Roleplaying for everyone: In Conversation with James D’Amato

We’re lucky to be joined by James D’Amato of the One Shot Podcast Network. We talk about his show Skyjacks and about role-playing more widely.

James D'Amato, our guest

Games Mentioned

Flying Circus by Erika Chappell – Available on DriveThruRPG or itch

Honey Heist by Grant Howitt – Available free on itch

Star Crossed by Alex Roberts – Available on DriveThruRPG or itch

For the Queen by Alex Roberts – Available on Roll20

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I Need Diverse Games was referenced as a great group making games better and more inclusive for everyone.

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Algorithms and Apocalypse, In conversation with Louis Evans

A conversation with author Louis Evans, in which we discuss his recent short story Flash Crash, published by the good people at Escape Pod. We talk commerce, nuclear war, and the nature of value.

If you want to read/hear Flash Crash follow this link: https://escapepod.org/2019/06/06/escape-pod-683-flash-crash/

In this interview Louis Recomends the following texts:

Fondly Fahrenheit by Alfred Bester

China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

The Sorcerer Of The Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Emissaries of Profits – Progress

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In this weeks episode the androids and assets team revisits Deep Space Nine Se. 1 Ep. 14 Progress, in which Kira find herself on the “other side” and Nog cuts his teeth in the Yamok Sauce biz. Politics and comerce abound, so buckel up for a wild ride.

Socialism is the Cure

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Amid a lively public discourse on the Covid 19 Virus the androids and assets team sits down to talk out depictions of disease and crisis in Science Fiction, and how different fictional depictions of illness shape our reactions. The pair find that collective action is the best defense against sickness and disease.

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Station 11 , Emily St. John Mandel

The Mask of the Red Death, Cory Doctorow

A Paradise Built in Hell, Rebecca Solnit

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Dawn of The Dead (1978)

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Emissaries of Profits – The Storyteller

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Commander Sisko “negotiates” a disupte between rival Bajoran nations and Chief O’Brien is reluctantly adopted as spiritual leader by a Bajoran village that annually follows the “Storyteller” to fight a demon of the town’s collective fears.

Not Lovers but Comrades, In Conversation with Nino Cipri

A conversation with author Nino Cipri about their new novella, FINNA. We talk about labour, unions, and love. FINNA is on sale Feb 25 and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Nino on Twitter

Nino’s newsletter, Cool Story, Bro

Nino’s author photo, the image at the top of this post, is by Korbin Jones.

Works and Authors Mentioned

Sarah Pinsker, Twitter A Song for a New Day

Annalee Newitz, Twitter

Charlie Jane Anders, Twitter

Our Opinions Are Correct, the podcast hosted by Annalee and Charlie Jane.

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return – If we’re ever in Santa Fe, this is on the to-do list.

The Expanse, Twitter

Hannah Abigail Clarke, TwitterScapegracers

Tana FrenchThe Witch Elm

Emissaries of Profits – Vortex and Battle Lines

The cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Vortex

Odo gets seduced by one of Quark’s criminal conspirators and helps them to escape an unjust fate.

Battle Lines

Kai Opaka is killed when a runabout carrying Sisko, Kira, and Bashir crashes on a penal moon. The prisoners are forced to fight a never ending war propped up by nanite resurrection technology.

The Fandom Menace

The Rise of Skywalker has completed the Star Wars sequel trilogy and we are finally ready to share our thoughts with you.

We discuss the most recent installment in the Star Wars franchise with our good friend, Justin (you might know him from his previous appearance). The movie, while it looks and feels traditionally Star Wars, suffers from a serious lack of imagination. JJ Abrams spends more time providing fan-service than a satisfying conclusion.

Remembrance of Podcast’s Past

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This is a big book with lots of big ideas. It excels where it thinks up new scientific ideas. It stumbles when it strays into talking about social issues, which it often does.