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Episode 10 – Gotham

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gotham-poster-7The nerds enthuse over Gotham, the gritty, pre-Batman cops-and-gangsters show featuring a badass Alfred and some unfortunate Bechdel problems.

Regular listeners know that Rob always has to get something big wrong every episode, and this time it was his insane misidentification of Liza as the future Poison Ivy. He thinks maybe he misheard her name and decided that the little girl Ivy from the pilot grew up really fast…or something. Anyway, he regrets his error and thanks Mary for her firm but polite correction.

Speaking of imperfect memories, in Mary’s head lives a more perfect version of Penguin’s parents from Batman Returns. She correctly remembered Paul Reubens playing the father, but Tim Burton sadly overlooked Carol Kane in favor of Diane Salinger, whom some of you might remember as Simone from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

Rob kept coming back to Clock King as the exemplar of silly Silver Age Batman villains. Weirdly, the week after recording this, Clock King showed up (pretty effectively, we think) on The Flash. All hail Clock King!

None of us understands the fetishistic need to linger over Martha Wayne’s pearl necklace as it disgorges its contents onto the filthy cobblestones of Crime Alley. It’s Freud! It’s class warfare! It’s a sobering, multi-threaded, multi-artist exploration of PTSD! It’s lazy symbolism! It’s whatever you want it to be! (Though we hasten to add that while Gotham’s angle on the Wayne’s murders has been poked at a few times before in various comics, it’s arguably a fresh take on the screen.)

Here’s the site Paul used to watch the pilot. You may be able to find other means if you have access to a Google.

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Episode 9 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

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Now that the new World of Warcraft expansion is out, Mary expands on her excitement from episode 2 while Rob and Paul ask ignorant questions.

You can start playing WoW for free right now, if you like—or, even better, email us at nerds@nerdhole.org and Mary will send you a “Recruit-A-Friend” link, which will qualify you for all sorts of neat extras. Check out Mary’s guild on the web or on Facebook.

Mary's WoW character Lucythia in the splendor of Draenor.
Mary’s WoW character Lucythia in the splendor of Draenor.

At one point, Rob half-assedly tried to explain DDoS. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say, and here are the details of that particular attack.

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Episode 8 – Tabletop games for Thanksgiving

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Clue shirts made them kill!

We get timely and talk about the time-honored tradition of playing family-friendly* tabletop games while immobilized by overconsumption. We look at a few golden classics and a few that could interest even the hardest-core gamer as well as her less intense family members. Here’s what we discussed:

Epic Spell Wars sample spell
Epic Spell Wars sample spell

* For most values of “family-friendly,” anyway.

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Episode 7 – Civilization: Beyond Earth

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Episode 6 – Constantine

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01964521We dig into the newest genre show of the year, based on the legendary Hellblazer comics from Vertigo. Rob, a huge fan of the comics, tries with some success to accept the show for what it is. Mary, unspoiled by the books and a huge fan of Christian demons vs. angels mythology, is in for the time being*. Paul listens attentively and asks a few smart questions.

* Her exact words: “It was a better-than-expected first date, but it’s not like there were fireworks.”

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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!

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