Long before Dungeons & Dragons was cool, I was a child, and my introduction to table-top role-playing games came from an odd source: Yu-Gi-Oh! Before the franchise was a front-runner in the collectible card game (CCG) world with a hit anime series based on nearly the same concept, Yugi was simply “the king of games” — all games. He even spent nearly ten chapters playing “Monster World,” a D&D clone where all his friends would be trapped forever in lead miniatures when their characters died. Ouch.

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From Yu-Gi-Oh! “Duel 59: Millennium Enemy 10: The Last Die Roll.” Copyright Viz. 2004.

Now that I’m a lot older, a bit nerdier, and it seems like every…


“I wish cardboard wasn’t so expensive,” I always lament when getting together with friends to play Magic: The Gathering. Ever since childhood, I’ve always savored the feeling of busting open a fresh pack of cards, drinking in the whiff of new-card-smell. Then, I grew up, and realized just how expensive these things are. As the COVID-19 pandemic set in and foiled any attempt at in-person cardboard-slinging, I dove back into Hearthstone and Magic Arena only to find my problems followed me: even the price of digital cards hurts.

As a former paying Hearthstone player and a more current Arena player…


It is a busy time in the Pokémon world. As we approach the juggernaut franchise’s 25th Anniversary, the Pokémon Company seems focused on a single word: more. This is especially true of the AR mobile game Pokémon GO which keeps getting new features and content faster than a mach bike hurtling down the cycling road. Still, many of these features remain simplistic in design and still feel buggier than they should. None of that matters, though, because the primary feature of the game remains its IP: the unstoppable lure of the Pokémon themselves will always have players hitting the streets.


A staple of entertainment in American homes in 2019 is watching the true stories of terrible crimes. Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Wild Wild Country, and Making a Murderer are all examples of popular installments in the true crime genre to grace the myriad screens of Netflix users, and that is still scratching the surface. …


Susan Sontag’s piece Notes on Camp, while significant for its role in putting words to a concept that had yet to be defined or explicated upon, stands out even more due to its unique writing structure. While not terribly long, Sontag uses a form of numbered paragraphs or “points” she makes, in order to concisely develop a concept that, as she writes, “has hardly broken into print” (Sontag 1). …


In part, Joan Didion’s essay “The White Album” is about the human ability to connect disparate events in a way that gives them signification, meaning. “We tell ourselves stories in order to live,” she writes, then proceeds to challenge whether or not the meaning those stories produce is worth believing in — in a way, questioning if life is then worthy of living. …

Jordan Rehbock

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