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Episode 165 - September Live Hangout

For September  we close out summer talking about our favorite geeky amusements from the summer and delve into a conversation about conventions. We discuss books we are reading, and one someone is writing. We talk about games we've been playing; lots of phone and board games including Pandemic: The Cure. Binge watching addictions and series that may depend too heavily on nostalgia for the younger crowd.

In our discussions of the recent cons we've attended, we discuss what makes a con work and what stands out as a failure. Regina and Isabela talk about their first experience at Rose City Comic Con (they plan to go next year) and Rhonda's fifth year at Dragon Con (and likely her last). Have you ever felt like a con you were at turned into a Geek Zoo with people just coming to view the spectacle and not take part in the fandom?

We share some great swag we picked up in our show and tell segment and how much we appreciate the indie artists available at smaller con venues.  Who is your favorite artist you discover while walking through Artist Alley?

Share your con experience with us in the comments. The good, the bad, and the ugly! We want to know!

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Rhonda, & Isabela

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Episode 164 - Summer Movie Podcast - August

For the last episode in our summer movie podcast series, we shake it up a bit and both saw different movies. I saw Star Trek: Beyond and  Rhonda saw Suicide Squad. We discuss the evolution of the Star Trek movies, and the careful consideration given to all the character backstories. There is one major critique I have for the franchise. Make sure to listen and let us know if you agree.

Rhonda discusses how Suicide Squad had a huge opening weekend even with less than stellar early reviews. She attributes this to the marketing of the movies and how posters and trailers and interview (oh my!) for this movie were everywhere. How has the marketing of a movie caught your attention and did the movie hold up to the hype? (Hint: Suicide Squad definitively fell short for Rhonda.)

For streaming recommendations, Regina is aghast to learn Ronda hasn't seen Stranger Things and attempts to keep her cool over how cool it is. As a secondary recommendation, Regina explains her current obsession with the Food Network shows on Netflix but especially Good Eats with Alton Brown. Rhonda suggests viewing 10 Cloverfied Lane and regrets that it took her so long to start watching it. Did you binge watch any shows this summer?

As the episode ends, I announce that The Geek Embassy has a panel at Geek Girl Con in October. We are presenting, "Capes and Baskets: What fairy tales can help teach us about superheroes." Rhonda and I will also be doing sister cosplay both at GGC and at local cons we are attending in September. Rhonda will be at Dragon Con Labor day weekend and Regina will be at Rose City Comic Con on September 10 and 11th. If you are attending, find us and say hello!

Keep an eye out for our next show on the new YouTube Live platform (G+ Hangouts are retiring).

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Rhonda

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LIVE with Evan Graham and Tantalus Depths

As I hope you all know by now, I recently joined a new community of writers trying to get their books published: Inkshares. I jumped into a contest for the Nerdist for books about video games and found myself in a strange new land surrounded by strange new customs. Every heroine needs a guide as she begins her journey and Evan Graham was my guide. He introduced me to this strange land and introduced me to the powerful community could be made there. 

About Tantalus Depths

But this post isn't about me or my book, it's about Evan and his amazing novel, Tantalus Depths. This novel tells the story of Mary Ketch who is leading a survey mission deep into space. 

The Diamelen’s survey mission to Tantalus 13 takes an unexpected turn when the entire planet turns out to be an ancient artificial structure. What lies in the heart of Tantalus? And why is the crew’s AI, SCARAB, willing to kill to keep its secret?

Filled with adventure, exploration, tension among the crew, and dangerous artificial intelligence, this story has all the components to a great work of science fiction. On top of that, the lead character is a female pilot who is not afraid to kick ass and take names. 

We discuss the writing process, running a crowdfunding campaign, and talk about some of Evan's influences while he was writing. He mentions 2001 and Star Wars as huge influences and then I compare him both to Joss Whedon and J.R.R. Tolkien. Let's just say we had a good time. 

Please make sure to support Evan's campaign. He's in the homestretch to reaching full publishing on Inkshares and I cannot think of another Inkshares author who deserves it more. Go forth, Geeks, and help support one of our own in making his book a reality. 

