Mon, 15 September 2014
Updates, crowdfunding, freemium games, and fear.
The State of our Lives
Ilan and Justin update you -- the listener -- on the latest and greatest in what we’ve been up to. FanExpo! Live theatre! Mawwiage!
How to Fund your Passion
What hath Crowdfunding wrought? Kickstarted games, comics, movies and games, like Catthulhu, Hillfolk, and Code Monkey Saved World. Expectations, reality, and YOU!
Debt of a Thousand Clicks
Freemium, micropayment-driven gaming models. What’s the difference between so-called “pay-to-win” and the old days of buying physical boosters, expansions and additional minis?
Muppets vs. Cancer
Make Justin face his fear. Fund his dreaded Farscape binge and help blast cancer out of the sky.
Tue, 1 January 2013
We have our Rush t-shirts and a new year has started. It's time to reconnect with you, our treasured listeners, and just barely fail to talk in-depth about the amazing comic "Saga". We will, however, cover some games, a visit from a dear friend, and a movie or two.
1. (1:00) Star Wars Edge of Empire RPG
- It's Firefly and Futurama, with Funny Dice (dice app)
- Ilan's specious comparisons to FATE and Cortex
- Compared to Star Wars Saga Edition?
- Fantasy Flight will be releasing the game in a manner similar to their 40k system
- Notes on the "Edge of the Empire" setting
2. (11:20) Jerome Comeau, King of Tokyo
- Welcome to Toronto, Jerome Comeau!
- Sauced: since we last podcasted, they began and ended, and put out as many episodes as we ever did. Ever!
- Poutineries in Toronto: Smoke's and Poutini's. Ilan's Daiya Cheesemongering.
- How King of Tokyo works - rules, and dice.
3. (17:00) Other two-player games
- Spot It
- Kahuna ("A Full Web")
- Burger Joint
4. (20:00) Sentinels of the Multiverse
- That's what those crackling noises were, Ilan unpacking it.
- All about Sentinels of the Multiverse, how it works.
- That it's the Kickstartered second edition.
- As a single-player game.
5. (23:50) HALO 4
- Co-op gameplay, playing online.
- Thinking back on ODST, Reach.
6. (26:00) Brief return to Sentinels of the Multiverse
- Character design
- Comparison to Fantasy Flight's "Death Angel"
7. (27:25) Movies: Argo, Kirby
- Argo. "Made in Canada", but "you have to change history". Alan Arkin and John Goodman.
- Jack Kirby's storyboards. And Devil Dinosaur.
- "Cashing in on the Sci-fi craze."
- Did it succeed in nuance and balance? Are any historical movies "true"?
8. (35:00) Skyfall, and Ken and Robin
- Skyfall. What's the authoritative James Bond?
- Plug for "Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff"
- Did Skyfall have the things you need to have a James Bond movie?
- Character of "Eve" - a female character in a James Bond movie
9. (39:00) Quick Saga Chat, with a promise of more
- We'll do Saga next episode in depth.
- Worth a reread and good for sharing, at Image Starter Pricing ($10)
- Pricing on trades!
- Incal and Lost riding a dinosaur through rocket-ship forest; Esperanto-speaking Jedi druids versus winged laser-imperialists, with robot mercenaries and lying cats. All the things are in the book.
- If you don't like it "I will not actually punch you."
- We got a new microphone (Blue Yeti)
- Canadian law on Wendigos
10. (44:00) Signoff, and things to look forward in the future:
- AT SOME POINT FanExpo "lost episode", perhaps edit back together at some point.
- Disney purchase of Lucasfilm in more depth
Sat, 25 August 2012
With Dark Knight about to open (at the time) we contemplate the comic book movie explosion. So many explosions. Then we talk about Ready Player One, and Lords of Waterdeep. And other stuff. An explosion of other stuff! Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the explosions.
1. Mighty Marvel Movies Precap and Recap
2. The Avengers Recap
3. New Marvel Movie Announcements
4. Boards of Waterdeep!
5. The Book Zone!
Tue, 10 July 2012
SYNOPSIS: 1812-The Invasion of Canada, John Carter of Mars, S4UC3D, and "Spring Preview".
