Fools & Fiction

19 - Best Game Ever (Special Episode Part 1/2)

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By Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew
Two college kids and their occasional friends have various talks about their """good""" opinions on good fiction.

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30 - The Lake Anna Adventure
This week we're joined by Finn's cousin Dalton to talk about the annual YouTube show they've been making since 2011!  Sorry for the occasional audio quality drops, they're temporary. Spoilers for The Lake Anna Adventure through Season 2 Episode 2. The Lake Anna Adventure: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFzLTsl90mSeENZSXNPlrUGsAtglbUBq9 Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew ARC 1: THE NETWORK – EPISODE 3
34:00
October 19, 2019
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00:08
October 12, 2019
29 - The WendCU
This week we're talking about an obscure YouTube playlist that took the apartment by storm. Spoilers for The WendCU through episode 15 and The Prestige, and minor spoilers for Inuyashiki and Undertale. The WendCU: youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA260rhIhvuXHifXux9hpfxfS6hNTiOUP Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew ARC 1: THE NETWORK – EPISODE 1
38:04
October 5, 2019
28 - Celeste Chapter 9 and Self-Improvement
New Celeste!  We talk about the chapter's story themes, how the new mechanics inform them, and how the concept of a Celeste DLC shows that self-improvement and mental health can be thought of as vectors or divergent series (We'Re CoLlEgE sTuDeNtS). Spoilers for Celeste Chapter 9 ("Farewell"). Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
26:34
September 21, 2019
27 - Lord of the Rings and Internet Fandom
Guest Shelly Cox tells us her story of getting into the Lord of the Rings fandom back in 2001, and we talk about how the fandom evolved along with the popularization of the internet.  No spoilers this episode! Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
46:34
September 14, 2019
26 - Podcast Chat
A short episode on how we're planning on improving the podcast for the future, with guest Chris Lee.  Let us know what you think of these ideas! Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
18:50
September 7, 2019
25 - Best Girls and Representation
We're back with an episode that starts off with weebery and evolves into a more nuanced conversation about representation in the shonen genre!  With guests Chris Lee and Jonah Barrón. Minor spoilers for RWBY and My Hero Academia. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
45:20
August 31, 2019
bonus - fiction podcasts
Finn shares his five favorite fiction podcasts.  Regular episodes returning August 31st! Dreamboy: http://www.nightvalepresents.com/dreamboy/ It Makes a Sound: http://www.nightvalepresents.com/itmakesasound The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air): https://www.npr.org/podcasts/610483979/the-orbiting-human-circus The Adventure Zone: https://maximumfun.org/shows/adventure-zone Within the Wires: http://www.nightvalepresents.com/withinthewires
18:21
August 24, 2019
bonus - kevin explains the end of evangelion
With guest Kevin Dolan!  This is admittedly a particularly silly episode – if you're not a fan, stay tuned for more normal episodes starting August 31st. Spoilers for The End of Evangelion and minor spoilers for Future Diary.
56:52
August 17, 2019
bonus - a dream of a double-ocean
Finn tells you the story of one of his dreams.
