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The Joy of Fan Films

Ah the fan film. The true sign that someone is a hard-core Geek. How many “normal” people would spend hard earned money, time, and effort on a movie that only the makers and a few folks would watch and enjoy? To say nothing of the fact that said movie maker can never…ever…ever make any money off the movie. Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Nada. In fact, the act of making any money off said fan film would cost the filmmakers money as the copyright owners would sue the pants off the poor misguided Geek. So why the hell do we enjoy making movies centered in our favorite worlds, with our favorite characters knowing that we can’t do anything with it? Simple, were Geeks and we love these characters and worlds. We like it even more when we can mix genres and characters. Take the title above, taken from a great Star Wars / Office Space fan film. Sure the quality isn’t what the typical American movie audience is used to, but it’s damn funnier then most of the crap coming out of Hollywood. The fan film is also a great opportunity for Geeks to poke fun at each other. What? How can we mock and poke fun at ourselves? Aaron, you ask… Aren’t you always bitching about getting some respect from the straights. Let me let you in on a little secret, well…a couple of secrets.

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My Own “Freaks and Geeks” Moment.

There is nothing more sad then a Geek cut off from the world. No cable, no Internet, only the warm glow of my JVC DTS-Dolby sound region-free DVD player to maintain my sanity. Alas, no one (even your friendly neighborhood Geek) can watch that much Star Trek on disc… Even “Best of Both Worlds” (which is, by the way, the best cliffhanger ever on the small screen). It was starting to feel like high school all over again! Huddled in a dark room…The pale blue glow of my TV… Books and dice sprawled out about the floor…My ass growing at an exponential rate. As any openly Geeky person knows, high school is the worst time of our lives. The teasing and taunting. The sneers and snickers. Most would hide and even deny their dorkness, as I did. That is I did until my 15th birthday…

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Feeling Reflective.

Okay, so this one isn’t that Geeky (hell, who am I kdding…EVERYTHING I write is Geeky). Anyway, not so much rambling as it is rememberance… Enjoy or not…

History is ripe with pairings of people who seem destined to be together: Frank and Jesse James, Billy the Kid and Frank Garrett, Bonnie and Clyde, etc. Literature is much the same way; it too loves a good pairing Robin Hood and Little John, Butch and Sundance, Hawkeye and Trapper. Why however, do these pairings of people always appear to be working just a little to the outside of society? Why can’t they fit in with everyone else? I don’t have the answer to that question, all I can really do is add to the ever-growing list of these people.

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The Power of Bruce (aka, The Mawn)

Okay, so it’s been a few days since I added to my little rant fest here. And, this installment won’t be that impressive, nor will it be about D&D (I know, that makes you sad). Give a Geek a break, been moving all week and I can barely get my hands to move let along create anything worth reading. But, sore muscles aside, I am here to give some wisdom to ALL retailers the world over…

Bruce Campbell in a pop culture God!

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One Night Stands Are Healthy

Tolkien had resurgence in the popular culture. 30 years ago lanky men (and some women) decided they wanted some plot to their epic battles. So, a small rather unassuming man from Wisconsin came up with some rules to add a little depth to his tactical combat. Making some Xerox copies and wrapping them in a blue notebook a young Gary Gygax began selling a game he (oddly) called Chainmail. 30 years later the game is stronger then ever, but with a flashier (but still highly mocked) name of Dungeons and Dragons! That’s right people; June marks the 30th anniversary of the most loved, endured, hated, cherished, and misunderstood hobby of the 20th (and hopefully 21st) century. All week I shall take you on a mythical journey through the realm of Dungeons and Dragons… Strap yourselves in, it’s gonna’ be a bumpy (and likely dorky) ride…

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