Reset the Doomsday Clock

Reset the Doomsday Clock

OGL EPILOGUE 1.0: Wizards of the Coast has backed down after all the heavy discourse over the leaked documents, but where does this leave Dungeons & Dragons, gamers, and the industry?

THE OFFERMAN ANGLE: Our hosts dive into the controversial and lauded third episode of HBO’s The Last of Us, despite the fact that Andrew hasn’t yet watched any of the show. However, the discourse around it has generated a lot of opinions.

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Do the Laugh

Do the Laugh

OGL DISASTER REPORT: Andrew catches us up (briefly) on the ongoing Wizards of the Coast Open Game License drama.

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew realizes his dream tabletop game exists but spread across a television show and a video game as he discusses his first time through season 1 of The Walking Dead and his time with State of Decay 2. D. Bethel keeps the post-apocalyptic survival theme going as he finds a lot to enjoy in the premiere episode of HBO’s The Last of Us.

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Madmacguffin

Madmacguffin

OUT OF THE WAY, PECK: After 34 years, Disney decided to create a sequel series to the Lucasfilm cult classic fantasy film, Willow, exclusively for Disney+. D. Bethel is a devout fan of that original film; Andrew couldn’t care less. So, they’re going into this series from two very different contexts, but come to very similar conclusions: it’s okay.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • A Week for Days” (23 September 2022): Where our hosts discuss the first trailer for the Disney+ Willow series.
  • Tweets to Toots” (9 December 2022): Where our hosts discuss the first two episodes of the Disney+ Willow series.
  • Open Awesome License” (13 January 2023): Where Andrew broke down the controversy around the possible new Open Game License that Wizards of the Coast is working on.

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  • “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits excerpted
Open Awesome License

Open Awesome License

TOUCHING MANY BUCKETS: Dungeons & Dragons is making waves with the announcement––and subsequent leak––of the update to its Open Game License, a system that is meant to lay out the relationship between Dungeons & Dragons and the content people create based on its game system. Based on the leaked information…it’s not going well. Thankfully, we have our nerd lawyer to walk us through the ins and outs of what is known so far.

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  • Kamen Themes” (30 December 2022): Where our hosts last discussed this controversy…only two weeks ago.

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  • “Nerd Law” by D. Bethel
Con Artists #08 – The Madness of Marketing

Con Artists #08 – The Madness of Marketing

It’s been over a year since D. Bethel sat down with Taurus Comics’ Kyrun Silva to talk about reading, making, and selling comics. Since both hosts recently released new books, they spend some time to focus on what is probably (for some) the least fun part of the comics creation process: marketing.

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Kamen Themes

Kamen Themes

A YEAR IN REVIEW: Since this is the last episode of the year, our hosts decide to look back at the 2022 that was, diving into the controversies, the rabbit holes, and the individual favorites that defined the year for our hosts.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Doctor Ennui” (27 August 2021): Where Andrew first dives deep into the Super Sentai pool.
  • An Optimistic Dystopia” (12 August 2022): Where D. Bethel talks about Stray.
  • Waiting for Helicopter” (30 September 2022): Where our hosts talk about the strange and frustrating actions taken by the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery.
  • Aggressive Modulation” (04 November 2022): Where our hosts discuss the growth, the themes, and the impact of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Tweets to Toots” (09 December 2022): Where our hosts talk about how Star Trek: Deep Space Nine establishes itself at the beginning of its first season.

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Sweet Dulcet Tones

Sweet Dulcet Tones

UNDER THE WEATHER: Co-host D. Bethel has fallen ill, and while his spirits are high his body is broken and can’t reliably podcast to the level of quality expected from this show. So, he and Andrew are taking the week off, coming back next week (with hope) to wrap up 2022 for you. Thank you for your patience and your well wishes!

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Hanky Cavs

Hanky Cavs

SUPERMAN GROUNDED: The pot is getting stirred in the DCU as James Gunn announced he was writing a new Superman movie that would not feature Henry Cavill in the titular role, despite his big announcement that he was coming back to the DCU to reprise the famous role.

WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew finds a lot to love in Leverage: Redemption even though it has its differences from the original version while D. Bethel loves the drama and the laughs in FX’s Reservation Dogs.

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Tweets to Toots

Tweets to Toots

WHERE DID YOU GET THESE SEEDS?: Our hosts talk a bit about the first few episodes of the new Disney+ fantasy show, Willow, based on the Ron Howard-directed Lucasfilm movie from the mid-1980s.

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew watches the 2-season HBO series, Los Espookys, while D. Bethel gives his opening thoughts on Star Trek: Deep Space 9 after getting a good chunk into season 1.

Check out the preorder deal for D. Bethel’s new Long John book at LongJohnBook.com!

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Some Solid Copy” (14 August 2015): Where D. Bethel talks about Jon Stewart’s final episode of The Daily Show.
  • Love the Stank” (30 December 2016): Where D. Bethel listens to Trevor Noah’s autobiography, Born a Crime.
  • Relevant Irreverence” (17 May 2019): Where Andrew shares his experiences watching the Star Trek: Deep Space 9 documentary, What We Left Behind.
  • Land Your Runabout” (18 November 2022): Where our hosts discuss the premiere episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, “Emissary.”

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A Jar of Soup

A Jar of Soup

BLOOMING WILLOW: D. Bethel takes a minute to share his excitement for the new Willow show on Disney+

WEEK IN GEEK: Andrew gets surprised by the dark remake/sequel of Kamen Rider Black Sun while D. Bethel rides the ups and owns of Netflix’s Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

IN REMEMBRANCE: Our hosts take a moment to honor the sad and surprising deaths of Kevin Conroy––the inimitable voice of Bruce Wayne and Batman in Batman: The Animated Series and many works afterwards––and Jason David Frank, most well known as Tommy the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Films in Quarries” (18 June 2021): Where Andrew dips his toe into the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers pool.
  • Doctor Ennui” (27 August 2021): Where Andrew goes waist-deep into the Zyuranger pool.

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  • Though not (legally) freely available, you can find the Batman comic written by Kevin Conroy (with art by J. Bone) in the DC Pride 2022 anthology published by DC Comics.

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