The day this article goes live is the official release date for Magic: the Gathering’s newest set: Guilds of Ravnica. The world of Ravnica is one of the most celebrated planes visited over the game’s 25-year run. With this being the third block set in the cityscape, I wanted to take a look at the impact it’s had. From flavor to gameplay to identity as a Magic player, Ravnica has given a lot since its first appearance in 2005. Grab a spindown and shuffle up, let’s talk about Ravnica. Flavor for Any Taste Right off the bat, no conversation about Ravnica can go very farRead More →

suicide shop

IMPORTANT WARNING! The following piece will be a discussion on the novel The Suicide Shop by French author Jean Teulé. With a title like that, there will be references to self-harm and suicide. We’ll also briefly go over the plot of the novel, so there will be spoilers. Reader discretion advised. Worst of Times Most post-apocalyptic stories show one person’s struggle to overcome a brutal environment destroyed by humanity. Robots, aliens, and/or zombies are out there, and it’s up to Bruce Ex Machina to do…something. Survive, I suppose. The people of Teulé’s world, however, don’t seem too keen on the idea. Instead, they pay a visit toRead More →

At the time of writing this, I’m awaiting results for my audition to join the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights team. I’ve written about them before, but what I haven’t mentioned is their yearly contest, Evil Idol. Each year the team puts out a call for aspiring voice actors and horror lovers to compete. First place wins, among other things, the exciting chance to join the CTFDN storytelling team. Hundreds send in their recordings of spine-tingling terror, having practiced for countless hours perfecting their snarls and screams. And then there’s yours truly: going out on a limb for a shot at something amazing. Little scary, notRead More →

Warning: serious stuff ahead. I’ll try to keep it humorous. I was thinking back to the most impactful moments of my nerd life, wondering how things might have changed without them. Various small decisions and influences shaping me into the reasonable facsimile of an adult I am now. What if I’d seen Star Trek before I saw Star Wars? How did Grim and Evil, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Ed, Edd n’ Eddy affect my preferences in media and humor? Where would I be if I never picked up an NES controller? There, but for the grace of Garfield, go I. I wanted to revisitRead More →

Greetings, and welcome to the second part of my 2-piece series on exceedingly nerdy travels. For this bit, let’s focus on one particular MTG tournament. No, let’s move beyond that. Let’s talk about THE MTG tournament. One of the greatest community-held events ever: Grand Prix Las Vegas. Wizards of the Coast-to-Coast First off, you’ll remember from my last piece that I’d just come off the back of SCGCon in Roanoke, VA. Seriously, back home for roughly 18 hours before flying out to the desert in June. Enough time to shower, sleep, and (mostly) mentally prepare for the trip out west. Everything is fine, no worries. LandRead More →

convention

Howdy, everyone! Guess who’s back from a convention tour? I am…yeah, my name is right there. Anticlimactic. I had the pleasure and good fortune to travel to 2 different conventions over the past few weeks. Specifically, Magic: the Gathering conventions. Games were played, friends were made, product bought, connections reestablished, and the inevitable con flu contracted. I’m mostly fine now, promise. But while the events are still fresh in my mind, I wanted to share some of the details and events with you. A sort of walk-along narrative, if you will. Absolutely unrelated to the fact that my phone charger cable crapped out on meRead More →

simon and kaylee from firefly

So here’s the thing…I hate arbitrary romance plotlines in popular media. Be it The Walking Dead TV show (damn it, Andrea) or a popular book defacing religion, forced romance will always kill my interest. The last thing I want to see when consuming media is the trope-y protagonist hooking up with a character meant to be the eye candy. Or mind candy. Usually both. But when there’s an interesting story with engaging characters, forming relationships that feel real, I’m hooked. Not even just limited to romance, but bonds forged in fire and tested by trials that hold strong through the end. Fast friendships, passionate romance,Read More →

magic the gathering

Forewarning for anyone who doesn’t like MTG or thinks Myers Briggs tests are BS: you probably aren’t going to like this article. Warning you now, please feel free to explore the rest of the site. Everyone else? Cool, let’s get started. So for you readers who don’t know what Magic: the Gathering is, it’s a card game where you play a powerful magician, casting spells and summoning creatures to defeat your opponents. That’s the entire game at a practical level. However, for many people, myself included, the game is more than cardboard and arbitrary action phases. No, it isn’t a cult, hush. The five colorsRead More →

Happy Star Wars day, everybody! Throw on your robes and fire up your podracers, today we’re celebrating one of the biggest franchises in geek and pop culture. Well, maybe you are. I’ve got other priorities this holiday. And to tell you the truth, I’m just not much of a Star Wars fan anymore. No, I’m not turning over my nerd card, quit it. So here, on this special day for so many people, let me tell you why and how I fell out of love with one of the largest franchises in sci-fi history. A long time ago… That’s not to say I hate theRead More →

The Great Train Robbery header

Picture, if you will: a dashing rogue with a British accent sets up a year-long plan to steal money from a corrupted government. Everything seems covered, the plans are laid, and the heist goes off with only minor inconveniences. The rogue flees the government and is never captured. The money, taken from a government train, is never recovered. The rogue, his lover, and his best friend live their lives on the lam in luxury. The snatch is lauded as one of, if not the greatest robbery in history. Surprise, it isn’t Robin Hood. The main character of the story is a through-and-through villain. By allRead More →