15:56
August 10, 2019
24 - Creative Collaboration
We discuss a few creative projects we've been a part of in the past, and how we think about the collaboration that's necessary to pull them off and have fun while doing it. This is our last full episode for the summer – Finn will be posting three bonus episodes in the coming hiatus, and we'll be returning to our in-person setup for the coming semester.  Let us know if you have an episode idea or want to be on the show! Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
39:10
August 3, 2019
23 - Undertale and Deltarune
What is too much of a good thing?  Finn tells his story of playing Undertale and Deltarune and how this experience impacted his friendships. Emptiness: https://tricycle.org/magazine/what-do-buddhists-mean-when-they-talk-about-emptiness/ “A Lesson in Nonduality” lecture by Rupert Spira: https://youtu.be/dJtVLASoiQE Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
37:12
July 27, 2019
22 - Pretentiousness
Continuing in the style of last episode, we talk about some pieces of media that feel pretentious and why they feel that way.  Then we get a little meta and take a look at our own podcast. Spoilers for The OA Part I and Starfish. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
44:11
July 20, 2019
21 - Narrative in Video Games
We explore some ideas about the continuum between and mixture of narrative and gameplay in video games.  We're trying a slightly new format here: we come in without knowing what we want to demonstrate, just with examples we want to highlight, and we try to find a path along the way – let us know what you think!  We certainly enjoyed the more conversational style. Spoilers for Metal Gear Solid 3, Undertale, Celeste, Life of Pi, Shutter Island, Ender’s Game, and minor spoilers for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
55:36
July 13, 2019
20 - A Conversation with R R Angell (Special Episode Part 2/2)
We continue our discussion of the recently released book Best Game Ever, this time joined by the author himself! Spoilers for Ex Machina, and minor spoilers for Best Game Ever. R R Angell's website: https://rrangell.com/ Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Game-Ever-Virtuella-Novel/dp/1949532054/ Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
1:05:04
July 6, 2019
19 - Best Game Ever (Special Episode Part 1/2)
It's our secret project!  Over the past several weeks, we've been reading reviewers' copies of R R Angell's queer sci-fi novel Best Game Ever.  And now we talk about the book in anticipation for our discussion with the author on July 1st!  But you also have an important role to play: send us questions to ask via the links below! Minor spoilers for Best Game Ever. R R Angell's website: https://rrangell.com/ Buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Game-Ever-Virtuella-Novel/dp/1949532054/ Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
1:08:44
June 28, 2019
18 - Anime OP Themes
Talking about some anime music!  Featuring both demon!Joe and demon!Finn (sorry for the bad audio, we're in a bad recording setup this episode). Spoilers for Neon Genesis Evangelion, Mushi-shi, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4, My Hero Academia through Season 3, and Yuri!!! on Ice. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
35:16
June 23, 2019
17 - Movie Endings
A lighter discussion on the endings of movies we like and what makes movie endings distinct from endings in other media. Spoilers for Swiss Army Man, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Shutter Island, Celeste, Story of Your Life/Arrival, La La Land, and minor spoilers for A Dark Room. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
27:19
June 8, 2019
16 - The OA Part II
We're back, with a much better sounding Joe and a mysteriously slurry Finn!  We've got a fairly chaotic episode for you this week, featuring such lines as, "My biggest thing to swallow immediately was the skin lady". Major spoilers for The OA through Part II. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
43:42
June 1, 2019
15 - Mob Psycho 100 Season 1
Finn just finished Season 1 of Mob Psycho 100, and we've all got stuff to say.  With guests Rachel "Skull" DePalma, Joe's dog Dusty, and Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch (jk it's Joe's bad wifi)! Spoilers for Mob Psycho 100 Season 1 and minor spoilers for Puella Magi Madoka Magica through Episode 3. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
30:58
May 18, 2019
14 - Fan Works
Happy summer!  Talking about some fan works we like and what we like about them.  With a few unexpected guest visits from demon!Joe, excuse us while we figure out our new setup. Spoilers for Magnus's ---eventual--- death in The Adventure Zone: Balance.  Also, a correction – I don't think Griffin himself plays the theme in that scene, I think he just plays Reeder's recording. Julia: https://soundcloud.com/iamreeder/julia Voidfish Plural: https://soundcloud.com/rachelrosemitchell/voidfish-plural Pokémon Uranium: https://pokemon-uranium.fandom.com/wiki/Download Project M: http://pmunofficial.com/en/download/ 20XX (Smash): https://smashboards.com/threads/the-20xx-melee-training-hack-pack-v4-07-7-04-17.351221/ Metroid remakes: https://www.wired.com/story/metroid-ii-remake-fan-vs-nintendo/ Harry Potter fan sequel: https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/James_Potter_(series) Security: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10377231/1/Security Methods of Rationality: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Methods-of-Rationality Koethe Koethe's Life is Strange music: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzJtNZQKmXCuJkUGbnAE2k_spBJwEE9jS Mnstrcndy: https://mnstrcndy.tumblr.com/ Atonement: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10771504/1/Atonement Nine Minutes: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10425580/1/Nine-Minutes Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
