Episode 73 – Steel and Magic Adventuring Company

Steel and Magic Adventuring Company

Every Player has memories of their first character, their first adventure, and their first adventuring party.  For some, those memories are brief – a goblin spear here, a trapped hallway there, a prick of a GM behind the screen, etc. – while for others they last weeks, months, and even years.  For us here at To-Ag Studios, that first true adventuring party lasted for half a decade, and in that five years, WE MUNCHKINED THE F— OUT!!!  Join us this week as we step back through the edition wars and discuss the origins and developments of our original Dungeons & Dragons characters.  From obscenely powerful equipment and weapons to an utter lack of regard for those silly things called rules, we reminisce (and surprise ourselves too!) about the old adventuring days.  Dial up those combat bonuses, stack on those magical enhancements, and be sure to keep a chipmunk skull close at hand as we discuss the Steel and Magic Adventuring Company on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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My Must-See* Movies for 2013

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Happy New Year!  It’s that time again to look forward and see what’s in store at box office this year.  I’ve compiled my list of 13 movies for 2013 to give you a look at my eclectic taste.

*Must-See meaning I really, really want to see these movies.  Whether or not I make it to the theaters is another story.  Breaking away for a 3 hour stint from the little man on one of our rare days off is a feat.  All that being said, we will see how many of these I actually make it to see.  Continue reading

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Certified Nerdified Rants with Contributor Kevin

A segment where Kevin Smith goes on and on about a subject he seemingly takes way too seriously that no one else likely cares about or has given any consideration.

Today’s Issue: The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games is an odd trilogy to me.  When I read the first novel, The Hunger Games, I was impressed.  Sure the concept had been done before in many forms, but ultimately it was well written for a YA book, which is refreshing, and had all the right bits and pieces to form a cohesive plot.  Then I read Catching Fire which seemed to have a lot of the same enjoyable action from the first book but at the expense of introducing some way too convenient plot wrangling to do so.  Then came the final installment, Mockingjay.  Mockingjay did things that seemed so backward to how one would expect its protagonists to act at this point that I was just baffled.  Many would say that this represents growth, or a hardening of the characters but I disagree as I lay out below.

As usual, SPOILERS AHEAD dear reader!

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Episode 42 – Favorite Books

Let’s face it.  If it wasn’t for books, we could hardly classify ourselves as geeks.  From the stacks of tomes in our tabletop roleplaying libraries to the shelves lined with everything from history to science fiction, if a geek is anything, they are well read.  Join us this week as we discuss our favorite books and authors, as well as the works that have been most influential on our creative minds.  Be sure to grab your custom bookmark, set aside those reading glasses, and put that awesome book back on the shelf (just for a bit!) as you settle into that comfy reading chair and listen to a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 26 – To Remake or Reboot, That is the Question

3:10 to Yuma, A Fistful of Dollars, Adam West, Adam West Star, Alfred Hitchcock, Alice in Wonderland, Anne Heche, Annie, Anthony Perkins, Batman, Ben McKenzie, Big Trouble in Little China, Bloodsport, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Willis, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Catching Fire, Charleton Heston, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Chris Hardwick, Christopher Nolan, Clint Eastwood, Commies, Contract Dispute, Cowboys, Dark Shadows, Darren Aronofsky, Denzel Washington, Detroit, Draw Something, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Escape From New York, Felicia Day, Film Novelizations, Geek & Sundry, Geek Chic, Gene Wilder, Ghetto Anthem, God of War, Gremlins, Hard Knock Life, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hugh Hefner, Humphrey Bogart, It's a Hard Knock Life, James Cagney, Jay-Z, Jeffery Dean Morgan, Jennifer Lawrence, John Carter, John Wayne, Johnny Depp, Josh Hutcherson, Jurassic Park, Justin Bieber, KROQ, Kurt Russe, Liev Schreiber, Medal of Honor, Michael Jackson, Monopoly, Mystique Everdeen, Nerdist, North Korea, Ocean's Eleven, Paul Giamatti, Peter Weller, Planet of the Apes, Psycho, Queen Elizabeth II, Ralph Garmin, Red Dawn, Rehab, RoboCop Statue, Russia, Ryan Seacrest, Sam Raimi, Samurai, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Scarface, Seth McFarlane, Shakespeare, Snake Pliskin, Stan Lee, Stand By Me, Star Wars Prequels, Steven Seagal, Super Mario Brothers, Superman Returns, Suzanne Collins, Tabletop, The Birds, The Brady Bunch, The Evil Dead, The Family Guy, The Flog, The Fountain, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, The Goonies, The Hunger Games, The Incredible Hulk, The Karate Kid, The Legend of Zelda, The Magnificent Seven, The Maltese Falcon, The Man with No Name, The Manchurian Candidate, The Nerdist Channel, the one percent, The Queen Mum, The Seven Samurai, The Situation, The Wiz, Tim Burton, Timothy Olyphant, True Grit, Vince Vaughn, Westerns, Wil Wheaton, Will Smith, Willow Smith, Willy Wonka, X-Men - First Class, Yojimbo

We all love an original, right?  Be it a movie, a TV show, a book or a game, there is nothing quite like the Real McCoy.  The OG.  The Numba One Stunna… or something…  But, what happens if an original is remade or rebooted?  What is it’s (probably) worse?  What if it’s (surprisingly) better?  Should it have even been done?  Join us this week as we tackle these hard-hitting, earth-shattering, humanity influencing questions while looking at the entertainment industry’s remake obsession.  Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide those bootleg cable movie VHS’s, because it’s all about to get REMADE UP IN HERE, on this weeks new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Unboxing: The Hunger Games… Games

The Hunger Games: Jabberjay, Training Days, and District 12

A phenomenon like The Hunger Games wouldn’t be quite as… well, phenomenal without a plethora of merchandise.  Whether it be collector’s editions, movie companions, spoofs, cookbooks, jewelry, or apparel it’s all out there.  Being a gamer, a Hunger Games fan, and the consumer whore that I am, I picked up not one, not two, but three games based on the series that I love.

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