Daily Archives December 19, 2011

One-Hour Review: Book of Vile Darkness

Book of Vile Darkness

The Book of Vile Darkness through the editions has been many things. At its best, it is a strong source of inspiration for DMs who want to include some frightening elements into their campaigns. It can also be an inspiration to players who want to have their characters be a little darker or who would rather play an evil party and scour the land rather than save it. While the Dungeons & Dragons line rarely achieves the depths of depravity that gaming lines like White Wolf’s Vampire games or Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu, it is every bit as dark as the epic Midnight setting. The various Books of Vile Darkness have been a must-have for anyone hoping to strike terror into the normally cavalier D&D player’s heart. At the same time, the Book of Vile Darkness has historically also been an excuse to run depraved characters without consequence or thought to roleplaying. There are excellent examples of evil campaigns out there but in my experience they easily get out of control.

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5 Nerdy Holiday Songs

I effing love nerd music.  I effing love Christmas music.  I effing love the confusion on my friends’ faces when holiday wizard rock comes up on my holiday playlist.  There really is not enough nerdy holiday music out there.

Here are a couple of songs to keep you in the spirit of the season while you do your online holiday shopping, participate in a festive WoW raid, or DM your next campaign.

5) Another Christmas Song: Stephen Colbert

All you need to do is look at the Captain America shield in his studio or watch segments like this on his show to know that Stephen Colbert is a huge nerd. In this song from his Christmas special, Colbert breaks down exactly what it takes to write a blockbuster Christmas song.

4) The Way-too-Early Christmas Song: Paul & Storm

Nerd band staple Paul & Storm have a couple Christmas songs in their repertoire. However, their ode to retail’s annual pre-mature jump on the holiday season is especially amusing. “I know you need to satisfy your investors/But couldn’t you wait at least until the Savior’s third trimester?”

3) The Night Santa Went Crazy: Weird Al Yankovic

This nerd holiday classic has all the essentials: silly violence and everyone’s favorite curly-haired accordion player.

2) It’s Snowing: Catchlove

The Harry Potter fandom supplies us with the largest catalog of nerdy holiday songs, there are five entire albums of wizard-themed holiday cheer! Though there are many great wrock songs to choose from, this is one of my favorite holiday songs ever, with or without Harry and his friends.

1) Chiron Beta Prime: Jonathon Coulton

Of course the nerdiest Christmas song I know comes from Jonathon Coulton, feral mountain man and master crooner of all things geeky. The holiday setting Coulton paints may be bleak (gotta watch out for that ammonia scented snow!), but is brimming with cheerful optimism.

There’s loads of nerdy holiday songs I left off this list, let me know your favorites!

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