Listen to Episode 129, “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action”

Chester P. Nutsworth of 'Standard Action'

Gobbledygeek episode 129, “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Joanna Gaskell and Rob Hunt of the webseries Standard Action return to discuss their second season, dead squirrels, board games, and dehydrated pepperoni. Plus, Paul and AJ talk about their Scott Pilgrim Twitter party and FX’s great new series The Americans.

Next: Noble Smith, author of The Wisdom of the Shire, joins the boys to geek out about, well…everything.

(Show notes for “Talking (More) Turkey: Standard Action.”)

Listen to Episode 85, “Talking Turkey: Standard Action”

Gobbledygeek episode 85, “Talking Turkey: Standard Action,” is available for listening or download right here.

This week, Paul and AJ are joined by Joanna Gaskell and Rob Hunt of the fantasy-based web series Standard Action, which Paul reviewed here. Joanna and Rob discuss filming in the mud and rain of Vancouver, writing a part for yourself, and how to finance an indie project, all before turning the tables on the boys. Plus, AJ gets excited for the Oscars and gee, Paul really hates George Lucas.

Next: Tarantino Month kicks off with a look at the man’s first feature, Reservoir Dogs.

(Show notes for “Talking Turkey: Standard Action.”)

Listen to Episode 84, “Live and Die on This Day”

Gobbledygeek episode 84, “Live and Die on This Day,” is available for listening or download right here.

The first surprise of 2012 is The Grey, the Liam Neeson survival film whose trailers could be politely described as Taken, Only by Wolves. However, such is not the case, and Paul and AJ discuss the movie’s meditative reflections on life, death, and the human will to survive. And, yes, the movie’s depiction of wolves as supernatural beasts…and whether or not any wolfpunching occurs. Plus, AJ details his remedy for illness (it involves a bad Nicolas Cage movie) and Paul talks about Kevin Smith’s new reality show Comic Book Men.

Next: The boys interview Joanna Gaskell of the web series Standard Action.

(Show notes for “Live and Die on This Day.”)

Listen to Episode 49, “Wow”

Gobbledygeek episode 49, “Wow,” is available for listening or download right here.

Is your knowledge of World of Warcraft limited to South Park? Boy, have we got a show for you! Like they did last year with Twilight, Paul and AJ turn to a special guest to explain a geek phenomenon they have little to no experience with. Enter Mark, our WoW expert; he’ll tell you everything you could ever want to know about the game. Beyond the nerdish specs, he talks about why he’s drawn to the game, what it means to him, and what kind of gamer would enjoy it. And yes, the South Park episode. Plus: news, Formspring questions, upcoming DVD releases, and reviews (See My Friends by Ray Davies, Hobo with a Shotgun, Hanna, The Green Hornet, Source Code, and Standard Action).

Next: we’re off next week for Easter, but when we return on April 30, we’ll have our Summer Movie Preview.

(Show notes for “Wow.”)

“I Love You, Shortpants!”: ‘Standard Action’ Review

Statistics have shown that it’s virtually impossible to achieve happiness with an Intelligence score of higher than 14.

I spent a large part of my childhood (defined here as 12-32) playing a plethora of roleplaying games. While my friends and I moved from one publisher and game system to another, there will always be something of a soft spot in my heart for Dungeons & Dragons. You never forget your first.

Standard Action is a web series created by Vancouver actor and geek Joanna Gaskell. It’s set in a fantasy world very much in the vein of the realms of Gary Gygax, and focuses on a misfit band of adventurers including the cheerful Elf barbarian Edda (Gaskell), who tries to be savage but tends to just want everyone to get along and be friends; Fernando the half-Halfling bard (Edwin Perez), desperate to prove his valor in battle, and compose a truly epic ballad; a vain and fashion-concious sorceress named Gwenevere (don’t call her Wendy) (Tara Pratt), who generally wastes all her spells just trying to keep her impractically stylish boots clean; and Martin (Daniel Johnston), the nature-hating Druid that gets a skin irritation whenever he “hugs a tree.” They’re all awkward, inexperienced, slightly inept, and make for one really dysfunctional adventuring party.

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