Saying Goodbye to Robin Williams

Over the past couple weeks we’ve saying goodbye to Robin Williams, especially my writing staff on Agents of Geek. Just released today is Shauncastic’s episode of our celebrating and commiserating the life and death of Robin Williams. We do try to keep it light, but we can’t help but air out our own sadness a little. Don’t worry, we get right back to the funny.


Shauncastic 162: Goodbye Genie

This week the cast discusses the passing of the great Robin Williams.

The “Cast” this week is Christina “The Brownie”, Mearl the “ShadowTrooper” and Taylor “The Poly.”


Got bored… Made up a D&D new character and a storyline

I’ve been waiting for a phone call for hours. During that time, I stumbled upon upcoming books for the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons. My own group is nearing the end of our 3-4 year long story, which is running mainly on 4th edition.

Currently I play a pixie berserker. Strange? Absolutely. My character is probably the most cartoonish on paper, but she deals with enormous damage…as long as my dice aren’t against me. Just so you know, they usually are. 

So out of boredom (there isn’t much left to do except sit around), I made up a new rogue character as well as a new story arc.

There might be discrepancies or problems with the character build because I don’t have the official character builder (I refuse to pay $10/month for DDI; I have my DM for that). The rogue comes with subclasses like the Thief, the Artful Dodger, the Scoundrel, and a couple others. Assuming I can’t combine subclasses, my character technically can’t be an Artful Dodger and a Thief. SHENANIGANS! The Artful Dodger subclass is named after a freaking thief character from Oliver Twist!

So out of pure stubbornness, this character is built like an Artful Dodger/Thief (in my mind).

HELENA – Human – Rogue (Artful Dodger & Thief) – Circus Performer 


Helena ran away from home at an early age. She and dozens of other young street urchins were recruited by an old miser named Fagan and trained to be a skillful pickpockets. Helena was among the best in her group, but she came under Fagan’s wrath often when she tried to protect some of her less successful comrades. After accidentally killing Fagan herself, Helena ran away with a traveling circus passing through. There she quickly rose to become one of their best aerial performers. 

The blood of a thief still thick in her veins, Helena can’t resist the urge to steal every now and then. She would spend her time off casing a wealthy person’s home and later breaking in to steal something valuable.

Trained in stealth, thievery, acrobatics, dungeoneering, streetwise, perception.

Weapon: Light blade (kukri)

Rogue paragon path: Cat burglar

Epic Destiny: Dark Wanderer 



The traveling circus — full of rogues, illusionists, and disgraced warriors — appears seemingly overnight and disappears just as quickly (stop me if you’ve heard this before). It is powered by a mysterious magic of unknown origin. The only person able to tap into this magic is only known as The Ringleader. No one has ever met The Ringleader, though many claim to have caught a glimpse of him once. The Emissary, The Ringleader’s envoy, is the only person in direct communication with him. 

While traveling, The Ringleader may assign quests to members of the circus to acquire magical items. Such quests require stealth and skill while others require brute strength. The purpose of these quests are mostly unknown. 

While staying in a town, The Emissary will offer contract jobs or bounties in which one person or whole teams can participate. 

New members must go through a trial/gauntlet based around their strengths and weaknesses. Any who fail must leave immediately; they cannot try again. 

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, The Ringleader is the DM. 

Rocket Raccoon Laughs at your 11 Percent

Earlier today I found myself tagged in a conversation on Facebook. Something a friend of mine being able to “move like Jagger.” I don’t fully understand the meaning of that song. Probably because I never really paid attention to the lyrics. Considering it’s by Maroon 5, I’m going to go with “highly suggestive in a sensual manner.” By the way, feel free to read that quotation in Zapp Brannigan’s voice. I know I did :)

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Regardless of what my friend really meant by his remark, the very first reaction that came to mind for a response was Rocket Raccoon’s outburst upon hearing Peter Quill’s 11-percent complete plan. First, I looked for just that clip on YouTube, only to find that no one had made one. All that’s available is the entire Guardians of the Galaxy extended trailer from where the clip is.

So…I made one myself.

Normally this wouldn’t be possible for me, but I realized that I get press releases from Disney/Marvel! Whenever a new trailer or official poster comes out, I get hi-res everything for the website I write for. I took the extended trailer, fired up iMovie, and sliced out Rocket’s sarcastic laughter. Voila! A perfectly appropriate reaction video to some dumb thing you see on the internet.

You’re welcome. 

Mirror Mirror, Who’s the Craziest of Them All?

The Mental Deconstruction of Roderick Usher

Note: this is a paper I wrote in April 2008 on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.” I had a bad habit of turning in a first draft if I was never required to write a rough piece beforehand. Hopefully this re-write, will solve all or most of the problems the original final draft had. Anyway, enjoy. And, um, don’t plagiarize, desperate/lazy youths. M’kay?

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Edgar Allen Poe is an extremely close writer; no word is useless and show be scrutinized carefully.  Roderick Usher is the main focus of Poe’s short story, “The Fall of the House of Usher.”  There are, indeed, many problems going on in his mind that later infect the Narrator, who is unnamed.  Another central, yet barely mentioned, character is Roderick’s identical twin sister Madeline.  She is cataleptic and looks almost dead.  All three characters are victims of a mental breakdown.  Madeline reminds Roderick of death — not only his death, but the death of their family house; Roderick is plagued by the pressure he has to uphold as the last son in a long line of artists; and the Narrator is not only affected by the gloomy appearance of nature, but is also affected by the negativity of Roderick.  One argument for the story is that the Narrator, Roderick, and Madeline are all the same person split into three personalities.  The purpose of the Narrator is to witness the adverse effects of isolation and to reach out of the Usher name and begin anew.

