By Draft Punks
The Draft Punks are three friends (and a special guest each week) who decided just ranking a list wasn't competitive enough. So we each draft a team based on a specific category, and then ask you, the listeners to tell us who wins each week.
Trivia Punks: Wes Bates
Preston and Brian are back with the most quizzical spin-off you know! This month we're joined by Wes Bates of the Great Game Debate podcast to talk about the Simpsons, Journey, and... Rodeo? We'll hogtie you if it gets you to listen, so come check out this new episode and let us know what you think! We're on Twitter at RealDraftPunks, where you can find a link to our Discord in our bio!
September 13, 2021
Episode 57: Animal Groups
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by the lovely Ozzie Seshie to talk about our favorite Animal Groups, from rats to hippos, from bats to buffalo, and the biggest shambles in the episode seems to be one pick that DIDN'T get taken, somehow. We hope you enjoy listening, and go check us out on twitter @realdraftpunks to hear more! Join our discord (link in our twitter bio) to vote for your favorite list in each episode and help determine our winners!
September 9, 2021
Episode 56: Metal
Brian, Rob, and Travis are joined by their friend Zachary Russell, better known as Quokimbo, to talk about all things metal! As you can guess, it goes off the rails by round 2. We hope you enjoy the episode, and consider joining our Discord by going to our twitter, @realdraftpunks, and clicking on the link in our bio! Thanks for listening!
September 2, 2021
Episode 55: Musicals
Brian and Travis are joined by Mikel and Kati to talk about their favorite stars of the stage! We talked about all of our favorite musicals, reminisced on a lot of childhood memories, and generally just had a blast listening to incredible showtunes. If you like the episode, please consider checking us out on Twitter @realdraftpunks, and consider joining our Discord! There's a link in the twitter bio, no need to Wait For It!
August 26, 2021
Episode 54: Nerds
Brian, Rob, and Travis are joined by the host of the Calm Down, Nerd podcast, Eric Smith! You can probably guess what we drafted, but AKSHUALLY, you should listen to the episode if you want to find out who we picked, and *pushes up glasses with awkward asterisk text describing actions* then come join us on Discord to let us know what we got right so we can prove you wrong. Link to our Discord on our twitter bio, @realdraftpunks.
August 19, 2021
Episode 53: Elements
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined in their season 2 kickoff episode by honorary Punk Ryan Stabell, making his record 8th appearance on the show! And for this one, we're tackling an oldie but goodie from the Discord server, our favorite elements. This one goes all the way back to an in-joke from our original trailer, but we're excited to finally bring it back around to a real episode. We said we'd draft science, and we did! ... Well, kinda. If you like the episode consider joining our Discord so you can vote for your favorites and let us know what we missed. There is a link on our twitter bio @realdraftpunks!
August 12, 2021
Episode 52: Self-Indulgence Anniversary Spectacular!
It's season finale timeeeeee! We are so proud of all we've been able to accomplish the last year thanks to the contributions of our incredible community and server, so we took an episode to reflect on lots of our favorite, funniest, and most heartwarming moments of the last year with good friend of the show (and great sport) Preston. At the start of the show, we make a huge announcement, which I'm so excited to talk more about, but don't want to spoil. Really, you only need to listen to the opening portion to find out! But some big changes are coming to the Discord later today! Thank you, as always, to Alex. (new CHAMPION) for our art, Greg for our opening theme music, and Drifter for our closing jam. And thank you to all of you for an incredible first year. Next week kicks off season 2, and we can't wait for what else it brings, from new friends, to new events, to new fun shows.
August 5, 2021
Trivia Punks: Bob Buel
Trivia Punks is a brand new show where Preston Willke and Brian Keese bring in a new guest each month to play a game show completely tailored to them based on their interests, hobbies, and more! For our premiere episode, we are joined by 99 Questions host Bob Buel to talk about everything from Professional Wrestling to Final Fantasy 9! We hope you enjoy the show, and please consider joining our Discord (Link in our twitter @realdraftpunks) if you have any feedback or suggestions for future episodes!
