Episode One Hundred And Thirty – I Owe it All To My Digital Wristwatch

Time travellers attempting to blend in run into problems when they don’t know that they’re not using the right language.

Cheesy 80’s Kids Shows, where sly end-of-episode comments are a private joke between the protagonists and the audience.

Corporate executives combine the powers of their ludicrously expensive watches to form … Captain OfIndustry!

Backwards & Ford: Gerald Ford travels through time, possibly with a team of plucky youngsters, righting wrongs & setting history straight. (Possibly battling Evil Nixon in an effort to restore Good Nixon, or maybe subtly influencing the timeline to produce the best possible Nixon )

A group of police officers notice that the weirdness they’re seeing matches elements from their theological or cultural backgrounds. Many different cultural or theological backgrounds.

When aliens issue a challenge for dominance, electric cart jousting is the only logical option.

Whenuapai Air Base

David Cronenberg

Cheesehead Hat
Cow Pat

Moore’s Law

Calculator Watch
Game & Watch
Pocket Watch

Hello Fellow Kids



Tales From The Loop
Kids On Bikes

The Goonies

The Jank Cast

The Kids From OWL

Never Say Never Again
Albert R. Broccoli

Power Rangers
Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Jimmy Hoffa

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

President Gerald Ford

Pulsar Calculator Watch

The Lost Chapter: A Concise History Of The LED watch

Digital Dust: What happened to the digital watch?

President Jimmy Carter

Time Travelling Teddy Roosevelt & His Time Travelling Rough Riders
( This link might work, or you might need to be an RPG.net member and be given access to the specific board ~ T. Jones )
Emperor Norton

Time Cellist
Yo-Yo Ma

Quantum Leap
Twin Peaks

Misspent Youth
Steal Away Jordan

Episode One Hundred And Twenty Nine – Aliens have landed at Gen Con and only stalwart games can defeat them!

Episode One Hundred And Twenty Eight – Religious Cops Train To Fight Magic

The Strange
Monte Cook Games
Cypher System
TORG Eternity

The Dresden Files


Kung Fu Vampire Killers

Dunedin, New Zealand

Mister Vampire

Atomic Robo RPG

Episode One Hundred And Twenty Nine – Aliens have landed at Gen Con and only stalwart games can defeat them!

Aliens have landed at GenCon and only stalwart games can defeat them!

Personifications of games emerge when the need is greatest to rally the forces of gamers in battle against an Alien Menace.

Alien Invaders arrive, looking for the most loyal representative of Earth to battle for dominance in a symbolic competition. Owing to poor translation skills and the inability to imagine that anyone might do things differently, they’ve found the Gen Con booth of Stalwart Games, who are about to have a very weird day.

A Meeple-Shaped spacecraft has crashed in through the roof of LucasOil stadium, and the invading forces are streaming out to take over. The MiBs are responding, but they need time, so it’d up to the Gen Con attendees to divert, confuse, distract, and possibly subvert the alien menace to buy that time.

Here are some things we talked about

Episode One Hundred And Twenty Eight – Religious Cops Train To Fight Magic

The woefully underfunded members of the TZMP (Tserkovnyye Zashchitniki Moskovskogo Patriarkhata) must walk a line between keeping a low profile, maintaining interdepartmental peace with the uncanny Night Watch, and the disapproval of the authorities, while still managing to thwart the forces of Hell.

Your multi-denominational precinct of peace officers work diligently to maintain law and order, though your task may find you crossing into “differently-Holy” ground.

Odd-couple detective partnerships are a classic trope, but when one of the pair is a literal angel the cases they handle tend to involve obscure prophesy and dire omens.


Episode One Hundred And Twenty Seven – What Does “A Cheeky Nando’s” Mean?

What Does "A Cheeky Nando's" Mean?
What Does "A Cheeky Nando's" Mean?

In the post-Brexit dystopia, where any mention of the world outside of the Commonwealth is strictly forbidden, a shadowy folk hero emerged … Cheeky Nando.

