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Wil Wheaton
Nov 25
Yesterday, I went up to our new Geek and Sundry offices, and watched the current cuts of three Tabletop episodes, so I could offer notes and suggestions to our editors as they take hours of raw footage and turn it into the show. I was reminded, again, how…
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 23
Apologies, but it got dark REALLY FAST, and there isn't enough light to finish off my proof of concept video thingy. If you're interested in a real time live hangout on air of one of my brew days, complete with Q&A and stuff, please let me know.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 23
Part Two of my proof-of-concept homebrewing thing. Not very interesting, just getting ready to add some hops, and showing off a new mash tun I built.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 22
This is one of those “write it now so I can refer to it later” posts, because this is a FAQ. A Redditor asked: Still excited about the RPG show, any idea when we’ll be hearing any news on that front? I responded: We’re in preproduction right now. I’ve…
Tabletop’s RPG ShowWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 21
We have officially reached that time of year where it’s cool enough at night for my dogs to activate “DAD WE NEED TO SLEEP UNDER THE COVERS OKAY” mode.
for my fellow pibble owners…WIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 20
Here's the Tokaido Gag Reel. I hope it makes you laugh.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 20
Found on Reddit, source unknown.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 19
My beloved Nexus 5 is on its last legs. The usb port no longer charges, so I have to use a QI charger, and now the volume down button isn't consistently working, so I need to replace it.

I was considering the Nexus 6, but it's just too big. (Sidebar: this design choice to make devices that are too big to be phones, but too small to be tablets, is very confusing to me.)

So I'm perfectly happy to get a replacement Nexus 5, because I think it's a great device, but since I'm going to be buying something new, I thought I'd ask the hivemind if there was something else I should look at before I pull the trigger.

I pretty much use my smartphone as a phone. I don't watch videos, I don't play games, I don't use it for office tasks. I use it for Twitter and Instagram (the camera is very important to me), to listen to podcasts and Pandora, for directions when I'm driving, for texting, and to occasionally video chat with my adorable little 2 year-old nephew who thinks I live inside his iPad.

I'm primarily interested in processor speed, durability, and a fairly large internal memory, so I can fill it up with music and stuff on occasion.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 18
So I talked with Esquire when I was in New York to promote the Newcastle scotch ale, and the interviewer asked me about board games.

Here's five games that I love, that I think you will also love, but before you read the article, I want to address two things in it.

1. The spelling is messed up in a lot of places. I mention this because this seems to happen fairly frequently, and it drives me crazy. Someone needs to be editing these online magazine posts for grammar and spelling, because they are replacing print magazines, and no print magazine would ever go to the newsstand with the types of errors I am seeing regularly in these publications.

2. The author asserts that, "Like Chris Hardwick and Patton Oswalt, Wheaton has risen up the celebrity food chain in recent years by tapping into the nerd demo."

I take issue with this framing, because it sounds like I identified a demo, then cynically tapped into it by pandering to that demo. The fact is, I've always been interested in things that are considered nerdy, and rather than "tapping into the nerd demo" as some calculated strategy, I've just been myself, celebrated and shared the things that I love, and since those things happen to be things that self-described nerds love, I've attracted that demographic to my work.

Let me be very, very clear: I reject the notion of a "celebrity food chain" and even if I didn't, I wouldn't care where I am on it. I love to make things, I love to share those things, and I love to geek out about not only the things I've made, but the things that have inspired me to make them.

I don't think the author intended anything malicious with his framing, and I suspect that Esquire's readership does care about things like the "celebrity food chain", but I don't, and I wanted to be clear about that.

Now, with that out of the way, please enjoy.
Wil Wheaton: 5 Board Games You Should Be Playing
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 15
A BLOG about creative work, and being exhausted: so far away from my wasteland

It turns out that my 24 hour trip to New York, followed by a full day of intense creative work, pretty much kicked my ass. I’m so tired, I don’t even have the energy to go to Staples Center to watch my beloved Los Angeles Kings take on our crosstown…
So Far Away From My Wasteland | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
I blame Jessica Chobot for this.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
Blog: #Tabletop Season Three Premieres with Tokaido!

It’s finally here! Our third season of Tabletop officially kicks off today, with Tokaido. I love this game so much, and I hope we captured the beauty, balance, and wonderful mix of strategy and guile that goes into each turn. I played with my pal Chris…
Wil Wheaton, J. August Richards, Jason Wishnov, and Chris Kluwe play Tokaido on Tabletop | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
It's the first episode of #Tabletop season three!!!
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
Newcastle hired me to help them promote their new Scotch Ale collaboration, and we worked together to make a pair of really funny videos that I hope you'll enjoy.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 10
Someone left a link to this on my blog, and it made me laugh.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 10
I make jokes! JOKES!
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 9
I RTd a link about this on Twitter, and within six fucking seconds a dude made it about "where do men go to report sexual harassment?"

