Adventurer’s Vault 2: It’s Never Too Early To Think About Christmas

As you all know, Adventurer's Vault 2 came out recently and it's chock-full of awesome armor, shiny weapons, new wondrous items, and (possibly the coolest/weirdest section) tattoos.   If you have a subscription to D&D Insider, you got the sneak preview of the AV2 items months ago.  As for me, I love DDI, but I love my hardcover books, too.  Gotta have the best of both worlds! In the following letter, Mielka Dawnhammer, Divine Oracle and Cleric of Moradin, sets out her holiday wishlist.  … [Read more...]

Dear Anon-O-Box: Courting vs. Dating for Christians or Others with Vintage Values

Dear Anon-O-Box, I'm a conservative Christian, who enjoys RP and has a flair for the romantic. I sincerely desire to get married one day. But I'm also a believer and advocate for the point of view spear-headed by Joshua Harris. I believe that modern culture is pretty selfish, and that a lot of people enter romantic relationships for what they can get out of it.  As a result, often, relationships are treated as cheap things, and people's hearts are treated with less respect than … [Read more...]

E’s Con Travels: GenCon 2009, The Sessions, The People, The Exhibits!

It's been a couple weeks and I am seriously bummed about leaving behind GenCon for a WHOLE YEAR. Here's my final wrap-up about GenCon 2009, the sessions, the people and the exhibit hall! … [Read more...]

Goblins and Worgen and Deathwing, Oh My: Thoughts on BlizzCon and World of Warcraft

It's no secret that I play World of Warcraft.  I hover somewhere in the "casual" realm: I have a level 80 character, but only one (my original Night Elf rogue).  I really like beginning new characters, so I have a ton of them - but the next highest is a level 60.  Most of them stall out between 20 and 50. I suppose I'm one of "those people" that the people of Blizzard cater to by lowering mount level requirements and making quests easier.  I've never complained about that sort of thing, I … [Read more...]

The Best Way to Get Great Online Dating Photos If You’re Camera-Shy

You want to do online dating, but you've spent most of your time hiding from cameras.  You're camera-shy.  I am too. In fact, that picture is me, avoiding the shutterbug StupidRanger at GenCon 2009. So when you NEED pictures for your online dating profile, but you HATE being in front of a camera, what can you do? … [Read more...]

E’s Con Travels: GenCon 2009, D&D Awesomeness

As you read in my first post about GenCon 2009, I played a lot of D&D. And I hear ya.  You're saying, "E, the whole POINT of going to a con is to play stuff you don't normally play at home!" And to that I say, "Phooey! It's my GenCon and I'll play 4e if I want to!" But there was much more to my awesome GenCon experience than just playing D&D... … [Read more...]

Bringing Fashion Back to the Future, One Shoe At a Time

I've mentioned before that no small part of my vision of The Future is based on Back to the Future II and its depictions of life in 2015. Of course, part of the fun of watching any older movie, set in the future, is everything they get wrong: Texaco stations, endless Jaws sequels, and of course, the fashion: holographic materials, neon colors, puffy sneakers.  Of course that's not how the real future is... right? Actually, it's beginning to look like fashions have cycled all the way back … [Read more...]

Dear Anon-O-Box: Dating For The Unemployed

Dear Anon-O-Box, Given the current economic climate and its effect on people's livelihood, is there any good way to say "I'm unemployed and looking"? I'm currently sitting with a flippant line about economic circumstance and being a writer... - No Job, No Love? Dear No-No, I'm going to tell you a little secret about online dating profiles... … [Read more...]

What Will You Look Like at GenCon 2010?

I don't know about you, but I'm pretty mortified at some of the pictures of me that came out of GenCon.  Woooboy.  I let myself go, using the "I'm stressed" excuse to eat whatever I felt like and barely exercise.   After huffing and puffing around Indy, I'm pretty fed up with myself! I'm relaunching the Getting Hot for GenCon movement as Fit For GenCon.  Dante of and I are working on developing a website where geeks can get together and support each other as we work toward … [Read more...]

Movies With Extra Bite

The other day, I watched Gwoemul, or The Host (though that name doesn't conjure up the right image at all), a 2006 South Korean film.  Normally I don't like horror movies; however, this wasn't really what I'd call horror at all.  Rather, it's a modern version of a good, old-fashioned monster movie. In the grand tradition of classic science fiction, the monster is not the sole focus; there's biting social and political commentary that lingers after the movie is over.    It got me thinking … [Read more...]