Tag: books

GNR 25 – Choose the Oud

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Probably Indian
avatar David M. Nicholas
Mr. Welshman
avatar Charlene Putney
RTL Guru

Show Notes

The multi-talented Char joins us to talk writing for Divinity: Original Sin 2, board games and right-to-left geekery.

Bolt Thrower announced that the band is no more. Was it us?

Fab thanks @amokleben for sending him coffee and enthuses over Alestorm.

DGR 2016 Hamburg

He also took part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Hamburg over the weekend – it was a lot of fun. The bikes stretched all across the Köhlbrandbrücke.

Köhlbrandbrücke

Dave and Char discuss Duelyst. It’s a card game. Without actual cards. Dave then reports of his experience at EVE_NT in Nottingham.

Apparently, Games Workshop now does live streams. Live Streams that are eleven fucking hours long.

And they are releasing Russ. Or is it Fulgrim in a wolfskin suit? Bard probably has an opinion on that.

In the spirit (ha ha) of getting even more drunk on the show, we discuss game-themed cocktails. If you want to get it burning, use Stroh Rum. Once the mist clears, you’ll have a hell of a Hangover.

Dave and Char recommend some nice board games. Some of them don’t even use boards. Fab would like to try some, but sadly, he has no friends. He also tells the story of how Risk nearly destroyed his life twice.

Divinity: Original Sin II

Since Char is a writer on Divinity: Original Sin II, we discuss the game. And its name. Which is almost as bad as Chasm: The Rift. Fab and Dave get chastised for having made their own character. The thing to do is pick Ifan – and the Oud, of course.

Fab and Dave discover that they don’t read as much fantasy books as they should. Char is writing a fantasy book herself and recommends some. There’s a handy list on a Kickstarter update from Larian Studios. It isn’t fantasy, but Dave bough the novel Hyperion live on the show on Char’s recommendation order.

We end the episode with Fab ignoring your feedback.

Also: Cheeky Nandos.

GNR 5 – Bitcoin is Fucked

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Has One Last Question
avatar David M. Nicholas
Believes in the Greater Good

Show Notes

This time on GNR, we talk about the recent troubles in the Bitcoin community, Dave reviews Guitar Hero Live and Fab gives his impressions on Star Wars VII. There’s more than two hours of show here and, as usual, lots of other things get covered too.

Both Dave and Fab have released The Kraken. And they thank Bytemark for keeping the servers running.

We had a lovely time playing Rocket League and would like to repeat the experience with you, the listener! Please join our Discord server if you are interested. Speaking of video games, Dave reviews Guitar Hero Live for us and compares it to similar games. Oh yeah, there are Blu-Rays of The Expanse coming

Fab then talks about Mike Hearn’s recent opinion piece on the Bitcoin community. It all seems to be about block sizes. Is Bitcoin fucked now? Probably. Maybe not.

If you think we swear too much, meet the master:

Fab has controversial opinions on Star Wars VII. He thinks it’s too retro and the copying of Episodes IV – VI went way too far. Also, there are the usual J. J. Abrams problems with loose ends, things that make no sense and deus ex machina. Fab’s rather watching some more Columbo. Dave’s happy about Robot Wars coming back.

Before we end the show, we answer your emails and tweets. We are especially excited about this tweet by Nick Farmer, who created the Belter language for The Expanse:

The books we mentioned are: The Horus Heresy series, the The Dresden Files, Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds, the Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, Otherland, the Culture series by Ian M. Banks and stuff by Peter F. Hamilton.

See you in two weeks. Until then, keep Dan in your thoughts.

GNR 3 – Powered by Pure Plot

People On This Episode

avatar Fabian A. Scherschel
Has a Crush on Dominique Tipper
avatar David M. Nicholas
Would Like You to See His Art

Show Notes

We wish you a happy holiday and deliver to you the third GNR which is also the last episode of 2015. The show should be back on the air at the beginning of January, if everything goes according to plan. In this episode, we talk more about The Expanse, about M.C. Escher, Elite Dangerous: Horizons and about Mozilla’s plans, or lack thereof, for both Firefox OS and Thunderbird. We are not in much of a Christmas mood but we’re trying to fix that with alcohol. To that end, Fab’s having König Pilsener and Dave’s drinking Cats Whiskers.

There’s scepticism about Star Wars and the Star Trek trailer.

Dave says you gotta see the M.C. Escher exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London if you can. Fab points out that ole M.C. kinda looked like John McAfee. We also discover that we have no idea what tessellation actually is.

Fab has been playing Elite Dangerous: Horizons and it is glorious. He’s been writing about it too. Doesn’t the Keelback look like the Defiant? Here’s a list of all the ships in the game. The big dong-shaped one is just a fan mockup, though. Of course it is…

Meanwhile in EVE, Mordu’s Legion has declared war on the Serpentis mercenaries.

Still on a massive Expanse bender, Fab talks about the books this time. He’s in the middle of Leviathan Wakes and boy is it a story and a half. It’s an amazing feat of world building and we talk about some of the things that make it special.

Mozilla is giving up on Thunderbird. Firefox OS is also dead. Apparently, they are now“pivoting to connected devices”; as in: The Internet of Shit.

Dominique Tipper is great. Fab is in love with her accent. And we need a Pur & Kleen hoodie from Last Exit to Nowhere.