Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Mantisma, Matron of Life

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Mantisma, Matron of Life

I’m back this week with another kaiju for 5th edition Dungeons & Dragons! This week, I’m taking inspiration from Mothra to create a force for good in the monster-ravaged realm of Yamatai. Mantisma, Matron of Life Colossal fey (kaiju), neutral good “She is as beautiful as she is powerful. Thank the Gods she fights for us. Most of the time.” – Brother Tino’s Chronicle of Greater Kaiju Many kaiju are feared, but Mantisma is unique among them in that she is revered and loved by many. She acts as a guardian…

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Hurriking, the Monster Sovereign

Kaiju for Dungeons and Dragons: Hurriking, the Monster Sovereign

I’ve been running a fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons campaign for about seven or eight months now, and despite starting the game out of the Lost Mines of Phandelver book from the Starter Set, I left that behind months ago and have been writing the scenarios myself for the most part. Me being me, I decided to inject kaiju into the game. D&D’s only entity that really resembles a kaiju is the Tarrasque, but it’s ‘only’ sixty feet tall. Pathfinder has a dedicated creature subtype for kaiju, and Toho Kingdom has produced a plethora…

Hope Will Not Save You, Action Will

Hope Will Not Save You, Action Will

Hope, one of the most powerful and evocative words in the English language. It conjures images of holding on and persisting through adversity, clinging to the thought of a better tomorrow. It represents our greatest virtues as humans. We name children with this sentiment. We plaster it on political campaign posters. Jyn Erso says it about a hundred times in Rogue One. It’s the promise of a better tomorrow, whether we’re hoping something does happen, or if it doesn’t. Now what if I told you that all of this ‘hope’ was impeding…

Choose the Quest of Your Hero’s Journey

Choose the Quest of Your Hero’s Journey

There’s a reason the universal narrative of the Hero’s Journey has persisted throughout thousands of years of human storytelling. It’s compelling not just because of familiarity, but because we can identify with it. We identify with protagonists facing great odds and difficulties because human life has always been defined by strife and struggle. So if we all identify with the monomyth in one way or another, why not embrace it? Hero Without a Cause The feeling of meandering through life permeates through much of society. We fall into routines, boredom and…

Five Ways to Catalyze Focus and Maximize Productivity

Five Ways to Catalyze Focus and Maximize Productivity

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You sit down at your computer, ready to put a dent in some project, open up the tools or programs you need to use and…little gets accomplished over the course of hours. Sometimes, procrastination isn’t the enemy, lack of actual productivity when attempting to work is. Time will fly by, but most of it will not be spent doing actual work. The bogeyman in this situation is focus, or more aptly, lack thereof. It’s not surprising that tasks can be difficult to concentrate on in…

Cosplay Adventures with Superior Spider-Man

Cosplay Adventures with Superior Spider-Man

“Farewell, Peter Parker. Know this, I will carry on in your name. You may be leaving this world, but you are not leaving it to a villain. I swear. I will be Spider-Man. Better yet, with my unparalleled genius—and my boundless ambition—I’ll be a better Spider-Man than you ever were. From this day forth, I shall become…The Superior Spider-Man!” The Superior Spider-Man Those who follow my Facebook or Instagram pages know I’m a dedicated Spider-Man cosplayer. It started with buying the black suit to celebrate completing Les Mills Combat, then…

Conquering the Spectrum: Conventions and Cosplay with Autism Panel – NC Comicon Oak City 2017

Conquering the Spectrum: Conventions and Cosplay with Autism Panel – NC Comicon Oak City 2017

Many people in the nerd and convention communities are diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, which includes more severe cases of autism as well as higher functioning Asperger Syndrome. At NC Comicon: Oak City 2017, I sat down with Aaron Busse (AKA Something Different Cosplay), and local NC writer Zack Smith to discuss our experiences living with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, what draws people with autism to video games, fandoms and conventions, and advice for overcoming its challenges. If you are interested in having me speak or sit on a panel at conventions…

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

How to Use Mindful Motivation to Conquer Your Goals

When you hear the word “mindfulness,” what images cross your thoughts? Most likely images of meditation or quiet and deliberate studying. Now what images come to you when you hear “motivation”? I’m guessing it may have been a loud and energetic speaker, a runner gritting their teeth to power through exhaustion to reach the finish line, or another damn eighties movie training montage. One of these words conjured bliss, the other bombast. Why would I put them together like that in a title? Simple: You need one to temper the…

The Best of Drill Soul (So Far)

The Best of Drill Soul (So Far)

Last Updated: 3/6/2017 This post was originally written to commemorate my 50th post on the blog. I’ve decided to repurpose it into a list that will be periodically added to. So with that in mind, here is a list of some of the posts I feel are my best work and the places I would direct a new reader to learn about the blog and get a taste for what it’s all about. Maybe there are some of these you’ve missed, or maybe you’d like to read them again. So, here…

Hating Others for Our Insecurities: How to Pull the Facebook Bugs from Your Ears

Hating Others for Our Insecurities: How to Pull the Facebook Bugs from Your Ears

Tell me if you’ve experienced this: Someone on your Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, or whatever other social media just plain annoys you and you’re not sure why. They may not be posting excessive politics, spamming you with game requests, or blaring flat earth conspiracies, but something about them gets under your skin. They’ve never done a thing malicious to you, and yet you just dislike them. Congratulations, you have a Facebook bug in your ear. Facebook Flies You may be asking, “A bug in my ear? That metaphor makes less sense than your invisible gorilla.”…