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Scratch My Bard

A Podcast in Five Acts

Dramatis Personae (in order of appearance):
BRIAN, Prince of Cats - The Chippewa Valley Geek
DOUG SCHOLZ-CARLSON - Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival
"MONSTER" MIKE - A country vicar, In love with Hernia
"JETPACK" JACK - Sea-captain, Former Roomate of a Fourth Cousin to the Exiled Duke

Act I, Scene 1 - Intros
Act I, Scene 2 - The Up Front: On the Classics and Accusations of Snobbery
Act II, Scene 1 - The Interview:  GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson tells us what goes into making a festival happen, muses about what makes Shakespeare great, and takes on the Geek-del Test!
Act III, Scene 1 - The Roundtable:  Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack wax lyrical on bards, the Bard and a lot of other ado about really not much else of importance.
Act IV, Scene 1 - The Community Calendar
Act IV, Scene 2 - The Monthly Marathon: Bardic Lore cont'd!
Act V, Scene 1 - Outro & Credits
Act V, Scene 2 - Bonus Track:  "Hey Nonny Nonny"

Direct download: CVG__019_-_Scratch_My_Bard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09am PDT

Scratch My Bard

A Podcast in Five Acts

Dramatis Personae (in order of appearance):
BRIAN, Prince of Cats - The Chippewa Valley Geek
DOUG SCHOLZ-CARLSON - Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival
"MONSTER" MIKE - A country vicar, In love with Hernia
"JETPACK" JACK - Sea-captain, Former Roomate of a Fourth Cousin to the Exiled Duke

Act I, Scene 1 - Intros
Act I, Scene 2 - The Up Front: On the Classics and Accusations of Snobbery
Act II, Scene 1 - The Interview:  GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson tells us what goes into making a festival happen, and takes on the Geek-del Test!
Act III, Scene 1 - The Roundtable:  Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack wax lyrical on bards, the Bard and a lot of other ado about reallynot much of importance or other.
Act IV, Scene 1 - The Community Calendar
Act IV, Scene 2 - The Monthly Marathon: Bardic Lore cont'd!
Act V, Scene 1 - Outro & Credits
Act V, Scene 2 - Bonus Track:  "Hey Nonny Nonny"

Direct download: CVG__019_-_Scratch_My_Bard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08am PDT

We're cashing in with a discussion about economics, money and coinage in our games.


0:00:00 Intros
0:01:26 The Up Front: On Piracy and Being Poor As Flumph
0:05:37 The Interview:  Game designer Caleb Stokes talks to Monster Mike about Red Markets, economic horror, and takes on the Geek-del Test!

0:43:53 The Roundtable:  Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack, ante up and put in their two cents about how money should work in our games...
1:51:20 The Community Calendar and
 The Monthly Marathon: Bardic Lore!

1:53:15 Outro & Credits

1:54:35 Bonus Track:  "Tarras Q" Q"

Direct download: CVG__018_-_Break_Your_Moneymaker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:01pm PDT

The sleeper has awakened, and we're talking all about Dune, Frank Herbert and the spice!

0:00:00 Intros
0:00:46 The Up Front: On the Fourth Worst Decision of My Life
0:04:15 The Interview:  Game designer Matt Colville talks about the history of Last Unicorn Games, muses on gaming in licensed settings, and takes on the Geek-del Test!

0:48:29 The Roundtable:  Monster Mike, Jetpack Jack, and special guest Easy Erik give their Herbert book reviews, discuss gaming opportunities in the Duniverse, and check in with some New Year's Resolutions...
1:53:44 The Community Calendar and
 The Monthly Marathon: Bug Hunt!

2:00:46 Outro & Credits

2:02:21 Bonus Track:  "Shai-Hulud (Slight Return)"

Direct download: CVG__017_-_Im_A_Crawlin_Kingsnake.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:01pm PDT

We've got a three-pipe pod for you this month and it's all about mysteries and Holmesian gaming!


0:00:00 Intros
0:01:10 The Up Front: On the Tyranny of Excellence and Just Watching The Damn Movie Already
0:04:57 The Interview:  Ga
me designer Bryce Whitacre clues us in on Baker Street, muses why Sherlock is a cultural touchstone, and takes on the Geek-del Test!