August 3, 2021
Episode 51: Video Game Vacations
Brian and Travis are joined this week by Ryan and Alex to talk about the places they'd most like to vacation (and hopefully not get brutally murdered) from some of their favorite video games! From Final Fantasy 7 to Final Fantasy 8, we really cover it all in this episode! Please consider joining us on Discord if you'd like to vote for your favorite list or give us any feedback on the episode!
July 29, 2021
Episode 50: Star Wars Characters
Jedi Master Brian, Sith Lord Travis, and Astromech Droid R0-B1 are joined by the scruffiest looking of nerf herders, Erik Hiles, to talk about our favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away. Who is the #1 pick? Who is the biggest meatbag? And who did Erik pick in round 2 that put Brian in huge shambles? You'll have to tune in to find out! As always, thanks for listening, and check us out on twitter @realdraftpunks to find a link to our Discord!
July 22, 2021
Episode 49: Donuts
Brian is back, but maybe a week too early as he's dealing with a slight cold. Travis, Rob, and special guest Holden Hintz help get him through it so the crew can talk about their favorite donuts, a subject certain to make anyone feel better. If you enjoy the episode please consider joining our Discord to help us vote on the winner and suggest future topics!
July 15, 2021
Episode 48: Bloodborne Bosses
Brian's on vacation, so Rob and Travis found the perfect guests in Isla Hinck and Chris Babbino! And since Brian was gone, the crew took the opportunity to draft a very personal topic, their favorite bosses from Bloodborne! From Vicar Amelia to Father Gascoigne, all your favorite members of the cloth are here! So join us for this deep, DEEP dive into all the best Bloodborne Bosses. And if you want to join in and vote for the winner of the episode, check our our Discord! A link can be found on our twitter @realdraftpunks.
July 9, 2021
Episode 47: Gen 1 Pokemon
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by Spelunkers and Gotta Rank Em All host Chris Bartlett to talk about the best pokemon of the OG 151 (and then some). Come and join in as we kick off a fun crossover week that features Chris joining us and Travis joining the Gotta Rank Em All show! If you like the show, leave a review, and subscribe. You can also go to our twitter @realdraftpunks and find a link to our Discord to join our community!
July 1, 2021
Episode 46: Fair Food
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by Jonah Gomez of the wonderful Great Game Debate podcast to talk about a summer tradition unlike any other: Going to the local fair and eating greasy fried food! Join us as we cover it all, from turkey legs to deep fried oreos. Then join us on discord to talk about your favorites and vote to decide our champion. There's a link in our twitter bio @realdraftpunks!
June 24, 2021
Episode 45: Secret Societies
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined this week by Prima Games editor Jesse Vitelli to talk about their favorite shadowy organizations, secret societies, and cults on this new episode. If you enjoy listening, please consider leaving us a review or giving us a star rating to help new people find the show! And if you want to join in on the conversations and vote, you can become a member of our Discord by going to our Twitter @realdraftpunks and checking out our bio!
June 17, 2021
Episode 44: 90's Albums
Brian, Rob, and Travis are joined by returning guest Nick to talk about our favorite albums of the 90's! This episode was full of fun discussion and a lot of variation in list composition. We hope y'all enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording! Please consider joining our Discord if you want to take part in the vote after each episode! There's a link in our twitter bio @realdraftpunks.
June 10, 2021
Episode 43: Game Trailers and Reveals
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined this week by Game and Make Up's Mike Tucker to talk about our favorite video game trailers and reveals of all time! Oh, and one more thing... If you enjoy the episode, please come check us out on our Discord and help decide the winner! A link can be found on our twitter page, @RealDraftPunks
June 3, 2021
Episode 42: Muppets
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined once more by Dory and this time it's to get things started and talk about our favorite muppets! We hope you enjoy listening to this episode as much as we enjoyed making it! If you want to join our community, check us out on Twitter @realdraftpunks and you can find a link to our Discord!
