announced during and after the event as needed. As always, contact me with any questions or concerns.

More on AbleGamers from their website:

Game joystick cartoonThe AbleGamers Charity has served the more than 100 million gamers with disabilities in the disabled community since 2004 as thought leaders, accessibility experts, and assistive technology creators. Over the last decade, AbleGamers has helped hundreds of thousands of gamers with disabilities through the various services and programs offered to the disability community. Providing free, customized solutions, expansive resources, thorough consultations and advocating for gamers with disabilities are the top priorities for the AbleGamers Foundation.

Until then, happy gaming!

Star Trek and Disability Live Panel: Part Two

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Space, the final frontier…

You probably know by now I’m a huge Star Trek fan. It’s one of the few sci-fi shows to address disability directly; sometimes it gets it right, other times it doesn’t. But it gives us something to think about, and a vision of the future that still includes disability.

Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of disabled Trekkers out there (the disabled population is huge in general) who like philosophizing about their favorite show – including my friends and me. We got together last year on Google Hangouts, and it was so much fun that we’ve decided to give it another go this past Friday, February 26th.

Missed the chat? No big deal. You can watch the recording below – subtitles are available!

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The Live Event Recap


On February 26th at 8pm EST, I hosted a live panel on Star Trek and disability! We focused on a few topics, followed by a Q&A with questions from our viewers.

You can watch the event on my YouTube channel and above on the video.

I was joined by my friends and fellow Trekkers: Alice Wong, Andrew Pulrang, and Day Al-Mohamed. Meriah wasn’t able to make the event, but I will post her thoughts on Trek here soon.

The Panel


An woman smiling, wearing glasses and a green knit Yoda hatAlice Wong runs the Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. She’s also a fan of Spot the Cat.

 

A man smiling, wearing glasses, and a red shirtAndrew Pulrang is a disability blogger and a Star Trek fan. You can find him at www.disabilitythinking.com.

 

 

black and white photo of a woman smiling, wearing hoop earings and sunglasses atop her headDay Al-Mohamed is a part-time science fiction author, and a full-time science fiction fan. 🙂 Her first novel, “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn” was published by DarkQuest books in 2014; her stories can be found in SFF magazines and anthologies. Her current project is a short historical film about the “Invalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens” due out in 2016. She is an advocate and policy advisor and works on disability youth employment issues for the Federal government. Also, despite the fact she loves all kinds of tea, she loathes Earl Grey.

woman wearing blue cat eye glasses with blue streaked hair smilingErin Hawley runs The Geeky Gimp blog and YouTube channel. She is also the Digital Content Producer at Easter Seals Thrive, which promotes self-empowerment for young women with disabilities through online communities. Her favorite Trek series is TOS (and is obsessed with Spock), followed closely by DS9. She likes all kinds of tea, especially Earl Grey.

woman with short blondish hair, smilingMeriah Nichols is a deaf Humboldt Housewife who lives off the grid and coordinates the Two Thirds of the Planet (www.twothirdsoftheplanet.com) site via satellite. She writes about travel, disability and chickens at http://www.meriahnichols.com when she’s not. She likes her tea Earl Grey, and hot.

The Topics


Some topics we covered during the event:

  • Captain Pike (“The Menagerie” and “The Cage” episodes)
  • Lieutenant Barclay
  • Our favorite Star Trek foods and drinks
  • PTSD and Deep Space 9
  • JJ Abrams Trek
  • What would make an ideal Star Trek episode relating to disability?

How to Watch


Here is the link to the video: Star Trek and Disability Panel, Part Two

Join in the Conversation


Even though the show is over, we’d love to continue the conversation about Trek and disability. If you want to chat with fellow Trekkies and Trekkers, tag your tweets with #Trekability!

Accessibility


Subtitles are available on the video. Please send me an e-mail using the contact form for any suggestions for future events.

