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The Nerd Fountain

Nerd Fountain is not a first look-driven outlet, instead we are a podcast and blog that reviews and interviews designers, developers, and publishers from multiple industries to deliver both an inside perspective and a human touch from behind the closed doors that drive nerd culture. We also discuss mid-life dating, give advice, and answer emails. Shows range from The Nerd Fountain's main feed, which features specific discussion points, paired usually with a tabletop or video game review, followed by casual conversation. Other shows include Interviews and shows from the road between Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau and other collaborators.
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Jul 24, 2015

T.C. Petty the III, designer of copious coffee titles chatted with Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau at the Origins Game Fair in 2015 about his new titles Xenon Profiteer, launching on KickStarter now form Eagle Gryphon Games, as well as a new untitled project with DiceHateMe Games described as a animal-farm survival-game.

Jul 23, 2015

Welcome to another Legacy Episode of Session Impressions. SI features short reviews of games from a myriad cast, covering a components, overall game-play quality and feel from an product in the tabletop world.

These are not intended to be full fledged reviews, but instead just a taste of our experience with the game.

In this episode, Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau, John-Michael Gariepy, Sara, Hoju, and Dan discuss Arkham Horror and it's many expansions.

If you enjoyed this show, or just hate us for it, we encourage you to post a review on iTunes and email us through nerdfountain@gmail.com or head over to our patreon page: patreon.com/nerdfountain 

You may find Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau on twitter @not_Jeff

And Sara @AmericanGeekMom Please check out Sara's blog at: http://americangeekmom.blogspot.com/

JM Gariepy's work may be found at: http://jmgariepy.com

Thank you for your continued support!

Jul 22, 2015

Salutations Parishioners and Well-wishers,

 

Episode 7 of the Nerd Fountain has erupted like a geeky geyser from the blistering and scorched Summer earth beneath your feet, for those that are willing to partake in it's godlike nectar's may rejoice in new found knowledge!

 

Talking points - Duelyst from Eric Lang (not in Beta) - Ant Man Reviewed (minor spoilers) - BGG Forum Advice - Michael Bay's Epic CES Walk-Off(My bad Michael Crichton!), This and last seasons anime releases such as Aoharu x Kikanjuu, Gangsta, GATE, Steins; Gate, GOD EATER, Makura no Danshi (Pillow Boys), OverLord, Ranpo Kitan - Game of Laplace, and Jeff's #1 from the past 2 seasons, Shokugeki! - Nerd Dating and Friendship Advice

Jul 21, 2015

Back at Pax East 2015 Jeff was able to pull Rob Dougherty of White Wizard Games aside to discuss all of their current projects including Star Realms, their Digital Organized and in-store Play intiiatives, and the then unannounced Epic.

 

JNB followed this interview up with another at Origins Game Fair with Rob which will be posting next week. 

 

If you have any feedback, questions, or need some advice in love, games, or the love game, then you should email us: nerdfountain@gmail.com

 

We would also love your support at patreon.com/nerdfountain! 

 

 

Jul 20, 2015

Welcome to another Legacy Episode of Session Impressions. SI features short reviews of games from a myriad cast, covering a specific games content, components, and overall game-play quality and feel.

These are not intended to be full fledged reviews, but instead just a taste of our experience with the game.

In this episode, Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau, John-Michael Gariepy, Sara, Hoju, and Dan discuss Monty Python Fluxx (and Zombie Fluxx).

If you enjoyed this show, or just hate us for it, we encourage you to post a review on iTunes and email us through nerdfountain@gmail.com or head over to our patreon page: patreon.com/nerdfountain 

You may find Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau on twitter @not_Jeff

And Sara @AmericanGeekMom Please check out Sara's blog at: http://americangeekmom.blogspot.com/

JM Gariepy's work may be found at: http://jmgariepy.com

Thank you for your continued support!

Jul 19, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to check out our latest release.

This week we have the first in a over 200 episode backlogged series releasing from our time working on Session Impressions, a review podcast crew members from the show Jm, JNB, Glen, and Hoju created with Dan Yarrington, Sara Yarrington, David Welsh, and Brian Tully back in 2007-2008.

These podcasts focus on a single product from the world of tabletop gaming, possibly their expansions as well, and the discussions that hover around them are also covered.

We will be releasing out many older reviews from Session Impressions as well as new episodes in time covering the many games sent my way. In August, we will begin running contests for Patrons that will be given a game from our review pile, pre-played of course, monthly through a raffelcoptor drawing for these listeners only that help make the show a reality. 

<3

JNB

Jul 9, 2015

Hello time travelers,

We review history itself! Then all the television that uses it for dramatic plotlines. We get in deep reviewing Marco Polo, Rome, the Man in the High Castle, and the Magic: the Gathering Khan's block set releasing during the time of recording.

