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D&D adventure within adventure at Gen Con 50

D&D Gen Con adventure

D&D Gen Con adventureA couple of days have passed since returning home from Gen Con 50 adventure. Decompression and recovery efforts were successful – getting back to the gym and catching up on sleep work wonders!

All the physical stuff is unpacked, flipped through wistfully, played again, read, and admired now on the shelf. So I thought I’d unpack the intangibles to share. The memories, experiences and lessons for fellow nerds and gamers.

I love me some tabletop games, and this trip to gamers mecca did not disappoint. But of all the games in all the world, that sweet, sweet D&D is my favorite. Continue reading D&D adventure within adventure at Gen Con 50

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Gaming Has Changed My Media Expectations

Gaming media characters
Jon Heder, as the titular Napoleon Dynamite, and Aaron Ruell as Kip engage in a nerd battle in the independent film “Napoleon Dynamite.”

Arguing about media is a staple of the nerd subculture. We spend an inordinate amount of time going over our favorite shows, movies and books with a fine-toothed comb picking out small details and jabbing at each other with them, because as nerds it’s just what we do. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise, then, that my friend group is no exception to this.

I’m not going to lie, much of the time it’s my fault. I am a total killjoy to watch a movie or anime with, because I absolutely hate it when the main character does everything. Continue reading Gaming Has Changed My Media Expectations

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Origins 2017 – game convention from a new perspective

Attending a game convention is not new territory for me. Fresh off of Origins 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, the gaming juice runs at an all-time high and I’m pumped to plow forward with gusto on as a fan of tabletop roleplaying games as well as a savvy up-and-coming Nerdarchy aide-de-camp.

My first game convention was, coincidentally, Origins Game Fair back in the early 90s when civilization was at its peak. I’ll never forget inadvertently joining a world championship tournament of Diplomacy, having never played the game. For about an hour I had my opponents thinking I was some kind of savant, making bewildering moves they’d never seen. Then they realized my cluelessness and my stint as a global leader quickly ended. Continue reading Origins 2017 – game convention from a new perspective

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Diversity in Dungeons & Dragons

diversityBehind the scenes in the Nerdarchy writers’ chat group, there’s been some discussion about creating a repository of pre-generated character builds for our readers, new players, or maybe even for Dungeon Masters to have on hand to pass out for their games. One of the chief requirements we decided on (if we end up doing it) is to make sure that we’re “woke” about character options. While I’m not a fan of the actual term, I fully agree with the sentiment. I’m a strong proponent of diversity. People can easily turn their backs on something because they don’t feel they can identify with anything in it. Not having something they can connect to is very isolating. This is more than understandable. It’s very human for us to want to feel like what we do is reflective of who we are. As a society, I believe we don’t do as good of a job as we can to be inclusive, but I can’t control society. What we can do is to be more inclusive in our everyday lives, and including as much diversity as we can in Tabletop RPGs is one way we can do it. Continue reading Diversity in Dungeons & Dragons

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D&D Was Never a Game, It Was a Hidden, Complex Tool

Nerdarchy + GM Tips = an amazing LA adventure

Greetings Nerds, Geeks, and Gamers of all kinds. Nate the Nerdarch here.

This is my first time doing this so please bear with me.

It has come to my attention that an article on Nerdarchy.com, the article that was previously in this link, did not meet Nerdarchy’s standards for articles when it was posted, and unfortunately, it was published. This was an error and we are correcting it. That is why the article was removed and this letter has taken its place.

The article was removed for several reasons. All of which conflict with the type of site Nerdarchy.com wants to be.

  1. It was pure speculation without stating that it was just speculation. It attributed motives and desires of historical figures without interviews or references to back it up. There are parody sites out there and we are not interested in being one.
  2. It was unbelievable enough that the editor believed it was written as a parody, a joke. While the editor who published the article thought it was a parody, a significant portion of our readership did not think it. We are not interested in confusing our readers. EDIT: for Clarity. Upon reading the author’s reply in the comments, stating that it was not written as a joke, the editor took down the original article.
  3. We consider the overall message of the article undermines Nerdarchy’s mission to grow nerd culture and nerdy hobbies.

Here, at Nerdarchy.com, as well as Nerdarchy in general, we encourage the diverse group of writers who write articles on our site to exercise their freedom to explore any topic as long as the topic is relevant to our overall mission. That mission is to assist in the growing of nerd culture and the hobbies associated with it, like D&D.

