Thursday, July 30, 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Bad Deck Breakdowns 13 - Hunt Down Bad Grabbers


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This month, we discuss Matt's Hunt Down Bad Grabbers deck.



Deck List:

1x Aurra Sing With Blaster Rifle
1x Boba Fett, Bounty Hunter
1x Dr. Evazan & Ponda Baba
1x Mara Jade With Lightsaber
2x Emperor Palpatine
1x P-59
1x Kylo Ren With Lightsaber
1x Darth Vader, Dark Lord Of The Sith
2x Darth Vader, Emperor's Enforcer
1x Director Orson Krennic
2x Grand Moff Tarkin (V)
1x Kir Kanos (V)
1x Myn Kyneugh (V)
1x Stormtrooper Garrison
2x Vanee
1x Ysanne Isard
2x Darth Maul With Lightsaber
1x I Am Your Father (V)
1x I Never Ask That Question
1x Knowledge And Defense (V)
1x Something Special Planned For Them (V)
1x The Phantom Menace (AI)
3x There'll Be Hell To Pay
2x Visage Of The Emperor
1x Wipe Them Out, All Of Them
1x Cold Feet (V)
2x Force Field (V)
1x Force Lightning
1x Force Push (V)
1x Ghhhk
1x Lana Dobreed & Sacrifice
1x Masterful Move & Endor Occupation
1x Prepared Defenses
1x Sith Fury (V)
2x Sniper & Dark Strike
4x Sonic Bombardment (V)
1x They're Still Coming Through!
1x Turn It Off! Turn It Off! (V)
1x Cloud City: Downtown Plaza
1x Cloud City: Security Tower (V)
1x Executor: Holotheatre
1x Executor: Meditation Chamber
1x Mustafar: Vader's Castle
1x Hunt Down And Destroy The Jedi
1x Maul's Sith Infiltrator
1x Blizzard 4
1x Vader's Lightsaber

Friday, July 10, 2020

Storytellers Unplugged - 3 - Cylia Queen



This month, Cylia Queen tells us about time spent in Italy at the height of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Bad Deck Breakdowns - 12 - Mark Walseth Interview


On a very special episode, we interview Mark Walseth, a middle school teacher who runs a Star Wars CCG after school program at Rosemount Middle School.  He has developed a unique technique for teaching kids how to play the game, starting with 10 card decks and slowly building bigger and bigger decks and introducing new concepts.

Here's the episode!



Also, here is a write up Matt did on How to Teach Your Kid SWCCG

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

MPC 2020 - Erich Hawbaker


Final MPC 2020 Interview with Erich Hawbaker!  This is the guy who lost to Reid Smith by a lot in round 1!  Hear his story!  Feel his pain!  Also, I talk way too much in this interview.

Here's the episode!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Bad Deck Breakdowns - 11 - Rops Forced Servitude


This month, special guest Eric Hunter shares his Rops Forced Servitude deck.

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Deck:
2x Arica
1x Dr. Chelli Lona Aphra
1x Dr. Evazan & Ponda Baba
1x Mitth'raw'nuruodo
1x Darth Sidious
3x Emperor Palpatine
3x 4-LOM With Concussion Rifle (V)
2x Guri
2x P-59
1x Probot
2x U-3PO (Yoo-Threepio)
2x Darth Vader With Lightsaber
1x Grand Moff Tarkin (V)
1x Kir Kanos (V)
1x Moff Gideon
1x Myn Kyneugh (V)
1x Ysanne Isard
2x Lord Maul With Lightsaber
2x Forced Servitude
1x Imperial Decree (V)
1x Insignificant Rebellion (V)
1x Knowledge And Defense (V)
1x Kuat Drive Yards
1x Lateral Damage
1x Silence Is Golden (V)
1x Tarkin's Bounty (V)
1x Force Field (V)
1x Force Lightning
1x Force Push (V)
1x Ghhhk & Those Rebels Won't Escape Us
1x I Have You Now
1x Imbalance & Kintan Strider
1x Lana Dobreed & Sacrifice
1x Nevar Yalnal
1x Prepared Defenses
1x Sense
1x Sniper & Dark Strike
1x Jabba's Palace: Droid Workshop
1x Mustafar
1x Mustafar: Vader's Castle
1x Ralltiir
1x Spaceport Docking Bay
1x Spaceport Prefect's Office
1x Spaceport Street
1x Ralltiir Operations (V)
1x Emperor's Personal Shuttle
2x Maul's Sith Infiltrator
1x Zuckuss In Mist Hunter

Dear Journal - 5 - Doug Can't Dig It


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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Journal - 1 - Doug Bags a Neematoad


The pilot episode of my(possibly) upcoming Doug recap podcast.  While this podcast may be daily once I'm no longer employed, the next episode will probably not come out tomorrow.