We got our rewrites in from J. Michael Straczynski and George R.R. Martin, and Adi Granov finished the art, so we're ready to go!
And in true news, Ilan and Justin have just spent the last few months demonstrating that "work-life balance" is something that happens to other people. In March, we recorded a shockingly timely segment about a new light wargame, 1812 - the Invasion of Canada, and oh gee right about now are the War of 1812 celebrations/commemorations. Good job, guys!
About 7 minutes in, we also have... oh dear. A timely review of John Carter of Mars, which more or less came and went and - though commercially successful - didn't make much of a cultural impact. But it was better than Attack of the Clones.
Around twelve minutes in, we talk about how we hadn't had a chance to play Mass Effect 3. Or other video games. Update: Ilan had a chance to play Mass Effect 3. But Justin still hasn't.
It's thirteen minutes when we welcome the (now 19-episode-old!) S4UC3D podcast, starring SATBG superfriend Jerome Comeau, and their mockery of us is well-earned. Haw haw, you guys.
Then it's fourteen minutes, and we talk comics. Ilan talks about Remender, and Justin talks about Swamp Thing, and Alan Moore, and then Ilan gets all high and mighty about how The Ultimates have higher stakes than "mainstream Marvel" ever can.
Around twenty-one minutes in, we pontificate about the comic-book-buyer's dilemma. Wait for reviews? Preorder, rain-or-shine?
Twenty-four minutes in we *ANTICIPATE* the new (spring!) TV season, including the new (third!) season of Community. Yep. And wave our hands about Fringe, and Breaking Bad, and stuff.
Twenty-eight minutes: Wrestling, movies, G.I. Joe. And then we worry about whether the Avengers was gonna be good and stuff. And we cap it off by talking about Zahn and Thrawn.
You can figure this out. Just careful that nobody gets hurt!
Sat, 10 December 2011
We're just a little wintry! We're still good! We're still good. Sad Trombone.
We're back after a frenzied summer and a busy school semester.
News, movies and trailers:
Non-TIFF movies over the Summer!
Digression: Biff, Bam, Pop! The Illuminatus Trilogy!
Next time: on Tim Rice and Michael Bay!
Tue, 22 November 2011
Justin interviews author and RPG designer Matt Forbeck about his latest work. See below for links mentioned during the podcast.
Matt Forbeck's web site
The Brave New World Kickstarter
Sun, 31 July 2011
Episode 22: The Library and the Heap
- In which Ilan and Justin develop a pair of regular segments for the show.
Role Playing Games Continued!
Next time: Movies! Geek Rock videos!
Wed, 20 July 2011
Episode 21: On the Galactic Stage
- in which Ilan has a cold and we talk about live theatre and videogames.
Give us feedback about our Jim Interview - last episode!
Ilan and culture
Justin: Ghost Stories
Ashen Stars RPG (Stellar Nursery pre-release!)
Pixel knocks down so much stuff that we end the episode!
Sat, 30 April 2011
Justin talks with his gaming pal Jim "Zub" Zubkavich, mastermind of UDON studios and author of the new fantasy action comedy comic Skullkickers. "Like Army of Darkness with two Ashes." How is it made? What to expect? Why is the first trade so cheap? Answers within!
A life lesson, kids: beat the drum as much as possible. We are happy to be part of the shilling for this admittedly hugely fun book that we both really like.
And no-one was hurt.
Fri, 11 March 2011
Wow, it's been a long time since our last episode. Today we focus on comics, particularly the biggest comic event of the last little while: Jonathan Hickman's run on the Fantastic Four!
We touch on other topics related to media as well.
No superheroes were harmed in the podcasting of this episode.
Thu, 10 March 2011
You've been waiting almost two years for this.
Here it is.
Nobody was hurt in the recording of the episode. And if you already hurt, perhaps the tears will help you heal.
Sun, 27 February 2011
Shownotes for Episode 17 "Optimistic Voices"
With what you've been waiting for. NEXTWAVE miniatures. And more.
