Humpday Links for May 29

I’m going against all tradition and declaring June the start of summer.  That allows me to justify calling this the last Humpday Link of spring!  …well it was important to me, anyway.

Your Humpday Links!

If this discovery is actually true, there are some pretty serious implications. Mammoth farming, anyone?

– Gamers, if you’ve ever found yourself saying any of these things online, just stop and delete your comment.

This is the kind of cosplay that makes me think, “How am I going to top this!?”

– Yep, this is how I remember Expedition to the Barrier Peaks playing out…

Holy crap, this is a lot of Lego!

– I will be stealing this location for my next gaming session.  Call of Cthulhu, anyone?

– Want to turn your hobby into a business?  Etsy has some ideas.

– Creators, I present to you the Don’t Be A Dick public license.  Which now covers this site.

– Guys and Dolls, I can’t recommend Sexy Nerd Girl enough!  She’s Canadian, funny as hell, and local favourite Mark Meer appears in some episodes.

– If you play Pathfinder RPG, and a spellcaster in particular, I highly recommend Perram’s Spellbook for all your spell-tracking needs.

– Want nicer gaming maps, but aren’t an artist? This article is for you. (I’m certain I posted this before, but tuff beans, it’s a good article.)

– Here’s a list of writing myths that I touch back to every once in a while.

– We are all going to die. Joss Whedon says so.

That’s a baker’s dozen, and if that isn’t enough…I’ll likely come back and post more later.  Or you could post some links in the comments.  So there!


Dice! (AH-ahhhh!)


Those what know me know I’m the Venture-Captain for Pathfinder Organized Play here in Edmonton.  A few months ago the Venture Officers around the world hatched a plan to have special PFS dice made.  Chessex ran with our design, and Chris Mullican was the mastermind behind it.  Mine arrived today, and as you can see they are gorgeous!

I’ll be handing these bad boys out to my volunteer GMs as a thank-you for their hard work.  And keeping a few for myself, because they are soooo damn pretty.

Time May Change Me, But I Can’t Trace Time

Bowie lyric in the title aside, there are some changes afoot at Renaissance Dork World Headquarters.  I’ve had a long, hard think over the past few months and I’ve come to a conclusion.

I’m not that much of a renaissance geek any more.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love all the things I loved before.  It’s not like I woke up in a cold sweat, screaming, “Star Trek!? What was I thinking!?” or anything like that.  But I’ve noticed a trend in myself lately, to begrudge anything that takes time away from my first love.


(That’s the last time I’ll do a one line/word paragraph.)


Anyhoo, it may have taken me a while to realize it (or if I’m honest, realize it again), but gaming is the nerdiness I love above all others.  I enjoy talking Trek, or discussing the latest sci-fi show (Orphan Black must be watched by all the people!).  But games, playing them, talking about them, writing for them…that is the thing that lights up my brain, in a way that other aspects of nerddom just don’t.

So you are going to see some changes around Renaissance Dork.  The biggest will be a switch in focus towards topics related to gaming: RPGs, boardgames, card games and so on.  I’ll post about stuff I’m already playing all the time, games I’m just discovering, tips and tricks for players and GMs, whatever aspect of the gaming hobby I find interesting enough to share.  Which will be a lot, because there is very little about the hobby I don’t find fascinating.

To my tens of subscribers, I hope this doesn’t scare you away but I’ll understand if you need to go.  You may have come for the more general nerdiness, and maybe gaming isn’t your jam.  That is cool, and while I’ll be sad to see you go there seems little point in dragging you along as I follow my geas.  While general nerdy content isn’t going away entirely, it is definitely going to become a minority report; I’m thinking a 90/10 split weighted toward gaming content.  So bon chance, and maybe I’ll see you around the gaming table sometime!

To them what stay, you are going to see a variety of things change.  More posts about gaming, natch.  But I also have three episodes of a podcast in the can and many more episodes planned.  Plus I’ll be posting little bits and bobs I create for my RPGs, because I like to share things like that when I can.  All of that will ramp up over the coming months, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you have any comments, or questions related to gaming, drop me a line in the comments below or fire off a tweet to me or something.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!  It’s gonna be a blast!

Humpday Links for May 22

Long time since my last post, ready to get back, yadda yadda yadda. Let’s get to the good stuff!

– Nerds, I present your new queen.  Bow down!

– I’m making it my mission to do this in every college dorm across Canada.

– Okay artists, it’s official: boob plate armour is dumb because it can kill you. Stop using it in your art.

– Yes, you’ve likely seen the trailer for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” But it’s cool, so watch it again!

– I personally would welcome a visit from Galactic Groomers.

– I love real life “nerds done good” stories, and the creators of “Cards Against Humanity” fit the bill.

– So if he’s cleaning up the world’s oceans at 19, what does he do for an encore?

I don’t care what the scientists say, if Canada wanted a Wall, we could build it; we’re Canadians, not Can’tadians.

– Miss those old gaming magazines like “The General” and “Ares”? The internet has your back.

– Speaking of D&D, these are just a few of the ads I grew up with. See? D&D was always cool!

– For the Whovians: sometimes you need a fancier T-shirt.

– Monte Cook has some interesting thoughts on technology and tabletop gaming.

Are you a Game Chef? Then get cooking, you only have until Sunday!

– Want to vlog for Geek & Sundry? Here’s how you do it.

– And finally: this is the sort of stuff I would spend my time doing, if time and money were no object.

Enjoy the rest of your shortened week; Friday will be here before you know it!