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Deck Tease, Episode 29 - Spin the Bottle


Oestrus decides to make the last episode of this current season of The Deck Tease a bottle show and takes you behind the scenes on what it was really like recording with each of her special guests.

Which guest was she was the most terrified to interview?  Which guest or guests did she have the most fun with? Who did she learn the most from?

Who will be her show stopping guest for Episode 30?

Tune in and find out!


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Deck Tease, Episode 14 - An Afternoon With Adrienne Reynolds

Breaking with the usual format of the Deck Tease, Oestrus spends a lovely afternoon having a chat with Adrienne Reynolds, a respected member of the Magic community who is becoming more widely known for her opinions and theories on what it might take to make the Magic community and the scene at large a much better place.

The two of them do away with the usual show notes and instead share stories about what games led to them becoming interested in Magic the Gathering, their views on the lack of resources in the community for new or intermediate level players, ideas on how to bridge the gap between low level and competitive play, what it would take to make Magic as an online sporting event more interesting, and much, much more.

This special episode clocks in at an impressive 2.5 hours long and is largely uncensored and unedited, but is sure to not disappoint.


EDIT:  At some point Adrienne makes reference to an article Darwin Kastle wrote, where she stated it said he spent $25,000 a year in travel expenses.  In actuality, he said that at his peak he was making about $30,000 a year from Magic and spending about $12,000 annually on travel expenses.  We apologize for any confusion.


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History of Sonic

Celebrating more than 20 years as the world’s favourite blue Erinaceidae, Sonic has been a family favourite and has been glueing both parents and children’s to the TV for years now- and hopefully years to come. He’s been celebrating his top position as the mascot of the multi-national video games company, Sega and after the Super Mario Brothers is one of the most recognisable video game characters in the world.

With over 70 million games sold, countless tie-ins with a TV series, comic books, plushies and merchandise- Sonic is one of those characters who is unforgettable in more ways than one. Now there’s one more thing out there for the fans to love, to buy and to treasure forever.

The History of Sonic the Hedgehog  is a substantial, 300-page hardcover coffee table book that you will not only enjoy reading but also will look amazing sitting on a table. It’s a perfect addition to any fan’s collection. The book was first published in French, but has now been translated especially for the English-speaking markets so you can all enjoy it too. The book covers every 2D and 3D Sonic game ever published, as well as every crossover and spin off. So naturally, you’ll also see all of Sonic’s friends such as Tails and Knuckles.

Each book comes with full colour pages about each character, each game and complete with maps and diagrams. Also included is rare concept art, fan art , promotional art as well as staff interviews. Don’t forget the striking, bright blue cover either! It’s really going to be a great gift for that true-blue Sonic fan. The book shall be available in US stores September 2012 for $49.99

Wii U: The Nintendo Fangirl’s Opinion

So. E3 is over and all the stalls, vendors, dude-bros and booth babes are heading home for another year. As we said on the current podcast (Yes! I was on the GKick podcast, no word of a lie!) it was a very underwhelming and bland E3. There were almost no console news to be had other than another glimpse of the Nintendo Wii U. (No Steve, please don’t make the joke about the British police car again…lol).

Anyway. (puts on sensible, editorial head). The Wii U.

I, am one of the biggest Nintendo fangirls you will ever meet. I have owned almost every single Nintendo Game Boy/SP/DS/DSi/3DS console every made, but never any of the tv connecting consoles. The reason for this is that I was forced to play on a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis in the US/Japan) for my 11th Christmas. I wanted a NES. I think that my parents must have gotten their wires crossed, and I can remember my brother and I ripping off the wrapping paper with glee- only to be greeted by a giant blue hedgehog on the front of the box. I can remember the look of expectant joy on my parents faces. But we looked at each other with puzzled looks, and I threw an almighty tantrum while my 7  year-old brother cried.

