It is upon this fine occasion that your liege-lords Jackson and Daniel have decreed that they shall discuss the finer points of chivalric value. The journey of the knightly archetype from Arthurian legend to the Paladins of D&D shall be charted, so that you too may walk the path of the righteous.
And lo, your hosts shall also guide you into temptation:
Our technical difficulties have finally been conquered, and now you can hear Daniel and Jackson talking about aliens.
Jackson watched Arrival and decided that discussing otherworldly visitors would be topical. Whether they are coming to us, or we are going to them, aliens have become a staple of science fiction – frequently becoming the entire focus of many stories.
Beware, here be spoilers. Seriously, Arrival has a pretty great twist in it and Jackson just lays out the whole thing, so if you plan on watching the movie and would rather be surprised – definitely do that first.
Also, we have some out-of-this-world recommendations:
This week you should watch Chef’s Table
This week you should listen to The Adventure Zone podcast
This week, we have an episode about magic. That’s magic with a small “m” – I bet you were worried that your hosts had fallen off the wagon.
Jackson and Daniel discuss the use of magic in fiction. Introducing the arcane into a story fundamentally changes the nature of its narrative. Magic is a very powerful storytelling tool, and with great power comes great responsibility. Your hosts explore some things to keep in mind if you want your story or game to be both magical and compelling.
And of course, they recommend things as well:
This week you should watch Neon Genesis: Evangelion
This week you should listen to Run the Jewels 3 by Run the Jewels
This week Jackson and Daniel get a little somber as they discuss death in fiction. Death is a powerful narrative tool, one that can be used very badly or very well. As you would expect from such a heavy topic, your hosts have a lot to say.
Beware – spoilers are especially heavy this episode. If you hear the name of a franchise brought up and aren’t fully caught up, maybe fast forward a little.
But make sure you don’t miss the recommendations:
This week you should play Pokemon Sun and Moon
This week you should read Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
This week Jackson and Daniel are riffing off of their world-building episode from the days of yore. The topic this week is tropes associated with fantasy races; why they exist, and how you can play with them to make a fantasy world your own.
If that description sounds a little esoteric, that’s because it is! Enjoy!
There are, as always, recommendations waiting for you at the end… or right here:
This week you should play Guilty Gear Xrd
This week you should definitely watch Bojack Horseman season 3
This week you should read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Also, as promised, here is the article that inspired this week’s episode:
To celebrate the second anniversary of Player’s Guide Jackson and Daniel have something special in store. Since there will be three podcasts posted in October, they have decided to devote the entire month to the horrifying.
The first Halloween podcast features Kevin in a discussion about the horror genre in video games. From Silent Hill to Five Nights at Freddie’s, horror and the associated tropes have been a part of gaming for years.
Of course, they also have some recommendations for you:
This week you should read Arkham Asylum – A Living Hell
This week you should play Undertale
This week you should watch The Babadook
If anyone is curious about the indie horror game that Jackson can’t remember the name of – it is The White Chamber.
This week Jackson and Daniel talk about goblins! One of the staple races in pop-culture fantasy, goblins have experienced a long evolution from their roots in folklore to their varied modern uses. Using goblins as a starting point, your hosts talk about the problematic ideas behind the concept of an “evil race” and how painting your world in broad strokes can lead to a boring story.
And of course, they wrap things up by telling you:
This week you should watch Better Call Saul
This week you should play Castle Shikigami 2
This week you should read Dragons by Graeme Base (or all of his books, really)