Episode #25: Pandemic Legacy and the Books of Zoe Archer

This week, LC gets her geek on over two of her favorite things: board gaming and romance novels. It’s all about Pandemic: Legacy and the works of Zoe Archer, including:

  • Board games with plot: What makes Pandemic: Legacy different than vanilla Pandemic
  • How a board game can evolve with its players
  • Adventure romance, competency porn, and why Archer’s heroines are so appealing
  • Where to start with Archer’s backlog.

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Episode #24 – Uprooted & Trespasser

We’re back, baby! This week, LC digs into two of the things that have kept her sane over the past few weeks: Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Trespasser, the final DLC for Dragon Age:Inquisition, including:

  • Uprooted and the the dark, bloody history of fairytales
  • Why friendship as a fairytale motivator is so unusual
  • Trespasser as humanism porn
  • How Trespasser gives Inquisition a much-needed change of perspective

Plus: Your emails!

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Episode #23: Hatoful Boyfriend

This week, LC solos a short, mostly spoiler-free show about Hatoful Boyfriend, the post-apocalyptic pigeon dating sim (yes, you read that right) that’s eaten her brain. Highlights include:

  • A quick update about LC’s health and posting schedule
  • How did a dating sim about birds get to be so good?
  • How does one romance a bird, anyway?
  • Allegra Clark’s Hatoful Boyfriend streams

Thanks for listening! See you next week.

Episode #22: The Terminator Films

This week, LC geeks out with Sylvia Monreal, creator of @comosedicenerd, over The Terminator films. It’s an extra-huge episode to contain our extra-huge feels, including:

  • The Terminator as humanity’s case for existence
  • The man in the machine, the machine in the man: Where does Kyle Reese – or Sarah Connor – end and the Terminator begin?
  • Dissecting the hell out of that love scene
  • Why The Terminator and T2 have to be watched together
  • Why the rest of the franchise never quite achieves what the first two movies did (SPOILERS for Terminator: Genisys starting at 55:35)

Plus: Daniel Jose Older’s Shadowshaper; whitewashing heroines in YA fiction; Sunset; and Tales of Xillia!

Main topic starts at: 21:56
No emails this week

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Episode #21: The Triplets of Belleville

This week, Feminist Deck creator Kiva Bay returns to the show to talk about The Triplets of Belleville, the 2003 dark and weird animated French movie about road racing, grandmothers, and 1920’s movie stars, including:

  • How a movie without words can communicate so much about family, aging, and horses
  • Why do grandmothers and aging starlets threaten the French mob?
  • Exploitation and the inexorability of change as running themes
  • Why a bunch of monkeys made LC so uncomfortable

Plus: The Cat Lady and other adventure horror games; Grave Phantoms, revisited (WARNING: spoilers for Jim Butcher’s Changes at 15:30); Jeff Whitty’s Head Over Heels; Kiva’s comic for The Mary Sue on Public Secrets; an update on The Feminist Deck; Kim Swift; Steven Universe; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 25:46
Emails start at: 47:03

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Episode #20: Jurassic Park

In honor of our 20th episode, LC welcomes our first guest, Jay, back to the show to talk about Jurassic Park films, including:

  • Ellie Satler: Fending off velociraptors and gross male academics since 1993
  • How Lex Murphy got a generation of girls interested in STEM
  • Our lasting impressions of The Lost World: Crushes, gymnastics and LC’s embarrassing childhood confession
  • Jay reviews Jurassic World, and gives LC a heart attack about Chris Pratt

Plus: Jenn Bennett’s Grave Phantoms; Bitten; Friends; a shocking Dragon Age AU; Portal redux; Star Wars; Knights of the Old Republic; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 16:07
Emails start at: 46:11

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Episode #19: Live from Rabbitcon Summer 2015

This week, we record live (sort of) from Rabbitcon!  LC pulls in some of the women in attendance to talk about what they’re reading, watching and playing now. Join Jen, Kate, Kittylexy, Ariel, Sam, JennSka and Lola as they talk about:

Pretty Little Liars; Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Odelia Gray mysteries; Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; Ann George’s Southern Sisters mysteries; Final Fantasy VI, IV and VII; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game; Jaipur; Kobolds Ate My Baby!; Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game; Resistance; Mysterium; Dixit; TimeWatch; and the World Wide Wrestling RPG!

