Our story comes to an end back in New York #Blogg100

#039 [XXXIX]
Game of Plots – House of Secrets [Plot me up]

This is part 8 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Bro Tour USA 2013

Bro Tour USA 2013

Back in New York

Last night we came back to New York after 3 days in Boston and PAX East. Real all about in my previous posts.

Olympus has Fallen… indeed…

What more to do in New York. Me and my brother are also big Movie and Tv-Series geeks so naturally we wanted to got and see a great movie in a big theater when we are here in the US. Unfortunately nothing good was showing so we made our hopes to the for us unknown Olympus has Fallen with Gerard, Morgan and Eckhart. It started out as a really cool movie. The sound is amazing with the new Dolby ETX. But halfway through the plot got so unbelievable that all suspension of disbelieve got thrown out of the “Oval Office Window”. It setts up a Narration about how things are done regarding military strategy. And then Stops doing it according to that Narration.  We started discussing and dissecting the plot in the movie theater. Why why why can’t they for the love of god just do this:

“Hey, Great to see you man.
Look we are doing Multi-Million-dollar movie that is going to be seen by millions of smart people.
Can’t you just spend an hour going through the script to see if we have some mayor plot holes?”

Let’s put our hope that Oblivion, which is Morgan Freeman’s next movie, will be a lot more worthy of him. But it was  fun to see it in New York as the whole theater was cheering as a bad guy bites the dust.

House of Secrets – Game of Plots

Back out out on the street we see this huge poster of the new TV-Series House of Cards. 

House Of Cards

House Of Cards

And all the cabs driving around all have the Game of Thrones poster on them for the upcoming Season 3 premier on March 31.

As big TV-Series Geeks, my brother and I is seldom exited to go and see many movies any more. As so many of them have to many plot holes. We instead immerse our self with geek love into many of our favorite TV-Series. Like Game of Thrones, Revenge, Battlestar Galactica, Continuum, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Flash Forward, Rome, Vampire Diaries, Boss, The Walking Dead, Stargate Atlantis and The Borgias. There will we the commitment to a story worth put our StoryTelling Soul into. Although some of the has been canceled before they could tell their story to end out of sheer stupidness, many are aloud run free and bless us with their magic.

Storytelling magic is where we human lives. Let’s tell way more and meaningful stories to each other!

This is the End of Bro Tour 2013 with me and my Brother going to New York and PAX East in Boston. Oh and I’m going to miss the Milkshakes 🙂

MilkShake

@LordSillion

League of Legends Kick Ass #Blogg100

#040 [XL]
Need … More … PAX [Miss it all ready]

This is part 7 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Curse Party

Curse Party

Today we left Boston on train back to New York for one more day there. The 3 day passes where already sold out so we didn’t go for day 3 of PAX. Witch is a piety now that I know how much good stuff there where left to experience and many great people I wanted to meet. So we start collecting our thoughts on PAX and what to make of it.

Being Social [All types of gamers in one arena]

PAX is a really unique thing in the gaming industry. Where all kind of gamers can meet. And where the developers get chance to meet and interact with the fans and gamers. A large part of the show is course videogames as this is the biggest market. But here we get all kinds and even the hardcore gamers who play or keep up with every kind of game. And the we have all the panels and shows witch are plentiful and very interesting. But to sum it up in one word. It’s all about being Social with other gamers. We like to meet and hang out with each other. To meet new and old friends. To share knowledge and experience with each other. To Network.

Social tools and networking [The new way doing things together]

And all of this has been made easier each year with the growth of new and better social media. No it’s very easy to interact before, during and after the event. To find interesting people and cool stuff to do.
Twitter has been huge using the hash tags #PAXEast and #PAX. Instagram is catching on. Especially for sharing all the cool pictures of all the cosplayers. And new for this year has been Vine, where you can make a quick 6 second audioless video of anything cool you want to show of. All using the same hash tags to find it. Thanks to the mostly good Wi-Fi it has also been possible for me to live-stream some of the panels I went to using Bambuser. Here my new iPad mini has been an invaluable and fantastic tool for all the streaming and social media usage.