You go to the same fucking place, dude, and I see how you're trying to make your cute little point, but if you think sexual harassment is a problem that victimizes men anywhere close to how much it victimizes women, I recommend you do a little research, and hopefully learn something.
Twitter Partners With WAM To Offer Women An Avenue To Report Harassment - Techaeris
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 4
Survey at my blog: do you game more in person, or online?

I’m writing a column for the Washington Post, and I could use your feedback, if you have a moment. I would like to know (unscientifically, of course), if you play games more online, more in person, or about the same. If you have a moment, please answer…
do you game more in person, or online?WIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 2
I think this is best experienced as ambient background, projected onto a bare brick wall.
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 30
Obvious GamerGate douchebags are obvious.
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 27
BLOG: the audacity of derivative works

This weekend, my friends hosted a 1920s occult party. There were tarot readings, Ouija boards, and a seance. Everyone was encouraged to attend in appropriate attire, and we sipped absinthe while movies like The Golem and Fantomas were projected on the…
the audacity of derivative works
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 21
Blog: @Tabletop season 3 - the complete list of games and players

Last night, we wrapped production on the third season of Tabletop. It was bittersweet for me, as always, because I’m so wiped out and teetering on exhaustion, the idea of sleeping until I don’t need to sleep is very appealing … but I’m also sad, because I…
Tabletop season 3 - the complete list of games and players
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 20
BLOG: One of the funniest TNG recuts I've ever seen

Enjoy.
One of the funniest TNG recuts I've ever seen
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 19
BLOG: that time seth green, clare grant and karen gillan played a game with me on tabletop

Yesterday was one of my favorite days in the history of Tabletop production, and this had a lot to do with it: Today is our penultimate day of production on season three. In the morning, we’re playing Kingdom Builder, and it’s Dead of Winter in the…
that time seth green, clare grant and karen gillan played a game with me on tabletop
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 17
BLOG: the game, as they say, was the thing

Yesterday was a fantastic day at work on Tabletop. In the morning, I played a really fun geek trivia game called Geek Out, with Anne, and our friends Bonnie Burton and Clare Kramer. Normally, I’m not crazy about party or trivia games, but Geek Out is so…
the game, as they say, was the thing
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 24
Chris Hardwick and I would go to Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted animation festival every year, when we were in our early 20s, and this was one of our favorites. It's from Craig McCracken, who would go on to give us the Power Puff Girls.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 23
Part Three, of my homebrewing proof-of-concept thingy, in which hops are added, yeast fuel is discussed, and we do a late addition of liquid malt extract.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 23
Live(ish) from my patio, I'm doing a proof of concept video about home brewing, for a potential Live YouTube thing (that's the technical term) at some point in the future.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 21
A quick note about Tabletop's release schedule.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 20
Our gag reel for Tokaido is out: And I visited Jessica Chobot at the new and awesome studios that we now share with Nerdist, to do a silly Best Worst segment for Nerdist news: I give great thumbnail face, you guys.
Tokaido Gag Reel and Nerdist NewsWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 20
BLOG: Be careful -- I almost got fooled by malware

I’ve been around long enough to recognize malware when I see it, and I still take lots of precautions to ensure that something doesn’t sneak by (I use OpenDNS, Web of Trust, NoScript, and Ghostery, for example) but a few moments ago, I was almost tricked…
Be careful — I almost got fooled by malwareWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 19
#Quarterly asked me to curate a thing for them. Are you interested?

Quarterly is a pretty neat idea: a little box of stuff will be curated by a person you choose, and four times a year (quarterly – get it?) a new box will show up in your mailbox. You can get stuff from awesome people like Bill Nye, Timothy Ferris, and…
Sticky post: QuarterlyWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 18
BLOG: I know that I can be broken.

I’m recording an audiobook today and tomorrow, in a small studio up in the valley where I work fairly regularly. Everyone there knows me, and it’s comforting and sort of grounding to go to work in a familiar place, even though I’m working on entirely…
I know that I can be broken. | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 17
BLOG: it's good to be busy

What passes for Autumn has finally arrived in Los Angeles. It’s warm and dry during the day, and cool at night. Our animals are even more snuggly than usual. Seamus insists on getting under the covers every morning (just pibble things). After a weekend of…
it’s good to be busyWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 15
Some of you #Tabletop fans may be happy to know that this is what I worked on all day yesterday.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
I have a #Cyanogenmod question: Is the most recent hammerhead nightly stable enough to use on my Nexus 5? While I wait for #Lollipop , I thought I'd give CM a look again (I've been on rooted stock, because I thought I'd give that a try when I replaced my shattered phone a few months ago, and ended up sticking with it because I liked it.)
CyanogenMod Downloads
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
BLOG: I feel strange, but also good!

