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Dungeons & Dragons is a game that can have some of the most hilarious, heroic, or heartbreaking stories. For example, here at Allagesofgeek we have Dice Sesh, which is our D&D podcast. Other people have created YouTube channels to share their love of D&D. In no particular order, here are some people who I like to watch.
1.) Dingo Doodles
In her first D&D video, she shares the story of a Campaign, called Fool’s Gold, where the apocalypse almost happens because of karaoke. This sets the mood for the rest of her Fool’s Gold stories. Currently, there are 17 parts and it shows no signs of stopping yet. Her stories are wonderfully drawn, greatly voiced, and has made me feel dread, joy, anger, and more for these characters that are all part of Fool’s Gold. Overall, just an exciting and engaging story to hear.
2.) Brandon Cutler
What happens when professional wrestlers play D&D? You get Critical Botch. It is by far, one of the top D&D Campaigns I have listened to in a while. If you think things will go according to plan, you are wrong. There is chaos, as to be expected, but most of all, it is friends coming together to play D&D and having fun
3.) Zee Bashew
Zee Bashew does a mix of stories and a series called The Animated Spellbook. The Animated Spellbook discusses a spell and a way that it is normally implemented, or in a way that’s outside of the box that is very clever. His stories aren’t just one way. One can make you laugh, however, another one could break your heart. The animation is smooth and has the look of something you would expect in like a book of fairy tales.
4.) XP to Level 3
XP to Level 3 is a great resource for newcomers to D&D. He has guides for all of the classes and they are all entertaining. Also he has skits and shares some D&D stories that are always great to listen to. A personal favorite of mine is the Immovable Rod story.
JoCat’s Crap Guide to D&D has made me laugh several times. It teaches what it supposed to teach about each topic, but it also is wonderfully hilarious. With each class JoCat makes great points, while making playful jabs at each trope that the class has.
I know for a fact that there are more D&D YouTubers out there. However, these are my top five. Watch who you want to watch. Like who you want to like. That’s the joy of the D&D side of YouTube. You have a lot of choices to watch and listen too.
A constant theme in RWBY is that characters are based off of other characters from Mythology, History, or even classic works of literature. Like how Ruby is based on Little Red Riding Hood, or how Ironwood is based on the Tinman in The Wizard of Oz or even how Jaune is based off of Joan of Arc. In this I will go through five characters I hope RWBY makes some characters of.
5.) King John from Robin Hood
This to me is the next logical step. We already have Robyn Hill and her Happy Huntresses, which is a clear reference to Robin Hood and his Merry Men. So it would make sense that RWBY gives Robyn her King John. This character I see as a rich Atlesian who we (the audience) are not supposed to take seriously at all, but the character themselves takes theirself seriously. I’m picturing them as a one and done character that TRIES to stop Robyn and her team, but ultimately fails rather quickly, and is basically there for a laugh and then taken care of.
4.) The Sheriff of Nottingham also from Robin Hood
This is a lacky of King John and who basically does the heavy lifting, and who is actually the main antagonist in the story of Robin Hood. For RWBY’s Sheriff of Nottingham, I’m imaging as someone who grew up in Mantle, but is on a rich Atlesian’s payroll.
3.) Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock Holmes
We know that Arthur Watts is based off of Watson, if he was partnered up with Moriarty instead of Sherlock Holmes. Now this makes me think, what if there was a character that did care about Watts and blames themself for him joining Salem. The way I imagine a RWBY Sherlock would be that they worked close with Watts, or knew him well, but one single mistake is what they believed led Watts down the path he is on.
2.) Odysseus from The Iliad and The Odyssey
We already had Pyrrha, who was based on Achilles, so why not another Greek Mythology character. Odysseus is a unique Greek hero because he didn’t really brute force problems away and he used a bow instead of melee weapons. At his core, Odysseus was more of a strategist than a warrior. I think it would be cool for there to be another strategist so there could be someone for Jaune to look up to.
