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Shane Plays Geek Talk

A journey into the things we love: D&D / RPGs, tabletop games, wargames, video games, comics and comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, fan films, movies, TV, books, sci-fi, fantasy, more! Hosted by a fellow geek that supports and encourages geeks and our fandoms in all of their various splendor! Come along and get your geek on (or maybe even discover you inner geek)!
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Jul 22, 2024

Shane, Chris Holmes, and Mike Stewart aka DM Mike (Save for Half podcast, Found in the Ruins podcast) shamble relentlessly through over 40 zombie and zombie-ish flicks in their inhuman hunger for horror. Plus a brief detour into the best on-screen Joker and multiple bad zombie jokes. True or false: Marcel Marceau starred in a zombie flick. What is Shane’s most annoying zombie movie? What would you do if you were the last person on Earth and could do whatever you want? Shane offers a rare trigger warning.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #277 - 7/22/2024

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SHOW NOTES

Found in the Ruins podcast
https://saveforhalf.com/
(FITR releases on the SFH podcast feed)

Found in the Ruins Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1430189954589689 

Chris Holmes’s Zombie Movie List

(if an entry is numbered, Chris recommends it. If it’s not numbered, he feels it’s worth discussing but doesn’t “rank” for his top 15)

  • Last Man on Earth USA 1964 Dir. Sidney Salkow Based on I Am Legend Richard Matheson Stars Vincent Price
  • Plague of the Zombies UK 1966 Dir. John Gilling Stars Andre Morell Hammer Film
  • 1. Night of the Living Dead USA 1968 Dir. George Romero Writ. John Russo Stars Duane Jones
  • Tombs of the Blind Dead Spain-Portugal 1972 Dir. And written Amado de Ossorio Stars are unimportant
  • 2. Omega Man USA 1971 Dir. Boris Sagal Based on I Am Legend Stars Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash
  • Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things USA 1972 Dir. Bob Clark written and starring Bob Clark!
  • Shanks USA 1974 Dir. William Castle probably written by him too Stars Marcel Marceau!
  • 3. Dawn of the Dead USA 1978 Dir. And Writer George Romero Stars Ken Foree Stunts and makeup by Tom Savinni
  • Zombi 2 Italy 1979 Dir. Lucio Fulci Writ. Dardeo Sacchetti Released in U.S. as Zombie
  • Nightmare City Italy 1980 Dir.Umberto Lenzi Stars Hugo Stieglitz and many attractive women. Extremely silly.
  • 4. The Evil Dead 1981 USA Dir. Sam Rami also written by him Stars Bruce Campbell First in a great Trilogy
  • Dead and Buried 1981 USA Dir. Gary Sherman Writtten by Dan Obannon Stars James Farentino, Jack Albertson
  • 5. Re-Animator 1985 USA Dir. Stuart Gordon written by him and Brian Yuzna Stars Jeffry Combs, Barbara Crampton
  • 6. Return of the Living Dead 1985 USA Dir. Dan OBannon also written by him Stars James Karen, Clu Galagar, Linea Quigley,
  • Day of the Dead 1985 USA Dir. George Romero also written by him Stars Lori Cardille A great disappointment
  • Night of the Creeps 1986 USA Dir. Fred Dekkar also written by him Aliens create zombies
  • 7. Evil Dead 2 1987 USA Dir. Sam Rami also written by him Stars Bruce Campell More fun and no tree rape
  • Night of the Living Dead 1990 USA Tom Savini remake of original Stars Patricia Tallman
  • 8. Dead Alive (Brain Dead) 1992 N.Z. Dir. Peter Jackson Writ. S. Sinclair Stars Timothy Balme, Diana Penalver
  • Army of Darkness 1992 USA Dir. Sam Rami Written by Sam and Ivan Rami Stars Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz
  • 9. Cemetery Man 1994 Italy Dir. Michele Soavi Stars Rupert Everett, Franscois Lazaro, Anna Falchi
  • 10. Bio Zombi 1998 Hong Kong Dir. Wilson Yip Stars Jordan Chan Very funny.
  • 11. Stacy ( Attack of the School Girl Zombies) 2001 Japan Dir. Naoyuki Tomomatsu Possibly the weirdest
  • Shawn of the Dead 2004 England Dir. Steven Wright Stars Simon Pegg, Mark Frost
  • Dance of the Dead 2008 USA Dir. Greg Bishop Written Joe Ballarini D&D players die in this film
  • Dead Snow 2009 Norway Dir. Tommy Wirkola Stars Charlotte Frogner
  • 12. Wyrmwood (Road of the Dead) 2014 Australia Dir. Kiah Roache Turner Stars Bianca Bradey -Features car chases on the outback
  • Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse 2015 USA Dir. and written Christopher Landon Stars Tye Sheridan
  • 13. One Cut of the Dead (Zombie One Cut) 2017 Japan Shinichiro Ueda No spoilers please
  • 14. Little Monsters 2019 Australia Dir. Abe Forsythe Stars Lupita Nyoung’o Heartwarming
  • 15. Night Eats the World 2018 France Dir. Dominique Rocher Stars Anders Danielsen Bleak and realistic

Shane’s Additional Worth Mentioning List

(for better or for worse)

  • Train to Busan
  • World War Z
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • The Crazies
  • The Sadness
  • Zombieland
  • REC
  • The Returned
  • Demons
  • Army of the Dead
  • Land of the Dead
  • Diary of the Dead
  • Survival of the Dead
  • The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue
  • Honorable Mention: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Apr 30, 2024

