Monday, December 15, 2014

Iteration 119 - Extended Lifespan? I Can't Lose!

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We start out with a discussion about Team Fortress's new update with its trailer video.

A discussion about the use of music in film and cartoons.

Bugs Bunny the Rabbit of Seville

The Muppets Minuet in G Major

Flash Gordon by Queen


For our main topic, we talk about those scenarios in which there aren't bad choices, but only rewards no matter which decision you make.

And at the end of the podcast, an exercise for the listener: if reincarnation was real, who or what would you like to come back as?

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Iteration 118 - Best-Laid Schemes

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We talk about the Thetis Lake Monster, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Ningen of the Southern Ocean. Then, space travel, and aliens, and bird calls, and SETI.

The word of the day is "Gaser". Stands for Gravity Laser.

Who is the Moon Villain anyways?

Main Topic: About the futility of planning ahead. Or is it the unutterable joy of dreaming up details of things that might be?

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Interactivity Board Game Cafe

Josh and Ryan play and modify Minecraft and Dwarf Fortress.

Nobody expects the zombie apocalypse!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Iteration 117 - Running Away

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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast, we talk about playing and modding our favourite games, Dwarf Fortress and Minecraft. Speaking of Dwarf Fortress, Josh relates some of his first experiences with that game. Ryan mods in the ninjen into Dwarf Fortress. And then we talk about running away, and when to do it, and how our games discourage it, and why.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Iteration 116 - Finding One's Courage

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In this iteration of the podcast:
We start this week's conversation off with knife dancing. Ryan creates the most Canadian Dwarf Fortress mods ever. Josh makes a move to become the richest person on his Minecraft server. And for our main topic, we talk about courage, the kind possessed by lions, and other kinds.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Iteration 115 - What Your Country Can Do for You

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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast: 
Josh and Ryan give their imaginative take on Changes the Clown and the Victoria local mayoral elections! Then we recount our adventures in simulated worlds, from Minecraft to Dwarf Fortress, to our adventures in coding our own stuff. We pitch the idea of Mars Bus.

And for our main topic of discussion:
What of democracy in your D&D worlds? Can we determine what alignment voting would fall under, in the D&D alignment system?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Iteration 114 - In the Service of the Empire

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We are joined this week by Ryan's brother Jason Kirkby. We begin by marvelling at some players' ability to be stubborn and grind away for hours at repetitive tasks in video games, something you just can't do in a face to face game. If Superman's eyes ever degenerated, could he perform laser surgery on himself? Ryan makes a monster out of tears to add to Dwarf Fortress. We talk about looking forward to Blizzard's new game: Overwatch. Our main topic: on working for governments and big organizations in your role-playing game.

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James Cameron song:

Monday, November 3, 2014

Iteration 113 - Mind Swapping

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This week on the Simulationist Podcast, we talk about swapping brains! 

We start off the discussion with some talk about the Age of Ultron trailer, and future Marvel movie releases. Josh watches Noah and why it's a science fiction movie. Then we get into our main topic, which is about mind switching and why it's done as a story trope, and the science of it, and if it could ever happen in real life. Also, National Novel Writing Month kicks off!