Where to Find Out More

Tantalus Depths on Inkshares and Facebook

Evan on Twitter and YouTube

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163 - July Summer Movie Blockbusters

"Who's afraid of those ghosts?"

For the July Summer movie episode, Rhonda and I take on the ever controversial Ghostbusters reboot. There was quite a bit of fuss about the casting of a female Ghostbusters team and the internet exploded after the first trailer dropped making it the lowest ranked TV trailer in the site's history. We discuss the controversy and what we thought stood out in the movie (Holtzmann Forever!) and what didn't work as well (man candy).

The all star cast includes Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristin Wiig, and Kate McKinnon. Listen to hear us discuss the good and bad moments, what we enjoyed and could have done without. 

We also have some excellent shows for your summer binge watching in our streaming recommendations. Make sure to check out Crazy Ex-Girlfriends and Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz via Amazon Prime subscription.

To Discuss

What other gender swapped TV shows or movies do you remember? When does it work or not work and why?

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Rhonda

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162 - Live July Hangout

Greetings Geeks!

We had a great hangout for July! New ambassadors Julie and Dante joined me and Rhonda to talk about how our experience and enjoyment of music has changed throughout our lives. we start with our first memories of seeking out music on our own, venture into junior high favorites and first crushes. From there, we linger a bit too long perhaps in high school and how music first started to truly impact our identities. Looking at post-college time to the present brought us almost full circle in our musical biographies. Yes, we did discuss the Hamilton Soundtrack. 

I was delighted to finally understand how the Q&A feature works and how to get the questions out to our viewers in real time. Many thanks to Micah and Amy for actively participating and commenting as we were talking. Your participation made it feel like a real hangout. If you are interested in participating in the hangouts like this, make sure to RSVP yes to the Google event post, that way you will get notifications sent with our questions during the hangout itself. 

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Episode 161 - Summer Movie Podcast Series

Greetings,  Geeks!

Rhonda and I saw two very different movies for June. Rhonda saw Central Intelligence and I saw Free State of Jones. We compare notes about the movies and how we go about choosing movies to see. Central Intelligence is a comedy starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. It is a comedy of errors of sorts where two high school friends reconnect and shenanigans ensue. Free State of Jones is  drama based on real life events that took place during the United States civil war. It stars Matthew McConaughey as Newton Knight who led a group of rebels to secede from the Confederacy.

This episode I ask the pivotal question: Can you spoil a movie based on true events? Because I talk in detail about the plot of Free state of Jones. Rhonda admits that she is hugely into comedies right now and will likely see everything that might stand a chance to make her laugh. Bad Moms, anyone?

We give some great streaming recommendations for your summer leisure tablet time.

As always, we would love your comments on the show. Have you seen either Central Intelligence or Free State of Jones? Have suggestions for the movies we should see in July? We want to see them all.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina & Rhonda

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Episode 160 - June LIVE Hangout

For our June LIVE Hangout, we talked about villains: the ones you love to hate and hate to love. What makes them relate-able or hate-able? Rhonda, Mark, Isabela, and I had a great time chatting about our favorite villains from movies, TV, books, and video games. We also had a wildcard category which Rhonda won hands down.

We start the discussion determining which villains we think are canon, ones that set the standard for the rest. Included are some of the greats of modern mythology: Darth Vader, Voldemort, and the Wicked Witch of the West. Listen and tell us what you think of our selections and thoughts about loving that bad guy. I'm looking at you, Spike.

To open the show I talked a little bit about my book campaign on Inkshares for "Mothering: The Game." Make your way over there and pre-order your copy before July 15th so I can be in the running for the Nerdist contest. I read a short excerpt on the show from the chapter I will release when I hit 50 readers. Only 22 more to go at the time I am writing this! You know you want to read, "Achievement Unlocked: Daily Quests."

We decided on two future themes for the show: music and cocktails and antiheroes. So on July 10th keep a look out for The Geek Embassy's LIVE Cocktail Party. Hopefully, our new ambassadors will be able to make it to that show.

