Back when I just started using Twitter again, I’d only followed a few people. However, using these very few folk, Twitter’s algorithm for people I should be following kept bringing up one person in particular. While I originally started following her because I wanted to see why Twitter kept recommending her to me (instead of, you know, actually looking up her work or something logical like that), I now fully understand why. Even if that reason was originally “wow, you sure like Geek & Sundry”, it’s changed into me being a pretty solid fan of her work. So today, readers, I introduce you to this week’s Web Crush: the ever-relatable Jessica Merizan (or Marzipan, as she’s more commonly known).
Sometimes fandom sucks.
As much as we can, and do, find little niches of friends (who sometimes become family), or enjoy consuming created content, there’s no way around the fact that sometimes things can be really shitty. It happens in all fandoms. Unfortunately, bigots have a way of being some of the loudest members of a fandom, making participation in a fandom—or simply association with it—exhausting and downright harrowing for those who don’t fit in the majority. While many of these spaces exist, it’s not always easy to find them; there are, after all, many sites on the internet. One such site I have for you today builds its own castle amidst the plague infested lands of the fantasy genre, a bastion for trans women who seek to find more people like themselves in the genre they adore so much.
When I was a child, I hated the color pink. In fact, I hated anything stereotypically “girly” because I didn’t want to be lumped in with “those girls” when most of my friends were boys. As I’ve grown, I’ve also come to re-embrace many of the girly things that I denied myself in the past, pink being one of them. And, readers, I don’t think there’s anything more pink, cute, and fluffy than the webcomic Princess Love♥Pon, and I love it.
With my intense love of video game RPGs, it should come as no surprise to anyone that I, too, also have an interest in tabletop RPGs. Unfortunately, the one time I actually found a game, the group fell apart one session in and no one had taken the time to explain anything about the Dungeons and Dragons system to me. It was… certainly an experience. However, taking all the chutzpah I could possibly have for the remainder of 2016, I decided that I would run my own session of tabletop fantasy role playing funtimes. Don’t get me wrong, I’m driven by the thoughts of my players forging relationships, traversing perilous obstacles, and just feeling really cool in the settings I’ve thought up. But really, what I’m most looking forward to is seeing the ridiculous shit they come up with in the process of all of that, which is what today’s web crushes are about.
I believe wholeheartedly in the phrase “truth is stranger than fiction”, and I have no doubt that my players will be able to come up with really… really strange things that I wouldn’t have even thought to think of. That’s part of the fun of tabletop RPGs. This truth is only proven by Tumblrs like Your D&D Stories and Your Player Said What.
My Tumblr dash seems to be trying to keep me honest with promising looking indie games and developers to feature here. For the past week, it’s been flooded with a singular post, and after looking at the game’s Kickstarter page, I can see why. Kiro’o Games’s Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan seems to be a jewel in the same respects as Indivisible: an aesthetically beautiful piece of work perfectly complimenting its unique setting and gameplay.
With the Grammy nominations coming out this past Monday, I’ve got music on the brain. This isn’t a departure from my usual state of brain, but it’s been intensified. And also, the current social climate in the U.S. has been, well, less than friendly towards people of color. So for this week’s web crush, I want to highlight a Black woman making geeky music: nerdcore rapper Sammus. As always, hip-hop is an open, candid art form, so some mild to extremely not safe for work language in some of the songs.
I watch a lot of people on YouTube. Really, in this day and age I think I would be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t occasionally lose themselves to the black hole of a video site. However, while I was watching one of the talk shows I enjoy (which may be a WCW for another day) I was introduced to another geeky baking aficionado. And, well, long-time readers know I have a weakness for gaming eats and treats. So today I bring to you, readers, Rosanna Pansino and her Nerdy Nummies show.