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BG-403-Extreme Closeup

May 18, 2012 By: Meg Category: Season 4, Sodes, Thematic

Have you taken the survey yet? And did you put in complementary comments about us? I mean come on, who else talks about porn like this?

http://rpgpolls.com/fill/survey/2012-RPG-Podcast-Listener-Survey

Summary:

Choosing an RPG is like choosing your porn. We talk about porn, play some in the background, and read a little. Probably unsafe-er for work than normal.

Segments Include:

People have died
  • Junior Seau

    Mooned

    I suspect the Mooninites

  • Kurt Cobain, still dead
  • Adam Yauch
So…
Corrections
  • Strawmen
  • Other stuff
Why are we mature?
  • 6 fart jokes and a dick reference
  • Milk toast definition for others who don’t know what it is (edit from Josh: That’s quite the eggcorn but it is milquetoast)
  • Going there to go there? Or just there naturally?
  • How mature do your games go without even trying?

Taste in RPGs is like your taste in Porn

Rawr!!

  • Listen along as we experience each other’s porn choices
  • Zeke is predictable
  • Meg likes to imagine really doing it
  • Josh is a weird mofo
Avengers
  • Meg screws with people who haven’t seen Cabin in the Woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take the Podcast Survey!

May 09, 2012 By: Meg Category: News

We’ve made “the top list” for the past 2 years and I want to again this year!

Go and fill out the podcast listener survey! And while you’re there, click on us!Survey

http://rpgpolls.com/fill/survey/2012-RPG-Podcast-Listener-Survey/brilliant-gameologists

Putting our name at the end just shows you got to the survey through our referral, so when you tell your friends, your loved ones, and that weird guy on the bus who is always trying to sell you his hair, make sure you tell them to put our name there too so we get credit.

That way we can see the stats just on the people who went to the survey through us. And that would be cool to see ’cause I’m betting you all are MUCH cooler than the average podcast listener.

So go on, it’ll only take 3 minutes, take the survey! And put some comments (about how awesome we are) in that comment box at the end. That’s what it’s for!

Episode 402: Too Soon?

May 01, 2012 By: Meg Category: Season 4, Sodes

Too Soon? Too Soon to joke about deaths? Too Soon to loudy interject our real family into an episode (’cause the baby, the toddler, and the dog interjected in this episode a LOT)? Or Too Soon to actually put out another episode?

While you are pondering, take the Podcast Listener Survey! Now! And put in complementary comments about our fine features!

http://rpgpolls.com/fill/survey/2012-RPG-Podcast-Listener-Survey

 

Segments Include:

TeeeeamWork!!!

Chewing

People Died

Grinds My Gears

  • What do you think of the phrase Dime a Dozen?

RPGs as Kid’s Shows

  • Wonderpets is either brilliant or brilliantly horrible. And no one is voting for the former
  • It reminds us of Burning Wheel
  • What Kid’s Shows remind you of RPGs? Or vice versa?

The Culture War

  • Based on the Book
  • Are you Progressive or Orthodoxy?

Drinkin’

  • Should you drink at the game table?
Other Questions
  • What do you think of our interstitials? What should we go with?
  • Are you pro or con Ming Ming?
  • Do you like our new format? Psych, I don’t care what you say, we’re doin’ it.

Want to contact us?

Episode 401: How We Spent Our Summer (and winter (and spring)) Vacation

April 23, 2012 By: Meg Category: Casual, Con Report, Season 4, Sodes

Holy crap, we’re BACK!

This was recorded in 3 separate settings, officially making this the longest podcast in waiting yet (that has been released anyway). 

We had fun Summer 2011!

Gencon 2011:

DragonCon 2011:

 

 

ColbertCon 2011:

ZooCon 2011:
  • Franklin Park Zoo had lots of balls

We had a very Maine Winter Holiday

  • Thanksgiving
  • Jamaica Plain is super Hipster

Spring had Lambs and Lions!

 

Want to contact us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boards are back… and better!

November 07, 2011 By: Meg Category: News

Because our old boards were so full of junk in the trunk, we put them on the ultimate diet. We locked it, made it read only, and started over.

If you’re looking for your forum-fix, head on over to http://www.minmaxboards.com! Re-create your profile and start posting once more!

You can copy and paste old material over as you see fit. We’re not doing a mass import due to the above mentioned spam, and still have some fiddly-bits to work through, but we hope you like the improvements!

Boards are down

October 31, 2011 By: Josh Category: News

 

Sometime this morning the normally high volume of spam attacks on our boards increased so the hosting company shut down the website.  We got it turned back on, but the boards are still down.

We working to solve the problem right now.

The username pop up is to keep spammers out and your regular name and password will not work.

