The Second Viewing of Guardians Seemed Different Somehow

I watched Guardians of the Galaxy for a second time on Tuesday. Something about it was just a little different from the first time viewing. I will admit I had indulged in a few beers before hitting the movie, but I'm not sure that was it. I don't remember the movie having quite so many cats in it. » 9/10/14 11:50pm 9/10/14 11:50pm

The Beginner's Guide To Roleplaying Games: Part 2

Today we will be talking about a key aspect of roleplaying games: character creation. I had originally written a long post that went into detail about ability scores and saving throws and all kinds of other RPG brick-a-brack, but I scrapped it in favor of this post. Do you know why? Because creating a character is… » 8/11/14 6:00pm 8/11/14 6:00pm

Story Time: What's Your Favorite Miniature?

We all know that tabletop RPGs have their roots in miniature war games. These games pitted armies of lead figures against each other in battle. While the scope of RPGs was changed to focus on individual characters instead of armies, one element that remained was the use of lead figures. These figures were available to… » 8/07/14 7:42pm 8/07/14 7:42pm

How To Elevate Discussion In The Comments

We've all read some really great comments on stories published throughout the Gawker family of blogs. Comments that are funny, comments that are touching and comments that make you reevaluate the way you think about things. Then there are the comments that make you want to burn down the internet. These comments… » 7/18/14 1:46pm 7/18/14 1:46pm

Kacy Catanzaro Makes History on American Ninja Warrior

This is off-topic but it's great. We might need to amend io9's list of Greatest Female Samurai and Ninjas to include Kacy Catanzaro. She became the first women to ever qualify for the final stage of American Ninja Warrior known as Mt. Midoriyama. Catanzaro made history with every obstacle she completed during the… » 7/15/14 11:42pm 7/15/14 11:42pm