In the end we believe that the referenced article failed to meet that standard. Worse than that, it was deleterious to the overall mission of Nerdarchy.

Sorry for any confusion this may have caused and thank you for your time and consideration.

Stay Nerdy,

Nate the Nerdarch

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Nerdarchy Talks Shop With TL Frasqueri-Molina

If you like Nerdarchy’s daily livechats (or even if you haven’t seen much of them and are curious), you absolutely do not want to miss out on watching Nerdarchist Dave’s interview with TL Frasqueri-Molina. She is the Senior Enterprise Project Manager at Legendary Digital Networks (they’re responsible for Geek and Sundry and The Nerdist, if you weren’t already aware), and she is nothing short of effervescent. She even joined in on the roll call, it was fantastic. Suffice it to say, we were incredibly lucky to have her on for this, she just seemed so incredibly happy to be here.

It isn’t every day we have a guest with so much vibrancy and enthusiasm, not to mention experience in her field. This is definitely one that you want to go back and watch. In this video, she talks a lot about her work with LDN (and admit it, you know you’re interested in some insider stories about what goes on at Geek and Sundry), some of the amazing people she’s met in her life as a nerd, and her experience running Tomb of Horrors.

TL Frasqueri-Molina brought her charm and enthusiasm to the Nerdarchy live chat. Photo courtesy of Twitter

This is more than just an interview about a shared interest, friends. TL has a way of taking her enthusiasm and optimism and making you really feel it.

Naturally, don’t forget to subscribe to Nerdarchy on YouTube if you haven’t already, where all of these live chats happen at noon EST with a variety of nerdy guests and live games. Also, bear in mind, here on Nerdarchy.com we update regularly with various nerdy articles and check us out on Facebook and Twitter for good times and dank memes. We’re also staying nerdy on Instagram. Also, if you’re interested in helping out the channel and the website, head on over to Patreon where you can get all kinds of extra content and have your questions prioritized for awesome guests like TL Frasqueri-Molina!

Stay nerdy, guys and gals!

 

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Our adventure with the awesome D&D community is more than a game

Nerdarchy GoFundMe trip to LA GM Tips

Inspired by Nerdarchy’s fantastic opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and be a guest on Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with host Satine Phoenix, Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch created the special video message above to share what Nerdarchy means to them and the importance of fans and fellow funny-shaped dice enthusiasts around the world. Continue reading Our adventure with the awesome D&D community is more than a game

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Matt Mercer of Critical Role talks Tal’Dorei with Dungeon Life

Matt Mercer Critical Role

Dungeon Life’s Todd Kenreck was one busy journalist at Wizards of the Coast’s Stream of Annihilation June 2-3, 2017. On his Twitter feed, Kenreck shared that he was able to score 29 interviews with various D&D dignitaries, including the inimitable Matthew Mercer, actor and Dungeon Master for Geek and Sundry’s Critical Role. Continue reading Matt Mercer of Critical Role talks Tal’Dorei with Dungeon Life

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Dating advice for nerds

Hey, guys, Professor Bill of Comic Book University here and I’m going to say a few pretentious things here. I’m talking about dating advice for nerds.

Nerds need dating advice same as anyone else.
Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons portray Amy Farrah Fowler and Sheldon Cooper on the CBS television series “The Big Bang Theory.” Both nerds, and proud of it.

When I was in school I was a pretty popular guy. I was tall, went to the weight room after school daily, I was on the track and field team for shot put, discus, and cross-country, and I never knew what the “friend zone” was. Still, on the down low, when I thought no one was looking, I would go to the comic book store.

Now make no mistake, if a nerd walked into a sports store with a bunch of jocks from school that nerd would get the strangest looks imaginable; that, “you don’t belong here” look. I got that look when I walked into the comic book store. Continue reading Dating advice for nerds

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Jeff Mach talks steampunk and geek culture with Nerdarchy

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Jeff Mach creates geek events like Steampunk World’s Fair

Jeff Mach from Jeff Mach Events stopped by for a Nerdarchy live chat to talk about conventions, steampunk culture and creating strange, wonderful new homes for people whose interests lie outside the norm. As one of the east coast’s largest creators of unique events for non-normal people, Jeff Mach Events runs the world’s largest indoor Renaissance Faire, Wicked Faire, Steampunk World’s Fair and more. Continue reading Jeff Mach talks steampunk and geek culture with Nerdarchy

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Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with Nerdarchy

Nerdarchy GoFundMe trip to LA GM Tips

Satine Phoenix to feature Nerdarchy

GM Tips host Satine Phoenix
Satine Phoenix is the host of Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips

Following on the heels of Satine Phoenix‘s appearance on the Nerdarchy live chat, Nerdarchy is going on an adventure! Nerdarchists Dave and Ted and Nate the Nerdarch were invited out to Los Angeles to appear on Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips, with filming scheduled for July 29, 2017.

