Conversations and Other Words

Conversations and Other Words I have awesome friends. We talk a lot. Here are some conversations we've had. There maybe some inside jokes, or even something you might not understand. That's ok. I still like you.


Everyone puts out schedules of where they’ll be during conventions. I guess I could do the same. So here goes.

Friday August 19

I’ll be spending the morning helping Tifa at her booth with The Lady Planeswalkers Society on the 6th Floor in the Diversity Hub.

11:30 - 12:30 - Hedgehog Theater - Building Inclusive Communities in Analog Gaming Spaces* - Our panelists will give you tips on creating game groups, finding public game meetups, and enjoying gaming conventions as a newbie. Want to be a better organizer? We’ll work with you on how to bring inclusive content to your current groups, how to find new players, and how to encourage their participation. We will also cover how to identify and handle those problem players and community members.

*I’m not in this panel, Tifa is. I will be there to support her.

1:30pm - 6:00pm: Microsoft - Killer Instinct - Come battle me! Let’s talk about all the cool new stuff. Then we’ll hug it out.

7:30pm - 8:30pm - Wombat Theater - Creating Diversity Playgroups - A discussion about the trials and accomplishments of founding and organizing Diversity Playgroups. Including host Tifa Robles of The Lady Planeswalkers Society - a highly successful, worldwide group for women to learn and play Magic: The Gathering.

9:00pm - ??? - PAX Karaoke - Let’s get nerdy and singy! Details:

Saturday August 30

I have that day off. I’ll be helping Tifa, wandering the show floor, and just hanging out. I hope to see you.

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Hedgehog Theater - Building for Synergy - Symbiosis of Hearthstone and Magic: While Hearthstone may be new to the scene that was originally established by Magic: the Gathering, both games have a lot to learn from each other, as well as a lot to offer for the long-term success of both. The easy access of Hearthstone is perfect for lounging at home, and the interactions you have with other players during a game of paper Magic brings players to their local hobby shop by the drove. How will the existence of the two at-odds games impact the community of card game players?

7:00pm - 8:00pm - Wombat Theater* - The “F” Word - The Big F: Feminism. Lady developers, community managers, and journalists discuss the role of women in the video games industry including the triumphs and trials they’ve faced, and what we can all do to make the community a better place.

*I will be hauling ass from my panel to get to this one. Tifa is on it and it looks AMAZING.

8:00pm - ??? - MTG Party! Tifa and will be there. We hope you will be too! PREVIEW CARDS!!

Sunday August 31

10:00am - 2:00pm - Microsoft Booth - Killer Instinct - LET’S KEEP FIGHTING!

3:00pm - 6:00pm - Lady Planeswalker’s Society Booth - Come join me on the 6th Floor and let me teach you how to play Magic: The Gathering.

9:00pm - 10:30pm - Sandworm Theater - Late Night Dub Fight - Relive moments from your favorite cartoons, video games, movies, TV shows, and anime, in a new and hilarious light. The Late Night Dub Fight pits panelists against each other to find out who can “improve” classic clips by redubbing them live with their imposing improv skills. No one knows what show host Ian Horner has up his sleeves, or what the cast members will say in this all-out assault on your funny bone.

Monday September 1

Wandering in the morning. 

2:00pm - 6:00pm - Microsoft Booth - Killer Instinct - Let’s fight! Again.

Did I mention I’ll have some swag to hand out wherever I damn well feel like it? Because… SWAG.

"I’m sorry for your loss"

Death is a strange thing. It affects us all in different ways. 

A guy I went to High School with died last week and to be honest, I don’t know how to feel about it.

I just turned 34. I don’t consider myself any closer to death than I did at 24. I’m older yes, health concerns will start creeping up but I still feel young. So when I hear about someone that I went to school with or worked with passing it freaks me out a little.

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Exciting Uncle's Game's Announcement!

Reblogged from tifarobles


I often mention where I learned to play Magic. I was working at a board game store called Uncle’s Games in Redmond. This job was a perfect fit for me and I always say that if I could work anywhere forever with no concern for money, I’d go back. Besides the wonderful people I worked with, the most…

Big news for Tacoma Magic: The Gathering Players!

Robocop 2014 - Meh?

Last night Tifa was doing some work for Lady Planeswalkers Society and, more importantly, shopping for my birthday. I decided I was going to turn off my brain for a bit and put on Robocop 2014. When it was over I found myself thinking 

"Did I hate this?" 

