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Christmas For The Geek In Your Life
Some gift ideas for this Christmas based on my own wish list
We all need a little love, even us geeks!
Whether it's geeky movies, geeky books or gadgets that even non-geeks like, geeks just love geeky gifts.
Here's some ideas for Christmas gifts for the geek in your life.
There's something for everyone:
A SatNav for the Techie guy or gal.
Some movies for the movie/Batman fan
...and some board games for the Board Game Geek!
My Christmas Wish List - What's on yours?
Here's a few things that are, or have been, on my Christmas list on Amazon for this year or previous years...
Some of them a little bit 'alternative', at least they are if you are a non-geek like me.
What's on yours?
XCom Enemy Unknown
Unusual for an XBox game: a turn based strategy game where you have to send your soldiers to defend the earth from an invasion of terrifying aliens.
Standard B-movie plot idea, but great reviews of this reboot of a 1990s game.
Also available for Playstation and PC.
If you're tired of the usual run and gun games, and want something to make you think, then I heartily recommend this one.
***UPDATE*** If you already like this game, then a newer updated version is also available called, "Enemy Within".
Garmin Satellite Navigation
Decicated Sat Nav for your car with a nice big screen, free map and traffic updates for the life of the product.
This model also includes voice control (+ bluetooth link with a compatible phone) and 3D junction view of major interchanges/slip roads.
I have one of these to help with the daily grind up the motorway to work.
You can see my full review link below.
A cooperative game where you work together to defeat 4 diseases from taking over the world.
This has become one of my favourite games of all time and it's a good family time.
Great to avoid those arguments over Risk.
Plays in 1 hour too.
Awesome reboot of Batman for the big screen.
Creates a new modern twist to the stories with a realistic "could this really happen?" kind of feel to it.
If you've not seen these movies yet - where have you been?
Debate: Who Was the 'Best' Joker? - Heath Ledger or Jack Nicholson ...or Mark Hamill?
In anticipation of this movie madness, let me know who is the best Joker outside of the comic books.
I think Heath Ledger's portrayal of the Joker in "The Dark Knight" was absolutely awesome and in keeping with the modern reboot of the Caped Crusader:
He was intimidating, really scary and well, really scary.
However, sometimes I still prefer Jack Nicholson with a slightly more humorous take.
OK, only a little bit more humorous and yes, the Tim Burton versions are looking very long in the tooth and have dated badly, but....
Having said that, I am a great fan of the Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City games...
I think that my favourite Joker may actually be Mark Hamill for sheer wit, and laugh out loud lines.
Who was the best joker and why?
Lord Of The Rings Games - The ultimate Lord of the Rings Geek-games?
If you like Lord of the Rings, in books, video games and movies (I love 'em all), then here's some Lord of the Rings themed board games for your thoughts.
First up, grand strategy in War of the Ring.
War Of The Ring Board Game
This is the best ever simulation of Lord of the Rings, in war game form.
While not a "pure" wargame, it's not for the faint of heart (plenty of rules, with a learning curve to them), but gets the "flavour" of the theme just right.
It neatly balances the military strength of Sauron, with the need to find that ring before the Fellowship gets to Mount Doom.
It comes with a large number of plastic figures to represent the armies and characters of the books.
In a word: Awesome.
Number one on this list is the "Lord of the Rings Board Game" by Reiner Knizia.
Can you beat the game by taking Frodo and the ring all the way to Mount Doom without getting corrupted on the way?
This is a brilliant and unusual game for 2 - 5 players (I have a copy, and I think it is best with 3 or more players).
Play this one together with friends, as it requires teamwork - and lots of it - to defeat the Dark Lord.
It's unusual in that it is co-operative: you and your friends/family are trying to beat the game itself, rather than each other.
Believe me when I say that this sounds a lot easier than it is, even on the "easy" level!
Compared to other games, it's fairly complex to get the hang of, although my kids get on with it fine (they learnt it when they were 10 and 8).
Middle Earth Quest
I don't have this one myself, but I've heard good reports about it.
In a questing kind of way.
LOTR In Cards
One of those simple, yet absorbing battle card games.
For when you just want to kick back with some cards and kick some orc.
With all the hype around the Hobbit at the moment, it's natural for us to want to join Bilbo on his quest.
This is a new game of The Hobbit by renowned designer Reiner Knizia (same person who made the excellent Lord of the Rings board game above).
With more beautiful artwork by John Howe, The Hobbit Boardgame has received very good reviews.
Here's some links related to some of the items in this lens.
- Pandemic Board Game Review - Can You Save The World?
Pandemic is a cooperative board game for 2-4 players, made by Z-Man games. In this unusual game, players work together to try to save the world from 4 virulent diseases. Each player takes on the role of a Specialist with different abilities that...
- War Of The Ring Board Game Review
In War of the Ring, by Ares Games, 2-4 players fight for supremacy in the best Lord of the Rings themed board game to date. You'll have to balance your resources carefully, think about your strategy and react to those of your opponent. As the...
- War of the Ring Line � Ares Games
Official site with more details of the second edition of War of the Ring game
- War of the Ring Board Game
Fan site for War of the Ring Board game by one of the original play testers.
- XCom Enemy Unknown
Official site of the strategy game
...and if you like my geeky article, you may also like my (slightly) geeky blog
- Timbo On Tech
Blog about technology, with a series on RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) prevention
Do you have a Geek in your life, or are you a Geek yourself?
If so, then please leave a comment.
What do you think would be the perfect "Geeky" Christmas gift?