The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Washington Crossing the Delaware. 1851. Painted by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.

Today, I want to talk about one of the most important political events you can use in a game: revolution. Revolution is the successful end of a rebellion. One mode of government has been replaced by another. We hear things every day on the news about yet another country being swept up by insurgencies, rebellions, and resistance movements. The most basic narrative of rebellion is that a people, oppressed, demand personal freedoms, change, assistance, and will not stop till they have won it. I … [Read more...]

Costumes for the Lazy


So you've been invited to a last-minute Halloween costume party.  Only one problem: you're not the costume "type," so you don't have anything from a con on standby, and you've got very little time to throw anything together.  Or maybe you'd like to keep your effort to a bare minimum.  What will you do? Below are a few "lazy" ideas for costumes.  These require minimal time and purchases, and hopefully look a bit more clever than just buying a cape from a drugstore. H Is For Hologram On the … [Read more...]

Tech At The Table: Yea, Nay, Or Maybe?

computer gamers

Technology is a wonderful thing. Thanks to our laptops, tablets, and smartphones, plus widespread WiFi, we’re able to keep in contact with the world around us anywhere we go. But as we all know, there are times and places where it’s just not appropriate to have your laptop up or to whip out your smartphone. Is the game table one of them? A few months back I wrote about whether having your character sheet on paper or on your laptop was better, and one of the points brought up in the … [Read more...]

How to Earn Money From Your Geekiness

Who said being a geek was a bad thing? Your bank account might disagree if you learn to take advantage of it! Geeks are often naturally better with technology than many others, possessing that ability to quickly understand how some technique or process works and pick apart a solution or product to figure out the “inside story” about it. (Has anyone else here made their mother exasperated by taking apart gadgets instead of using them?) Put that curiosity and penchant for technology to good … [Read more...]

Wanted: The Best Geek Girl Writers On The Web


UPDATE (4/22/10): The hiring window is CLOSED. We have nearly 100 candidates to consider and we're pretty sure the perfect ones are in there! We're hiring! Geek's Dream Girl is hiring article writers for both the Geek Life and Geek Love sections of our website. Since being hired as the full-time copywriter at ThinkGeek, I just haven't had the time to dedicate to writing blog posts. I also know there are lots of geek girls out there with a lot to contribute who need a platform to do so. … [Read more...]

Sounds Like the Future: Science From Science Fiction

According to the LA Times, the problem with silent electric cars is that they're... well... silent.  And thus more dangerous to pedestrians and others not encased in their own steel bubble. Nissan thinks they've found a way to change this; their new Leaf car will have "a beautiful and futuristic sound" that is "closer to the world of art" - and which apparently sounds like the "spinners" in Blade Runner. This is all part of an awesome chicken-and-egg effect wherein science fiction … [Read more...]