Why is the Cardboard Tube Fighting League better than live-action role-playing? Mainly because these guys are calling themselves Rangor Axemaster the Brave and they aren’t yelling “Lightning spell!” every ten seconds or so. They just get together in a big crowd and wail on each other with cardboard tubes which, if not exactly noble, does have a certain inherent dignity to it. It looks like these guys are in Seattle if you have some leftover holiday wrapping paper that you need an excuse to throw away. Much thanks to Kevin’s Devil Dinosaur blog for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.