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  1. Review: Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Is the Most Newcomer-Friendly Version Yet

    "I'm attacking the darkness!"

    Dungeons and Dragons is one of those ur-pillars of geekdom, like classic Doctor Who or original flavor Star Trek, which everyone associates with being a geek. Unfortunately, like classic Who and its incredible backlog of seasons, D&D's steep learning curve can be discouraging for new players. The complexity of previous D&D editions can make starting out prohibitively overwhelming. But not anymore.

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  2. The Con Gone By: Check Out the Little Baby Beginnings of San Diego Comic-Con

    The little con that made it big.

    We all know San Diego Comic-Con, right? That giant, sprawling event that draws masses of fans and creators to a single city for a single weekend every year. The one with the exclusive trailers and exclusive toys. The one where badges sell out and hotels fill up faster than you can say Allons-y! Would you believe it was once just a small affair?

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  3. How Does Your Favorite Star Trek Series Fare on the Bechdel Test?

    Which series fares best? Hint: It's WAY cool.

    A little over a year ago, with the help of a few other Trekkies I met through Tumblr, I took on a huge but super-fun project: running each and every live-action Star Trek episode—from The Original Series through Enterprise—through the Bechdel Test.

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  4. Review: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is Witchy Good Courtroom Drama

    Two guys, their assistants, and lots of magic.

    I want to hug whoever came up with the amazing idea to put these two crazy kids together. I’m talking about Professor Layton, the top-hatted Londoner who loves solving puzzles, and ace attorney Phoenix Wright. They’re like peanut butter and jelly—a delicious man sandwich that packs so much flavor you won’t want to go back to having one without the other. In a totally platonic way, of course.

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  5. How Not to Overthink Your Decision to Learn Japanese

    So, you’re finally taking the big step. You’ve seen the occasional words or titles in anime or games, and now you want to dive into the “real” stuff. You want to learn Japanese.

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  6. An Illustrated Guide to Issues of Harassment, Representation, And Media Criticism

    Trolls get banned, JSYK.

    I wish this didn’t have to be said again. I know many people have spoken about this, written about this, and yet the issue keeps coming back again and again.

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  7. Lingerie for Cosplay: What to Wear to Comic-Con

    A handy resource for all your cosplaying needs.

    Finding undergarments that work for your cosplay is a unique challenge in and of itself. Most lingerie isn’t made for costuming purposes, and when you’re wearing a jumpsuit made of spandex all day, little details like seaming and fabric composition matter even more. Below is a brief-ish list of some brand and pieces I think are a particular good fit.

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  8. 7 Important Life Lessons Learned from Labyrinth

    That owl does NOT have your Hogwarts letter.

    It is kind of (really, totally) possible that I have a bit of a Labyrinth problem. But that’s all beside the point. Somewhere along the way, I began to realize that maybe the reasons I love Labyrinth so much have more to do with the wisdom hidden within than they do with my desire to name my next pet Sir Didymus. Without further revelation of the depths of my personal nerd-dom, I present some important life lessons learned from Labyrinth.

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  9. How to Make DIY Doctor Who Wall Art!

    You always have more wallspace when your home is bigger on the inside.

    If I could sing you the TARDIS’ sweet, sweet melody, I’d do it right now. There’s no better way I can think of to celebrate the return of Doctor Who (aside from maniacally jumping up and down and screaming, of course). But as we all mentally recover from Doctor 12's first full episode, we may as well put all of that Time Lord-loving energy to good use!

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  10. Get Prepped for Sexualization and Fridging: It’s Time for Another Sin City Movie

    I'm the God-dame-d Batman.

    As Sin City: A Dame to Kill For seeks to bring more of Miller’s mix of bruising fellas and half-naked women holding machine guns to the screen, it’s the perfect time for us—to use the vernacular of Miller’s milieu—dames to take a look back at his most misogynistic moments in color and ink to prepare ourselves for another go-round.

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