Reading Time: 7 minutes Last year I wrote about my take on Otik’s Spiced Potatoes original recipe. That was before I realized that Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witwer would be publishing Heroes’ Feast: The Official D&D Cookbook. Even when I learned of its publication, Otik didn’t enter my … [continue reading]
Intel, Kit, & Gear
“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” Without Intel, Kit, & Gear, even the simplest tasks can be insurmountable. These quoted words are what the old man in the cave tells Link in The Legend of Zelda. The old man gives Link a sword, albeit a wooden one. But it is the first useful piece of equipment that you find in that game. Furthermore, it sets the stage for the remainder of the game: to survive, you are going to need tools and those tools may come in the form of items (swords, armor, money, etc) or they may come in the form of wisdom (“Dodongo dislikes smoke.”).
The Kit & Gear category is for wisdom and items. Whether the wisdom is truly insightful or just rehashing the obvious is up to you to decide. And since this is the internet I can’t exactly hand you a Shun knife and bid you happy slicing. Instead, I can share my experiences of what tools I’ve found useful and maybe help you make an informed decision regarding an acquisition.
Reading Time: 6 minutes On the toxicity of unrequited love In order to speak more about Gollum’s fall, I first want to bring up a poem by one of J. R. R. Tolkien’s contemporaries, W. H. Auden. (Tolkien and Auden died within a month of each other in September … [continue reading]
Reading Time: 2 minutes What if we missed Aesop’s point in The Fox and the Grapes? Convention holds that the titular fox of this fable walked away from his snack and declared the grapes sour only after he couldn’t reach them. I haven’t read every fable from Aesop that … [continue reading]