Episode 140: World Cosplay Summit Geekery with Ed Hoff!

From its origin in 2003, World Cosplay Summit (WCS) has grown to become the biggest cosplay event in the world. WCS has expanded to over 35 regions globally, and in 2018 takes its first steps into Africa, with ICON Comics & Games Convention playing host to the first regional qualifier on the continent.

Ed Hoff joined us to take us through the origin story of WCS: from its early beginnings with 5 cosplayers invited from Germany, France and Italy, to its massive 9 day event in Nagoya that it has become. We also give South African cosplayers a glimpse of wait awaits the regional winners!

For more information about the World Cosplay Summit, check out their website!


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 120: ICON 2017 Series - State of SA Esports!

We round out our third season with one more panel from ICON 2017 and we're continuing with the esports theme. Last year, ICON 2016 played host to a panel discussing the state of esports in South Africa, and it was a very busy year for esports since then.

Last month saw the completion of TWO major esports events in South Africa (the Rush event brought to you by NAG, and the VS Gaming event), last weekend saw the inaugural Valkyrie Girl Gamer competition with 50 thousand rand prize money as well as the announcement that the Nexus in Randburg, Johannesburg will play host to the Hearthstone European Summer qualifiers for South Africa. The profile of esports has never been higher. And all of this can be framed against the backdrop of Valve's DOTA 2 The International, which has amassed an incredible prize pool of over 24 million US dollars.

With the massive growth of esports locally, we'd like to present to you this year's ICON 2017 panel talking about the state of esports in South Africa, hosted by SA's Tech Girl, Sam Wright.


Episode 119: ICON 2017 Series - Spotlight on SA's Girl Gamers

Esports continues to surge in popularity all over the globe, and South Africa is no exception, but without a doubt it’s still very much seen as a male-dominated space. This makes it difficult for females to find a way into gaming without feeling intimidated by their male counterparts. Steps are being taken, however, to get more women involved, and to identify up and coming female esports talent.

This weekend, SA's Tech Girl, Sam Wright, in partnership with Mettlestate and Evetech, is launching the "Valkyrie Challenge" - two all-girl CS:GO teams (Amaryllis Gaming and Energy Esports) battling it out in a winner take all R50,000 best-of-five matchup. To give you some background as to the importance of these sorts of events, we're proud to present another ICON 2017 panel recording.

At ICON in June, Sam Wright took to the main stage to discuss the state of gaming from a female perspective in South Africa, and talked about the local girl gamers who are on the verge of big things, as well as the recent, and future initiatives to help girl gamers make the mark.


Episode 116: Tradewarz Geekery with 4EverOdd Gaming!

Freddie Mitchell, Gerhard du Toit and Ruark Swanepoel are the team behind 4Ever Odd Gaming, which is part of a greater 4EverOdd initiative. 4EverOdd wants to to encourage creatives in the South African community by providing a launchpad for the items they create, be it t-shirts, books or other crafted items.

4EverOdd gaming has been working on their original boardgame, TradeWarz - a boardgame that blends the best political, military and trade aspects of other games while stripping away the things that wouldn't work in the real world: TradeWarz is designed to be less luck based than skill-based.

The team is inexorably moving their way towards a Kickstarter launch for TradeWarz, and took time out to chat to us about their respective paths to geekdom, the origin of TradeWarz, and the challenges an opportunities presented by a crowd-sourced funding model for their game.

For more on TradeWarz, like the game's Facebook page to be kept up to dat on all the latest happenings as well as info around their eventual Kickstarter launch!


Episode 114: Block Chain Geekery with Bradley Mitri!

Almost everyone has heard of Bitcoin, the crypto currency that's currently being traded for thousands of dollars online, but not everyone is familiar with the platform Bitcoin is based on - blockchain technology.

While blockchain technology powers a number of different crypto currencies, we wanted to know exactly how this tech could be extended into other areas. We sat down with Bradley Mitri from Vortex Capital Partners to chat about the block chain: what it is, how it works, and how it can be used in some incredible ways - like combining it with power production to make money for, well, free.


Episode 113: Airsoft MilSim Geekery with John Murray!

John Murray is one of the administrators of a military re-enactment group based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The group, known as World War II Milsim Airsoft Re-enactment, is actually an amalgam of interests: it involves the use of airsoft weapons, similar to paintball but firing BB pellets, and live action roleplay, with a view to being as detailed as possible when it comes to recreating the clothing and gear of the age.

John joined us recently to talk about his path to geekdom, how he became involved in the airsoft community, and how airsoft battles evolved to include the live action roleplay element.

For more information, you can check out the group's Facebook page, head over to their website, or drop them a mail: ww2mar.info@gmail.com


Episode 110: Goonish Geekery with Eric Powell!

Eric Powell has written and provided artwork for Dark Horse, DC Comic and Marvel, and is known for 'The Goon' - his original series which picked up multiple Eisner Awards as well as an International Horror Guild award.

Powell's origin story is a fantastic one, and serves as a awesome example and inspiration to creators who want to do their own thing.

You can follow Eric on Twitter, then check out the Albatross Funnybooks website, then follow Eric on Facebook!


Episode 109: Top Cow Geekery with Matt Hawkins!

Matt Hawkins is a veteran of the initial Image Comics launch, and has worked in the comic book publishing industry since 1993. Since that time, he's had many roles including creator, writer and executive, and currently serves as the president and COO of Top Cow productions.

Matt was gracious enough to share with us his path to geekdom, how he got into the comics industry while never having read a single comic, and describes his first torturous job interview with Rob Liefeld and the team.

You can follow Matt on Twitter, and you should also check out Top Cow's website, then follow them on Facebook!