0:29:26 The Roundtable:  Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack discuss mysteries in RPGs, steal a time-honored podcast game, and bear witness to a drive-by gifting...
2:04:29 The Community Calendar and
 The Monthly Marathon: 
I'm still stuck in Season Two of Tw
in Peaks, but I'll start watching Dune right away too

2:08:39 Outro & Credits

Direct download: CVG__016_-_Baby_Please_Come_Holmes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm PDT

We're talking about the Dark Side, and how you got to change your evil ways (baby)!


0:00:00 Intros
0:01:12 The Up Front: On Bulgakov and the Necessity of the Shadow
0:06:07 The Interview:  Our first return guest, Rev. Derek White, the Geek Preacher, comes back to tell us about the history of the dark side, opines on the nature of evil, and re-takes the Geek-del Test!

0:53:31 The Roundtable:  Now with improved Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack!  Ethics!  Matchups!  Dark secrets revealed!  And more!
1:45:58 The Community Calendar and
 The Monthly Marathon: I'm still stuck in Season Two of Twin Peaks

1:50:09 Outro & Credits
1:51:32 Bonus Track:    Roll It!

Direct download: CVG__015_-_Mean_Talkin_Blues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm PDT

We're talking about capital G-Good and the light side of the Force this time out!


0:00:00  Intros

0:01:05  The Up Front:  On ethical consistency and WWCAD!


0:05:34  The Interview:  Original Gamerati Ed Healy talks about ethics and community, opines on internet karma, and takes on the Geek-del Test!

0:56:25 The Roundtable:  Wherein Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack get good for once!

1:46:08  Announcements et al

1:47:51  Outro & Credits

1:49:08  Bonus Track:    Browncoat Blueswncoat Blues

Direct download: CVG__014_-_Let_The_Good_Guys_Roll.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30pm PDT

We're taking a bite out of zombies this time around, getting the lowdown on a locally-produced survival horror RPG, and (re)making some very exciting announcements! 0:00:00 Intros 0:01:11 The Up Front: On oblivion and undeath - also, Clearwater Con 2015! 0:06:47 The Interview: Eau Claire game designers Craig Sieracki and Matt Scott talk about their love of zombies, break down the inner workings of CHOMP, and take on the Geek-del Test! 0:24:56 Payin' some bills 0:30:51 The Roundtable: Wherein Mike and Jack try to find some braaaaaaaaains! 1:30:30 Community Calendar 1:33:13 Outro & Credits 1:34:36 Bonus Track: The Lannister Suite, in 3 Movements (or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Never Try To Play Slide Guitar Ever Again), featuring: - Roslin's Wedding - Mannish Boy-King - I'm a Steady Whorin' Half-Man
Direct download: CVG__013_-_Dead_House_Over_Yonder.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:58am PDT

We're talking about Asian and Asian-inspired gamery, geekery and all sorts of other cool stuff!


0:00:00  Intros
0:01:06  The Up Front: On geek vs. capabilities
0:05:35  The Interview:  Master Rich Parsons tells us what it takes to become a martial arts guru, breaks down some RPG combat systems, and takes on the Geek-del Test!
0:42:02  Payin' some bills

0:47:16 The Roundtable:  Wherein Mike and Jack talk Asian gaming and films, confront rules bloat, and make like Bruce and Jackie with the picks!

1:39:42  Community Calendar

1:43:26  Outro & Credits

1:44:55  Bonus Track:    Wampa Roll!

Direct download: CVG__012_-_Shuriken_Honey_Honey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:52pm PDT

Episode Eleven of The Chippewa Valley Geek Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue is complete and can be found here or on iTunes and Stitcher!


We're covering the holidays with an examination of feasts and food in history, games and geek media!


0:00:00  Intros
0:02:00  The Up Front: On pageantry and periodicity
0:05:38  The Interview:  Medieval food expert Cassandra Baldassano tells us about medieval misconceptions, humors us with a discussion of the four humors, and takes on the Geek-del Test!
0:27:!6  Payin' some bills

0:32:19  The Roundtable:  Wherein Mike and Donny and Jack make with the matchups, celebrate 7 holidays in 90 minutes, and enjoy an offally good dinner!
1:58:08  Announcements and the Community Calendar

2:03:47  Outro & Credits

2:04:58  Bonus Track:    Highway 53 Blues!

Direct download: CVG___11_-_Come_On_In_My_Kitchen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:59pm PDT