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194 – Slasher Stories

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Is that a noise outside? It’s probably nothing, so ignore it and go get some alcohol for our underaged drinking party. Nothing will go wrong. That’s right, this week we’re talking about slasher stories, everyone’s favorite genre where breaking from societal values is punished by … read more »

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193 – The History of Haunted House Stories

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Two weeks into October, we’re finally ready to start our spooky podcast topics with an episode about haunted houses – but not just any old episode about haunted houses. Today, we’re specifically talking about the subgenre’s history, from the ancient times of Pliny the Younger … read more »

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192 – Magic Weapons

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Magic is cool, and weapons are cool, so you know what would be the coolest? Magic weapons, which is what we’re talking about this week. Despite being nearly ubiquitous across all genres of speculative fiction, magic weapons can be tricky to work with. What are … read more »

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191 – Literary Criticism

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In the beginning, a human told a story, and another human said it was not good. Thus was born the tradition of literary criticism, which is what we’re talking about today. We’ll discuss the different schools of criticism, whether reviews are a type of criticism, … read more »

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190 – What Is Literary Fiction?

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Have you heard of this thing called literary fiction? We have, but we’re not quite certain what it is or why it matters. And we’re not the only ones who are confused. This week we get deep into what “literary” means, and how much writers … read more »

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189 – Gray Morality

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Sometimes it’s obvious who’s right and who’s wrong. The hero is kind and good, while the villain is cruel and evil. But what if that’s not the case? What happens when morality isn’t black and white but rather a shade of gray? That’s what we’re … read more »

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188 – Messages and Themes

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What is a story’s message, and what is its theme? Are those different things? Have we been using words wrong this whole time? This week we aim to find out. Listen as battle lines are drawn over academic vs common word usage, and then as … read more »

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187 – Party Composition

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How many wizards should a party have? What about fighters? Does it even matter? That’s right, this week we’re talking about party composition in roleplaying games. Well, mostly in roleplaying games. We touch on other mediums too. Listen as we discuss which games require a … read more »

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186 – RPG Villains

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Making a villain for your roleplaying campaign is always tricky. You want them to be intimidating and fun to fight, so the natural instinct is to spend a lot of time fleshing them out. But what if your players don’t like that villain? Then you’ve … read more »

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185 – Favorite Video Game Characters

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This may surprise you, but we play video games, and often those video games have characters that we like. But why do we like those characters? What makes a character come off the screen and stick in our memory? That’s what we’re talking about today, … read more »

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