Tue, 30 November 2010
"4 and change"
Continuing from last episode: one last Great War tidbit. A bunch of things related to the number 4 (the square root of 16, which is how many episodes this is), and also things changing. Nobody was hurt this time, because time may change me, but I can't change the rules of fourth edition D&D.
- Wraith: The Great War (best roleplayer!)
- D&D 4 Essentials
- Ravenloft: "Is it bigger than a Red Box?"
- Gamma World: "Why are we even talking about this?! Why aren't we PLAYING?!"
- iPhone 4: "iPhone, do this!"
- Season 4 of Venture Brothers
- Something about change
Wed, 10 November 2010
Recorded the day after Guy Fawkes day. It's now 2 years since we first conceptualized the podcast with a pad of paper at Free Times Cafe after the Queen's Park Remembrance Day ceremony in 2008. So we'll talk about World War One, which some people claim was "great". Usually we claim nobody was hurt, but in World War One, many people died.
- Remembrance day, and the First World War:
- XBox Live Arcade and the First World War:
- Televised British Comedy and the First World War:
- Board Games about Being a Flying Ace:
- Movies it's okay... d'oh
Tue, 31 August 2010
Our last episode recorded before Justin's descent into Dante's Exposition. We talk time travel. We differ on the necessity of killing Hitler. And nobody was hurt.
Talked about Zero Punctuation's Review of Singularity
Talked about Chrononoauts
Talked about Memoir 44
Talked about Campaign Manager 2008
Talked about New Fronter
Talker aobut Captain Comet, Task Force X, Losers, Challengers
Talked about Transformers: War For Cybertron
Talked aobut Rush: Time Machine
Alternate History Robot. And a Vuvuzela. Or a kaiju, named Vuvuzilla.
Thu, 5 August 2010
Back in Time, on (roughly) our one-year anniversary, and (roughly) Back to the Future's 25th. We talk time travel - Chrononauts, Doctor Who, a few videogames like Mass Effect 2 and Transformers: War for Cybertron, and touch on the works of Terry Pratchett.
Notes and such:
Who would play Boy George in A-team sequel cameo?
We did some karaoke (sadly learning All American Rejects lyrics) at the Canada Day Barbecue - our one year anniversary was our last one! Ilan was exposed to Doctor Who - Empty Child, Doctor Dances, and went off to watch the beginning of the Eccleston run.
Back to the Future's 25th anniversary of release was very recent. On a Time Travel theme, Justin introduces Chrononauts and discusses Umbrella Academy: Dallas.
Ilan talks comics - Astonishing Wolverine and Spider-man (BEST THING), Wolverine Insane In the Brain (competent, but icky), Star Wars - Old Republic (BLECH), Dark Times Blue Harvest (SO GOOD), and the second last issue of Star Wars Legacy (I WANT TO PUNCH IT). Dropped in at Dragon Lady so a bunch to read next week.
Shout out to Joe at Dragon Lady: http://www.dragonladyshop.com/
We talk books, including RPGs. Ilan picked up Reign Enchiridion and Tomb of Horrors 4e, and started Pratchett (Guards! Guards). Justin has read up to Unseen Academicals and has his reasons for hesitating there.
Shout out to David at Galaxion: http://galaxioncomics.com/
This week, we didn't play any new tabletop games together for discussion. In video games, Justin finished Mass Effect 2 ("Mass Harder"), Ilan loves the new Transformer game (War for Cybertron).
Ilan played some miniatures games, though - the new Mongoose Judge Dredd Minis Game (Block Wars?) - at Meeplemart, and more Firestorm Armada (against Chris "Wapcaplets" Engler). Also picked up, haven't played, the Battles of Westeros and Fires of Midway board games.
New movies are just around the corner. Scott Pilgrim is due on August 13th, as is The Expendables. Justin is not quite looking forward to Expendables -- perhaps they're trying too hard? We got our first look at the Thor and Green Lantern costumes, which launches us into a debate over continuity, cheesiness, and masculinity.
Then the @OldSpiceGuy settles all debates over his masculinity with over a hundred YouTube cliplets, interrupting himself just to patch an oil spill in the Gulf.
