Every Player has memories of their first character, their first adventure, and their first adventuring party. For some, those memories are brief – a goblin spear here, a trapped hallway there, a prick of a GM behind the screen, etc. – while for others they last weeks, months, and even years. For us here at To-Ag Studios, that first true adventuring party lasted for half a decade, and in that five years, WE MUNCHKINED THE F— OUT!!! Join us this week as we step back through the edition wars and discuss the origins and developments of our original Dungeons & Dragons characters. From obscenely powerful equipment and weapons to an utter lack of regard for those silly things called rules, we reminisce (and surprise ourselves too!) about the old adventuring days. Dial up those combat bonuses, stack on those magical enhancements, and be sure to keep a chipmunk skull close at hand as we discuss the Steel and Magic Adventuring Company on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
Happy New Year! It’s that time again to look forward and see what’s in store at box office this year. I’ve compiled my list of 13 movies for 2013 to give you a look at my eclectic taste.
*Must-See meaning I really, really want to see these movies. Whether or not I make it to the theaters is another story. Breaking away for a 3 hour stint from the little man on one of our rare days off is a feat. All that being said, we will see how many of these I actually make it to see. Continue reading
A segment where Kevin Smith goes on and on about a subject he seemingly takes way too seriously that no one else likely cares about or has given any consideration.
Today’s Issue: The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games is an odd trilogy to me. When I read the first novel, The Hunger Games, I was impressed. Sure the concept had been done before in many forms, but ultimately it was well written for a YA book, which is refreshing, and had all the right bits and pieces to form a cohesive plot. Then I read Catching Fire which seemed to have a lot of the same enjoyable action from the first book but at the expense of introducing some way too convenient plot wrangling to do so. Then came the final installment, Mockingjay. Mockingjay did things that seemed so backward to how one would expect its protagonists to act at this point that I was just baffled. Many would say that this represents growth, or a hardening of the characters but I disagree as I lay out below.
As usual, SPOILERS AHEAD dear reader!
Let’s face it. If it wasn’t for books, we could hardly classify ourselves as geeks. From the stacks of tomes in our tabletop roleplaying libraries to the shelves lined with everything from history to science fiction, if a geek is anything, they are well read. Join us this week as we discuss our favorite books and authors, as well as the works that have been most influential on our creative minds. Be sure to grab your custom bookmark, set aside those reading glasses, and put that awesome book back on the shelf (just for a bit!) as you settle into that comfy reading chair and listen to a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
We all love an original, right? Be it a movie, a TV show, a book or a game, there is nothing quite like the Real McCoy. The OG. The Numba One Stunna… or something… But, what happens if an original is remade or rebooted? What is it’s (probably) worse? What if it’s (surprisingly) better? Should it have even been done? Join us this week as we tackle these hard-hitting, earth-shattering, humanity influencing questions while looking at the entertainment industry’s remake obsession. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide those bootleg cable movie VHS’s, because it’s all about to get REMADE UP IN HERE, on this weeks new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
A phenomenon like The Hunger Games wouldn’t be quite as… well, phenomenal without a plethora of merchandise. Whether it be collector’s editions, movie companions, spoofs, cookbooks, jewelry, or apparel it’s all out there. Being a gamer, a Hunger Games fan, and the consumer whore that I am, I picked up not one, not two, but three games based on the series that I love.