Maker Gear 3D printed Tachikoma

Maker Gear 3D printed Tachikoma

More XP [3D printing my own gear in the future]

What more did I experience? We saw Maker Gear. A similar but a little cheaper 3D printer than MakerBot. I got a chance to buy the new Deck-building card game Marvel Legendary. It can’t be sold in Europe due to licensing problems and I have herd so much good things about it. So as big Marvel fan I’m really glad to get a hold of a copy as it has been sold out pretty much everywhere here in the US.

Nocturne

Nocturne

Welcome to the League of Draven [Sometimes you gotta make a door]

As a big fan of League of Legends it was really awesome to meet so many of the developers that has but their hearts and minds into this fun game. They deserve all the love they where getting at this place. Maybe their time has come to hit in Sweden too. I for one would be very exited to work with or for Riot Games for their overall presence in Sweden. What should I do to make that happen? I have a few ideas how to make that happen. And will get right on it as soon as I’m back in Sweden with proper internet.

“Punch First! Ask questions while Punching!” – Vi the Piltower

@LordSillion

PAX day 2 FTW #Blogg100

#041 [XLI]
Meeting my Heros [League of Legends Pub Crawl]

This is part 6 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Up early to go to a most exiting panel.

The Impact of Video Game Design Techniques for Boardgames

The Impact of Video Game Design Techniques for Boardgames

The Impact of Video Game Design Techniques for Boardgames. This is with Geoff Engelstein, Christopher Badell, Colby Dauch, Matt Morgan and Russ Wakelin among others who I have talked to on twitter before the event. I promised them to bring Swedish Fish – Salmiak Candy from Sweden. Witch they very much appreciated.

The panel was very interesting and I have live streamed it using Bambuser so that you can see it here. http://bambuser.com/v/3463625.

As the gaming industry is booming, boardgame design can learn much from vidoegame design.

After the panel I got a chance to talk to both Russ and Geoff. Geoff who has designed 2 boardgames already is demoing his new Team Co-op game: Space Cadets Warp Duel. I have filmed the walkthrough if you want to take a look.

The Boardgame area

The Boardgame area

Me and Jerry Holkins

Me and Jerry Holkins

Cruising around

There is allot of raffles around the exhibition hall. We enter some of them. There is a very large crowd on the MSi one when the give away some graphiccards, Motherboards and in the end a whole gaming rig. Guess who wont it. After drawing allot of numbers that no-one in the crowd has the draws my Brothers number 🙂

Fredrik is a very Happy Camper

Fredrik is a very Happy Camper

The rest of the day we are just cruising hitting some panels and walk main hall talking to people. We find out that later tonight Riot Games are going to have a Bar Crawl spread out over 9 pubs each with a different role and character attached to it at 8pm. Then we all meet up together at 10pm at “The Nexus”. Very cool concept so we have to go.

Mid_Jungle_Top

League of Legends and Riot Games are extremely popular here in the US. In the swag bag of PAX we all got a bracelet showing 1 out of 5 roles you can have in the game. And there have been frequent trading and giving away to acquire all 5 of them. I myself prefer to play Jungle with Vi or Hecarim, Top with Vi or Nidalee and Mid with Diana

League Of Legends Pub Crawl

League Of Legends Pub Crawl

League Of Legends Pub Crawl

After having a delicious pizza at a place call California Pizza we move on to the pub to meet the fans and “The Rioteers”. The First question we ask each other is who do you play? Well I have palyed alot over the last year and my favorite characters are Vi, Hecarim, Diana and Nidalee. So Naturally we headed to the “Vi Pub” called The Vault on Water Street in Boston. Well there we met Mike Laygo @ohmikegoodness who is the animator behind Vi the Piltover. We have an awesome time. This what I love with the US. All the fist bumping and cheering of each other. They even have a special LoL drink list.

