Monday, March 23, 2015

Iteration 133 - A Recipe for a Formula




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We start the podcast off with a discussion of alternate universes. We talk about our weekly exploits in Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons. Then we have a discussion about how an in-story prophecy is like a meta-story formula. Trust me, we wrap it all up by the end.


Cern and Alternate Universes:
http://ca.ign.com/articles/2015/03/22/miniature-black-holes-could-prove-parallel-universes-claim-scientists

Relativistic Swimming:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surprises-from-general-relativity/

Philadelphia Experiment:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Iteration 132 - Death and Legos





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Happy Pi Day! Josh attempts speaking German, and we end up making fun of Sweden. Do you really want the Swedish chef by your side in a crisis? We both share our experiences in Minecraft: Ryan plays with Tinker's Construct, and Josh experiments with ranching and cattle slaughterhouses. Ryan makes plans for GottaCon 2016, and we get excited about new free stuff coming from Wizards of the Coast. We propose D&D wands re-skinned as rolls of duck tape. Josh extols the virtues of creative collaboration. And for a main topic, we watched the Lego Movie. We talk about teamwork, and why it's hard to make it look meaningful in an action movie. We talk about the philosophy of Lego, and why it's a capitalist's ideal play medium.


References and Recommendations:

The Tao Manifesto:
http://www.tauday.com/tau-manifesto

Tinker's Construct:
http://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/2218638-tinkers-construct

GottaCon Discussion Panels 2015:
https://geekypleasures.com/2015/03/gottacon-2015-diversity-panel-podcast-god-and-the-game-religious-inclusion-and-accommodation-in-gaming/

Roll for Initiative Victoria:
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/roll-for-initiative-tickets-15951496355

Wind Dukes of Aaqa:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Dukes_of_Aaqa


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Iteration 131 - The Merits of Stupidity




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In this episode, Josh and Ryan talk about how to properly defend Erebor, and keeping dwarves awake at night, and how to manage their alcohol intake. Ryan does interior decorating in Minecraft.

And for our main topic, the Merits of Stupidity. Josh and Ryan come up with a surprising amount of instances in which it's better to be stupid. We refer to quotes from: Socrates, Dilbert, Lovecraft, John Wayne, Queen, and Michael J Fox.

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Iteration 130 - Inspiration and Motivation





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Josh recounts some of his experiences at GottaCon 2015. We remember Leonard Nimoy. We talk more about GottaCon, and the inspiration required to be an adventure writer. We veer off into art criticism talk. Then we get back to inspiration, and how it's applied in D&D. We talk about how a character in a story might gain an extra bit of focus, or an extra boost of effort in order to accomplish some vital task.

GottaCon: Victoria's Gaming Convention
http://www.gottacon.com/

For GottaCon Panels uploads, bother Jules:
http://julessherred.com/

Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics:
http://scottmccloud.com/2-print/1-uc/

Monday, February 23, 2015

Iteration 129 - Tailored Superpowers and In-Game Awards



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We open with a discussion of superhero movies, and our adventures in Dungeons & Dragons, Minecraft, and at the movies. Ryan brings up a beef he has with every superhero. We discuss ways to enhance superpowers. For our main topic, which we get to eventually, we talk about experience awards for players in gaming.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Iteration 128 - On Getting Angry





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Your hosts open the podcast with a talk about candy weapons. Josh reports on the Roll for Initiative Event in Victoria, where he finally plays D&D 5th for the first time. More anticipation for GottaCon. And our main topic this episode is all about anger, and how it serves as a motivation when role-playing, as well as a bonus in game mechanics terms. And other ins and outs of anger.

References and Recommendations:

Captive Wild Woman http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035713/

The Six Universal Emotions
http://www.nbb.cornell.edu/neurobio/land/oldstudentprojects/cs490-95to96/hjkim/emotions.html

Color Wheel of Emotions http://www.do2learn.com/organizationtools/EmotionsColorWheel/

Monday, February 9, 2015

Iteration 127 - The Dungeon's Front Door



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Don't imitate: simulate! In this episode: we go on tangents about time travel, Star Trek, cultural flagships, the secret of eternal youth, and Ryan's broken video card. Join us at Roll for Initiative (link below) and GottaCon this month! Our main topic is an exploration of the front gate of the dungeon, also known as the threshhold, and all the other forms it takes.

References and Recommendations:

Roll for Initiative Victoria! (Saturday, 14th of February, and monthly)
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/roll-for-initiative-tickets-15474053310

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Oliver Sacks:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Mistook_His_Wife_for_a_Hat