If you love Dungeons & Dragons, chances are you know what Critical Role is because you’ve watched every episode. For those that don’t know, Critical Role is a group fo anime, cartoon, movie, and video game voice actors who play D&D and live stream it on Twitch and post the videos on YouTube. Check out the incredible Critical Role channel.
In this book, we get the first and second Origins series in one. And they’re every bit as funny as the campaign is. There are laughs, deadly battles, which monsters, magic, betrayal, etc. Plus, the art work is phenomenal. The perfect read for all Vox Machina fans. Don’t forget to watch the show, The Legend of Vox Machina on Amazon Prime!!!
Rating: 5 Paws
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I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I grew up on the franchise, and it has inspired a majority of my life. I always dreamed of being a Force-user. Notice I didn’t say Jedi. I’d definitely be a Sith. I’m evil at heart. I admit it. I loved the prequels, the sequels, and the shows. The Mandolorian showed us that Star Wars is more than Jedi and Sith. It gave a stage for the side characters of the franchise to become something more. And the Book of Boba Fett took that to the next freaking level. First of all, I enjoyed seeing that Boba had a redemption arc. But really, did you have to kill the damn Tuskans? That was hateful. Secondly, we actually got to see a lot of things from legends made canon. Like Black Krrsantan from legends becoming a canon badass. And how about that arm rip? That was actually a call back to something Han told C-3PO in the originals. There were a lot of Easter eggs and clever little nods. We got to see a deeper look at the criminal underground of the galaxy. Especially on Tatooine. I loved seeing Boba go from a killer to hero. And how about that moment where he rides in on a damn rancor? That was so epic. I was screaming excitedly. But the best part for me was seeing Mando and Grogu again. I missed them so much. They definitely did Luke’s CGI better this time around. And we got to see Grogu progress in his power. But when faced with the choice of his Mandolorian chainmail or Yoda’s lightsaber, he chose his adopted dad. Which led to the ultimate moment of Grogu putting a rampaging rancor to sleep. If you say that this show or finale was terrible, I’m gonna revoke your fan card. This show was made for the true original fans of the franchise. And I look forward to what Star Wars has in store for us next. Which is the Obi-Wan Kenobi show.
Just as we saw strides being made for LGBTQ+ rights here in America, we are shoved thirty steps back. Florida Republicans have introduced a bill that prohibits teachers from discussing or teaching sexuality and genders. The future of LGBTQ+ kids in the south is at stake. What do I mean by that? The south in America is still not an accepting place for those of us in the Alphabet Mafia. Sure, there are a few small areas of acceptance, but on the whole, the south hates us. Here, where I live in North Carolina, people are harshly judged for their sexualities and gender identities. I was ran out of a church and received death threats when I came out as trans. I lost friends and people I considered family. For many LGBTQ+ kids, they have no one to turn to or ask questions about why they feel different from others. A lot of these kids can’t just go home and ask Mom and Dad what sexuality and gender identity is because their parents are harshly against anything that isn’t cis and straight. So taking away the rights of teachers to make their classrooms a safe space is not only ignorant, it is the cruelest thing you can do to these kids. I was blessed to have a few very loving teachers that made me feel seen and accepted. The thought that kids might never get that terrifies me. Do you ever realize how high the suicide rate is in our community? It isn’t because we’re “sinful” or “unclean” as they call it. It’s because we feel hated and alone in many communities outside our own. This bill endangers lives. Kids that need guidance and answers will feel alone and terrified. Many will end up in terrible situations if not guided and loved. See, the right thinks that they’re making America pure for God. They believe that they are doing His work with bills like this. I am christo-pagan. This means that I have a blend of Christianity and Paganism in my spiritual practices. I also have a degree from Liberty University in Christian Ministry. Let me say this for those foolish Republicans way in the back. JESUS CHRIST WOULD HATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE DOING. YOU GO AGAINST EVERYTHING JESUS TAUGHT AND STOOD FOR. YOU ARE GOING TO FACE HIM ONE DAY AND HEAR, “DEPART FROM ME, FOR I NEVER KNEW YOU.” JESUS’ LIGHT IS A MESSAGE OF LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE NO MATTER WHAT. BUT YOU TURNED IT INTO A SWORD. HE IS ASHAMED OF YOU. We are lucky that we had many activists come before us that paved the way for our freedoms. I got to see gay marriage legalized in my lifetime. But that is at stake. You think the right will stop there? Nope. They will take everything they possibly can from us. Why are we not protesting and asking our liberal representatives to help us fight this cruelty? My prayers are with the kids in Florida. My heart breaks for them. If you are in Florida and need to talk to someone, I am here. My contact information is on this website. Message me or email me any time. This is a safe space. But if you want to fight this, take a page out of LGBTQ+ history. Don’t let them just take your rights. Tell the world why this is wrong. My heart is with you all.