1.) King Arthur for the Arthurian Legends
Ok. This one MIGHT be cheating, since we have heard about the King of Vale, but hear me out. I could picture an élite group of Huntsmen and Huntresses from all over Remnant that is simply called The Round Table. Plus, there is so much you can do with King Arthur. You have Mordred, Sir Lancelot, Queen Guinevere, Merlin, Morgan, and more! There is so much matrial in the Arthurian Legends that I think Rooster Teeth could tap into!
The fourth and final season of Attack On Titan is nearly upon us. The hit anime series will be ending more than seven years after premiering in 2013. Having received widespread acclaim, Attack On Titan has transcended the anime genre to become of the most captivating shows on television during its era. Here are the best reasons to binge the series in time for the fourth season.
Attack On Titan is set in a society where humans live in a walled-in nation to protect themselves from giant, man-eating titans on the outside. These titans do nothing but devour humans and appear to be naturally drawn to them somehow. In the first episode, the outermost wall is breached, jeopardizing all of humanity. In every second of the series afterward, the stakes could not be higher. At any moment the scales can turn for either side, raising the intensity of every battle. With every victory and defeat for the show’s main characters, you feel the lasting impact that affects those that go unseen. It’s more than people pitted against the titans, it’s a fight for the survival of the human race.
Attack On Titan utilizes a very unique method of world-building. Starting out in the small cities on the outer portion of the walled-in nation, the series gradually makes its way towards the central districts. There are three massive walls that form the skeletal structure of the land: Wall Maria, Wall Rose, and Wall Sina. Nestled between each wall are a large number of districts, villages, and fortresses; however, after the initial titan attack, Wall Maria’s residents were evacuated and it became a wild area for titans. There is much about their world that the characters are unaware of, and the series keeps the same information from the viewer, though sometimes providing vague hints via foreshadowing and flashbacks. This allows Attack On Titan to reveal the world and its history to both the viewer and characters simultaneously.
Attack On Titan is far from a children’s anime. Though they look silly at first glance, the titans are some of the most terrifying monsters in modern pop culture. They wander mindlessly like zombies seeking flesh for no nutritional purposes. They don’t digest the humans they eat, they merely regurgitate them. The horror the titans are capable of isn’t fully discernable until they have someone in their grasp. The only thing more disturbing than watching a smiling titan bring a panicked human towards its mouth are the final words that most doomed characters shout out before being eaten. On the other hand, the people in the walls are more than capable of their own heinousness. There are many human villains who often show similar sentiments towards human life as the titans. The constant unease created by the show is done to keep viewers emotionally attached rather than celebrate bloodlust. Simply put, Attack On Titan sugarcoats nothing about its grueling and gruesome world. And make no mistake, there are many scenes that haunt you long after you’ve seen them.
As mentioned earlier, there is much about the world of Attack On Titan that is hidden from both the characters and the viewer. From the first episode and the attack of the Colossal Titan, the series is shrouded in mystery. While the beginning is rather straightforward, the show builds more intrigue as it progresses. Eventually, the true nature of human and titan society are revealed, along with how they correlate to one another. Filled with inexplicable phenomena and cryptic flashbacks, Attack On Titan grows so much between seasons that Season 1 and Season 3 seem almost entirely different. Twists and turns abound and reward attentive viewers who can catch hints and clues. The more questions that arise, the more you will want to watch in search of the answers.
Like any great show, Attack On Titan is buoyed by its cast. The anime features a wide ensemble of characters across various roles, personalities, and backgrounds. While Eren Jaeger may be the true protagonist, nearly every character holds an equal amount of weight in the story. Whether you are a fan of stone-cold badasses like Mikasa or Captain Levi, the comic relief of Hange and Sasha, or an arc of retribution like Armin’s, there is a character for everyone’s taste. New characters are introduced every few episodes, which means there are also plenty of deaths and downfalls. Each character has a unique purpose to the story, even if their destiny is to become titan fodder. Some will make you laugh, a few will infuriate you, and others will make you cry, but that is the strength of great characters: they make you feel something.
Ever notice that whenever Superman gets rebooted or remade on film, the first villain he faces is always either Lex Luthor or General Zod? I’m tired of that. Superman may not have a legendary rogues gallery as his best bat-friend from Gotham, but he has other villains than those two. We can make an exception for Luthor, since he is a huge part of the Superman mythos, but we’ll relegate him as the man working from the shadows, either assisting the villains that pop up in Metropolis, or the one making them.
