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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Iteration 097 - Multitudinous Edifices of Atlantis

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Josh and Ryan talk about their adventures in video games and other games, from adventures in Minecraft to readings of Dungeons & Dragons to watching the Creature From the Black Lagoon. Inspired by the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Josh and Ryan imagine a fantastic Atlantean world.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Monday, July 7, 2014

Iteration 096 - When Death Isn't Permanent

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When Death Isn't Permanent

Josh and Ryan talk about D&D Fifth Edition, plus an assortment of topics, including souls, art, games, and immortality. Josh creates a Mario Clone army, and then invents Cheerirunes (runic alphabits). And for our main topic of discussion, what would happen if death wasn't permanent? We examine this question in fantasy, science fiction, and the world of modern fiction. 

References and Recommendations:

The Nameless City by HP Lovecraft

Tiny Realms

The Long Dark

Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition

Death Takes a Holiday

Monday, June 30, 2014

Iteration 095 - The Littlest Nomads

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The Littlest Nomads

Josh and Ryan talk about all the simulations they've been running this week: Josh prepares for some in-public D&D, Ryan plays Marvel Online, Josh writes himself a sitcom, Ryan notices a coincidence with the Tagalog word for onions and Ghostbusters lore, Mutants, mixing and matching genetic mutations for awesome comic book and video game characters. And once all the tangents are out of the way, for our main topic, we discuss how a nomadic lifestyle applies to the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Iteration 094 - Analysis Exuberance

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Josh recommends some of his favourite D&D-related podcasts: Harmontown, an adult podcast about friends and D&D; Critical Hit, a podcast by some guys from Major Spoilers comic book review site; NPCCast, another podcast about table-top and face-to-face games; Brian Posein's Nerd Poker, an actual play D&D podcast featuring comedian Brian Posein; 3.5 Private Sanctuary, a long-time staple of Josh's D&D podcast playlist; Fear the Boot, another established role-playing podcast; Crimson Mystical Mages, Kevin Smith's short-lived attempt at a D&D podcast; Critical Hit, a live D&D show at the Rio in Vancouver BC.

Josh plays the Mine part of Minecraft. Ryan plays Marvel Alliance Tactics. Josh and Ryan discuss the importance of writing things down and keeping statistics of stuff we all encounter as players in games. Ryan talks about how he contributes to the wikis of the games he plays, and how that's a major part of the fun of the game for him. Josh and Ryan talk about winning at video games by reading and analyzing the mechanics from outside the game. Josh and Ryan go on a tangent about the ninja turtles' various weapons, and Josh mentions the bec de corbin. And the ninja turtles take on feral robot zombie deer.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Iteration 093 - Utopia: the Incursioning

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Casey Kasem dies
Father's Day
Free RPG Day
D&D Next
Marvel Avengers Alliance

On Utopia in the Game World: different views on societies and ideal organizations of societies in a fictional world.