Jamie Noble Frier, teh Noble Artist, on a cover biage for episode 64 of teh coaching for geeks podcast, discussing Hero Master an epic game of epic fails

The Podcast Returns – Episode (Nintendo) 64 – Jamie Noble Frier; Hero Master

The Coaching for Geeks Show returns! And what better way to celebrate Season 2 than with terrible heroes who got picked last for adventuring.   You can listen in here or head over to our new home on  Radio Public, or the old favourites of iTunes, Spotify, or most places that have podcasts. Not Stitcher though because they still suck at …

Fantasy parody card game, Hero Master, launches on Kickstarter

Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails comes to Kickstarter Sick of always being the best? It’s time to be the worst. Fantasy parody game Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails launches on Kickstarter this Tuesday (18 September 2018). We first encountered Hero Master at UK Games Expo and it REALLY piqued our interest. Designed and illustrated by Jamie Noble …

Designing Your Dungeons & Dragons Encounters with James Gifford

James Gifford, author and illustrator of Dungeon Diaries, returns to improve your Dungeons and Dragons encounters (also applicable to any tabletop roleplaying game PATHFINDER FOR LIFE! – Ed: Robin) ENHANCING YOUR DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ENCOUNTERS Back when I was a baby goblin, I used to play Dungeon Crawler game like Torchlight and Dungeon Siege. I remember thinking they were the …

The WHO Classifies A Gaming Disorder. Here’s What That Means.

  Gaming Addiction: What’s The Problem?   Robert House, the Coaching for Geeks health correspondent, talks about the evidence behind the WHO’s recent classification of a Gaming Disorder. Today I want to talk to you about the World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying gaming as a disorder. I wanted to let the heat die off a little and start a conversation …

MagicCats Builder (Crazy Dreamz) Review

Cats! Magic! Building! And Dreamz (crazy of course)! It’s a MagiCats Builder Review   MagiCats Builder; A game of randomness, player creativity and best of all, cats! It is a free to play game that’s available on PC via Steam and it is also available on mobile via the Apple Store and Google Play.   Little Big Catnip?   MagiCats …

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Who Am I? My Hero’s Journey With RPG Tabletop Gaming

Who Am I To Be Writing About Turning Geeks Into Superheroes Through Tabletop RPGs?   When I started writing articles for Coaching for Geeks, I decided I wanted to continue with an article about helping folks bring out their own gaming superheroes. But I think it’s worth talking about me and where I’m at, so that you get a better …

BIG Festival, Brazil

BIG Festival 2018 Brazil’s Independent Games (BIG) Festival is finally here and Anderson Araújo from Coaching for Geeks went along to take a closer look into all the great games they brought us this year.       BIG Festival has taken place every year since 2012, and in Brazil is considered the most important festival of Independent games in …

Venger from the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon series

How To Not Be The Villain In A Tabletop Game

  Here at Coaching for Geeks, our tagline is “Turning geeks into superheroes.”  Of all the geeky pastimes out there, probably the most geeky is the hobby of tabletop roleplaying games. From the publishing of the first and most venerable RPG rule set, Dungeons & Dragons, in the seventies to the recent explosion of live-streamed and podcasted sessions of games …

FNATIC – Fortnite team tryouts at E3 2018

-Attendees at E3 this year have the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of FNATIC’s Fortnite captain Ettnix- -Move comes as Epic Games announces $100 million investment into Fortnite competitions-  FNATIC, one of the world’s leading global esports brands, today revealed that attendees at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles (June 12-14) will have the opportunity to catch the …

Giving It A Go at UK Games Expo

  As an introvert I’m constantly worrying about the potential pitfalls of interacting with other human beings at conventions. What if I say the wrong thing? Am I out of my depth with geek trivia? What if I bump into another Black Widow cosplayer? Seriously, I spent time and money on that costume – I deserve to be the only …

Shape of the World – Pre Release Review

Shape of the World – Review Shape of the World is a 3D casual exploration game developed by the independent Canadian studio Hollow Tree Games on Unreal Engine 4. This project was funded on a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014 and was Greenlit on Steam Greenlight project after receiving 3000 votes in 10 days! I have put my hands on …

How to beat the Carpal Tunnel of Love

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome! It has nothing to do with fish. Or underground tunnels.   Coaching for Geeks’ brand new health expert – Operating Department Practitioner Robert House – explains what the hell Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is – and what you can do about it: As many of you will know, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) will affect a rather large portion of the …

Magical Loopholes – D&D Tips with James Gifford

Magical Loopholes – the Dungeon Master’s Dilemma Magic, by its very definition, is mysterious. And yet in many fantasy tabletop games (including Dungeons & Dragons), it is defined quite clearly in the rulebook – spell duration, components, targets, spell resistance, saving rolls…  Game designer gods do this for our own character safety, for every foolish apprentice and player will, WILL, …

Tabletop Warlords – Salute 2018 – Convention Survival Guide

Aaah Salute. The first con of this year, and the first time that I’ve personally gone along to it. What is it? Salute is a tabletop wargaming convention, featuring various companies selling miniatures, paints, and tabletop accessories, and/or giving live demos of the new games that they have coming up, based at Excel London.   Now, before going really into …

Gamification 101 (or How I Turned my Dead Facebook Group Around Using Stickers)

  This blog post first appeared in the Coffee With Dan Facebook group     Cast your mind back, Wayne’s World style, to July of this year; Spider-Man: Homecoming had just come out and I had written a piece on it that I was fucking proud of. **Crickets** Awesome. My group was on life support and needed a kick up …

An introduction to eSports with Jeff Simpkins of Barrage – Podcast 53

eSports! Coaching for Geeks founder, Robin Bates, is a complete an utter eSports N00b. At least he was until he went to Insomnia62 and PAX East… Eyes opened to the world of professional gaming he sought wisdom, and found it in Jeff Simpkins from Barrage eSports (or at least in his brother James who pushed Jeff forward for the podcast). …

Music and Sound Effects – D&D Tips with James Gifford

  My players had finally found the flooded Crypt. They inch down into the dank stone entranceway, fear gripping them as they watch out for the ghost of a blind witch Morvane. As they emerge into the main catacomb, all is still… then they see her, manifesting above the alter, her hair splayed out like white tendrils, milky eyes wide …