Over the past two weeks or so, I’ve had this sudden need to watch anything Superman related. No clue why, but one thing’s for sure, I’d like to see other villains show up on the big screen to challenge the Man of Steel. This is my top 5 list for villains to show up in a Superman film.
Our first spot goes to two people actually: Metallo and Toyman. Though I think both characters can present enough of a threat on their own, I feel that there are some interesting possibilities when established together. Winslow Scott aka Toyman is a deranged psychopath who creates dangerous toys capable of maiming and killing anyone unfortunate enough to line up at his store on Black Friday. I figured, that it would be interesting to see a version of Toyman that once worked for Luthor, designing all manners of weapons for LexCorp, until he was fired for being unstable. He goes on to use his engineering skills to create a company selling “toys” in the black market. Ranging from exploding teddy bears to Political Assassin Barbie dolls.
You may be wondering, how can toys stop the unstoppable Superman? Well, look no further than his latest action figure, Metallo. The cyborg’s origins have been a mangled mess over the years, with more than one person taking up the name, but the one I gravitate towards the most is the version from the Animated series. John Corben was a hired mercenary working for Luthor. When he was imprisoned by Superman after a failed plot to steal a LexCorp battle mech, Corben was diagnosed with a rare, incurable heart disease. Luthor offers the mercenary a second chance at life and revenge by turning him into an unstoppable cyborg. What if instead of Luthor tricking Corben to becoming DC’s take on the T-800, it was the Toyman who turns the mercenary into the latest holiday sensation, complete with a Kryptonite heart. With both murderous pychopaths after Luthor’s bald head, Superman must swoop in and put a top to this year’s killing spree.
Also make it a Christmas movie. I think that would be fun.
One of the most interesting questions posed by the presence of Superman is what would happen if there were others like him, but not as kind? That’s sort of why Zod almost always shows up. Kryptonian criminals are brought to the big screen to place doubt in people’s hearts when it comes to Superman. But I’m tired of Zod, let’s put him back in the Phantom Zone for now and think about a better “evil Superman”. He am Bizarro! Wouldn’t it be cool if Luthor was running for President and one of his campaign platforms were to keep humanity safe from Superman. He’d definitely get followers for that. Imagine if he concocts this elaborate plan to use a Superman clone to get him elected into the Oval Office? I’d love to see that. You know what else I’d love to see? Bizarro getting an Iron Giant moment, where he learns the importance of being Superman and what it means to be a hero. Now that’s a tearjerker.
Now here’s an interesting pick. Ever wonder if Superman is still relevant today? Superman was the premier superhero—the golden standard, if you will—when it came to superheroes. Nowadays, people gravitate towards edgy characters with a “tragic backstory” or someone who operates in the morally gray. It’s an interesting shift in the audiences caused by real world current events and modern-day cynicism towards absolutes like truth and justice. Manchester Black can provide that challenge. Manchester Black is the leader of a ruthless vigilante team called The Elites, and they all share a distrust towards The Big Boy in Blue. It would be interesting to see a battle of philosophy on topics like heroism and justice. Where Black is on the side of swift justice by killing villains while Superman is on the other, advocating that murdering criminals makes you no better than them.