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Women, E3 2014, VIDEO GAMES!

Earlier this week, I decided to host a Google Hangout on Air featuring three awesome women gamers and myself, talking about this year’s E3. Joining me in the live event, which aired last night, were Stephanie Cooke, Sam Maggs, and Jessa Phillips. I invited Dodger Leigh to join our conversation, but she was still busy with E3, and she was preparing to flee — I mean! — take a trip to Europe.

We were having a rough time getting started. Half of us were able to make it into the event while the other half couldn’t find the invite. Then I accidentally closed the event on myself and couldn’t find a way back in as the host. It took an hour for me to figure out what happened, find a way a back in, and then give up and make a new event. Bottom line, Google needs to get their shit together and make this whole process easier. I don’t like jumping through hoops.

Anyway, we FINALLY got started…almost an hour later from the scheduled start time. Once we got everyone in, the event went swimmingly! We ladies know our games, we (or rather *I*) just don’t know how Google operates anything past their email and search engines. Enjoy the video below!

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Celebrate Poetry, All Month Long

Christina E. Janke:

I’m super bad with poetry, but I’ll give it a shot…

Originally posted on News:

NaPoWriMo , or National Poetry Writing Month, is back!

NaPoWriMo is an annual project in which participants write a poem each day in April. It unfolds in the tradition of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, held in November) and motivates, inspires, and engages poets of all levels, genres, and backgrounds.

While a poem a day is your ultimate goal, there’s really no “right” way to participate. Start today and keep at it, and experiment as you see fit. Focus entirely on sonnets, or experiment with free verse. Participate on your own, or collaborate with others. Publish on your blog, or experiment offline.

Ideas to get started

  • Publish poems each day, focusing on a different genre each week.
  • Handwrite poems in a journal, for your eyes only.
  • Start a collective with others, plan themes for April, and publish poems on your own blogs focused on these themes.
  • Create a new blog or group site specifically for this monthly challenge.

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D&D Personality Quiz, a.k.a No Wonder I Sucked as an Assassin…

Barbarians are savage warriors who deal out powerful blows from their mighty weapons. They charge from foe to foe and seldom feel the pain of an enemy’s strike. For barbarians’ foes, the moments of greatest terror come when barbarians call upon primal forces to lend power to their raging spirits. These rages, although temporary, give a barbarian incredible powers, a combination of skill, willpower, and a legacy of ancient tribal rituals.

As a barbarian, you have a link to powerful nature spirits and other primal forces bound to the warriors of your tribe by the songs and totems of your legacy. These spirits lend energy to your rages, transforming you into a devastating force on the battlefield. As you become more experienced, these rages transcend mortal limitations, manifesting directly as waves of elemental power or gifting you with supernatural recuperative powers.

When the heat of battle is upon you, will you respond with a sudden charge that fells with one mighty swing of your weapon, or with a prolonged rage that leaves destroyed foes in your wake?

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A Few of My Favorite Features I’ve Written Elsewhere…

In the time that I’ve been mostly away from Intro to Geek, I’ve been writing for Agents of Geek. I have a total of seven pages worth of posts. Most of which I’m proud. Below are some of my favorites.

10) 5 Awesome Things We Saw at E3 2013

9) FuzziLovies are Good for a Baby’s Eyesight


7) “Cell Block Tango” With a Disney Spin

6)  The End of the World is Nigh! – The Best End of The World Stories

5) Underrated Video Games We’ll Probably Never See Again

4) 75 Years of Superman in an Animated Short

3) Video Games that Left Us an Emotional Wreck

2) THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON TWO “All That Remains” Review

1) Author Spreads Love with THE FIFTH BEATLE

There you have it! Now I’m going to get my ass handed to me on XCOM: Enemy Within. Somehow I keep getting worse every time I repeat a mission — stupid train! I can’t seem to keep all of my guys alive. I won twice, but at the cost of one man. I’m starting to think at least one death is inevitable for this mission…

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Big Trouble in Little Comic Book Land

Wow. I would first like to apologize for my inactivity on this blog. Whodathunk having a 9-5 day job and a residential care facility for the mentally handicapped AND  an Editor-in-Chief position at Agents of Geek would sap up a lot of my creative writing juices. I promise I’m not doing this on purpose. Luckily! This blog isn’t the only place you can find me on the internet. Not only do I make regular posts on Agents of Geek — excluding this holiday season — but I’m also on Twitter and Shauncastic’s Intro to Geek!

Between my last post and now, I also made a guest appearance on RevCast with Gary Mitchell and Tegan Hendrickson, and Bastardcast with Jason Tabrys and Jeremy (sorry, I forgot his last name). I’m in such high demand right now! [flips hair]

Speaking of podcasts, I recorded two during my absence. One for Intro to Geek and one on the show-proper.

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Intro to Geek: Listen to my review of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA

A lot of people have been saying that this latest episode of Intro is the most controversial by far. I guess? Shaun and I definitely have polar opposite opinions on BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. Come take a listen and see which one of us thought it was good, and which one thought it was totally awful.

And now for the latest episode of Shauncastic…

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Shauncastic: Listen to Shaun, me, and company talk about Alan Moore’s most recent cluster-cuss of a stunt. He’s our Miley Cyrus, but her music still sounds all right.

Other things I’m up to right now… Hm hm hm… Oh yeah! I’m picking up aerials now. I’m signed up for the next three months doing every fundamentals they’re offering. I’m gonna have killer arms at the end of this!!! Rawr ^_^

That’s all I have to report today. HAPPY NEW YEAR!