Spoiler Free Review: Star Trek: Picard Episode 1

In a galaxy far far away……wait, wrong space series. Beam me up, Scotty! Hmmm, close enough.

Guys it’s finally here! The long awaited Star Trek: Picard series dropped yesterday and man is it taking over my social media feeds. I forgot how many people loved Patrick Stewarts portray of Jean-Luc Picard. Can you believe that the last episode of The Next Generation aired in 1994?! That’s over two decades old and yet everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, knows about Captain Picard. So I guess you have one thing to look forward to this weekend, right?! Still not convinced huh…. well then check out the trailer below!

I cannot wait to watch the rest of this series. First off, there’s so many old Star Trek cast members making appearances on this show. Secondly, Jean-Luc is my favorite star ship captain and despite being older, Patrick Stewart is still killing it on screen. I watched the first episode yesterday and got hit right in the nostalgia feels. Sure, he’s not the same man he was in Next Generation, but his character still has that realism that keeps your eyes glued to the screen. Needless to say, I’ll be watching this series. Oh, and lastly, the show looks amazing in 4k. CBS doesn’t skimp on the CGI budget.

I don’t want to get too much into the story of the first episode because a ton of stuff happens and I might easily spoil something on accident; but I will say this. You’ll get old characters, new characters, and the return of one of the best villains the Star Ship Enterprise has ever had to fight!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grab my Earl Gray Tea…..HOT!

Rock On!

– Joey Deez

Creating the Perfect Board Game Ambiance


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Happy Wednesday everyone!

It’s been a long week already, BJ and I just made it back from Las Vegas for the Dice Tower West Con and as much fun as it was, I am beat! Gaming really takes a lot out of ya!

(PS: Expect a blog on all our shenanigans later this week)

That being said, I want to go back and talk about the latest episode of BJ Shea’s Board Game Alliance!

One of the things we talked about was how to make the perfect ambiance for board gaming. I mean, yeah a snack tray and games are always a great way to spend an evening, but we talked about spicing it up!



This is a given. Who doesn’t love the perfect soundtrack to anything they are doing? Playing a medieval game? Boom: Lord of The Rings Soundtrack! Playing something on the open seas? Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack!

Or check out a game that already comes with their own music like the games from Flying Frog Productions!  



~Food ~

Whether it’s some tasty creative desserts or a full meal centered around a game, you can’t go wrong! It’s a simple and tasty way to get into the game more!




Doesn’t dressing up make everything better?




Catch everything else we talked about:



Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy!

~ Vicky B

Comic Book TV Shows You’ll Want to Watch (And Read!)

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This last 7 days have been nothing but binge watching for me. The Punisher season 2 dropped last Friday on Nextflix and have since watched all 13 episodes! I also just finished watching Runawaysseason 2 last night, both of these shows were fantastic. (I also binged the newest season of Grace and Frankie but don’t worry about that.)


Usually the sequel or second season of anything ends up being disappointing but Jon Bernthal brings it with the fight scenes, his intensity, and ability to make this comic book character realist and relatable. Runaways has pulled away from the comics, but I am loving what they are doing and seeing all the little “Easter Egg Nods” to the comic from the picture peep hole or outfits.


Are you craving some more comics to read through or shows to binged? Want something a little less mainstream? We got you covered!

The official trailer just dropped for The Umbrella Academy! Written by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), this book will be sure to confuse you, but I promise you, it’s a great read with amazing art (by Gabriel Bá). If you are too confused, trust me, read it twice and you will love it (I know I did)!

The Boys 

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are at it again bringing another Garth Ennis creation to the television! First it was Preacher, now the next series is The Boys!

This is one of the most eff-ed up comic book series I have ever read…and that is what makes it great. Not for the faint of heart!

Fun Fact: The main character Wee Huey is drawn to look like Simon Pegg, (before he was this big famous star) and eventually he wrote the forward to their trade!

Release Date: Summer 2019 


Deadly Class

School for assassins? Epic 80’s soundtrack? Count us in! A few episodes are out already for your enjoyment!

Release Date: Out now!


Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy!

~ Vicky B

The Best Nerdy Places to Check Out in Western Washington

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The Pacific North West gives us so many beautiful things, from gorgeous mountains, tall and stoic evergreen trees, and a vast ocean coast, to diverse tasty foods, a wonderful music scene (both old and new), but also. . .


Western Washington state specifically is home to many nerd havens for us to enjoy, so both Joey Deez and I put together the local places you need to put on your nerd bucket list.


~Vicky :



West Seattle – Seattle, Wa 


I’ve been here on a few occasions and I love it. It brings back the 90’s nostalgia of hanging in your friend’s basement, playing games into the night and having a great time.

