Episode 5 - the Specifics

James and Paul delve forward at a breakneck turtle pace in sorting out the particulars of their board game!

Episode 4 - the Recommitment

James and Paul review what they discovered the last episode.

Show Notes:

Apologies that Paul is a little quiet at times, it is the consequence of our computer crashing just prior to beginning the recording.

Episode 3 - the Commitment

It's Episode 3 - in which James and Paul commit!

Special thanks to our friend Gary Grundei, who did end up making a theme that I edited in later, and who is awesome. http://garygrundei.com/

  • Notes
    • The bridge paradox from Kant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Bridges_of_K%C3%B6nigsberg
    • Harry Potter as a Sacred Text website: http://www.harrypottersacredtext.com/
    • The Hugenots and the general idea of Hospitality as a cultural thang: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospitality#Ancient_Greece, and also the first teaser for Harry Potter as a Sacred Text.
    • Definition of Chthonic: Adjective. Concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld.
  • Articles
    • Polar Bear Project: https://projects.oregonlive.com/projectnora/1-3/series
  • Books
    • Xenophon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Thousand
    • Watership Down by Richard Adams
    • Redwall books as a counterpoint to Watership Down, by Brian Jacques
    • Illuminatus Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
    • Campaigns of Alexander the Great by Arian
    • We name drop Agatha Christie novels like the Poirot series, specifically Murder on the Orient Express
  • Games
    • Scotland Yard
    • Mysterium
    • Complicated Board Game the Card Game (the game that's all about setting it up)
    • Illuminati
    • Fluxx
    • Munchkin

Episode 2 - the Cert

Episode 2

James and Paul continue working towards the theme, general idea, and hook of their game. The sparse tangent tree cover gives way to dense tangent jungle. James reveals his unabiding-yet-complicated love of Starship Troopers (in all forms of media).

Leave us a comment if that's your thing!

  • Notes
    • Supreme Court: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certiorari
    • James's climate change blog is still in existence! http://450by2050.blogspot.com/. But 2009? 2010? That was a long time ago, jeez.
  • Articles
    • The Climate Change thing: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/climate/what-is-climate-change.html
  • Books
    • Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, by someone Gibbons
    • The Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch
    • Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
    • Beyond Earth (the pessimistic-space-travel book)
    • Red Mars (and sequels) by Kim Stanley Robinson
    • The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu
    • The Master and Commander series, by Patrick O'Brian
    • The Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Games
    • Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
    • Codenames
    • Pandemic
    • Battlestar Galactica

Episode 1 - the Veil

It's the first Episode! James and Paul introduce the idea and pierce the veil.


  • Notes
    • We were confused about the name of the podcast at first, and the nature of the show prevents us from re-recording episodes. Bear with us. It's a living process.
    • "Puerto Rico" stuff refers to the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and the on-going collapse of civilization in some parts of the island, where things like electricity and clean water are no longer guarantees
    • Collapse fiction as a genre
  • Articles
  • Games Mentioned
    • Pinochle
    • Tikal
    • Monopoly
    • Secret Hitler by Goat, Wolf, & Cabbage LLC
    • Battlestar Galactica by Corey Konieczka
    • Catan and Carcassonne (as Eurogame examples)
    • Moby Dick, or: the Card Game by King Post 
    • Beowulf by King Post