All posts filed under “Andrew Looney

Episode 267: Various Variants

This week the word is Variants. First they nerds discuss media with various variants of the same character: mirror universe versions, evil twins, clones, multiverse crossovers, etc. Moving on to real life stuff, Keith talks about the visit by his mom during the heat wave, and Andy talks about trying to think of something to do with 7 extra cards on a card sheet. Next they begin their discussions of Donald Barthelme’s Forty Stories, starting with the first four. Lastly, they discuss episode 4 of Loki.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 266: They Write and Make Games

This week the word is Icebreaker. Starting with icebreakers in general, they then discuss Andy’s videogame by that name and the newly released video about Andy that started with a fan’s childhood obsession with Icebreaker. Keith talks about relocating his mother, and a new version of Beowulf he just started reading. Next they hatch a plan to read 100 short stories by Donald Barthelme. They also discuss the Kojak Board Game. Their media discussions include Shadow & Bone, Tenet, Quantum Leap, Rick & Morty, The Behavior Group, and, after the spoiler curtain, the first 3 episodes of Loki.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 265: The Sandfruit Stew has a Little Too Much Sandfruit

This week the word is cicadas. Andy gives a brief report on the swarms of cicadas, which can be heard faintly in the background of the entire show. Next Keith gives a report on the current status of his Patreon-based D&D campaign. Andy compares the cicadas to Logan’s Run, then talks about re-watching some other classics including Galaxy Quest and Inception. They discuss other dream-walking classics, and Keith talks about Shadow and Bone and Mass Effect. Andy talks about several superhero shows he’s decided to give up on, and Keith talks about putting the brakes on their attempts to read the Dictionary of the Khazars. Lastly, they discuss the final episode of season 1 of Debris.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 263: The Talisman Effect

Blurb: This week the word is Expansion. The nerds discuss the challenges of creating expansions for games, including issues like bloat, keeping current with changing source material, and needing to have something cool & new for the expansion vs. wishing for that cool new feature to be part of the core game. Some specific games they discuss (in addition to their own) are Talisman, The Lord of the Rings board game, Over-the-Edge’s Cut-Ups system, Cosmic Encounter, and even Monopoly. Then Andy discusses the process of developing two new expansions for the Star Trek Fluxx series of games, and Keith drops the code word “pomegranate.” Next they discuss the next difficult-to-read entry in their book club, which is Dictionary of the Khazars, by Milorad Pavic. Lastly, after the spoiler curtain, they discuss Debris, in particular episodes 9 & 10.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 262: The Final Episode

This week the word is Finale. First the nerds discuss notable finales, cliff-hangers, final episodes that had to serve as finales, good endings, bad endings, unexpected endings, and more. Next, they check in with work stuff, then they discuss the final chapter of the book they’ve been reading for months, S. Lastly, they discuss the last episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the first few episodes of Debris.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 261: Legendary Mustaches

This week the word is Palimpsest. After first discussing what the word even means, the nerds discuss a few examples of palimpsests, the most notable of which being the book they’ve been reading, S. aka Ship of Theseus. Other topics include Tig Notaro, recent life issues including vaccinations, online conventions, Lower Decks, Debris, Solar Opposites, TikTok videos, Raised by Wolves, Kong vs. Godzilla, For All Mankind, favorite RPG moments, and Keith’s D&D campaign. Then they discuss chapter 9 of S., and a paragraph that reminded Andy of an old card game called Dark Cults. Lastly, they discuss episode 5 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Here are links to the TikTok videos Keith mentions on this show, regarding Cookies, D&D with Ping, and RPG Memories

Episode 260: All the Liquid Nitrogen in the Soviet Union

This week the word is Chernobyl, and the nerds start by discussing various aspects of that and other big disasters. Andy talks about getting his first shot, and the nerds speculate about life after vaccination. Keith talks about Harley Quinn, and Andy talks about Infinity Train. Keith reports on the D&D campaign he’s doing on Patreon, and on the progress of the Kickstarter for Gloomier. He also talks about eating cookies on TikTok. Then Andy discusses the just-announced Wonderland Fluxx. Next come the spoilers, as they discuss Chapter 8 of S., episode 2 of Raised By Wolves, I Am Mother, episodes 2 & 3 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and lastly, the HBO mini-series, Chernobyl.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 258: Significant Skulls

This week the word is Dickens. The nerds discuss a few Dicken-related topics, in particular Great Expectations, and other things for which expectations were great. Keith talks about an interactive experience called Broadway Whodunit, and Andy mentions some favorite moments from re-watching Demolition Man. Then Andy talks about Looney Labs Silver Jubilee events, and Keith reports on the D&D campaign he’s running for his Patreon patrons. Other topics include The Anubis Gates and In & Of Itself. Next they discuss chapter 7 of S., and finally, it’s a no-spoilers-barred discussion of the final episode of WandaVision.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.