BG-400-Promise to America

October 07, 2011 By: Josh Category: Season 4

Here we are again on our own, walking down the only road we’ve ever known…

We return triumphantly for a 4th season.  Hot, sweaty and full of vinegar.

This episode is a teaser for what is to come this season, the first real episode will be out ASAP or sooner.

We talk about changes, hopes and expectations:

  • More Listener involvement – Feedback, Questions, Free Zekey Rides,
  • More Show Promotion – Get your grass roots on.
  • We are going to work on a game – it worked so well for fear the boot we just had to
  • Work on our Bono Fides
  • Review some games
  • Shorter Shows (and more of them)
  • Meg will Blog
  • Guests
  • Funny and educational
  • Battered Bear
  • Moose Toe

 

BG-308-Good Bad and Otherwise – Part 2

August 02, 2011 By: Josh Category: Casual, Season 3, Sodes

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit to see if your co-workers can hear.

Episode Subtitle:

This episode is part of our Casual series which includes episodes for thought and fun.

We’re joined this episode by Glenn as the 4th Gameologist. Glenn can also be found on such podcasts as… The Dandy Scotch Brawlers

This is Part 2!

The GM gives you an emotional experience vs. The game you are playing can create an emotional experience
Weak Script, Good otherwise – Book of Eli

The dead whale effect – Sometimes a particular element ruins a larger experience.  Just like on dead whale ruins the fun of an entire beach

the whale that came to town
Crap Puffs
Joss Whedon, does not know science
Meg is a Joss Whedon Fangirl
Fanboys may not partake in rational discussions
Alien 3 – without question the worst alien movie
Dead Whale: It negates the second movie
Lev Grossman
The Magicians – Catcher in the Rye meets Narnia but actually good
Kafe Klatche
Reaction Novel

(Our drunkeness is quite apparant in this discussion)

Blade 2 – Horrible Movie
Portal – Actually fun, not a book
No Reservations
Agricola – 4 hours to learn and a lifetime to master
Agri-cola
Strategy rather than chance
You need to look at things throgh the lens of time to find context
Dosadi Experiment - wacky 1970′s “science”
Cthulhu dice
Flux
DnD 4th Ed occupies a cozy pidgeon hole
99% of all arguments are semantics.  You have to agree what the terms you use before you can argue

Bad and Bad

1) Avatar the Movie – No shark bending
2)Xanth Boardgame

So Bad it is Good

1) The “shake weight”
2) The “snuggie”
3) Moxie
4) Old timey Misogyny, Old timey Racism, Old timey Homophobia
Nero Wolfe
Chinamen, very clever
Aquaman
Tom vs Aquaman – Utterly Awesome
Tom vs the mayor – Complete Shite
Rifts – Everything doing everything all the time at full speed.
Sucker Punch - The trailer better than every movie in 2010
Angel Summoner and the BMX Bandit
Bolt – Too Much theme
shadowrun – you know what movie was awesome: Terminator.  But wait!  Also Dungeons and dragons. What about a robot dragon? What about all the native americans send magic tornados across the land and Oregon is home to the elves! A dragon is president!  And you always play guys in a bar looking to steal something.
Earthdawn

Actually Good

1) Fastlane
2) Metal
3) Wraith
4) Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5) Puffy Stickers
6) Sucker Punch

Conclusion:

Good games  must meet the goals it sets forth
Games are what their mechanics are
Meg requires a car for anal

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Visit our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our web

BG Short for July 27, 2011

July 28, 2011 By: Meg Category: Season 3, Shorts

The Short for June 13, 2011

There’s a new way to help us out that’s safe, fun, and parent approved! Go to RPGpodcasts.com and “Recommend this Episode”!

Con Report

Where we’ll be this summer:

  • JiffyCon Boston. We recorded this before we went, but went we did. It was a great time! JiffyCon ForReal is coming up in September!
  • GenCon August 3-7 YAYYYYY GENCON!!
  • DragonCon September 2-5th- Pure Debauchery is expected!

Podcast of the Week:

Game of the Week:

Bully Pulpit:

A new segment modeled on an OpEd, but not optional and probably not educational either

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJoshor Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

GenCon 2011: Come see us!

July 12, 2011 By: Meg Category: News

Once again we are presenting at GenCon and you definitely want to get in on this action!

Thursday, August 4th:

11:00-12:00 Greatest Seminar Ever (SEM1123866)

Marriott : Indiana Bllrm B

Come to this seminar ready to laugh and love with the award winning podcast Brilliant Gameologists as you share your best (and worst) gaming stories. There will be punch AND pie!

