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As the monumental 300th episode looms in our near future we thought it might be fitting to throw together a compilation of "Best-Of" moments that didn't quite make it into the anniversary montage earlier this year. So while I spent the day shoveling snow out of my driveway and trying to force ideas for Christmas presents into my brain, Alex spent the day splicing together this week's jam into what we're calling The Best-Of B-Sides.

This one is pretty neat because, like you, I have absolutely no idea what this episode is going to contain. You might be thinking "hey man you're not going to quality check it before uploading to make sure Alex didn't cut together a humiliating montage of the stupidest things you've said over the past year?" And the answer is no. At the end of the day my faith and trust in my podcasting partner knows no bounds. In 5 years the man has never let me down or done me wrong so when it comes to Episode 299....there's no hesitation from me at all.

It's either that or I'm just really lazy.

He wouldn't do that though...right?

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.9.2017_Episode_299.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:10pm EST
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We're approaching 6 years of doing this thing in a few months and we still don't have a concrete mission statement. Mission statements are usually important, right? Do podcasts need mission statements? Who knows. The point is; we don't have one. We've done 5 minute brainstorms in the past but at the end of the day our goal is to talk to interesting people and show you neat things. It's not perfect and it sounds like something a 5 year old would write but ultimately it's what we aim to do.

This week's guest is no exception as we were joined by Toni aka The MadEtcha. If you've ever checked out any of our Steampunk World's Fair reviews then you've definitely heard us mention MadEtcha and her incredible glass etchings before. Her work has a "you have to see it to believe it" quality. Every time I've tried to describe one of her pieces my description never really compares to the quality of the actual work. So, I guess it's my responsibility to drag all of my friends to Jersey to check out her booth.

Should be easy enough.

Anyway, you can check out Toni's work HERE or stop by her booth at the Wicked Faire early next year or the World's Fair in May!

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.3.2017_Episode_298.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:00pm EST
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After doing the whole convention thing for some time now we've kind of nailed down a method to how we cover a show. It might not necessarily be the "right" way of doing it but we've always tried to bring you content and coverage that the everyday con-goer would want to hear about. I think we've done a decent job so far but I never really took the time to consider what might happen if our process had a monkey wrench thrown in it. Sure, there have been hiccups here and there. My camera died at PAX East last year. Alex has bowed out of shows with Colin and Joe filling in for him. But at the end of the day we're still able to get great content and put together with concise recaps for you.

But what about something major? Like covering a show by myself. In a city I've never been to. At a show that, up until last weekend, had never happened before. That's a bit more than a hiccup. And it caused me to change the way I approach covering shows on the fly and to be quite honest: It was tough. I never realized just how much I leaned on my cohorts for support when we talk with developers and test out new games. To be at a show in a foreign place without the guys by my side was a shock to the system to say the least. But, with the non-stop support of my amazing wife (who got to attend her first con!) I was able to remember a few things about the show and even put together a photo album which you can check out HERE.

Hopefully my ramblings this week will give you a good impression of what you can expect to find at any future Unplugged shows. Despite being outside of my comfort zone for the better part of a weekend I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't already thinking about next year's show. Luckily, there's only 131 days until PAX East. Let's keep the countdown going, shall we?

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.25.2017_Episode_297.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:05pm EST
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Seeing as I have to be up to make the drive to Pennsylvania for PAX Unplugged in about 7 hours and the title of this episode pretty much speaks for itself....I'm going to keep this brief and stick to the facts:

  • Colin joined us this week.
  • We talked about the latest season of Stranger Things.
  • This episode is EXTREMELY spoiler heavy.
  • No, seriously. Massive Stranger Things spoilers in here.
  • If you have any interest in Stranger Things but haven't watched it yet...maybe come back to this one later.
  • Some of us have a newfound love of Sean Astin.

Just cold, hard facts.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.15.2017_Episode_296.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:03pm EST
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Remember last week when I went on a big "yeah there's no more spooky stuff this year" rant?

