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:

Big Bird's Alphabet Song:
Q on CBC:
Standard Action:

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

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
Standard Action!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Iteration 123 - A Game of Maps

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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast: Missives from the Simulators. Josh plays Don't Starve, improv classes start again, GottaCon is coming up soon, Ryan plays Thaumcraft (a Minecraft mod). Josh and Ryan argue for a bit about the changing English language. And the corporatization of art. And for our main, big topic of the week, we talk about mapping in D&D and video games. For some reason, a knife in the eye is the theme.

References and Recommendations:

Don't Starve!
That place in North Africa that no government has claimed:

Monday, January 5, 2015

Iteration 122 - The Last, or First, of Your Kind

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In this iteration of the podcast, George Lucas shrinks the wookiees. Ryan invents a conspiracy theory that could make The Croods (2013 film) happen on present day Earth. Then Ryan gets into Minecraft mods, especially Mystcraft. And for our main topic, we talk about what happens to your character when you are the last of your kind? And what if you're the first of your kind? What sort of pressure does that put on a person? What would happen if a dwarf enrolled at Hogwarts? And why aren't there more aliens in the Jetsons?

References and Recommendations:

The Croods:


What would happen if all the nuclear bombs were detonated in the same place?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Iteration 121 - Partying Up

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In this episode, we rhyme our last names, wish you all a Happy New Year! Josh watches the Interview and invents some new numbers. Ryan watches the Battle of the Five Armies. We get on the bad side of Alan Moore and Christopher Tolkien. Josh makes an audiobook recording of his grandmother's short story (Constance Horne). Ryan visits the Festival of the Trees at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. For a main topic, we ask the question: how many main characters are suited to each genre: four for an RPG, one for a novel.

References and Recommendations:

Meet King Joe (1949)

Dozens Online Dozenal Forums:

Yogscast Moonquest Series:

Critical Hit Podcast:

RPG Podcasts

NPC Cast

Know Direction

Fear the Boot 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Iteration 120 - Morals and Stories

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We start the podcast by wishing everybody a happy winter! Then we talk about the same thing all the other podcasts are talking about: the Sony/North Korea troubles. And somehow Josh's criticism of Ben Affleck turns into an argument about authentic laughter in the movies. Josh reviews Highlander (1986 film). Ryan watches I Saw What You Did (1965 film), which spurs us onto our "main" topic of morals at the end of stories and movies. We range from Forrest Gump to the Three Little Pigs, teasing out morals from stories. And we end the podcast with the morals of Dungeons & Dragons and World of Warcraft.

References and Recommendations:

Wag the Dog
The Producers
I Saw What You Did

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?