"Did I love this?"


There’s a lot of interesting moments in the movie that I liked, and some changes that I felt “OK” with. When it was over  I sat there a while thinking about this movie and I have some thoughts. Spoilers and thoughts after the jump.

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One Year Later… (Give or take)

About a year ago I was fired from my job as Community Manager for Magic: The Gathering.

It was one the bests things to ever happened to me.

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Convention Time with Mike & Tifa


Emerald City Comicon is almost upon us! Tifa and I have A TON of panels we’re participating and The Lady Planeswalkers Society will have an amazing presence this year. It’s a big year for us so let’s get started with where you can find us.

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Speak English!: Racist Revolt As Coca-Cola Airs Multilingual 'America the Beautiful' SuperBowl Ad

Reblogged from publicshaming

It never comes up because I have amazing friends who don’t see color, but I’m 100% Mexican. Some people know, others don’t. Not one of my friends care. Last night the Coca-cola company showed one of the most amazing commercials I’ve ever seen. It made me proud to be a Mexican-American. Until I made the mistake of “reading the comments”. Never before have I felt ashamed to be the race I am… until now.


During the SuperBowl, the Coca-Cola Company aired a commercial to promote their brand as every other mega corporation who has a few million dollars to blow on a 30 to 60 seconds of television airtime. It was a nice commercial titled “It’s Beautiful” in which American people did American things…

On January 13th Tifa and I took another step towards following our dreams. We launched a YouTube channel

This has been something both of us wanted for a very long time. Circumstances prevented us from being able to pursue anything like this. We needed permission to appear in friends videos and being in the positions we were in we were told that no matter what, we were always viewed as company reps and couldn’t be seen promoting anything.

Our new jobs have very clear lines about what we can and can’t say. Basically, we can say whatever we want. There are, of course, some things we can’t say and we’re both smart enough to know when to keep our mouths shut. It’s refreshing to be able to work for a company that lets you have such creative outlets.

If you haven’t watched the video yet let me break it down for you: Tifa and I are very passionate gamers with big personalities. Now those personalities can be unleashed and we can say what we want, do what we want, and can finally be the people we were meant to be. Expect us to talk about games, feminism, Magic: The Gathering, and more. We also want to write and record sketches every once and a while when we have silly ideas. 

This is an exciting and scary time for the both of us. The internet can be a harsh place but we’ve already seen an amazing show of support and we cannot wait to take our place next to our amazing friends who have already been following their dreams. It looks amazing up there. I hope that we can inspire you to come and join us one day.

Random Story from Mike Robles

I once saw Atari Teenage Riot mere moments before I was supposed to do a show at Bumbershoot. I was super close to the stage rocking out and enjoying the speed-metal-techno sounds of ATR. I left their show to go do my performance, not realizing the impact the ATR show had on my ears. I spent most of the first act yelling my lines because I couldn’t hear a damn thing.

I regret nothing.

Christmas at Ground Zero - A Gamma World Adventure

Hello dear readers! You may remember a few years ago when I was ALL ABOUT Gamma World. I wrote a ton of adventures for it, and even reskinned The Deck of Many Things for it!

A long time ago I wrote, a rhyming Christmas adventure and ran it at multiple events. So as my gift to you this year, I present:

Christmas at Ground Zero - A Gamma World Adventure

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Learning New Games - Steamcon V Double Shot

Seattle is an incredible to place to live. We have a convention for almost any facet of geek. In October I went to my very first Steamcon.

Steamcon is a celebration of the Steampunk lifestyle. Gears, machinery, and lavish Victorian era costumes filled the hotel and its many conference rooms. We were there to see one of Tifa’s favorite bands Abney Park and figured we’d make a day of it by exploring the convention. Tifa had been to Steamcon twice before and had a lot of fun, so she was excited to share the experience with me. After walking around the convention, running into some friends, and sitting in on a panel, we decided we would check out the board game area.

There we learned to play Gearworld: The Borderlands and Ladies & Gentlemen.

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Learning New Games - Fresco

Hello again dear reader! I am back with another new game. Now, I know I said I would give you my “first impression” of the games I am learning, but this time I’m cheating. Only a little bit. See this game I’ve only played once before. About a year ago. I didn’t remember it that well.

So without further ado, let’s get artistic with Fresco.


