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Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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Dec 3, 2010

Episode 11

 

Paul Jay and Brian Bielawski talked a lot about games. Brian has a one-act play about World of Warcraft that you can see this weekend, and then we all recommend what board games are great gifts!

 

Obviously, shoppers, my website has gifts. For those who don’t have a Ranger of the Dork Forest t-shirt or either of my CD’s. http://jackiekashian.com/Merch.html

Notes:
About LARPing from Aaron Vanek (friend of the show). More info than you ever thought you’d get.
Ishmael – Daniel Quinn

Brian's Tabletop RPG suggestion: Outbreak Undead
Graphic Novel suggestion: The Red Star
Board game suggestion: Dominion
Pauls’ board game suggestion: Creationary
Jackie's board game suggestions: Pandemic, Smallworld

Happy Merry and be good to each other out there.

Credits:
Intro and Outro Music by Mike Ruekberg
Audio leveling by Patrick Brady

3 Comments
  • over six years ago
    Alex Swingle
    Speaking of games, you should give Anachronism a chance. It plays like a DnD duel (using dice instead of d20s). Each set costs around $10-$20 and you only need set 1-3. Every other set afterwards was not meant for you to use the older sets. Tons of variables and multiplayer scenarios can easily be implemented. All the heroes you play as are historical figures, so that can be a cool quirk as well.

    After that, I have nothing else that's easy to setup/play. Let me know if you plan on giving it a shot or not. Love the show. Thanks for letting us hear conversations you wouldn't normally record.
  • over six years ago
    Todd Mason
    You're quite welcome, and good hunting...I think there are CAMELOT fans who might still produce game sets, with or w/o the permisison of Hasbro (the purchaser of MB who purchased Parker Bros, if I've kept that straight).

    And, certainly, the war re-enactors and SCA/Society for Creative Anachronism have been LARPing for quite a few decades, and, as you suggest, they're hardly the first (quite leaving aside religious pageants and other relatively sober re-enactment ceremonies, which are not completely matters of fun--even when they are part of festivals with some recreational components...). Are parades next door, occasionally crossing over, into LARPing? ("Discuss. At least 500 words, due Tuesday.") (Just to call back to "76 Trombones" and THE MUSIC MAN)
  • over six years ago
    Todd Mason
    I will be passing this episode's link along to WoW folks of my acquaintance. As a non-gamer, I was not too surprised to still enjoy that aspect of the discussion and also the tangents...though as a lifelong atheist, I never felt that all supernaturalists were fools...I just had to deal with those who felt that all atheists were deluded and/or evil. Even atheism and agnosticism are matters of faith, after all...that in the first case that there are no supernatural or at least guiding supernatural forces in the universe (and I would tend to plump for the first), in the second that this question cannot be reasonably settled...which might be true, but I tend to take the "meta" view...why do we need, or at least desire, guiding forces, and how much to they resemble the parents of infants in the posited human relations with them...past a certain point, while it might be uncomfortable that we have to settle our own ethical questions one way or another, it's pretty clear, through the manifold schisms of all faiths (including those of "faithlessness"), that we do...even given Bertrand Russell's ringing challenge along the lines that he couldn't accept that the only thing wrong with blatant cruelty was that he didn't like it...

    I haven't fallen in love with a board game, despite liking the likes of TRIVIAL PURSUIT and finding Go a remarkable brain-buster, since playing CAMELOT, which Parker Bros. kept in print for some thirty-forty years before the '70s...I discovered it some five or ten years after they stopped producing it, and I can't imagine why. A lot like checkers, a little scrap of chess, and a touch of "Chinese checkers"...and definitely not a game that takes hours to play. Of course, that love was during my grade-school years, and I suspect any board-game geek is at least familiar with it just because it was so common at one time.

    I gave THE WALKING DEAD the tv series an almost fair shot, given how much I don't like producer Frank Darabont's film work, and it didn't capture my attention...a filmmaker acquaintance of mine today just noted, "I've been following it pretty regularly, because there are many things to recommend it: it has a fine cast of actors, an emphasis on character, moody direction, and what may be some of the best zombie designs that I've seen. I feel kinda bad for not liking it more than I do." I suspect the comic book is the richer experience.

    I did like, and can recommend, the episode of NBC's sitcom COMMUNITY which is a parody of the current wave, or crest of the building wave, of Romero-inspired zombies drama.