Category Archives: Vintage Games

The Debut of Vital Indie Media: TUGM’s Vlog of Unusual Movies, TV, Music, Games and other Ephemera!

by Legendary Lew

This has been a long time coming. Vital Indie Media is now a reality!

Vital Indie Media is the new vlog series (monthly, but can be more frequent with your help) concentrating on my collection of weird movies, TV shows, music, games and other strange stuff.  The debut episode features the unusual board game, The Bottom Line.

The main focus, however, will be independent and cult movies. Non-Hollywood movies have an uphill battle to gain any sort of attention. Media machines, eager to siphon as much profit as possible through manufactured big-budget exports to China, are on overdrive for your eyes and ears.

Other programs on YouTube have an interest in the latest releases from DC Comics, Hasbro, Marvel Comics and other corporate conglomerates.

Not me.

I’m in the fight to help the small voices out there.

The indie filmmakers who can barely scrape enough money to get their dream projects released.

The producers who shy away from biased festivals, some of which are downright scams.

The remaining indie video stores that remain open for cinephiles, despite the constant drive to digital.

The DVD companies that brave releasing unusual movies from all over the world, while conglomerate media studios hoard their “vaults” to release expensive burns, often with no remastering nor extras.

Vital Indie Media is my small contribution to the fight, but it’s truly vital for me. Come join me!

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Results of March 2017 Board Game Night at The Thrillo Pad

by Legendary Lew

We had a good group for our March edition of The Thrillo Pad Board Game Night. I made a brief video discussing how it went down and the general consensus of the classic board game, “Showdown Poker” by T. S. Lowe.

Watch:

The Thrillo Pad to Open Doors to Weekly Board Game Nights

by Legendary Lew

I’ve long been a fan of board games. Since I was a kid, I was crazy about them, and during the 1970’s, board game ads exploded on TV.

Board games are apparently making a comeback, as people feel the effects of social media/internet isolation and of working multiple jobs.  I also believe that in times like these, where there are definitely factors out there trying to divide people, getting together for weekly fun is therapeutic. We need gatherings like this.

In this spirit, I’m proud to announce that The Thrillo Pad is experimenting with the idea of a weekly board game night. I have been recently acquiring more board games with a few aspects in mind:

  1. They are not roleplaying games. I was never a fan of roleplaying games, as I personally feel they isolate newbies and those who have no interest in investing time and psychic energy into delving deeply into characters and their stats.
  2. They are relatively easy to understand and play.  A lot of guests (along with me) have limited time, so making sure that play goes smoothly will be important.
  3. They are out of print. I’ve recently found some treasures that blew my mind. I found them cheaply and intact (there was one notable exception, but it was an amazing discovery for $1). I love the idea of sharing a game that’s exclusive to my friends.
  4. They promise to be fun. Goes without saying.

I’ll be posting pictures here of new acquisitions. Here’s one for a game night coming up in the future. It’s long out of print, so you may have a very exclusive chance at playing. If you want to be a part of the fun, stay tuned with us at The Underground Multiplex. We’ll have updates of our game nights.

High-Bid, the fast-paced auction game

High-Bid, the fast-paced auction game

One of my recent acquisitions is the game High-Bid, an auction game from 3M, published in 1965.

More on this particular game, plus other out-of-print games in upcoming posts.

 

 

lew-win_20160713_205425Legendary Lew is the co-founder of The Underground Multiplex. His work includes heading award-winning midnight movie screenings and promotions covered in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press and other media outlets. He’s the host of the podcast “Mediatrocites” here at TUGM.