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The Best Time to be a Dork

I’m pushing 30, and I can’t think of a better time than now to be a geek, a nerd, a dork, or whatever you want to call it.

Seriously, right now, the dorks are winning.

NERDS!!!

I remember a time, around 15 years ago, where I couldn’t really proclaim my love for Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, or comic books. Of course, I went to a Christian school where things like that (magic, wizards, etc.) were frowned upon. I actually got in trouble once for having the manual to Civilization II in my backpack.

But really, I only had a couple of friends that would admit that they were into geeky things.

Fast forward to today.

Batman and a collection of Marvel superheroes are sitting at the top of the box office.  The San Diego Comic Convention is bigger than ever. Gen Con drew in over 41,000 people. You can’t go out without seeing someone wearing a Spider-Man t-shirt. Comic book characters on are TV. Major networks are taking chances of fantasy and sci-fi shows. Game of Thrones is one of the best shows on TV. Doctor Who is back and more popular than ever!

When I read a comic book in public, I RARELY get scoffed at. In fact, more often I get asked  if it is any good. People generally aren’t afraid to try roleplaying games. Video games are a booming medium. Everyone plays Call of Duty, Battlefield, Halo, or World of Warcraft.

This is a far cry from when I had to huddle in friends’ basements, rolling dice in the lonely, dreary shadows. Now, someone can put a good idea for a tabletop RPG on Kickstarter, and it can make 12 times its funding goal. There are so many cool geeky things out there, and there’s no way I have the disposable income to buy even a quarter of their awesome-ness. And that doesn’t even include the different geeky events around the country that I want to attend!

Viva la Dorka!

There are some even greater things that are coming out of this dork boom. People in general are getting more interested in science and math. Going to space is cool again. Comic book and video game art are inspiring younger  generations to create awesome things. Movie and video game music has never been better, and I bet you’ll see kids picking up instruments because of Halo, Skyrim, or Rock Band.

So, enjoy this geek boom while it lasts! It’s a good time to dork out.

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Kickstarter Stuff

Kickstarter is a pretty awesome way for great ideas to become reality. This week, I wanted to share a few Kickstarter projects that I think are worthy of your support.

1. Monte Cook’s Numenara

One of the designers of the third edition of Dungeons & Dragons, and having recently left Wizards of the Coast, Monte Cook is working on a new campaign setting and roleplaying game which focuses more on story than mechanics.

Numenara is set in the Ninth World (which is Earth somewhere around a billion years in the future). Many civilizations have risen and fallen, so the Ninth World is set on top the various ruined civilizations of the past. While technology is pretty limited, nanobots, genetic mutations, and power technologies lurk in the unmapped lands. You can check out the Kickstarter here.

It’s already reached it’s publishing goal, but most of the stretch goals here are awesome. Donate just $50, and you’re going to get the whole roleplaying system. Worth it.

2. Dungeons & Dragons: A Documentary

Finally, a D&D movie worth watching! We’re almost at the 40th anniversary of the world’s oldest Roleplaying Game, so it only makes sense that now is the time to create a documentary about the game. And it isn’t going to be fondly nostalgic about it, either. This documentary will get into the nitty gritty details of D&D’s creation. It’s a tale full of lost friendships and poor business practices. As the website states: “Imagine “The Social Network”, the creation of Facebook, but no one ends up rich. ”

Should be interesting. Check it out.

3. The Adventures of a Comic Con Girl

I posted this on our Facebook page a few weeks ago, but since I’m the editor-in-chief here, I can plug things for my friends as much as I want! HAHAHA! POWER ABUSE!

My pal Dana created this comic book miniseries along with Matthew Spradlin (writer of Bad Kids Go to Hell) and David Beauchene.

Comic Conventions are already pretty crazy places, but Molly, Tatiana, and Dana seem to get into even more drama than usual. It’s fun, it doesn’t cost much to donate, and the rewards for donating are all pretty solid. Don’t worry, I don’t think any of the rewards include “Con Funk” scratch-and-sniff stickers. (True story: when I was at Gen Con, I heard a guy telling another dude ((loudly)) that he hadn’t showered in two days. Gross)

You can check out Adventures of a Comic Con Girl here. It’s not too far from its funding goal, so you should go ahead and donate. Tell them TJ sent you.

 

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