For the last year or so, I've been a geek news editor at Suicide Girls. It's been incredibly fun, and I'm really proud to be part of the news and interviews portion of the site, which has been compared to Playboy or Esquire, or Rolling Stone's features and interviews in the mid-70s.
However, with a bunch of new writing responsibilities and some other potentially cool demands on my time coming up, I don't have time to write and edit stories every day like I used to, so I'm trading in my editor's cap for a feature writer's cap. Every Wednesday, a new column I'm writing called Wil Wheaton's Geek in Review will go up, focusing on a different geeky subject that's interesting to me (and hopefully to the rest of the audience.) I plan to do several geek essentials columns, (like essential graphic novels, and essential sci-fi movies,) and a few columns on how to introduce your non-geek husband or wife to the geeky world in which we live (hint: if you're going to show her Blade Runner, don't start with the director's cut; normals need that voice over to know what's going on.)
This week, with Halloween (my favorite holiday in the whole history of life) right around the corner, I'm starting out with a column called Creepy, Geeky Games.
When I was fourteen, my friend Darin called me up and said, "Hey, a bunch of guys are coming over to play games. Do you want to come?"
"Games?" I said, putting down my comic book, "like Monopoly?" I snorted the geek snort. "Huh huh huh no. Games are lame."
Darin, who is two years older than me and about a lifetime wiser, patiently said, "no, not like Monopoly. We're playing games that are, well, different than that. They're kind of geeky. Have you ever heard of Illuminati, or Diplomacy?"
I told him that I hadn't, but I was intrigued, so I accepted his invitation and was introduced to a whole new world, where Steve Jackson, and Games Workshop reigned supreme.
It was also the day I officially became a complete and total geek.
This isn't the naked goth and punk girls portion of the site, and though it's blocked by all the standard web filters, it should still be technically safe for work, but use your best judgment before you read it.