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Below are the 13 most recent journal entries recorded in Mad Gamers' LiveJournal:

Saturday, June 12th, 2010
1:08 pm
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
6:08 pm
Anybody play a game called Charlie's Blast Factory?
  Just bought it offa Xbox Live's Community Games. I gotta say, it's really addicting. You use this little grey dude that spits up bombs, and you gotta blow up all the enemies in each level before they can kill you. 
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
1:50 pm
Hoobastank return with New Video and Tour with 3DD
Hoobastank are back with a new single called "My Turn". The video is based on Rock Band video game, so you can choose your own players and background. Make your own on myturn.hoobastank.com

I decided to keep all of Hoobastank but change out the guitarist with some old dude playing air guitar and of course I put the Patron Saints of AWESOME: Ice-T and Coco as the background:

Please try to out do me.

Oh, and the band is going on tour with 3 Doors Down and Hinder:
Wednesday, January 28 - Hard Rock Café - Orlando, FL
Saturday, January 31 - Freebird Cafe - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Monday, February 2 - Captain Hiram''s Sand Bar - Sebastian, FL
Tuesday, February 3 - Soul Kitchen - Mobile, AL
Wednesday, February 4 - The City Club - Houma, LA
Friday, February 6 - Ford Arena - Beaumont, TX
Saturday, February 7 - Concrete Street Pavillion - Corpus Christi, TX
Tuesday, February 10 - Midland Horseshoe Arena - Midland, TX
Wednesday, February 11 - Amarillo Civic Center - Amarillo, TX
Friday, February 13 - Cajun Dome - Lafayette, LA
Saturday, February 14 - CenturyTel Center - Bossier City, LA
Tuesday, February 17 - Broadbent Arena - Louisville, KY
Wednesday, February 18 - DeltaPlex - Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, February 20 - US Cellular Coliseum - Bloomington, IL
Saturday, February 21 - Horseshoe Casino - Hammond, IN
Monday, February 23 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
Tuesday, February 24 - Hammerstein Ballroom - New York, NY
Friday, February 27 - Mohegan Sun Casino - Uncasville, CT
Saturday, April 25 - Northern Lights Casino - Walker, MN - Buy Tickets
Sunday, April 26 - Northern Lights Casino - Walker, MN - Buy Tickets
Friday, May 15 - Sunset Station Outdoor Amphitheater - Las Vegas, NV

shoot me
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
9:41 am
Isn't it tragic that Jonathan Coulton isn't playing in Madison any time soon?
_I_ think so, and if you're a Right Thinking Person, you do too. But wait, there is hope! Click on the demand link below, and make your voice heard! And then cut and paste the code wherever other suffering souls might see it and know hope.

View all Madison events at Eventful
Monday, December 1st, 2008
3:16 pm
Hello, dead-ish community. I come to test the waters of my new city.

If I were to say that I was planning to run a 3.5 D&D game set in Ravenloft, would anyone here have potential interest in such a beast?

The Info:

The game would be, as stated, in the Ravenloft setting. For the unfamiliar, this means not your typical high fantasy - more like gothic horror. The major things setting Ravenloft aside from other settings is 1. Not a lot of magic, in the form of items or spells, and 2. Fear, Horror, and Madness saves, which can have significant effects on your character.

Ravenloft is not supposed to be a happy fun place. Your triumph isn't becoming savior of the world; it is surviving another day.

Ravenloft is a 2nd ed setting and I have modified it to fit into 3.5 rules, more or less.

The campaign would feature some hack-and-slash but would have a strong emphasis on roleplay and puzzle-solving.

All characters have to pass by Gm for approval, and there are no races or classes outright banned (save any classes from the Book of Nine Swords). Psionics are negotiable. Clerics, wizards, sorcs, and all other spellcasters fall under special rules and will need further discussion (though by all means, if that's what you want to play, feel free to ask) due to the nature of the setting.

Play location would be either at my apartment or at a local gaming store, and games would be every other saturday (or as close to as possible). I try to be a very flexible GM. Games also would not run especially late in the evening (10 or 11 pm at the max) as I get up for work early and my sleep schedule has shifted accordingly.

Any questions, feel free to ask.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
9:30 pm
This is the latest in my series on video game culture in Madison, WI for TheDailyPage.

Joe Rheaume's Excellent Adventure: Chronotron goes from Madison to Penny Arcade Expo
The online comic strip and blog Penny Arcade has been a leading tastemaker in the gaming world for nearly a decade now. It has reached new heights over the last five years with its own convention, the Penny Arcade Expo, held every August in Seattle. Though gamers from all over the nation will find a weekend of fun and competition at this year's con, Madison native Joe Rheaume will be an invited guest to show his hit time travel game Chronotron. >More

Play Chronotron now.
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
8:18 am
Soul Calibur IV Tournament

10 Pin Bowling Alley
6285 Nesbitt Road
Fitchburg, WI 53719

Time: 6:00pm-midnight
TV/console setup and Casuals: from 1-5pm
Sign-up from 5:00-6:00pm
Entry Fee $3.00 or $10.00(for grand prize)
Venue Fee $1.00
Console: PS3
Banned Characters: Darth Vader and all the bonus characters.
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
11:49 pm
Friday, July 11th, 2008
7:43 pm
Games + Learning + Society Conference 4.0
Games + Learning + Society brings massive multiplayer world to life in Madison
by Zac Shipley

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned in a speech on Father's Day that kids need to put down the video game controllers and pick up books. His message was clearly that while a book can be educational, playing a game is not. However, at the Games+Learning+Society Conference this week at Monona Terrace, hundreds of people working at the intersection of gaming and learning have worked to prove not only that games can be educational, but that many already are.
Continue Reading...
1:02 pm
Wii Codes
Since there's X-Box tags up, lets add a topic for our Wii's!

My Wii: 0543 2075 1226 0491
Mario Kart: 1848 2364 9612
Brawl: 4339 2589 4279

Leave yours in the comments below, or find my contact info!
10:18 am
Xbox Live Gamertags?

Since I tend to trust the madison el-jay communities when it comes to a general lack of douchebaggery, my Xbox Live Gamertag is KingJamesM. Feel free to add me to your friends list or leave your 'tag in a comment below.

See you online!

Monday, July 7th, 2008
12:05 pm
Soul Calibur IV
Since this is my most recent article, I'll start off by pimping it right here.

Reclaiming Madison gaming camaraderie with Soul Calibur tournaments

Zac Shipley on Tuesday 07/01/2008 4:12 pm

At the dawn of interactive entertainment, videogames were played in parlors called "arcades." Home equipment was prohibitively expensive, but for a few quarters one could play any variety of space shooters, puzzlers and sports simulations at the arcades. Home gaming has long been affordable and convenient, but something is missing from the arcade days: competition. Online gaming has brought players together worldwide, but the local camaraderie has been missing.>>>More
8:34 am
Welcome to MADGAMERS
After a recent thread in madisonwi, I found out there isn't a community just for Madison gamers. So I made one.

Rules are pretty basic: post about games. if you can play it with dice, pen & paper, controllers, keyboards, or plastic guitars its fair game. Doesn't matter if your goal is to beat a high score, a final boss, or the guy next to you, we're all gamers. On that note, be civil. I don't have time to energy to moderate this place full time, so don't make me feel like I have to.

My name is Zac Shipley. Aside from running geek blog Powet.TV, I'm also a freelance game journalist and have written several articles this year for The Isthmus.

join us at http://community.livejournal.com/madgamers/
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