 

Update: Where and What I’m Writing

Yes, I’m still here! I now have a full-time job with Easter Seals as the Digital Content Producer for their Thrive microsite, which promotes self-empowerment for young women with disabilities. It keeps me busy, but it’s incredibly rewarding and basically my dream job. Besides that, I’m also working on the final classes for my Master’s degree in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures. So! Much! Going! On! But I’m very active on Twitter (@geekygimp), so make sure to follow me there for my latest insights on board games, video games, news stories, random tv shows, comics, and various other obsessions.

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Want to see what I’ve been writing lately? Check out these links:

What have you been writing? Got any exciting news? Let me know in the comments below!

Contest: win a copy of Lift Off! Get Me Off This Planet!

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Hi everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I recently started a new job, and to celebrate, I thought I’d run a contest.

The prize is a new-in-shrink copy of Eduardo Baraf’s Lift Off! Get Me Off This Planet! 

To enter, all you have to do is be a follower of @geekygimp on twitter, and retweet the following:

For an extra entry, you can also follow me on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/TheGeekyGimp

It’s that easy! The winner will be picked on July 6th at 9pm EST. The contest is open to everyone, in all countries. They will be notified via Twitter or Facebook, as well as on the blog.

Good luck!

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Update #7 – Star Trek and Disability live panel!

Hey everyone, this is just a quick update to let you know about my upcoming panel on disability in Star Trek! We’ll be broadcasting live on my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/thegeekygimp

So mark your calendars for May 21st at 8:00 p.m. EST, and tell all your Trekker friends! My guests and I are going to discuss all of the series and movies; I’m looking forward to an evening of thoughtful, engaging, and fun conversation. We’ll also be tracking the hashtag #DisTrek during the event, so feel free to send us questions and follow along!

My special guests are:

Hope to see you there!

 

Update #6 – Graduate School Stress, New hairdo, Upcoming Reviews, and a Poll

You may have noticed a lag in content, but it’s for a very good reason. I’m busy with school at the moment, taking two writing/reading-intensive courses at the same time and prepping for final projects. After the beginning of May, I can get back to dedicating more time to this blog. But classes haven’t completely stopped me from working on stuff! You can expect the following two posts next week:

  • Eduardo Baraf of Pencil First Games, and designer of Lift Off: Get Me Off This Planet! is about to launch a new game on Kickstarter called The Siblings Trouble. It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to interview him on this new project. For now, you can watch the video below to see what it’s all about, or click here to see my past interview with him.

  •  Andrea Tsang of X-Axis Production has sent me a copy of her game, Mining Maniac. It’s a market influence, resource management game that feels very unique and has a lot going on. My review is coming soon, and it should be a fun one. I’m going to try a slightly new format for my reviews, so we’ll see how that goes!

Here are some things that are also coming soon, but probably not until the end of April or early/mid May.

  • My Let’s Play of Amnesia seemed to be fairly well-received, but I am not that fond of the game – so I think I’ll plan on doing a different one next instead of making a part two for Amnesia. I don’t think it’s fair for me or you to sit through something that I’m not enjoying. So, I’ve decided to pick a few other games and have you decide which one I should play next!

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  • Yep, still working on my X-Files review of “Roland.” Not sure why I’m having trouble writing this one, but it’s sits sadly half-done in my review folder. I’m not giving up on it, but it still needs much tweaking.

On a personal note…

  • My friend Heather dyed my hair blue (which I’ve always wanted to do), and gave me the best haircut I’ve ever had. Seriously, the best. Check it out! [image description: Two pictures, with the right one being a side view of me in light blue cat-eye glasses, short layered reddish hair with blue side-swept bangs. The left image is a close-up of the blue hair, which has streaks of my own color for a nice contrast.]

