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Rads & Butts

Rads & Butts

FALLOUT FEVER: There may have been a gap of a week between episodes, but our hosts are still in the throes of Fallout, as they have both picked up Bethesda Game Studio’s Fallout 76 (again, for Andrew; the first time, for Dan). They recount its rocky origins, what kind of MMO it is, and what they are both trying to get out of it.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Quite Easily Done” (8 June 2018): Where our hosts discuss the No Clip documentary on the history of Bethesda Game Studios.
  • A Sense of Place” (30 November 2018): Where Andrew gives his initial impressions up Fallout 76‘s original release.
  • The 2-Body Solution” (29 March 2024): Where D. Bethel excitedly shares his thoughts on Balatro.
  • Jersey Finger” (26 April 2024): Where our hosts discuss the Fallout television show on Amazon Prime.

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Jersey Finger

Jersey Finger

RELEASING THE EMBRACE: Our hosts start with some wild news about the Embracer Group and how, after years of buying––excuse me, embracing––every video game and tabletop developer in sight, they are now breaking up the company into three surprising publicly traded companies.

CRAWL OUT THROUGH THE FALLOUT: As has everyone else on the plane, it seems, our hosts also check out the new hit Amazon Prime television show, Fallout, the most recent in big-budget video game adaptations.

DEADPOLE: The first full trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine dropped this week and it is surprisingly more…emotional?…than expected.

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(00:00) Intro – Embracer Group news
(09:16) Amazon Prime’s Fallout
(40:35) Outro – The trailer for Deadpool & Wolverine surprised D. Bethel
(43:30) Outtakes

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  • A Sense of Place” (18 November 2018): Where Andrew shares his experiences diving into Fallout 76.

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Sausageria

Sausageria

INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE: Andrew delights us with his tales of sausage-stuffing.

2023’s THING OF THE YEAR: Our hosts reflect on what they believe would define 2023 for them. Andrew reflects on the many trials that faced Dungeons & Dragons while D. Bethel gets sentimental with Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny.

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(00:00) Intro – Andrew’s sausage party
(05:51) Andrew’s 2023 TotY: The Ongoing Trials of Dungeons & Dragons
(11:56) D. Bethel’s 2023 TotY: Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny
(19:11) Outro – More evidence of Willow erasure
(21:03) Outtakes

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Kamen Themes” (30 December 2022): Where our hosts reflect on what stood out to them most in 2022.
  • Open Awesome License” (13 January 2023): Where Andrew discusses the drama surrounding Dungeons & Dragons and its Open Game License.
  • Dungeons & Grandmas” (19 May 2023): Where our hosts discuss the film, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves.
  • Comma Dong” (11 August 2023): Where the use of “AI-enhanced” art was found to be used in an official Dungeons & Dragons book was discussed.
  • Smoke Time” (25 August 2023): Where D. Bethel shares his thoughts on Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny.

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A Relaxed Schedule

A Relaxed Schedule

WEEK IN GEEK: This week, Andrew finally learns the basics of Sex Education while D. Bethel is pleasantly surprised after being very turned off by Cyberpunk 2077.

RELEVANT EPISODES:

  • Two Matching Ties” (23 October 2015): When our hosts discuss “Back to the Future Day,” the day when reality caught up with the dystopian future portrayed in Back to the Future, Part II.
  • Mama Knight” (21 July 2023): Where our hosts discuss the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike.

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Privilege of Ubiquity

Privilege of Ubiquity

STALLED ENGINE: Creators of the popular game engine, Unity, made some disquieting news this week when it announced some changes to its licensing policy for developers. Andrew and D. Bethel do their best to break down the changes and examine some of the response from developers.

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  • Fair Point, Dude” (1 June 2018): Where Andrew discusses his dabblings with game development in the Unity engine.
  • An Optimistic Dystopia” (12 August 2022): Where D. Bethel shares his thoughts on his initial playthrough of Stray.

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Comma Dong

Comma Dong

W-AI-ZARDS OF THE COAST: With the publishing of Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giants! people noticed that some of the art looked…suspicious. It was revealed that the artist in question had used AI-engines to “enhance” the art they created for the book. Our hosts dive into this discussion and branch out from there.

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  • Don’t Pull Out Your Deck” (14 July 2023): Where our hosts cite the tweet from a VFX artist on Flash who discusses the extreme conditions they are forced to work within.
  • Mama Knight” (21 July 2023): Where our hosts cover the details of the various entertainment strikes.

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Mama Knight

Mama Knight

ON STRIKE: Despite the heat, our hosts discuss all the striking that’s hitting Hollywood (and more!) quite hard right now. From the WGA to SAG-AFTRA (to UPS?!), it seems that the folks who are just trying to do their job and earn an honest living can’t get an inch from the studio heads, so far.

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  • Space Man From Pluto” (30 June 2023): Where our hosts worried about how entertainment executives would find AI-created work enticing (and cheap) alternatives to hiring actual creative people.
  • Don’t Pull Out Your Deck” (14 July 2023): Where our hosts discuss the rising costs (and continuing failures) of movies.

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Jellyfish Panthers

Jellyfish Panthers

A-NEWS BOUCHE: It’s been a busy few months, so our hosts felt that it was time to get away on a cruise, albeit a news cruise. They talk about the recent legal woes with Microsoft’s attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard, recap all of the Wizards of the Coast’s woes, and all the strange Twitter drama as of late.

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  • Hammering With a Screwdriver” (19 August 2016): Where D. Bethel discusses the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series.
  • Nature’s Velcro” (3 July 2020): Where Andrew relays his time with Owlcat’s Pathfinder: Kingmaker.

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Oblivion Foretold

Oblivion Foretold

FALLEN IDOLS: With the news of the alleged behavior of Jonathan Majors, our hosts take an unexpected look at the bridge between art and artist, especially as nerd culture becomes more and more mainstream.

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Vectors of Bad Decisions

Vectors of Bad Decisions

MAKE IT SO: Andrew is excited for Picard, season 3 despite it being a bit divisive among the fandom.

BAJOR FIRST: With D. Bethel finishing up season 1 of Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Andrew encouraged him to watch the first three episodes of season 2 as they all work together to tell a story of coups, insurrections, and political extremism. Fun stuff.

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