Useless Drivel – If You Love It, Burn It Down

Useless Drivel is on FireAnother week, another recording with questionable tendencies and motives!  Join your hosts Robert and Matt as they embark on another amazing adventure filled with inane jibberish, discussions on action heroes and Elder Gods, as well as a slight bit of food discussion.  So, sit back and relax, and try not to drool on yourself for whatever reason; it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point.

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Useless Drivel – New Year Danger Zone

ArcherMerry 2014 out there in Podcast Land!  Your hosts, Matt and Robert are here to start off the new year right, blathering on about all sorts of stuff that literally 10’s of people care about.  Gird your loins and prepare for another weekly adventure, as there will be little people, yes-men, and madness galore!  That’s right boys and girls, you’re about to get a fresh case of the UD because you’re on your way to the podcast DANGER ZONE!

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Episode 97 – Gen Con 2013

Gen Con LolthWell, we actually managed to do it!  We got half of the Monkeys to Gen Con 2013 to represent the podcast, and not only was it “The best four days in gaming,” it was likely to be the best four days of the entire year!  Matt and Robert packed up their dice, grabbed all their cash, and shipped out some recording equipment to bring the MITC community a special episode straight from Gen Con, complete with special guests and fellow gamers Kevin and Sarah Smith!  So, butch up on your 80’s action flicks, make some room in your luggage, and prepare for a whole shuttle full of teh awesome as you get ready to listen to a brand new, limited edition, foil wrapped episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 80 – What’s in Your Closet?

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If you’re a gamer and a geek, then undoubtedly you’ve amassed a grand collection of wondrous treasures, from boxes and books to cartridges and discs.  While some of these items may be considered mundane or even relics of geek ages long past, we all know that it goes against our very nature to part with such great gifts of enjoyment, even if we’ve never taken the shrink wrap off yet!  Join us this week as we delve into our geek closets and discuss games of all types – purchased, played, and otherwise.  Clear off the table, charge up those controllers, and for God’s sake read some damn instructions as you prepare for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 53 – Horror in Gaming

With Halloween fast approaching it would be remiss of us here at… wait.  Did you hear that?  Was that a scream, or just the wind?  Hmmm… maybe we should split up and investigate to cover more ground, or better yet stick together and try to survive!  Join us this week as we get more into the mood for the bestest of best holidays and talk about the joining of two exciting forms of entertainment – Horror and Gaming!  We cover it all, with some wackiness in between, so make sure your cardio is up, bring along some competent friends, and be careful of fatal camera angles as we talk Horror in Gaming on this week’s episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Once a Cultist, Always a Cultist

So, I can’t really pinpoint when it was exactly that I became a fan of Cthulhu and H.P. Lovecraft.  I believe it was someplace where my years of gaming, reading fantasy novels, and my first few trips to San Diego Comic-Con intersect where my interests really started to zero in on the most famous of the Elder Gods.  However, I must admit that I am currently just a casual fan of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, having read only a small portion of the collected works, but I find myself really inspired by the themes and imagery of close to 100 years of Lovecraft.  My Society of Odin d20 game is arguably Call of Cthulhu in Steampunk clothing, but hey, it’s my game world!  Although I’m a newcomer to the fan community, I definitely bring enthusiasm with me, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite Cthulhu/Lovecraft things in hopes of spreading the madne… er… literary interest!

With WonderCon this weekend, I couldn’t help but think of Lovecraft.  I do remember the first Lovecraft-inspired read of mine as being a comic book that I picked up at SDCC, The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft.  Essentially, it’s about Lovecraft as a pulp writer in the 20’s, but an unfortunate series of events has led to him having writers block… which happens to be cured by Lovecraftian horrors!!  The comics are great, and Ron Howard has the rights to a film, but that ownership has been going on three years now…  Maybe Ron needs some meat spiders to make a visit and get the ball rolling!

This past week’s podcast on board games, Ramses said “Once a cultist, always a cultist” in reference to a game of Munchkin Cthulhu we all played a couple of months back.  One of the greatest aspects of this version of Munchkin is the Cultist class.  The more cultists in play, the stronger they ALL are, receiving a +2 for each one.  Plus, with the ability to turn other players into Cultists against their will, the rules state that if all players become cultists, the game ends with the highest level player winning.  Needless to say, Ramses and I teamed up and let the madness spread.  That’s what Cultists do!

Definitely on my list of must-haves/must-plays is the Arkham Horror Board Game.  It’s in the collection here at the studio, but considering my willingness to spend money on things I don’t necessarily need, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I add this game (and it’s multitude of expansions) to my personal game collection.  According to BoardGameGeek.com, the point of the game is for a team of investigators to clear the City of Arkham of monstrous horrors and prevent one of eight randomly drawn Ancient Ones from entering our world.  Players can upgrade their characters, equipment and spells in their efforts to keep the world safe, but what is this!!!  It only requires a minimum of one player!?!  Looks like learning to play will be educational and satisfying, unless my brain melts first.

I could go on and on and list numerous Cthulhu related anythings to you unfortunate readers, but I’ll leave you with the ski mask.  You can find them all over the internets and while prices vary, it’s really worth the cost… everyone needs one…everyone………eeeeevvvveeeerrryyyoooonnneee…..

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