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That’s all for now. As always, feel free to ask questions, make suggestions for games you’d like me to review, or just send me a quick hello! Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

 

Update #5 – Secret Santa, Pleasant Dreams, and Roland

There’s been a lot of great things going on here at The Geeky Gimp! And since I love making lists, let me just go right ahead and list what I’ve been working on:

Upcoming Reviews / Podcasts:

  • A review of The X-Files episode “Roland,” featuring a mentally disabled character and creepy frozen heads! I should get it done by the end of this upcoming week.
  • I have a podcast scheduled on Friday with Steve Way, a comedian and co-creator of the web series, Uplifting Dystrophy. If all goes as planned, that podcast will be uploaded here the next day!
  • There’s another podcast in the works with the creators of 64 oz. Games. They recently opened up a shop with braille accessibility kits for many popular tabletop games! You can check that out here: 64 oz. Games Store.
  • The lovely designer of Pleasant Dreams is sending me a review copy! It’s a tabletop card game with some unique mechanics and creepy artwork, so I can’t wait to give it a try.

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Lift Off! Interview with Eduardo Baraf

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Greetings, earthlings!

I’m excited to present to you my new YouTube channel, titled The Geeky Gimp Presents! I’ll still be blogging here, but this is just a way for me to branch out, challenge myself with a new creative outlet, and engage my subscribers. For my very first video, I interviewed designer Eduardo Baraf. We discuss he new game, Lift Off, which is quickly becoming a hit on Kickstarter. We also talk about accessibility in gaming, his design process, and his previous game, Murder of Crows.

Transcript is available here in PDF, or below the video. PDF: LiftOffTranscript

The video also has subtitles.

You can watch the video below, or click on this link. Subscribe to the channel and receive updates on new videos! I will still be writing here, of course, but I’m just branching out into vlogging!

I hope you enjoy.

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Update #4: Twitch Streaming and Upcoming Reviews

You can now follow me on Twitch, an online community for live game streaming. Watch me play World of Warcraft, Star Trek Online, and a slew of other games! I have my webcam and microphone on the ready, and I’d love to chat with my fellow geeky gamers. I’ll even invite some of you to play along.

I plan to stream regularly on Thursday and Sunday evenings, around 9 p.m. EST. I’ll also be streaming intermittently in between, so “favorite” my channel on Twitch for updates on when I go live. Just click on the image below to visit the channel!

The Geeky Gimp Twitch ChannelI’m currently working on some reviews for The Geeky Gimp. I’m not exact on scheduling, but you can expect these in the next few months:

  • Comics: Batman Chronicles #5 – Oracle Year One, Batgirl Annual #2 (Did you know I love Batgirl? Because I love Batgirl)
  •  Tabletop Gaming: Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition, Splendor, Dungeon Roll
  • Video Gaming: Sherlock Holmes: Murder at Diogenes Club, Tomb Raider
  • TV: The X-Files “All Souls”
  • Movie: The Amazing Spider-Man

As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome! Thanks for reading – I really appreciate all of the feedback I’ve received so far.

 

Update #3 – Support this Kickstarter!

Right now, I’m working on a review of Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, a great board game of strategy and deception. You can expect to see that some time this week – maybe even tomorrow! But before I posted that, I wanted to let you all know about a great Kickstarter that I recently supported.

64 oz. Games is working on making board games accessible for the blind community. They have created card sleeves and accessories with braille text for some popular games, such as: 7 Wonders, Lost Cities, Dominion, Munchkin, and more. They are looking to expand this list, but they need your help. 64 oz. Games is also producing their own micro party game for blind users called Yoink! In this game, you have to feel for different shapes and patterns on the cards, and be the first to make a complete matching set. You can watch videos for this, and their braille products, on the Kickstarter page. I highly suggest you chip in, even if it’s only $5! It is so important to make board gaming accessible for all, and this project by 64 oz. Games is crucial in that endeavor. 

You can find their Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64ouncegames/board-games-now-blind-accessible

If you can’t make a donation, please spread the word by sharing the link with your friends on Twitter or Facebook. Thanks!