Here's the episode!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Storytellers Unplugged - 1 - Shiloh Hawkins

A new music podcast from KendallCast.  On each episode, Kendall, Ben, and a guest storyteller share songs they've written and talk about music and such.  This episode's storyteller is singer/songwriter Shiloh Hawkins.

Here's the episode!


Find Shiloh Hawkins's music at:
shilohhawkins.com

Find Ben's music at:
Patreon.com/benjaminmarshallmusic
BenjaminMarshallMusic.com

Find Kendall's music at:
KendallHalman.bandcamp.com

MPC 2020 - Sean Mackin


Kendall interviews MPC participant Sean Mackin.

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

That's What We Called Music? - 60 - I Belong to You


This week, we discuss a Lenny Kravitz single that came out before the song we talked about in episode 16.

Here's the episode!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Bad Deck Breakdowns - 10 - It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time


In what started out as an April Fools Joke, Kendall and Matt discuss their experiences playing the Death Star II preconstructed sample decks on GEMP!

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DSII Pre-Constructed (Dark)

Deck:
1x Admiral Piett
1x Captain Jonus
1x DS-181-3
1x DS-181-4
5x Elite Squadron Stormtrooper
1x Lieutenant Arnet
1x Lieutenant Grond
1x Lieutenant Hebsly
2x Reserve Pilot
1x Battle Order
1x Combat Response
1x Inconsequential Losses
1x Combat Readiness
2x Dark Maneuvers
1x Flawless Marksmanship
1x Ghhhk
1x Imperial Reinforcements
2x Monnok
1x Prepared Defenses
1x Endor
1x Endor: Ancient Forest
1x Endor: Back Door
1x Endor: Great Forest
1x Endor: Landing Platform (Docking Bay)
1x Kessel
1x Mon Calamari
1x Sullust
1x Black 3
1x Saber 3
1x Saber 4
1x Scimitar 2
2x Scythe Squadron TIE
3x TIE Defender Mark I
3x TIE Interceptor
3x Victory-Class Star Destroyer
1x Tempest 1
2x Tempest Scout
1x Tempest Scout 3
2x Blaster Rifle
1x Concussion Missiles
1x Enhanced TIE Laser Cannon
2x Intruder Missile
1x SFS L-s7.2 TIE Cannon


DSII Pre-Constructed (Light)


Deck:
1x Admiral Ackbar
1x Chewbacca Of Kashyyyk
1x Corporal Beezer
1x Corporal Delevar
1x Corporal Midge
1x Derek 'Hobbie' Klivian
2x Dresselian Commando
3x Endor Scout Trooper
1x General Solo
2x Green Squadron Pilot
1x Karie Neth
1x Kin Kian
1x Rebel Pilot
1x Battle Plan
1x Squadron Assignments
1x Superficial Damage
2x A Few Maneuvers
1x Careful Planning
2x Grimtaash
1x Heading For The Medical Frigate
1x Houjix
1x Steady Aim
1x Take The Initiative
1x Bespin
1x Endor
1x Endor: Back Door
1x Endor: Great Forest
1x Endor: Hidden Forest Trail
1x Endor: Landing Platform (Docking Bay)
1x Sullust
1x Tatooine
3x A-wing
3x B-wing Bomber
1x Gray Squadron 1
1x Gray Squadron 2
3x Nebulon-B Frigate
1x Red Squadron 4
1x Red Squadron 7
2x X-wing
1x Y-wing
2x BlasTech E-11B Blaster Rifle
2x Concussion Missiles
1x Enhanced Proton Torpedoes
2x Intruder Missile

Also, Kendall has started streaming SWCCG!  twitch.tv/kendallcastnetwork

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

KendallCast Movie Round Table - 3 - American Graffiti


The KendallCast Movie Brain Trust discusses one of George Lucas's first movies about the night before everything changes.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020

That's What We Called Music? - 59 - It Feels So Good


We discuss the song by Sonique that was the bumper music for your favorite pop radio station from 1998 to 2014!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bad Deck Breakdowns - 9 - Generals


This month's deck uses Expand The Empire, Imperial City, Generals, and EPPs to draw lots of Power destinies.  Special thanks to TheLuhks for coming up with the concept!  Also, we spoil a set 12 card!

