Episode 133: Bravado Gaming Geekery with Andreas Hadjipaschali!

For a number of years, Bravado Gaming has been THE dominant force in the South African esports scene. Last weekend (Jan 21st), Bravado got 2018 off to great start by taking out the World Electronic Sports Games African qualifiers which sees them off to China in March to compete in the World Finals.
But that isn't the biggest news around Bravado Gaming. On January 17, the team announced that the CS:Go squad are relocating to the United States - South African teams have always struggled to compete against northern hemisphere teams due to the sheer physics of distance. By shifting to the US, Bravado will be competing against America's best on a level playing field.
We sat down to chat with Bravado Gaming CEO Andreas Hadjipaschali at Bravado's new boot camp headquarters in Johannesburg to talk about the origin of Bravado Gaming and it's how it plans to take over the US.

You can follow Bravado Gaming's journey to not only the WESG finals in China but their Project: Destiny mission to the US on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and via their YouTube channel!


Episode 132: X-Wing Geekery with The Mole Men!

The Star Wars: X-Wing Miniature Game has, in a few short years, managed to become the top ranked tabletop game around the world. So how is it doing in South Africa? Release The Geek chatted with Gerhard Pretorius and Shaun Rushmer from the Mole Men Gaming Group, based in Johannesburg, to discuss the game, its basic mechanics, and the factors that make it one of the most popular tabletop games around.


Episode 128: Warhammer 40K Geekery with the Geek Of All Trades Podcast!

This week's episode examines the world of tabletop miniature gaming - if you're not sure what I'm talking about, the simplest explanation is 'toy soliders', but it's much more detailed and interesting that that. In particular, our focus is on Warhammer 40K

Produced by the UK's Games Workshop, Warhammer 40K is one of the world's most popular tabletop games - the rich backstory explaining the various armies, and the quality of the figures has made 40K a dominant game worldwide for over 30 years. However, the universe the game exists in has rarely changed in any great way - there has little 'progress' in the storyline, to put it in a very basic fashion.

But June of this year, saw the release of the 8th edition of the 40K rules, and there have been some earth shattering developments that are moving the story forward in a new direction. Why, after almost 30 years, has this happened, and is this a good thing? To get to the bottom of the story, we reached out to our fellow casters at the Geek of All Trades podcast - Gregg Barlow and Douw Pretorius - who are up on all things 40K to get the low down on the latest edition changes, what the potential ramifications are game-wise, and what were the market forces that might've driven Games Workshop to make these changes after so many years.

For more geek goodness, check out the Geek Of All Trades podcast, released on the first Wednesday of each month, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!


Episode 127: Voice Artist Geekery with Lisle Wilkerson!

Lisle Wilkerson is an American voice actress, with an impressive list of credits to her name. Fully fluent in Japanese after growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Lisle moved into radio DJ work on J-Wave and was inspired by the voice luminaries of the age, including Wolfman Jack.

Lisle has gone on to achieve fame as the voice behind Nina Williams and Christie Monteiro from the Tekken series and Sarah Bryant from Virtua Quest. Lisle was gracious enough to chat to us about all manner of things including getting her start in the radio industry in Tokyo, the differences between voice acting auditions in the US and Japan, and her experiences with Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray on the set of 'Lost In Translation'.

To find out more about what Lisle's up to, you can follow her on both Facebook and Twitter!


Episode 126: Alternate Universes Geekery with The Variant Covers crew!

This year has seen the rise of the term 'alternate fact' - the phrase was used to describe demonstrable falsehoods in an attempt to make them seem real.

This particular podcast, recorded earlier in the year, is inspired by the term. Alternate universes abound in the comics world, some to much greater effect and fan acclaim than others - we invited the Variant Covers team of Greg Nell, Limpho Moeti and Nas Hoosen to discuss which comic alternate universes were their favourites.


Episode 125: 'Peak Geek' Geekery with Rob Salkowitz!

Rob Salkowitz is an internationally recognised expert in the intersection of digital media and social and business trends. Rob has worked with a range of organisations to help engage with specialised audiences, identify new opportunities and articulate their vision for the future. In addition, Rob has written four books including Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture, which uses SDCC as the backdrop in discerning what the drivers will be for the future of entertainment.

Rob graciously found time in his schedule to chat to us about a range of topics including some of the trends in pop culture conventions around the world, where the newest innovators of technology can be found, and we discuss future trends in the people management of pop culture events.

For more info on Rob and his work, you can check out his website and follow him on Twitter!


Episode 124: rAge Esports Geekery with Lauren 'Pansy' Scott & Veneration Esports!

Esports has become a massive part of the gaming landscape, and rAge is becoming the showcase venue - Kwese was on hand with an incredible stage hosting the first ESL Africa tournament (congrats to Energy Esports for a comprehensive CS:Go performance over Bravado gaming

We chatted to two people at rAge who are in different areas of the esports world: first up we chat to Lauren "Pansy" Scott - a professional CS:GO shoutcaster from the UK who has become a full time ESL employee. Lauren was brought to SA by the Kwese, and was gracious enough to spare some time to chat about her origin story, and some advice on managing the expectations of budding shoutcasts.

Then we spoke to Zybrand "Zeylox" Lombaard who manages the CS:GO Rejects team for Veneration Esports. Zybrand has shifted from player to manager, as he realised he couldn't commit to the amount of time required to be a competitive gamer, but still wanted to contribute and be part of the scene.

You can follow Lauren on Twitter, and for more information on Veneration Esports, check them out on Facebook and Twitter!