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Episode 115: The Kramden/Kramer Theory

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The conversation begins with the word Fiddlesticks, which leads to the discovery of the Kramden/Kramer theory as well as a discussion of the Blinovitch Limitation Effect. Their meandering discussions include villains who control the weather, and the tick bite that causes meat allergies. Lastly, they discuss Rick and Morty, the Santa Clarita Diet, and the differences between zombies and vampires.

Episode 114: A Bear and a Spare

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First Keith talks about seeing a bear during a hike while on a family reunion trip to Jackson, Wyoming. He also talks about his upcoming travel plans, Action Cats!, and Scott Pilgrim. Andy talks about receiving the first samples of the new Zendo pieces, and Keith talks about receiving the first samples of the Okus tokens for Illimat. Keith talks about wolverines. Andy talks about filming flashback scenes for the Drinking Fluxx History video. Keith talks about GOT Bingo. Andy talks about the camp he’s found for Burning Man, and his plans to run games at RaiderCon, the playa’s only role-playing game convention. Moving on to media, the guys discuss the Ready Player One preview, and about misleading advertisements with out-of-context quotes. Media topics include Rick & Morty and Glow, plus Keith talks about a podcast called Presidential.

Episode 113: Apoplectic Giraffe

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First Keith reports on the status of the Action Cats! Kickstarter, and describes his 9 step process for evaluating photos of cats. Keith also talks about an amazing birthday party he just attended, the theme of which leads them into a discussion of Game of Thrones. Other topics include cosplayers, fashion police, and sword-fighting lessons. Andy talks about what’s new and different in the new edition of Nanofictionary, which launches on August 17th. He also reports on the status of Zendo. Media topics include Better Call Saul, The Leftovers, Rick & Morty, and a movie called Her.

Episode 112: Tuna of the Dirt

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First the guys discuss Keith’s newest Kickstarter, for his card game Action Cats! Then Keith talks about research he’s been doing into the history of party and parlor games. Lastly, they spend a lot of time discussing superhero movies, specifically Spider-Man: Homecoming and Wonder Woman, and before that, the preview for The Inhumans.

Episode 111: Zombies Rule Belgium!

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First the guys talk about what they’re each up to, including Keith’s newest Kickstarter. Then they talk about how movie sets of important locations, like the Oval Office, must get re-used by various film productions. Andy observes that many episodes of the original Twilight Zone series were westerns, and wonders if the real reason for that was the easy availability of western-themed backlots at the time. They discuss Spider-Man movies at length, along other superhero movies, including the Fantastic Four. Other media topics discussed include GLOW, Man in the High Castle, and Rick & Morty.

Episode 108: Mansplaining Man

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First the guys discuss production issues each of their companies are currently dealing with, including delays caused by overseas manufacturing. Keith talks about a new D&D campaign he’s running, and about Zorak’s search for a new henchman. Andy talks about Wickerman, a regional Burning Man event he and his friends had just returned from. Media topics include Wonder Woman, other superhero shows, and a web-series about one man’s search for the worst movie ever. After lowering the Spoiler Curtain, they discuss the latest episode of Fargo and the season finale of the Americans.

SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers inside!

Episode 107: A Non-Narrative Artistic Experience

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First Andy talks about the muddy camping trip he just returned from, a Burning Man regional event called Playa Del Fuego. Keith and Andy each then talk about the work projects they are focused on right now, and the tricky process of making sure that a game’s rulesheet is clear enough to learn the game from. Keith talks about the new Twin Peaks, having softened his initial views. Other media topics include Archer, The Man in the High Castle, and after they lower the spoiler curtain, The Americans.

Spoiler Alert: Contains spoilers!

Episode 105: Time Spanks Tom Hanks

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First Keith talks about his recent trip to Portugal, where, among other things, he enjoyed seeing the roof cats of Porto. They discuss the mystery of why we have different names for foreign geographic locations than the names used by the people who actually live in those places. Keith mentions a couple of books including Anno Dracula and Last Call. Andy reports on some of the stuff going on at Looney Labs, then talks about TARDIS technology and the time traveler known as The Plumber. They discuss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 without being very spoilery, along with The Americans, Princess Leia’s Stolen Death Star Plans, Rouge One, and the BBC series from the 80’s called The Tripods.

Episode 103: Keith in a Sportsball Cap

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First the guys get caught up on each other’s lives. Andy talks about his vintage video game Icebreaker and its innovative “Level Grid” interface, and Keith considers his options for getting a 3DO multiplayer again. Keith talks about the start of season 3 of Fargo, and they discuss the challenges of learning Bridge. And any game for that matter. Then they discuss the issues relating to system mastery in RPGs. And any game for that matter. Then they lament the news of pending cancellation of TV shows they’ve been enjoying. Then they discuss “embarrassment humor,” and the conversation turns into a comparison/contrast analysis of The Office and Parks and Rec. Keith also compares & contrasts the American show House Hunters and the British show Escape to the Country.

Episode 102: No Cookie for Old Men

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First the guys discuss the merits of various types of chocolate chip cookies. Then they talk about Andy’s book, The Empty City, and the stories within it which inspired Icehouse and the entire Looney Pyramids system. They also discuss Illimat and Tak, new board games which also started as imaginary games. Then they talk about the time travel conundrum of showing a young artist who will become successful examples of the works they will eventually create in the future. Andy talks about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Keith talks about stories he’s written (and wants to write) for his fantasy role-playing worlds. Andy talks about time traveler characters he’d written into a couple of his earliest game design projects, back in the early 80s, and provides a breakdown of the various machines and methods time travelers use to get around, triggered by the ring used TimeRider in the new series Dimension 404. Other media topics include season 2 of Fargo, and season 1, and the entire Coen brothers filmography. Keith and Andy give their answers to the question of which Coen brothers movie they like best.