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Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners

Episode 73 – Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners

In this episode, Liz and Heather sit down with friends to talk about Dungeons and Dragons for beginners! We have with us Jessica (previously on our Cosplay and Geek Crush episodes) and Mandy from the podcast CasterQuest! This roundtable discussion consists of all newbies to the game of D&D and a little bit of information about the game’s history, myths and stereotypes, and pre-game talk for our new 5th edition campaign.

Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners

Dungeons and Dragons for Beginners

This episode is really our pre-game discussion before we mount our first campaign. Liz has played a handful of times, Heather hasn’t ever played, Jessica and Mandy have at least looked at a game before. We talk about why (or why not) someone would want to be the DM versus a player. We also talk about some of the things that may have kept us from playing this game before now.

We are playing the D&D 5th Edition Starter Set. This is a pre-generated game that includes the story, the character sheets, and even dice, where anyone can pick it up and learn to play. Operaman is serving as our DM for our game and Producer Craig is playing with us as well. We may be recording the game-play episodes as we go, but we will see how things progress. We will at the very least have a follow up episode after we complete the starter set game.

Liz explains the history of D&D that she got off this video here…

and a brief bit of info about how to play 5th edition with this video here…

The second video series is pretty awesome and breaks things down so they are much easier to understand than trying to read or explain how to play the game.

Also, to hear about stereotypes of D&D, check out this video…

So stay tuned for our upcoming D&D game episodes because they are sure to be incredibly entertaining!

Go check out our friend Mandy at soundcloud.com/casterquest or wherever you get your podcasts!

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for all of the D&D photo and maybe even video glory!

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Episode 72 – Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza!

Welcome to our Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza episode!! We had our very own panel where we recorded with a live audience and played an awesome game and gave out maybe the best trophy in the history of the world! Take a listen to find out what happens when 15 people are given a set hand of 5 cards and have to battle it out, tournament-style to see who can win!

A special thank you to celebrity guest judge, Miss Jenny Kelley (ILoveFlavor on YouTube,owner/host of Hello Woodlands, and local cosplay guru!)!

Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza!

Cards Against Humanity LIVE at Comicpalooza!

A massive shout-out to the people we actually knew in the room – Jon (Dogfin Radio), Brandon (Cult 45 Movie Podcast), Erica (Dogfin Radio, formerly of Serves You Right Podcast), Mandy (CasterQuest), Rob Zipp, Jessica (colleague to Operaman and all around friend/friend of the show/former guest), Randy, and so many others!

We are so thankful that we had a packed audience at the show and that everyone was completely awesome! Thank you to everyone who attended, participated, and didn’t freak out that a 9-year old was in the room with her headphones blaring (we aren’t monsters!!)

And another thank you to Jenny (as Emma Frost)

for being amazing with Liz’s niece, Madison, who was so excited to attend her first Comicpalooza! She had a ball and loved that everyone was so complimentary of her Harley Quinn outfit!

And the winner was…

Jon from Dogfin Radio! He managed to beat out the other 14 players with the best cards, with extra points awarded for voices!

Heather picked out the BEST trophy in the history of the world, so make sure you capture that caption…

 

Let us know what you thought of our first LIVE episode! We are hoping to do even larger and more interactive podcasts in the future! Leave us a comment here, or give us a 5-star rating AND review on iTunes! You can also message us on Twitter (@nerdybitchespod) or e-mail us at ContactUs@nerdybitches.com for future show ideas, or just to tell us how much you love us!

 

Enjoy the show!

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Book Club: Felicia Day

Episode 70 – Book Club: Felicia Day

In this episode, Liz and Heather sit down for Book Club: Felicia Day (You’re Never Weird on the Internet, Almost). We are super excited since this author, actress, and all around nerdy phenomenon will be attending Comicpalooza here in Houston May 12-14 at the George R. Brown Convention Center!

Book Club: Felicia Day

Book Club: Felicia Day

In this book, Felicia talks about her weird (her words!) childhood, schooling, and talent and how they led her to become the awesome nerd we all know and love today. If she looks familiar, you have probably seen her in Supernatural, Eureka, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, and ALL over the internet! She pretty much invented the web series with The Guild! This is definitely a must-read book for geek girls out there. She also talks about her own experience after gamer gate and how she came back from that stronger.

