Monday, August 3, 2015

Iteration 152 - The Physically Flawed Protagonist




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Happy BC Day everyone! Even if you don't live here, you're surely a British Columbian at heart. We start the podcast off with some very stirring political commentary on Alberta, British Columbia, and the upcoming Canadian federal elections. Then we talk more about our adventures in video games, all the television we watched, and the films we're into. And for a main topic, we talk about what it's like to have a Hutt as your character, or any other character with a physical limitation being a hero.

References and Recommendations:

King Kong (2005 film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360717/

Minecraft Teleporter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia6y3HuecaQ



Monday, July 27, 2015

Iteration 151 - Seconds in Command



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In this iteration of the Simulationist Podcast, Josh reports on Dungeon World, Josh and Ryan both report on adventures in Minecraft. We invent insane conspiracy theories about Donald Trump, going both directions. And for our main topic, we talk about lieutenants for bad guys, and all about the perils of being second in command. And during all of this, we go into some strange Star Wars tangents.


References and Recommendations:

Dungeon World: http://www.dungeon-world.com/




Monday, July 20, 2015

Iteration 150 - Walrus Yes



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In this iteration of the podcast, we recount our adventures in games and movies. Minecraft, Whiplash, the Shadow of the Cat, and Tusk. We have an extended conversation about the Kevin Smith film "Tusk". We cover topics ranging from acting skills to realistically extracting a man from a walrus suit, to American tourists. Spamburgers. And we find out what kind of food Ryan thinks they would have in Mongolia.


References and Recommendations:

Whiplash (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582802/

The Shadow of the Cat (film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055438/

Tusk (2014 film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3099498/

Monday, July 13, 2015

Iteration 149 - To Perfection and Beyond - The Post-Endgame





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In this iteration of the podcast, we talk about what we've been up to in games, and then about elusive perfection, and whether game designers should build in achievable perfection into their games, or whether they should always force a choice, even to the bitter end.

References and Recommendations:

Roll for Initiative Victoria D&D event (correction: this event is July 25):
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/roll-for-initiative-tickets-17189714900

The Tolkein Professor:
http://www.tolkienprofessor.com/wp/lectures/the-hobbit/

Monday, July 6, 2015

Iteration 148 - We Know what the Shadow Knows




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In this iteration of the show, we talk about our Canada Day in Victoria. We argue about bioethics and genetic engineering. We recount our adventures in various video games, and then we talk about the 1994 film adaptation of The Shadow. Ryan asks our listeners not to use telepathy on him, but Josh is cool with telepathy.

References and Recommendations:

The Shadow (1994 film): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0111143/

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