All posts filed under “Tabletop Games

Episode 218: Is Tasha Yar in the Tal Shiar?

This week the word is holodeck. The nerds discuss various implications of holodeck technology, as well as replicators and universal translators. Andy reports on Toy Fair, and Keith talks about playing Villainous for the first time. He also talks about playing Magic for the first time in a while. After the spoiler warning, they discuss episode 5 of Star Trek: Picard, and how modern Trek differs from vintage versions. Andy wonders why you always see the same random episode of a show you don’t really watch.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 217: The Sneaky Spud Exception

This week the word is potato. The nerds spend a lot of time debating various forms of potatoes, mostly french fries, regarding which Keith has an interesting policy of limitation. They talk about Andy’s new Kickstarter, for Pyramid Quartet. Andy talks about a trip he took to Colorado and describes playing Captain Sonar. After the spoiler warning, they discuss Locke & Key, The Goldbergs, and episode 4 of Star Trek: Picard.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 216: 100 Years of Ice Cream

Blurb: This week the word is immortality. The nerds talk about various immortal and very long-lived beings in literature, including Tolkien’s elves, vampires, mummies, Star Trek’s Q, and others. Then they check in with what they’re each working on. After the spoiler warning they discuss the final episode of The Good Place, the implications of teleportation, Dark Matter, and episode 3 of Picard.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 215: Where are the Gangs of Elvises?

This week the word is utopia. The nerds talk at length about the utopian ideals of Star Trek, and how replicators, transporters, and holodecks really would change everything. Other topics include MUDs, gender-swapping technology, and the value of real estate in a cashless society. They talk about work stuff for a bit, then they lower the spoiler curtain to talk about the second episode of Star Trek: Picard.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 214: Jack’s a Doughnut


This week the word is Alaska, since Keith just returned from Juneau. They each talk about trips they’ve taken there, then somehow this leads to a long discussion of vampires and werewolves. Keith talks about the mark Gandalf leaves on Bilbo’s door, and shares a few thoughts about Crisis on Infinite Earths. After the spoiler warning, the discuss the first episode of Star Trek Picard at length.

Episode 212: The Maclunky Chronicles

This week the word is Maclunky. The nerds start out by discussing the latest version of the Han Shot First scene. Other topics include funny DVD commentary tracks, Jonathan Baker’s Download Bingo Card, the projects they are each currently working on, SpongeBob SquarePants, How I Met Your Mother, and Bumblebee. After the spoiler warning they discuss The Pool of Fire, Star Trek Short Treks, and Knives Out.

Spoiler warning: Contains Spoilers!

Episode 210: Shut Up, Nerd!

This week the word is Mystery. The guys discuss the “Mystery Box” approach to story-telling, mysteries in general, and mystery stories with solvable endings vs. those that can never really be resolved. Keith talks about deliberately unanswered questions in the backstory of Eberron, and Andy talks about being on jury duty. They also discuss mystery as a theme in games. After the spoiler warning they discuss Star Wars 9 at length.

Spoiler warning: Contains Spoilers!

Episode 206: The Severed Arm of Chuck Palahniuk

This week the word is unreliable. They discuss unreliable narrators in popular media, trying not to get to spoilery until the last part of the show. Andy talks about his upcoming trip to Russia, and Keith tells the story of how he came to be in possession of an autographed rubber arm. Other topics include Galactus action figures, Keith’s new Eberron books, Math Fluxx 2.0, Tom Lehrer’s New Math song, and what Keith wants to do next with Gloom. Then they lower the spoiler curtain to further discuss unreliable narrator stories.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 205: The Story of Cathawk Johnson

This week the word is Birthday, since they recorded it Andy’s. They talk about various birthday traditions and memories, including stories of birthday stunts by friends. Andy carries on for awhile about chocolate angel food cake. Keith passes on some stories from this year’s Essen Spiele courtesy of Jenn, and they talk a little more about Halloween. Keith talks about games he played at AmberCon. Then Keith gives Andy a spoiler-free overview of a couple of series he’s just gotten into, Castle Rock and Watchmen.