How Rogue Waves Work

What was this colossal wave that appeared seemingly out of nowhere? It was a rogue wave. Rogue waves sound like something straight out of a sailor’s tall tale: ominous, mysterious, solitary waves of enormous height crashing down on ships at…

ROM: Spaceknight Might Be The Best Science Fiction Comic Of All Time

ROM: Spaceknight was designed as a toy, and Marvel’s comic about it was supposed to be a throwaway marketing gimmick. But writer Bill Mantlo created a space opera about duty and sacrifice, made ROM fall in love with a human,…

My Theory on the True Secret of True Detective

I’m weirdly obsessed with True Detective Season 1. I don’t usually get this way with things, but I’ve watched it three times so far. And I’ve come to believe in a weird idea about Rust Cohle and why he is…

About the Author

Ed Grabianowski is an author and freelance writer. He’s worked as a contributing writer for io9, HowStuffWorks, and Sweethome, and his fiction has appeared in His fiction has appeared in Black Static, Shanna Germain’s Geek Love, and David Wellington’s Fear…

Welcome Back to Robot Viking!

Hi everyone. The Robot Viking can never die, it merely waits. For longtime readers, most of the old gaming posts will not be coming back — we’re starting fresh! There will be new gaming posts, movie reviews, and information about…

Call Of Cthulhu Was The First Role-Playing Game To Drive People Insane

No swords. No wizards. Just regular humans, in way over their heads as they work to uncover the mind-shattering horrors of the Lovecraftian mythos. That’s the promise of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and over 30 years later we’re still…

How Will The Infinity Gauntlet Be Adapted for Marvel Movies?

We know that the Avengers: Infinity War movies will focus on Thanos and his quest for godlike power, an idea pulled straight from The Infinity Gauntlet limited series. What parts of Gauntlet will the MCU use, and what parts are too…

The New Dungeon Master's Guide Is Like a Hacker's Manual for D&D

The final installment of the core D&D books has arrived, and it’s really a hell of a book. I would even argue that this is the best Dungeon Master’s Guide of any edition of D&D, ever. This is mainly because…

The Scariest, Creepiest and Most Gothic Magic Cards of All Time

Magic: the Gathering is a game of epic fantasy at its core — but deep within the game’s dank cellars, rotting tombs, and loathsome sewers lies a slimy, rotting heart of darkness. Here are our favorite artworks of demons, zombies,…

Behind the Creepy Scenes at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is one of the the best-known horror shows in the United States. We journeyed down to Orlando, Florida to see this year’s collection of nightmares, and talk to the designers who build some of the…