@LordSillion and @ohMikeGoodness

@LordSillion and @ohMikeGoodness

At 10 we move on to The Nexus only to find over 200 people in a long queue. At the front we finds out that this is a small pub and is already full. Maybe Riot Games underestimated how popular an event like this should be. Any how. I know there is a big party for WildStar at the hotel across from the convention center. So I head there instead. I meet some of the Awesome people from the Twitch VIP party yesterday and they got me on the VIP list here too 🙂 I meet a lot of awesome people in the gaming industry here. More Fist-bumping and cheering. Oh and I met VoyBoy on the Party too 🙂

LordSillion and VoyBoy

LordSillion and VoyBoy

Let’s get to the fun part!

@LordSillion

How to make it at PAX East in Boston #Blogg100

#042 [XLII]
PAX day 1 [Gaming, Education and Networking]

This is part 5 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Live From PAX Blizzard queue

Today was PAX East day 1. And what a day full of impression it have been. Arriving at the enormous Boston we quickly com inside just to join a massive horde of People queuing up to enter the exhibition hall.

Live going into the exhibition hall

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The Horde waiting to get in

The Horde vs Penny Arcade

The Horde vs Penny Arcade

69 000 people has signed up to go to PAX East. And here you can find all sorts of gaming, gamers, ninjas and pirates. Many people has but down enormous amount of time and energy to create a cosplay costume of their favorite gaming characters. There a large selection panels happening all day and night all related to gaming in some kind. The most popular ones will have long queue outside.

Gaming and Education [We learn through Friends, Fun and Feedback]

I picked two panels regarding gaming as an education tool and using badges and gamification in school. I have filmed both using Bambuser. Apparently Ninja filming is still a unknown concept here too. The first one was really good about how to us a real and well designed game to teach kids about water quality with real scientific data and simulations. It was held by Steve Swink. Read about it here Game Designers are Defining the Next 50 Years of Education.

See it on my Bambuser: Gaming in Education part 1Gaming in Education part 2

The Doctor's Cure (Plague: Modern Prometheus)

The Doctor’s Cure (Plague: Modern Prometheus)

The second one was about if badges could teach kids in school to learn things. Using statistical studies. Just like grades badges don’t work on all people. Even if they tried to state that their is a difference between extrinsic and external motivation I still think it motivates for the wrong reason.

Take a look yourself: Badges

Bianca Woods who sat next to me also live blogged both panels. So I will try to link them in here.

Exhibition Hall [League of Legends and Cosplay]

In the exhibition hall you can find some of the Large giants in the gaming industry along side small indie developers and tabletop gaming like Wizard of The Coast and Privateer Press. There is a ridicules long line to try out the Beta of the MMO Neverwinter. There are allot of new MMOs (Massive Mutiplayer Onlinegame) coming that are present here, City of Steam. WildStar is hosting a very large presence here with their very World of Warcraft looking MMO. Blizzard is showing of the Console version of Diablo III and they also reviled a new game. It’s a freemium online Collectable Card Game called HearthStone.

Then we have the super crowded Riot Games booth. League of Legends has taken the world with storm. In their booth they have a full on eSports show with some teams playing.

League Of Legends at PAX

League Of Legends at PAX

Even if most people here are commonly dressed you still get the feeling that the place is crowded with cosplayers because they stand out so much. The most common them among the cosplayers are very clearly League of Legends. When I get home I put up all my pictures of the cosplayers.

Taric, Lux, Sona, Janna

Taric, Lulu, Sona, Janna

Wood Ashe

Woad Ashe

Ironman

Ironman

Jayce

Jayce

There is free Wi-fi throughout the whole convention and the use of social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the new Vine is prominent. But far from every one is is using it.

Network and Party [Social interaction is at the core of everything]

The Last panel I went to today was one about Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On! with some of the most prominent people in the videogaming business. They discussed how to get a foot into the gaming industry. Of course you need to be good at what you do and have real passion. But if no-one knows about it that won’t do you any good. We are still humans living in a human world. You have to go to the right conventions and on them you have the meet right people. And that you do by being social on the right parties. It’s all about partying on. See my live recording of it here with Martine ParisAmy Brady, Warren Price and others.