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Learning New Games - Lost Cities

Hello, dear reader! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been busy. I have a new job, I got married, then I went on my honeymoon to London and Scotland!

The Mike Robles is back and I wanted to share with my thoughts on a new game I learned called Lost Cities.

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PAX Schedule *UPDATED*

Here is my updated schedule with where I’ll be! Come find me! Play games! Win Stuff! When I’m not working at the Wordament Area I’ll be walking around with a Surface showing off our newest Windows 8 game: Glacier Blast! So find me and get to play it before anyone else!

Friday 8/30 

2:00pm - 6:00pm - Wordament area at Benaroya Hall 

I’ll be running Wordament Tournaments, handing out swag, and chatting with YOU! Come by and take me on. Or enter a tournament for a chance to win a prize!

9:30pm - 10:30pm - Improv Initiative Strikes Again! - Unicorn Theater

For many PAX’s, the Improv Initiative has descended upon the unsuspecting masses and brought wonderful comedy delights! Come check out a comedy show made up completely on the spot right before your very eyes based on your suggestions. This is a once in a lifetime show; it is never the same twice.  If you’re looking for a chance to see a hilarious nerd-themed comedy, come check us out!


Daniel Emmons, Marc Watson [Mojang], Greg Stackhouse, Mike Robles [Microsoft], Graham Stark [Loading Ready Run] & Special Guests!

Third time’s a charm right? I’ve supposed to have been in the first two, but due to life stuff, missed out. So now, it’s back, I’m back, and I’m ready to perform with this amazing group of people!

Saturday 8/31

10:00am - 2:00pm Wordament area at Benaroya Hall

Here again! I’ll be running Wordament Tournaments, handing out swag, and chatting with YOU! Come by and take me on. Or enter a tournament for a chance to win a prize!

5:30 - 11:00pm Magic: The Gathering Party

I’ll be waiting in line and then checking out the Magic: The Gathering party! Who else will be there geeking out with me?

Sunday 9/1

10:00am - 1:00pm Wordament Area at Benaroya Hall

I’m baaack! I’ll be running Wordament Tournaments, handing out swag, and chatting with YOU! Come by and take me on. Or enter a tournament for a chance to win a prize!

Why should you keep coming to see me and play Wordament? Find out a little later on.

1:30pm - 2:30pm -  Magic: The Gathering World Building Panel  - Kraken Theater!

I’m going to go watch Tifa be on the Magic Panel! Come learn all about Theros with me!

6:30pm - Cards Against Humanity Live! Triple Door

This is NOT a PAX Event separate tickets can be purchased here

Join the creators of Cards Against Humanity, beloved Chicago improvisers “The Nerdologues,” and special guests for an evening of improv inspired by the most overrated tabletop game ever created. This show sold out Chicago’s Improv Olympic in hours - get your tickets now. 

I put together some of Seattle’s finest improvisors to join this party! It’s going to be an amazing show with some great improv! Come join us!

10:00pm  - 11:00pm - Late Night Dub Fight - Serpent Theater

Relive moments from your favourite cartoons, video games, movies, TV shows, and anime, in a new and hilarious light. The Late Night Dub Fight pits panelists against each other to find out who can “improve” classic clips by redubbing them live with their imposing improv skills. No one knows what show host Ian Horner has up his sleeves, or what the cast members will say in this all-out assault on your funny bone. Featuring chainsawsuit’s Kris Straub, LoadingReadyRun’s Graham Stark, Internet Favourite Michael Robles and Synaptic Chaos Theatre’s Brendan “Beej” Dery.


Ian Horner [Synaptic Chaos Theatre /], Graham Stark [LoadingReadyRun], Kris Straub, Michael Robles, Brendan Dery [Synaptic Chaos Theatre]

LOOK AT THIS LINEUP! You mean I get to play MST3K with all these people? SIGN ME UP!

 Monday 9/2

11:00am - 3:00pm - Prize Patrol (all over PAX)

Did you come see me and play Wordament? Did you check out the Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten expansion? If I see you and you’ve got some swag from earlier, I MIGHT have something amazing to give you. You’ll just have to wait and see!

When I’m not performing or working I plan on wandering the show flow with Tifa and we’d love to see all you shiny people! So yeah. PAX Schedule. There you have it. Where will I see you?

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Me: We should get your mom Star Trek Catan for her birthday.

Tifa: Good Idea.

Me: On a completely unrelated note, I want to play Star Trek Catan.