Next time we'll talk about the Rush show, Scott Pilgrim Volume 6, and Movies it's Okay for Geeks to Cry At. At least nobody was hurt.
And! And! A shout out to Richard Morris' "Yet Another Fantasy Gaming Comic", a Canadian (I have to say it!) fantasy webcomic - thanks to listener and friend-since-I-could-generate-a-character Hilary. http://yafgc.net/
Wed, 30 June 2010
DC Animated and Reanimated, X-Men Utopia, Evil '70s Computers.
Notes and plans:
- We recorded this episode twice. The computer ate the first one.
- G20 Protests going on in Toronto!
- Ilan read ALL OF BLACKEST NIGHT and bought the toys (Heroclix). And a bunch of villains unlimited (+ Project OMAC, and Infinite Crisis), in order to read Secret Six. A discussion of Darth Sue, and Fables Volume 12.
- Ilan is now watching the rest of Superman Animated and is itching to watch The Justice League, after seeing "Crisis on Two Earths".
- Also: New Avengers! Secret Avengers! SHIELD! And Modern Warfare 2.
- Justin read through Project Utopia, the massive X-Men Crossover.
- Justin takes us through '70s Cinema! Logan's Run! Colossus: the Forbin Project! Soylent Green! Rollerball!
- Justin talks about Can't Stop the Serenity, the annual
We'll have to try again to get movies it's okay for geeks to cry at recorded. So close! At least nobody was hurt.
Sat, 29 May 2010
We remember fallen visionaries, and also Carl Macek. (Bazinga? No seriously, I love The Sentinels.) We talk about a bunch of comics that were out a couple of weeks ago by now. We didn't have time to cover movies it's okay for geeks to cry at. And nobody was hurt.
Shoe Notes -- "Remember The Artist"
Passing of Frazetta, and comics.
- Wolverine: LOGAN (Vaughan)
- Wolverine: Adamantium Men (Aaron) --Britney Backup Dancers and Cabaret
- 100 Bullets (Azzarello)
- LTTP: Invincible big fat book 1. (Kirkman)
- The People Vs George Lucas (CGI and HD?)
- Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage (via Objectivisim)
- Bioshock 2
Digression into Giant Robots.
- "I don't know why I'm talking about Evangelion"
- Robotech, "Japanamation"
Transforming Robots, Starcraft 2 Beta
- Farewell, Carl Macek
Iron Man 2, and back to comics.
- SHIELD comic (Hickman)
- Secret Warriors GOOD (Hickman)
- Marvel Zombeis 3 (Van Lente) -- Better Than Cilantro
- How it's an unofficial sequel to Nextwave and same goes for Who Won't Wield The Shield
- Secret Warriors Siege :P (Hickman)
- Hercules Mini (and errors)
- "Do Anything" (Warren Ellis) with Robot Head of Philip K. Dick
RPGs and Miscellany.
- Green Ro-NEEN and DC Mutants and Masterminds
- Romper Room!
- Unreason and Dragon Magazine
- Congratulations, Jerome!
- Congratulations, Chris!
Last threads, other comics.
- Scalped and Godland I am reading
- Patton Oswalt's Firefly Comic Book
- June 23rd Can't Stop the Serenity
- Dragon Lady and Joe!
Mon, 19 April 2010
This week on Squideye and The Bitter Guy, we document our experience as Active Fans and also as Fan-Havers. Ilan reports on his journey to PAX and his meeting with Russ and Nicole of The D6 Generation. Justin talks of Cindy's journey to the Wizard World show, and of the Squideye and the Bitter Guy Facebook Page. We also talk about Kirby Krackle's new album, "E for Everyone", and the new Clash of the Titans movie. And Plants. And Zombies.
Sources report that nobody was hurt.
Links and stuff coming soon!
Thu, 1 April 2010
A little noisy; we recorded at the delightful Green Beanery Café in Toronto, across from Honest Ed's, and we had mics but no shelter from the bustling crowd. Think of it as "character". No charge.
