Many of us geeks love to discuss our favourite shows, comics, movies, books, video games, and animes with our friends. It is when those conversations go beyond who would win in a fight between Batman and Wolverine (is that really a question?) that Area of Effect magazine comes in.
Area of Effect is a magazine that explores all areas of geek culture.
The easiest way to explain this is to share a few articles.
Let's start by mentioning "Irony Man," written by Jason Dueck. The article is an entertaining and insightful account of how Tony Stark has built and rebuilt his suit of armour, but the truth is, he remains incredibly broken on the inside.
"The man who can fix anything can’t fix himself—talk about irony, man."
Or we could bring up "The Passion of the Prime," written by Noah Carson. Growing up, the writer saw Optimus Prime as one of the greatest father figures of all time. He highlights how Optimus, while leader of the Autobots, is perhaps better understood as a father. To the author of this article, this was doubly important as he was left without a father at a very young age.
"All life is sacred to him, and no one has any right to take it from another."
From an analysis of how Star Wars relates to Mennonites, to how vulnerability is the key to success in the game Diplomacy, to why being a jerk in a video game is not okay, we love having discussions that make you want to jump in.
We take all those discussions about social justice, philosophy, spirituality, faith, ethics, and morality—find brilliant men and women from around the world to start the conversation, and then print it.
In roleplaying and strategy games, Area of Effect is a term used to describe the impact an attack or an effect will have within a specified area. We chose this title for our magazine because we want to expand the area of effect our beliefs have on geek culture, and vice-versa, through discussions about social justice, philosophy, morality, theology, and faith.
Area of Effect magazine explores these issues in reference to video games, board games, television shows, movies, anime, comics, and more. We want to encourage people to think deeply about the themes and issues that are present in the genres they are passionate about. And if we have a little fun along the way, we’re not complaining.
Honestly? We geeks are a huge and growing group of people who wanted to have a place where our discussions are formalized (and ultimately immortalized).
I mean think about it. The stories and experiences found within the "geek" arts have moved, impacted, and changed so many of us. Many of us have grown up reading The Lord of the Rings, watching Star Wars, playing Final Fantasy... those stories have impacted our lives.
This is our way of giving back, adding to the conversation, and giving others who might not have the same community we've found a place to come and explore these things we love so dearly.
We've searched far and wide to find incredible troubadours (think 5e bards, not boring 3e bards) who long to explore geek culture and contribute their voice, their words, and their art to the cause.
Some of our writers include esteemed published authors, established bloggers, editors-in-chief, and even the less formally educated but equally passionate and important geeks. One of our writers has even been a comedian who won second place at the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. Thus far, our writers span thousands of miles and have penned thousands of words.
Our artists span even further afield. We scour for hours on DeviantArt (and similar sites) looking at the amazing work that so many talented folks have done—and have started to recruit many to join the AoE team.
Our staff and guest writers are passionate about discussing everything geeky under the sun. With your help, we plan to continue providing high quality articles like those samples above.
"I've spoken with these folks and they get a HUGE Geekpreacher endorsement. I have found them to be clever, engaging, and wonderful lovers of Jesus."
— Derek White, Pastor of Trenton First United Methodist Church and Olive Branch Ext. Ministry, Adjunct professor of Ethics and World Religions, Dyersburg State Community College
"Brilliant writing. Engaging topics. Area of Effect is a fun, creative, and thoughtful platform for exploring new worlds and to boldly go where no one has gone before."
— Paul Boge, author
"So beautiful. Thank you for writing."
"A+ Doctor Who Reference."
"Troy and Abed in the moooooorrrnnnniinnnng!"
"As a parent, and one who loves multiplayer interactive games, I have nothing further to say, except well DONE!"
"This article awoke my desire to become the Ash Ketchum of underwater basket weaving."
"I absolutely agree. And as more women raise their voices as consumers of all things geek as well as contribute to the creative content of geek culture (I tip my hat to you), hopefully things will continue to change for the better."
— Readers, Area of Effect blog comments
Yep, we said it... we're Christians. Though that's such a hard word to define and often conjures up some polarizing stereotypes.
We are a group of people (geeks) who have come together to join in the conversation about topics that are deeply meaningful to us. Our desire is that EVERYONE (writers and readers alike) would put their preconceived notions about faith, life, morality, and so much more onto the table and be willing to discuss them.
We are the type of Christians who are far more interested in the journey of discovery than we are about dictating answers.
The community we wish to create is one of pro-kindness, pro-respect, pro-compassion, and pro-discussion. We come to that table of discussion believing that none of us have it "all right" and therefore everyone else at that table has something to teach us.
So really yes, we want to be honest about our perspective and where we are coming from—but we value your perspective so much and truly believe that everyone has something to add to the beauty that is the geek arts.
Risks and challenges
Our ultimate goal is to make Area of Effect completely self-sustaining. In the very saturated, highly competitive, and slightly declining print market—any endeavour like this is a big risk.
We have a few things going for us to overcome these obstacles. For starters, Area of Effect is a part of larger project called Geekdom House. This means that as Area of Effect is growing, Geekdom House as a whole can support and take care of it through these growing pains. Also, Area of Effect is unique in the way it approaches topics; most geek publications associated with faith are devotional in style and focus heavily on reviews, while AoE's purpose is to inspire discussion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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