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 →

Hey, Geeks, welcome to Your Favorite Thing Sucks, where I get to talk about all the worst parts of your favorite things. Recently I went through a box of my old stuff and came across an old Gameboy with a Pokemon Red cartridge still crammed into the back of it. I admit — it made me nostalgic. But the thing about rose-colored glasses is that red flags just look like… flags. And Pokemon has a lot of things in it that should make people pause. Via Giphy Pikachu is angry. Probably not as angry as he should be. Pokemon is Really Just Sentient Cockfighting for Children YouRead More →

gamer types

In the first episode of season two of Game on Girl, Isabela and I discussed the gamer types that I used in my dissertation research. The gamer types were a significant part of the research I did and shaped the foundation of the podcast. In bringing back the show, it is important to clearly define them for our new discussions. As I revisited the gamer types in preparation for relaunching the show, I realized I wanted to add a new category to the types. Social gamers, I thought, were primarily interested in gaming for the social interactions, for the personal connections games can bring toRead More →

magic the gathering

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 card game where you play a powerful magician, casting spells and summoning creatures to defeat your opponents. That’s the entire game at a practical level. However, for many people, myself included, the game is more than cardboard and arbitrary action phases. No, it isn’t a cult, hush. The five colorsRead More →

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Greetings, Geeks! Exciting news from The Geek Embassy! If you’ve been following the site and the podcast for any time, you know we’ve gone through some big changes in the past two years. There have been some growing pains — some rough patches even — as my vision for the site and our community slowly came together. Our Evolution When I started the original Game on Girl podcast, I was looking to keep up the conversations about the dissertation research I did. We expanded the site to The Geek Embassy in order to better represent the content we were making — geek-focused articles and podcastRead More →

Hey, geeks. What’s happening? Today we’re going to talk about one of my favorite pastimes and how that’s changed — and how people’s perception of me has changed even when the pastime itself did not. Let’s talk video games. I’ve been playing video games since I was old enough to hold a controller. I distinctly remember playing on my father’s NES before school in kindergarten. I am not ashamed to admit that Star Trek was the first game I beat in its entirety. I later had different consoles and handheld gaming devices as the technology and I advanced. My wall of console games eventually morphedRead More →

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 Runner, Bone, Monkey Island, and on and on. These properties and more have been remade and/or presented by Telltale into some of the best ever narrative games. From character writing to storytelling, adaptations to new series, Telltale’s pedigree is noticeable and not to be taken lightly. And many of their games stillRead More →

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, and survival, much like my typical Thursday night, are the core tenants of this genre. And, like my usual Thursday, it can leave you guessing as to what might happen right up until the end. So let’s jump into the narrative shallow-to-deep end and discuss what exactly makes the battleRead 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 →