Recently I got my first chance as a GM running a game of Ten Candles with some friends. Now, this was my first time running a game, so I wanted to start off with something easy. No way was I committing to a multi-session campaign for my first run, so why not play a one-shot? Ten Candles is a dice-rolling co-op tragic horror storytelling game that uses light as one of the game mechanics. Each player makes a character “sheet” in the form of 4 trait note cards: virtue, vice, moment, and brink. Ten d6 dice are prepared for rolling conflicts, where outcomes are unknown.Read More →

Chilling Tales Podcast

It’s a little past midnight in the middle of winter. I’m working third shift at a local store, bored out of my skull. By then I’ve listened to every podcast I normally would, heard a few audiobooks at least 3 times each, and I’m realizing that a motivation playlist probably needs more than a dozen songs on it. Silence isn’t an option either, with the same 80’s to mid-00’s music blasting over the PA system every night. It’s kind of annoying getting Rick Rolled at work most nights, let me tell you. One of the last books I’d listened to, being focused on hauntings andRead More →

Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining

When I was younger, I liked to read. Scratch that, I loved to read. If I found a book I loved or a story I adored, I wouldn’t put it down. Seriously, bookworms know of the learned skill of successfully navigating crowded hallways and classrooms with your nose stuck between pages. (Books are great, kids. Support your local library.) Recently, though, I’ve rediscovered audiobooks. Since I have little time and attention span to physically carry a book with me, this seemed ideal. It was a flashback to the days in school, walking the halls and following the adventures of Martin the Warrior or the BaudelaireRead More →

undead

The Undead Persist Thought I was done with the undead? Well you’re almost right, as this will be the last piece in my miniseries. I know, I’m sad too. This time, however, we’re going to take a bit of a different approach to our foul friends. We’re going to examine a small subgroup within the undead umbrella that, in all actual factual reality, isn’t undead. The creatures here are more in line with the term “infected”, as they aren’t actually dead, just really, really angry. And just like Marvel’s jolly green giant in purple pants, you won’t like them when they’re angry. To clarify, the ghoulish groupsRead More →

It’s nearing the middle of August, so you know what that means — time to start thinking about Halloween! Alright, so it might be a bit early for some to delve into the season of spoops and scares, but I was getting antsy waiting to talk about something horror-related. Thankfully, between The Walking Dead on AMC and the acclaimed Resident Evil 7 game release (those are still current, right?), there’s a horror trope that’s proven time and again to match with any seasonal outfit or style: zombies. Biological or magical, hivemind or mindless, the undead are a mainstay in modern geek culture. Games, comics, films, and novelsRead More →

introducing

Welcome Max! Please welcome to the site our newest ambassador, Max AKA The Crab Goddess. Max is a gamer, writer, and storyteller interested in all things weird. He will be sharing his experiences and thoughts about each here on The Geek Embassy. Keep an eye out for his content in the upcoming weeks! Please welcome Max to the site and enjoy this glimpse into the start of his adventure with us. ~Regina Oh hi! My name is Max, also known as the Crab Goddess, and I like playing tank in online games, knitted Cthulhus, and webcomics with fluid and dynamic storylines, relatable characters, and the occasionalRead More →

occurrence

Happy Halloween, Geeks! Part three of A Strange Occurrence wraps up Mark’s spooky fiction offering. I hope you enjoyed this foray into the depths of Mark’s imagination… that is, if this is truly fiction. Please let us know in the comments if you’d like to see more serialized fiction on the site. ~ Regina Two days passed seemingly without incident. On the evening of the second day, I was lying in bed reading a book. Alex had just gone to take the dogs out for the last time that night. Suddenly, I heard her come crashing through the backdoor down stairs yelling and swearing atRead More →

october

We embraced the season for October’s hangout and talked about our favorite horror and suspense films. The basics are covered like our favorites but we also talk about our history with suspense and horror films, branch off into TV shows, and briefly mention zombies and that show that premieres in a few weeks. Here are the questions we considered: What was your first horror/suspense movie? What movie scares you? What novel scared you? What suspense/horror movie made you laugh? What is your all time favorite suspense/horror movie? Are there horror/suspense movies that belong canon? We do a horror-themed geek and tell but I just couldn’t helpRead More →

occurrence

Greetings, Geeks! This week we bring a new feature to The Geek Embassy: serialized fiction! Mark is sharing a short story with a Lovecraftian aesthetic for your reading pleasure. This story will be shared in three parts and conclude on Halloween. Without further ado, The Geek Embassy presents, Part One of A Strange Occurrence. ~Regina  In hindsight, I should have realized there was more to the strange things occurring in my back yard this last summer. But as we all know strange things happen all the time. Or at least they seem strange on the surface of it, but after a little investigation, we findRead More →