1:00-2:00 7 Words You Can’t Say While Gaming (SEM1123845)

ICC : 243

Join the hosts of the Award winning podcast Brilliant Gameologists and learn words that will bring out the worst emotions in your gaming group and will counter the real message – either names you could call players (Munchkin, Powergamer, Drama Queen, Rules Lawyer, Meta-gamer) or whining to your GM (It’s not fair! It’s not realistic! You are railroading us!). Learn alternatives to name calling that are just as fun and clarify the real problems.

Friday August 5th

10:00-11:00 am Winning At Community Forums (SEM1123979)

Marriott : Indiana Bllrm D

Your favorite game has a whole ‘nother level: the forums. Are you a troll? a lurker? a flamewar starter? Do you put up strawmen and burn them down? Come together to share ideas and learn how to formulate the one post to rule them all and get the top score on your favorite forum.

Kicking People Out of Your Game (SEM1123926)

Marriott : Indiana Bllrm C

Where do you draw the line at kicking people out of your gaming group? What are the things you should try before you kick them out? This seminar explores the hairy topic of “kicking people out of your game.”

Want to hang or say hi?

  • Come to a seminar
  • We’ll be at the Embassy Suites Happy Hour most evenings
  • Twitter us (Meg and Josh, we’re sans Zeke again this year) as a way to coordinate!

BG Short for June 13, 2011

June 14, 2011 By: Josh Category: Season 3, Shorts

The Short for June 13, 2011

Holla

Terms of Enragement

Aquaman is a dick to Topo

Game of the Week:

Podcast of the Week:

Rally Point:

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJoshor Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

Sode-307-Good Vs. Fun Part 1 (Casual)

May 26, 2011 By: Meg Category: Casual, Season 3

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit to see if your co-workers can hear.

Episode Subtitle:

This episode is part of our Casual series which includes episodes for thought and fun.

We’re joined this episode by Glenn as the 4th Gameologist. Glenn can also be found on such podcasts as… The Dandy Scotch Brawlers

This is just Part 1!

Good but…

Things that we rate are quality but individually just don’t like.

  1. Aces and Eights- the RPG- all
  2. Black Swan- Zeke
  3. Jay-Z- Josh (go check out the Black and Blue Album)
  4. Dominion- Glenn
  5. Ghost in the Shell- Meg

  • Pareto principle: 80% of business comes from 20% of customers

Bad but we like it

We know it’s crap but our loins are moistened

  1. Twilight- Meg
  2. Cleopatra 2525- Josh
  3. Roswell- Meg
  4. Josh- Zeke. Seriously, and by “seriously” we mean “just kidding”
  5. Clue- Glenn

Good and We Likes It

Quality + Emotional investment. And even then there is disagreement!

  1. Avatar the Last Airbender- Glenn
  2. The Godfather- Meg
  3. Alien 3- Glenn but we think that’s dumb
  4. The Magicians by Lev Grossman- all of us
  5. Portal- Meg
  6. Agricola- Meg and Josh
  • Convergence- proof by a thousand cuts
  • Woit’s Law- any theory/hypothesis must be falsifiable or it is “Not Even Wrong”
  • Dead Whale Affect- the beach may be beautiful but if there is a dead whale on the beach, there is still a friggin’ stinky dead whale on the beach.

So the conclusion?

  1. The marriage of quality and fun is if all the pieces in place, if they all converge (quality), then has the potential to cause a real emotional pull (I like it)
  2. For games- a good game is like a good script. A great director can still get a good performance from a good actor, but he can only take it so far if the script is bad

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Visit our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our web

BG Short April 31, 2011

April 30, 2011 By: Meg Category: Season 3, Shorts, Sodes

The Short for April 31 (aka May 2), 2011

Joining us this episode is Glenn, the honorary 4th Gameologists, from Dandy Scotch Brawlers.  Also joining us is the pug in the background- drink every time you hear his nails click clacking on the floor! And yes, we know there wasn’t an April 31st, but we want an episode per month, so now there is!

Where We’ve Been:

Them Brits know how to do weddings

  • PaxEast was pretty cool
  • Anime Boston was administratively enlightening

In Our Game

Podcast of the Week:

Game of the Week:

Question of the Week

  • What was your gaming gluttony of choice back when you could eat that crap?
  • Post on our FB Discussions or twitter us!

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJoshor Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

BG-Bonus: Meg talks Video Games

March 11, 2011 By: Meg Category: Party, Season 3, Sodes

On March 2nd, Meg joined the guys at The Way of the Game to talk about her favorite video games of all time.  

Any guesses as to her Top 10 list before listening??

Check out the episode!

Note- This is NOT a Brilliant Gameologists episode, but rather a “party” episode wherein we appear on other people’s shows.  So don’t start here, but if you’re interested in the people more than the show, give it a listen!

Pax East 2011!

March 10, 2011 By: Meg Category: News

Tomorrow the Gameologists will be headed to Pax East in Boston!  The creeping con crud has hit us early, so hopefully we’re healthy enough to make it because we really want to see:

  • PAX East 2011 Keynote: Jane McGonigal (she gives us school marm wood)

    Dickwolves?

