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December 2012

End of Year: Search results and… WTF?

We here at Dorkadia are so happy that you found us on our small parking lot of the interwebs, and are always curious what search lead you to our site! We like to comb through the search strings that led to people clicking on our page, and often times we

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Who says dogs can’t fly?

A few weeks ago I wrote a lot words, pretty much all positive, about The Megas and their most recent album, History Repeating: Blue. Just last week they released a single and B-sides collection called Fly on a Dog as a sneak peek at History Repeating: Red, the yet-to-be-released album

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An initiation into The Secret World

The Secret World recently converted from a subscription model to a free to play with a subscription option. Surprisingly, and completely unlike Star Wars The Old Republic, it doesn’t suck. Also unlike SWTOR, I had not played The Secret World (TSW) prior to its format conversion. I have only been

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Day(s) off!

Sorry for going dark – we’re all in our post giftmas comas. Everyone enjoy your new games, movies, books, and be safe in your travels. We’re back tomorrow with a look at Secret World!

Review: The Black Company (Books of the North)

    As regular readers of this site might have guessed, I’m kind of an aficionado of fantasy best described, not without a shrug and eye-roll, as “gritty.” I like reading about people develop infections and get betrayed. Heroes kick puppies, villains kiss babies. Everything is covered with a faint

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One Internet to Rule Them All

It’s been a very Hobbitastic week around here. We’ve had a great look at LotR games, both video and roleplaying, an essay on the original works of Tolkien and a review of An Unexpected Journey. But there’s a whole world that Tolkien’s works have touched and no one’s been brave enough to

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LEGO Lord of the Rings – One does not simply block into Mordor

Actually, LEGO seems to be able to do whatever they want with a popular franchise and make it magical and entertaining. I can’t find many reasons to be cynical about this at all even though I was really planning on doing a somewhat snarky kind of review. What they’ve done

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The Hobbit – A Totally Expected Awesome Movie

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”  Whenever I hear that phrase, I hear it in my father’s voice.  My father and I don’t always see eye to eye on things, but one thing we’ve always agreed upon was our love of fantasy.  He pushed books into

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The One Ring: Adventures Over the Edge of the Wild Review

It is a tricky thing, capturing existing stories in roleplaying games. As Reuben said, all of Western fantasy has its roots inextricably tangled up in J.R.R. Tolkien’s world of Middle-earth. Yet most role playing products, a hobby birthed from the womb of Western fantasy, that attempt to capture the magic

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On the Shoulders of Giants

About three thousand years ago, when fellow Dorkadia staffer Hannah and I first became friends, J.R.R. Tolkien came up in conversation, I was first informed that she didn’t really care for Lord of the Rings. My response was – well, it was basically just a strangled squawking noise, but I was attempting

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Civil War: Whose side are you on?

Last night I was browsing Netflix and found Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and booted up season two. Episode one? Maria Hill is trying to recruit the Avengers!  I sat up and started drooling like some sort of Pavlovian experiment gone wrong.  Is this the start of Avengers Disassembled?  Are we finally

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Revisiting Limbo

While looking for a break from the current games on my plate, I remembered how much I enjoyed playing Limbo. Limbo is probably one of the most fantastic titles that I have ever come across due to a sale on Steam. Of course I grew up on side scrolling platformers,

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It’s Adventure Time!

Have you ever gotten high?  No?  Don’t live in Washington or Colorado and want to try it out?  Now you can!  For just $19.99 on Amazon.com, you too can purchase the first season of Adventure Time and experience what it’s like to have the fundamental principles of reality break down

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Orcs Must Die! 2 Review

This is universally known, but it bears repeating: Steam sales are unfair. As a human being that remembers a time when the internet didn’t exist (ever so briefly) I have no way of dealing with instant gaming pleasures at a 75% discount. It’s a sucker punch that catches me by

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The Secret Sauce, Part II

Welcome back to Dorkadia’s intermittently continuing series, “The Secret Sauce,” discussing how you can get a little bit of tasty roleplaying into your gaming experience. In Part 1, we went through a general overview of RP: what it is, how it works, why you shouldn’t feel shame for engaging in

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A Classy Evening with Cards Against Humanity

We’re repeating this article as so many of you have been asking about what fun game to give folks who aren’t RPG gamers – Enjoy! Purchase the game from Amazon here! Charles and his wife hosted a dinner party this last Friday. (Picture related. Surprisingly, neither Charles nor I are

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Who are The Boys?

The Boys is one of my favorite comics from the last five or so years, written by Garth Ennis and with art primarily by Darick Robertson. Ennis, when describing what he wanted from The Boys, said, “I want to out-Preacher Preacher.” If you’re familiar with Ennis’s work, this quote shouldn’t

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Hawken – The mech combat you always wanted

Hawken is the perfect example of a game I didn’t know that I needed to play. I was genuinely unaware that arena combat between large mechs was missing from my life. While I had heard buzz about it while I was running around at PAX Prime 2012, I never quite

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OMG I’VE NEVER SEEN TOYSTORY!!!111oneoneone

Some things can only be experienced in their time. Years later, after the zeitgeist for a particular phenomenon has passed, it often rings hollow, or even looks ridiculous. The Goonies, for example. The Goonies will ALWAYS be one of my favorite movies because I saw it in the theatre when

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A Fast and Furious Review of Savage Worlds: Deluxe Edition

Savage Worlds isn’t a first choice. It’s not one of those super-massive RPGs that pull you out of a normal existence and into the orbit of Planet Nerd. As most “settingless systems” are, Savage Worlds is an alternative for those that have had their fill of the popular RPG dynasties. It’s one

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Young Justice: quite whelming

  With the line up, the title of the show, and pretty much any simple guess – you would think the tv show Young Justice would be an animated version of David and DeZago’s comic series Young Justice. Funny thing, you would be wrong… but only sort of.  Season one of

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