Plot Twists: The Church Business

Hello everyone!

We’re back with another episode. This week, Jackson and Daniel are tackling the topic of Plot Twists – one of the broadest and most popular story tools used in media today.

Your hosts take apart foreshadowing, narrative status quo, and their favourite episodes of misdirection from their own stories. There are tons of spoilers in this episode, alongside controversial opinions on Star Wars and more talk about the Sixth Sense than either host expected when they started this podcast.

As always, there are also recommendations:

This week you should listen to The Black Tapes podcast 

This week you should watch Ancient Magus Bride

Intro tune from Purple Planet


Fan Fiction: Filthy Casuals

We’re back!

This week Player’s Guide focuses on the world of fandom. Daniel, Jackson, and returning guest Maureen delve into the creation of fan fiction and the communities that facilitate it. All three of this week’s hosts have taken steps into the deeper waters of fan communities and want to share their experiences.

From what draws people so deeply into fictional worlds, to why the internet has helped fandom blossom – join us on a journey into a world of crack pairings and personal confessions.

As for recommendations:

This week you should read Lilies With Full Hands, There’s Thunder in Our Hearts, and Geriatric Road Trip (NSFW) [editor’s note: I could not find a link to “There’s Thunder in Our Hearts”] 

This week you should play The Letter

This week you should watch Razz Reviews 

As always, our intro ditty is courtesy of:


Time Travel: The Groundhog Day Conceit

Welcome everyone to the very first episode of the Player’s Guide Podcast!

Today, your hosts Daniel and Jackson discuss Time Travel and its use in video games, television, and movies. From save scumming to the terrible ending of Interstellar, time is a fast and loose concept in most speculative fiction and we decided to take a look at how it can be used well and how it can be fumbled.

The episode also contains Daniel’s rant about Pym Particles and an in-a-minute synopsis of Lovecraft’s “Shadow Out of Time”.

This will likely be the format of the podcast going forward: your two hosts picking apart the things you love and telling you why they are great/bad. Also, tangents – many, many tangents.

Also, we will include a recommendation section in which you can find what Daniel and Jackson are enjoying themselves:

This week you should listen to the podcast Fictional

This week you should play Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus



Urban Legends: Respectful of All Hallows

Happy Halloween!

This year, for this most spooky of occasions, Daniel and Jackson are talking about Urban Legends. A discussion which branches off into the related fields of cryptids and conspiracy theories.

They also knock off some recommendations for you:

This week you should watch Mindhunter

This week you should play Doki Doki Literature Club

4 Year Anniversary Special: Setting the Bar Low

Welcome back everyone!

This week Jackson and Daniel are welcoming back guests from podcasts past. To celebrate the 4th year of Player’s Guide, your hosts reached out to their past guests and asked them to come and discuss some stories that have mattered to them.

Luckily, some of those past guests were actually interested in participating! Brad, Maureen, Jesse, and Donovan all sit down and talk about some of the stories that helped make them who they are.

It turns out that a large-scale collaboration like this takes up a lot of time and for the first time in recent memory, there are no recommendations. However, you can stay tuned after the standard end to hear the full, un-cut Donovan interview.

As for the music used, it’s all sourced from:

And, as promised in the episode, here is a link to the Commando theme from Commodore 64:

Thanks for tuning in for 4 years, guys. Here’s hoping we last another 4.


BoJack Horseman: Jessica Biel, Secret Monster

Player’s Guide is back!

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking about animal puns and crippling depression; that’s right, it is once again time to discuss the best show on TV: Bojack Horseman.

With season 4 being released on Netflix and breaking new ground for the show’s characters, your hosts figured it would be an excellent time to discuss their favourite talking horse.

In addition to our usual warning vis-a-vis spoilers, be aware that this episode gets a little heavy regarding the topic of mental illness.

As for our recommendations:

This week you should read Agents of the Realm (which you can find here)

This week you should watch Cool Hand Luke… and Wages of Fear… and The Birdcage… We went on a bit of a movie tear 

Crossovers: A Workhorse Actor

Hey guys,

This week Jackson and Daniel are talking crossovers! Inspired by the release of Mario/Rabbids and the announcement of Final Fantasy 15/Assassin’s Creed, your hosts dive into the merits and risks of mashing up two unique intellectual properties.

Ranging from Marvel’s recent superhero potpourris to the golden age of network TV cross-pollination, Jackson and Daniel cover some of the best and worst examples of the crossover trope over the years.

As for recommendations:

This week you should read The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin 

This week you should play Destiny 2