Let us know in the comments about your favorite villains or any recommendations for drinks we must make next month.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Rhonda, Mark, and Isabela

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Episode 159 - Summer Movie Podcast May

This month, Rhonda and I discuss the latest Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War. Although billed as a Captain America movie, it is an Avengers themed extravaganza of action and internal conflict as our heroes navigate how they operate as a superhero crime fighting team now exposed to public criticism. Listen to hear us discuss the characters, storytelling approaches, and action in this summer blockbuster. 

We also give some streaming recommendations to help fill your vacation downtime. 

From Regina:

Netflix: To Catch a Thief - 1955  directed by Hitchcock. Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly

Hulu: Deadbeat

Amazon: Tumble Leaf

From Rhonda: 

Hulu – “Telenovella”

Netflix – “Danger Mouse Begins—Again”

Amazon – “Preacher” season 1, ep. 1

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Episode 157 - Summer Movies Podcast April

In the Theater

For the summer months, Rhonda and I will be viewing and discussing blockbuster movies. To launch the series, we saw  The Huntsman: Winter's War which opened on April 22, 2016. A prequel/sequel to the 2012 Snow White and The Huntsman, this movie has huge star power including Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsowrth, and beautiful art direction. The positives end there. Listen to the episode and let us know what you think about our critique and some summer movies we should consider.

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Streaming Recommendations

In addition to the blockbusters, we will have recommendations for your streaming viewing. Summer gives us some time to catch up on our Netflix queue or to check out some independent movies. We will both give a streaming recommendation for you to check out at home or on the go.

Regina - Amélie, 2001

Rhonda - The Magnificent Seven, 1960

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Episode 156 - April LIVE Hangout

Here is our latest hangout as a podcast episode. Rhonda, Ryan, Isabela, and I had a great time chatting about the launch of The Geek Embassy, our adventures at Emerald City Comicon, the season finale of The Walking Dead, and some of the issues with Superman vs Batman. We also talked about what we thinks works and doesn't work in comic book movies and TV adaptations. Check out the episode and let us know what you think in the comments. We turned the Q&A feature on this time, something completely new for us, and are thankful for Amy who taught us how to use it. We will continue to make that feature available so you can talk to us while we hangout.

Our hangouts for the next few months will continue on the second Sunday of the month at 2pm Pacific time. Mark your calendars for May 15, June 12, July 10, and August 14. If you have any topics you would like us to discuss, just let us know here or on Twitter @thegeekembassy. Rhonda and I are also starting up regular audio only episodes of the show in May so keep an eye out for those episodes as well.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina, Rhonda, Isabela, and Ryan

PS That's my cat, Matilda, who insisted on being part of the show this month.

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LIVE Episode 155 - Emerald City Comicon

Here is our live episode from Emerald City Comicon! Isabela and I traveled to Seattle, met up with the TMG Cast (Adrian and Andrew) and interview some fantastic artists, writers, and game designers. We talked with a nice cross section of people  this year, spanning many of the areas of interest for The Geek Embassy. We also got the chance to fly our banner for the first time, even if it was a little too new to lay flat. I asked many of our creators what advice they would give someone starting out in a creative field and thought I would highlight some of the best advice we were given.

Artist, and game designer, *Rezllen, talked about how important it is to push yourself into new territory as an artist. She said working on a deadline and in collaborative projects with other artists was key to her production. CosPlayer *Dezi Desire reflected a similar point of view about the importance of a deadline and being in a creative group. I can also say having a creative partnership was key to my own success. It is often important to have that social responsibility to other

Phi Foglio talked about how his book series, Girl Genius, was conceptualized for almost seven years before he started publishing it. He describes how important it is to plan your story and have many ideas about main plot points together before you start publishing. I am sure that is a bit daunting for new creators to think about but what I appreciate from this bit of wisdom is how important planning is. If you jump into a project guns ablaze, but without some concept of time and longevity, you might run out of steam or ideas. If your content timeline lags, your readers will go elsewhere. Don't let planning get in the way of you starting a new project but keep in mind the scope of the project you are working on.