May 27, 2021
Episode 41: Community Q+A
Explicit Language Warning! Brian, Rob, and Travis are joined by Katy, Ali, and Jess for our first ever live, in person show! Instead of doing a traditional draft episode we took questions from the community, and then picked our favorite to award them with a fabulous prize! Fair warning, this episode is live, and chaotic. Our sound quality is not as good as normal, there are interruptions, and for once, Travis and Rob are not censored by The Man.
May 20, 2021
Episode 40: One Hit Wonders
Brian, Rob, and Travis are joined by the O.G. champion Greg Griffith, host of the Level Zero podcast, to talk about their favorite One Hit Wonders. If you like the show please come and check out our twitter @realdraftpunks, which has a link to our Discord where you can join the discussion and vote for your favorite list and let us know what we missed!
May 13, 2021
Episode 39: The Good/Bad Name Game
This week Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by the Great Game Debate's Kaedhen Bharathae-Lane (good name) to talk about our favorite bad games with good names, and good games with bad names. If you enjoy the show, please consider going to our twitter @realdraftpunks and joining our Discord community so you can vote for a winner!
May 6, 2021
Episode 38: Video Game Narration
Travis, Brian, and Rob are joined by Chris Babbino of the Hello Hyrule podcast to talk about our favorite video game narration and announcing. This was an episode full of controversial and interesting picks, and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording! Find our twitter @realdraftpunks and join our Discord to vote for your favorite narration!
April 29, 2021
Episode 37: Baby Names
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by mom-to-be Mikel to celebrate the newest addition to the Draft Punk family by picking our favorite baby names. This episode was a mix of fun and poignant moments. Thanks so much to our community for celebrating this big milestone with us! Find us on twitter as always @realdraftpunks. There's a link to our Discord in our bio for anyone who wants to join our amazing group!
April 22, 2021
Episode 36: Game Shows
Come on dowwwwwn! Holden joins Brian, Travis, and Rob to talk about all of their favorite game shows, from childhood to today. Stick around to the end to hear if Holden can defend his crown on our own long running, totally real game show, Stump the Punks, and thanks for listening! Happy birthday Mom! Join our Discord if you want to join in the vote! A link can be found on our twitter, @realdraftpunks.
April 15, 2021
Episode 35: Video Game Levels
TW: This episode begins with a short statement about the recent, and re-occurring, gun violence in America. Then, this week, Rob, Travis, and Preston are joined by Game Informer's own, Alex Stadnik! Alex talks to us about a changing of the guard at Game Informer and filling the shoes of some of the biggest names in games journalism. And finally, we dive into a draft all about the best levels in video games! Make this the first level in your podcast queue this week, you don't want to miss it! You can find us on twitch and twitter @realdraftpunks, with a link to our discord on both!
April 8, 2021
Episode 34: Xbox Exclusives
We are joined this week once again by Ryan Stabell to talk about our favorite Xbox and PC Exclusive games. For more wonderful content like this, please check out the PSPremiere podcast and youtube show! Those folks really know and love their Microsoft games.
April 1, 2021
Episode 33: Pizza Toppings
This week we were joined by Ryan to talk about the best pizza we can make with five toppings. Similar to our sandwich episode, each of us will be making and tasting our pizza, so check out the Discord if you want to see the madness! And stay tuned after the end of the episode as we introduce a new rising star on the podcast scene. For a link to the discord, twitter, and twitch, check out our linktree at https://linktr.ee/draftpunks
March 25, 2021
Episode 32: Cardinal Directions
Brian, Travis, and Rob are joined by Nick Vanunu to take the show in a whole new direction. Many of them, in fact. We talk about how Nick and Travis met, try to promote his new twitter account, and then get down to it. Big thanks to Nick for helping me out with the time stamps on this one, and we hope you all enjoy! And if you're asking yourself if there's an impromptu karaoke singing of Wild Wild West in this episode... yes. Yes there is. Check us out on twitter @realdraftpunks to find links to our Discord and other social media platforms!
March 18, 2021
Episode 31: Arcade Cabinets
Rob is back! And he, Travis, and Brian are joined by Bob Buel of the 99 Questions podcast to talk some nostalgia. In this episode we picked our favorite Arcade Cabinets from our youth, debated Ms. Pac-Man's relationship with Pac-Man, and wondered if the King of Kong was secretly a Christopher Guest join. At the top of the show, we also discuss our Fantasy Critic League results so far, and a new gave we've been playing called Voidigo, available on Steam in Early Access!
