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Stories for the Spooky Season

At last, October is upon us! With it comes pumpkin-flavored everything, changing leaves, and scary stories. In lieu of decorations this year (and if you're using lights, be careful with your outlets — fire safety is important), I wanted to celebrate the haunting season by showcasing a few places to scratch that spooky itch. Tales… Continue reading Stories for the Spooky Season

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Crustaceous Corner: Stories Within Stories — House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Have you ever wanted to read a book within a book that makes you feel like you're cracking a code? A story that is not one, but many at once? Then allow me to introduce the book that took me more than 5 years to finish. House of Leaves is experimental fiction in form and… Continue reading Crustaceous Corner: Stories Within Stories — House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Card Games, Play

EDH Banned and Restricted update

On 8 July 2019, the EDH rules committee made a surprise announcement updating the Banned and Restricted list. Iona, Shield of Emeria and Paradox Engine were both banned, with Painter's Servant coming off the banlist. All of these cards have incredibly powerful and abusable effects, and this shift is already making big waves. Let's take… Continue reading EDH Banned and Restricted update

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Words of Warriors: Discussing The Last Faoii with Tahani Nelson

For those who didn't already know, The Geek Embassy's own Tahani Nelson wrote a book entitled The Last Faoii. This last February, I sat down to talk with her about it. Short disclaimer for the sake of transparency: Tahani did not ask TGE for a review of her book. Rather, I approached her after reading… Continue reading Words of Warriors: Discussing The Last Faoii with Tahani Nelson

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Magic: the Gathering — Modern Horizons

Modern Horizons, the upcoming summer Magic: the Gathering set aimed directly at the modern format, is not here to play nice. This is the first set released exclusively for modern, and players of all formats are hyped. Powerful new cards are being introduced to the game, and old favorites get a new lease on life.… Continue reading Magic: the Gathering — Modern Horizons

Book Reviews

Crustaceous Corner: War of the Spark [Spoilers]

War of the Spark: Ravnica is the conclusion to MtG's latest long-running story, and what a finale. The dragon Nicol Bolas is poised to regain his godlike power by slaughtering all who oppose him. Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren, Chandra Nalaar, and others have to find some way to bring him down while caught in his… Continue reading Crustaceous Corner: War of the Spark [Spoilers]