Join me for a discussion with the guy who brought us Tooth and Tail, the latest RTS that makes it a good time to be into RTSs.
Given that there are so many good boardgame ports available, it’s a pretty lousy time to sell a lousy boardgame port. It doesn’t help when the boardgame being ported is nothing to write home about. It certainly doesn’t help when it wants you to buy pointlessly expensive maps, not to mention actual gameplay mechanics. This sure is demanding for such an inconsequential game. It barely even qualifies as beer n’ pretzels. How about suds n’ crumbs?
Finally an answer to the burning question “How will Aronofsky top Noah?” At the 1:30-mark, after an It and American Assassin report, we hunker down for a discussion of natural disasters in movies that aren’t about natural disasters.
Next week: Kingsman: The Golden Circle
You can tell right away from the title that Let Me Make You a Martyr is trying something, well…different. Think of the title as the movie warning you beforehand. Hey, it says, this might not be for you. It’s probably right. It’s probably not for you. It’s alternatively pretentious, awkward, and indulgent. I mean, come on, who names their movie Let Me Make You a Martyr? But I loved it.
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It is a dark and stormy night. You wake up among a pile of bodies in the bottom of an open pit. You have no memory of who you are or how you got here.
You have a ring of keys. You have a Zippo lighter.
You find a gun. It’s loaded. A woman throws a rope down to you.
The woman is gone. There is a house in the distance with the lights on. You hear people talking inside.
GO TO HOUSE
You are at the house. The front door is unlocked.
The honorable Nick Diamon presides over a legal battle among animals in Tooth and Tail. Then Tom Chick and Jason McMaster get to lord over him the fact that they’re playing Destiny 2 while he’s faffing about in some Bethesda MMO.
In Lovecraft Country, being called a nigger, refused service at a restaurant, harassed by the police, or treated with contempt by an elite coven of warlocks is just another day. This cast of black characters living in Chicago in 1954 is accustomed to America. They have learned to navigate it. Literally. One of the main characters publishes a travel guide called The Safe Negro Travel Guide. It steers black people around — or, if necessary, through — the more virulent racism in America, especially where Jim Crow laws are still in effect. Which restaurants will serve black customers? Which highways should you not be on after dark? Which garages can you call if your car breaks down?
So the characters in Lovecraft Country don’t seem terribly surprised by the idea that maybe the universe is a vast and ancient expanse of indifference at best, outright hostility at worst. Why would someone go insane from learning what minorities know every day? If you look into the abyss long enough, you still have to ride in the back of the bus on your way to work. Continue reading →
After Prometheus, Noomi Rapace’s “save the world” track record took a real hit. Let’s see how she fares now that Unlocked has come out. At the 1:22, we discuss sexual assault in movies.
Next week: Mother!
I’ve spent many hours with R. Eric Reuss’ game. It’s only fair that he spends one with me. Join us for a wide-ranging talk with the creator of this brilliant co-op/solitaire boardgame.
We already knew Taylor Sheridan could write. But what if what he really wanted to do was direct? At the 1:21 mark, the podcast erupts into a highly combustible discussion of exploding people.
Next week: Unlocked
Tom Chick presides over this week’s face-off between Jason McMaster for Conan: Exiles and Nick Diamon for Ark: Survival Evolved. May the best open-world survival crafting/grinding game win! Then a lot of talk about the new War of the Chosen DLC for XCOM 2.
We would like to apologize to both Virginias for things Kellywand says on this podcast. At the 1:14 mark, we talk about our favorite transsexual characters. A lot of what our country knows about alternative lifestyles is what it learns from movies. What are they telling us about transsexuals?
Next week: Wind River
From watching The Sandbaggers, I have come to appreciate two things. The first is Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Matthew Holness and Richard Ayoade’s ode to bad British genre TV from the 70s is hilarious even if you don’t know bad British genre TV from the 70s. What else would it be with Holness, Ayoade, the incomparable Matt Berry, and the even more incomparable Alice Lowe? But now that I’ve seen Sandbaggers, which has the same style, tone, and production values that Darkplace lovingly mocked, I get the joke even better. So this is what it was like to watch TV in the UK!
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Tony Carnevale, Tom Chick, and Bruce Geryk dive deep into the reprint of Victory Point Games’ solitaire classic, Nemo’s War. What’s new, what’s better, what’s worse? And what’s the deal with these rules?
Consider a wilderness, lightly populated by natives. They have pagan sites dedicated to local nature gods. They worship a river or mountain or clouds or nighttime or something. Some sort of quaint animism. Now here come European explorers from across the sea. They set up small towns. The towns coalesce into entrenched cities. Culture spreads. The holy sites are abandoned and the natives are assimilated. The wilderness is now tamed. Settled. European. Probably Christian.