We wanted Mario and Duck Hunt. Well, I wanted Mario. And my brother just wanted to shoot the ducks with a gun. (Certainly not a surprise that his favourite game is Call of Duty these days.) Instead, we had to make do with Sonic The Damned Hedgehog. (Dear Readers: I still play Sonic, purely for nostalgic reasons.) So, Sonic 2 came with the machine and I never remember having anything else to play. Or if we did, I never played. I bought Sonic and Knuckles too, I was obsessed with Sonic. Not with Sega. Or the Mega Drive system.

The Christmas or two beforehand, I had recieved a Nintendo Game Boy for my gift. I had begged and pleaded with my parents for months on end to buy it for me. There was no Duck Hunt, but there was Mario! And Kirby! And Tetris! Actually, I got the pack that came with Tetris. I would take my Game Boy to school with me, sit behind the wall on the playground and be absorbed in the world of Super Mario World for ‘playtime’. Other kids would play netball, or catch, or skipping, or kiss chase. Me? Oh no no no. Far too much energy. It was Nintendo or nothing for me. The problem is, the word got back to the head of the school and he conviscated my console until the end of the day. Then when I went to retrieve it, I was told never to bring it back because it was ‘for my own good that I got some exercise.’ Well, pffft. Exercise, schmexcersise.

I enjoyed being the weird kid at school, always with my head buried in my Game Boy or in some kind of a book. I didn’t like sport and I didn’t like socialising really. Unless it was to trade stickers for my Mario sticker book or to go up to the village to buy sweets. I would try to involve my friends in my little world of Nintendo, but people didn’t really give a crap. Sure, they had consoles. One of my friends actually had a Game Boy too and we would exchange games from time to time, but I could never get into an excitable conversation with her. My other friend had a Sega Master System, and she would challenge me to Alex Kidd competitions. Split screen afternoon fun.

It wasn’t until my male cousins got a Playstation 1 when I was about 13 that I really started to find people to discuss gaming with. But then, all they wanted to do was discuss the size of Lara Croft’s boobs or answer the question of why Crash Bandicoot was orange. I didn’t really want to talk Playstation, I wanted to discuss Nintendo but it was nice to have someone I could actually play games with instead of being questioned why I was playing games in the first place and not off gossiping about boy bands or make up. I wasn’t a typical girly girl and I didn’t want to talk about girl stuff. I wanted to talk games and gaming. My aunt would try to do girl stuff with me, but I wasn’t interested in any of it all. My parents became unsettled in case I wanted to become a raging lesbian or join the circus or something. (Not that there is honestly anything wrong with that- I’m bisexual.)

I was called all the names under the sun by my peers at my new secondary school, I didn’t fit in because all I wanted to do was play games. I began to draw Sonic the Hedgehog and Mario on my school books. I became very good at drawing them. They became almost my logo. If someone saw a book with my drawings on the front of it, they automatically knew they were mine. I was proud of who I was. The boys were threatened and pissed off at the fact that I could easily beat them at Street Fighter II while playing Chun Li. The girls hated it because they were crap at games and I tried to teach them, but they never wanted to learn.

I dealt with this for the next ten years. Fast forward about ten years. I was having a really hard time, suffering from post-natal depression after having my daughter. I’d got nothing to play other than my husband’s Xbox. Which I wasn’t allowed to touch. I wanted a Nintendo DS so badly, I had seen a special edition one I had my eye on. It was black underneath with a red lid. Black and red are my favourite colours. So again, I begged and begged and begged for it. My 24th birthday came around and my husband put the rest of the money towards it. As I walked out of Target clutching my shiny new purchase, I thought I was the bees knees to have a DS. Mind you, I did have a GB Advance SP at home as well as a GB Micro. (I still miss my tiny little Micro.) But the problem with those was that they only played Advance and below games. I had the have a NDS to play the new games. And I played that machine until it came time to move on. I got divorced. I lost everything. That means my entire Nintendo collection. All my GameBoy stuff, my NDS stuff…everything. I was saddened and trailed off back home to the UK with my suitcase and lost dreams in my back pocket.