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    Episode 265: The Sandfruit Stew has a Little Too Much Sandfruit

    Episode 265: The Sandfruit Stew has a Little Too Much Sandfruit

    This week the word is cicadas. Andy gives a brief report on the swarms of cicadas, which can be heard faintly in the background of the entire show. Next Keith gives a report on the current status of his Patreon-based D&D campaign. Andy compares the cicadas to Logan’s Run, then talks about re-watching some other classics including Galaxy Quest and Inception. They discuss other dream-walking classics, and Keith talks about Shadow and Bone and Mass Effect. Andy talks about several superhero shows he’s decided to give up on, and Keith talks about putting the brakes on their attempts to read the Dictionary of the Khazars. Lastly, they discuss the final episode of season 1 of Debris.

    SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

    • 55 min
    Episode 264: Two Monte Cristo Sandwiches, Please

    Episode 264: Two Monte Cristo Sandwiches, Please

    This week the word is questionnaire. The nerds spend most of this show going through the 15 questions on Stephen Colbert’s questionert. Then they begin their discussions of the Dictionary of the Khazars. They also discuss the next-to-last episodes of Debris, and Keith talks about playing the new Mass Effect game.

    SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

    • 54 min
    Episode 263: The Talisman Effect

    Episode 263: The Talisman Effect

    This week the word is Expansion. The nerds discuss the challenges of creating expansions for games, including issues like bloat, keeping current with changing source material, and needing to have something cool & new for the expansion vs. wishing for that cool new feature to be part of the core game. Some specific games they discuss (in addition to their own) are Talisman, The Lord of the Rings board game, Over-the-Edge’s Cut-Ups system, Cosmic Encounter, and even Monopoly. Then Andy discusses the process of developing two new expansions for the Star Trek Fluxx series of games, and Keith drops the code word “pomegranate.” Next they discuss the next difficult-to-read entry in their book club, which is Dictionary of the Khazars, by Milorad Pavic. Lastly, after the spoiler curtain, they discuss Debris, in particular episodes 9 & 10.

    SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

    • 53 min
    Episode 262: The Final Episode

    Episode 262: The Final Episode

    This week the word is Finale. First the nerds discuss notable finales, cliff-hangers, final episodes that had to serve as finales, good endings, bad endings, unexpected endings, and more. Next, they check in with work stuff, then they discuss the final chapter of the book they’ve been reading for months, S. Lastly, they discuss the last episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the first few episodes of Debris.

    SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers

    • 52 min
    Episode 261: Legendary Mustaches

    Episode 261: Legendary Mustaches

    This week the word is Palimpsest. After first discussing what the word even means, the nerds discuss a few examples of palimpsests, the most notable of which being the book they’ve been reading, S. aka Ship of Theseus. Other topics include Tig Notaro, recent life issues including vaccinations, online conventions, Lower Decks, Debris, Solar Opposites, TikTok videos, Raised by Wolves, Kong vs. Godzilla, For All Mankind, favorite RPG moments, and Keith’s D&D campaign. Then they discuss chapter 9 of S., and a paragraph that reminded Andy of an old card game called Dark Cults. Lastly, they discuss episode 5 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

    SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

    • 55 min
    Episode 260: All the Liquid Nitrogen in the Soviet Union

    Episode 260: All the Liquid Nitrogen in the Soviet Union

    This week the word is Chernobyl, and the nerds start by discussing various aspects of that and other big disasters. Andy talks about getting his first shot, and the nerds speculate about life after vaccination. Keith talks about Harley Quinn, and Andy talks about Infinity Train. Keith reports on the D&D campaign he’s doing on Patreon, and on the progress of the Kickstarter for Gloomier. He also talks about eating cookies on TikTok. Then Andy discusses the just-announced Wonderland Fluxx. Next come the spoilers, as they discuss Chapter 8 of S., episode 2 of Raised By Wolves, I Am Mother, episodes 2 & 3 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and lastly, the HBO mini-series, Chernobyl.

    SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

    • 55 min

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