A podcast about all things narrative, discussing story in fiction, graphic novels, and video games, plus interviews with industry professionals.
The Pub 52: Robots Don't Have Tails
In this episode, we review C. Robert Cargill's novel, Sea of Rust. Sarah dresses as a robot cowboy and rides her trusty, rusty (literally) steed to the show. Daniel realizes that he is bound by his original brainwork design. Trey reads a paragraph and the rest of the casts dreams of cotton candy and maple syrup, then wonder whether androids can, in fact, dream. And Dean gets a new core.
Hosted by Dean Karpowicz, with with Daniel Morbach, Trey Bourn, and Sarah Willis.
The Pub 51: NaNoNowWhat?
In this episode, we talk about what to do after completing NaNoWriMo. Sarah learns to photoshop chickens into a scene of Jurassic Park, just in time for Christmas. Kayla works on a short story while we podcast, just like she did with her novel during English classes. Sara refers to the other cast members as Rachel, Phoebe, and Chandler, then tells us to get into our scrubs for our shift at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital. And Dean does a ninja roll.
0:46: How Did We Do?
"We have two winners and two big losers. I am one of the losers.
3:31: How Did We Accomplish What We Did?
Kayla: I was a write-during-English-class kind of person.
Dean: Oh my God!
Sarah: Don't listen to your teachers!
13:41: Now What?
"It's like rotating manuscripts for me. You work on one for a month, spend time with your characters, and then you are like, 'I need a break from you people!'"
21:33: Final Thoughts.
"Well, you know, my whole life is one big break, so. . ."
The Pub 50: Ludonarrative Baldness
In this episode, we talk about Ludonarrative Dissonance in video games. Jon researches lute-onarrative dissonance instead of ludonarrative, then buys the instrument and records a cover of the 1982 classic, "The Safety Dance." Sarah is told to hurry up over and over because her life depends on it, but instead, she loots all the chests and then pisses off to do a cooking quest for seventeen days. Molly tries to jump over a very tiny wall several times but is impossibly unable to clear it, so she finally uses the gate to get to the studio. And Dean goes bald.
1:45: The Origin of the Term
Dean: You kill little sisters in Bioshock to get more ADAM, and we're told this is a bad thing.
Sarah: Yes Dean, killing little girls is bad.
Dean: Yes but we have since learned that killing little girls is totally fine.
11:31: General Thoughts
Jon: Ludonarrative dissonance is really about emotions in games.
Molly: I have lots of emotions when playing games.
Sarah: I have lots of emotions in general.
15:10: Is Ludonarrative Dissonance a Bad Thing, Really?
Jon: The coolest thing a game can provide is ludonarrative dissonance.
Molly: Yes, the coolest thing is the overwhelming feeling of despair that I get.
19:33: On Ludonarrative Consonance.
Jon: In Skyrim, you might be looting a house and the guards show up. . .
Molly (in her "guard voice"): Halt! You have committed crimes against Skyrim and her peoples.
21:47: Agency and Dissonance
Jon: I go through visual novels triggering events just to get achievements. What about that?
Sarah: Then you're creating your own dissonance.
Jon: Are you saying I'm my own worst enemy?
28:58: Final Thoughts
"My alignment is chaotic Jontral."
The Pub 49: Love and Lots of Coffee and Painkillers
In this episode, we talk about The Matrix, including the upcoming Resurrections release. Kayla puts on a leather trench coat and does a slow-motion drop kick off the studio wall, neutralizing several police officers. Jackie takes the red pill, just to see how far down the rabbit hole she can go. Trey walks through an entire crowd of people but completely misses the Woman in the Red Dress. And Dean realizes that, in fact, there is no spoon. Or fork. There are only sporks.
1:05: On the Original Matrix
"I went in not wanting to like it, and I came out wanting more guns. Lots of guns."
9:51 The Appeal of the First Film
"The whole movie is about living a lie and what it takes to live truly. A lot of people can relate to that."
15:10: The Trailer
"My attention was immediately on Doogie Howser, M.D."
20:08: What We Hope to See in Resurrections
Kayla: I hope they don't make a big point about how everyone uses a cell phone all the time. Just please don't.
Jackie: Because old people are always on you about being on your phone?
Kayla: Yep, exactly.
The Pub 48: Are You Sure It's a Turkey?
Happy Thanksgiving! In this episode, we talk about Hannibal. Matthew follows a black feathered stag out of the studio and into the dangerous woods. Daniel constructs a corpse totem and then watches everyone take pictures of it. Kayla buys a sniper rifle, climbs a tree, and protects the entire cast. And Dean puts on a herringbone suit and serves Thanksgiving dinner.
1:15: General Thoughts
"Hannibal is a dapper man."
8:03: On Incivility
"Eat the rude!"
12:45: How Does Violence Tell the Story?
"Hannibal sees the beauty in killing and gore, and food and its preparation are our bridge to that."
15:30: How Does Food Tell the Story?
"The food porn is related to the corpse art. It's a conflict between aesthetics and morality."
21:30: The Love Story
"Hannibal's prolonged stabbing of Will is somewhat sensual."
The Pub 47: From Flynn's Arcade to Arrakis
In this episode, we talk about Dune. Daniel cries, then bites down on his poison tooth in an attempt to assassinate the the entire cast. Matthew ponders the halluncinogenic qualities of various spices. Trey whispers ominously, narrating the inner thoughts of the cast. And Dean becomes a guild navigator and folds space.
1:25: A Non-Duner's Thoughts
"I was able to sink into the sands of Dune and enjoy it completely"
3:03: The Current Film
"I can't wait to see the navigators of the spacing guild: the flipper people."
11:05: David Lynch's Dune
Dean: "Apparently, David Lynch was offered both Dune and Return of the Jedi."
Daniel: "Imagine Lynch doing Star Wars. Luke asks Master Yoda if Vader is his father, and Yoda answers by performing interpretive dance."
18:50: Dune, the Novel
"The Lord of the Rings was easy compared to Dune. They were just walking and walking and walking. And then they find it and then they walk and the walk and they walk...
30:47: The Director's Cut
"We need to wait until pot is legal and then watch the six-hour director's cut."