Why I love Critical Role

I love RPGs. They’re a unique form of communal storytelling, a great way to spend time with friends, and at best they’re a fantastic creative outlet. Whether you’re sitting at a physical table or playing online, it’s enormous fun for everyone from the GM to the newest of novice players.[…]

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The Outsider ('Dishonored' Pop! Vinyl)

Starting a new obsession

I love learning how to do things. It’s pretty much my favourite thing in the world. It’s also one reason why my list of obsessions keeps growing. Whenever you learn something new, you find all this other stuff you want to learn about. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.[…]

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Wall-E, contemplating a d20

Learning to play well with others

Welcome to a new section of NerdVerse! This is the first installment of an ongoing series I like to call: “Social Skills for Nerds, or How to Avoid Being a Dick while Nerding Out with Other People.” Because being a nerd is no excuse for being a crappy human being.[…]

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LTR Batman Lego clock, Hulk bowl, Batman mug, Superman Lego clock, b/w Evidence Lootcrate box and DC Comics New 52 Poster Collection

Nerdgasm: Alter Ego Lootcrate

Hooray! I finally received the Alter Ego Lootcrate in the post today. Please note: This was the June 2017 Lootcrate and today is 09 September. NerdVerse, meet your nemesis: The South African Postal Service. On the upside, every Lootcrate is a surprise because you never know which one you’re getting.[…]

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New Adventures in Hi-Fi (album cover)

New Adventures in Hi-Fi (R.E.M.)

Like many people who grew up in the 80s and 90s, I’ve listened to lots of R.E.M. in my life. By far my favourite R.E.M. album is (still) New Adventures in Hi-Fi. It’s a little bewildering to realize that album turns 21 this weekend. So what’s so great about it?[…]

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Asylum (Marcus Low) book cover

New Books: Asylum (Marcus Low)

Reading is what? Fundamental. One of South Africa’s annual literary highlights is the Open Book Festival. This usually takes place in and around Cape Town during early September, which is the start of spring. They’ve had great guests before, including some amazing international and local authors I would heartily recommend.[…]

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OMG! Nerdgasm: Pathfinder edition

What is better than receiving a nice nerdy piece of loot? Look what arrived at the office today. Of course, it feels odd spending R 635 on a book. Even though it normally retails for up to R 1,050, this still feels a bit steep. But it sure is gorgeous. This[…]

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Taking the plunge/Fixing for coffee

Monday seems like a great time to talk about coffee. If you’ve ever seen one of the cunning devices pictured here, you may know it as a coffee plunger or a French press. Many people have one, but few know how to use them. Fortunately, it’s easy enough to learn.[…]

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Star Trek Adventures logo

Shield of Tomorrow!

I warned you this blog was going to feature too much Star Trek, right? I also said I’d be blathering on (at length) about roleplaying games. But this is the NerdVerse, so of course there has to be a topic that allows me to combine them. And now there is![…]

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