Jen’s segment starts at: 0:00
Kate’s segment starts at: 10:10
Kittylexy’s segment starts at: 17:29
Ariel’s segment starts at: 31:06
Sam’s segment starts at: 37:47
JennSka’s segment starts at: 44:58
Lola’s segment starts at: 53:23

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Episode #18: Portal

Nadia comes back to the show to geek out over Portal, the 2007 first-person puzzle platformer by Valve and source of a thousand memes, including:

  • Looking back on Chell as a heroine, eight years later
  • GLaDOS as the dark mother, and how a computer got to be so good at emotional abuse
  • Why LC never finished Portal 2
  • The loneliness of first person shooters, and Portal as a purgatorial crawl

Plus: The E3 Roundup Boogaloo: Dishonored 2! Mass Effect Andromeda! The Last Guardian (with bonus Shadow of the Colossus)! Uncharted 4! Final Fantasy 7 Remake! Horizon: Zero Dawn! Rise of the Tomb Raider! ReCore! Firewatch! Unravel! Beyond Eyes! Yoshi’s Wooly World! Earthbound: Beginnings! And much more! Also, the films of Luc Besson; Dune; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 27:47
Emails start at: 56:38

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Episode #17: Jane the Virgin

This week, LC is joined by Sylvia Monreal, creator of @ComoSeDiceNerd and one of the organizers of GeekGirlCon, to dig into Jane the Virgin, the CW’s awesome foray into the world of telenovelas, including:

  • Drama with heart, characters without shame: How Jane the Virgin subverts stereotype
  • How women propel the action, while men struggle with emotion
  • Magical realism, and how fate is in the eye of the beholder
  • Sylvia’s blog for GeekGirlCon on Jane the Virgin

Plus: Dragon Age, Dragon Age and more Dragon Age! (Sorry Blackwall fans, you might want to skip our opening section this time); creating narrative tension and high stakes; DA2 as an immigrant story; Axiom Verge; Guacamelee; Princeless; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 22:03
Emails start at: 49:05

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Episode #16: Ms. Marvel

LC is joined by Tess, one of our Patreon patrons, to geek out over Ms. Marvel, the new Kamala Khan-led line that’s taking the comics world by storm, including:

  • Why we love Kamala Khan and the parts of her that are “too big, too weird”
  • Why so many adults struggle to write believable teenagers
  • Kamala Khan’s family and the second-generation immigrant experience
  • In defense of teenage girls searching for their “authentic self”
  • Editor Sana Amanat’s TEDxTeen Talk: Myths, misfits and masks

Plus: When Marnie Was There (big spoiler at 5:35); From Up On Poppy Hill (big spoiler at 4:40); Grave of the Fireflies; the worst anime we’ve ever sat through; Steven Universe; magical girl anime; Madoka Magica; and your emails!

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Main topic starts at: 13:32
Emails start at: 36:00

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Episode #15: The Secret of NIMH

This week, LC is joined by the fantastic Kiva Bay, creator of the Feminist Deck, to deep dive on The Secret of NIMH, Don Bluth’s dark and weird and weirdly dark 1982 animated flick, including:

  • What makes Mrs. Brisby such an unusual heroine for a kid’s movie
  • Women are from the field, men are from NIMH – gender and community
  • Behind the toxic yet necessary friendship between Brisby and Auntie Shrew
  • How Don Bluth respects both the magic of childhood and its dark and fearful things

Plus: Contrast; Jane the Virgin; real talk about the cult of mommyhood: abortions, pregnancy and lactation, oh my!; the Feminist Deck Kickstarter; Bitch Planet; Mad Max – sort of; A Nameless Witch; Nerdgasm Noire; Spawn on Me; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 18:25
Emails start at: 38:54

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Episode #14: The Fifth Element

This week, LC is joined by the delightful Apple Cider Mage, cohost and editor of the Justice Points podcast, to talk about The Fifth Element, Luc Besson’s deeply problematic yet deeply awesome 1997 futuristic classic, including:

  • A strong disclaimer — is The Fifth Element really a good example of a lady story?
  • Our problems with Leeloo, and why we love her anyway
  • How Besson’s bright and colorful futures serves an antidote to post-apocalyptic malaise
  • How Ruby Rhod and Korben Dallas turn masculinity on its head

Plus: Supergirl! Why we’re excited for a superheroine like us; differences between the MCU and comic book audiences; female comics fandom across the decades; and why Netflix could change everything; also – male versus female player characters, roleplaying in mmos versus singleplayer games; and your emails!

Note: There was an audio artifact during the time in the closer where I usually tell you where you can find the guest host online. You can follow Apple Cider on her blog, on Twitter or, of course, on the Justice Points podcast.

Main topic starts at: 19:42
Emails start at: 37:42

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