Not only do they have arcade games and pinball machines, they also have board games, game consoles like the Game Cube, and PC games!

Oh, and did I mention, its +21 so you can enjoy a tasty alcoholic beverage as you game! Everything is free to play (except pinball)!



Gabi’s Olympic Cards & Comics

Lacey, WA

If you ever get the chance, or have met Gabi, she is the sweetest thing ever! Not only is this a huge comic book shop, it’s also a place to buy and play games! They have plenty of Magic the Gathering tournaments and other gaming events and the do many things for charity and their community!



AFK Tavern

Everett, Wa 


AFK Tavern isn’t just an eatery, or a bar, or even just a place to play games, it’s all of that and more! They are ran by their online community where over 20 thousand people connect with them each week. Want to host a party or have a special diet, they have you covered with all that too!


Gamma Ray Games and The RAYGUN Lounge

Capitol Hill – Seattle, WA


They always seem to have events going on during cons which are a ton of fun! Tasty drinks, pinball machines, and great ambiance, it’s worth a drop in while in Capitol Hill! 


Funko HQ 

Finally, one of the coolest places to wander around and spend your entire paycheck is Funko! We have all seen and probably own a Funko Pop! or two, but this is the motherland! Imagine a theme park with no rides and plenty of amazing things to look at and buy! You can even sit in a Batmobile which is a replica of a toy version!





Down Town Seattle – Seattle, WA


Quite possibly the greatest arcade ever, this multi-level mecca of madness has everything a gamer could want. Shooters, racers, air hockey, ticket games; I could go on forever. You can literally find something for everyone at this place. When I was younger I would play the ticket games for hours trying to save enough points to get a brand new game system. Unfortunately my eye-hand coordination wasn’t the best back then and I often settled for candy instead. Nowadays, I grab a burger and beer in their restaurant (that’s right, they have food) then hit up the Time Crisis machine to try and save the world! Make sure you check out their package deals and happy hour to get the bang for your buck!


Café Mox 

Ballard – Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA

If you like booze and board games, you’ve come to the right place. Café Mox is fantastic fusion of gaming and drinking where you can enjoy tasty food and delightful drinks all trying to save the world from danger! Mox does a great job setting the standard for gaming centers in the PNW with their giant place space, variety of games, and friendly staff. People of all ages are welcome and they even have great private rooms in case you want to throw….oh I don’t know…..a birthday party? This place is freaking awesome!


Verne and Wells

Kirkland, WS

A country club for Geeks, literally. You pay a monthly fee to a member and let me tell you, if you’re a hardcore gamer, it’s totally worth it. They’ve got an extensive collection of board games, a full stocked video game room, a bunch of snacks and a whole lot space. You get 24 hour access and you can reserve spaces ahead of time. It’s like a VIP club for gamers. I know BJ and friends have spent a lot of time slaying goblins and solving mysteries at Verne and Wells. I ate way too many peanut M&M’s the last time I was there hahaha!




Northgate – Seattle, WA and Tacoma, WA

If you’re looking for a geeky gift for the significant other in your life, look no further. I don’t know how they do it, but Think Geek always has that perfect gift that you couldn’t think, sitting there right on the shelf. That’s right! It’s not just an online store. They have several brick and mortar stores; one which happens to be right next to my apartment (not good for my bank account). Even if you’re not looking to buy anything, I highly recommend taking a look around. That way, if a geeky friend you know is looking for a gift to give someone, you’ll have the perfect suggestion!



BJ Shea’s House 


The best kept secret in Seattle! The Shea household has become a home away from home for many geeks who want a more relaxed and family-like atmosphere for their board game excursions. Radio host by day, board game enthusiast by night, BJ does it all. Snacks, drinks and the occasional delivery pizza, you can’t go wrong spending a day with the Shea. Just make sure you bring your gaming pants, these games can go long into the night! I



Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy!

~ Vicky B and Joey Deez Out!

BJ Shea’s Geek Nation PAX Unplugged Coverage

By Uncle Chris: 

BJ Shea’s Geek Nation and The Board Game Alliance traveled to Philadelphia, PA for PAX Unplugged 2018 this year, and we had a blast!

PAXU is the tabletop gaming installment of the Penny Arcade Expo’s family of conventions, the prime edition of which is based here in Seattle and is conidered one of the ultimate destination events for gaming culture, mostly for video games and technology companies to showcase their newest and greatest innovations.  PAX Unplugged does that for tabletop games, and that makes it a no-brainer for Geek Nation and The BGA.

This year, we were in Philly for three days of discovery and wonder, visiting with industry giants like Fantasy Flight, Gale Force 9, and Iello Games.  We were able to speak with several of the biggest movers and shakers of the board gaming industry as they presented us with some of the most amazing new games that our particular hobby has to offer.

