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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Iteration 126 - Negating Magic



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In this iteration of the podcast: we talk about the ethical quandaries of being the human torch, versus Spider-man. We debut the nefarious pepper bees! Josh reviews Star Trek: Into Darkness. We talk about Josh's D&D class, the surgeon. Ryan continues adventures in Thaumcraft, getting into the meat of Minecraft mods. And for our main topic, we talk about negating magic via Spell Resistance, disbelief, anti-magic, variant psionics, and pretty much every other means. And as an after-topic, we talk a bit about the Super Bowl, and ask what would happen if we had orcs in real life.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Iteration 125 - The Brute



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Iteration 125 recorded on 1-25! Josh and Ryan talk about their alphabets. The curious case of the spelling of Nyarlathotep, and how books used to be made, and how a Cthulhian conspiracy could be at work. Josh watches CBC's Schitt's Creek. Ryan runs into a bunch of bugs in his heavily modded Minecraft. And for our main topic, we tackle the idea of the brutish archetype in D&D and fiction and other games.


References and Recommendations:

Nyarlathotep: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyarlathotep
Big Bird's Alphabet Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTvhKZHAP8U
Q on CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/q/
Standard Action: https://www.youtube.com/user/Phasefirefilms

Monday, January 19, 2015

Iteration 124 - Self-Curating





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In this iteration!: Josh recounts some of his adventures in improvisation, plus playing Don't Starve. Ryan plays the Minecraft mod Thaumcraft, plus Marvel Avenger's Alliance. For our main topic, we talk about that moment when you have to make a choice whether to continue playing a game, or to give it up. Ryan seems to go for a more conscious version of the process, while Josh is pretty much driven by his gut. What say you? Let us know at thesimulationist@gmail.com

References and Recommendations:

Dave Morris appeared in iteration 101 of the podcast, so look for that in the archives!
The Frantics Boot to the Head https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8VD4JXUozM
Standard Action! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZfyIRnPPrc
Gottacon! http://www.gottacon.com/