Turns out I'm an idiot and we actually have a little more spooky stuff for you because this week Alex sat down with Dave Richard, the Creative Director behind the hit survival game "Dead by Daylight"! We've talked about Dead by Daylight at length in the past having been introduced to it at PAX East before we were finally able to get our hands on our own copy and needless to say we're hooked. What we thought was just a fun game of cat and mouse turned out to be an intricately designed and terrifying game of survival that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time you're playing.

Huge thanks to Dave and the Dead by Daylight crew for giving us some time out of their busy schedule to talk about their game. I think it goes without saying that we can't wait to see what they come out with next.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.11.2017_Episode_296.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:39pm EST
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This week we're back to our regularly scheduled programming as Alex and I dive into the recesses of our brains to discuss those certain things that we hold dear to our hearts regardless of their quality or current status in the popular "meta". You know, that one movie that you loved as a kid and will still watch to this day even though all your friends say it sucks. Or that videogame that your siblings despised that will never leave your collection despite not having the necessary console to play it anymore.

Those things. Those beautiful, nostalgic things that we hold blind allegiances to because they mean something to us. That's what we're talking about this week. And it is good.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.4.2017_Episode_294.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:22pm EST
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Just in case you didn't hear enough of us this week we're back with another episode diving right into the heart of the spooky. When we heard OMV Legend Jon was going to be heading back from his trip out to the west coast we decided it would be just plain irresponsible to not have him on. Yes folks, you read that right: The Duke of Spoop himself has made his return to the Nutmeg state to tell us tales of ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural.

Now let's all just take a second and drink in how fantastic "The Duke of Spoop" is because if you asked me I think it belongs on a t-shirt. A t-shirt that only Jon is allowed to wear and only when he's recording podcast episodes with us. Then we'll auction it off in like 30 years for an obscene amount of money only to find out that we actually auctioned it to Jon and he was playing us the whole time. It's always the person you'd least expect....That Jon. Always the swindler, he was.

Classic.

Brb. I need to make a t-shirt now.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.26.2017_Episode_293.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:26pm EST
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The title to this episode will make little or almost no sense unless you tune in. And even then it still might escape you. In all honesty I'm having some regrets over the title and I'm starting to get pretty self conscious about it. How about we just move on?

I think I've managed to say "It's not Halloween without _______" at least once per episode this month. But seriously, it's not Halloween until the mastermind behind Decimated Designs Kyle Pasciutti sits in front of our microphone. Kyle has gained a bit of a reputation with his episodes as he always brings someone different with him to talk about various spooky things and this time was no exception. Joining Kyle in his haunting return were his pals Joe and Ricky. With the three of them all being veterans of various haunts and attractions (One of them having even competed in a season of Face Off) it's safe to say the levels of spooky were pretty off the charts this week.

Doesn't get much better than that.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.23.2017_Episode_292.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:34pm EST
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October 2017. Week 2. The air is *finally* starting to cool. The leaves are changing color. Everything smells and tastes like pumpkin. Halloween is approaching.

Let the spooky-ness continue!

This week we're joined by Monique and Peter of the Exit 7 Players to talk about the upcoming Addams Family Musical in Ludlow, MA. It's not every day you get Morticia and Gomez Addams in your studio to talk musicals so obviously we jumped at the chance to make it happen. If you're in the area, you like to support local theater, or if listening to Monique and Peter convinced you that you ABSOLUTELY NEED TO SEE THIS SHOW then you can click HERE and snag some tickets.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.10.2017_Episode_291.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:38pm EST
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It is officially October and despite the New England weather being uncharacteristically warm for this time of the year the fact that it's October means one thing:

It's time to get spooky.

It has become tradition to spend most, if not all, of the month of October talking about spooky and scary things with a vast collection of spooky and scary guests and this year is no exception. To help us kick off the festivities this week we were joined by haunters Bobby and Dave. They're the masterminds behind the production company "Evidence of Evil" and they specialize in some of our favorite things: scaring people with haunted attractions and coming up with new, creative ways to scare people at haunted attractions. Like Zombie Lazer Tag (awesome) or their latest creation that combines elements of escape rooms and haunted houses (really awesome) called The Chamber.

Check out our chat with Bobby and Dave to learn more and find out where you can experience these new ways to get the living daylights scared out of you.

Until next week,

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 10.5.2017_Episode_290.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:28pm EST
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