Welcome to another new episode with the Geek at Arms crew! In this episode Mike kicks off Geek Out by sharing all the new anime’s he’s been catching up on. From Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood to Your Lie in April and many more. Plus, he gives a review of the book African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan. Next, Bryan describes how much he’s enjoyed the new action rpg from Obsidian The Outer Worlds and James joins in as well. Next, James talks about recent adventures with his family at the Texas State Fair and the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. Finally, the guys discuss the next film in the Animated Film Club series, the 2001 Studio Ghibli classic from legendary writer/director Hayao Miyazaki Spirited Away.
Bryan, Mike, & James return with a special episode of Geek at Arms. From Innroads Ministries and the Bard & Bible podcast, we’re joined by Mike Perna! His Grace tells us what he’s been up to with these fantastic ministries and his work at various conventions. Kicking off Geek Out, Perna shares his enjoyment of getting the new Cypher System Core Rulebook and the unique board game Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr. Next, Bryan describes what it’s like fighting rancors in Star Wars: Vader Immortal – Episode II on the Oculus Rift, and his upcoming D&D session with members of Saving the Game. James talks about how different Skyrim looks and feels now that he’s begun downloading various mods for it and how impressed he was by the Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Our Mike then details his love/hate relationship with the platforming game Hollow Knight and we all chime in with our enjoyment of the delightful animated series Hilda. Finally, James debuts a new segment on the show, Pop Quiz!
Once more into the Geek with Bryan, Mike, and James! In this episode James begins Geek Out by relating how a recent episode of The Min/Max Podcast led to jumping right back into the game Skyrim, and his recent journey to an SCA event to see a good friend become a knight. Next Mike tells us about the weird and wonderful world of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and how he shared a great day at the Boston Fan Expo with his youngest daughter! Bryan continues the game talk with his enjoyment of Limbo, his recent work with The Christian Gamers Guild, and how happy he is that we live in a world where a geophysicist can gain a following on Twitter. Finally, the guys discuss the 1982 Don Bluth creation The Secret of NIMH in the first film of the Animated Film Club!
Although it released late in August, this episode was recorded on July 28, 2019, prior to the shootings that took place in El Paso and Dayton a few days later, which have prompted more conversation on the topic of violence in video games. We want to make it clear that we do not necessarily believe that video games are a root cause of the violence we currently see in our society. However, we do feel it is important to stress that the violence portrayed in some games should absolutely not be viewed as an effective or acceptable method of enacting change. We stand with the victims of these tragedies and affirm the ongoing value of all human life, celebrating our diversity and shared human experience.
Coming back with another Super-Sized episode, Geek at Arms returns! Bryan, Mike, and James start off with an impromptu To The Future discussing the recent trailer for Picard and a teaser for the upcoming Lord of The Rings show from Amazon. James starts Geek Out with his thoughts on the final season of the Revolutionary War spy drama Turn: Washington’s Spies and how it led him to dig deeper in the subject by reading Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose. Next Bryan answers a listener question about the Oculus Rift and shares how much he loved Spider-Man: Far From Home. He also describes how things went with his first Primetime Adventures session, Shadows in the Toybox! Mike tells us about his recent vacation and the abundant amount of reading he did on it: from Civil War battleship history to biographies of JRR Tolkien to medieval fencing treatises by Ken Mondschein! Finally, the guys have a long discussion on ethical situations and moral dilemmas found in video games like Mass Effect, Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic, and more.
Bryan’s Middle Earth lore failed him. Beleriand was destroyed at the beginning of the Second Age, a result of the War of Wrath. The fall of Númenor was accompanied by the bending of the seas and removal of Aman and Tol Eressëa from Arda.
The boys of Geek at Arms return for another brand new episode! In Geek Out Mike describes much fun he and Bryan had as guests on the fantastic podcast Saving the Game, and how much he’s enjoyed the recent Amazon series (or was it Netflix) Good Omens. Next, James cannot say enough good things about Godzilla: King of the Monsters. He also talks about taking his family to a local fan convention ArlingCon and how much he’s enjoyed watching My Hero Academia. Bryan relates how much he’s enjoyed the return of JL8, a webcomic by Yale Stewart, fighting Darth Vader and evil cubes with a lightsaber on the Oculus Rift, and the start of a new RPG session of the game Primetime Adventures! Finally, the Fantasy Film Club comes to a close with a review of the 1985 medieval fantasy Ladyhawke, starring Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Matthew Broderick.
