2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks
It’s that time of year again. The time when we throw caution to the wind and eagerly shower our loved ones with gifts. For those of you with a special geeky someone in your life, you might be wondering what to get them this holiday season. Well never fear, we’re here to help! We’ve put together our first annual Holiday Gift Guide. So sit back and browse away as we’ve done all the hard work for you!
2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks
This is one of the hottest games to coming out in a long time. Pandemic: Legacy is not just a board game, but an entire gaming experience. The game is played over 12-24 games, with each game you play effecting the next one. In Pandemic: Legacy, you’ll be ripping up cards, placing stickers on the board, and opening secret boxes as you try and save the world.
2-4 Players • Ages 12+ • 60 Minutes • $45
A great new area control war game from the minds at Portal Games (Imperial Settlers, Tides of Madness). Cry Havoc flew off the shelves when it debuted at Gen Con this year and still makes its way to our tabletop quite often. There are four different asymmetrical factions in Cry Havoc, so each player will be approaching the game just a little bit differently. If you want a fast playing, incredibly unique, light war game, then Cry Havoc is it.
2-4 Players • Ages 12+ • 90 Minutes • $50
Arkham Horror Card Game
The newest living card game to come from the designers at Fantasy Flight Games. The Arkham Horror LCG has players working together to try and stop the encroaching madness from destroying the world. Thanks to this being a living card game and not a collectible card game, there is no need to buy random booster packs. The expansion packs will be preset cards with no randomness.
1-4 Players • Ages 14+ • 60 Minutes • $60
XCOM 2 is a sequel to the 2012 hit title of the same name. This turn based strategy game has players trying to retake the world from an alien invasion. Unlike XCOM 1, the aliens have the upper hand in XCOM 2 and players must use a bit of stealth and guerrilla tactics as they try and root out the entrenched aliens.
PS4, Xbox One, PC • Rating: Teen • $30
The Classic Nintendo Entertainment System has been flying off the shelves since its debut this year. This tiny version of the original NES lets players play over 30 classic Nintendo games that come preinstalled. Perfect for that trip down memory lane, the Classic NES comes with one controller and is cartridge free, so no blowing away the dust necessary.
For those that want to look towards the future instead of the past, there is the new Playstation VR. This virtual reality device lets players don a helmet as they get their first taste of the VR world. Way more affordable than some of its more powerful cousins, the Playstation VR is perfect for players that want to dip their toes into the virtual reality waters and see if its for them.
The Walking Dead
Before there was the AMC tv show, The Walking Dead was thrilling its readers with its fantastic artwork and engaging storylines. Wether you are a fan of the tv show or not, The Walking Dead is an absolutely fantastic comic and worth a read. This graphic novel is the prefect place to jump right in and get started.
Saga has some of the most unusual artwork I’ve ever seen. It’s a universe filled with aliens, robots with TV screens for their face, and even talking cats that can tell if you are lying. Saga has some of the best writing in comics today, an engrossing storyline that will keep you hooked from page one. I eagerly await getting my hands on each new issue.
I was as surprised as just about anyone for how good the Darth Vader comic is. We only got glimpses of Vader’s power in the movies. But the comic follows him around during the height of the Empire boy is he one tough hombre. You haven’t experienced the full might of Darth Vader until you’ve read this comic.
Star Trek Beyond Gift Set
Star Trek: Beyond actually ended up being a lot better than I expected it to be. The Star Trek: Beyond Gift Set not only comes with a Blu Ray/DVD version of the movie, but 3 mini starships.
Labyrinth: 30th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
While the collector’s edition of Labyrinth doesn’t have any cool extras, the packaging it comes in is pretty awesome. The box shows a maze itself. Not that this stellar movie needs any extras. Labyrinth was some of Jim Henson’s best work!
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Limited Edition Castle Catapult Gift Set
Pretty much every geek under the sun has seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail at least a dozen times. This cult classic is required viewing for your geekdom and gets better with every screening. This collectors edition comes with a castle and a catapult for you fling cows and other animals at your friends. It’s silly, but hey, so is the movie!
While there are a couple of remote control BB-8 toys out there, the Sphere BB-8 is easily the coolest. Controlled with your smart phone, you can drive BB-8 around your house or even just have him patrol your home on its own, alerting you of First Order invasions. Plus, thanks to a recent update, you can now watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens with BB-8 and he’ll even react to the movie!
When I was a kid, we only had slot cards for indoor racing. These toys were OK, but there really wasn’t a ton to do with them, other than trying to avoid shooting them off the track.
In Anki Overdrive, you get a race car that you control with your smart phone. Not only that, you get to shoot and attack other player’s cars as you are driving around the track. Cars will also unlock better weapons and armors the more you play. Once you experience Anki Overdrive, it’s hard not to spend hours playing it.
If you have ever wanted an entry level drone, than the Discovery Quadcopter is a great place to start. Not expensive enough to break the bank, yet still solid enough to not be destroyed after only 5 minutes. The Discovery Quadcopter has enough bells and whistles (including HD Camera) for you to get your feet wet in the world of drone flying.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary
I loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and if you are a fan of the movie like me, than this book is worth getting. There was a lot of new information presented to us in The Force Awakens and this book dives into all the details. From how Kylo Ren’s lightsaber works, to bits on Rey’s backstory, Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Visual Dictionary is perfect for any Star Wars Fan.
Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History
The Back to the Future Trilogy is one of the most beloved trilogies of all time. If you are curious at all about the world building of Back to the Future, than you will enjoy this book. A visual history of the movies, Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History dives into the complete story of how they were made.
The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming: Rules Every Gamer Must Live By
The tabletop gaming world has exploded over the past few years. If you or someone you know is a tabletop gamer, then this would make a perfect gift for them. The Civilized Guide to Tabletop Gaming is both funny and informative. This book has everything you need to know to be a tabletop gamer.
Imperial Marching Band Tshirt
I love a good pun t-shirt and Imperial Marching Band has to be my favorite. Everyone geek knows the Imperial March is Darth Vader’s theme song, so the humor of him leading the Imperial Marching Band is not lost on me.
Homer Simpson Plush Slipper
In the winter, people’s feet get cold. The best part of these Homer Simpson slippers is that it looks like Homer is eating your feet.
Free Hugs Tshirt
I don’t know why, but every time I see this shirt I laugh out loud. The face huggers from alien offering free hugs, what’s not to enjoy.