Tagged fantasy

Game of Thrones and the Gamers Who Play It

As HBO’s Game of Thrones reaches its final episodes, with the series finale airing May 19, 2019, it’s a great time to appreciate how far the George R. R. Martin franchise has come from its humble beginnings. My first encounter with A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series on which the TV show is based, came about the same way as many of my favorite fandoms: through my love of gaming. In 2003, my friends had just...

In Game of Thrones’ “The Long Night,” the Music Works as Hard as the Characters

First things first: the Internet is dark and full of spoilers. This article is full of them. Season 8, episode 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, “The Long Night,” was the climax of the constant looming threat that has underscored the rest of the story. The majority of the characters who’d survived the game so far joined forces at Winterfell to take on the army of the undead in a battle so hyped the net was full of hand-wringing...

Magic: The Gathering’s Planeswalkers Go to War

While Marvel fans are anticipating the theatrical premiere of Avengers: Endgame, that film is not the only superpowered showdown geeks can look forward to this weekend. April 27–28, 2019, is also the prerelease weekend for War of the Spark, the newest expansion set in the Magic: The Gathering trading card game. In a story that has been slowly unfolding over the course of several years of storytelling and gameplay, the city-plane of Ravnica becomes the battlefield for the final confrontation...

Enjoy Dragon-Sized Performances by a Halfling-Sized Cast in The Hobbit at Children’s Theatre Company

When it comes to epic tales, J. R. R. Tolkien‘s Middle-earth universe certainly takes the cake. With numerous books, supplements, maps, and a trio of film trilogies (two live action and one animated), geeks have been inundated with material from this magical world for over 80 years. But getting new folks, especially kids, into The Hobbit can be a little difficult due to its length and density. Enter the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company and playwright/director Greg Banks. Banks was...

Grim Lovelies Is a Fantasy Quest for Humanity and Justice in Paris

Grim Lovelies is the modern fantasy story of Anouk, an animal enchanted into human form who has been given the sole purpose in life of serving her mistress. She has spent her life in Paris being jealous of human beings called Pretties, who have the freedoms denied to her—from being in romantic relationships to owning nice things. The harsh reality is that she works as a servant and has never had access to the world outside the home that...

Dark of the West Is a Slow-Burn Fantasy Inspired by World War I

We often roll our eyes at the cliché phrase “It’s not you, it’s me,” mostly because it’s used to end one-sided relationships in various forms of media. It’s shorthand for a slew of problems couples face—infidelity, lack of interest, poor communication—and it feels disingenuous because we’ve heard it so many times. But as much as I don’t like using it, I’m going to break my own personal rule today and say this: it’s not you, Dark of the West,...

Minnesota Conventions for Cosplay in 2019

As we kick off the new year, have you started cosplanning your cosplays for 2019? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions and a few other select events in Minnesota you might be interested in cosplaying at in 2019. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most current information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, cosplay contests, and more! (Note that events other than conventions are listed separately at the bottom...

The House with a Clock in Its Walls Is Full of Wandering Whimsy

Eli Roth has made a children’s horror fantasy movie. Eli Roth? The same guy who just this year had Bruce Willis bloodily gunning down gangsters in Death Wish? With a director whose record also includes such gory horror affairs as Hostel and The Green Inferno, one might be cautious of him taking on a film with a PG rating. But fear not, parents: Roth has kept his violent desires in check for this Goosebumps-style picture fit for Halloween. In...

Lost Gods Is the Captivating Story of an Assassin’s Mythic Quest

This summer I discovered the publisher Angry Robot, which has a variety of science-fiction and fantasy books listed in its online catalog that piqued my interest. Lost Gods was one of the books that I felt compelled to read. This novel by Micah Yongo tells the story of the young warrior Neythan and the men that he grew up with. They have all been trained to join the Shediam, a brotherhood of assassins, but just when they are finally ready...

Children of Blood and Bone Succeeds as a Fantasy Novel and a Call to Action

Children of Blood and Bone follows the tradition of using fantasy as a way to bring light to pressing social issues in our culture. It is an adventure story in which a woman is discovering her magical abilities and the people in her community are looking to her for leadership to rise against the oppressive monarchy. In the world of the book, magic comes from a mystical connection to ancestors, and incantations are used as a way to connect...
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