Fascinated Friday: The Magical World of Geek and Sundry
“Geekdom is the joy of connecting about things you love without fear of judgment.”
– Felicia Day
One of the things that I have been hearing more and more lately is that younger generations are eschewing television for youtube content. At first, this concept seemed strange and alien to me. But as I began to examine my own entertainment patterns, I began to see that already, a lot of the things that I was really in love with right now actually weren’t on television.
Leading the charge in terms of quality programming that is not on traditional media is the amazing Geek and Sundry network, created by Felicia Day. Geek and Sundry is a focal point of geek entertainment, with shows and articles on everything from board games to comic books and novels to dating. It features talent like Wil Wheaton and Patrick Rothfuss as the hosts of shows. Above all though, the programming on Geek and Sundry have a perfect mixture of polish and earnestness that makes pretty much everything they do a joy to watch.
I’m going to take you a few of my favorite things on Geek and Sundry, but please note, this is just a sampling of what’s on there.
Felicia Day is the visionary behind Geek and Sundry. She is endearing and passionate, and has worked tirelessly to advance geek culture in the very best possible way. I first came across her work with the web series The Guild, (thought I would later remember that she on the last season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The Guild is an award-winning series that follows a group of online gamers and was created by Day herself. It is smart and hilarious, and feels so genuine. It ran for six delightful seasons.
Where to start: Season 1, and then roll from there.
Critical Role is an actual -play podcast where a group of professional voice actors play a game of Dungeons and Dragons. It is spectacular. The assorted actors on the show are clearly having an absolute blast not only playing the game, but playing with each other. One thing that first surprised me was that it is a youtube series, rather than a podcast, but this in reality has become one of the most enjoyable aspects of the show. Being able to see these amazing actors inhabit their roles while at the same time snacking on chips or trying to make each other laugh makes the show accessible and charming.
The secret weapon of the show though is voice actor and game master extraordinaire Matthew Mercer. Mercer’s brilliant story-telling and actor’s commitment to every part he has to play makes the actual adventures the cast goes on just exceptional.
Where to start: At the very beginning. A very good place to start.
The breakout hit for Geek and Sundry has been Tabletop, hosted by Wil Wheaton. Tabletop is a show where Wheaton gets some celebrity buddies together and plays board games. And it is MAGICAL. Because the one thing that comes through is that this is a game first and a show second. These people are playing games and having so much fun. It makes you want to play. One nice thing about Tabletop is the sheer variety of games they play. Everything from role-playing games, to pure board games. There is something for all tastes.
Here are a few of my favorite episodes:
Dread- an interactive horror story-telling game where the results of actions are decided by a Jenga tower.
Cards Against Humanity– It’s like Apples to Apples, if Satan designed it. Aisha Tyler is hilarious here.
So there you go. A couple of the greatest hits that this amazing hub of entertainment has to offer. Check out Geek and Sundry and see for yourself just how wonderful and diverse the world of geekdom can be.
Until next time, keep finding things you love. Especially, when you can start looking here.