Monday, June 29, 2015

Iteration 147 - Castles





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In this iteration of the podcast, Ryan breaks the Tragedy of the Commons. We talk about our week in Dungeons and Dragons and Minecraft and Internet Television. Ryan talks about battling a second-in-command bad guy. And for our main topic, we go with castles, strongholds, and fortresses, and how they might appear in stories.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Iteration 146 - Hapless Heroes - Neither Brains nor Brawn




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In this iteration of the Simulationist, fifty episodes of Game of Thrones, and 100 episodes of My Little Pony. Our main topic, which we eventually get to, is about heroes who rely on things other than brains or brawn. Are there any heroes who win without either wits or ability? Can those kinds of characters be interesting, or are they uncompelling?



References and Recommendations:

Retarded Policeman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yioJQFrqMXM

Wil Wheaton's Titansgrave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8HbkYV5ZaY

The Martian: http://www.andyweirauthor.com/

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0948470/

Spin (2005 Canadian film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP59tQf_njc

Monday, June 15, 2015

Iteration 145 - The Buccaneers of Esquimalt





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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast: we remember Christopher Lee, talk about Spider-Man, Minecraft, and Game of Thrones.

References and Recommendations:

The Stupids (film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117768/

Monday, June 8, 2015

Iteration 144 - Stinging Nettle Vampire Hunting




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We start the podcast with a bit of talk about tunneling and artificial islands. We talk about television finales, prompted by the recent season finale of Community. We talk about pilots, and the need for punchlines. We talk a bit about Age of Ultron, and romance in movies, namely the romance between Bruce Banner and Black Widow.

References and Recommendations:

Lookwell (TV pilot) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBQ3HbB0c8Y

Medicine Man (film starring Sean Connery) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104839/

Vampire Hunter D (film) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_Hunter_D

Monday, June 1, 2015

Iteration 143 - The Codification Conundrum





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In this iteration of the show, Josh and Ryan ask the question whether or not codes of conduct are really necessary. We cover real-life codes, like the Comics Code Authority, and fantasy codes, like the paladin's. All the way to the Ten Commandments and Hammurabi's Code. The Dungeons & Dragons alignment system as a code in itself.

Josh and Ryan come up with Hat World, a comic book universe in which all superpowers are granted by hats.

The Helm: http://www.thehelmcomic.com/

Omlevex: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omlevex

Monday, May 25, 2015

Iteration 142 - Role Models



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In this week's iteration of the show, we talk about game theory, Ryan plays the Secret World, Josh plays Minecraft and talks about show business. Then for a main topic, we talk about the anxiety of influence, and how passing a torch works between heroic generations.


References and Recommendations:

IfCon Victoria: http://ifconvictoria.com/Welcome.html

Comedian Mayor of Reykjavik: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3n_Gnarr

The Littlest Cheesemaker: http://www.bay12forums.com/smf/index.php?topic=136384.0

Goblins Webcomic: http://www.goblinscomic.org/

Monday, May 18, 2015

Iteration 141 - Watching Television





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In this week's episode of the Simulationist podcast, Josh and Ryan talk about television, and what it means to binge watch, and how that affects how we take in the story.

References and Recommendations:

Man gets stuck on ride at Disneyland: 
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/27/disney-small-world-ride/2025273/

Cybersix: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybersix

The Destructors (short story) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Destructors

Dungeons & Dragons Official Soundtrack http://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Official-Roleplaying-Soundtrack/dp/B0000BZYIS