Toss a Coin to the Mandalorian

This week the word is Misunderstanding. Andy explains the point of confusion that led to an odd choice for the cartoon that happened a couple of weeks ago, and yammers about movies featuring VW Beetles, including Bumblebee, the Cars movies, and in particular, Herbie the Love Bug. Keith talks about The Repair Shop and things that make him feel old. He also talks about Knives Out and Rian Johnson’s style as a director, which gets both of them ranting about Star Wars movies again. They each talk a little about their current work projects, then they discuss a book called Ship of Theseus. After the spoiler warning they discuss The Witcher and The Mandalorian.

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 209: Gandalf’s 13

This week the word is Heist! The guys discuss classic heist movies and stories that follow the heist formula but aren’t usually thought of as heist stories. Keith describes a mind-melding heist RPG he’d like to run someday, and talks about the celebrity D&D game he just returned from filming. After the spoiler warning they discuss Mandalorian episodes 4-6, the season 1 finale of Watchmen, and Rick and Morty.

Spoiler warning: Contains Spoilers!

A note about this week’s cartoon: For those who may not recognize him, that’s Kylie from Fantastic Mr. Fox. But why Kylie and not Bilbo? We were confused too so we asked Goodloe. Turns out that since he just goes by the title and blurb when creating these cartoons, he didn’t realize the title was meant to refer to The Hobbit, and its 13 person team, and instead thought of The Lord of the Rings and the team of 9 that Gandalf anchors there. Then, as Goodloe explains, “Gandalf’s 13 would be playing off the trope of Oceans 11, 12, 13 etc where they add some weird tie in actor each sequel. So by the time they got to sequel 5 from the original 9 members of the fellowship it would be scraping the bottom of the sequel barrel and who else would be the worst member to add to the fellowship of the ring but the least capable member of another heist film.”

Episode 208: Second Multiverse, Same As The First

This week the word is Multiverse. The guys discuss their favorite multiverse stories, starting with the mirror universe from Star Trek, and including Sliders, Fringe, Counterpart, Replay, Alternities, What if?, Into the Spiderverse, D&D, Muppets Tonight, Rick & Morty, and Watchmen. Andy again urges Keith to attend Burning Man, which will have the theme of The Multiverse next year. Other topics include the Richat Structure in the Sahara desert, a nerdy connection between Star Wars and Dune, National Lampoon’s Doon, and Keith’s fake Russian accent story. Behind the Spoiler Curtain they discuss Watchmen episode 6.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Episode 207: Who’s a Good Space Dog?

This week the word is Russia, since Andy just got back from his first trip there and had a lot to talk about. Then Keith talks about his newly released Eberron book and the next one he’s working on. Keith wonders what’s up with the wasps and ants in his neighborhood, and talks about Jenn’s trip to China. Then they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss the first few episodes of The Mandalorian.

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.

Episode 204: Gilligan’s Halloween

This week the word is Halloween. The nerds share childhood memories of the holiday, their favorite costumes, and such, and spend a lot of time reminiscing about times they cosplayed the castaways from Gilligan’s Island. Moving on to media, they discuss the newest trailer for Picard and news about other new Star Trek shows. Keith compares Trek factions to Hogwart’s houses. Then they discuss other upcoming new shows and movies, including Star Wars 9, along with a fan film called Fan-O-Rama, and lastly, more Gilligan stuff.

Episode 203: The Trouble with Space

This week the word is Space. The nerds talk about what space means to them. Other topics they cover include ideas like Fluxx Fluxx, magic with Magic cards, and how card tricks are possible now that never were before. Then they each talk about their current works in progress, raw cookie dough, and a recent ranking of the games in Pyramid Arcade. After the spoiler warning they discuss the Trek short The Trouble with Edward and episode 3 of season 4 of The Good Place.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS

Episode 202: The Adventure Place

This week the word is Adventure. The nerds talk about the definition of adventure and early computer games by that name. Keith talks about his progress on his Adventure Zone game, and Andy talks about converting the cardframes for older versions of Fluxx to the newer standard. A lengthy (and spoilery) discussion of Ken Grimwood’s book Replay then follows. Other topics include upcoming media, weird videos on the internet, and games by fast food restaurants. Lastly, they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss the first couple of episodes of season 4 of The Good Place.

SPOILER WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS