Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Ian Bogost on isolationism in the gaming community

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Ian Bogost, the thoughtful academic behind the remarkable Cow Clicker FB app/critique, recently posted his address to this year’s Indiecade, and it’s well worth the 10-15 minutes it will take you to read. It’s smart, it’s dense, and it’s provocative.

This quote will probably either excite you or turn you off: “Pushed to its limits, all fandom becomes apartheid.” In either case, check it out.

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Episode 5 – Sleepy Hollow

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One of the monsters of the week on Sleepy Hollow, the Sandman.
One of the monsters of the week on Sleepy Hollow, the Sandman.
In this episode, Mary and Rob continue trying to convince Paul (apparently mostly successfully!) that he needs to be watching Sleepy Hollow on Fox.

We’ve got tons of notes on this one, but let’s start with an apology for Rob’s extremely confident display of ignorance midway through the show. Yes, John Noble was in Lord of the Rings, but Mary was right—he played Denethor, not Theoden. Once again, Rob’s nerd cred lies in tatters. No doubt the cycle of swinging from epic highs to lowly lows will continue long into his senescence.

Mary mentioned a collection of delightful Orlando Jones internet moments. Yeah, it’s Buzzfeed, but you should bite the bullet because Mr. Jones will warm the cockles of your heart. THE COCKLES! Also, here’s that great Orlando Jones scene from Office Space that Paul was talking about.

For those interested in Fonthole, here’s the official link for Mason, which we believe is found in Sleepy Hollow’s eeeeee-vil subtitles, and here’s Copperplate, in case you were wondering. And here’s where you can find the Vertigo Tarot Deck Mary was talking about (as she says, “it’s not only one of the first places I saw Mason used commercially, but it was written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean, and published by Vertigo Comics”).

Thanks to Friend of the Hole Rob Dalton for loaning us his mike to record this episode; sound quality has improved, so we’re going to spend a few credits to level up our tech.

Thanks also to Patron of the Hole Anton Alferness! Not only did he whip up our opening and closing music, he sweetens, edits, and masters each episode without asking for so much as a punch in the nose. We are forever in his debt.

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Episode 4 – Interview with Rob Heinsoo of 13th Age in Glorantha

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13th Age in Glorantha squareRob and Paul interview game designer (and old friend) Rob Heinsoo about his delightful tabletop RPG 13th Age and his Kickstarter drive to create a Glorantha expansion (that’s RuneQuest’s setting for those playing Grognard Bingo).

Spoiler alert: He’s funded. Super-secret spoiler alert: You can still get in on the action until 10/13/14.

We’re hoping to get Mr. Heinsoo’s game design partner Jonathan Tweet on Nerdhole soon, preferably for an Oxford-style debate on who came up with the idea for the Escalation Die. Tune in!

Audio note/apology: Because of geomantic interference from Rob Heinsoo’s lair, the audio in this episode has a few strange artifacts and other netherworldly manifestations. 

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Episode 3 – Dr. Who: Legacy/Tile-Matching Games

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Episode 1 – Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare

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PeashooterGardenWarfareWelcome to Nerdhole! In this inaugural episode, Paul schools Mary and Rob on the latest chapter in PopCap’s fun, weird world of garden-menacing undead. It’s a first-person cuter!

At one point, Rob barfed up a reference to an old RPG with live DMing. It was Bioware’s Neverwinter Nights, which featured a DM client that he never actually used. Some did, though!