Episode #11: Metroid

This week, LC Brown is joined by rapper SΔMMUS, a.k.a. Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, to talk about Samus Aran and the Metroid series, including:

  • Behind “the plot twist of the century”: Why Samus’s gender both matters and doesn’t matter
  • Dark, slow, quiet: Metroid as “a game for introverts”
  • How Samus challenges the narrow definition of Strong Female Protagonist™
  • The first rule of Metroid is that you don’t talk about Other M.

Plus: Mixing creativity and social science – what it means to be creative in a capitalist structure, and creativity as a gendered trait; Garfunkel and Oates; we coin a new Internet blessing; Papa Sangre; Super Mario RPG; Trans Girl Next Door; Witchy; Bitch Planet; and your emails!

Cohost info: SΔMMUS’s website, Twitter, SoundCloud, Tumblr

Main topic starts at: 12:06
Emails start at: 40:12

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

Music at 12:06: “Power Ups” by SΔMMUS
Music at 40:12: Mae Jemison” by SΔMMUS

Music used with permission

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The Heroine’s Journey on Patreon!

The Heroine’s Journey now has a Patreon! You can read more details about the why and how at the link.

So if you like what you hear, please consider donating to show your support and keep the show going. And, as always, thank you to my listeners — you make this journey so worthwhile.

No bonus episode today

Sadly there won’t be any bonus episode today. Just not enough time this week. So it goes.

I’m actually noodling over how best to approach the Friday bonus episodes. It’s quite a bit of work to produce two episodes every week all on my own, and I’m wondering if it wouldn’t make more sense to try something different. Maybe lump them into one big monthly episode, or release them biweekly instead. I’d hate to abandon the idea altogether.

I’ve also thought about starting up a Patreon and making the Friday shows one of the rewards for patrons (or at least early access to them). As much as I love this show, producing it is a lot of work, and it’s taking time away from my freelancing business. A successful Patreon might help bridge the gap.

But I’m open to suggestions. Any thoughts?

Episode #10: Rat Queens

Tanya DePass, creator of #INeedDiverseGames, once again joins LC Brown to discuss Rat Queens, the Image Comics title by Kurtis J. Wiebe, including:

  • What Rat Queens and D&D have in common
  • Women getting ugly: Why it matters
  • Is Rat Queens getting women back into comics?
  • The power of word of mouth: Which other comics are we picking up?

Plus: Resident Evil Revelations 2; why LC should never got a record contract; Parks and Recreation; Elizabeth Moon & Wiscon: because the third time’s a charm; demi-divinity, biraciality and bisexuality – being in-between; how to see Tanya at C2E2, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 11:34
Emails start at: 27:55

Cohost info: Tanya DePass, I Need Diverse Games on Tumblr and Twitter, #INeedDiverseGames

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

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Episode #9 Bonus: Jupiter Ascending, A Modern Heroine’s Journey

LC Brown grabs the mic for herself and forces everyone to sit through an academic analysis of how the Heroine’s Journey story archetype applies to Jupiter Ascending, because she has gone mad with power and nobody can stop her MUA HA HA:

  • Maxi pad first aid, space DMVs, and weddings as the death of self: Jupiter’s trials as a heroine
  • Who are you: Is it genetics or your choices?
  • How Jupiter’s social awkwardness and dismal combat skills actually make her special

To learn more about the Heroine’s Journey archetype, check out this show’s very first bonus episode, “Why ‘The Heroine’s Journey’?

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #9: Jupiter Ascending

LC Brown is once again joined by myjusticecake to talk about their love of Jupiter Ascending, the trashiest movie to ever trash its way into our hearts, including:

  • Jupiter’s bad choices, period dresses, and space rollerblades: The Wachowskis’ celebration of being a 14 year old girl
  • What Jupiter Ascending has in common with Fushigi Yuugi and Pacific Rim
  • Why the movie’s many, many (MANY) plot holes are a gift to fandom
  • Hero’s vs. Heroine’s Journeys: How the Matrix compares to Jupiter Ascending

Plus: Legally Blonde; Howl’s Moving Castle; what makes a good romance novel; Victoria Dahl, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 15:14
Emails start at: 40:20

Cohost info: myjusticecake

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #8 Bonus: A Q&A with The DoubleClicks

LC Brown chats with Angela and Aubrey Webber about the past, present and future of The Doubleclicks, including,

  • Falling into a vat of atomic liquid: The Doubleclicks “origin story”
  • What they’re playing now, including which game is best for drunken con shenanigans, and how they spice up games about subsistence farming
  • Everything you need to know about the #NerdNightOut tour

You can catch more of The Doubleclicks on their website, Twitter and YouTube channel, where you can check out their April 16th YouTube show, featuring special guest nerdcore rapper Sammus.

Music used in this episode:

Music used with permission of The Doubleclicks

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Episode #8: Dungeons & Dragons

This week, LC Brown is joined by Angela and Aubrey Webber, the musical YouTube sensation The Doubleclicks, to delve into why we’re so excited about 5th Edition D&D, including:

  • How mechanics new to 5th ed reward roleplaying instead of min-maxing
  • A childhood of playing the “girl character”
  • Why we love the diverse body types, identities and classes in the 5th ed rule book
  • Fiasco, Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, and other D&D “gateway drugs”

Plus: Webcomics! Questionable Content; Candi Comic; The Devil’s Panties; OGLAF; Girl Genius; Plume; Oh Joy Sex Toy; Dinosaur Comics; XKCD; Lumberjanes; Rat Queens; Princess Princess, and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 13:05
Emails start at: 35:14

Cohost info: The Doubleclicks, YouTube Channel, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

Music at 13:05: “This Fantasy Life“, by The Doubleclicks
Music at 35:14: “
Tabletop“, by The Doubleclicks

Music used with permission of the Doubleclicks

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #7 Bonus: A Q&A with Paizo’s Jessica Price

LC Brown sits down with Jessica Price, project manager and Cleric of Time for Pathfinder’s Paizo Publishing, to talk about what it’s like being a woman in the tabletop industry, including:

  • How do you make drow elves not racist? (no seriously how)
  • Sexual assault as advertising and difficult women as “being on the rag”: horror stories behind the curtain at a major video game studio intentional.”
  • How the invisibility of female players reinforces the invisibility of female developers
  • Details on the upcoming PaizoCon in May **NOTE: the dates cited in the episode are wrong. PaizoCon is actually May 22-25, not 18-21.**

You can catch more of Jessica at her tumblr, where she blogs about everything from the tabletop industry to 13th century Chinese heroes.

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.

Episode #7: Battlestar Galactica

This week, LC Brown is joined by Jessica Price of Paizo Publishing to geek out over the show, the game, the lifestyle that is Battlestar Galactica, including:

  • Gendered conflict, and why angry Roslin is much scarier than angry Adama
  • How the Pegasus is like a Randian playground – with Cain as its terrifying “dark mother”
  • What’s so worth saving about humanity anyway? And why did such an interesting question fail the later seasons?
  • How to lose friends and alienate people with the BSG board game

Plus: Frustrations with urban fantasy (editor’s note—I was thinking of Laurel K. Hamilton), Tanya Huff, The Hunger Games, RWBY, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, bi-LI mods in DAI, the problem of problematic creators, and your emails!

Sorry in advance for all the coughing, everyone!

Main topic starts at: 20:03
Emails start at: 50:10

Cohost info: Jessica’s blog, Pathfinder RPG, Paizo Publishing

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

If you’d like to leave us a comment, question, or maybe just some good old-fashioned hatemail, send us an email at info (at) hjcast [dot] com.