Card Games, Play

You’re Having Fun Wrong: A Response

About a month back, Sheldon Menery of the EDH rules committee released an article on the Star City Games website. In it, he listed a few cards that would likely elicit a groan in a typical EDH game. He dubbed these "Commander Cards You Shouldn't Play," which, as he admits in the article, is a… Continue reading You’re Having Fun Wrong: A Response

Geek, Community

Tuscon or Bust: Desert Bus for Hope

Mid-November: depending on your location, the temperature's dropping, retail stores are decorating for the holidays, and coffee drinkers are riding out the Gulf. And on a small island off the coast of Canada, a group of comedians is playing a video game for charity. Yes, friends and enemies, it's once again time for Desert Bus for… Continue reading Tuscon or Bust: Desert Bus for Hope

Read, Geek

Halloween Corner: The Tell-Tale Heart

Greetings my freaks and geeks, my nefarious nerdlings! It's that time of year again: spooks and specters and unnecessarily sexy work uniforms will soon be around every corner. So, why not celebrate that a little bit? If you weren't here last year, we released a special Halloween reading of Lovecraft's "The Outsider", and it was so fun… Continue reading Halloween Corner: The Tell-Tale Heart

Geek, Card Games, Play

Returning to Ravnica: MtG’s Second Home

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… Continue reading Returning to Ravnica: MtG’s Second Home

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Read, Book Reviews

Crustacean Corner: The 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… Continue reading Crustacean Corner: The Suicide Shop

Write, Geek, Community, Health

A Letter to Myself: Identity in Geek Culture

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… Continue reading A Letter to Myself: Identity in Geek Culture

Card Games, Game Culture, Conventions

Geeking on the Go: Grand Prix Las Vegas

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… Continue reading Geeking on the Go: Grand Prix Las Vegas

convention
Card Games, Play

Geeking on the Go: SCGcon

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… Continue reading Geeking on the Go: SCGcon

simon and kaylee from firefly
Relationships, Geek

Sex and Sexuality: Romance Relationships in Media

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… Continue reading Sex and Sexuality: Romance Relationships in Media