Tag: Star Wars

DNA Podcast 093 – Death to Evil Overlords!

In this episode, Don listens as Rob goes on a tear about one of his pet peeves- Evil Overlords in Fantasy and Science Fiction. The pair discuss the origins of the Evil Overlord trope, why is exists, and what the problems are with it. Along they way, they discuss “Villains who say Bah!”, the Asian versus western approach to Evil, and how to avoid the Evil Overlord trope. All this, and why Skeletor is the most cuddly Evil Overlord ever, is waiting for you in this episode of The Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed

The Wheel of Time
The Way of Kings
Don’t Ask for DC Heroes RPG
The Venture Brothers
The Guild of Calamitous Intent Training Video
Edge of Tomorrow
Marvel Star Wars Comics (Originals)
Rules for Rulers (Video about power)
The Very Complete, Very Extended, Printer Friendly, Evil Overlord List
The Eternals
Journey to the West (the Monkey King)
Ushio and Tora
Bionic Six
Dungeons and Dragons Ford Commercial
Dungeons and Dragons cartoon Ending Youtube Video

DNA Podcast 61 – What is Fantasy?

In this episode, Don and Rob take a look at the Fantasy genre and explore some of their favorite Fantasy RPGs. Along the way, they discuss Don’s five types of Fantasy, look at how RPGs have redefined what Fantasy is, and debate the difference between magic and theology. All this, and the great debate over whether Star Wars is fantasy or science fiction, are waiting for you to decide in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Alternate World Fiction
Warhammer 40K
Conan the Barbarian
Dungeons and Dragons
The Monkey King
Apocalyptic RPG Episode
The Force
Abelard Snazz
Visionaries (toys)
MAGE: The Ascension RPG
MAGE (The Comic) by Matt Wagner
The World of Darkness
Warhammer RPG
Weapons of the Gods RPG
Exalted RPG
Auspicious Beginnings (Weapons of the Gods Intro Adventure)
Airship Pirates RPG
Abney Park (band)
Shadowrun RPG
Victoriana RPG
Runequest RPG
Mouseguard RPG
Bunnies and Burrows RPG
The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Crushed D20 Supplement
So I’m a Spider! So What? (Light Novel)
No Game, No Life! (Light Novel)
No Game No Life in 7 Minutes (Video)
In Another World with My Cell Phone (Light Novel)
Dragon Quest RPG
One Piece
My Little Pony RPG

DNA Podcast 005 – Star Wars Memories

star wars meco

Greetings Operatives and welcome to the Department of Nerdly Affairs. In this episode, Rob and Don explore the effects that Star Wars has had on their lives, and the culture around them, as they’ve grown up. Comics, cards, toys and the origins of Don’s Beilert Valance action figure are all explored in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music: Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt 

Episode Show Notes:
Star Wars Novelization
NPR’s Star Wars Radio Plays
Star Wars Trading Cards
ET Trading Cards
Marvel’s Star Wars Comics
Howard Chaykin
Beilert Valance
Walt Simonson
Star Wars Newspaper Strips (read them here!)
Roy Thomas
Star Wars: Republic (the Dark Horse comic I couldn’t remember the name of)
John Ostrander
Radio Controlled Sand Crawler
Cracked on why R2-D2 is a Murderer
Mobile Suit Gundam
Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets (video opening)
Space Cruiser Yamato/ Star Blazers (first season videos)
George Lucas and The Hidden Fortress
Throne of Blood
The Lensmen Novels of E.E. Doc Smith (eBooks)
Star Wars and Lensmen
The Star Wars comic (adapting Lucas’ original script)
Video Game Crash of 1983
Star Wars Disco Theme Song by Meeco