March 11, 2021
Episode 30: Better Horcruxes
Brian and Travis are joined by Mikel and Miranda to talk about the controversy around JK Rowling, and then make our picks for better horcruxes. If you have the time and means, please take a moment to consider donating to one of these wonderful organizations. National Center for Transgender Equality: https://transequality.org/ Trans Lifeline: https://translifeline.org/ Sylvia Rivera Law Project: https://srlp.org/
March 4, 2021
Episode 29: Zelda Games
This week we were joined by the lovely Haley MacLean of Game Query to finish up our celebration of Zelda's 35th anniversary by talking about the best games where you can play as Link or Zelda! We also announce the start of a big giveaway of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD and talk about Voidigo, a new game in early access we'll be showing off on our Twitch stream this week!
February 25, 2021
Episode 28: Zelda Items
Brian, Rob, and Travis are joined by Spelunkers co-host Chris Bartlett to continue our celebration of all things Zelda by talking about our favorite items and weapons from throughout the series. We hope you enjoy! Please consider leaving a review and subscribing for more future content, and check us out on Twitter, Twitch, and TikTok at realdraftpunks! Link to our Discord is on our Twitter bio!
February 18, 2021
Episode 27: Zelda Music
The Punks were joined by Kyle Hilliard of the MinnMax show this week to talk about our favorite Zelda music. For such a broad category, this might be the hardest draft we've ever had to do. So many incredible options! We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed talking! Review and subscribe for more great Zelda content this month, and nerd content year round! Check our twitter @realdraftpunks for a link to join our Discord and vote!
February 11, 2021
Episode 26: Zelda Locations
Travis, Brian, and Rob are joined by Spelunkers co-host and Zelda fanatic Tyler Carver to talk about all of our favorite places to chill, explore, and kill Ganon in the Legend of Zelda franchise to help celebrate its 35th anniversary. If you're a fan of the series, you'll love our slate of upcoming shows as we talk about various topics within the games. Please visit us on Twitter @realdraftpunks where you can find a link to our Discord, and join us in voting for the show! Same handles on Twitch and TikTok as well!
February 4, 2021
Episode 25: Fictional Presidents
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by real life history teacher Craig Wheeler to talk about our favorite not so real Presidents. From a Senior Class to the United States to the entire World, we cover it all this week. Also, our winner of our Pixar giveaway is revealed, and an exciting announcement about the month of February! All that and more this week on Draft Punks. Please join our Discord to participate in the voting, which you can find a link for on our Twitter @realdraftpunks. We're under the same name on Twitch and now TikTok as well!
January 28, 2021
Episode 24: Pixar Characters
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by returning champion Miranda Lederhouse to talk a little more Disney! Specifically, we're picking our favorite Pixar characters this time around. Towards the end of the episode we also have some fun discussion about the new MCU television series WandaVision. If you join our Discord (https://discord.gg/vYE4pQC) this week you can enter to win a fun prize and join in on our next watch party! You can also find us on twitter @realdraftpunks.
January 21, 2021
Episode 23: Ghosts
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by HyperDot creator/developer and world renowned TRDS voice actor Charles McGregor this week to talk about their favorite ghosts in games, film, television, and... theme parks? Don't worry, the episode doesn't get too spooky, but there are some very minor spoilers for some popular ghost stories out there, such as Haunting of Bly Manor, The Shining, and The Sixth Sense. Listener bewaaaaaare. If you loved the epiosde, come and join us on our Discord or give us a follow on twitter @realdraftpunks!
January 14, 2021
Episode 22: Things You Can't Say on Draft Punks
This was a great *censored* episode! Rob, Travis, and Brian were joined by PSPremiere Host James Smith, to talk about our favorite curse words, childish insults, and tell 2020 to *censored* off! We hope you all enjoy this episode as much as we enjoyed recording it. If you want to join in on the discussion, reach out to us on our Discord or Twitter, where we're @realdraftpunks.