Recording a live episode is a challenging and exciting endeavor. We are thankful to the artists, illustrators, and writers who took the time to talk with us. If you haven't had the chance, make the trip to Seattle for ECCC. You won't be disappointed. Be sure to ask Isabela about buying ALL THE THINGS on Sunday, too. Look later this week for photos from the con.

Until next time, get your geek on!

Regina

*Rezllen and Dezi Desire's interviews will be shared in another post.

Links to our Live Guests

Jeff Martin - Cartoonist and Author
Book - Redcoats
Webcomic - Hockypocolypse

Phil Foglio - Writer and Illustrator
Webcomic and Book - Girl Genius

Brian Wolf - Game Designer
Game - Tiny Swords

Eric Fell - Actor
Live D&D Improv - Critical Hit Show
Dragon Punchers

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Episode 154

Greetings Geeks!

Here is our latest hangout as a podcast episode. We had a great time hanging out and talking about recent movies, and TV shows, and our favorite geek couples. There are some pretty great offerings throughout the show. Let us know what you think in the comments!

Keep an eye on this space. I can't give too much away right now but a lot of changes will be happening here at Game on Girl. That's why you haven't heard much from us recently... there is lots and lots of activity happening behind the scenes. I'll just say these are some BIG changes and ones we are all VERY excited about. 

If you want to hear us talk a little bit more about what's happening, check out the latest episode of StudioFUBAR where Rhonda and I chat with Frank, Matt, and Pete about our plans and a bunch of other geeky stuff. 

Until soon, geeks. 

Regina & Rhonda, & Mark & Isabela & Ryan

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Episode 153 - Farewell 2015 LIVE Hangout

Hey Geeks, 

My apologies that I am posting this episode so late. I was out of town for most of January and living with very limited DSL... the kind where it is impossible to stream anything or have two computers working online at once. I don't think I have ever been so frustrated in my entire life! So if you even have to guess, I am that person who turns into a monster when the internet is slow. 

So I am just getting our January hangout posted as a podcast episode. We had a great time talking about our favorite geek moments from 2015 and we spent a great deal of time talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There are spoilers galore and a pretty heated discussion (on my part!) about trolls who post spoilers on purpose. Some people suck!

As always, we would love to hear from you about your favorite geek moments of 2015. What was a highlight? Our next hangout is scheduled for February 21st at 2pm Pacific. We would love to have you hang with us or send us topics you would like us to discuss. 

As a teaser, look for some changes coming up in the very near future with the site.... 

Until next time, game on!

Regina 

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Episode 152 - November LIVE Hangout

Hey Everyone, 

Just in time for your U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, we have a new episode and a new hangout to share. For our November hangout, we reunited The Secret Geek Shame and talked about our favorite and not-so-favorite new and returning TV shows and games. Lots of time spent discussing the latest with The Big Bang Theory and Fallout 4. There was some discussion between Rhonda and Ryan about some sportsing events which adds a whole new level of gaming to Game on Girl. 

As always, we love to hear from our viewers and fans. If you have a topic you would like us to discuss at our year end hangout on Sunday, December 27th at 2pm Pacific, let us know in the comments here. We all have some words we would like to share with 2015 (aside from the many Rhonda already shared here). Come hang as we drink a fond farewall to this heartwrenching year. 

Until next time, game on!

Regina, Rhonda, Mark, and Ryan

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Episode 151 - October LIVE Hangout - ZOMBIES!

Hey Everyone!

We had a great time for our October hanging talking about all things undead. We talk about games, movies, TV shows, fast versus slow zombies, and if one of the most famous science fiction creatures is really a zombies. We also chat a bit about whether zombies have had their day and are on the way out. If you haven't read Rhonda's article about that, check it out. 

Our next LIVE Hangout will be Sunday, November 15 at 2pm Pacific. We're looking for topic suggestions. Let us know if you have a topic you would like us to tackle. 

Until next time, get your zombie on!

Regina 

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