Comicpalooza 2017

We are only a week away from this year’s Comicpalooza! We are so excited to be part of the podcasting program for the second year, AND this year we will be hosting our own live podcast panel as part of the show! Get your tickets at https://register.growtix.com/e/comicpalooza_2017?cc=website17

Nerdy B*s Live Podcast with Cards Against Humanity

As you can see, we have had to censor our name for the convention program, but we are still us and our signature brand of nerdiness and language will still be there! Come play Cards Against Humanity with us Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 6 – 7pm in room 370C! It will be a blast!!

Make sure you are following us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep track of where we are and where you can meet us!!

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Independence Day

Episode 69 – Independence Day

To celebrate our excitement for Comicpalooza (May 12-14 in Houston!), in this episode, Heather and Liz do another Classic Movie Review on 1996’s Independence Day! This awesome action movie stars Mary McDonnell, who will be attending the festivites at Comicpalooza this year! In this movie, she plays First Lady Marilyn Whitmore.

Independence Day

 

Independence Day

We spend a good amount of time discussing this movie – all of our favorite parts, lines, and gaping plot holes. But we really do love it! The show is nearly as long as the movie!

Comicpalooza

We are proud to be part of the Comicpalooza Podcast Program for the second year! Come down and see us at Texas’ largest comic convention! It also serves as a huge literary convention. There is guaranteed to be a little something for everyone!

May 12-14, 2017

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas

Buy your tickets now at: https://register.growtix.com/e/comicpalooza_2017?cc=website17

 

Announcement

We will be hosting a LIVE podcast event at Comicpalooza this year!! Along with recording in front of a live audience, we will also be playing a game of Cards Against Humanity! It is absolutely going to be a blast!! Come on down to see us and maybe sit in on a round! **In case you might not know, we will be listed in the program as “Nerdy B*s Live Podcast with Cards Against Humanity.” Our show is also not safe for children. You have been warned!!**

Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Room 370C (*time and location are subject to change, so please consult the convention schedule or the Comicpalooza app!)

 

We hope to see you all there! Make sure you are following us on social media to find us! Twitter (@nerdybitchespod), Instagram (@nerdybitches), and Facebook! We will try our best to post a lot of pictures, locations, and live videos!

 

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Episode 63 – Beating Winter Blues

In this episode, Liz and Heather discuss beating winter blues, especially in Houston where it isn’t generally cold much in the winter time.

Beating Winter Blues

Beating Winter Blues

Even though we don’t really get snowed in or have super cold days here, we can still get the winter blues. Especially on overcast, cold, and clammy (humid) days. Also, the time change in the winter really messes with your head and biorhythms. It makes you feel tired and grumpy. It does lead to a lot of binge watching and binge eating.

How to Beat the Blahs

  • Embrace it, if you can – Pretend you are choosing to spend the cold day in bed so that you can really enjoy the day.
  • Keep Warm – There are certain things that we want to do in winter, like hot chocolate, soups and stews, giant blankets. You may have to flip on the AC for this activity if you live in Houston.
  • Find the light – Get outside and find the sun, wherever it may be. Watch out for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which comes from a lack of Vitamin D. This can boost your mood and help you keep a little more active.
  • Pokemon Go will overheat your phone and keep your hands warm.
  • Eating healthy – When most of us binge watch and binge eat, you aren’t doing it with healthy foods. Try to get the foods in season and go to town.
  • Lighting (in doors) – Open the blinds and let in some light.
  • Make some kind of plans – You have the chance to catch up on things you have been meaning to do. Forget your resolutions and goals and make a PLAN and work the plan. Try not to isolate yourself. Go out and see people when you can.
  • Know your limitations – Don’t over-commit when you know it won’t be good for you. Do what you can do, plan for the things that take more time than you have. Get a day planner and keep track of what you need to do and make adjustments as you see things crowding up.
  • Find a hobby – Figure out what you like to do and make some time to do it. Puzzles, coloring, etc.
  • One Day at a Time – Just get through the day. Live in the moment. Life is much more manageable if you stay present. Mindfulness.
  • Talk it Through – Lean on your support system. Talk to someone who will listen and not judge or try to solve your problems. Make these relationships a two-way street. Don’t just dump all of your crap on someone and never allow them to do the same. If you can’t find a person to trust – get a journal. NEVER go back and read those journals.