December 31, 2020
Episode 21: Fantasy Critic
In this episode, Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by a slew of former guests for a yearlong celebration of games! We did a draft of our most anticipated games of 2021, and will keep track throughout the year to see who made the best predictions! This is our biggest episode yet, so we hope you enjoy it. Please like and leave a review, and if you want to join in on the conversation and tell us what we got wrong, join our Discord or follow us on Twitter @realdraftpunks.
December 24, 2020
Episode 20: 20 Games We Played in 2020
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined this week by the wonderful, some might even say marvelous, Mahvl of PSPremiere to talk about the best games that came out (or that we discovered) in 2020. Along the way we realized that this was a great year for new games, as well as catching up on your backlog. If you like the show please consider joining our Discord and becoming a part of the conversation! You can also find us on twitter @realdraftpunks.
December 17, 2020
Episode 19: Holiday TV Specials
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by superfan (and Travis' sister) Kati Bell to talk about our favorite Holiday TV Specials! Don't be a Grinch, listen, like, and subscribe. Who knows, you might find something new to turn into a holiday tradition of your own! If you want to talk to us about the episode and join our community, click HERE or visit our Twitter @realdraftpunks to find a link to join our Discord!
December 10, 2020
Episode 18: Seasons
Join the Discord here, or from our Twitter page @realdraftpunks. The holidays are over and the Punks are done with all that sappy stuff, for now. We have friend of the pod Brennan McNickle on to discuss our favorite seasons! This was a really fun and varietal episode where we got to talk not just about the weather, but some of our favorite television shows and sports teams as well! Tune in next week as we start doing some fun holiday/end of year related episodes to finish off 2020 (Good riddance!).
December 3, 2020
Episode 17: Thanks Full
This one is a little bit different folks! Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by the community for the first ever live episode of Draft Punks! This episode was recorded during Rob's 24 hours straight livestream for the charity Extra Life, during which he raised over $750 to help out a children's hospital in his area. If you'd like to contribute to the cause, please visit his page here and consider donating! Then, come join our Discord so we can thank you and welcome you into our community!
November 26, 2020
Episode 16: Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts
King Travis, Brian, and Rob are joined once again by Ask a Locksmith host Ryan Stabell to discuss their favorite Thanksgiving sides and desserts to celebrate the upcoming holiday. If you enjoy the episode, please consider joining our Discord to vote for your favorite and participate in discussion with the hosts and the rest of the community!
November 19, 2020
Episode 15: Kings
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined once again by Level Zero host Greg Griffith to tackle the topic of Kings! If you like what you hear, please rate, review, and join us over on our Discord server to vote for your favorite list! Next week we kick off a series of holiday themed shows, so don't miss out, subscribe now!
November 12, 2020
Episode 14: Musical Movie Moments
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by List Wars host Michael Moran to talk about their favorite music performances in movies! This was such a fun episode to record, and we think Michael could have gone another ten rounds with his deep love of cinema. If you like the episode, consider joining our Discord and voting for your favorite! Find us on twitter @realdraftpunks and let us know what you think of the show!
November 5, 2020
Episode 13: Scary Movies
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by their partners in crime, Jess, Ali, and Kel, to talk about their favorite scary movies just in time for the Halloween season! These movies will have you keeping the lights on all night, and there's some graphic content discussed in some choices, so listener bewaaaaare. And if you enjoyed the episode, join our Discord to come vote for your favorite list and enter our giveaway!
October 29, 2020
Episode 12: 20 Questions
Travis and Brian are joined by previous guest Ryan and 99 Questions host Bob Buel to answer some of the most important questions of our lifetime. We're picking questions that he asks on his wonderful interview show 99 Questions, and had just an absolute blast talking about ourselves for nearly three hours. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed recording, and please consider joining our Discord to tell us what your answers would have been, and to take part in next week's big giveaway! You can also find us on Twitter and Twitch at RealDraftPunks.