I was watching Batman v. Superman the other day with my father and brother. It was the Special Edition Cut with the extended scenes and what not. My brother and I noted how “all over the place” this film was. We reached the scene where batman is having a vision of the future where the forces of Apokalips had laid waste to Earth. It’s such a poor set-up for Justice League, or Darkseid in general. So, I thought to myself, how would I set Darkseid up for future films? It would be through Kalibak. Kalibak is the first-born son of Darkseid. His whole deal is to basically prove to his father that he is a capable warrior and really just wants his father’s approval. It would be cool to see Kalibak go to Earth and prove his loyalty to his father by conquering Earth, the only planet that has been able to stave off the forces of Darkseid. When Kalibak gets to Earth he is met by Superman. Now, it would be interesting to see Kalibak cause untold damage to Earth but imagine if he did untold damage to his fathe’s plans? Kalibak is a strong and capable warrior, but he’s not exactly smart. It would be cool if his unexpected arrival messes up Darkseid’s plans for Earth, having secretly infiltrating their forces for generations, having key people like Granny Goodness and “Glorious” G. Gordon Godfrey manipulating Earth’s masses through media and mind control. Kalibak’s arrival would be the catalyst that sets off Darkseid’s premature invasion of Earth, and the launching of a Justice League film. (DC hire me…)
No list is complete with this final entry. Brainiac is ultimately Superman’s greatest foe, in my opinion. So much so, that whenever this 12th intellect baddie is involved the entirety of the Justice League needs to be summoned. Like all iconic villains, Brainiac has had a messy always changing origin story. Sometimes he’s an alien from the planet Colu who transformed his body into the “perfect” vessel of knowledge, sometimes he’s a super advanced AI that goes rogue. One thing’s for sure, he’s always trying to collect knowledge and destroy the worlds from whence they came. I’ve always liked the stories in which Brainiac and Superman’s fates are intertwined when it comes to Krypton. It would be cool to see Brainiac show up on the final months of Krypton’s life cycle, collecting all their knowledge and shrinking the city of Kandor, before leaving the planet to its fate instead of blowing it up himself. Brainiac travels to Earth when he realizes that one Kryptonian eludes his collection and it’s not Superman. It’s Kara Zor-El.
Now imagine that…
We are at an unprecedented time where everyone is stuck at home, but at least we still have video games to escape our boredom. With the internet, it’s even better that we can also connect with others online and play most of these games together. With so many video games out there to choose from, it’ll be difficult to know which ones are worth it during our new reality of life. Well, to help you all out, we have chosen some of the best games to check out if you want to play with your friends and have a good time while everyone is in the comfort of their own homes.
If you are among those who haven’t joined the craze of this Battle Royale game, now is your chance to join in on the fun. Think of it like this, imagine you are among a group of about 100 people launched into an island with nothing but an ax at your disposal. The main objective of this game is pretty simple, just be the last one remaining on this island. The only thing is you have to survive long enough to win, and in order to do that, you must eliminate the competition. On this island, there are plenty of weapons you can find and even build yourself some cover against other players. In this game, you can either compete solo or become part of a squad. The only thing is, once you lose, the game is over for you and you start over in a new game. It’s a highly addictive game with millions of players online, whether it’s on a console, PC, or even on mobile.
Mario Kart has been an instant classic for Nintendo ever since it’s inception for the Super Nintendo. It has grown with lots of sequels across many different consoles over the years. This new version of the game can be played anywhere on your phone and it’s absolutely free either on an iOS or Android device. The game has had a recent update where you can know play against other players around the world. Every two weeks, the game sets up new courses to keep the game fresh and exciting, so you’ll never get tired of racing though the same tracks. There’s also tons of unlockables like new characters, costumes, carts, and parachutes. It’s the perfect game for new and old players alike.
With everything happening in the world, sometimes you just want to find a sense of escapism from reality. Ever since Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out, everyone has suddenly found their new home away from home with their slice of paradise. Creating a home on a getaway island is only half the fun as you can customize your character and grow different kinds of fruit as well as crafting materials for your island. You can even visit other players’ islands to trade or even check out their version of a sweet escape. Under these circumstances that we face, it seems like now is the best time to check out this game and see what all the craze is about.
It’ll be hard to invite friends over for some party games, but thanks to certain games, everyone can still have a good time while in isolation. Back in the 90s, You Don’t Know Jack grew in popularity with their crazy and insane trivia games. Since 2008, developer Jackbox Games saw a resurgence during the age of mobile gaming. With Twitch, anyone can play these games on the latest consoles. Filled with dozens of party games, Jackbox Games can make any night into a friends’ party night. Whether it’s answering insane questions on Fibbage or playing a fun game of charades in Drawful, these mini party games will surely be fun for those who just want to let loose during these unfortunate times. With the Jackbox Party Pack, you can enjoy all these different mini-games with friends just by streaming it online for everyone to partake. What’s great about these games is that even if you aren’t playing the games, you can still participate with just your phone and cheer on for your favorite person to win.
