Perhaps you heard that there’s a movie coming out on April 27th called Avengers: Infinity War.  The Avengers became an overnight sensation in 2008 with the surprise success of Iron Man, and indelibly ingrained themselves into the annals of American pop culture.  Over the last couple of weeks, I went on a tear through the Marvel Cinematic Universe and watched all 18 MCU movies in anticipation of Infinity War’s release.  What I have for you today is the condensed-est* of all condensed recaps in 3 parts.  This is an exercise in short-form storytelling. You get six recaps in 3-5 sentences and major plot points toRead More →

TGE Watches Ready Player One

Greetings, Geeks! In this latest episode of The Geek Embassy Watches, ambassadors Nicole, Regina, Tahani, Max, and Evan discuss the first big-budget sci-fi film of 2018: Ready Player One.  Adapted from Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel, director Steven Spielberg and composer Alan Silvestri bring the dystopian future of 2045 Columbus, Ohio to life in a computer animation showcase wrapped in a love letter to pop & nerd culture.  Our incredibly handsome and exceedingly intelligent host Dante guides our ambassadors on a discussion of the movie’s script, animation, music, and characters as we break down the successes, failures, and overall performance of one of the most hotlyRead More →

black nerds

We at The Geek Embassy want to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month.  Black folks have a significant and bright place in United States history that is often overlooked.  However, we’re a geek & nerd culture website, so we focus today on the contribution that black people made to nerd spaces! Zora Ball & Kimberly Bryant So when I was 7, my biggest accomplishment was not burning my house down.  Unfortunately, amateur programmer Zora Ball makes me look like a chump.  Zora is the youngest person to ever develop a mobile game.  She also silenced doubters by reprogramming the game on the fly during aRead More →

fandom

The (Fandom) Elephant in the Room Since The Last Jedi debuted in theaters last month, Star Wars fan reactions predictably split right down the middle.  Some fans welcomed the new lore with open arms while others openly despised it.  I fancy myself a fairly reasonable person. (However, I stand firmly against so-called Hawaiian pizza and that’s final).  I understand that folks dislike movies for many reasons: cheesy dialogue, terrible plot and/or pacing, shoddy cinematography, etc.  Sometimes you can’t even put your finger on it, but you know that you disliked it.  These reasons, for me, are easily digestible.  What I fail to understand are fans who harshlyRead More →

Not Another New Year’s Resolution Post New Year’s Resolutions are a tried and trite trope.  When our planet returns to its arbitrarily determined starting point in its orbit around the sun we decide to start anew and resolve to do things that we quit, failed, or forgot to do in the past year.  New years symbolically have a tether in our brains to new beginnings, and I hate it.  I hate it because it’s trite and phony since we all try to do things that we hate doing.  Stop me if you heard these before. Pay my credit card bill on time Join a gymRead More →

toxic

Yet Again with the Bullying On Thanksgiving weekend this year, cosplayer and MTG personality Christine Sprankle announced her departure from the MTG community.  In a complete surprise to absolutely no one, Ms. Sprankle cited online harassment and bullying as the reasons for her departure.  Ms. Sprankle identified a YouTube personality as the primary cyber bully, however we will neither mention him by name nor link to his social media presence. A little over a year ago, I ranted about leaving the comic book community over the controversy surrounding Chelsea Cain and the cover to Mockingbird #8.  Granted, I have no influence in the comics community,Read More →

Hey collectors out there!  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “What do you actually DO with all that stuff?!  If you’re not actively using it, then sell it, donate it, or throw it away!” What about this one? “You said a few boxes of books.  Ten is not “a few.”  No, I don’t care that it used to be twenty boxes.” Or this classic. “The only thing you’re collecting is dust!” Collections: the bane of our loved ones’ collective existence.  Whether in preparation for a move or just taking up space in your mom’s linen closet, collections become burdens for everyone.  Yet, every time we sayRead More →

extra life

In early October, I tried to helm a fundraiser in support of the victims of Hurricane Maria.  That project is slow, but I want to highlight another geek who gives.  My friend Teh Jabberwock raises money every year for the Extra Life campaign.  They answered some questions about live-streaming and Extra Life for our audience here at TGE.  Enjoy, and and consider donating to Jabber’s stream on game day: Saturday, Nov 4, 2017! It seems like a pretty big jump to go from being a fan and consumer of video games to regularly live-streaming and becoming a content creator. How did you decide to make that jump? BeforeRead More →

prime time

Between commuting 30+ minutes to/from work, travel-intensive hobbies, and family that lives on the East Coast, I spend an inordinate amount of time in planes, trains, and automobiles.  Music is great and all, but I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks and podcasts, even when I am not traveling.  However, just because I spend a lot of time commuting does not mean that my time is a commodity.  There are podcasts for every interest, and there’s always something to listen to.  As such, it’s impossible to listen to everything you want to given life and listening constraints.  Or…is it? The Sunk Cost Fallacy When I discoveredRead More →

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 →