WANC 25: The Gary Gygax Tribute Episode

The WANC has risen from its dungeon depths to once again cast a long shadow across the podosphere. The main focus of episode 25 is Gary Gygax and what he's brought to the world through a little game called Dungeons & Dragons. We'll be talking about many kinds of gaming, from tabletop RPG's, to computer games, MMO's, and other facets of nerd culture all the way down to our personal and social lives (such as they are).

  • Jason starts things off talking about his "encounter"
  • Playing youself in an RPG.
  • The Passing of the Grandfather of Gaming, Gary Gygax.
  • Blizzard's tribute.
  • All of our friendships are tied to gaming.
  • And one of Mike's jobs.
  • How being a gamer is kind of like being gay.
  • Jason IS Elflord.
  • Our first RPG experiences.
  • Mike's parents are aliens.
  • Jason's parents are fundamentalists who were opposed to D&D, but let Jason play Stormbringer.
  • Imagination is weird ... unless your being imaginative while drinking whiskey.
  • D&D gave us a place to fit in.
  • Jason discovers gaming and fantasy literature about the same time.
  • Should we be sitting around a table in our thirties, playing make-believe.
  • Sports geeks vs. RPG geeks ... You're making fun of us while playing fantasy football and painting your face to go to a football game?
  • Free form RPG egomaniacs.
  • Tracing the decendants of D&D
  • Zork, World of Warcraft, Bard's Tale, ID Software
  • First person shooters
  • Vin Diesel
  • Airheads
  • Mutants & Masterminds and Isaac's fantasy game using the system
  • Parallels with Star Wars
  • The evolution of D&D.
  • Activision + Blizzard = Harp Hero in taverns? ... not likely
  • Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA)
  • LARP vs. SCA
  • SCAvs SCA
  • Fundamentalist Christian Freakout
  • Isaac could have been cool without D&D ... no really ...
  • Riddle of Steel, Phoenix Command, World of Darkness, Shadowrun
  • Can we count SPAM as fan mail?
  • Anti-WANC update.
  • This is fun. We should force ourselves to do this more often.

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  • Every group needs a party leader.
  • The rules of lunch.
  • Production Pics from Watchmen.
  • Some other comic book movies.
  • Ironman
  • We need charming successful alcoholic ... what is Robert Downey Jr. up to?
  • Blue Ray wins the format war.
  • Isaac now has an excuse to buy a PS 3
  • Wii on the WANC ... it's fun, but not about serious gaming.
  • DDR ... once you put the mat away, it's hard to get it back out.
  • "If you bought an HDDVD player you pretty much made a wrong choice and you're going to have to eat it." quote was from here.
  • Will digital media all move to downloads?
  • Free pdf's drive book sales.
  • If you would like to buy WANC on CD ...
  • See you next time.