Written by Russ Dobler Sure, sending a manned space mission to Mars SOUNDS like a good idea. Maybe the fist-pump factor alone would reinvigorate people’s love for science and exploration. But what if the mission goes wrong, and the public … Continue reading Mission to Mars: Tabletop Board Games Make the Case for Exploration
Written by Russ Dobler 1986 “Okay, I’m Venkman.” “No way, I’m Venkman!” “Nah, you can be Winston.” “Shut up, no one wants to be Winston!” “Okay, then you’re Spengler. You like all that science junk.” “Fine.” “So I’m Ray? Okay.” … Continue reading “This chick is toast!” – A Ghostbusters parable
Written by Russ Dobler Dinosaurs ain’t what they used to be. The scaly “thunder lizards” became something much softer beginning in 1996, when the first true dinosaur with evidence of feather-like structures was discovered in China. Since then, over 40 … Continue reading New Kickstarter offers scientifically accurate dinosaur action figures
Written by Russ Dobler “Not as bad as Bush v. Gore, but close.” That quip alone, from J.R. Jones of the Chicago Reader, could have ended it all before it started. Of course he’s referring to the bent tent-pole that … Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Endless Bad Reviews
Written by Russ Dobler Enraged that world governments continue to pollute the skies with chemtrails? Ready to expose the Men in Black who cover it up for the Reptilian Overlords? Then “Conspiracy!” might be the game for you. “Conspiracy!” is … Continue reading Ultra-classified interview with Diane Sauer, creator of “Conspiracy!” card game
Written by Russ Dobler *PLEASE NOTE: this article contains spoilers regarding the new Thor. You have been warned. The comic book industry has an enviable problem. While its once vast sea of publishing colleagues continues to suffer huge attrition rates, … Continue reading Why can’t comics companies figure out what women want?
Written by Russ Dobler Do you want to rep your inner comic book geek while still maintaining your secret identity as a mild-mannered, working adult? The Five Four Club may have your superhero solution. The clothing monthly subscription service – … Continue reading Five Four Club brings fandoms to the office
Written by Russ Dobler When I first heard about Birdman, the directorial tour de force of critically-acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, I was excited. Admittedly, that was because I initially hoped it would be a big screen adaptation of the … Continue reading Why Did No One Tell Me “Birdman” Is a Self-Righteous Polemic?
Written by Russ Dobler Uncertainty is a hard thing to deal with. Ask a professional gambler, whose livelihood depends on the shuffle of cards or a roll of the dice. Knowing the odds often isn’t comforting enough and, when the … Continue reading The Karma of Heroclix: superstition in tabletop gaming
Written by Russ Dobler Come with me as we travel faster than light, into the past – all the way to the year 2014! Okay, it wasn’t that long ago. Chances are you’re still putting that number on your checks … Continue reading ICYMI: The Top 4 Nerdy Science Stories of 2014