The episode really collapses in on itself by an hour and a half!

If you have any feedback, questions, or need some advice in love, games, or the love game, then you should email us:nerdfountain@gmail.com

We would also love your support at patreon.com/nerdfountain

 
Jun 30, 2015

Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau, Matt Fantastic, a sultry nameless guest and  other featured industry insiders who we swore to never name for fear of losing their jobs... are drunk out of their mind. We discuss topics and subjects beyond the comprehension or understanding of any nerd that has not already bathed within the pools of the Nerd Fountain. This episode is extremely explicit and discusses content of a highly adult nature.

 

You will enjoy it!

Jun 29, 2015

Jeff stood up to interview Spencer Reeve, marketing executive from CoolMiniorNot, against a wall at PaxEast 2015. We discuss the games, the company, and the employees that aren't employees. 

 

First we discuss Kaos Ball one of many in the Lang-verse of games that CoolMiniorNot has released. Eric Lang is a prominent game designer that has released many titles with the company and also does a podcast with Spencer. Wrath of Kings is discussed next where in Spencer details the "chain of command system," how the game uses d10's, and features a single roll resolution mechanic.  

 

We also discuss the legacy of wargames in general and how their titles fit into this space. 

 

Rivet Wars is briefly reviewed. We move on to discuss CMoN's Euro title Dogs of War.

 

Blood Rage, a recent success on kickstarter is covered next. Then we get personal and Jeff asks the tough questions such as "Who are you?" and "Why are you?" Spencer tells us about his career and how he got started in the industry.  

Mar 31, 2015

On this episode of Nerd Fountain we discuss our travels to pax and the delights therein.

First we interviewed Motiga and Gigantic, which was amazing, and the interview was lost to corrupted data space time.

gogigantic.com is the website, go check it out. Everyone will be playing Giganticor discussing it by this time next year.

We also talk about the wizarding world of harry potter which Hoju and Joe attended, the structure and content of our show, the conventions and antics Jeff has been up to at TotalCon, Conncon, and Pax East, and the NF crew reviews Arcadia Quest.

 

What is Arcadia Quest? A tactical multiplayer board game that uses cute miniatures and monsters emulating a competetive dungeon crawl. 

 

We also discuss our latest and favorite social game Billionaire Banshee.  

 

Hoju and Jeff have been sailing the seas of Windward on Steam and after interacting with the designer, we can't recommend this title enough. A great game by a hard working dude.

While at Pax East we found and played a large number of indie video and tabletop games so tune in to hear our lists.

We want to send a special thanks to Motiga for treating us to kindly and feeding us so well.

Mar 26, 2015

JNB interviewed Luke Peterschmidt partner at Fun to 11 while at Pax East 2015. 

Luke discusses on Miskatonic School for Girls Expansion, which involves asymtrical modular player powers, the Castle Dice expansion which includes modular castle dice and a unique deck for each character ex: there is a deck for a merchant player which allows players to trade down for a higher amount of lower level resources. 

 

Luke goes into details on there newest launching titles as well including Epic PVP, which is being published by AEG.

Mar 16, 2015

I got a chance to speak with David Leong the Public Relations Manager for Kingston and Hyper X.

First I checked out the Hyper X Cloud 2 gaming headset will feature virtual 7.1 usb headset, compatible with pc, xbox one w/ adatper, and ps4. surround with button press. memory foam earcups 53mm drivers, 40mm is the norm for consumer non-gaming headsets. headband is memory foam as well. for long hours of gamepaly. aluminum construction. All the controls are on the side of the headet and will retail for $100 "e-tail."  

 

Next up were the Hyper-X gaming mouspads that have been iterated upon and are being re-released as a single product with a solid and softer foam pad for longer play and durability. The new skin is called Hyper Fury, comes in 4 sizes and the largest size can basically cover an entire table at 19x35. 

 

David then switched gears for us and we discussed their new entry level DDR4 Ram. The techy aspects David goes into will likely go over our audiences head but I got real into it. I usually don't micromanage my ram speeds, and for those like me this new series of ram should cater to my gamer needs.

 

Mar 16, 2015

Jeff remember Resistor's_ Kickstarter stats while on mic a day after got blindly drunk thanks to Twitch.tv the night before, and manages to impress designer and artist Anthony Amato, the man with no title!

Here you can check out the Resistor_ kickstarter page.

Mar 14, 2015

Windward is a sandbox style action game on the high-seas! It is inspired by Sid Meiers pirates to a greater extent. 

I sat down with the designer.

He and I had the exact same feelings about Pirates!, and as he described his game more and more, my eyes began to light up. Playing the game was delightful. It is available already through Steam early access, the designer invites the community to play with him on his own servers and I recommend it, the multiplayer is a blast.

