Why I Sided With Marvel Over DC

Growing up, I didn’t have to make choices. My father let me enjoy Star Wars and Star Trek. My friends never made me choose a side in the Console Wars. No one ever made me choose between Batman and Iron Man. I was able to enjoy everything that came my way without feeling like I…

The “Joys” of Pattern-Welded Steel

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I took a class in what is known as “Pattern Welded Steel.” If the term doesn’t make sense to you, don’t worry, you might know it under it’s more popular term: Damascus. So before I tell you about the class, I should tell you about the material. Don’t…

D23 Day 1 Run Down

By Brian VanDenBergh 16 August 2015 I may not be there my twitter feed certainly did explode Saturday afternoon with the unprecedented amount of news coming out of the D23 convention. For those who don’t know, D23 is the Disney equivalent of Comic Con and they release all their upcoming slates from live action and…

Going on a Letter Quest

Here’s the gist of how I learned about and picked up this game: Tim: Anyone want to review Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey Remastered? My Mind: MUST! PLAY! *Gollum voice* It is the preciousssss. . . Me: If no one else, is game, I’ll take it. Tim: Here you go. My Mind: HE GAVE US THE PRECIOUS!…

Starting A New Life: Fantasy Life

As I’ve been starting up a new life myself by becoming a blacksmith, I think it’s rather fitting to talk about my first impressions of Fantasy Life. Don’t worry, there’ll be some blacksmithing shenanigans soon enough; I’m waiting for some photos of our group from the photographer, and I’ll be writing up a post on…

Rehashed Activities: Monster Hunter 4

My first experience with Monster Hunter was during my stay in Japan in 2005/2006. One of the other ryuugakusei bought a PS2 and Monster Hunter (I believe it was G, may have been Monster Hunter 2), and we would sometimes meet up and watch the madness unfold or see who can do things better. I’ve been…

Joining the Splat-Madness

Normally, I avoid buying brand-new, non-portable console games. The cost is prohibitive most of the time, and there’s usually more important things to worry about. But there was something different about Splatoon. A comedic shooter with a different premise outside of “Kill everything you see,” interesting artwork, a (sort of) backstory for why things work…

The Paranet Papers: A Dresden Files RPG Sourcebook

As an NPC, I do a lot of work with tabletop roleplaying games, often as the GM. As a librarian and a lover of fantasy/sci-fi, I work with a large number of books. It should then come at no surprise that I’m a fan of The Dresden Files novels and the RPG produced by Evil…

Making A Sword – Afterthoughts

I’ve done something that many nerds want to do, but never learn the skills to do it. Many people walk into a smithy for a class or demonstration and demand to know how to make a sword, not understanding the techniques, time, and effort involved in doing so. As much fun as I had over…