[Beating the Winter Blues]

WTF?

What the hell is dabbing?

Who gave you the right to change The Running Man [dance]??

 

“THE SUN IS FOR VENGEANCE, BETTY!”

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DC TV

Episode 46 – DC TV

In this episode, Liz and Heather team up with our new friend Carla (http://www.carlasueinvites.com/) on to talk about D.C. TV! First, she brought us some Classy as Fuck note cards, so we were super excited about that!

DC TV

On to the show…

We wanted to talk about how great D.C. has been doing in the television realm – Way to go, CW! We will mainly discuss Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham, since they are available of Netflix and 2/3 of us don’t have cable. Heather will talk about Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. Arrow is utterly awesome. We have seen up through Season 3 (thanks, Netflix). It is total binge watching fodder. You will have to stop and watch The Flash once he comes into play because there are a lot of crossover episodes between the two shows. We all have a love for John Barrowman, who has now been cast as Malcolm Merlin in all of the DC television shows.

We pop over to American Gods (the new series coming out) for a bit and drool over the guy playing Shadow. Yum. And Dane Cook will be playing, Robbie, the douchebag, which works perfectly. If you haven’t listened to our Book Club episode on American Gods, go do it! It’s a total freak show, much like the book.

We also take some time to drool over the hot guys in the DC movies and tv shows, because we can.

This past week, Liz and Heather met up with some other Houston-area podcasters to see Batman: The Killing Joke, which we really liked. They did add a big hunk of Batman/Barbara Gordon that wasn’t in the graphic novel that was kind of pathetic.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@nerdybitchespod), Instagram (@nerdybitches), Pinterest (@nerdybitches), and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Nerdy-Bitches-Podcast-896606467044899/).

Next week, we will be having our first ever crossover episode with another podcast! We are teaming up with 1980s Movie Graveyard to do a movie commentary on 1985’s Commando! Make sure you check it out and give the graveyard guys a like!

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Episode 44 – Liz Padjen

In this episode, Heather and Liz welcome Houston comedienne Liz Padjen to the studio for the first time. Heather met (other) Liz at Comicpalooza a few weeks ago. We talk all about being a comic, a geek, and a female in a male-dominated world of comedy (especially in Houston). Her new tagline: She’s classy as fuck!

Liz Padjen

(Other) Liz tells us all about her sketch comedy group (This Time On) on public access and can also be found on YouTube, and you should totally watch her Golden Girls tribute, Thank You For Being a Thug. Nerdy Bitch Liz is a HUGE Golden Girls fan, so this is perfection!

Seriously. This entire episode is us laughing…a lot.

We talk all about horseback riding, broken grandma’s, being from Utah (and not), finding your face on a stranger’s wall, podcasts and porn stars, penises, glove fetishes, strip clubs, oh my!

This may be the funniest show we have ever recorded. We now want to go to a strip club with other Liz’s sister. New trend: reading Yelp reviews for strip clubs.

You can find Liz on her Facebook page. Definitely go check out her act and her YouTube channel.

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Episode 42 – Comicpalooza 2016

In this episode, Liz and Heather wrap up our coverage of Comicpalooza 2016. We are completely exhausted after the con, but had such an awesome time participating and being on the podcast program team this year!