Mar 13, 2015

Lincoln Petersen, co-designer of Orcs Must Die! the board game of Peterson Games who previously worked on Cthulu Wars, discusses his latest project working with Robot.

 

Orcs Must Die will be released as two seperate board games, a co-op game and a versus game, but can also be combined.

 

At this point the game has no fullfilment, printer, or msrp planned. Lincoln said that the games are almost finished in development and are already looking at strech goal ideas. Also Spike Traps. The Orcs Must Die Board Game Kickstarter will go live in just a few weeks!

Based on my time with Cthulu Wars, I have nothing but high expectations for this project. 

Mar 13, 2015

Curt, Chief Instigator, at Smirk & Dagger showed off their newest title that has yet to be released, Nevermore. The card game is pitched as a light drafting style card game in which players are buying cards from a limited pool to play against one another and destroy each other's sanity, eventually forcing an insane player to devolve into a mad raven. Or that's what I think it was. The drafting mechanic had a morels, the mushroom game, feeling too it wherein you draft from 6 cards and each card down the line is successivly more expensive. A few games actually employ this mechanic and I think it is a testimoney to it's usefulness in keeping card games fresh. 

 

The way Nevermore came to be, according to Curt, was from his love for player elimination games, but his desire to keep players activly playing the game and not frustrated by simply losing and watching the rest play. Like turning into the bomb car in Mario Kart. It's more fun to run at people and explode than sit back and watch people drive around for another hour. Plus it ends the game faster!

 

The art of Nevermore was especially impressive as you can see on the website. 

Next Curt showed me the Tower of Madness! This title I had played at Metatopia 2013. It is essentially a skyscraper with cthulu tentacles sticking out of the sides, with sticks inside the towers keeping marbles from dropping to the bottom. Each turn you draw a stick that will potentially drop a marble. These marbles have different effects such as drawing you cards, or causing you to go insane. If you go insane, you play a different type of role, you play your cards on the inverted Madness side, and are trying to destroy the world!

This game is pure awesome and I can't wait! Everyone should drop their money into this kickstarter as soon as it releases. 


Curt tells us of the next Cut Throat Caverns, which I hadn't played in some time. The latest expansion features new campagin modes, and legacy-esque elements that will carry over game to game,

I was curious about a secret project Curt had been working on, which was an interation on intamcy dice, and Curt told me a fun story about attending a scary table full of important people where an idea was needed and his was picked. You can find Curt's sexy dice game coming to your local Spencer's and other novelty sexy time weirdo mall stores. 

Thanks for listening!

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Mar 10, 2015

Jim of NewEgg showed off their new lines of Rosewell and ABS Gaming PC's all of which of course feature the latest builds of Windows 10. A large focus of these new rigs was to enable the consumer to quickly and easily add new components they purchase from online retailers, or e-tailers as Jim referred to them, without the hassle of needing to be super up to date on what gear fits what and needing to know every little bit about what you are doing. It seemed strange to me that this was even mentioned as a highlighted feature, but I'll admit almost every PC gamer should appreciate a PC with a case that is airy and fits the latest and greatest components on the market place.

An example of the opposite would be the computer I'm using now in which I had to disconnect my front facing USB drives and optical drive from my motherboard in order to get my two-row fat-ass Nvidia to barely slide into my tiny Acer desktop. Yes I bought a pre-built desktop and yes I tricked it out a bit. I'm that guy. But apparently a lot of people are and these new PC's exclusive to NewEgg are geared towards consumers like me.

Jim then went into detail about the ABS and Rosewell systems, including how the Challenger X was somehow displaying simultaneously on 3 Samsung Curve displays on the show floor as well as how the ABS 5 was capable of playing Evolve in 4k on a 4k monitor. I believe this would be an upscaled 4k, similar to how 4k is upscaled from a blu-ray to near-true 4k, but we didn't get into the nitty-gritty because in reality the difference is minimal to non-existent when you are talking about the appearance of 1080p upscaled to 4k with a great processor versus a flat 4k image affecting the human eye. Both images will look dramatically better than 1080p as long as the motion processing is being executed well.  

In addition to these hot new items, NewEgg was sponsoring a number of tournaments including a series focused on the High School Gaming League. I find it comforting to know that the ground floor of e-sports that I helped contribute to in the early 2000's with my shoutcasting of BF1942 and high tier Counterstrike play has culminated into such a large scale market force. It's pretty rad to think about how quickly the sphere of nerdy influence has changed with the adoption of high speed internet and streaming technologies. 