But Nerdarchy needs your help.

Nerdarchy needs your help is a very special GoFundMe campaign that’s live right now. By clicking the link you can contribute to the campaign to help get the crew out to LA for Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips with Satine Phoenix. In keeping with Nerdarchy’s mission of “for nerds, by nerds,” this clarion call goes out to nerds everywhere to support this campaign to help get the team out to LA.

In the first 24 hours, the campaign was able to raise 10 percent of the goal and with continued support and exposure we are confident that this quest will be successfully completed. This trio of nerds with a passion for roleplaying games and other nerdy things is ready to level up!

Nerdarchy is very proud of what we’ve built over the past three years. We’re ready to take things to the next level in the journey as we grow and expand. This LA trip represents a big step forward. Rest assured we will always strive to pour all our energy and passion into creating the best content we can for the Nerdarchy community.

Nerdarchy needs your help for an LA adventure
Yes, you. Nerdarchist Dave, Nate the Nerdarch and Nerdarchist Ted your help!

Nerdarchy’s LA adventure connects with Geek and Sundry

Nerdarchy to appear on Geek and Sundry's GM TipsBecause of this unexpected and amazing opportunity, the costs for the trip fall outside of Nerdarchy’s budget. With your generous assistance Dave, Ted and Nate can make the trip from the Garden State of New Jersey out to LA to talk nerdy with Satine Phoenix on her show. A fantastic opportunity for the crew, this step forward offers an incredible chance for continued growth and expanded reach for Nerdarchy.

With Nerdarchy’s vibrant and awesome fans always in mind, the crew plans to schedule additional events in the LA area. Meet-and-greets, signings and even live gaming events at the legendary Meltdown Comics are all on the table – along with ways to share these spectacular moments with fans, subscribers, supporters and patrons across the globe.

Keep up-to-date with Nerdarchy everywhere online for updates and developments on this LA adventure, as well as the usual great daily content. This includes YouTube live chats weekdays at noon EST with nerd culture innovators and creators, live game play, GM 911 answers, gaming reviews and previews and more.

What this means and how you can help

Nerdarchy understands that our wonderful fans all over the world might not be able to donate. But you can still contribute to the campaign by sharing the link on social media or any nerdy sites or forums you might be a part of and help our awesome community keep growing.

Nerdarchy’s LA adventure is a fantastic opportunity for our growing community.

Everyone involved with Nerdarchy, from your favorite on-screen personalities, website staff writers and other behind-the-scenes nerds is really excited about this extraordinary opportunity. In addition to the appearance on GM Tips, this trip is a chance for Nerdarchy to interact in-person with some of the primary movers and shakers in the nerd culture media, network and form new relationships within the nerdy community and gain valuable insights that will help Nerdarchy keep growing.

To learn more about Nerdarchy, explore the website, subscribe to Nerdarchy on YouTube, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and become a patron through our Patreon. Nerdarchy works hard to bring you exciting new content everyday and to create new, exciting ways to interact with fans through live chats, online games and more.

Stay nerdy!

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Wayward Leather puts Designs on Nerdarchy Live Chat

Nerdarchists Dave and Ted welcomed artist and craftsperson Mellie Z. to the Nerdarchy live chat to talk shop about her fantasy-themed leatherwork creations. Mellie hand-crafts fantastic pieces for display, wearable garments and accessories, bags and “monster boxes.”

Mellie Z.
Mellie Z. creates handmade, fantasy-themed leatherworks.

Her work has been shown at conventions like Dragon Con and the Steampunk World’s Fair, gotten compliments from luminaries like Stan Lee and joined the collections of nerd-culture icons like award-winning author George R.R. Martin and Nerdarchist Ted himself, who loves his Ludlow the Mimic bag. (Mellie’s policy is that anything she creates that has a face gets a distinctive name.)

