Show/Book Series Review: The Magicians
A show/book series that I would say is worth a binge watching is the urban fantasy, The Magicians. This series follows a group of emo/sexually confused college kids with magic powers who, when they aren't getting pregnant with demon babies and getting into weird love triangles with evil gods, are learning magic at an upstate magic Yale/Hogwarts in New England. The show and books have a great cast of flawed young adults that play with powers that often come at a great price. The main character, Quintin, is an autistic Dungeons and Dragons fan boy that enters into a world of real magic beyond anything he ever dreamt when on his meds. The show deals with server side plots and battles against evil gods and demons. The series thrives in fan service to other shows and films like Harry Potter and Game of Thrones to the point it makes fun of its own fan base. The show is filled with dragons that live in the New York subway system, vampires, werewolves, talking rabbits that travel across the multiverse and cults of drugged out magic frat kids that seek to commune with Zeus. The show also takes worlds and settings like Lord of the Rings and Narnia and destroys the sense of wipsi with these kids and their repressed and confused hormones. For all you empaths and packers, you too will love this show.
-- Grant Nelson
Event Notice: D&D MMO Neverwinter
This November, the D&D MMO, Neverwinter, is hosting a massive in game event know as the Siege of Neverwinter. Hordes of dragons, demons and trolls will be assaulting the city and huge player armies will hold them off in waves and gather great in game rewards. The event happens every year and is one of best in game events that I have ever played. The themes and feel of hordes of demons and dragon bosses showing up just feel like good fantasy to me. The game offers many rare items and loot from weapons to armor. It takes place in the forgotten realms and really feels like an epic D&D one shot.
The event runs till December 2nd. It is on Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Go and defend Neverwinter from the hordes of darkness.
-- By Grant Nelson
Game Review: Back for Blood
A game that I think is worth playing this Halloween season is Back for Blood, a spiritual successor to the Left for Dead games from the early 2000s. The game is an amazing fight-for-survival in a co-op mode that is filled with zombies, guns, and gore.The game is very much a mix of The Walking Dead and Leaving 4 Dead, with a very average story. It makes up for it, though, with massage online parties and fighting through hordes of the undead. The gun load outs are amazing. The game has you on the edge of your seat. The gun load outs are great and teamwork is very important. The game is very addictive and reminds me of the days of Resident Evil, but for a new generation. The game has several modes, along with hub space that feels like something out of War World Z. The game had me on the edge of my nerves as I tried to keep my party alive, while shooting as many undead as I could. This game is worth your time and will make you feel like you are in the running dead. Stay sane.
By Grant Nelson
Game review: Call of Cthulhu
A game that I highly recommend is Call of Cthulhu. This is the cosmic wet dream of most game masters, as you explore the Lovecraft mythos, and fight monsters, demons and cosmic monsters beyond imagination. This game allows you to truly role play in a dark, morbid world that fills you with the realization of how small and worthless you are in the back drop of ancient primordial horrors that walk among the stars. The game tests your sanity and what depths of shadows you can role play in. One of the key parts of the game is your sanity, which is how much you can take before going mad from all the shit you are going through. This game is far less about combat and war like dnd or Warhammer, and more just survival and trying to stay alive and find the truth of whatever evil story you are in. It's far more a test and based in scaring you and challenging your fears more than action. The game feels like you are reading a pulp fiction science novel from the 50s with all its weirdness and film noir and often feels like a detective story with alien monsters. If you want to be scared and have fun all at once, try the Call of Cthulhu out..... just don't go too far down the rabbit hole of fear.
-- By Grant Nelson
Book Review: Foundation series
A book series that I would recommend is the classic Foundation by Isaac Asimov, which has been adapted to a TV show on apple tv. The books follow the rise of and fall of a galactic human empire and is very much based off Rome's fall.The books deal with politics and plots within plots, plus wars between rival star kingdoms. After the empire falls, a dark age descends upon the universe, but a lone faction of the empire known as the Foundation, sets out to hold onto the light of reason and knowledge. The books and their themes are what Star Wars and Dune are based on.The books delve heavily into the very soul of humanity and what makes us human. It shows the themes of history and how empires rise and fall -- something that we can all see in the real world. The books deal with a classical view of civilization and how humanity is in a constant cycle of history and how some select people with the will and knowledge can overthrow entire civilizations, and start and end wars like a game of Dominoes. The books are what all modern science fiction can trace back to. The show is on apple tv and feels like Game of Thrones in space. I say, give this fictional universe a shot.
-- By Grant Nelson