Comicpalooza Podcast Program 2016

Wrap Up

  • We were invited by our friends at Sarah and Cassi’s Nerdy Adventure to participate in their Women in Podcasting panel Friday afternoon. This panel was so much fun! We worked with Sarah & Cassi, Jenny from I Love Flavor, and Mandy from Caster Quest. We talked about being women in the male-dominated world of podcasting, how to start your own podcast, and lessons we have learned since starting.
  • We believe the con should be any time other than June, because in Houston, it is hotter than the face of the sun. Thank everything for air conditioning!
  • We had a good time passing out our podcasting stickers and getting new people interested in the podcast. Then, we met these guys…

Predator vs Bitches Sailor Moon Gender Bend

  • That Predator guy’s mask clicked just like in the movie! It was really cool and a little terrifying! We also loved the gender-bending Sailor Moon! It was so much fun to see everyone dressed up and people were so nice and always willing to take a picture!
  • We attended Cult 45: The Movie Podcast’s live podcast show! We love these guys!! We are looking forward to doing some kind of cross-over show with them. They are our new best friends… and we LOVE Brandon’s wife Carla! Call us! 🙂
  • We also attended the Aliens Q&A, which was fantastic. We wish it would have been twice as long because with a large panel, you don’t get very far with the questions. Also, Bill Paxton totes made eye contact with Liz. She is sticking to that story.
  • We attended the Business of Podcasting panel with our own Producer Craig, along with a lot of other people who run awesome podcasts. Ming Chen was also on this panel and it was great getting to meet him.
  • Heather made it to the Boondock Saints Q&A, which was short one Norman Reedus. Sean Patrick Flannery was all sorts of hot and dirty. Good times.
  • Con Crud is a real thing. Many people feel bad now after being around so much.

Coming Up

We were thrilled to be a part of this show and are really looking forward to next year! Now, we will be returning to our regular format and will be covering our Book Club on World War Z (Max Brooks), a superhero movie catch up (Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, and X-Men: Apocolypse), and we will also be having some brand new guests that we met at the con!

Make sure you are following us on Twitter (@nerdybitchespod), Instagram (@nerdybitches), Pinterest (@nerdybitches), and Facebook (Nerdy Bitches Podcast).

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ComicCon Pre

Episode 39 – ComicCon Prep

In this episode, Liz and Heather talk about ComicCon Prep for the upcoming comic con season. This is also our first official episode to talk about our participation in the 2016 Comicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program! You can follow our information on Twitter and Instagram and stuff at #Comicpalooza #CPPodFam #CPHOU and #CPHTX.

ComicCom Prep

This will be Liz’s first convention, so Heather will school everyone on how to do the cons well. The one thing that separates this kind of con from the classic “flea market comic book show” that we may have seen on The Simpsons is really the celebrity guests, and most of them will interact with the con-goers, which is awesome.

So, here are some things you need to know to be prepared.

  • Download the convention app – Make sure you check the schedule often and keep up with the changes, in case there is a change in location/time.
  • Ways to see celebrities: Sign up to get an autograph (paid) or a picture (also paid), but also the celebrity Q & As (moderated panels).
  • Visit the Dealer Room often! They sell everything you can think of. Think about bringing a wheeled bag because shit gets heavy over time. Also make sure to visit Artist Alley. This is where we met Sarita Ackerman last year, who generously donated her amazing portrait of Wonder Woman that we raffled off last year.Sarita Ackerman - artist
  • Think about getting a hotel room if you live far enough away because you have a place to stash your stuff, but you also have somewhere to crash.
  • Buy your passes early! And if you think you only want to go to one or two days, think about buying the three-day pass because you really get the most bang for your buck.

What to expect:

  • There are going to be a LOT of people there. Be prepared to stand in lines. Lots of lines. And the Q&A lines start very early.
  • LOTS of walking. Wear comfortable shoes. Remember to wear your activity tracker! (Liz’s recommendation for those looking for an alternative to a fitbit – the Spire. It tracks your emotional health based on respiration, in case you have some anxiety or panic issues, it can help calm you down before it gets into a massive issue.
  • Be on the lookout for quiet rooms or areas where you may be able to sit and take a rest if you tend to get overwhelmed. Bring some earbuds to zone out.
  • There will be little kids there, so be sure to notice how adorable they are.