Working the grill at Nando’s confers awesome martial arts powers via the precise repetition of cunningly-disguised spatula and tong based fighting moves.

Cheeky Nando is friendly, charming, helpful, and the local Necromancer.

The Cheeky Nano-Dose – Pervasive nanotech means, more or less, that you’re being watched from the inside.

When a group holiday goes terribly, terribly wrong.

What if someone out there managed to franchise & weaponise football in order to destabilise cultures in other dimensions?

Links, and maybe an explanation

Episode One Hundred And Twenty Six – Stranded

In which Ben goes back to a Big Red Couch standard notion of “something on a spaceship”, despite Craig having taken the approach of deliberately NOT doing something set on a spaceship.

Not only is the ship fractured, but so is the crew, so turned against each other that they can’t save themselves. If you can just get these knuckleheads to work together, or even just get the hell out of your way, they’ll be rescued, the salvage prize is yours, and you’ll be set for life.

The crew are glad that help has shown up, and are keen to be rescued, but for some reason they’re not keen on doing the very things that would make that happen; Why?

An arcade lined with shops is fine to walk through, or even to hang out in and enjoy a cup of coffee; What if you found that you couldn’t leave?
Maybe you fell through the cracks and can see the monsters lurking outside.
Maybe you shouldn’t have belligerently declared that you’ll never leave while arguing with the Fae Lord of the Strand.
Or maybe breaking in at night to steal the fantastic items in the shops was just a really bad idea.

People trapped in a dimension-hopping shopping arcade, trying to trade with the folks outside for the things they need, hoping to one day make it home.

In The City, you can have every basic need taken care of … So long as you have the chip installed in your head. Somewhere outside the city is a place where the unchipped can live freely, however they want, and all you have to do is get there.


Episode One Hundred And Twenty Five – Witch Planet Soccer

Witch Planet Soccer

You don’t call a place the “Witch Planet” because you like it, or the people who live on it, and you don’t do so without a cause. And you don’t go to live on the “Witch Planet” without a reason.
And while the original settlers of a place may be content with the ignore & be ignored status quo, their children may not feel the same way. And that’s when the ugly secret history of the Witch Planet starts to come into the light.

Actual witches rebel against their parents by attempting to play this strange non-magical sport called … soccer?

In an extremely magical world, having an entirely mundane football game is challenging. Each team has a squad who are constantly on the lookout for magical interference by their opponents. And maybe also on the lookout for opportunities to do some interfering of their own.

When what’s up for grabs is your teams chance to make it into the professional leagues of Galactic Witch Soccer, there’s plenty of room for skulduggery, match-fixing, and good old-fashioned shenanigans.
And that’s just the trouble that happens on purpose.

OK, Baba Yaga’s Hut can play in goal provided that it keeps its doors and windows open.

When magic left the world, it did so literally.
The fairy creatures and the trolls under bridges and the enchanted groves got together and went traveling among the stars.

What sort of person invents dimensional travel, and decides to use it to make money through sports franchising?

Dimension-hopping sports fans seek the universe where their favourite team didn’t get booted from the league.


Episode One Hundred And Twenty Four – Everything Is Alive On This Starship

Everything Is Alive On This Starship
Everything Is Alive On This Starship

Programmable biological workers make it so much easier to set up a colony world, because you can reconfigure them as your colony develops.
Of course, if something goes wrong on the way there, the ship’s systems might find themselves trying to repair a starship with a worker build who think the telegraph is a pretty neat idea, …

When the colony ship fell out of orbit, it set the bio-workers to “Mental Evolution” mode, in the hope that this would compensate for the lack of central guidance. Years later, the remains of the ship are found, and the walls start taking to them …

Using bio-workers to raise the first generation of humans from the gene-banks is a fine solution to the problem of long spaceflights, but there will come a moment when the kids find out that their guardians really ARE robots …

Calling it an organic starship is over-simplifying things; It’s more of a space going coral reef, an ecosystem with a community on board, some of whom may be an integral part of the internal process.
How does the community react when the ‘ship’ suddenly changes course?
Or when the ship scoops up an entirely non-organic spacecraft, determines that it’s not edible, and dumps it out into the habitable areas?

