LRRCON!
April 21st, 2014

Posted by Kathleen

LRRcon Logo

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Hey everyone, do you know what LRRCON is?

It’s a special celebration to mark 10(ish) years of LRR! It’s being held in Seattle, Washington on May 10th, and we’d really like it if you could come!

So, if you do come, what will you be able to do?

THE GAMES ROOM

DO YOU LIKE BOARD GAMES? HOW ABOUT MAGIC THE GATHERING?! Well good news, we have both!

Along with the 10th anniversary panel and the live show, LRRCon is about hanging out and playing games. We’ll be providing a board game library for your borrowing pleasure, and as many Magic cards we can get our paws on for drafting fun times! Though it doesn’t stop there. We also encourage all you MtG players to bring your Commander Decks, Standard Decks, Modern Decks… HECK bring your Legacy decks (no guarantee anyone else will) for pick up games of your favourite formats.

But what if you don’t know how to play magic and you want to learn? We can help you with that too. Stay tuned for further announcements!

LRR TRIVIA GRAND PRIX

The LRR Trivia Grand Prix is a brain-busting quiz competition, testing your knowledge of Loading Ready Run and all things geeky! Get together your team of up to 6 and prepare to do battle on the topics of video games, sci fi, fantasy, the interwebz, pop culture, random knowledge, and much more! Prizes and awesome swag are in store for the top teams!

Emceeing the event is Mike, aka IQ 2000, longtime friend to LRR who most recently took on blogging duties for Desert Bus 7. Mike is a 10-year veteran of competitive trivia, former president of his university’s trivia club, and the leader of Kathleen’s Geek Bowl trivia team. And, yes, according to an accredited online test, his IQ really is 2000. Hard to believe, but true.

Sign up your team in advance here!

THE PANEL

The whole LRR crew will on hand to answer your questions, play some of our favorite videos and give you a sneak peak at upcoming stuff.

THE SHOW

The evening of LRR Con, join us for a Dammit Liz-produced event! Special guests include:

  • Kris Straub
  • Kyle Stevens
  • Nerd Improv with members of LoadingReadyRun
  • The Doubleclicks
  • and more!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!

We’re also working really hard on adding even more awesome stuff to LRRCON to make it worth your while to come. I can’t spoil it yet… but we’re adding even more entertainment and fun. If you’d like to come, tickets are only $25.

Buy Tickets now! – $25

And, if you want to stay overnight to enjoy the late-night fun (and why wouldn’t you?) you can get special hotel rates until this Friday! So book ASAP.

HOTEL BOOKING DEADLINE — FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014

Click here for special LRRcon rate

The Superhero we Truly Deserve… Unfortunately
April 21st, 2014

Posted by Kathleen

Happy Monday fellow citizens!

Are you sick of being terrified that a thing that you like will go mainstream? Are you scared that the specialness you get from liking a thing will be diluted by an influx of filthy casuals that like it too? Are you afraid of girls/boys/cool kids/sports kids/other humans messing up a good thing you having going? Well, you finally have a Superhero willing to stand up to your interests! You have… THE GATEKEEPER.

As someone astutely pointed out in our forum, this might be the only Superhero you might actually meet.

Meanwhile, on Unskippable, Graham and Paul riff on the 80s-tastic intro to Ni No Kuni, and demonstrate a frankly stunning recall of actors that time (and popular culture) forgot. What would classic TV be like without the comedy stylings of Mary Kate and/or Ashley Olsen after all?

 

In other news, Alex and Ray (aka, the Steacy Brothers) are plowing through the backlog of behind the scenes footage and we’ve got two new Loading Times up for your enjoyment!

 

MS-DOS, appearances and Robocop… oh my!
April 14th, 2014

Posted by Kathleen

Happy monday all! The blog is back after a short respite and it returns with exciting appearance news.

As I’m sure everyone on the west coast knows, we’re hosting our own convention called LRRCON on Saturday, May 10th.

But what if you want to see us and you don’t live anywhere near Seattle. What if you lived in or near Detroit, home of fictional American hero Robocop? What would you do then? Well, you could just go to Midwest Media Expo! That’s right, Graham, Kathleen, Beej and Cam will all be guests at the first annual Midwest Media Expo on April 25-27.

With that fun announcement out of the way, it’s time to move onto videos! What do you get when you decide to become the ultimate computer hipster? Why this video, The New Old Thing! We made Paul dress as “cool” as we could muster for this shoot. Which in our world means a buttoned up shirt and a deep-side part. He was not pleased, but we hope you will be!

This week on Unskippable, Graham and Paul riff on the opening cutscene of Deception IV. A game that — despite it’s incredible visual fidelity — it a PS3 title… and it’s about? Hot demons? Doing bad things? But you don’t see any of that? You set traps. The trap isn’t that the ‘demon’ on the right is underage. I mean, she’s a demon. She can look however she wants. So why not look like a 12 year old girl? Lure your enemies into a false sense of security… Or something.

 

Dirty Money, stolen money, what’s the difference?
March 31st, 2014

Posted by Kathleen

It’s Monday! Time to wash away the freedom and joy of your weekend with another 5 day grind. Unless your weekend isn’t Saturday-Sunday. Which is actually fairly common. Gosh, even for me! I mean, my days off are like… half of Thursday and Sunday. Man, why did I even type this? I should probably check my weekend privilege. Wait… If I don’t even have a Sat-Sun weekend, do I even have weekend privilege to check? Gosh, I really need to reassess my priorities. And I should probably start the blog post now. Yeah… Anyhow!

This week’s LRR video is Dirty Money, a gripping tale of a filthy criminal undertaking, and what it will take to get clean. Hint, it will probably need the hot cycle.

Meanwhile on Unskippable, Graham and Paul take on the much maligned (at least by Alex on IDDQDerp) Thief (2014). I was really prepared to give that game the benefit of the doubt, but the first minute of the cutscene really pushed me to my benefit giving limit. I’m not saying the game isn’t good, but when the game opens on a character that seems entirely made of cliche, it going to have to work pretty hard to come back from that. Anyhow, just watch it and let me know what you think!

Speaking of IDDQDerp, Video Games with Video James, CheckPoint+ and all our other streams on Twitch, did you know you can go back and watch them after the fact? That’s right! They’re all archived on Twitch AND a YouTube channel we set up especially for them: LoadingReadyLive!

Here’s Alex starting Thief (2014), but you can see me playing Stick of Truth, Graham playing Resident Evil 6, James playing a lot of Minecraft, Cam calming cursing XCOM and MORE.

LRRCON! Please come to it!
March 24th, 2014

Posted by Kathleen

Hey everyone!

In celebration of our 10th(ish) year of comedy, sketches and fun, we are throwing a big party and gaming event! It’s called LRRCON and we’d love it if you could come!

It’ll be a day of gaming, hangouts and fun topped off with a wacky variety show featuring us and a bunch of our favourite people on
Saturday, May 10th 2014. LRRCon will be held at the centrally located (and highly affordable) Hilton Doubletree Inn of Seattle, Washington.

You can read all about it here, but the TL;DR is:

  • Hang out with us and other LRR fans, play games and magic
  • Watch a fun variety show hosted by Kris Straub, featuring us, nerd improv, The DoubleClicks, Kyle Stevens and more!
  • See a panel with us and watch some behind the scenes footage
  • Touch your hands to our hands!
  • Evaluate some of LRR’s finest merchandise and debate purchasing it!

Tickets are only $25, and you get a special hotel rate if you want to stay at the Doubletree Inn!

 

Buy Tickets now! – $25 Hotel Reservations