Episode 226: Cake or Trek?

This week the word is cake. Andy talks about a new cake recipe he’s excited about because it uses up the egg yolks you have left over when you make an angel food cake. Other cake related topics include ice cream cake, cake vs pie, references to cake in media and common expressions, and comedians who talk about cake. Then they spend most of the show discussing Star Trek: The Motion Picture at great length, having both just seen it again for the first time in decades.

SPOILER WARNING: contains vintage spoilers.

Episode 225: Spoiler Spoilers

This week the word is spoilers. The nerds discuss the merits of not shielding oneself from spoilers, and Keith breaks down the 3 different types of spoiler situations. They try to avoid spoiling the stories they discuss, but sometimes it’s a spoiler just to know that something has a big twist, so this episode is very spoilery, and this blurb isn’t going to call out the specifics of the media they discuss. At the end they discuss the next to last episode of season 3 of Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 224: Brain Burners

This week the word is puzzles. They start by discussing jigsaw puzzles, then extend the conversation to all types of puzzle-solving. Topics include role-playing games with puzzle elements, difficulties in designing puzzles, and stories from Magnet and early LARPS. Andy talks about a couple of vintage board games that feature jigsaw puzzle elements. At the very end they spend a few minutes discussing the latest episode of Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 223: Deep Rants with Andy Looney

This week the word is 23. Keith explains why 23 is his favorite number, and the nerds reminisce about what they were each doing when they were 23 years old. Andy tells the story of how he got hired at NASA, and what it was like working for the Hubble Space Telescope. Then Andy spends a lot of time talking about Battlefield Earth, after which he mentions a few things that will be changing in the next printing of Math Fluxx. Then they each give their latest reports from the Quarantine Zone. They talk a little about the upcoming Dune movie, and talk more about the National Lampoon parody thereof. Other topics they ramble about include expressions they don’t think make sense and Match Game and other game shows. At the very end they spend a few minutes discuss the next episode of Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 222: The Chocolate Miracle

This week the word is chocolate. The nerds have a lot to say on this subject. They each inventory all of the chocolate they currently have in the house, they debate issues like milk vs. dark, brand preferences, combining chocolate with peanut butter, the recent surge in salted chocolate, and otherwise carry on about chocolate for more than half of the show. Then they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss the episode 4 of season 3 of Westworld, about which they also have much to say.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 221: The Rains on Venus

This week the word is apocalypse. The guys discuss their favorite apocalypse scenarios, including zombies, nuclear attacks, pandemics, giant monsters, meteor impacts, and alien invasions. Their talk naturally turns to the current lockdown. Then they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss the Picard season 1 finale at great length, along with Brooklyn Nine Nine and Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 220: The First Cockroach

This week the word is still hunkering, since the nerds and everyone else are still self-quarantining. They spend a lot of time talking about how the hunkering has been affecting everyone so far. They talk about games they’ve been playing while hunkering including Name One, Number 9, and Azul. Other topics they discuss include the word interesting, the price of donuts, Jeopardy. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Ray Bradbury’s short stories. Then they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss the penultimate episode of season 1 of Star Trek: Picard at great length.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

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.