Squideye and The Bitter Guy
The Gamut of Geekery in a Canadian Vein


"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!)

  • other White Wolf historical settings for the Old World of Darkness
  • also Apocalypse versus Forsaken -- topical, people!
  • Justin's Great War GenCon experience

- D&D 4 Essentials

  • Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Forgotten Kingdoms, and... rules
  • "Red Box vs. Unearthed Arcana"
  • And then the ACTUAL new Red Box
  • What do you need for D&D?
  • Rules compendium is really all you need for game except character generator
  • Player books include all basic rules and equipment
  • DM set is weird, and so is the dice box -- for tiles buy frickin' tiles, for dice buy the red box, and for a straight DMG, why not get DMG 1 and 2, probably as cheap as the new box anyway and full of Robin Laws goodness

- Ravenloft: "Is it bigger than a Red Box?"

  • a complete game, great components, just a d20, a zillion minis
  • modular, like Descent or Space Hulk, but with a Dracolich
  • Incursion is another grid-tactics boardgame, which we may review later.

- Gamma World: "Why are we even talking about this?! Why aren't we PLAYING?!"

  • Some pent-up nerd rage: omitted mention of the White Wolf version
  • Though it's up for debate -- "...including versions based on d20?"
  • Basically 4e but more gonzo!
  • Brad Murray's review: http://www.vsca.ca/halfjack/?p=757
  • Might be more enjoyable than our GaryCon Tomb of Horrors 3.5E adventure

- iPhone 4: "iPhone, do this!"

  • Voice activation is pretty good, power is better
  • Tim Sullivan of Without Software - awesome iOS developer: http://withoutsoftware.com/

- Season 4 of Venture Brothers

  • Hasn't aired in Canada yet
  • It will make you grow a blonde mullet.

- Something about change

  • Also Heroscape being discontinued.


Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-11-30.mp3
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"Remember, Remember"

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:

  • Toy Soldiers - the trial is great, the game's a slog
  • Snoopy Flying Ace - just plain super duper great

- Televised British Comedy and the First World War:

- Board Games about Being a Flying Ace:

- Movies it's okay... d'oh

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-11-10.mp3
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Episode 14: Hot Lead Time Machine


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

Pizza Pizza

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.


Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-08-31.mp3
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Episode 13: Where Did the Time Go?


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 Ladyhttp://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 Galaxionhttp://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/

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-08-05.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43am EDT

Episode 12: Green Beanery, Mean Machinery

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.

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-06-30.mp3
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Episode 11: Remember the Artist

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!

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-05-29.mp3
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Episode 10: Fans Self

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!

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-04-19.mp3
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Blog superheroine Elana S (the S doesn't stand for anything yet, but consider voting on her blog) has helped illustrate our discussion of The Dufferin Mall.

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Couldn't have even TRIED to say it better myself.

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Episode 9: Owen and Squideye and The Bitter Guy!

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

Blackest Night!

Gail Simone!

Scott Pilgrim! http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/scottpilgrimvstheworld/

And nobody was hurt!

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-04-01.mp3
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Episode 8ish: A Silly Place

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.

Andre from blacknerdcomedy.com talks about how Lost hates black people.

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-02-28.mp3
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Episode 7: Weekly Pulls Squideye and The Bitter Guy talk about the comics that came out this week. An experiment in form and format. What do you think?
Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2009-12-31.mp3
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