Games & Hobbies


There are some people who had to skip this week’s episode due to the use of the word ‘moist’. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t get to know Sam Kuban, the mastermind and asshole behind the moist campaign. Moist My Town is the clever idea to post orange stickers with the word all over Evansville, and the surrounding area. For one, it really is hilarious. That one innocent word can make grown men cringe. Moist. Beige. Panties. Uncomfortable yet?

Board games/card games has always been a big hit for social gatherings. Once, Cards Against Humanity arrived on the scene, it made being a douche funny, and occasionally made beer spray out noses from laughter. Based off the same uncomfortable idea, Rotten Plots is here to make people upset and embarrassed. This card game includes language and vulgarity, making it obviously, a whole lot of fun. 

Not so strangely enough, these two ideas have stemmed from one dudes brain. One dude who strives to make people feel awkward and uncomfortable, but most importantly make people laugh. My favorite part of this episode was that Sam was all about laughter, and wanting to do things that make him laugh. He found himself bored of normalcy, and went to his sense of humor for help. It worked. 

I am (almost) married to that type of asshole, and so I really kind of enjoyed this. There isn’t a lot of people who share this mentality. As obnoxious as it can be, it is always freaking hilarious. His whole mission is to make people laugh, to have a good time, and just offend people as much as possible. Keeper in my book, and should be in yours.

Cosplay is for Everyone

A big part of nerdery, is being able to dress up like your favorite character, and act like them for a day... or four. Cosplay is one of the biggest movements in convention life, and is one that has blossomed over the last decade.

When I first started going to cons, I sat at a table and admired the people going by in costume, looking for ones that I recognized, and even ones I loved. There was an awesome Jack Sparrow, a Batgirl (Whom I knew, and she did an amazing job) and various other characters. It wasn’t until I went to bigger conventions, that I would see the most popular costumes several times over. I cannot tell you how many Castiels I saw, but only like one or two Winchester brothers, go figure. I always wanted to play dress up, but never had the guts to. Various reasons, the main being afraid of being body shamed.

Slave Leia, Catwoman, Batgirl, all costumes that can be really revealing. Props given to the ladies that can pull it off, but it’s not necessarily a cake walk for them either. More recently, the Cosplay Is Not Consent movement started. Signs are posted throughout walls of convention centers, to ward off the sexual predators. While this has been helping the cause, women and men alike are more cautious when cosplaying.

With all the seriousness aside, this hobby is one that can introduce you to new social groups, which is great for the introvert. Lifelong friendships are made through the cosplay circuit, and much like any other tight knit group,

Anyone can cosplay, and I think it is important to know. If you’re feeling insecure, don’t. You get to show your true colors with all the other nerds just like you. Who doesn’t want to be a part of a group like that?

Keep your eyes open for the next convention that rolls through town, you will be surprised how many people love what you do!

Dungeons, Dragons, and You

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30 or 40 years, you know all about Dungeons and Dragons. Maybe not exactly how it is played, or what monsters there are, but you have heard of it. So and so has mentioned it in passing, Uncle Tony played it when he was a kid, and the comic book shop is filled with dice and pieces. D&D, just like a lot of todays games is a thinking game. You get to make a character with traits, powers, and a back story. You get the opportunity to make them as badass, or not, as you want.

I was exposed to this game at a young age, but never had any interest. It wasn’t until I started dating a gamer that it peaked my interest. Problem with that? He had no desire to teach me. He had no patience to play with a noob, and couldn’t find the time he needed to do so, since his commitment was to several games besides D&D. I lost interest. I dove into comics, and other nerderies, and it wasn’t until Drew I realized how much I wanted to play. I wanted to learn, and be a part of this community. There is something special with these people. Yes, they can be weirdos, but we all are, right? They are the passionate kind of weirdos who can live out their fantasies while drinking a beer and hanging out with their friends.

Learning D&D can be really intimidating, and the fact that a website exists like the one that Joshua has founded is an amazing tool. It takes a lot of the uncertainty away, and breaks things down in a way that everyone can understand.

Evansville needs a community like this, and Joshua is the person for the job. Being a DM/player for all the years he has makes him the perfect match for the job.

Don’t just take my word for it, check out LearningD&, and make sure you follow Joshua and his journey to make the world a better place with the love of nerdtastic games!