Useless Drivel – Upgrade?

Childbirth DemotivatorSo, Matt did something unthinkable and went and knocked some chick (his wife) up, and then she had the baby over the weekend and screwed up all sorts of podcasting plans.  Good job, Matt.  Way to mess up the program.  Anyway, Robert was able to keep the show going this week thanks to our longtime friend, The David, and begrudging assistance from “The Girlfriend.”  Chances are, with Matt out of the way, this is likely to be the best podcast ever produced by MITC, so we hope you enjoy it, because seriously, we might have peaked.

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Episode 76 – Heroes: Part Deux

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So, way, way, WAY back in Episode 8, we here at To-Ag Studios talked Heroes and Villains.  Seeing as the Monkeys still had their podcasting training wheels on, we approached two very broad and interesting topics with the reckless abandon of Hulk and Wolverine on a bender.  So now, 68 weeks later, we have reconvened our Monkey council in order to once again discuss the hero figure and why we love them.  Draw down your cowls, make some therapy appointments, and get your butt out of retirement as were headed for round 2 to discuss Heroes (NOT the show) on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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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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What I wouldn’t give for a ding!: Leveling

You quietly follow the trail back to the camp. Peaking through the foliage you count ten, maybe twelve Goblins, and half are sleeping or otherwise indisposed. Whispering to the party you come up with a plan to surround the camp and quickly dispatch the menace before you finally “liberate” the Holy MacGuffin. At this point the warrior yells “Screw it!” and runs in swinging his sword at anything that moves. With a sigh the rest of the party joins the fray and slaughters the creatures to the last drunken Goblin. You hear the fanfare coming from all around you, and you know it was all worth it now that you gained another level. Continue reading

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Episode 41 – The Dark Knight Rises

Batman, Bane, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

This past weekend saw the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the epic conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s epic Dark Knight trilogy, and we here at To-Ag Studios couldn’t be more excited.  Join as us we discuss the film and it’s conclusion to the series, done in a way only a master filmmaker and storyteller like Nolan could achieve.  Snap on your cape, gas up the Tumbler, and make sure Alfred keep the doors unlocked on his way out as we get ready for an all new *spoilerific* episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 31 – Failure in the Geek Game

Being a geek is an investment in time, money, and most importantly interest.  But what happens when the time isn’t available or the interest isn’t there?  With so many things to keep up on, past and present, it can often be difficult to stay on top of what-is-what and to be as informed and exposed as possible.  Join us this week as we reveal some of our personal shortcomings in geekdom.  Whether it’s geek-centric things we flat out don’t enjoy or haven’t had the pleasure of getting our hands on, we all come clean on our holes in the geek game.  Don’t be hatin’, but get your hate-mail ready (and remember to send it to Matt) after this week’s episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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