  • Parsely Games Friday, 3:30pm – 4:30pm Merman Theatre (Cause Jared is a hot hot swede)
  • Game Design Is Mind Control Friday, 6:30pm – 7:30pm Cat Theatre (Meg is bringing her War and Peace to have Luke Crane sign)
  • The Triple Threat: Short Subjects in Gaming  Friday, 7:30pm – 8:30pm Naga Theatre (Cause what’s so special about those GeekNights guys anyway? Oh, yeah. They rule.  Boo.)
  • Everything I Know About Social Games I Learned from Call of Duty Saturday, 2:00pm – 3:00pm  IGDA Dev Center (The description mentions Frontierville!  To get why that matters, listen to Meg on The Way of the Game)
  • Publish Your Own RPG – And Don’t Go Broke Doing It! Saturday, 4:00pm – 5:00pm Merman Theatre (Mostly because the panelists are the coolest people at Pax East! Epi, Emily, Vincent, Meguey– it’ll be a room full of awesome!

If you’re going, let us know!  Tweet us (@bg_meg, @bg_josh or @bg_zeke) so we can meet up!

BGShort Feb 28, 2011

March 04, 2011 By: Meg Category: Season 3, Shorts, Sodes

The Short for February 28th, 2011

A Very Special News Report

Game of the Week:

Podcast of the Week:

Very Special News:

  • A Very Special Report on the Middle East

Question of the Week

  • There is a real question within the show, but you’ve gotta listen for it
  • We still need Podcast of the Week suggestions!
  • Post on our FB Discussions or twitter us!

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJoshor Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

BGShort Feb 21, 2011

February 21, 2011 By: Meg Category: News

The Short for February 21st, 2011

We are joined by co-host BG Baby for some of this episode

bgbaby

Co-Host BG Baby Valentine and Josh (the more bearded one)

Where We Be:

  • Where we’ve been: Birthdays and LaserTag!!
  • Happy Birthday Josh and Zeke!  You’s old!
  • PaxEast March 11-13!

Podcast of the Week:

Hot Game of the Week:

Play Suggestion for the Week

Question of the Week

  • We need Podcast of the Week suggestions!
  • Post on our FB Discussions or twitter us!

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zekeat brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

BGShort Feb 14, 2011

February 14, 2011 By: Meg Category: News

The Short for February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Where We Be:

  • Where we’ve been
  • Excuse-a-sode
  • Vegas and Podcast-a-Con was awesome!!
  • Come on Sons of Kryos, let us listen!

In Game:

  • Our Burning Wheel Game died a natural death
  • Check out us talking about it:
  • Meg got burned by Luke Crane
  • We’re starting a new Burning Wheel Game

Podcast of the Week:

Hot Game of the Week:

Question of the Week

  • What was your best Valentine’s Day gift- given or received?
  • Post on our FB Discussions or twitter us!

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zekeat brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

Sode-306-Myth of the Great GM (Host)

February 07, 2011 By: Meg Category: Host, Season 3, Sodes

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit to see if your co-workers can hear.

Episode Subtitle: We’re going to prunch you in the pecker

http://www.scaryforkids.com/pics/ball-pit.jpg

Myth or Fact?

This episode is part of hour Host series which includes episodes for and about gamemastering.

Myths about GM’ing

  1. Great GM’s are Born, Not Made
  2. You need to MAKE people role-play
  3. You must all fear and respect me and do as I command for I am god
  4. You stop the clock with one second left, every time.
  5. You only need to make one thing and give them 3 doors
  6. Fallacious Argument: You must not have had a good GM
  7. The GM is the entertainer
  8. Fudge the dice
  9. You have to fake it ’till you make it
  10. Just kick ‘em out
  11. The world will end in 2012
  12. As long as they had fun, you GM’ed it right

Names for the GM

  1. Harmful names
  2. Alternative names

Things a Good  GM

  1. Can do
  2. Should do
  3. MUST do

“Commercial” Break:

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Visit our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brililantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

BG-Bonus-Meg’s BW Recap

January 26, 2011 By: Meg Category: Party, Season 3, Sodes

We’re still recovering from holidays, so in the meantime, check out Meg talking about the BG’s Burning Wheel game on The Podge Cast.

No Thank You!

This is NOT a Brilliant Gameologists episode, but rather a “party” episode wherein we appear on other people’s shows.  So don’t start here, but take a listen in prep for our post-holiday return!

http://podgecast.com/archives/tpc-119-the-burning-fellowship-player

Hint: Meg doesn’t like Burning Wheel very much!

There is some discussion of this episode at The Spookyouthouse Forums


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