BACKSTORY During the summer of 2017, I decided I was going to surprise Austin with procuring tickets to PAX East 2018 as an anniversary/Christmas/ early birthday gift. After years of hearing his friends ask him if he was going, hearing them brag about their experiences, and Austin watching the recordings on the Penny Arcade [...]


Roll Initiative: My Love-Hate Relationship with D&D

Nearly 10 years ago, my partner invited me to watch him and his friends play Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). They were surrounded by multi-colored dice sets, Mountain Dew, Totino's Pizza Rolls, and Nacho Cheese Doritos (Sponsor me!), while I sat on the couch and watched. They tried to explain to me the appeal: imagination and [...]