Introducing Owen Craig of Mondo Magazine! http://mondomagazine.net/
Toronto Comic-con! http://www.wizardworld.com/home-toronto.html
And nobody was hurt!
Fri, 5 March 2010
A Silly Place. Squideye and The Bitter Guy discuss the upcoming Oscar Nominees - at least the ones they've seen, now including the second subject of discussion: The Hurt Locker. We also hammer away at Monty Python Fluxx and other recently-played games, discuss weddings in India and in local theatre, and the general state of things. And nobody was hurt.
Todd Alcott's breakdown of Inglorious Basterds can be found here.
According to Wikipedia, Youth in Revolt was released in 1993.
Thu, 31 December 2009
Squideye and The Bitter Guy talk about the comics that came out this week. An experiment in form and format. What do you think?
Mon, 30 November 2009
Space and Time - BSG, Space Hulk, The Plan, and Remembrance Day.
Wow did this take a while to upload.
Show notes to follow.
Bottom line is we played some games -- Space Hulk and the BSG Boardgame, saw Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, and realized that it's been one year since we met on a cold Remembrance day, rebooted iPhones by the Queen's Park cenotaph, and sketched out plans to initiate this podcast over at the Free Times Café.
I'll get this all typed up, tooootally.
Fri, 9 October 2009
Music of the Spheres (51 minutes) - Even longer, but we're making up for lost time - and episode! "Scenes from a Food Court" is recapped, and then we LAUNCH... into Nerd Rock and Space Opera. The connective tissue is provided by Kirby Krackle (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com) and their song "Ring Capacity". We're pretty sure nobody was hurt.
0:25 Cheers! (It's just Fruit Juice actually)
1:10 Scenes From a Food Court Recap; Cthulhu Rising
- 2:15 Under the Mountain, Harness your Twinness; Super-Friends with Benefits
- 3:45 Board Game: Arkham Horror
- 4:40 some 3-D Joe Dante Movie
- 6:10 Really, Arkham Horror
- 9:10 Cosmic Encounter! -- and how to teach players race for the galaxy
12:50 Nerd Music Spectacular!
- 12:50 Darkest of the Hillside Thickets -- Spaceship Zero
- 14:05 The Kirby Krackle
- 15:07 Excerpt from Ring Capacity (30 sec)
- 18:25 Back in the '80s
- 19:35 Do You Want to Date My Avatar, and Felicia Day
- 22:15 Pizza Break; My Roommate the Guitar Hero
- 24:10 Glee
26:25 Things to ask Edgar Wright -- and ANTi-Heroes
- 28:15 The Incredible Hulk - Penetrating Public Consciousness, Accessibility
- 30:15 Konnecting Kirble Krackle to Kosmick Komicks
- 30:25 Cosmic Heroes!!!
- 30:55 Lensman and Green Lantern
- 33:55 Cosmics: The Blackest Night
- 35:25 Digressions: Animated Stuff, and Secretary
- 37:15 Letdowns: World War Hulk, Mega-Crossovers, Dark Reign
- 38:41 Our First Bleep
- 39:15 Marvel Annihilation! Cosmic Epics Done Right
- 40:44 The Xanadarian World-Mind: are cosmics inaccessible to laymen?
- 44:25 Marvel Cosmics vs. DC Cosmics (Annihilation/Kings vs. Blackest Night)
46:20 Cosmic Roleplaying: Starblazer Adventures
- 48:00 TSR's Marvel Superheroes, FUDGE and FATE
49:45 Coming up next time! Including "Movies it's okay for Geeks to cry at"
50:10 and we out
Sun, 4 October 2009
Our first try at episode 5 was, unfortunately, not usable due to technical difficulties and strange mall acoustics. We've recorded another, non-horrible, episode 5 that'll be up soon!
Thanks for your patience!