I obviously had to order one of these the day they went on sale, because of reasons.
Wil Wheaton in Wears Wesley Crusher's Hoodie | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 13
Blog: I helped make a thing that's funny

Newcastle teamed up with Caledonian Brewery in Scotland to make a Scotch Ale, and they hired me to tell you about it. We made a pair of really funny videos together, and this is one of them. I’m super proud of this, because I helped write it, and got to…
Wil Wheaton's Newcastle Scotch Ale Videos | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 11
BLOG: Regarding Anonymous Gaming Trolls, Tabletop, and More

So it turns out that this week is full of stuff that I would like to share with you, Internet. First, I wrote a column for The Washington Post about how anonymous trolls are poisoning the video game community, and what we can do about it. Anonymity, in…
Regarding Anonymous Gaming Trolls, Tabletop, and More | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 10
BLOG: welcome to my life, tattoo

I’ve wanted tattoos for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally felt like I could make good decisions about what I’d permanently put on my body. At first, I thought maybe I was too old, but when I asked my friends who have…
welcome to my life, tattooWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 9
This is my girl, Marlowe. She's a great brew dog.
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 5
Skeletor's best insults are pretty great.

I don’t miss working for a corporate nightmare, but I really miss Skeletor reading angry tweets. If you love Skeletor’s angry face of anger as much as I do, you’ll probably enjoy this compilation of him insulting everyone he can in Eternia. (via io9)
Skeletor’s best insultsWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Nov 2
BLOG: I made a thing.

I made a thing, which I believe is best experienced as ambient background noise, projected onto a bare brick wall. This is not something that you sit down and watch, the way you’d watch a movie or a TV show. This work was created by combining audio and…
panorama ephemera mashupaWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 30
BLOG: Halloween stuff and @Tabletop stuff

Happy Thursday! To begin: I did a Not The Flog that was released this morning. In it, I talk about the season three premiere date for Tabletop, offend nearly everyone for one reason or another, and bounce around on my couch while I wear a fancy Captain…
Halloween stuff and Tabletop stuffWIL WHEATON dot NET | WIL WHEATON dot NET
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 30
In today's Not The Flog, I announce the premiere date for Tabletop season three, offend nearly everyone for some reason or another, and bounce around on my couch while wearing a Captain Kirk tunic.
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 22
This is a thoughtful and insightful long read that focuses on Entitlement Culture.

A bit from the beginning: _"There are dozens of disparate threads within my fields of interest with which I’m going to attempt to pick them all up and weave into a single unified tapestry. I may jump around quite a bit, apologies in advance. I’m going to have to start by defining some terms, before I start giving you some examples of what I’m talking about.
To begin with, as I’ve hinted, the phrase “entitlement culture” is bandied about quite a bit by the people with the biggest senses of entitlement, so I’m going to more loosely define entitlement and entitlement culture to indicate the generalized way in which society inculcates a sense that we are each owed a certain amount of leeway, resources, opportunities, and favours from one another with respect to things that we may desire. While right-wingers usually only include things like food, shelter, or money as “entitlements”, I’m perfectly happy to include things like preferential treatment, respect, the right to use someone else’s property how you see fit, the right to control others how you see fit, and the right to have a monopoly over any particular sphere just because a monopoly is what you virtually have presently._

"The “culture war” in my title is the very real war-of-ideas happening in cultures constantly, between schools of philosophy, morality and even epistemology, especially as regards who should get what resources under what circumstances. The “warriors” on both sides are ideologues and philosophers, polemics and people who try to take a nuanced approach to topics."
Entitlement Culture War
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 20
This is freaking hysterical. Well done!
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 19
Blog: Regarding Peak Zombie

This is my intro for Dead of Winter. I thought it may spark an interesting discussion about what I call Peak Zombie: I think I was a freshman or sophomore in high school the first time I saw Dawn of the Dead. It hit me the way certain things can only hit…
Peak Zombie
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 18
BLOG: it's the eighth day of @Tabletop production

Yesterday was another great day of production at Tabletop. I had an insanely good time playing Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre with Emily Gordon, Jonah Ray, and Veronica Belmont. We fully embraced the outrageousness of the…
it's the eighth day of production
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Wil Wheaton
Oct 13
BLOG: Tabletop: games and guests

Today is the end of our first week of production on Tabletop’s third season. I’ll probably sleep for a thousand hours tonight, have my version of the weekend, and start the second half of production on Thursday. I’m so very, very tired, and it’s entirely…
Tabletop: games and guests
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