Live Stream: Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On!

Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On!

Breaking Into Gaming & Partying On!

Wildstar Party

Wildstar Party

So using Social media I managed to find out that there where a Twitch party tonight at club Boston Royal. I went and meet some great people in the gaming industry. Some of them who where on the panel.

SWEDEN! Faith Harrison shouts at me 🙂

@LordSillion

Times Square Visual Sensory Overload #Blogg100

#043 [XLIII]
Milkshake Breakfast at a Diner [Marvel City day 2]

This is part 4 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Today we checked out of The New Yorker Hotel. Tonight we are going to Boston by train. We start out the day by going to The Tic Toc Diner around the corner to eat a real America Brunch. With millions of omelets, pancakes and Sandwiches on the menu we settle down for 2 delisious milkshakes and 2 great bacon burgers. Why don’t we Diners in Sweden?

Lego Hulk at Toys R Us

Lego Hulk at Toys R Us

Today we took the Broadway north instead. Arriving at Time Square the Brain goes into sensory visual overload. What you can’t get from watching pictures or Videos from here is the massive visual sensory overload the your brain is experiencing with everything moving around you in 360 degrees.

First stop was Toys ‘R Us. Checking out the Star Wars Lego and the Giant Lego Hulk.

Times Square

Times Square

Striding on north after some 100 photos we hit Central Park being offered to rent a bike by each and everyone present. It’s time find somewhere to sit down and we find a Starbucks on Broadway. So that we can connect to our lifeline: The Interntez. Sharing lots of Photos and the first streamed Bambuser video.

[SWE] Live From Times Square

[SWE] Live From Starbucks Times Square

We are thinking about seeing a movie but after half a liter of tee the brain is up and running again  We visit some cool places on return south like Midtown Comics and a newly open restaurant called Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hide.

Apparently there is Advanced screening of the Game of Thrones season 3 premier at Regal Theater tonight too.

We are now on the Amtrak train to Boston. Apparently there is 69 000 people registered for for PAX East this weekend 🙂

Feeling the Geek vibe on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #PAXEast

@LordSillion

New York, New York #Blogg100

#044 [XLIV]
Going South on Broadway [Stark Tower and 3D printing]

This is part 3 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Today has been a fabulous day in New York City. With blue sky and warm sun the spring is hovering in the air. We start off by heading to the Complete Strategist. A small but “well stacked” boardgame store. We are looking for the new Marvel Cardgame that can’t be sold in Europe due to licensing and the also sold out X-Wing miniature game. But no such luck.

Complete Strategist

Complete Strategist

Stark Tower

After a nice Breakfast on Starbucks with Milkshake and Very Berry Coffee Cake where we can connect to the so important Internetz. It’s time to head up into the Stark Tower. Or as it’s also known as: Empire State Building. After we have been queuing in 8 different queues over 40 minutes we finally hit floor 86. To see Manhattan in its full glory, baking in sunlight under a blue sky. Really lucky with the weather 🙂

Looking out at Manhattan from Stark Tower

Looking out at Manhattan from Stark Tower

After Stark Tower we hit Broadway going south. The Sun is shining and so are we. As a honey lover,  I just had to buy some american Honey at a stand we found in Union Square, Andrew’s Honey.

Broadway

Broadway

Goth Store

Goth Store

We found the Gargoyle outside a Gothic cloth store and a flyer telling us about a gothic club opening tonight.

MakerBot 3D printing

Further south down on Mulberry Street by Huston street we found the pinnacle of our journey. The MakerBot retail store. Where 3D printing is made available to the common man. This is so cool, that will write a own blogpost about it. My brother got a little squirrel and I got a MakerBot ‘mech-dog. You could also do a full 3D scan of your face and get 3D printed bust of your head.