October 22, 2020
Episode 11: Hades
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by special guest Dory Ford to discuss Supergiant Games' hit new Rogue-like game Hades and their favorite characters there within. So join us for some Hellishly hot takes, and some ice cold ones as well (Does anyone like Theseus? No. No they don't.) and join our Discord to cast your vote for who has the best list of Hades characters.
October 15, 2020
Episode 10: Sandwiches
If you thought you already had a favorite mustard fact, you're wrong. Travis, Brian, and Rob are joined by Anthony 'Biggie' Bencomo of Deli Fresh Threads fame to draft the perfect five ingredient sandwich. Don't listen to this episode while hungry, we're warning you now. Stay tuned after the outro music for some extra content as well! And if you're feeling REALLY frisky, please join our Discord to vote, discuss, and hang out with the Punks and their friends!
October 9, 2020
Episode 9: 90's Sci-Fi Films
Travis, Brian, and Rob are joined by special guest Ozzie Seshie to talk about one of the greatest era's in cinema. That's right, it's 90's Sci-Fi week! Will Dinosaurs rule the Earth once more? Or is this all a simulation? Tell you what, just look at this small, red light and pay attention to the flash. Then join our Discord to help us vote for the winner of this week's topic, suggest future ideas, and just hang in a super cool community.
October 1, 2020
Episode 8: GI Covers
Rob, Brian, and Travis are joined by Game Informer's own Kim Wallace to talk about their favorite covers of the magazine and take a walk down memory lane with some fantastic cover trip stories. Join the Discord to join the discussion and vote for whoever you think picked the best set of covers. Unless your name rhymes with No Nuba, in which case, it might be in the best interest of your health to stay away.
September 25, 2020
Episode 7: Cereal
Rob, Brian, and Travis are finally all back together this week, and joined by none other than Travis' mom Debbi, who joins us to draft some straight up nostalgia in the form of chalky marshmallows, vaguely chocolate flavored rice puffs, and good branding. If you want to make your voice heard for the vote, please consider joining our Discord.
September 17, 2020
Episode 6: Wii Games
Rob is back and joins Brian to defend their crowns of episodes past against guests Alex Brinegar and Adam Walker as we talk about games released for the Nintendo Wii in this week's episode. If you like what you hear, join the Discord to vote for your favorite list!
September 10, 2020
Episode 5: Birds
Bird Draft! Rob had to sit this one out, so we were joined by original champion Greg Griffith and newcomer Adam Walker to see who could draft the best Bird team. A little miscommunication leads to some hilarious results. And a new outro song?! Let us know what you think! Join the Discord to vote for your favorite team, and give us a like and subscribe on your favorite podcast services!
September 3, 2020
Episode 4: Gen 2 Pokemon
Join the Discord today to vote! Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by good friend Ryan "Stubs" Stabell to draft Gen 2 Pokemon! This one goes to six rounds, so we could all have a full team as is Pokemon tradition. Ryan had a lot (a LOT) to tell us about the importance of the first set of Pokemon sequels, and how they paved the way for Pokemon to become what it is today. Here's a video Ryan references towards the end of the video that he'd love for people to check out: https://youtu.be/tZsErx705fM
August 27, 2020
Episode 3: Marvel vs. Capcom
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by special guest Alex Brinegar to talk about the characters they want to see in the next version of Marvel vs. Capcom. If you like what you hear, please join our Discord and consider voting for your favorite list!
August 20, 2020
Episode 2: Disney Characters
Rob, Travis, and Brian are joined by special guest Miranda Lederhouse to draft the best squad of Disney characters they can. Also, we reveal the winner of last week's draft and the topic for next week. Join us on Discord to vote for your favorite list! Stay Punky.
August 13, 2020
Episode 1: MCU
https://discord.gg/vYE4pQC Join us on the Discord by clicking this link to vote on who you think won this week's debate! Travis, Rob, Brian, and special guest Greg Griffith converge to see who can pick the best team of MCU films!
August 6, 2020
Draft Punks Trailer
Brian, Rob, and Travis here to introduce the show and give you a little flavor of what to expect! If you're interested in taking part and voting along with the rest of the folks in the discord, join here! https://discord.gg/vYE4pQC
August 4, 2020