The Grand Theft Auto series has had a lot of success over the years with their games. The latest entry, Grand Theft Auto 5, ended up becoming their best selling title and breaking huge records. It’s not just for the story that’s bringing players in, it’s also the online mode. In Grand Theft Auto Online, the game offers a different experience from the single-player campaign as you go through the city of Los Santos robbing banks with your crew, participate in street racing, and completing some fun missions. The online community is still going strong for a game that released back in 2013. Ever since it’s launch, the game continually makes the online experience so much better with free updates being added. With up to 30 players in one session, the amount of content and things to do in this open-world is endless.
During quarantine, you may have a lot of time on your hands. It’s the perfect time to revisit some favorite literary series. With the ubiquity of library apps such as Hoopla, Overdrive, Libby, or RBdigital, and paid e-reading apps like Kindle or Nook, getting a new book while social distancing can happen in seconds.
This list contains some geeky series that are particularly enjoyable when read one after the other—something you may not have the time to do otherwise. And they’re all older series, making it more likely that they will be available from library apps or already on your shelves. Happy reading!
Of course, I’m going to say, Harry Potter. For most fans, a yearly reread is part of loving the boy wizard, and now is the perfect time to fit in this year. Gone are the days of waiting years between installments of Harry’s story, now you can follow him in his years at Hogwarts as quickly as you can read through it.
It was big news recently that J.K. Rowling was making Harry Potter available for teachers during the pandemic, as well as launching Harry Potter at Home. For many people, however, the books are already on their shelves. Revisit Hogwarts and the wizarding world and take your mind off the real world for a while.
Arising from the Harry Potter fanfiction universe is author Cassandra Clare and her Shadowhunter Chronicles, currently consisting of five connected trilogies, a major motion picture, and successful Freeform TV series. My personal favorite is the second trilogy, the Infernal Devices, the Victorian era trilogy of The Shadowhunters Chronicles. Notable for its fast pace, high-tension, and heart-rending romantic plotlines, this trilogy is beloved amongst Shadowhunter fans.
The Infernal Devices brings readers characters also in the more modern sections of the story such as Magnus Bane, Tessa Grey, and Jem Carstairs. Unforgettable, of course, is Six-Fingered Nigel, as well as the demonic curses and creeping automatons. Bring your tissues and consider the audiobook versions if you have a thing for Welsh accents.
With a new prequel due out in May, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes now may be the time to reacquaint yourself with Panem, the Capital, and the Districts that once were the United States of Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Series. Set in a distant future where kids fight to the death for entertainment on TV—a bold indictment of reality TV and our need for increasingly revolting entertainment—the Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen, an ordinary girl who must fight the power of an evil regime.
With themes frighteningly recognizable in modern political history, the Hunger Games is a thrilling adventure to read back-to-back, and an inspiration for those seeking justice everywhere. May the odds be ever in your favor!
It tells the tale of Nita Callahan and Kit Rodriguez, two young teenagers who both happen to stumble over magical manuals that teach them how to be wizards. Each book brings them a new challenge to master, many with eco-friendly plot lines. The Lone Power, their foe, reappears in different forms as the series goes on, forever lurking in the shadows.
The sliding scale timeline has kept the series fresh and relevant despite being written over thirty years. From sentient dog, Ponch, to intergalactic airports, the Young Wizard Series gives readers a new and exciting episode with each lengthy installment.
Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is a quintessential favorite for young readers everywhere. The related series, however, are equally deserving of love as L’Engle explores more fantastic worlds, times, and human connection at its core.
The world began with Meg, Calvin, and Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which interweaves with the one in the Austin Family series, which is a little less fantasy-esque, but equally enjoyable. L’Engle’s books are prime nostalgia reading.
This year I took my first trip to another country. I traveled across the world and lived in Japan for three months. I traveled around the country and saw many different things! I decided to make a list of my Top Five Recommended Things to do While in Japan.