MakerBot store

MakerBot store

Later down on Broadway in Soho we found the second goal of this trip. Yellow Rat Bastard. A legen… , wait for it, …dary T-Shirt store that my brother visited back in ’97 when he last visited New York. We just had to buy some original Yellow Rat Bastard NYC T-Shirts to increase our Geek-Cred 🙂

Yellow Rat Bastard

After a quick China Town visit we decided to continue down to WTC and Ground Zero. Some impressive new Fallows symbols are being built by the old world institutes, to grip on to their power for as long as they can. Money Money Money …

Yellow Rat Bastard

Yellow Rat Bastard

Sundown

We finally stopped down in Battery Park where we took a fantastic photo of Sundown over The Waterfront. Nuff said. After a day of Walking through the City of Marvel Heroes our poor “Marvel Feet” said stop and we took a cab home. The plan was to get some rest before dinner. But our internet craving took its toll and we ended up posting pictures.

Sundown on Waterfront

Sundown on Waterfront

Before leaving Sweden our aunt Kerstin, who has been traveling the world for all her life as a Traveler Agent, gave us the tip to visit Spice Market in the Meatpacking district and to taste their Ginger Margarita. And we did, and boy was it good 🙂 They even had two locally produced Abbey style Ale on the menu. As I had already tasted Brooklyn No 1 at home I settled for the other, Ommegang Copperstown Double Ale.

After a fantastic dinner in this old house that looked that it was taken from the movie Gangs of New York we headed east to the Goth and New Wave club at The Sullivan Room. It’s a cool cellar club with UV nets in the roof usually hosted as a dancing club. Tonight it was almost empty. We meet some local New York girls who explain that Goth scene in NY is rather small and you don’t get many people here on a weeknight. The Goth scene is apparently biggest in Florida in the US. But still, I had a good dance to some Sisters of Mercy songs. Me and brother being big Sisters fans. We also got to hear the very fitting Dropkick Murphys song “Shipping up to Boston”.

Good Night New York

@LordSillion

Bro tour going west #Blogg100

#045 [XLV]
Going West [The longest trip]

This is part 2 (8) of Bro Tour USA where me Lord Sillion and my brother Fredrik visits New York and PAX East in Boston.

Today The Bro Tour began with me, Michael Sillion, and my Brother Fredrik going together to New York, Boston and PAX East.

Bro Tour Landvetter airport

Bro Tour Landvetter airport

The Flight from Landvetter to London was really cloudy but as we approached London we got some rally magic moments coming into the clouds.

Delays

I’m stuck on Heathrow waiting for my delayed flight to New York. And now internet. Me and my brother split up as we are going on separate planes. I had a delicious chicken BLT burger at Giraffe so now I’m full and ready to go. In midst of things when checking in back in Sweden I forgot to ask for a window seat. So now my only chance to get one is if I can swap with some friendly soul on the plane. Please please please…

Go west

Going west at subsonic speed chasing the never ending sundown. I didn’t get sit by the window. But I did get an ile steeting in the back so that I could run up often to go watch out the back door window. It has been mostly cloudy but I did get some great shots of an iceberg filled North Atlantic. No Sleep. Just som cheesy in-flight movie comedies. There where an impressive list of some 30 new Movies to watch like Silver Lining Playbook, Argo, Cloud Atlas, Anna Karenia, Lincon, Life of Pi. But the audio and video quality is just bearable and it is really hard to hear what they are saying so go for som easy watching where the illusion of disbelief it not so easily broken. A few of them even have english subtitles witch really helps.

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First out was the very silly comedy “The Campaign” with Will Ferrell. Not the best in it’s genre of Political Satire but it has som very important points about doing right. And the silliness of the act that enables companies to directly buy decisions now.

Second was “Playing for Keeps” with Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel. An ok movie that raises some questions about what is worth doing in your life that you won’t regret doing.

As the sun is slowly winning the race west I watch out the window. How easy it is to take things for granted. For me this is the greatest of adventures. The jet stream passes by the window at almost ridiculous speed.

More waiting

Even if my plane was 1 hour late this is getting ridiculous
for my broth 2 hours. Apparently they have 3 people working with getting 600 people through cutoms. Finally Arrived at The New Yorker Hotell 01:00.

God Night New York

@LordSillion