We were also on the hunt for cool indie gaming companies who are just starting out in the business.  We wanted to check out all of the fresh ideas in gaming that were also featured, and PAXU had a ton of lesser-known but equally fantastic board game companies for us to spend some time with.

By the end of the third day, we had interviewed a metric ton of people and companies, played about a million games, and had a truly amazing time covering what amounts to the Valhalla of the board game gods!

Check out all of our video coverage from PAX Unplugged here:


And, be on the lookout for more reports as we get around to playing the two dozen or so games that we brought home with us!

Stay nerdy, and play nice!

TV gets Grimm again!

By Uncle Chris:

One of my favorite TV shows might be getting a spin-off!  Grimm might be returning soon, details are light at this time, but that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited about the possibility!

The table gamers want, AND the table gamers need

By Uncle Chris

Even the most casual board game enthusiast knows that table space is often at a premium when you need a place to play.  Dining room tables are great, except that you need to clear everything off to set up a game and then tear the whole thing down again when you return the table to dining mode.

Enter Wooded Realms and their “2nd Breakfast”, a board game table that will replace your current dining room table. You will be able to use your table as a primary dining, working, crafting, and gaming space, without compromising the space in your home or apartment. “2nd Breakfast” looks like a normal table, until you decide it’s time to play.

On the most recent episode of BJ Shea’s Board Game Alliance, we had a conversation with Nathan Martin of Wooded Realms and he told us all about their latest Kickstarter campaign, aimed at solving all of our gaming space problems.

Check out BJ Shea’s Board Game Alliance Epi. 42 below!

An affordable, practical, fully featured board game table. 100% hardwood, now available in two sizes!  Cup holders!  Dice trays!  Chairs that include storage space!  5 different table stain options and 7 different fabric options for the game surface and chair pads!  “2nd Breakfast” has it all!

Check out the campaign page, I guarantee you’ll be impressed, even if you’re not in the market for the perfect gaming table (and who isn’t, really?)

Stay nerdy & play nice!

2nd Breakfast Kickstarter Campaign: https://kck.st/2P5XKpk


Trekkies rejoice! New shows are on the way!

By Uncle Chris:

Set phasers to “Record Series”!

In a recent article from startrek.com, it was announced that CBS All Access will begin to roll out ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’, the four standalone stories building toward the season two premiere of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. Each short will run 10-15 minutes and will be an opportunity for fans to dive deeper into key themes and characters – including Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Saru (Doug Jones), Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson, who directs his segment as well) and a new character, Craft (Aldis Hodge) — that fit into Discovery and the expanding Star Trek universe.

This is on the tail of a recent announcement at the Star Trek: Las Vegas convention that Patrick Stewart will be returning to his role as Jean-Luc Picard from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ in a new TV show that will also air on CBS All Access.

Not to mention that CBS has also announced that there are currently at least three other Star Trek shows being developed for their streaming service, including a Star Fleet Academy series, a new animated series, and a show that centers on Khan (KHAAAAAAAN!) Noonien Singh’s pre-Star Trek II activities on Ceti Alpha V.

And season two of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will arrive in early 2019, so there’s that.

I have a feeling that my DVR is going to be more filled with data than a holodeck simulation of The Ancient West!

LLAP, Uncle Chris

GM ABCs – How to prepare for RPGs

By Uncle Chris: 

I spend a lot of time running RPG campaigns, and I have even spent some time on the Geek Nation podcast discussing some of my advice and ideas when it comes to making those games fun and easy for myself and my players.

But what exactly goes into preparing for my role as Game Master?  That’s the question on the old tabletop today and I’ll do my best to answer it!

We wait all year for PAX West, here’s why!

By Uncle Chris:

The Penny Arcade Expo (PAX, for short) has been a Seattle-area institution since it debuted in 2004, and has grown into one of the largest conventions in the country.

Focusing mainly on video games and emergant video gaming technology, PAX West (or PAX Prime, or even PAX O.G.) has a ton of amazing stuff to do.  You can play the hottest new games from the biggest companies in the business and then sample new indie games from companies that are just geting started.  And not just video games, but there’s a whole board gaming area, as well!

The level of sheer geeky joy that fills the Convention Center for an entire weekend is unimaginable until you see it firsthand, and you can check out BJ Shea’s Board Game Alliance coverage here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BJGeekNation/videos/?ref=page_internal

PAX has become so popular, in fact, that the organizers had to branch out and now we have PAX East, PAX South, PAX Dev, even PAX Australia!

The lastest member of the PAX family, PAXUnplugged, is dedicated to board games exclusively, and BJ Shea’s Geek Nation and Board Game Alliance will be there at the end of November, so look forward to our coverage from Philadelphia and, as always, Stay Nerdy!