prerelease

I said in my last article that Magic: the Gathering has become a sort of self-care tool for me. Unfortunately, as I also mentioned, I rarely get to play because I’m always busy. So imagine my reaction when I found out that, not only did I have a day off both jobs, but there was a Ravnica Allegiance prerelease event happening near me. One phone call and debit card later, I had registered and chosen my guild. I walk into the store and within a few minutes, the event is starting. Rules get explained, kits distributed, pairings posted. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly: peopleRead More →

compete

I’m not a terribly competitive person.  There’s a reason that I spend most of my weekends officiating roller derby instead of actually playing it.  This is also why I prefer to play cooperative games like Dungeons & Dragons, Castle Panic, Forbidden Island, and Sentinels of the Multiverse.  I also love me a good escape room.  Gaming for me is for socialization and building friendships; I find that easiest when we all work towards a common goal.  Then, why oh why did I sign up to compete in the main event at Magic Grand Prix Portland 2018?  This was a professional level Magic: The Gathering tournamentRead More →

Llllllllllllllllllllllllet’s get ready to humblllllllllllllllllllllllle! That’s right, folks!  TGE Watches is back with another episode! The Handmaid’s Tale caught fire last year and we’re here to discuss season two in its entirety, and oh man is it some of the most depressing stuff that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing through other people.  Host Dante Buccieri and cohosts Regina, Isabela, and Jaye cover everything that needs to be said about The Handmaid’s Tale in excruciating detail.  You’ll get depressed all over again just listening to us discuss pivotal events in the show and postulate about its future! Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, andRead 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 →

Hello and welcome to another edition of The Geek Embassy Watches!  This month Dante, Evan, and Tahani take you on a journey to the quantum realm and back with Ant-Man & The Wasp.  This is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie since Infinity War; how does it measure up, and does it get us excited for the next installment next year?!  Listen and find out! Remember as always to like, share, subscribe and do all the things to tell people that we exist!  We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and you can find our intrepid hosts below! Dante: @DanteInformal Evan: @EvanGraham Tahani: @TahaniNelson Dante BuccieriDante Buccieri isRead More →

westworld

Where Season One of Westworld focused on the allegory of the maze and the inward journey toward consciousness, Season Two kept its eyes on the horizon, escalating toward a showdown at the mysterious Valley Beyond. Who made it? Who didn’t? And the biggest question of all… how long do we have to wait for Season Three? There’s a lot to unpack about the finale and about the season as a whole so, for simplicity’s sake, we’ve created the handy chart below to recap the fates of the characters and their status – at least with the evidence that we’ve been given so far. Obviously, onRead More →

comedy podcast roundup

Podcast and media suggestions if you need to laugh and forget the real world for a little while. Put Your Hands Together, Hosted by Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher “Put Your Hands Together delivers 75 minutes of jokes and backstage chats with LA’s best and brightest comics directly to your earbuds.” Cameron and Rhea are the most energetic and engaging hosts of a comedy podcast I’ve listened to and have great onstage chemistry (which is not surprising, since they’re married). Listen to: Pete Holmes, Alice Wetterlund, Marcella Arguello, Goodrich Gevaart, Tony Sam, Danielle Perez and hosts Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher 2 Dope Queens, HostedRead More →

creators of color

Something I’d like to do more of for The Geek Embassy is to highlight content and creators whose work online that I enjoy. For this first spotlight, check out some of the creators of color who are making kickass content that I adore! Websites Black Girl Create “Black Girls Create is a hub for black creators and nerds. Through our site, we showcase a variety of creativity including, but not limited to, essays, fiction, art, and other forms of multimedia. We strive to be a collaborative space committed to championing and highlighting the increased media representation of black girls and women specifically, and people ofRead 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 →

Greetings, Geeks! We are live this Sunday, November 20th at 2 PM PST. We’re all looking forward to geeking out with you this weekend! Our theme this month is our yearly holiday gift guide! We’ll be suggesting gifts for each of the consulates: Story, Pop Culture, Tech, Gaming, and Lifestyle. You can watch the live hangout using the youtube link below and ask questions during the show via youtube. Do you have any can’t-miss gift suggestions? Let us know in the comments, on our Facebook page, or via twitter. Until next time, get your geek on! Isabela Watch the Hangout Isabela OliveiraIsabela Oliveira is a renaissance geek, inRead More →