Thoughts on the MCU and Secret Identities

Thoughts on the MCU and Secret Identities

Have you noticed that superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have either lost their secret identities, or else never had them at all? Read More

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Internet Classics: Homestar Runner

Internet Classics: Homestar Runner

If you’ve never heard of Homestar Runner, you either weren’t online in the early 2000s, or else you just plain missed out. It was easily the best entry in the flash cartoon genre that was popular on the early Internet. Its nonsensical and surreal cartoons were full of absurd references and hilarious callbacks. Prepare for a deep-dive. Read More

A Geekdad Preview of 2020 Movies

A Geekdad Preview of 2020 Movies

For someone who enjoys good movies as much as myself, I’ve had trouble finding non-Marvel films that I’ve really enjoyed the past few years. At least we’ve still got ‘Frozen 2’ and ‘Rise of Skywalker’ to look forward to before 2020. For now, let’s take a look forward at the 2020 movies I’m anticipating most. Read More

Internet Classics: All Your Base Are Belong to Us

Internet Classics: All Your Base Are Belong to Us

“All Your Base Are Belong to Us” is one of the internet’s earliest memes. The astoundingly poor Chinese to English translation of ‘Zero Wing’ has been a comedy gift to all English speakers. In addition to “ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US,” it’s given us such gems as, “YOU HAVE NO CHANCE TO SURVIVE MAKE YOUR TIME,” “SOMEBODY SET UP US THE BOMB,” and “FOR GREAT JUSTICE.” Read More

Internet Classics: Radiskull and Devil Doll

Internet Classics: Radiskull and Devil Doll

The meme-riddled internet moves pretty quickly, and many of the internet’s original viral sensations have sunk into near obscurity. Hence, much of the nascent interweb’s original hilarity is entirely unknown to a younger generation. It’s not all Chocolate Rain and Leeroy Jenkins, but today, I’m bringing sexy back. Welcome to my new segment, Internet Classics, in which we meet Radiskull. Read More

‘Steven Universe: The Movie’

‘Steven Universe: The Movie’

‘Steven Universe’ is heartwarming, inclusive, and a lot of fun. It’s the kind of show that’s suitable for young kids, enjoyable for adults, has surprisingly good original music, and imparts a lot more genuine wisdom than you’d ever expect from a cartoon. ‘Steve Universe: The Movie’ gives us more of the same. Read More

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Trailer

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ Trailer

There’s a brand new trailer out today for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate,’ which will be in theaters this year on November 1st. It’s the first film since ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’ that’s been directed by James Cameron, and it will be retconning ‘Terminator’ canon by ignoring every film after the second one. Read More

After ‘EndGame’: What’s Next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

After ‘EndGame’: What’s Next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

‘Avengers: Endgame’ has been in the theaters for weeks now, and the no-spoilers window is closed. Marvel has made no announcements about what their fourth phase might look like, but deduction, rumor, and speculation give us clues as to what may be coming. Let’s dive into what’s next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More

Beyond Hit Points: The Evolution of RPG Combat Mechanics

Beyond Hit Points: The Evolution of RPG Combat Mechanics

The mechanics in Obsidian’s ‘Pillars of Eternity’ are excellent. This article is not a review. This is not a strategy guide. I’m not interested in going into any of the plot or setting of ‘Pillars of Eternity.’ Neither will I discuss character builds, weapons and armor, or the game’s graphics or music. I just want to focus on the way they’ve designed the game’s mechanics and examine the new ideas they’ve introduced, which I personally find fascinating. My hope is that even if you have no intention of ever playing the game, you may find the discussion of its mechanics interesting if you enjoy RPGs. Read More

Recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three

Recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three

It’s been eleven years and more than twenty films, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closing its third and final phase. This week, GeekDad is looking back at Marvel’s superhero franchise, and today we’re focusing on phase three. This is our retrospective of each film’s place within the greater MCU and the specific aspects that may make it relevant to the tapestry that Marvel has woven with their storytelling. If you’re not planning to go back and watch many, then perhaps the following will refresh your memory on a number of MCU happenings. Read More

Recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two

Recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Two

It’s been eleven years and more than twenty films, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closing its third and final phase. This week, GeekDad is looking back at Marvel’s superhero franchise, and today we’re focusing on phase two. This is our retrospective of each film’s place within the greater MCU and the specific aspects that may make it relevant to the tapestry that Marvel has woven with their storytelling. If you’re not planning to go back and watch many, then perhaps the following will refresh your memory on a number of MCU happenings. Read More

Recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One

Recapping the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One

It’s been eleven years and more than twenty films, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe is closing its third and final phase. This week, Geekdad is looking back at Marvel’s superhero franchise, and today we’re focusing on phase one. This is our retrospective of each film’s place within the greater MCU and the specific aspects that may make it relevant to the tapestry that Marvel has woven with their storytelling. If you’re not planning to go back and watch many, then perhaps the following will refresh your memory on a number of MCU happenings. Read More

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Lord of the Chords’

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Lord of the Chords’

In ‘Lord of the Chords,’ there’s always a key signature in play, and players are tasked with playing note cards to form chords in that key signature. You can play accidentals to make your note flat or sharp, and you can play a seventh on top of the chord to prevent it from being stolen. It’s been a long time since I studied the circle of fifths, but the game includes a cheat sheet. Read More