Mellie shared a few tips on leatherworking including insights into her process, both technical and creatively. During the chat she answers Nerdarchy fan questions and quickly became a viewer favorite.

In addition to her convention and fair appearances where her work is on display and for sale, Mellie maintains a website and etsy store where items are available for purchase. She also offers custom pieces and commissions.

Wayward Leather Design
One of Mellie Z.’s most eye-catching creations.

After you watch the live chat, head over to Wayward Leather Designs’ website where you can get your own monster box or bag, view a gallery of Mellie’s work and find an event calendar showing where she’ll be next. You can also follow her on Facebook to stay updated on her work and connect with other fans, and on Instagram where you can discover photos of all her creations (and random cat pictures, too).

As always, Nerdarchy Patreons get priority access on asking questions for daily live chat guests as well as exclusive monthly rewards and chances to game with Nerdarchy. Be sure to like, share and subscribe to the video and the Nerdarchy YouTube channel, follow on Twitter and Facebook so you never miss out on content and, as always, stay nerdy!

 

 

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Stream of Annihilation highlights what’s fantastic about D&D

It’s no fluke that an enormous and continually-growing slate of streaming game play has emerged alongside 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons. When Greg Tito joined Wizards of the Coast’s marketing team a couple of years ago as communication manager, adding more streaming programming to their schedule was one of his goals to expand the audience for D&D. Continue reading Stream of Annihilation highlights what’s fantastic about D&D

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Postmodernism in Dungeons & Dragons

postmodernismRecently, Megan posted an article about how to reconsider evil characters the same day a video with Nate, Scott, and Kyle talking about whether the alignment system was still viable was uploaded. Along with a conversation I had with the Nerdarchy staff writers about postmodernism, I was inspired to write an article about applying postmodern principles into Dungeons & Dragons. Continue reading Postmodernism in Dungeons & Dragons

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Satine Phoenix is living the nerdy dream

Nerdarchist Dave got three special guests for the cost of one when he welcomed Satine Phoenix to the Nerdarchy live chat. Hanging out on her birthday from her home/studio in sunny Los Angeles, Phoenix shared her morning chatting live and answering questions. Nerd culture colleagues Ruty Rutenberg and Ivan van Norman hung out in the background and made a few guest appearances in the chat to say hello and talk about their own gaming projects.

Satine Phoenix
Satine Phoenix joined Nerdarchist Dave to start her birthday off by staying nerdy for the daily live chat.

A proud nerd and Dungeons & Dragons fanatic, Phoenix stays plenty busy as the co-creator of Maze Arcana, host of Geek and Sundry’s GM Tips, co-creator of the graphic novel “New Praetorians” and many other endeavors that bring together her passion for art and tabletop roleplaying games.

Dubbed the “Queen of D&D” by Time magazine, she organized “Celebrity Charity Dungeons & Dragons” at Meltdown Comics in LA, a charity event to raise funds for Reach Out and Read, a national non-profit organization that advocates for childhood literacy. She co-hosts Game School on the TSR Podcast Network.

Satine Phoenix is one busy gamer.

During the chat, Phoenix discussed the impact D&D has had on her life, shared lore and behind-the-scenes stories from Maze Arcana and talked about the incredible opportunities her passion for gaming has brought to her life.

Nerdarchist Dave and Phoenix also talk about the inclusiveness of gaming culture, staying creative, engaging with the community and the pride they both share in making sure to maintain safe, fun environments for any and all players who join their games. Nerdarchy fans will be happy to note that Phoenix is one herself, a longtime viewer of Nerdarchy’s YouTube videos.

Phoenix will also be part of the upcoming Stream of Annihilation from Wizards of the Coast, a live-streamed event to announce the next 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons product and a new lineup of Twitch shows including Fury’s Reach. This new campaign will feature two different groups of players. Phoenix will DM for one group that will stream on Tuesdays, with Rutenberg DMing a Wednesday group. The two parties will adventure in the same setting simultaneously and their actions will affect each other and the world around them.

If you enjoy the live chat with Satine Phoenix, be sure to check out past live chats with game industry insiders, fellow GMs and content creators and many more. Like, share and hit that subscribe button to stay nerdy and never miss new content from Nerdarchy. Daily live chats stream Monday-Thursday at noon EST. Nerdarchy Patreon supporters get to submit questions in advance and have priority for live chat guests, along with giving monthly exclusive content, opportunities to game with Nerdarchy and more.