Dos and Don’t

  • DO: Comfortable shoes
  • DO: Bandaids (for blisters)
  • DO: Cross-shoulder/messenger bag to carry things around so that you have open hands.
  • DO: Check for off-site activities. There could be several activities that take place as a group after the main con concludes for the day.
  • DO: Go on Friday, even if its later. The lines for tickets will be shorter.
  • DO: Make friends! You will be sitting in line and chatting with people! Talk to the cosplayers and appreciate their costumes.
  • DO: Go early
  • DO: Get the multi-day pass, even if you only go two days (usually cheaper and it is a lot cheaper).
  • DO: Go to headliner Q&As early! They will fill up quickly.
  • DON’T: Make fun of other people. People have put a lot of time and money into this.
  • DON’t: get frustrated.It’s easy to get annoyed, but most of these people are volunteers and they are don’t the best they can.
  • DON’T be a dick.

You will have to pay for parking. The cons in Texas are all on the lightrail lines, so plan it out. If you go early, you can park in the Discovery Green underground parking, or if you are staying at the hotel, so you can park though there (again, paid).

We are looking so forward to getting out into the people and we will be passing out our Nerdy Bitches podcast stickers and perhaps some other giveaways…So be on the look out for both Liz and Heather! We will be Tweeting/Facebooking/Instagramming out way through.

Discovery Green across the street had a lunch place by the lake. On the East side of the convention center, the parking is cheaper over there. Lucky’s pub is close by and a good place to eat, along with several other eateries. But, the NERDOM place is Neil’s Bahr – The geekiest bar in town (no food), but lots of games, comics, and you will probably see all of the podcast folks hanging out there. Some of the celebs might also be there.. who knows?

Comicpalooza Guest List (Click here for the full guest list)

  • Aliens Reunion
  • Boondock Saints Reunion
  • Walking Dead dudes
  • Kate Beckinsale
  • Peter Meyhew (Chewbacca) and David Prowse (inside the Vader suit)

Other Cons coming up:

  • Dallas Fan Days (First weekend in June) – Peter Capaldi (The Doctor)
  • Space City Con (Memorial Days Weekend – NRG Convention Center) – Alex Kingston (River Song)

Keep listening for all of the episodes we will have coming up on Comicpalooza!

Recommendations:

  • Liz: Spire activity tracker (emotional tracker)
  • Healther: Clark’s shoes

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Episode 36 – Book Club: Lamb

In this episode, Liz and Heather talk about our most recent Book Club: Lamb by Christopher Moore. We LOVE THIS BOOK. It is so funny and also makes you think. Here is the disclaimer – if you are super starchy religious or have a stick up your ass, you may want to skip that episode.

Book Club: Lamb

The Book

Note: Donkey and Goat Wine is what Heather is talking about – fermented natural wine that tastes like grape juice. Check it out.

We will soon be adding a Classic Movie Club to our podcast, in addition to our Book Clubs. Our first movies will be Alien/Aliens since there will be a reunion of Aliens at Comicpalooza in Houston in June.

Here’e the plot of the book: The angel Raziel has come back 2,000 years after the death of Christ and has brought back Biff, Jesus’ childhood pal, to tell his Gospel – the 30 year gap in what happened to Jesus (Joshua) from about age 6 until his death. Biff is locked in a hotel room, writing his version of events of the day. Since Joshua is supposed to be the Messiah and is to be without sin, he gets Biff to do the sinning for him, and then tell him about it later. They also have their childhood friend, Mary Magdalene (Maggie) to contend with. She is in love with Joshua and Biff is in love with Maggie… good times.

Joshua and Biff go on an epic journey throughout the land searching for the three magi who were present at his birth to try to learn how to be the Messiah; Balthazar, Gaspar, and Melchior are there names.

Lots of love, sinning, sex, Bible stuff, and more. Read it, listen to it, and listen to us. Because this is cool Jesus. And we like cool Jesus. Trust us, yo.

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Comicpalooza Podcast Program 2016 - Book Club Lamb

OH AND THE BIGGEST COOLEST NEWS NOT IN THE PODCAST: We have been accepted into the Compicpalooza Podcast Partnership Program for 2016!! We are super excited to be a part of this and will be recording episodes as part of that program… so definitely jump on board with that!

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