Monday, January 25, 2016

Episode 35 - Reiterating, Chauvinism is NOT Cool

Greetings, Citizens!

Now, you may have read the title and read  a little snark into it. I'd be lying if I (Jeff) said I didn't intend any, especially with the chosen intro and outro music this episode. That being said, it isn't our intention to downplay or justify the overt (and sometimes not so overt) chauvinism and objectification of women within nerd culture. A Chainmail Bikini is NOT equal to an actual suit of armor!!  Recently, with such projects as The Hawkeye Initiative, this issue has gained a wider audience, but there's still a lot of ground to make up.

The Coalition States have long been held up as the standard for bigotry and inequality. But this podcast is going to make that leap and take a stand against the objectification of women, especially in "nerd culture," where it seems to be so pervasive. Another article you can take a look at is this one on the Artifice. Don't be intimidated by how long it seems--most of the page is made up of comments.

Please comment on this post. I know we didn't ask for any responses on this topic within the recording, but this is an issue that affects each and every one of us in the hobby. Whether you love or hate the scantily-clad images of post-apocalyptic females, your opinion on this matter is one that really can make a difference in the way people see our subculture.

Carry on, citizens.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The CDAPS: LOT16, Episode 4a

Greetings, Citizens!

My sincerest apologies for the late release this week. From this point on, I think we're going to try and release episodes on Mondays so we can do all the post-production over the weekend, but there shouldn't be much of a change beyond that. Besides, everything's coming out at the beginning of the week anyway, right?

REGARDLESS, here is the next section of the adventure, LOT16. As clues and action continues to pile upon itself, there's a continuing risk of the entire thing spinning out of control ... which it nearly does!

Carry on, citizens!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Episode 34 - Why Do We All Love Bad Guys So Much?

Greetings, Citizens!

Sorry about the little technical glitch last week. We still don't know what the problem was, and we don't expect to ever find out. So, you can sleep better at night knowing that the Coalition States have all the technology you need, we just don't always know how to fix it when things go wrong.

This weeks episode is a lot of fun. Think of a villain. Go ahead. Now think about why you like him or her so much. There are a lot of different reasons for each person, and Nate, Matt and Jeff flesh out some of their favorite villains and why they like each one of them. It's a great discussion, and one that you absolutely won't want to miss if you feel that your villains are two-dimensional or are falling flat.

Carry on, citizens.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The CDAPS: LOT16, Episode 3b

Greetings, Citizens!

Yeah, I know. This week should be a normal episode. One thing you can take solace in is the fact that we did actually record one. One thing we can all complain about though, is that the technology gods frowned on us and flat-lined everything but the last five seconds.

That being the case, we don't want to leave you hanging! So here it is: part two of LOT16, session 3. Our "group" is still striving to find clues to what's happening to them, and trying to make sense of what they're finding.

Carry on, citizens.