I’ve been a tabletop gamer for most of my life.  My parents kept eternal stalwarts like Monopoly and Scrabble in the house for as long as I can remember.  After my first D&D game at 10 years old, gaming became a lifelong hobby.  Games help me and countless others learn valuable lessons that are applicable at the table and in the real world.  This is the beginning of a series of articles on lessons I learned from marathon nights killing dragons and stealing from cyber-orcs.  Today, I write about one of the more important and difficult for me to learn: expected value. Quick EV LessonRead More →

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Default Line In case you didn’t hear, the Doctor gets a new face this December.  The BBC introduced English actress Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor and almost immediately came under fire. I have so many problems with all of this that even Jay-Z feels bad for me.  This isn’t about Jodie Whittaker or Doctor Who.  This isn’t even about science fiction.  It is about the implications of people complaining about non-straight, non-white, non-male actors/characters cast in lead roles.  Specifically, folks moaning about those lead roles that traditionally featured straight, white men.  And frankly, it needs to stop. The Base Settings Phenomenon It all stems fromRead More →

xander

This is your Buffy the Vampire Spoiler Warning.  Consider yourself warned.  But seriously, it’s a 20-year old show; you already know what happens. We here at The Geek Embassy love Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The seminal late-90’s horror/drama show was my introduction to dynamic and independent female characters.  BTVS shaped my appreciation for the greater “sci-fi/fantasy” umbrella genre; for me, it is a timeless vehicle by which to explore complex motifs and themes.  It is an important show for me personally, and for the greater all-encompassing “sci-fi” umbrella.  Twenty years later, and I still get chills when I hear the words “Bored now.” Why Now? IRead More →

I must give proper credit to Kriz (of the sorely missed The Girlfriend Bracket podcast) for this post’s existence.  I initially told this story as part of a Girlfriend Bracket fan challenge, and recent events in my life inspired me to revisit it.  You can find Kriz on Twitter and on WordPress.  Now that we have that out of the way, on to the meaty part. (P.S., thanks, Kriz, you’re great.) Sometimes People are Awful I started playing Magic in 1996 at the age of 11.  I was lucky to have many friends who played between school and my Boy Scouts troop.  However, after aRead More →

roleplay

Character Creation Let’s get this out of the way first because I need to display my biases and privileges before you read this piece.  I am a straight, cis-gendered, Latino male.  At age 32, I am on the older edge of the Millenial generation.  Gaming is a lifelong hobby of mine, primarily of the pen-and-paper variety, e.g. Dungeons & Dragons and Shadowrun.  Anybody who’s gamed with me at any time in my life knows there are two universal truths about me. I always gravitate towards the cloak-and-dagger type characters. I typically play women characters. My MTG Commander decks follow this same pattern.  3 of the 5Read More →

Deadpool

Not Another Top-Ten List You can blame Facebook for this one.  My friends and I had a lively Facebook discussion about Hugh Jackman, which, subsequently inspired this post.  The recent release of Logan got me all nostalgic, thinking back on his universally-lauded performances as Wolverine for the last 17 years.  My immediate reaction was to declare Jackman’s performances as the truest representation of a comic book character in film.  But then people starting challenging me.  What about RDJ?  Ryan Reynolds?  Chris Evans? Comic book movies have produced some brilliant performances over the years.  Who is truly the best at bringing a character from page to screen?Read More →

rated r

As February closes, we see the inevitable gauntlet of summer blockbuster season looming.  This season starts with equal amounts of trepidation and tempered excitement for our opener, Logan.  This is Hugh Jackman’s final turn as everyone’s favorite gruff loner and reluctant hero Wolverine.  Logan received the go-ahead for an R-rating almost immediately after the breakout success of Deadpool in February 2016.  While this bold move turned some heads, I took it upon myself to conduct an informal study on the relationship between film success and an R-rating.  This is what happens when you’re a librarian, a comic book fan, and you stay up later than you should.  Also, my editorRead More →

moving

I moved recently.  It sucked.  Moving always sucks. This is my fifth move in 30 months, and I’ve not stayed in one dwelling for more than ten months at a time during that period.  One would think I’ve gotten used to the constant packing, moving, unpacking, lather, rinse, repeat cycle of my life.  Truthfully, it’s just as frustrating every time.  Though moving generally sucks for everyone, I maintain that moving sucks more when you’re a nerd.  Most people have normal things to move: DVDs & Blu-Rays, clothing, all sorts of kitchenware, a desktop computer.  You either gather up a group of friends or hire moversRead More →

mtg

Yesterday, I got an idea for a new Magic deck: red & black artifact aggro.  It is still a work-in-progress, but you can see it here.  I use the website TappedOut to manage my deck ideas and share them with friends; it’s typically a friendly site with a ton of great ideas.  While I perused to see if anyone had done anything like my idea before, I found this. I know, I know, you should never read the comments section.  Since returning to Magic, the experience has been wonderful.  Most events I attend are friendly, fun, and everyone just wants to play.  No one judgesRead More →

ruin comics

In reality, I’m sure that the Internet ruined comics long before now but this past week was my personal tipping point. In case you’re unaware, these past two weeks were not particularly great for women in comics.  The Riri Williams variant cover controversy was bad enough.  Then the Mockingbird #8 cover controversy made the Riri scandal look tame by comparison.  It’s Comic-Ghazi. Let’s start with Riri.  On the Jeff Dekal variant cover of Invincible Iron Man #1 Riri looks like a normal human.  The much-maligned J. Scott Campbell variant cover features Riri doing her best impression of Simone Biles in a skintight, low-cut clothing.  Why isRead More →