This week the nerds talk about the number nine. They have at least nine thoughts about it. Andy has elaborate ideas for what he would do if he suddenly got the job of writing Star Wars Episode 9, then Keith tosses out his own ideas for how to finish the trilogy of Star Wars trilogies. Moving on to other media, Keith talks about a new show called Homecoming, and Andy gives his reactions to season 2 of Babylon 5, which they compare with Deep Space 9.
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This week the nerds talk about the use of dice, or lack thereof, in role-playing games. Keith just got back from AmberCon with many tales of the games he played and ran there, and they discuss various RPG systems and how they use — or eschew — the roll of the dice. Media discussions include Homecoming, Babylon 5, and First Man.
This week the nerds take on the topic of time, and stories about characters who can stop time, slow time down, or, of course, travel through time. Specific subjects include Doctor Who, Hiro from Heroes, the Flash, Quicksilver from the X-men, Voyagers, the First Men in the Moon, Manifest, Seven Days, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Man in the High Castle, Fringe, Sliders, and others. At the end they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss the most recent episodes of The Good Place and Manifest.
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First Keith reports on his recent trip to his hometown of Ithaca NY. Andy mentions that this year’s Burning Man theme is “I, Robot” and Keith tells Andy about a new game being designed by friends of his called Inhuman Conditions, which is about trying to determine if your opponent is a robot or a human. Then they talk about tattoos people have gotten featuring images from their games. Andy tells Keith about a memorable hand of Action Cats! Then they spend more than half the show talking about Star Trek: Discovery, which Keith has finally gotten caught up on.
First Keith talks about how things went in the first session of his new D&D campaign, and about a D&D event he just returned from called Level Eater 8. Keith mentions a couple who went looking for a dog they could call Kevin. Andy mourns the passing of Joe Frank, recommends a book by Roz Chast called Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, and asks if Keith has thought about going to Burning Man. Keith tells a morbid story, then they get into a big discussion about Star Trek Discovery, including some minor spoilers. Behind the spoiler curtain they also discuss The Good Place, Electric Dreams, and Black Mirror.
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First Keith talks about a new D&D campaign he’s starting up, which he’s going to be running “sandbox-style,” and Andy mentions At Your Service, a book of sandbox-style adventures Keith wrote for the Over The Edge RPG system. Andy talks about sending Get the MacGuffin and Anatomy Fluxx off to the printer, and Keith talks about the Action Cats! expansion for which Andy submitted a new photo. Then Andy follows-up on the story he told last week about a mysterious cat that showed up on his doorstep. Andy also announces the pending release of Russian Star Wars Fluxx. This inevitably leads to another round of Star Wars discussions, followed by some talk about Star Trek, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Babylon 5, 24, and the endings of TV series in general. Lastly, behind the spoiler curtain, they discuss several episodes of Electric Dreams.
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First Andy and Keith talk about various subjects ranging from Harry Potter, the holidays, role-playing character motivations, The Twilight Zone, Over the Edge, and the concept of a Mary Sue character. This gets them talking again about the new Star Wars movie, which they discuss at length, again, mostly avoiding spoilers until near the end. Other topics along the way include Star Trek, The Sarah Conner Chronicles, Thor: Ragnarok, Knights of the Old Republic, Battlestar Galactica, and Lost.
Andy and Keith spend the entire hour talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. They have opinions.
First, Keith talks about cooking Ellen’s Jambalaya. Andy talks about being in the Sweet Spot on the game design process, and talks a little about his 31st pyramid game. After some discussion of the Three Wise Men, the wise guys talk about some Star Wars related videos they’ve been watching in preparation for the release of Episode 8. Andy just received his copy of Action Cats! so they discuss cats. Andy talks a little about the Pyramid People Executive Retreat, and whines about a toothache. Keith rants at length about things he disliked in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 during his second viewing. Andy talks about watching Back to the Future 2 & 3 in French with his friend Bonnie, who’s moving to a French-speaking country soon, and Keith talks about a new show he’s looking forward to, called Counterpart. Lastly, they discuss the latest episodes of Legends of Tomorrow.
First, Keith talks about buying an old book, using gold coins, at an estate sale, about a dog called Kazan. Andy praises Goodloe’s cartoons and Keith suggests making a custom version of Loonacy featuring some of the best ones. Andy talks about his attempt to write a novel during NaNoWriMo. Andy talks about a couple of new Fluxxes in the works, one for a licensed-theme he can’t talk about yet, and one about human anatomy. Andy also reports on the progress of Get the MacGuffin, and Keith talks about possibilities for the next Gloom release. Then they discuss the upcoming new Star Wars movie, rumors about a Star Trek movie, the final episode of Star Trek Continues, and the most recent episode of the Orville, called New Dimensions. Keith can’t get over his issues with Thor 3. Andy talks about the movie Tomorrowland, and rants, again, about the failure of Mad Men to properly feature the New York World’s Fair. The guys also discuss/complain about Star Trek Discovery, Designated Survivor, and Mr. Robot. Lastly, Andy talks a little about Future Man and Keith talks a little about Runaways.