If you are a nature nerd like me seeing Mt. Fuji will definitely make you emotional. When I got off the train and saw Mt. Fuji across from me in the sky I cried! Happy tears don’t worry, but seeing it really, really changed my life.
Not only is it very peaceful, but you get to experience a different culture. There are some shrines in the middle of busy Tokyo that look like their part of their own world. It makes you forget you are in a busy city with loud noises and allows your mind to be at peace.
There are many different Ferris Wheels across Japan. Center Kita, Yokohama Cosmoworld, Osaka, pick your favorite and see Japan from a different angle!
If you love anime just go here. SO many shops and arcades with your favorite anime characters and manga. AND since Bleach is returning I’m sure you’ll see lots of your favorite bleach characters (my favorite hehehe)
You won’t regret it IS 100% life-changing.
Kylo Ren. A Solo. A Skywalker. A very angsty and rageful character from the Star Wars sequels. While we love his angsty moments, wanting to give him a Snickers whenever he throws a fit, there are also many other reasons to love and support his character. Here are All Ages of Geek’s Top 5 Reasons why we love Kylo Ren.
Some kids out there just don’t agree with their parents. It’s a proven fact. Others find guidance elsewhere, possibly to connect on a personal level with their grandparents. This is how Kylo Ren views Darth Vader. He wants to finish what his grandfather started, but idealizes him to the point where he isn’t mimicking Vader, he’s acting out in desperation to find his place in life. Possibly filling the shoes (and angst) Vader left behind. Kylo is torn between being both Kylo Ren and Ben Solo. But his admiration for Vader instead of Anakin (and not understanding why and how Anakin was crafted into Vader) shows his more rebellious and lost side. He’s confused and doesn’t even know who he is at this point.
A reason to love him is because of his admiration and obsession. It represents how we cling to our heroes and try to find ourselves in them and their passions. He hides in his rage, angst, and admiration because he doesn’t even know who he is.
That mask. Those robes. So edgy. Wow.
Kylo has a way of representing the edgy kids of the world. Goth, emo, you name it, Kylo represents all the kids and teens who felt left out. He’s also the “edgelord” type. Kylo would be the teen who listens to Evanescence or Linkin Park on repeat, wear dark makeup with black painted nails and thinks about life’s sorrows while hating on society. He’s the teen in Young Adult novels who sits in the corner with a mysterious grimace, sketching in his notebook and writing poetry in secret. The anime character who rages over almost anything and gets defensive and angsty when poked whenever he shows a soft side.
I really like his lightsaber, being modified with a Kyber Crystal. It has this unstable look and sound to it that makes it not only cool to look at but also fit the character of Kylo Ren. It has a crossguard look that is unique to him and it shows in his fighting style. He’s very much a straight forward fighter, with powerful swings. Which makes him a powerhouse in his own right. The sides also come in handy when he’s in a jam. He can use the sides as a weapon, like what he did to Finn in The Force Awakens, poor guy. Kylo Ren is quite an angsty character and I feel like his lightsaber compliments him as a character.
One compelling character trait of Kylo is his indecisiveness in choosing between light and dark. We as people face the same struggle every day, choosing between good and bad, between reaching out and closing ourselves off to others, between closing our fist in anger or opening it in friendship and much more I could go on about. More compelling is the fact that for a long time, Kylo chooses to create a façade that he’s fully chosen the dark side but when it comes down to it he just can’t fully make the decision. There’s always a subtle hint of doubt in his decisions. How often do we put on facades and pretend to be someone we know we can never be? I’d be willing to bet that the majority of us have at one point or another!
Why do I love Kylo Ren? Well mostly I love the idea of a Sith who is being tempted by the light, it’s such a great inversion of the classic tortured hero. But instead its a someone trying to live up to the ideals of his evil master, but he can’t escape these feelings he has for his father, for his mother. When he says to Han Solo, “I know what I have to do but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it.” It’s not a trap, it’s an honest plea for help. Kylo believes what he’s doing is right. but he can’t shake the feeling that he’s doing something wrong. And that’s where his rage comes from, that’s why he lashes out and destroys things. He is tormented by his own failure to live up to what he feels is right.