Next we talked about GameCrate. GameCrate is NewEgg's latest endeavor towards attaining larger market reach with gamers. GameCrate will be a form of online media targeting gamers. I suspect this will be similar to a digital GameInformer and to be honest I can't see how that would be a bad thing. GameInformer is a powerful entity and to have competition between from a retailer like NewEgg can only create better content from both. 

Mar 10, 2015

NewEgg showed Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau the latest build of Windows 10 at PAxEast 2015. NewEgg happens to be Jeff's go to retailer for online nonsense like shotgun mics and monitors, but as of the last few years NewEgg has made headway into many more dynamic marketplaces.

During my first half-hour with NewEgg, I was shown the latest build of Windows 10. Windows 10 intends to streamline and integrate all play and usage between every windows enabled device using a screen, be it your windows phone, your television rocking the Xbox One, or a pricey Microsoft Surface.

In the interview posted above, you'll hear from Andrew of NewEgg all about the new features Microsoft has recently implemented.

The demonstration began with a simple display of the tablet to non-tablet modes which was nothing fancy. Your big monitor can be a tablet, and you can screen your tablet to your monitor.

Next came Cortanna which is Microsofts answer to Apple's Siri and Google's weird voice thing. Cortanna was able to pick up extremely complicated questions and instantly Bing them...correctly! I was pretty blown away by this text-to-speech functionality as a writer and hold out hope that it has plenty of useful integration into Microsoft's next suite of office tools.

Next they showed off the side positioning function or the snap function, which I was familiar with from infuriating times using my xboxone and having random snaps close my game to show nothing I wanted to see. Thanks Kinect. Unlike that nonsense though, the new snap to function is totally nuts but in a good way! I was watching a twitch stream while other applications were running in different open windows on the same monitor. And then there were 4 screens at once all running multiple desktops at once. You can hear my audible amazement.

The next piece of awesome came in the form of the new Microsoft All-in-One's which will have all of these features and be able to detach from the base and be used as a Microsoft tablet. There was some new taskbar stuff that went over my head but if you are a more experienced user decipher it from the interview and leave a comment below! 

I want to add for the the sake of farcical objectivity in the face of a monopoly that I am a Microsoft fanboy. I'm 32 years old and I have been using Windows operating systems since around windows 3.2. It had an integrated dos shell but you always just wanted to go into dos mode anyways because it was easier to just manage everything by command line. 

I love life. That and I think the Gates are super rad people.

Mar 3, 2015

Hello and thank you for listneing to episode 4 of the Nerd Fountain. On this weeks Episode of Nerd Fountain we have some new nerdy news in which we break down the listed top selling hobby games from multiple channels according to icv2.com, Jem and the Holigrams pics were teased, DiceHateMe Merged with GreaterThanGames,  

Tabletop games Reviewed: Eight Minute Empire, Eight Minute Empire: Legends designed and published by Red Raven Games, Sons of Anarchy: Men of Mayhem published by GaleForceNine

Movies discussed: Jupiter Ascending, Frozen

Video Games discussed: Darkest Dungeon, Black Guard 1 & 2, Dungeon of the Endless, Evolve, FTL (again), Endless Legend, Hand of Fate, ios Ticket to Ride, ios Timeline

 

 

 

 

Feb 25, 2015

Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau attended Total Confusion 2010 where he interviewed Jeff Gracia of Greenbrier about all their projects including Ninja Dice: Kage Masters, Heavy Steam, Zpocalypse, Roll20 Hiatus, and Yashima.

Feb 25, 2015

Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau attended Toy Fair 2015 and was able to emet up with some local designers that recently dove head first into kickstarter. They have already funded and you can find a link to their project, Find It & Bind It here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craycraygames/find-it-and-bind-it

Feb 22, 2015

While at Toy Fair JNB and Matt Fantastic were able to interview the very busy Erica Gifford of GGDistribution, Japanime Games, and Kamikaze Games about Krosmaster Junior, the future of Kanzume Goddess, Taunto Cuore Oktoberfest, and Kamikaze's alt-history deck-building game... Barbarossa - playable at GenCon!

Feb 21, 2015

Jeffrey Norman Bourbeau interviews JR Honeycutt‎ the Community Manager of Level 99 Games about a slew of things including: Millenium Blades, Minigame Library 2015, Noir Blackbox,  Pixel Tactics Deluxe, Pixel Tactics 5, Licensed Pixel Tactics Properties!, and co-publishing.

Feb 21, 2015

I sat down with JR Honeycutt who I had previously known through a mutual friend. We met at a bar a couple years ago but it was brief, like this interview about his game Twerk. 

Feb 21, 2015

JNB at Toy Fair 2015 interviews Fred of Off Key Media and Mobscenity. Mobscenity was calimed to be 48th best-selling card game on amazon. Seemed legit!

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