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

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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

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

Godcast 1: Crusty Opinions

Hey everyone,

Jackson and Daniel are back with another episode of Player’s Guide. This week they are talking about gods in fiction – especially fantasy. There are not many features of the genre that blur the line between whole-cloth creation and adapted myth to the same degree as deities. And with religion and faith being alive and well in the real world, playing with the idea of gods is a great way to create vivid and incisive commentary.

In addition to diving into this rather meaty (so much meat that there will be a second part) topic, your hosts also bust out the recommendations:

This week you should read The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin 

This week you should play Nier: Automata and the other games created and influenced by Yoko Taro 

Underdog Stories: Diabolus Ex Machina

We’re back again!

This week Jackson and Daniel throw a curve ball and take their thematic inspiration from sports. With the recent World Series victory by the Chicago Cubs, it seemed like the right moment to talk about underdog stories.

Alongside the hero’s journey and the redemption arc, the underdog tale is one of the most common storytelling tropes to encounter in speculative fiction. It also creates an interesting divergence of storyline and game mechanics when it is presented in video games.

Your hosts do their best to slice off the juiciest cuts of discussion from this meaty topic. We hope you enjoy!

Also, recommendations:

This week you should watch The Get Down 

This week you should listen to the Myths and Legends Podcast (which can be found here: https://www.mythpodcast.com)

Redemption Arcs: Ghost Hijinks

Hello again!

We apologize for the delay in this week’s posting. The harsh realities of adult life prevented the podcast from going up this weekend. We hope you can forgive us.

This week, Jackson and Daniel are joined by Shelby to discuss redemption arcs in fiction. The idea of a troubled character overcoming their flaws to become a better person is common in fictitious works. While the story is so ubiquitous, it can be difficult to tell well – and any difficult-to-tell story is ripe soil for discussion.

There are also recommendations:

This week you should watch High-Rise

This week you should listen to Last Podcast on the Left

Momodora Reverie Under the Moonlight

Swords: A Bouquet of Emotions

Hello everyone! To celebrate the real start of spring, we are bringing you what you have all been clamouring for – the 4th part in our 4000 part series about the tropes of the fantasy genre. We have covered goblins, dungeons, and dragons – now we take a stab at swords.

We have recruited sharp object expert Donovan MacLure to help hone our discussion. With his help, we have forged a sharp and incisive podcast that delivers the edgy discourse you have become accustomed to. Set aside a slice of time and enjoy.

But what would a Player’s Guide Podcast be without come recommendations?:

This week you should read The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

This week you should watch What We Do in the Shadows 

This week you should play X-Com: Enemy Within