If someone’s built a tomb which doesn’t rely on clever traps, and instead just flat-out tries to kill you, is it maybe worth considering that they had a really good reason to do so?

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Episode One Hundred And Twenty Three – Tomb Temperature

Tomb Temperature

The Imperial Tomb is a model of the afterlife, and holds the remains of Emperors, Governors, and Important People; It is, quite literally, the Tomb of the Empire. And when the conditions are just right, the model becomes real, and the Tomb becomes a gateway to the afterlife.
That’s when the gravediggers have to put back whatever leaks out.

How do you even make a Zombie Medical Drama RPG?

The Necropolis has been frozen for aeons, but it’s now starting to thaw out, and the residents are starting to thaw.
Somewhere in there are the secrets needed to freeze it again, but getting to them take a lot of planning, a lot of care, and will be a serious undertaking.

When Will Dynamic Ad Insertion Take Over Podcasting? – Backyard Media
( Covers Dynamic Insertion without being too much of an ad in itself or having many many annoying pop-ups ~ T. Jones )

Welcome To Night Vale
The Daily Zeitgeist
Black Tape Podcast

Venom (movie)

Chernobyl Sarcophagus

Stalker (game)
The Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Mr. Vampire

Terracotta Army
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor



Day Of The Dead


Technical Debt

Terry Pratchett

St. Elsewhere
Shortland Street

Episode Fifty – Ghostwatch

Ghostwatch (tv)

Matter, by Iain M Banks

The Mummy


The Man In The Maze, by Robert Silverberg

Old School Renaissance

Gronan’s Guide To Gaming

A Game of Thrones riff on the White Stripes

Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG

Episode Sixty One – I Am Now The Proud Possessor Of A Haunted Demon Amplifier

Iron Maiden

H.P Lovecraft
Cthulhu Mythos

Spinal Tap

Bureau 13: Stalking The Night Fantastic

Fate of Cthulhu Kickstart


Bill Hicks



Marcel Proust

Conlon Nancarow

Kung Fu Vampire Killers
( The only references I could find to this relate to a Horror Anthology called either “Hi-8” or “Horror Independent 8”, where Bloodgasm is a movie within a movie. ~ T. Jones )

( from The Gratuitous B-Movie Column )

The third story, by Tom Masiello, is called “The Tape” and involves Tim (Travis Hoecker), a video store employee who becomes infatuated with a weird as hell shot-on-video horror movie called “Bloodgasm.” As far as the employee can tell, “Bloodgasm” was never released to the public and the creator of it is a recluse of some sort. Tim is so obsessed with “Bloodgasm,” both watching it and researching it, he ignores his hot girlfriend Phoebe (Bobbi Beach). When Tim finally finds the director of “Bloodgasm” and goes to meet him, the encounter changes his life forever. In general, I liked the way this short builds to finding the “Bloodgasm” creator, but the way it ends is unsatisfying. Personally, I don’t think the ending makes any sense. With a different ending, “The Tape” would be a classic horror short. As it exists now, it’s a fun disappointment. Still worth watching.

~ my bad! – I meant Deathgasm (2015)

Alien Weaponry (band)

Six Feet Under (tv)

The results are in for Episode 123, and we have a tie!

Episode 123 will be “Tomb Temperature”

Episode 124 will be “Everything is Alive On This Starship”

“Witch Planet Soccer” was not a popular option, getting no votes.

“It’s All Downhill From Here” picked up a single vote over on WeMe.

“Tomb Temperature” & “Everything is Alive On This Starship” each got a total of three votes;
“Tomb Temperature” was the favourite on the Big Red Couch site, with three votes.
“Everything is Alive On This Starship” got two votes on MeWe, plus one from the Big Red Couch site