Archive for July 2017

D&D for Beginners – 5th edition

Today, we will be playing the second session of our beginner’s campaign and will hopefully get a decent recording for a future podcast!

We are playing a pre-generated 5th edition adventure and characters provided in the D&D 5e Stater Set. It comes with everything you need to get started if you have never played, and even includes a full set of dice! [If you prefer to buy your own dice you will need the following: D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20. Dice can be found online or at many hobby or game stores!] To start your own adventure, you can purchase the Starter Kit here:


Happy Adventuring and look for our game on a future podcast episode!!

Nerdy Bitches Book Club

Episode 77 – BOOK CLUB: Storm Front

In this Book Club episode, Liz and Heather examine Storm Front by Jim Butcher. This is the first in the Dresden Files series. Both of us had received multiple recommendations to read this series over the years, so it was time we dug in!

Storm Front

Storm Front (Dresden Files #1)

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.

There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

[Synopsis from jimbutcher.com]

We talk through this Professional Wizard turns murder suspect mystery. All opinions are our own and may vary wildly from that of each other or people who recommended to us to read this series.

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Geek Hobbies

Episode 76 – Geek Hobbies

In this episode, Liz and Heather talk all about geek hobbies! We also talk about the latest announcement from the world of Doctor Who! The 13th Doctor is going to be a woman!! It’s about time!

Geek Hobbies

Geek Hobbies

We talk about the latest announcements from Doctor Who and Disney’s D23! The 13th Doctor, starting with the 2017 Christmas episode will be played by Jodie Whitaker (Broadchurch) and will be the first woman to play the iconic role. Heather takes on the online trolls who are outraged by this turn of events…of a fictional time-traveling alien.

D23 recently showed some behind-the-scenes footage of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is opening in December 2017. They also released some amazing posters of the film’s main cast of characters that are absolutely breathtaking. You can watch the clip here:

We also get into the Best Geek and Nerd Hobbies list, as according to a list on ranker.com.We compare this list with our own geeky/nerdy interests, along with some rather interesting past times that made their list.

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Wonder Women

Episode 75 – Wonder Women

In this episode, Liz and Heather, along with guest Kim Gordon, talk all about Wonder Women – not just the movie, but also the world of women directors and what we hope for the future! We give a few shout-outs right up front to the people who interacted with our Facebook page on the Name This Movie (with the wrong name) post.

Wonder Women

Wonder Women

We aren’t talking about the movie itself, but more about female directors, what this movie means for the industry going forward, and how the movie compared to the two DC movies that were released in 2016.

Costume-wise, we really liked what they did with Wonder Woman in that her armor is fairly realistic and could actually be fought in. She has flat shoes, leather shin guards that go over the knees and are bendable, etc. Her midriff isn’t hanging out, and it isn’t basically satin lingerie like Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman. The attention to detail was spot on! She wasn’t over-sexualized, and that is refreshing.

Rotten Tomatoes ratings on the recent D.C. Movies

  • Batman V. Superman: 27% (critics)
  • Suicide Squad: 25% (critics)
  • Wonder Woman: 92% (critics) [BOOM]

BTW – Dick Smackers is like the worst lip gloss flavor ever.

Female Directors

One of the biggest problems is that when we sit down and try to think of female directors, we could each come up with maybe four, and several of those we can’t even think of their names, we just know the movie. This is a serious problem, especially when one of the biggest female director in the industry can’t be mentioned without saying “ex-wife of James Cameron.” And if a female had two shit movies in a row, you would NEVER hear from them again. Unlike Zac Snyder and is shitstorm of crap movies getting one of the biggest franchises out there.

Here is the clip that Liz was talking about from Patton Oswalt’s Talking for Clapping standup

 

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video games

Episode 74 – Video Games

In this episode, Liz and Heather are joined by Kim Gordon to talk all about video games! Join us as we talk about the games we have played, as well as what we currently play, along with some history of the video gaming industry.

video games

Video Games

We invited gamer and friend Kim Gordon (the other one) on this week’s episode to talk all about games, past and present. Kim is also heavily involved with Comicpalooza and married to one of the hosts of the Metal Geeks Podcast. We spend time talking about how we got into games and dispel the myth that video games are just for guys. Check out this video from Adam Ruins Everything:

We talk about some of the different game consoles, PC gaming, and Facebook/phone games. Bro-games/multi-player online games versus couch co-op or single player campaigns

Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter, Call of Duty, Lego everything (especially Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens)!, Halo, Castle Wolfenstein, Doom, Oregon Trail, Mass Effect, Shadows of Mordor, Bejeweled, Just Dance, Rock Band

For more info, there are a couple of great documentaries currently on Netflix.

  • Atari: Game Over
  • Video Games: The Movie
  • Indie Game: The Movie
  • Man vs. Snake

Starting gamers recommendation: It really depends on age, skill level, interests, etc. There really is no stock answer.

 

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