About Ragnhild

When not cooking the porridge or tending to the goats, Ragnhild can usually be found by the hearth watching Doctor Who, or twatting about on the PS3. Yes, she said PS3, because the PS4 not having a media server was an outright disgrace. Growing up in a small village surrounded by countryside, she was a shy, quiet individual with a passion for campfire tales of mystery, terror, ghosts, shape-changers and cryptids, a passion which has never left her. She went to work at an airport for 20-odd years which turned her from shy and quiet to rather gobby, and she’s spent the last four years as a tech manager working from home, where she can be gobby but nobody knows about it. Ragnhild’s fortes are sci-fi, comic book movies and open-world gaming, but she’ll throw her oar in on just about anything. She’s written a murder-mystery novel, plays the musical saw, is into nature photography, paints charms for the folk in her village, and can pilot the Shuttle Orbiter should that need ever arise. She’s also an avid fan of Doctor Who and has had tea and cake with Davros. Her favourite movies are ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘The Losers’; her favourite drink is mead (like any good Viking worth their salt); her other favourite TV show is ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’, and her favourite word is ‘Elixir’.

A Nerdic Vikings D&D Journey

By |2018-06-18T10:13:07+00:00June 17th, 2018|Gaming|

About fifteen months ago, Igor strode through the front door of the Mead Hall with his hair blowing in the wind and the box set of ‘The Lost Mine of Phandelver’ under his arm. “We should play this!” he said. Loki looked up from his comic book, took his feet off the table and smoothed his beard. “What is it?” he asked, raising his eyebrow inquisitively. “Dungeons & Dragons!” boomed [...]

Characters vs Story: Which is more important?

By |2018-03-04T22:27:47+00:00March 4th, 2018|Gaming|

I overheard a friendly, drunken debate between Sven and Arnvid in the mead hall the other day. They couldn’t agree on what was more important in a game – Sven said it was the characters, while Arnvid advocated for the story and, while drinks were spilled and the odd playful punch was thrown, it all ended quite amicably, not least because they both passed out across the table. However, it [...]

RiffTrax Live Is Coming To London!

By |2018-01-09T17:22:30+00:00January 9th, 2018|Movies/TV|

There isn’t much that can make a Nerdic Viking drop a nearly-full flagon of mead, but this morning my mead ended up all over the floor and the goats got the shock of their lives as I whooped and hollered in response to the most exciting tweet I have ever seen: If I’m honest, I’m still waiting for my adrenaline levels to return to normal, but let me try to [...]

‘Tis The Season To Be Gaming…

By |2017-12-24T15:33:24+00:00December 24th, 2017|Gaming|

Having just started playing Watchdogs 2 by spending the last half an hour driving around in an ice-cream truck with the jingles on, I thought it might be a nice idea to ignore the ‘video game violence’ argument, and instead concentrate on all the good ways video games can influence your life and make you a better person. So in the spirit of the season of goodwill, here we go… [...]

The Nerdic Couch: How Music Can Help With Anxiety

By |2017-10-13T15:06:03+00:00October 13th, 2017|Music|

I feel like we’ve known each other for a while now, so I think it’s about time that I shared something personal with you. I may come across as a tough old Viking who doesn’t take any back-talk from the goats and can drink a lot of the young folk under the table, but like many other people I’ve struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for quite a few years. [...]

No Seriously, Are We Living In A Simulation?

By |2017-08-22T14:50:59+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Tech|

The Simulation Hypothesis is one of those things that sets up residence in your head, makes itself comfortable and demands to be fed, and while I’ve written about it here before, the more I think about it the more fascinating it becomes. So I thought I would share a couple more juicy morsels as food for thought for you lovely people. This may get a bit science-y, but stick with [...]

Rise Of The Wygons

By |2017-06-10T22:09:32+00:00June 9th, 2017|Movies/TV|

Dragons have always been one of the most popular mythical creatures to stick in your new movie or game, and for good reason – they’re majestic, intelligent and deadly, and let’s face it, they look frickin’ awesome. But in the past few years a trend has developed in the entertainment industry for replacing dragons with wyverns and hoping nobody would notice. The dragons in the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’? [...]

Dude, Where’s My Sweet Roll?

By |2017-02-27T10:34:49+00:00February 27th, 2017|Gaming|

If you’ve read my blog post about Grand Theft Auto, you’ll know that I’m really not one for taking games too seriously, and I think that’s important to the enjoyment of any game. Open-world games make this all the easier because you’re not tied to a linear storyline, so if you want to run around for an afternoon just kicking grannies up the arse for jollies, you can. ‘The Elder [...]

Why Luke Skywalker Is Not Rey’s Father, By A Logical Novice

By |2017-01-16T16:17:13+00:00January 16th, 2017|Movies/TV|

We’ve all seen the heaps of speculation over the past year about Rey from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and who her mysterious parents might be, and most of them point the light sabre squarely at Luke Skywalker. Now I may not be a hard-core fan who knows everything there is to know about Star Wars, but I did watch all seven movies and the quite insane ‘Star Wars Holiday [...]

Is There Anybody There?

By |2016-12-17T20:10:15+00:00December 17th, 2016|Tech, Wyrd|

A few weeks ago when the oaken banquet table in the Great Hall developed a slant and was dumping mead into everyone’s laps, I found myself in urgent need of a spirit level. Being as how Ove the Blacksmith was under the table in a drunken stupor at the time, the first place I turned was the App Store because there's an app for that. But as I was typing [...]

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