• Reviews

    Review – Apocalypse Hero: A Dark Fantasy Gamelit

    Have you ever watched a friend pick up a game and try to play it with no knowledge of the mechanics or the world, but all the confidence in the world? That’s Dan Hanson, a former military man and “wage slave” who finds himself awoken from his hangover to a world where everything is Gamified. Armed with his steel core bat, a grudge towards his neighborhood, and more bravado than sense, Dan sets out less to save the day than to save himself. He’s been alerted to the fact a tournament is coming, and he has been chosen (against his will) to participate. Earth is being purged, and only the…

  • Journaling

    I Am Not Well

    There are people in this world that don’t have mental illness, which is weird to me. People who are normal and whose mind works properly, who aren’t burdened with knowing that when eugenics eventually gets adopted and only nonbroken people get to live I’ll be burned in the trashheap with the rest of the crazies. Probably alive, because who wants to waste money on killing crazy people, am I right? This post is going to discuss my decades of mental health, in a fairly sardonic way in hopes of sharing with others the types of struggles my mind deals with. It is not, at all, a guide to understanding certain…

  • Journaling

    I’ve Not Always Been An Ally

    I’ve been trying to do some self reflection lately. A lot of it isn’t good. I’m a flawed person. Anyone who knows me knows this. When they made me, they broke the mold. They beat the hell out of the moldmaker too. In that regard, I’m not really looking to fall on my sword here about how I was once this horrible person (or how I am a horrible person) and how I can change. I do, however, want to share two distinct stories. They show how I’ve come to the current head space I’m in, that is probably more liberal than some people would like. Not liberal enough for…

  • Reviews

    VS Review – Catgirl Doctor vs Dorm Room Cat-Girl

    Do you love catgirls? Then you’re going to love this special review, which pits two books together to show just where each one shines. In a way, they’re two good tastes that taste better together! I got the idea for this post after having just finished the second book we’re going to discuss. On my Twitter timeline, I see this post: Alright, folks!We gotta settle this! The best #OELN catgirl!Aiya vs Silva!@CSJames16 vs @BrandonBVarnell! May the battle begin! pic.twitter.com/5p0W4BAtKS — Ine Airlcana (@IneAirlcana) July 4, 2020 Well hot damn. Both of these books are solid. Both of these books approach the tropes and trappings of demi-humans with feline features in…

  • Reviews

    Review – Mind Games

    LitRPG is riddled with overpowered characters and underpowered weenies with overpowered women carrying him. Marc Whipple’s entrance into the World Apocalypse genre brings a type of character that’s refreshing, given this: a character with a unique power that could be used for good or for ill, yet is surprisingly grounded given the gravitas of the threat facing their world. The worst thing I can say about this book is that it has tropes typical of its genre. It’s amazing System Restart. Quit reading this review, go buy it (or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.) Purchases made through the above affiliate link may benefit the website. The premise is…

  • Journaling

    I Was Baptized When I Was 9. I’ve Questioned God Ever Since.

    Few events in my young life showed the depths of the emotional abuse my stepfather inflicted upon me as the night after I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I grew up in an interesting cross section of faiths. On my stepfather’s side I had a grandfather I held a lot of respect and admiration for. He was strong willed pine tree of a man, willing to fight for the things he believed in but often not needing to due to stature alone. He often told a tale about how he witnessed “Brother Owen” bring an infant child back from the dead just by holding…

  • Reviews

    Review – Soul Bound to a Dragon

    Kurtis Eckstein‘s books have been recommended to me a number of times, usually because of his series “Immortal Supers” (which starts with The Daily Struggles of an Immortal for those interested.) So when I saw he had written a book about a catgirl AND a dragon, and they were both in the same book together, I had to jump on it like it was a grasshopper, and I was a cat. Not gonna lie, if we’re stretching this simile, or this metaphor (on the one hand, we’re discussing two things in an interesting way; on the other hand, I don’t think I’m really a cat) I’d knock this book so…

  • Journaling,  Non-Fiction

    In High School Someone Was Arrested For Planning a Shooting. In the Aftermath, Everyone Thought I’d Be the Next Assailant

    Wikipedia states that between the year 2000 and the year 2001 there were 11 school shootings in the US. There could have been 12; several of my classmates were found to be on a hit list by a student who allegedly was making active plans to strike out. In the fallout, people would come up to me… not to ensure I was okay, or to ask for help, but because they genuinely believed I was the next likely candidate to be a school shooter. They wanted to make sure I wouldn’t shoot them. This is a hard topic for me to discuss, for a myriad of reasons. It’s no secret…

  • Reviews

    Review – Logan and the Cartographer’s Lackey

    Logan is a farm boy who fancies his bow and arrow more than kissing the girl at the farm next door. His world is under a strange curse in which everyone is sure they’ve forgotten something, but they simply aren’t sure what it is. And then darkness fell, and the demons attacked. After coming to terms with his new world and assisting in gathering the surviving families into something of a Township, he heads out to a capital city to gain answers and encourage trade, with the caveat that he knows its time for him to make a name for himself. Logan wastes little time in doing so. Disclaimer: the…

  • Gaming,  Opinion

    Tips and Tricks to Attack and Dethrone God

    It’s 2020, and the apocalypse is in front of us. Famine. Disease. War. There’s an old saying: “You reap what you sow.” And if you’ve lived in America, you’re aware the political infrastructure has been sowing these seeds since the last harvest in the 1960’s. The phrase “Attack and Dethrone God” is trending on a lot of social media right now, largely because of a piece on Fox News that mentioned the Weather Underground Organization. When stating what the goals of this group were, an infograph was shown on the air that listed this militant group’s goals, as taken from the Prairie Fire manifesto. Listed among these? “Attack and Dethrone…