Welcome to the Reno Chapter Page
Official Chapter Launch: July 2015
Social Media: Facebook
Latest Brunch Recap: GGB Reno’s June Pride Brunch
Origin Story: My mother was my gateway into my lifelong obsession with everything nerd/geek-related. She raised me on Star Trek, Star Wars, 80’s horror & sci-fi films like Poltergeist, Alien(s), Paul Verhoeven films, E.T., The Dark Crystal, and a ridiculous list of animation including Looney Tunes, an INSANE amount of Disney, Tom & Jerry, Popeye, not to mention a virtual lifetime of playing Nintendo…my list of geeky loves could go on forever. Not only am I obsessed with geek movies & TV, but I love video games and board games and science and technology and grammar and all those wonderful nerd hallmarks. By the time I got married as Princess Leia it was pretty much undeniable that I had an inescapable geek soul, and it’s a huge part of my identity. I’ve also been learning how to sew to improve my costuming skills. Perhaps most importantly, I am passing the geek gene on to the next generation with my young son and daughter.
Geeky Loves: Star Trek, Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, Firefly, Xena, Community, LOTR, GoT, Ray Harryhausen, Rick & Morty, Pinky & the Brain, superheroes, Disney, Fringe, The 100, Mythbusters, Neil DeGrasse Tyson/Bill Nye, nature programs, Mel Brooks, listening to movie scores, Monty Python, Avatar/Korra, Project Runway, but the list is literally endless and I’m sure I’ve forgotten so much…
Geek Obsession: Kylo Ren
Brunch Staple: Coffee & bacon
Origin Story: The beginnings of my geekiness/nerdiness started with my love of literature and history. I grew up in a small town with not much to do and was homeschooled most of my childhood. While I was completing a 3rd grade history lesson I found my love for the ancient world, especially Egypt. I was so obsessed that I taught myself hieroglyphics and could fluently read and write them. Lack of practice and obvious impracticality in normal daily life has since caused me to forget this skill. However, somewhere I do still have copies of the essays I wrote my charter school teacher in hieroglyphics. Around the same time, I started reading Tolkien and C.S Lewis. This rocketed me into my love for fantasy. I grew up on 40 acres so let’s just say there were a lot of quests completed in my younger days. Then I discovered anime, manga and video games and my geekdom was solidified. I was even able to convince my parents and charter school that DDR was a great home school P.E activity. Yes, I got to play DDR every day for school!! My first anime obsessions were Dragon Ball Z and Rurouni Kenshin and my first video game completed was Kingdom Hearts. I have since continued down the rabbit hole and have loved every second of it! Like our amazing GGB president, I am also hoping to pass the geek gene to my son. He is named Leon, after Leon S. Kennedy from Resident Evil, so I feel like it is a good start.
Geeky Loves: RWBY, Yona of the Dawn, Almost everything Studio Ghibli, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy Games, Resident Evil, Persona, Dragon Age, Halo, Devil May Cry, Assassin’s Creed, Mass Effect, Left for Dead, Tolkien, Jane Austin, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, The Mummy, anything MCU (especially Deadpool, Ironman, Spiderman and Jessica Jones), Dr. Who (though like officer Angela mostly for Tennant), Firefly, Outlander (guilty pleasure), Game of Thrones, American Pickers, Curse of Oak Island, Hunting Hitler, any show Egypt related, Expedition Unknown, House Hunters International, Star Wars, Mad Max, Willow, Some Like It Hot and almost everything Disney. I also like to play DND and magic along with other tabletop games.
Geek Obsession: RWBY and I am also getting pretty obsessed with Persona 5.
Brunch Staple: I try and change it up, but bacon is best!
Origin Story: Angela grew up reading manga and watching anime and dreaming of being a ninja. She was introduced to the wonderful world of sci-fi via the X-Files but then fell asleep during Firefly and never got into any of the “star” fandoms – Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate. She did redeem herself somewhat through Doctor Who but she was really there for David Tennant. Recently she joined the MCU fandom because Civil War gave her a lot of Team Iron Man feels. Once upon a time, she was an avid WoW player and even completed a quest line for a legendary weapon but nowadays, her gaming is limited to her phone.
Geeky Loves: Cats, Doctor Who, Doraemon, Fringe, Game of Thrones, Great British Baking Show, Harry Potter, Hunter X Hunter, Initial D, Kindaichi Case Files, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Netflix, Professor Layton, the Oatmeal, Words with Friends
Geek Obsession: Tall, dark and morally ambiguous characters.
Brunch Staple: Desserts! Because that is how a responsible adult eats.
Origin Story: I am a geek down to my DNA. Thanks to my mom, who enabled and encouraged me to watch the Classic Disney movies and Star Wars with her and read to me when I was little…all the way thru to picking out books from the Science Fiction Book Club to share as a family when I was about 10. As a kid I could quote Star Wars like other kids chanted the alphabet. The flip side is from Dad, who introduced my sisters and me to Saturday morning cartoons (He-Man, She-Ra, GI Joe, Loony Toons) and Star Trek TNG was our after dinner family TV time. Oh and the Original Series Star Trek Movies and Indiana Jones, whenever they were on my sisters and I would stay up late to watch them with him. Dad also started my interest in sky watching and astronomy as well as geology. He would pack up the family in warm blankets at night to drive out into the desert and watch meteor showers and comets. One solar eclipse he got out his welding hood and all his extra dark lenses so all the neighborhood kids could safely look at the sun! We would go camping and hunt for different rocks and crystals and geodes. Both always encouraged me to read and learn new things and it stuck.
Geeky Loves: Star Wars, Star Trek, Disney, Dr. Who, Marvel Movies, Wonder Woman, RWBY, WITCH, Sci/Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, Board Games, Kitchen Chemistry, Astronomy, Geology, Shakespeare, Musicals, Anime (Sailor Moon is my fav. but so many, many great others!) Books! Mercedes Lackey, Janet Evanovitch, Terry Brooks, Raymond E Feist, Tolkien, Diane Duane, Kristen Britain…. I have learned to love video games as that is what happens when you marry a gamer. #gamerwife #Iruntheguidebook!
Geek Obsession: Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Valdemar
Brunch Staple: Coffee, Bacon, Cheesecake