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Why Do Furries Matter? | Part 2

Furry characters exist as the stylized versions of their creators' best selves, who share their love and creativity through fursuiting and conventions.

Los Nerds: Being a Nerd in Hispanic Cultures

For Hispanic Heritage Month 2019, associate editor Jon Campoverde along with Michael Morejon, Evelyn Treviño, and Carolina Rivera discusses what it's like to be "un(a) nerd," someone from a Hispanic or Latinx background and also someone who enjoys nerd culture. The group talks about how being part of two diverse groups can be helpful when building relationships but can also be confusing when trying to find their place in both.

What Can We Learn From How Our Kids Play Video Games?

Despite what you might have heard about video games at your church, Andrew Steier argues that games have much to teach us about perseverance and personal growth.

What is a Blerd? | Part 2

Good grades, that wasn’t hood. It wasn’t G. Classical music, violin playing...that’s for white folks. At that time pop culture didn’t help blerds, black television and film poked fun at the non-stereotypical black male—if they showed one at all. Nobody wanted to be Carlton Banks, you wanted to be like Will Smith.

What is a Blerd? | Part 1

Growing up black and nerdy was intimidating. As black people, historically, we’ve fought so hard to preserve, maintain and express our blackness, which has been suppressed for centuries. For a long time, being nerdy was mistakenly synonymous with acting white. I was constantly called white or told, “you’re not really black.”

Superheroes are Not Enough: An Interview with Dr. Rachel Kowert on Pragmatic Princess

Dr. Rachel Kowert shares why kids, particiularly girls, need to supplment their superhero stories with stories about normal kids solving real problems.

How To Get Started GMing a Tabletop RPG

With a quick constitution check, you take on the role of GM for a TTRPG. But what now? Ric lays out some helpful guidelines to boost your GMing stats.

Relationship Building Through TTRPGs

"We are better people now that we play TTRPGs together." Jonathan Campoverde explains how Tabletop RPGs helped him and his wife stengthen their relationship.

Fifteen Board Game Gateways to Tabletop Roleplaying

Interested in tabletop roleplaying games? These board games are great ways to get into TTRPGs before you take on a full campaign.

How To Get Started Playing Tabletop RPGs

Want to hop into the world of Tabletop RPGs but aren't sure where to start? LTN writer Peter Martin has a few tips and guidelines to ease your way into a seat around the game table.