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Much ado has been made about the difference between being a nerd, and a geek, but for me the distinction I felt was that a nerd is someone who is fascinated with brainy pursuits, and a geek is someone who fetishizes marginalized entertainment. At 48 years of age, I can recall a time before our entire culture was obsessed with comic book superheroes, and openly championing these things would get your ass kicked, but I was one of those kids who LOVED the things I loved, and was willing to suffer the slings & arrows proudly. All movie tie-ins & geeky merch didn’t amount to a whole lot until Star Wars came along, and kicked off what we see now, but I remember the sublime thrill of discovering trading cards for that cool movie, a read-along comic book record, or maybe a Colorforms playset for that thing I loved. …


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Chili’s a no-brainer for a quick toss-together meal for the gang, but this is MY tried-and-true recipe that isn’t quick, but so worth it! I’d guess it’s probably been revised, and refined over a dozen times over a couple decades of trial & error, but the finished product is un-fuck-with-able. Sure, you can go get a chili mix, follow the directions, and you’d have a decent bowl of chili, but if you take a chance on this bit of alchemical wizardry I’m imparting, you’ll gift chili of the GODS to your pals on game night!

Ingredients-

2 lbs of ground…


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As the weather turns colder, and crummy Summer (my least favorite season) gives way to Autumn, there’s a whole slew of things like apple cider doughnuts, horror movie marathons, Octoberfest beers, and Halloween every-motherfucking thing that make this time of year even better! …


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There’s never been a better time to veg out in front of the television, but narrowing it down to what you select is crazy impossible considering the myriad of channels & streaming services available. If you like falling asleep in front of the warm glow of the boob tube, then you know it’s a special brand of program that’s required for that purpose. Seeing the poster for the 1976 film The Witch That Came From The Sea put me in mind of that, so I clicked play, snuggled beneath the covers, and readied for this old movie to sing me it’s discordant lullaby. …


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In the infinite myriad of geeky pursuits out there, whether it’s games, comic books, music, etc., almost all of it will be disputed by one side or the other as to which is most worthy of your attention and the hype. When it comes to the business of horror, though, the name H.P. Lovecraft stands apart, because the stories he wrote are undoubtedly the root inspiration for the very finest of every medium, and you can’t help but love getting the shit scared out of you. …


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Recently I left the comfy confines of my compound, and traveled to Akron, Ohio where I was granted a sit-down with Illustrator, Author, Game Designer, and grand pooh-bah of bizarre events like Con on the Cob and Oddmall, mister Andy Hopp!

The setting could not be a more perfect place to pick the brain of a creative genius like Andy, because the Oddmall Outpost (772 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. Akron, Ohio 44319) is a showcase of his talents, and those of many others he’s drawn to this consignment shop of oddities. What was a former church has been given a wild makeover, and dubbed The Assembly of Odd. In his own words “ Here weirdness is a virtue, imagination is unleashed, ideas are shared, fantasy is cherished, and all people are welcome. …


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If you’re anything like me, you spend much of the week wishing game night would get here already. Part of that anticipation is the delectable treats my pals provide! Sure, some are store-bought, and that’s cool, because who doesn’t like Oreos, Doritos, and cheap pizza? However, my pals and I can actually cook, and what we offer is far superior (I insist). Game night provides a sense of timeless comfort for my gang, as we’ve been rolling dice together for decades, so the perfect accompaniment is comfort food!

This recipe is pretty simple with a few wholesome ingredients that render a pot full of stick-to-your-ribs goodness, and I’ve made a couple special tweaks to this tried & true dish that has appeared on dinner tables for a very long time. …


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When you wrote your adventure, you took cues from your favorite movie, or comic book, imagining the big showdown would have all the powerful exchanges between the heroes & villains that make those scenes iconic. But when it played out, all those things seem to disappear from your mind, and all you managed to blurt out were a few awkward taunts. Yeah, that happens, but you don’t have to be Tarantino to come up with clever banter to bounce off your players.

There will always be the min/max players that are more interested in the roll rather than the role playing in D&D, but the memorable moments from your games that everyone will tell each other hardly ever have to do with that time you rolled a natural 2 (I guess that says more about my experience, anyway, as I do that on the reg). At its heart, this game is collaborative story-telling, and you can definitely nudge even the most withdrawn player at your table into interacting with any of your NPC’s with a few pointers I have to share here. …


Even the most seasoned pros at D&D have those nights at the table when things go horribly wrong, and you just want to pull out the Tarrasque figurine and reduce everything to smoking rubble. Tempting as that is, there’s always hope that the players can put their cell phones down, concentrate, and stop being jerks to one another. I’m here to tell you that there are some things you can do to correct that, and even prevent that from happening.

Step 1. Flip the fucking table over.

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Herein lies the disjointed, and sporadically awesome collection of comics that this diabolical tome appeared in over several Marvel stories. The Darkhold was penned by the chaos god Cthon, and rumored to be responsible for Werewolf By Night’s terrible curse, the key to destroying Dracula, and the ultra shitty superhero Speedball,(I liked him as Pennance better sorry-not-sorry).

So what’s not to love about this gathering of black magic stories that promise to strike fear in the hearts of do-gooders everywhere? Well, it all takes place scattershot across several titles in their own larger character arcs, which muddies the narrative quite a bit, but Doctor Strange is the glue that holds it all together. That made this a fun, entertaining read for me, because he’s my favorite, but if you check out when he begins shouting things like “Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth!” …

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Curtyourfavorite

A married, father of one with a terrific beard. I sing, cook, drink, and clown in equal measure. My interests are Dungeons & Dragons, horror movies, craft beers

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