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

magic the gathering
Geek, Play

The Player in the Game: Identity and MTG

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… Continue reading The Player in the Game: Identity and MTG

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Read, Book Reviews

The Heroic Villain: The Great Train Robbery

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,… Continue reading The Heroic Villain: The Great Train Robbery

Chilling Tales Podcast
Write, Story

The Best Way to Lose Sleep: Chilling Tales for Dark Nights

It’s a little past midnight in the middle of winter. I’m working third shift at a local store, bored out of my skull. By then I’ve listened to every podcast I normally would, heard a few audiobooks at least 3 times each, and I’m realizing that a motivation playlist probably needs more than a dozen… Continue reading The Best Way to Lose Sleep: Chilling Tales for Dark Nights

Geek, Conventions

Losing It: Con Virginity and How Losing Mine Changed Me for the Better

It was 31 October 2014. My younger brother and I were in the middle of our college years. No real activities outside of classes and friends, mostly staying in at home. Nothing really exciting happening, no hero to meet, no event to attend. Calm and quiet homefolk, taking time to relax after classes. Our mom… Continue reading Losing It: Con Virginity and How Losing Mine Changed Me for the Better

Game Culture, Play, Video Games

Your Own Adventure: Longevity of Telltale

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… Continue reading Your Own Adventure: Longevity of Telltale

Game Culture, Play

Battle Royalty: Rise of the Grand Melee

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,… Continue reading Battle Royalty: Rise of the Grand Melee

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining
Book Reviews, Story

Shine on, you scary diamond: Stephen King’s “The Shining”

When I was younger, I liked to read. Scratch that, I loved to read. If I found a book I loved or a story I adored, I wouldn't put it down. Seriously, bookworms know of the learned skill of successfully navigating crowded hallways and classrooms with your nose stuck between pages. (Books are great, kids.… Continue reading Shine on, you scary diamond: Stephen King’s “The Shining”