Geek at Arms returns with our 20th episode. Bryan kicks off Geek Out by sharing his excitement about interviews with the Retro Rewind and Min/Max podcasts. James and Mike promptly die of envy. James then shares his likes and dislikes about the book Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View and how much he’s looking forward to reading JRR Tolkien: A Biography. Mike continues the trip into Middle Earth in his review of the biopic Tolkien and describes how much he’s enjoyed Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. Finally, he leads a discussion about how geeks are portrayed in media: from Steve Urkel to The Big Bang Theory to The Gamers: Dorkness Rising and more!
Errata: Bryan said “Lone Star” when he clearly meant Bravestarr. Come on, Bryan, get it together!
Welcome back to another new episode of Geek at Arms! James kicks off Geek Out with details on his families latest trip to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. He then shares his recent interest and research into what languages Jesus might have spoken during the time of His ministry. Next, Bryan kindly shares a spoiler-free review of Endgame and discusses his re-watch of the fantastic anime series Cowboy Bebop. Mike talks about how much he enjoyed the cartoon Steven Universe and his experience with the game Batman: The Animated Series – Gotham Under Siege. Then, it’s back to the Film Club as the guys review the 1958 Ray Harryhausen film that helped launch a whole new era of special effects, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (beginning at 00:51:00).
A brief linguistic note: Over the course of Ptolemaic rule, the Egyptian language had evolved into Demotic, which was itself not widely used by the time of Christ, having been replaced by Latin and Greek. Demotic, as you know, was one of the three languages on the Rosetta Stone, the other two being Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Demotic itself continued to evolve, becoming Coptic, which was in turn supplanted in common use by Arabic dialects, but has held on as the liturgical language of the Coptic Orthodox Church, much as Latin has done among Roman Catholics. So there is a chance that Jesus might have picked up a smattering of Demotic, but it’s equally likely that the only languages he heard in Egypt were Greek and Latin.
Geek at Arms is back again! Mike kicks things off with his report on PAX East, and then describes the new love of his life, Betrayal: Legacy. James explains how his new game Kingdom Come: Deliverance feels like stepping into 15th century Bohemia and how much he and his wife enjoyed Captain Marvel. Next, Bryan deep dives us into his latest math interest with the Mandelbrot Set and math comedian Matt Parker. He and James also share how their latest rpg session with City on A Hill Gaming podcast went with fellow players Kyle from the Min/Max podcast and Mike from Innroads Ministries. The guys then have a discussion about all the upcoming film and TV adaptations that will hit the screens in the days to come: from the Lord of The Rings to Discworld to The Wheel of Time and many more!
Errata: Bryan said Good Omens was either already out or coming within the next week (of the recording). He was wrong. It becomes available beginning May 31. Bryan also attributed the Wheel of Time television movie to a company called Red Sky, but it was actually Red Eagle. And the Lord of the Rings TV Series may, in fact, not follow Aragorn, but be set instead in the Second Age. Bryan obviously needs a fact-checker. But to be fair, that LotR stuff is still largely conjecture!
Bryan, Mike and James return for yet another super-sized episode! Mike shares his enjoyment at reading The Fellowship of the Ring to his children for the first time and how he barely contained his Geekiness at meeting author and fencing master Ken Mondschein. Next, Bryan talks about how much he’s been enjoying the new Voltron: Legendary Defender and My Hero Academia. Both he and James express how much they’re looking forward to actually gaming in an upcoming RPG session with the City on a Hill Gaming Podcast. James keeps the gaming talk going by detailing a hopeful upcoming Monster of The Week campaign, and how happy he was at finally finishing The Last Duel and playing Biblios. Finally, we see the return of the Geek at Arms Film Club! Shifting from sci-fi to fantasy, the guys delve into the George Lucas written, Ron Howard directed 1988 epic Willow.
Special caution: During the show I recommended the series Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. Although the first book, Midnight Riot, was fairly tame, book 2, Body Work, has some rather explicit naughty parts.
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content warning: there’s some explicit naughty stuff in book 2
The guys are back with a new episode! In Geek Out, James describes his family trip to Silver Dollar City and how much he and his wife have enjoyed the shows The Librarians and The Dragon Prince. Bryan expresses his continued delight in having a new computer and how much he’s enjoyed playing Civilization 6. He also shares his thoughts on his first viewing of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Next Mike tells us all about the various board games he and his family have recently played: from Machi Koro to Forbidden Sky and more. Finally, Bryan leads a discussion on the subject of time travel. From how it’s used as a plot device in movies and TV shows to story elements in RPG’s, they delve into the time vortex for answers!
Bryan refers to M.J. Young’s Temporal Anomalies articles for The Examiner. Those articles can be found here.
Erratum: Turtles in Time was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video game. The title of the sourcebook Bryan refers to for the TMNT RPG is Transdimensional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.