Playroom Entertainment’s best-selling party game, Geek Out!, is getting a fourth edition based on the popular comedy sitcom The Big Bang Theory. Warner Bros. Television and Cryptozoic are teaming up with them to bring this latest installment to the table with all the quality and humor that fans come to expect from both the Geek Out! series and the hit CBS show. For those unfamiliar with Geek Out!, it is at default a trivia game that asks players to list as many things that they can pertaining to a given category, such as Comic Books, Science Fiction, and Games among many others. The two editions of Geek out that have spawned from it’s original release, Pop Culture and TableTop, further delve into those particular categories. As announced in the press release, the addition of The Big Bang Theory to the series is almost a no-brainer:

 “With subjects including, Comics, Games, SciFi, Fantasy and questions about Warner Bros. Television’s hit comedy series, Geek Out! The Big Bang Theory edition will be great for the show’s fans and those knowledgeable about tons of geeky subjects. […] Using the simple, yet competitive game mechanic, Geek Out! lends itself to amazing social interaction play that is perfect for fans of The Big Bang Theory.”

It’s not easy to say where the series will go from here, but it is a very entertaining idea to mix all the sets together to form an interesting challenge for those seeking to out-geek one another. It also calls to question what other franchises might we see for Geek Out! in the future…but only time will tell. For further information, check out Playroom’s and Cryptozoic’s website for  updates on Geek Out! and similar upcoming products.

redshirts 2

After nearly 15 months worth of waiting fans of the game Redshirts can finally get some expansions.  Weaselpants Productions has launched “Redshirts 2: Leprechauns Revenge” on Kickstarter.  Additionally they have a pledge level that will give you “Redshirts 3: Beating a Red Horse” as well.  Included with nearly every pledge level are 8 internet “celebrity” cards that you can play with ranging from Jonathan Coulton (JoCo) to David Reddick.  These expansions seem to be following in the great jocular punny vein that the original game featured.

redshirts 2 cards

Being that this is an art intensive project which by their descriptions sounds to be nearly finalized it is not unreasonable to expect that they will deliver near their projected delivery date of July 2015.  Since they are simply printing cards barring the unforseen they should be able to follow through.  In the risks and challenges section they address timing concerns very specifically.  But like all projects there are always factors outside the control of the publisher which can cause delays not limited to art delays, production delays, and shipping delays.  With the original Redshirts kickstarter campaign the publisher did end up stuck in legal wranglings with CBS the owners of Star Trek which is parodied by this game.  All signs point to this not being a repeated issue.

At time of press they are a little under $4000 towards their $11000 goal with 27 days remaining in the campaign.

For all the details on this campaign head over to the project page here.

celebrity name game

This past Monday, September 22, the Celebrity Name Game aired on CBS hosted by The Late Late Show’s Craig Ferguson.  The game show is based on the board game, Identity Crisis, and will have contestants competing in pop culture quiz games for $20,000.  Two teams of 2 will attempt to identify celebrities and fictional characters.  For one segment of the show, each team will be joined by a guest celebrity and given timed clues.

I remember Identity Crisis best by the The Office’s Diversity Training…

The Orlando Sentinel reports that…

“Audiences like seeing the humanizing effect of somebody being informal, because once you’re playing a game it’s a little more difficult to remain aloof,” [Ferguson] said. “If you’re playing beer pong or ‘Celebrity Name Game,’ it’s difficult to maintain that sort of grand distance.”

Almost 100 episodes have already been filmed and a celebrity list that includes:

Mel B (television personality/musician), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Darren Criss (Glee), Sheryl Crow (nine-time Grammy award winning recording artist), Stacey Dash (Fox News contributor), Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance), Rocco DiSpirito (celebrity chef/author), Kate Flannery (The Office), Dave Foley (The Kids in the Hall), David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Kathryn Hahn (This Is Where I Leave You), Josh Hopkins (Cougar Town), Mario Lopez (Extra), Cameron Mathison (Good Morning America), Katy Mixon (Mike & Molly), Kathy Najimy (King of the Hill), Luke Perry (8 Seconds), Busy Philipps (Cougar Town), Holly Robinson Peete (Hangin’ With Mr Cooper), Sara Rue (Rules of Engagement), Sherri Shepherd (The View), Jamie Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), Jerry Springer (The Jerry Springer Show), Raven-Symoné (Sister Act), Retta (Parks and Recreation), Tiffani Thiessen (White Collar), Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Steve Wilkos (The Steve Wilkos Show). reports that the show “opened with a sluggish 0.7 rating/2 share in households” from Nielsen.