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Gary Gygax Day and 40 years of D&D

Summer break 1983, a 10 year old boy sits at a card table in a basement. His mace does only 1D6 points of damage, but if he can kill these kobolds, hopefully the other boys, some of them in high school, will invite him back to play next week. The basement in question belongs to the parents of 13 year old Craig Brown. The game on the card table is the 1983 edition of the red box basic Dungeons and Dragons game. The kobolds are in the Caves of Chaos and have been harassing the good people of the Keep on the Borderlands. The 10 year old boy is me.

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3-2-1- FIGHT! -Fitness Inspiration from the Geek World

Many years ago, I was introduced to video games.  I had always wanted to play them, but the expensive consoles were never in the budget for my Christmas and birthday lists growing up. ( I also believe my mom had an issue with video games in general and being the youngest of three girls, no one we knew had them…)  I FINALLY broke through when I was 15 and asked… no, begged… for a Sega Genesis and got it for Christmas.  Now, it wasn’t a big win, because I was only given 3 games.. Home Alone, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Little Mermaid.  Yeah I know… absolutely no geek cred there, but I was a kid and had no money and those were the “mom approved games”, so those were the games I played. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sith Happens. Or.. Does It?

In every parent’s life, there comes a time when a mother and father must ask themselves a very hard question and then decide, for the future of their family, which choices they will make.  The choice creates a path for their family that cannot be undone.  The questions range from what age is best to which medium is used to share it.  Do you explain it, read it, watch it…?  All the while, knowing that with whatever you choose, a new path for your children will be laid before them and a new set of experiences will shape their futures.

The question seems simple but its complexity is is infinite.  The question isn’t just about age or medium or timing.  It’s about passion and how experiencing such a thing when that passion cannot be fully realized could alter perception and render children apathetic to the entire thing.

The question is important.

The question is… When do we let the kids watch Star Wars? Read the rest of this entry »

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Disneyland’s Most Recent Price Increase

By now, you’ve heard about Disneyland’s new prices, right?

Here’s the new breakdown as seen on with the percentages of increase:

1-Day 1-Park
$96 $92 $4 4%
1-Day Park Hopper
$150 $137 $13 9%
2-Day 1-Park Per Day
$178 $175 $3 2%
2-Day Park Hopper
$217 $210 7 3%
3-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$226 $225 $1 <1%
3-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$265 $260 $5 2%
4-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$250 $250 $0 0%
4-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$289 $285 $4 1%
5-Day 1-Park Per Day with Magic Morning
$266 $265 $1 <1%
5-Day Park Hopper with Magic Morning
$305 $300 $5 2%
$17 $16 $1 6%
Southern California Select Annual Passport (170 days)
$289 $279 $10 4%
Southern California Annual Passport (215 days)
$379 $359 (not available)
Deluxe Annual Passport (315 days)
$519 $499 $20 4%
Premium Annual Passport (365 days)
$699 $669 $30 4%
Premier Passports (Disneyland and Walt Disney World)
$1029 $979 $50 5%

I know everyone is all freaking out over this, and I have already read several blogs and articles that explain in great detail why this isn’t something to get all angry about, so I don’t really need to add my two cents at this point, but I’m going to anyway.  Because, well, you know… I just can’t stop myself.

The media is responding to this by interviewing children and parents at the parks and walking around Disneyland who all seem to be up in arms about it and feel like it isn’t fair. Read the rest of this entry »

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New TMNT Movie Trailer

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Going Nowhere Fast

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This week’s read is brought to us by one of the art instructors I work with on fairly regular occasion. We were discussing the different graphic novels we’d each read of late and Nowhere Men by Image Comics came up in the conversation. He didn’t particularly like it and I expressed sadness as it had been on my suggested list on I’d been looking forward to picking it up once I got through some of my current “To Read” stack. He then offered to bring it in the following day for me to have. Now, he has let me borrow books before but never just given me one, so that gave me an inkling of just how little he cared for it. He was true to his word and I had the book the next day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Transformers Age of Exintction Trailer Debuts


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Who in the Blue Hell are the Guardians of the Galaxy!?!

Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) in a scene from the motion picture "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Gamora (Zoe Saldana), left, Rocket Racoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) in a scene from the motion picture “Guardians of the Galaxy.”


Since last year’s Comicon panel, Marvel has shown the public very little from their upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy.  That silence was finally put to an end last Monday when the studio debut the first official trailer of the fairly unknown comic franchise. Many believe that this film will be Marvel’s biggest challenge yet.

I would say they are more than up for the challenge.  Read the rest of this entry »

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A Book in Wolf’s Clothing


A strange thing happened at A Shop Called Quest, one of my favorite comic shops, a little while ago. I was exploring the manga, which I don’t do very often, and I picked up a title I’d never seen or heard of before. The spine alone caught my attention and stood out as different from the other works surrounding it, so I peeked inside and was pleasantly surprised with Mitsuhisa Kuji’s beautiful artwork.

I don’t know manga authors or illustrators very well at all yet, so I don’t feel terribly confident in my ability to judge a book by its cover (or a brief skimming of its gooey insides) at this point. Normally if I pick up something in the manga section it’s because I saw the anime by the same name, or a friend suggested the title, so this was a new experience for me. I asked the clerk and he said he hadn’t read it yet, just though it looked interesting, so I took a chance and took Wolfsmund home with me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Quick Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix finally brings a close to their Final Fantasy XIII trilogy with the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Many Final Fantasy fans have had varying opinions on this one game trilogy than any other Final Fantasy game series. Very few games in the series have actually had their own series, such as Final Fantasies IV, VII, and X. Thirteen though has sparked much controversy for its departure from traditional elements of the classic series. Read the rest of this entry »

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