A nerd, a wrestler, a lagomorph, and a heavy machine gunner get together for a game of poker… No, this isn’t the setup to a weird joke. This is the backdrop for one of the wackiest, weirdest, and best game studios active today: Telltale Games. Sam and Max, The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead, Homestar Runner, Bone, Monkey Island, and on and on. These properties and more have been remade and/or presented by Telltale into some of the best ever narrative games. From character writing to storytelling, adaptations to new series, Telltale’s pedigree is noticeable and not to be taken lightly. And many of their games stillRead More →

With the popularity of franchises like The Hunger Games, DayZ, and PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, the battle royale genre has gained incredible traction over the last few years. The idea of many against one and the rise to the top is nothing new in storytelling. But what makes this specific end of the spectrum so special? Competition, conflict, uncertainty, paranoia, and survival, much like my typical Thursday night, are the core tenants of this genre. And, like my usual Thursday, it can leave you guessing as to what might happen right up until the end. So let’s jump into the narrative shallow-to-deep end and discuss what exactly makes the battleRead More →

Not Another New Year’s Resolution Post New Year’s Resolutions are a tried and trite trope.  When our planet returns to its arbitrarily determined starting point in its orbit around the sun we decide to start anew and resolve to do things that we quit, failed, or forgot to do in the past year.  New years symbolically have a tether in our brains to new beginnings, and I hate it.  I hate it because it’s trite and phony since we all try to do things that we hate doing.  Stop me if you heard these before. Pay my credit card bill on time Join a gymRead More →


Yet Again with the Bullying On Thanksgiving weekend this year, cosplayer and MTG personality Christine Sprankle announced her departure from the MTG community.  In a complete surprise to absolutely no one, Ms. Sprankle cited online harassment and bullying as the reasons for her departure.  Ms. Sprankle identified a YouTube personality as the primary cyber bully, however we will neither mention him by name nor link to his social media presence. A little over a year ago, I ranted about leaving the comic book community over the controversy surrounding Chelsea Cain and the cover to Mockingbird #8.  Granted, I have no influence in the comics community,Read More →

Ah, November. A time to recover from crazy Halloween parties and hide the kids’ trick-or-treating haul so they don’t eat it all in one go. Depending on where you live, leaves are changing colors, days are getting shorter, and temperatures are dropping like electronic fish. It’s also the opportune time to bust out some favorite tabletop games. Catan, Ticket to Ride, Munchkin, even Risk or Monopoly for those families and friends that enjoy a bit of healthy competition. Gaming in its various forms has always served as a sort of glue to bring people together. It’s a way to spend time together, share experiences, and createRead More →

extra life

In early October, I tried to helm a fundraiser in support of the victims of Hurricane Maria.  That project is slow, but I want to highlight another geek who gives.  My friend Teh Jabberwock raises money every year for the Extra Life campaign.  They answered some questions about live-streaming and Extra Life for our audience here at TGE.  Enjoy, and and consider donating to Jabber’s stream on game day: Saturday, Nov 4, 2017! It seems like a pretty big jump to go from being a fan and consumer of video games to regularly live-streaming and becoming a content creator. How did you decide to make that jump? BeforeRead More →


Everyone loves a good villain. An interesting and engaging antagonist is vital to a successful story, be that a physical being or an ethereal idea. From psychopaths to masterminds to literal gods, some of these characters even get more fans than their corresponding heroes. And you have to admit, there’s something weirdly satisfying about that. But creating and constructing a decent villain is difficult in and of itself. In a world with The Joker or Sauron as the possible big bad, nobody wants a Scrappy Doo. Even some big-time baddies are overestimated and overblown, to the point they’re little more than wacky inflatable tube menRead More →


The time has come, our faithful listeners! It’s our finale, Coups & Contracts! Our merry band of adventurers have found their way into the biggest battle they have ever faced! The journey ends here at the very place it began with the characters we met in our very first episode. Don’t miss this exciting battle as we roll dice, take and give damage, and greatly enjoy our time together. Did our characters live or die in this battle? You must listen to find out! Many thanks to Evan for writing this original Pathfinder story. The Keeper of the Dead proved to be a fertile learningRead More →

I’ve been a tabletop gamer for most of my life.  My parents kept eternal stalwarts like Monopoly and Scrabble in the house for as long as I can remember.  After my first D&D game at 10 years old, gaming became a lifelong hobby.  Games help me and countless others learn valuable lessons that are applicable at the table and in the real world.  This is the beginning of a series of articles on lessons I learned from marathon nights killing dragons and stealing from cyber-orcs.  Today, I write about one of the more important and difficult for me to learn: expected value. Quick EV LessonRead More →


Greetings Adventurers! We return again to the depths of the Vastwood and find our characters traveling back toward civilization. Nictis Loath travels with our merry band of adventurers. As you’ll remember from episode 8, we discovered Nictis the only living person among a community of powerful mage ghosts. Nictis berates our characters with questions about every living thing. Having not been around other living people, his excitement is understandable even if a little on the annoying side. The group also discovers that Nictis might be a little more powerful than they originally expected. Will this help or hinder their experience? Check out the episode andRead More →