gifts in the background with title of shopping for that one nerdy friend

It’s that time of year where many people find themselves shopping outside their comfort zones in order to get the perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for that one nerdy friend. Whether it’s a coworker you got assigned for Secret Santa, a grandchild who won’t stop talking about… something (you’re not sure what), or one of your best friends that’s just really into a different fandom, nerds are everywhere. And now you have to figure out exactly what they want. Don’t worry. It’s not as scary as it seems. Let’s talk about the different types of fandoms, and the DOs and DON’Ts of each. Fandom: TV SHOWS/MOVIES You know what?Read More →

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 bit provocative. When I first saw this title I, like many others, was a tad miffed at the implications. “You’re telling me how I should have fun? Sir, you insult me!” However, Menery makes it clear he’s not on a fun-quisition or trying to strangle casual play. Within the listed cards are some notableRead More →

The Geek Embassy Hangs Out 2018

Greetings, Geeks! 2018! The end of the year is quickly upon us! The staff of TGE is gathering this weekend to chat about our favorites from the year. It’s been a while since we’ve gathered together as a group! Excitement abounds in our preparations! Join us Saturday, December 1st at 10 am pacific time.  To discuss will be our favorite movies, TV shows, books, games, and our own wild card. Got a geeky genre you want us to cover? Let us know! Until next time, get your geek on! Regina, Isabela, Dante, Evan, Tahani, Max, Stephen, and Nicole   Regina McMenomyRegina is a gamer, writer, teacher, andRead More →

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 impact it’s had. From flavor to gameplay to identity as a Magic player, Ravnica has given a lot since its first appearance in 2005. Grab a spindown and shuffle up, let’s talk about Ravnica. Flavor for Any Taste Right off the bat, no conversation about Ravnica can go very farRead More →

Let me set a scene for you.   Regina and I are at Arctic Con (Oregon Coast Comic Con) in March this year.  I’d taught her to play Sushi Go: Party and we had a fairly good round going.  The lead passed back and forth and going into the final hand of the round I was ahead by about five.  I had a card in my opening hand that I knew could rob her of some points, but taking it would not really advance my board state.  I took a card that helped me and passed her the card that would help her. The rest ofRead More →

Hey, Geeks, welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about the worst parts of your favorite things. This week, we’re talking about League of Legends. And while I know a huge part of your psyche is screaming at you to fight me on this–because “how dare I”–take a step back. Because I know at least a part of you knows it’s true. The Fanbase is Toxic I am not kidding. I write an article series that is made specifically to point out flaws in well-loved nerd things, and even I can’t stand the toxicity of League. Which is unfortunate, because itRead More →

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 my last piece that I’d just come off the back of SCGCon in Roanoke, VA. Seriously, back home for roughly 18 hours before flying out to the desert in June. Enough time to shower, sleep, and (mostly) mentally prepare for the trip out west. Everything is fine, no worries. LandRead More →

convention

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 contracted. I’m mostly fine now, promise. But while the events are still fresh in my mind, I wanted to share some of the details and events with you. A sort of walk-along narrative, if you will. Absolutely unrelated to the fact that my phone charger cable crapped out on meRead More →

character

So you’ve found a group playing a tabletop RPG and you want to create a character. How exciting! You’re about to enter into one of the most engaging and creative social pastimes there is! However, it’s obvious that the rest of your new party has been playing once a week for years by this point, and you’re afraid of being the obvious noob. So, what do you do? Here are the basic steps to creating your first-ever tabletop RPG character. 1. It’s Actually Okay to Be A Noob One of the reasons that tabletop RPGs are growing so rapidly right now is that a lotRead More →

Hey, Geeks. Welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to point out all the worst parts of your favorite things. Are you paying attention to E3? Because Bethesda has had announcements about Fallout 76, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Doom Eternal, Starfield, Rage 2, Elder Scrolls VI, a mobile Elder Scrolls game, and a DLC for Prey. Can you believe it? That is so much hype! And it is probably going to lead to so much disappointment! Let’s talk about why. Via Giphy Bethesda is Buggy as Hell… Here’s the thing: We all know that Bethesda games are huge. They’re ginormous. And any time you createRead More →