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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