Preston Poulter of Pocket Jacks Comics joins to talk comic books, the current status of his Comicsgate trademark lawsuit, and his reasons for pursuing it. Plus the economics and challenges of self-publishing comics, some tabletop RPG chat and we learn what a pocket jack is. Shane gets upstaged during the bad joke of the week.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #276 - 4/29/2024

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Hey, you! Yeah, you! Buy cool stuff, support Shane Plays Geek Talk with these affiliate links!
Humble Bundle
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https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=488512

SHOW NOTES

Pocket Jacks Comics
https://www.pocketjackscomics.com/  

Preston Poulter Trademarks Comicsgate
https://bleedingcool.com/comics/preston-poulter-trademarks-comicsgate/

Timeline of Comicsgate Trademark Lawsuit: Common Sense Press Inc DBA Pocket Jacks Comics (Poulter) vs Sciver / Malpica
https://ttabvue.uspto.gov/ttabvue/v?pno=92075375&pty=CAN&eno=42  

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5304996/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt  


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Mar 29, 2024

Wide-ranging geekout with David Finn of Signal of Doom!! Lots of comic book and MCU chat (like, a lot). Pi Day. Doctor Who, old and new. Google Gemini vs. ChatGPT. Judge Dredd satirizes fascism but can tell multi-layered stories. Godzilla finally wins an Oscar. Godzilla as a metaphor. The essence of the Punisher. It’s been a while, but Shane rants a bit (and David loves it). The Krakoan X-Men scare Shane and David’s ready for the era to move on. Current Beast makes David pine for Dark Beast. Three Jokers?? The 80s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG and real-life urban ninja action. Shane’s defining Han Solo moments. David recommends Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre. A key to being an adult is being able to separate the creator from the creation in terms of enjoying entertainment. What D&D-related incident made a young Shane cry? Shane and David love the old-school CRPGs. The Asanti Series is a continuing series of fantasy books by David.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #275 - 3/29/2024

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Hey, you! Yeah, you! Buy cool stuff, support Shane Plays Geek Talk with these affiliate links!
Humble Bundle
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SHOW NOTES

Signal of Doom Podcast
https://signalofdoom.com/ 

Signal of Doom: Ed Greenwood Interview
https://www.podbean.com/ew/dir-y7sfp-172b09fa 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness RPG
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_%26_Other_Strangeness 

‘Godzilla Minus One’ Makes Franchise History With First Oscars Win
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/godzilla-minus-one-2024-oscars-win-1235848606/ 

Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
https://www.amazon.com/Dreamsnake-Vonda-N-McIntyre/dp/1504067460

Circle of Eight Modding Community - The Temple of Elemental Evil
https://co8.org/community/ 

The Asanti Series (David’s Books on Amazon)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CCVHS1?ref_=dbs_p_pwh_rwt_anx_b_lnk 


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Mar 1, 2024

Despite what you might think from its famous box art, Greyhawk (the first D&D setting published by TSR) isn’t just knights and chivalry… so what is it then? Major Greyhawk fan Allan T. Grohe Jr. aka “grodog” joins to fill us in on all the setting’s fantastic details! Also: Greyhawk is a setting with plenty of room to homebrew within the established details. Why the name Greyhawk? Some discussion of the Greyhawk novels (Gary Gygax’s and others). The Moathouse vs. the Temple… which is remembered more fondly? Is Greyhawk “real” to Allan? Militant neutrality. Alignment and worldbuilding. Does Lawful Good have to be Lawful Stupid? Discovering The Hobbit.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #274 - 2/29/2024

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Hey, you! Yeah, you! Buy cool stuff, support Shane Plays Geek Talk with these affiliate links!
Humble Bundle
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SHOW NOTES

Why Greyhawk in 2023? - grodog's Thoughts
https://grodog.blogspot.com/2023/01/why-greyhawk-in-2023.html 

“The Grey in the Hawk” by Nitescreed
https://shaneplays.com/putting-the-grey-in-the-hawk-by-nitescreed-greyhawk/ 

Greyhawk on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyhawk 

Circle of Eight Modding Community - The Temple of Elemental Evil Video Game
https://co8.org/community/ 

OSRIC & The OSR with Allan T. Grohe Jr. – Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode 264- 11/30/2022
https://shaneplays.com/osric-osr-rpg-allan-grohe-podcast/


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Feb 1, 2024

Strat-O-Matic Baseball might be one of the biggest games you’ve never heard of, and three-time champion William “Bill” Meinhardt joins to share his passion for playing it. How long has the game been around, and how many people play it? What’s the one mechanic Bill wishes was in this beloved game? Is there a link between Strat-O-Matic Baseball and Fantasy (Rotisserie) Baseball? Is there a link between Strat-O-Matic and tabletop roleplaying games? At its heart, what is the game of baseball? And for the really hard-hitting question, does Bill do the Chicken Dance??

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #273 - 1/31/2024

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Hey, you! Yeah, you! Buy cool stuff, support Shane Plays Geek Talk with these affiliate links!
Humble Bundle
https://www.humblebundle.com?partner=shaneplays
DriveThruRPG.com
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SHOW NOTES

Strat-O-Matic on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strat-O-Matic 

Strat-O-Matic Baseball Review
https://www.boardgamequest.com/strat-o-matic-baseball-review/ 

Strat-O-Matic: Dungeons & Dragons For The Rotisserie Set
https://longislandweekly.com/strat-o-matic-dungeons-dragons-rotisserie-set/ 

Bill Meinhardt: World’s Largest Fantasy RPG Collection! – Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode 206 – 12/21/2019
https://shaneplays.com/bill-meinhardt-fantasy-rpg-collection-podcast/ 


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

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