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”

Watch, Movies

Reuse, Rebrand, Remake: Reintroducing an Old Property to a New Audience

So I was browsing a small video sharing website one day, minding my business, passing time before having to leave for work. Scanning the homepage, a particular video caught my eye. A movie trailer for a particularly old internet phenomenon, to be produced by Hollywood, and as a horror movie no less. Interesting, I thought… Continue reading Reuse, Rebrand, Remake: Reintroducing an Old Property to a New Audience

Play

Life Hacks through Game Mechanics: Catan in the Kitchen

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… Continue reading Life Hacks through Game Mechanics: Catan in the Kitchen

Halloween
The Geek Embassy Podcast, Podcast

TGE Ep 43 – Halloween Special: A Dramatic Reading of H. P. Lovecraft

Greetings, ladies, gentlemen, and others. A bit of a departure this week from my usual ramblings, in celebration of my favorite holiday: All Hallow's Eve. Instead of a written piece, The Geek Embassy has granted me the opportunity to present a dramatic reading of a piece penned by one of the great masters of modern… Continue reading TGE Ep 43 – Halloween Special: A Dramatic Reading of H. P. Lovecraft

wicked
Video Games

No Rest for the Wicked: Villains as Cornerstone Characters

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.… Continue reading No Rest for the Wicked: Villains as Cornerstone Characters