28:50
May 11, 2019
13 - The Difference Between Sci-Fi and Fantasy
An end-of-the-semester group discussion with a few members of Skiffy (the sci-fi/fantasy/movie club at William & Mary) – with Cody Hammack, Ailish Bova, Kate Lucas, Jonah Barrón, Andrew Wells, and John Bednarek! Spoilers for Tower of Babylon, Jupiter Ascending, and By the Waters of Babylon, and minor spoilers for The Legend of Korra and Adventure Time. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
27:03
May 4, 2019
12 - Bad Movies
In this experimental episode™, we talk about what makes good bad movies good and bad bad movies bad. It's finals season, Finn was exhausted, and we were trying a new recording setup, so apologies for the weird vibe!  Also, we didn't properly record Joe's mic, so the quality in this setup will be better for the next episode. Spoilers for Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
23:37
April 27, 2019
11 - Adversarial D&D Characters
Time for our own fiction!  We talk with guests Sean DeMieri and Chris Lee about playing Dungeons & Dragons characters whose goals don't align with the rest of the party's. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
31:41
April 20, 2019
10 – Favorite Movies
A pretty simple episode this week: our favorite movies and why we like them. Spoilers for My Cousin Vinny and The NeverEnding Story, and minor spoilers for Labyrinth, Swiss Army Man, and TOME. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
37:25
April 13, 2019
9 - The Duties of Superheroes
This episode we get philosophical to talk about the morals of superheroes with guests Rachel "Skull" DePalma and Chris Lee!  We've got a pretty long cold open on this one, so skip to 2:30 if you want to go straight to the main episode. Spoilers for the Infinity War-adjacent comics, vague major spoilers for the overarching narrative of The Adventure Zone: Balance, and minor spoilers for Mob Psycho 100. Also, it turns out there are morse code podcasts!  Here are some links: http://www.morseresource.com/podcasts.php https://player.fm/series/morse-code Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
44:39
April 6, 2019
8 - Into the Spider-Verse
Joe, who's seen and read all the Spider-Man stuff, and a very tired Finn, who's only seen Spider-Verse (but like 4 times), talk about why they think this movie is so goddamn good. Spoilers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and minor spoilers for Limbo. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
37:48
March 30, 2019
7 - Horror
Talking about our favorite horror and how it works with guests Emily Williams and Chris Lee! Spoilers for the Saw franchise, Doctor Who (The Lonely Child, Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, Blink, The Angels Take Manhattan), The Thing, Cube, Primer, The Manchurian Candidate, Snowpiercer, and minor spoilers for Bioshock. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
43:43
March 23, 2019
6 - Celeste
This week we talk about one of our favorite games and how mechanics interact with story! Spoilers for Celeste, Inside, and minor spoilers for Undertale. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
36:09
March 16, 2019
5 - Midoriya (reprise)
This week was midterms, so we've got a more casual episode for you.  Returning to the topic of the pilot, Cody Hammack arrives to challenge our interpretation of Deku's character. Spoilers for My Hero Academia through S3, and minor spoilers for My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
23:29
March 2, 2019
4 - Phantom Blood
We make our case for watching the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 1 anime.  With guest Trevon Johnson! Minor spoilers for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
25:46
February 23, 2019
3 - Shipping
Shipping talk for Valentine's Day, with guests Evan Squires, Chris Lee, Trevon Johnson, Rane Squires, and Rachel "Skull" DePalma!  Note: this episode's a bit more explicit than usual. Spoilers for Harry Potter, My Hero Academia through S3, Free, Yuri on Ice, Naruto, RWBY through Vol. 6, YuruYuri, Citizen Kane, Twilight, Worm, The X-Files, Overwatch, Doctor Who through Series 4, Voltron, and Undertale. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
36:02
February 16, 2019
2 - RWBY Volume 6
We give our thoughts on RWBY Volume 6 – how it improved on Volume 5 and how we hope the show progresses from here. Spoilers for RWBY through Volume 6. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
27:46
February 9, 2019
1 - Midoriya
In our pilot episode, we take on an easy subject: why we like Deku so much. Spoilers for My Hero Academia through S3, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and Cars 3. Discuss at reddit.com/r/foolsandfiction. Email us at foolsandfiction@gmail.com. Check out other shows on the W&M network at spreaker.com/user/pnwm. by Joe Brown and Finn Mayhew theme music by Finn Mayhew cover art by Chris Lee produced by Finn Mayhew
20:23
February 2, 2019
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