Iconic television and film actor Ron Glass, best known for his performances as NYPD Detective Ron Harris in ‘Barney Miller’ and Shepherd Derrial Book in ‘Firefly’ and ‘Serenity’ has died at the age of 71.

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Glass in ‘Firefly’ (2002)

A veteran actor, Glass landed his breakout role on ‘Barney Miller’ in 1975, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and went on to appeal in several TV shows, including ‘The New Odd Couple’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Murder She Wrote’ before landing his iconic fan-favorite role as the mysterious Shepherd Book in ‘Firefly’ in 2002, followed by a reprised role in 2005’s ‘Serenity’. His last notable appearance came on Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘ as Dr. Streiten. According to various reports, stemming rom a statement from his agent, Jeffrey Leavitt, Glass died Saturday, November 26 from respiratory failure.
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As I started my research for this piece, I realized something VERY quickly. There are a lot of RPGs out there and as I read deeper, it occurred to me that technically speaking, EVERY video game is (in a way) a role playing game. You assume control of a character and use them to collect items they need to alter your normal actions in order to complete a task…more or less. Be it a mushroom that makes you grow twice your normal size or a spell that you cast to do all the ass-kicking for you while you finish your homework (I wasn’t the only one, was I?), nearly every digital gaming experience can, in some form or another, be classified as an RPG.

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Okay, maybe not Tetris, settle down. So that’s definitely an over simplification, but nonetheless makes an impossibly large list to choose from. Knowing that, stereotypically, RPGs are widely recognized as either medieval or futuristic fantasy based adventures; I thought this might be too exclusive a definition. Therefore, I tried to break it down into franchises that focused on different aspects of gameplay, as well as the revolutionary franchises that set the standard for games we have today. That being said, this is my personal list and should not be held to any sort of standard as the end-all, be-all of “best of” lists.

So let’s get to it…
Todd’s Top 10 Role Playing Video Game Franchises/Series’
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Friday, November 18, 2016 marks the official theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the lastest film in J.K. Rowling‘s ‘Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ franchise, and the first film penned by Rowling herself. Director David Yates returns for his fifth time in the big chair of a Wizarding World entry (after directing the last four Harry Potter films).

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(image courtesy of Warner Bros.)

But with so much hype surrounding it, how did Fantastic Beasts actually measure up? Read on in this 100% SPOILER FREE REVIEW to see for yourselves!

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Gobble Gobble Gobble, my fellow nerds! 
Its that time of year to be pseudo-thankful for all that you have. I say “pseudo-thankful” because a majority of you seem to have lost a bit of grip on the difference between entertainment and your life.

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From the militant basement-dwellers, to the recent surge of the fair weather fan crowd, it seems that the wall between artists and fans has faded to a chalk line that one continuously dares the other to cross.

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS A BIT OF PG-13 LANGUAGE.
IF THAT OFFENDS YOU, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO READ BEYOND THIS POINT.

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Friday, November 11, 2016 marks the official theatrical release of Arrival, the science fiction drama written by Eric Heisserer (Lights Out, Final Destination 5), and directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Incendies). Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the early press screening Monday, November 7, 2016 courtesy of Paramount Pictures, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.

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(the somewhat controversial Hong Kong poster of ‘ARRIVAL’)

How did the highly anticipated sci-fi feature measure up? Is it worth the price of admission? Read on below the cut to see for yourselves!

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Holy flashback Batman!

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Fifty years after they donned their tights, Adam West and Burt Ward return as Gotham City’s top crime fighters while Julie Newmar reprises her role as that city’s sexiest villain (and arguably still the best Catwoman of all time) in the latest offering from Warner Bros. Animation and DC ComicsBatman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.

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Friday, November 4, 2016 marks the official theatrical release of Doctor Strange, the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the 14th, to be exact) directed by Scott Derrickson (Hellraiser: Inferno, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister). Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the early press screening Tuesday, November 1, 2016 courtesy of Marvel Studios, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas.

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(image courtesy of Marvel Studios)

A film that’s been rumored and talked about many times since 1986, and has been in the hands of multiple major studios (including Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, Miramax, and Paramount Pictures) and multiple filmmakers (including Bob Gale and even Wes Craven), yet for one reason or another has never made it past pre-production, Doctor Strange finally makes its way to the big screen under the Marvel Studios banner. So is it worth the 30 year wait that comic book fans and movie buffs have endured? Read on to find out!!

WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN **VERY MINOR** SPOILERS.
WE PROMISE NOT TO GIVE AWAY ANY SURPRISES, TWISTS, OR MAJOR POINTS IN THIS REVIEW, BUT THE BASIC PLOT INFO IS NEEDED TO EXPLAIN THE STORY. THIS REVIEW IS 90% SPOILER FREE, BUT THERE IS SOME RISK IF YOU DON’T KNOW ANYTTHING ABOUT DOCTOR STRANGE. — YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

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Lace, leather, bonnets, and top hats are only a few of the fashion statements that can be found at RuffleCon hosted in Stamford, Connecticut.

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RuffleCon is the ONLY alternative fashion convention on the east coast and one of the few conventions within the United States. This year marked the convention’s third show. I was invited to model for a designer and good friend. For the sake of privacy (as requested by this person), let’s call her “Jane” in this review. As a fan of both alternative fashion and modeling, I could not pass up the opportunity.

My journey started Thursday afternoon. I began my drive at 2:30 pm. My origin is West Columbia, SC. When I accepted the offer to go to Stamford, CT, I had surmised that the drive would only be between 8 and 9 hours. Of course as these things go, I was quite wrong and the distance was actually closer to 11.5 hours away. No big deal, I’ve driven 11 hours to Missouri before. I’m an old pro at long-distance driving.

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October 21, 2016 marked the official theatrical release of Ouija: Origin of Evil, the supernatural horror prequel to 2014’s much-maligned Ouija, directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Nerd Nation Magazine was in attendance for the official early press secreening on October 18, 2016 courtesy of Universal Pictures, Allied Marketing, and Regal Cinemas. Due to a review embargo, as well as an increased travel schedule for our crew during our very busy Halloween season, this review has not been posted until today, although it was originally written on October 20, 2016.

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(image courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Before we begin, allow me to give you all full disclosure here. I had not seen the original Ouija film prior to attending this press screening, knew next-to-nothing about it, and thus had absolutely no expectations walking into it. In fact, I still haven’t, and have instead relied on the knowledge of my fellow staff members, as well as my own research on that glorious thing we call the internet. Luckily, after learning about it from the two aforementioned sources, I can assure you, it meant basically nothing anyway. That being said, let’s get down to the review, shall we?

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Just in case you didn’t get online yesterday and see the (literally) MILLIONS of posts about it all over social media, news media, and well, just about everywhere else on the web, Nintendo is back!  No, this is not a drill, yes, this is 100% legitmate, and in fact, let me repeat this for dramatic effect:  NINTENDO. IS. BACK.

Yesterday, Nintendo officially announced its newest system – the Nintendo Switch (formerly known in little more than rumors as “Project NX”). Before we go any further with this, have a look at the OFFICIAL trailer released by Nintendo themselves yesterday (that by the way, is already at over TEN MILLION views in less than 24hrs as of the time of this writing)…

We’ll give you a moment to breathe and let that sink in.
You good? Okay! Let’s continue!

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