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

Monday, May 11, 2015

Iteration 140 - Failures of Diplomacy




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This week in the Simulationist: failing on diplomacy. How do you fail to do diplomacy, and what happens when you do?

References and Recommendations:

Other Space (television series): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4561950/

Cynical Walrus: https://www.facebook.com/cynicalwalrus


Monday, May 4, 2015

Iteration 139 - The Ethics of Instant Cloning





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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast, we begin with a recap of Free Comic Book Day. We talk about the issue of making choices between two evils in video games. Ryan gives some of his thoughts on the positive aspects of DC's New 52 so far. Should we let dolphins in the Sentience Brotherhood? And for our main topic, a rousing conversation about the ethics of cloning.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Iteration 138 - Superstitions



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Ryan gushes some more about the upcoming Avengers movie. We examine some of the mechanics of Spider-Man. Ryan relates his experience with guilt as a motivating factor for our heroes in video games, with regard to The Secret World video game. And for a main topic, we talk about superstitions, their origins, and how they can be used in a magical setting.


References and Recommendations:

The Secret World: http://www.thesecretworld.com/
The Stanley Parable: http://www.stanleyparable.com/
Cicadas and Prime Numbers: http://io9.com/5895840/why-do-cicadas-know-prime-numbers
Weasel Hunting Dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsGs6oEGxJM

Monday, April 20, 2015

Iteration 137 - Layered Histories





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In this episode: Leave Batman's nipples alone! Ryan has a trippy dream about Giant Elk. Poetry as simulationism. Minecraft! Your friendly neighbourhood Fish-Man. And our main topic is about creating history for your fictional world, and all about layering it with multiple periods from history.

The Secret World: http://www.thesecretworld.com/

Roll for Initiative: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/roll-for-initiative-tickets-16539305508?aff=erelexporg

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Iteration 136 - Theories of Comic Relief





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In this episode, we are joined by our most popular guest host, Jason Kirkby!

Jason plays D&D 5th edition, Josh plays Minecraft, and Ryan plays it all. For our main topic, we talk about comic relief and comedic elements in otherwise "serious" works of art and fiction and role-playing games. And what is the role of comedy in highly comedic works? We basically analyze all comedy ever.

References and Recommendations:

Star Thugs: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/18437/Star-Thugs-The-Roleplaying-Game?it=1

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy

The Maggot Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7ka7I-z_dI