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Does Canon Matter? Part 5 – The World of Darkness

May 30, 2017 Leave a comment

I ramble for way longer than I’d planned about the various versions of White Wolf‘s World of Darkness tabletop RPG titles. For the last quarter of a century, four (soon to be five) editions of WoD games have been released, along with two editions of games set in the alternate reality of the Chronicles of Darkness. With a history like that, the games’ continuity has grown ponderous indeed. But how do you even approach the idea of canon when every story is told by an unreliable narrator? I talk about that and many other things – and I’ve been playing since the `90’s, so it turns out I have plenty to talk about.

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As I mention near the beginning of the show, Fabled Environments is partnering with Yellow Piece Games on a new Savage Worlds setting called Buccaneer: Through Hell & High Water. Their kickstarter for the game runs through June 20th, 2017. Check it out! http://kck.st/2rlOfG3

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Does Canon Matter? Part 4 – Star Trek & DC

October 17, 2016 Leave a comment

screen-shot-2015-07-06-at-11-26-40-amI misguidedly attempted to wrap up my canon series only to realize I had much more to say than I’d initially reckoned.

Ahaha.

So, here’s the next part, wherein I tackle two franchises: Star Trek and DC. I also tangent for a bit at the beginning into the recent Darkwing Duck controversy. I also make a terrible pun about an obscure DC character I happen to like, bring up my distaste for there being so much segmented metal in science fiction nowadays and get a tad defensive about the fact that I don’t hate all of the movies I’m supposed to hate.

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Does Canon Matter? Part 3 – The Marvel Cinematic Universe

August 15, 2016 Leave a comment

stan-lee-cameosHere we have the third part of my ridiculously long ramble about canon in popular media, this time focusing on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I chat at length about some of the differences between the movies and the TV shows, the comics and all manner of other things as we continue to explore the question of whether or not any of those differences matter.

I also briefly wander into a tangent about Battlestar Galactica and laugh maniacally a couple of times.

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Does Canon Matter? Part 2 – Star Wars

July 1, 2016 Leave a comment
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Behold the Destroyer of the 4th Wall, She Who Breaks Reality With Her Song of Farewell!

Here’s the second part of my epically long pseudo-rant about continuity and canon in popular media.

I love Star Wars, but in this episode I talk about why I think it’s best to err on the side of caution when chatting about its canon with fellow fans. For many folks, Star Wars is a build-your-own-canon situation, and I talk about dealing with that. I also misattribute a quote by Jebediah Orne to Old Man Whateley, but neither of those are Star Wars characters, so I’ll just try to play it cool and think of it as a social experiment.

My apologies in advance to any repressed emotional trauma the picture accompanying this entry might evoke.

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Does Canon Matter? Part 1 – Doctor Who

May 24, 2016 Leave a comment

DW2150I set out to do a quick talk about the role of canon in various fandoms and it turned into a massive lecture that I’ll have to split into multiple parts. So, here’s the first part, wherein I talk at length about the canon of Doctor Who (and quite possibly tick off some of my fellow Whovians).

 

NOTE: I’ve noticed I use the word “series” a lot in this episode. For the most part, I’m using the American meaning of the word (the entirety of a single show’s run), though there is one point in the middle where I try to switch to the UK meaning (when I’m talking about people being familiar with “the current series and the previous series” – by which I mean the current season and the previous season) but despite my effort to grammatically hop the pond, I clumsily fall back into the Standard `Murican definition pretty quickly after that.

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