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I told you all in my previous article on wands that they were my favorite tool, and I wasn't kidding.  I've always loved the idea of waving a wand and casting a spell.  I used to carry around wands, staves, and rods as a kid- some made of driftwood, some more ornate deals of crystal and metal.  It helps having a mother who was a sci-fi fan and also essentially pagan, when one is secretly training to become a first-class sorcerer and witch.  That was my ambition as a child, and honestly I'm rather happy with how things turned out.

But I digress- the point is, I've had wands of all shapes and sizes since I was very young.  And one thing always used to drive me crazy about them.

There wasn't ever an instruction manual on how to use them!

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So I'm curious- how many of you are tabletop gamers?  You know, pen-and-paper RPGs, dice, maybe some figurines or what-have-you?

Because I'm a HUGE gamer.  As in four times a week, in some cases.  If you haven't realized that from my blog, then I'm telling you now.

Around here at Grimoire of Geek, we talk a lot about various kinds of fandoms and how they can become part of your magical practice.  We also like to talk about other geeky subjects, controversial subjects to do with our gods and how we relate to them, and where your magic comes from.  We're geeks- we dissect and analyze things, and then we geek out over the details.  It's a thing.

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  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    A Book you might find interesting is What video Games have to teach us about Learning and Literacy by Paul Gee. I know you aren't
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Ooh, I haven't! I liked Real Magic, but I didn't get into Authentic Thaumaturgy- where can I find it? And I completely agree abo
  • Taylor Ellwood
    Taylor Ellwood says #
    http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Thaumaturgy-Isaac-Bonewits/dp/1556343604/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377804273&sr=8-1&keywords=authent

So, about a year ago I was having a conversation with my friend Christopher and a host of others, and we were talking about something very interesting he had heard about.

It's called "the wizard's game."  It's a sort of trick old Pagans and occultists play on each other.  I may have mentioned it in my previous blog posts, but here's a simple recap: a new person enters into a conversation on a subject she or he are very new to and enthusiastic about.  However, this person, we'll refer to the person as "he" for the rest of this analogy, is a bit of a showoff or a know-it-all, or is perhaps espousing some sort of shallow theory as fact.

In any case, they enter the conversation all full of verve and self-righteous "knowledge," which is nearly always designed to irritate people of all kinds, be they "in the know" or not.

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  • BethZamiEl Closas
    BethZamiEl Closas says #
    Indeed we find our way in our own time, you guys are very lucky since you have all the literature and teachers you can find. At le
  • Sophie Gale
    Sophie Gale says #
    You would like "Re-Thinking the Watchtowers or 13 Reasons Air Should Be In The North" by Mike Nichols. http://www.witchessabbats.
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    *nods* I've read it, actually. I do like it, although I don't personally practice elemental magic in this manner. It's a well

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It's probably no surprise that I'm a huge fan of parodies and satire, or the various "-ifications" on the net (yes, I know that's not a word, I'm using it anyway).

I really enjoy it when people get creative about their interpretations of things- the creative world is too broad and vast for us to get terribly proprietary over our ideas.  Copyright infringement and patent laws and such really bug me.  Of course, I like the reversal of such things, like Repo: the Genetic Opera, which is not even terribly tongue in cheek in its commentary on commercialism in health care.

The reason I enjoy these things, far beyond the satirical and political commentary holding people accountable through mockery, is the actual creative genius of world-building.  Taking a simple trope or theme, like maybe a memorable scene from a movie or book, and recreating it as a sitcom episode with the cast of Friends, for example.

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  • Joseph Bloch
    Joseph Bloch says #
    It's only suggested by the title of your post, but have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54VJWHL2K3I (I'm a gamer
  • S. Rune Emerson
    S. Rune Emerson says #
    Actually, I put that link in the post, although apparently the video is having a problem. *chuckles* But yes, I felt it was ter
  • Laine
    Laine says #
    It's nice to see that others have witnessed the interplay between story and world and spirit wherein it concerns roleplaying games

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