Monday, September 1, 2014

Iteration 104 - Role-Play All the Things!

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It's a very special Labour Day show! (In which we do the same thing we do every show: talk about 1990s comic books and video games for longer than our allotted time). In this episode, we talk Waterworld, the Victoria Fringe Festival, and the Justice League: War movie! Ryan discovers @Fanfiction_txt's twitter account! Discussion Topic: Role-play All the Things! Josh and Ryan talk about infiltrating all games with the role-playing spirit.

Question for mandatory listener engagement: who is dumber, the Tick or Homer Simpson?

References and Recommendations:


Justice League: War (2014 video)

Jamaica (Pirate Ship Race Board Game)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Iteration 103 - Milking Cows at Superspeed

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In this iteration of the podcast: Josh and Ryan scheme to create a Simulationist currency! Ryan laments the loss of another online game: Marvel Tactics. Which superhero would make a better Jesus:

Batman or Superman? We get into a weird discussion about whether Superman enjoys being a superhero, and if it's okay for him to enjoy it. 


The One (2001 film) End Scene:

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal on Superman:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Iteration 102 - We Watch Guardians of the Galaxy

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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast, Josh and Ryan give their own totally unique take on the movie of the summer: Guardians of the Galaxy. But before all of that, Josh and Ryan recount the week's adventures in video games and roleplaying games (mostly Minecraft). Ryan re-creates Inspector Gadget in the Tri-Stat system, sparking a nerdly discussion on what exactly the limits of Gadget's powers are. Then we discuss neuroplasticity and the Vulcans from Star Trek, and the interaction between culture and biological evolution of brains and behaviour.

Feedback-generating question: imagine you find an infinity gem from Guardians of the Galaxy, and assuming you know for sure what it is, but you don't know any Marvel characters or how to contact them, do you turn it over to your government? If not, what do you do with it?

References and Recommendations:

Guardians of the Galaxy, of course:

A build that Josh made in Minecraft:

Tri-Stat Roleplaying System:

Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature

Cutie Honey (2004 Japanese film)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Iteration 101 - On Location at Interactivity with Dave Morris

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In the first segment of the show, Josh and Dave discuss such board games as Machu Pichu, sacrificing llamas to the gods, Glass Roads with it's funky clock, Terra Mystica and all its complications, Arkham Horror and its way of giving cooperative characters slightly askew motivations, Puerto Rico, Pandemic and how to keep everyone involved, and Settlers of Catan! We talk a bit about designing our own games, and how board games are like improv.

In the second segment of this week's podcast, Ryan catches up to Josh to discuss Minecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering, Monopoly, Mancala, Chutes and Ladders, and cool new ideas to add on and make them crazy complicated!

References and Recommendations:

Moulin Rouge Roxanne

Paper Street Theatre
Dave Morris

Monday, August 4, 2014

Iteration 100 - The Poor Security of Vampires

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Josh and Ryan talk about how they missed Comic Con and wished they could have gone, and their business plan for selling body spray at gaming conventions. Then, Ryan discusses how his thoughts on security were sparked by the incompetence of the vampire in Son of Dracula. And we move on to discussions of security in Dungeons & Dragons, whether it be the players' own castles, or the dungeons they infiltrate. And then we inevitably move on to discuss what World War II would have been like with vampires in it. And then we somehow end up on Star Wars. Then we invent the Wormwood Vampire toward the end, so stay tuned for that one, because it's pretty cool.

Dwarf Fortress Forums

And Justice for All (1979 movie)

Son of Dracula (1943 movie)

The Giant Who Had No Heart in His Body

Monday, July 28, 2014

Iteration 099 - One Less Character, One More Character

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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast, we discuss the implications of a lost or dead character in a role-playing game, with regard to that character's role as a team member. And we talk about replacement characters, and adjusting to a new status quo.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Iteration 098 - The Subway Conspiracy

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Josh and Ryan discuss a conspiracy theory at Subway Restaurants; then more about the newest edition of Dungeons & Dragons, plus their latest adventures in Minecraft, Dwarf Fortress, and World of Warcraft. Then tangents on Bill Nye the Science Guy and the politics of funding for NASA and education. Then for our main topic, we discuss non-hit-point methods of defeating your enemies in the game of D&D.

References and Recommendations:

Major Spoilers Podcast

NPC Cast

Weird Al "Foil"

Skyhaven Games