The Dungeon Masters – Episode 3: Scott Brown

In the first episode the series, I sat down to talk with Leo Jenicek of The Pod of Many Casts. This week, I spoke to the DM for that show, Scott Brown, who does an excellent job of keeping up with all the nonsense Leo and the other players pit against him. We talk about Scott’s background with RPGs, and how he handles some truly protean characters while still moving the story forward.

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S2E3 – Batman(ia) with John Osborne

John Osborne sure does love Batman, and we talked about it. I really, really like Batman, but John is a Batmaniac, and it was so much fun getting to talk to him about his love.

Note: This was recorded before Adam West passed. I think it’s clear from the episode that we were both big fans of the 1966 Batman. He will be missed.

You can listen to John’s podcast Comics in General weekly on wesaystuff.com.

John’s Twitter: twitter.com/OshKoshOsborne2

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The Dungeon Masters – Episode 2: Derek Krentz

In the second episode of our interview series “The Dungeon Masters,” I sat down to talk with Derek Krentz who you will recognize as one of the players on this very podcast. Derek is both one of my players, and one of my dungeon masters, so we talked about the games we’ve both run and played.

You can check Derek out on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ssjdonkeykong64

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S2E2 – Chris Rahe Marvels

Two episodes! They said it wouldn’t last! I sat down with comedian Chris Rahe to talk about Marvel comics, movies, and TV shows. Because, you know, they needed promotion.

You can see Chris weekly at The Drop Comedy Club in South Bend, IN.

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The Dungeon Masters – Episode 1: Leo Jenicek

In the first episode of our interview series “The Dungeon Masters,” I sat down to talk with Leo Jenicek of The Pod of Many Casts. I met Leo at GenCon a few years back, and I’ve kept in touch over the years, and thought he’d be an interesting guy to talk to about what it means to be a DM. I was not disappointed.

Leo plays the role of Lord Cornelius Ashe on The Pod of Many Casts, links to which are below. You can also read Leo’s writing at jenicek.org and read his daily D&D inspired haikus at @d_and_dhaiku.

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S2E1 – Jason Stapls Raps About Rap

Everyone’s Got a Thing is back! I sat down with the very funny Jason Stapls to talk about Rap/Hip-Hop, which is a genre of music that I like but know very little about. Jason brought along a playlist of songs covering his history with rap, which you can find below. I’m very excited to be back after such a long hiatus, and we’ve got great guests lined up to talk about all sorts of interesting stuff!

You can see Jason weekly at The Drop Comedy Club in South Bend, IN, and on twitter at @jasonstapls.

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S3E22 – The Lost Mines of Phandelver Pt 22: I’m Gonna Draw a Penis on His Face

2GAGAAG_PHB2048Hobgoblins dispatched, and off to further adventure at the Old Owl Well!

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S3E21 – The Lost Mines of Phandelver Pt 21: Please Don’t Call The Nice Man Who Makes the Music ‘Señor Ding-Dong.’

2GAGAAG_PHB2048With their business finished in town, our heroes head out to further adventure!

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In the Not Too Distant Future (and Recent Past, Too): The MST3K Reboot and How You Can Go Home Again

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When Joel Hodgson, the original creator and host of cult-classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 announced that he was crowd funding a new season of of the show, the crowd funded it. The Internet spoke, and it said loudly “WE WANT MORE MST3K! Please! If it’s not too much bother!” (MSTies are a generally polite bunch),  and Hodgson raised over $6 million, making his effort one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever and blowing through every stretch goal (Full Disclosure: I backed the MST3K Kickstarter).  With funding secured, the show went into production, and after a bit of shopping around, the crew of the Satellite of Love landed on Netflix, premiering April 14th, a.k.a. “This Friday A.D.”

Now those Kickstarter backers (including me) have had a chance to see the first episode of the new season. Joel and the team have asked (again, very politely) that we not disclose any of the movies that will be riffed for this new season before April 14th, so this is a review more on tone than content. With a new cast, including fan favorites Jonah Ray as Jonah Heston, Felicia Day as Kinga Forester (daughter of Dr. Clayton Forester, the original “Mad”), and Patton Oswalt as TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, along with some (very slightly) updated production value, the show looks a little different, but keeps to its core values intact. In this case, the core values of MST3K are generally lighthearted and genial riffing by Jonah and his robot friends at the expense of the cheesy movie meant to destroy their minds. MST3K has always excelled at presenting a less cynical version of the jokes people often make to anesthetize themselves to he horrors and madness of the world, and the new version is no exception, riffing its way through a truly terrible movie. The new crew of the Satellite of Love are charming and immediately likable, the Mads of Deep 13 are suitably ridiculous, and the riffs come fast and furious (minus Vin Diesel), so the show covers its bases and fulfills the wishes of longtime fans. I’m also glad to say that instead of trying to be a cookie cutter copy of the previous iterations, the new season plays to the strengths of the new cast, and that’s important, too.

I searched for a metaphor to describe the feeling of watching the new MST3K, and the closest I could come up with was the feeling of a new-old shoe. I realize this is a contradiction, but bear with me, I think it will make sense eventually. For me, I wear Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars almost every day; I own probably close to a dozen pairs of Chucks in various stages of wear. Because I wear them all the time, I know what size I need, and as they wear out, i just order a new pair. Every time I slip on a brand new pair of Chucks, it takes a little bit of time to get used to them and break them (even though it’s the same brand, there are always variations) but then they end up just as comfortable and familiar as the previous pair. That’s what it felt like watching the premiere episode of the new season: some new variations, but with a little time, it will feel comfortable and familiar in the best possible way.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return debuts Friday, April 14th on Netflix

S3E20 – The Lost Mines of Phandelver Pt 20: The Legend of this “Pillow Boy” Has Reached Even Neverwinter

2GAGAAG_PHB2048The dungeon is clear. It’s time to figure out where we go next.

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