Episode 78 – NPC’s, Allies, and Adversaries

NPCs

NPCs; they are the lifeblood of any adventure, campaign, or gaming world.  Sure, the story is created by the actions of the Player Characters, but without NPCs, who would the heroes turn to for help, sell all their (sometimes ill-gotten) treasures off too, or shiv prison-style in a back-alley for some easy XP?  Join us this week as we jump back almost two decades to discuss some of the memorable NPCs – allies, adversaries, and otherwise – from our epic AD&D 2nd Edition campaign!  Ready your fantasy cellphones, lock down that split-personality disorder, and for the sake of your family take out a life insurance policy as you prepare for an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 67 – Remakes We Want to See

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We all know Hollywood is pretty much out of ideas.  Nowadays, it seems like 90% of the movies hitting theaters is either some sort of remake or reboot, likely of something that has already been remade a couple times before.  The awesome and epic story-tellers and directors (Looking at you, Nolan and Whedon) seem to finally be getting their chance to really shine, but studios are just too afraid to take a chance on those unique indie projects waiting in the wings, so it looks like we’re stuck with the likes of Michael Bay, Joel Schumacher, and Brett Ratner.  Join us this week as we discuss the movies that we actually want to see remade (because it’s going to happen eventually), but only if someone with talent can do it!  Wipe your classic memories away, burn up those original scripts, and whatever you do, don’t even think of Transformers as we discuss our remake picks on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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What it Means to be a Geek Mom

Illustration from the book, “Geek Mom: Projects, Tips, and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st-Century Families” by Natania Barron, Kathy Ceceri, Corrina Lawson, and Jenny Williams.

I am going to drop some truth on you, dear readers.  I am tired.  I wear a lot of hats.  All of them are important to me and all of them require more time and energy than I normally have.  However, the most important hat of them all is that of “Mommy.”    As a full-time working mother, I often fear that I am not there enough time for my 20-month old son.  So, how do I make the most of my time with my toddler?  Well, that’s where being a geek comes into play.

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Geek Music: The Mountain Goats

John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats

1. Who is The Mountain Goats?

That’s not a typo. The Mountain Goats are essentially one guy, John Darnielle, who has worked with various bandmates throughout the years. But there is only one constant in The Mountain Goats, and often only one member, and that’s John Darnielle.

The Mountain Goats have been recording a sort of folk/alternative/rock style since the early 1990s. Their musical style is hard to describe, but imagine a guy playing an acoustic guitar whose favorite musical genre is heavy metal and you can maybe get close to The Mountain Goats’ sound.

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