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:12pm EDT
Wed, 2 September 2009
Neighbours and Numbers (48 minutes) - This is our longest podcast yet! We didn't have MGK to restrain us this time. Original intention was to review District 9 and Escalation, on a "responsible neighbour" theme. Of course things went wildly out of hand, once we included other media with numerals in the title. We blame the tornado! Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
0:30 The Big Storm, and Smart Cars (about 10 minutes)
2:00 DVDs - Babylon 5 and others
- 2:00 How I Met Your Mother
- 3:00 Babylon 5, lost podcast minutes, and the Battlestar Galactica Board Game
10:45 District 9 - Queens and Prawns (about 15 minutes)
- 17:20 GI JOE
- 23:00 Back to District 9
26:00 Board Games (about 8 minutes)
- 26:00 James Ernest's Totally Renamed Spy Game
- 28:00 Reiner Knizia's Escalation
- 31:00 Reiner Knizia's Colossal Arena
34:00 Role-Playing Games (about 13 minutes)
- 34:00 White Wolf's "New" World of Darkness and Werewolf the Forsaken
- 36:00 The Werewolf Spirit World
- 40:30 Exalted
- 42:30 Spirit of the Century
- 44:30 Desolation and antagonistic GM styles
- 45:00 Our possible Fan Expo games
47:00 Find @squideye and @thebitterguy on Twitter, and rate us on iTunes!
Mon, 10 August 2009
I knew this would happen!
We recorded this episode a week early, and consequently we remain on our two-week schedule even though we didn't get a chance to record one on our normal schedule.
Next episode: "movies it's okay for geeks to cry at".
Our Internet-famous friend Chris Bird (explosively-talented author and editor of mightygodking.com) came by to make us seem smarter and funnier. We planned to talk about Matt Fraction, but we diverged and had fun anyway, and nobody was hurt.
WARNING: THIS ONE HAS SWEARING IN IT. (The parts about Michael Ignatieff and Greg Land, in particular.)
0:25 - Welcome Mighty God King! Also, Knitting Podcasts. (2 minutes)
3:00 - Board Game: Thurn and Taxis... and zombies? (5 minutes)
7:30 - The Smoothest Segue You'll Ever Hear into Comics, but actually The Toronto Garbage Strike. (4 minutes)
11:15 - What is a '70s hero? Is Iron Man one? (4 minutes)
14:55 - The Nineties: a Time of Ignorance. Spider-Man's Clone Saga. (4 minutes)
18:25 - We try again to talk about Matt Fraction's Iron Man, but then we talk about Greg Land, and Earth Expansion. (5 minutes)
23:10 - Iron Fist! And it's pronounced "Swer-Jin-Ski". (3 minutes)
26:00 - When is it Joe Quesada's fault? Also, how to come back from the dead. (3 minutes)
29:20 - Comic-con! Tron! Marvelman Rights! World War Red She-Hulks! and... Thunder Agents? (10 minutes)
39:00 - Multiverses! (1 minute)
40:10 - Oh dear lord it's forty minutes, Ilan attempts to point this out but we talk about Bone instead! (4 minutes)
44:00 - Pouches, and farewell (2 minutes)
Mon, 27 July 2009
Behold, our diligence!
We have detailed show notes this time, though they may come out a bit garbled. Still, we are hewing to our iron-clad 2-week schedule, we have something of a theme for this episode, and nobody was hurt.
0:45 Thanks, Listeners
2:00 The Onion: Our Dumb World (2 minutes)
3:50 EcoFluxx (2 minutes)
5:50 Race for the Galaxy: Rebels vs. Imperium (5 minutes)
10:55 Moon (11 minutes)
15:00 MOON SPOILERS
20:00 END OF MOON SPOILERS
22:00 Star Wars: Legacy comics (7 minutes)
25:00 SPOILER FOR ULTIMATE X-MEN, SORRY GUYS
25:15 END SPOILER FOR ULTIMATE X-MEN
28:45 ...The Future, Conan? (45 sec)
29:30 A Note on History (45 sec)
30:15 Happy Landings
Mon, 13 July 2009
Episode 1: So you think you can podcast.
We're honestly not sure yet.
Herein, we introduce ourselves. We discuss The War of 1812 (as rendered by Columbia Games). We "review" the RiffTrax for 1982's epic "TRON", and we talk a bit about The Bitter Guy's initiation into Star Wars Miniatures.
The most important thing, is that nobody was hurt.