Here's the episode!

Download the GEMP Decklist



Deck:
2x Boba Fett, Bounty Hunter
2x Dr. Evazan & Ponda Baba
1x Count Dooku
3x Emperor Palpatine
1x P-59
1x General Hux
1x Kylo Ren With Lightsaber
3x Darth Vader With Lightsaber
1x General Veers
2x Grand Admiral Thrawn (V)
1x Grand Moff Tarkin (V)
3x General Grievous
2x Darth Maul With Lightsaber
2x Expand The Empire
1x First Strike
1x Imperial Arrest Order & Secret Plans
1x Knowledge And Defense (V)
1x No Escape
1x Security Precautions (V)
1x The Phantom Menace (AI)
1x Combat Readiness (V)
1x Force Lightning
1x Force Push (V)
1x Ghhhk
1x Imperial Barrier
2x Imperial Command
2x Masterful Move & Endor Occupation
1x Point Man (V)
2x Sith Fury (V)
3x Sonic Bombardment (V)
1x Vader's Anger (V)
4x We Must Accelerate Our Plans
1x Blockade Flagship: Bridge
1x Cloud City: Security Tower (V)
1x Coruscant
1x Coruscant: Docking Bay
1x Coruscant: Imperial City
1x Coruscant: Private Platform (Docking Bay)
1x Emperor's Personal Shuttle
1x Mara Jade In VT-49 Decimator
1x Zuckuss In Mist Hunter

Monday, February 24, 2020

Pull List - Season 2 2-24


Kendall and Jared discuss a number of comics they're excited about from the past month

Here's the episode!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Some quick thoughts on the Best Picture Nominees



Tonight is the Academy Awards, and once again I finished watching the nominees for Best Picture with 1917.  Since there's no time for me to do a podcast, I figured I'd jot down a few thoughts about each nominee.

1917:

My New Years Resolution this year was to be less negative in my reviews.  I'm going to use the fact that this film was released last year as a technicality.  War movies are not my thing.  This year's nominees mostly stayed away from the tropes of Oscar Bait with a few exceptions, this being one.  On the surface, this is just a ware movie, with some novelty that it takes place during World War I instead of World War II.  The gimmick of the movie is that it uses a single camera that masks cuts with weird digital effects.  Many people like this.  For me, it was incredibly distracting, created motion sickness, and gave a sense of discontinuity whenever they would have a time jump.  I was also in a bad mood when I was watching it, so there's that.

Ford V. Ferrari:

I was not expecting to like this movie.  From the first preview, it was clear Oscar Bait, but its early release suggested that the studios did not have faith in its success based on Oscar buzz(reminiscent of First Man in 2018).  Maybe it was my lowered expectations, combined with the film's many cliches, but this was one of the most watchable movies nominated this year.  It doesn't reinvent the wheel(see what I did there?), but it is full of solid performances.  Christian Bale chews the scenery just enough.  Nobody will ever watch this movie again, but it's a solid choice to watch once.

The Irishman:

Like 1917's camera tricks, the use of anti-aging technology was fairly distracting in this film.  Robert De Niro is not believable as a 30 year old.  Still, it was nice to see Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the type of serious roles that made them famous, as opposed to the self-parody they've been known to take for most of my lifetime.  Of course, this is the first of several films on the list that was too long.  It may even have been better if it were broken up into a four part mini-series, even without any other changes.

JoJo Rabbit:

Everyone thinks I'm crazy for saying this one will win, but everyone also loves this film.  Even those not sold on the pitch that it's "Wes Anderson's Schindler's List" seem to come out seeing that it has so much heart and has so much to say about how idiotic racism can be and how the worst of us can still be redeemed.  I've gushed about this movie enough already.  Read or listen to my Best Movies of 2019 podcast and article to hear more.

Joker:

The most fascinating thing about Joker is how polarizing the reactions to the film were.  For me, it was a comic movie that tried to be artistic and failed on both counts.  That said, I heard people say "It's like Taxi Driver, but better" and "It's like Taxi Driver, but worse."  Other people said it was "Incel Propaganda" or "SJW Propaganda."  Still others were able to "just enjoy it for what it is."  These reactions came from people whose opinions I respect and those who I label as having terrible taste with no correlation one way or another.  If you haven't seen it, it's worth seeing just in case you fall into that camp who really love it.  See Taxi Driver first though.

Little Women:

If the presenter and/or winner of tonight's Best Director Award doesn't acknowledge that Greta Gerwig deserved a nomination, they're doing it wrong.  This was a delightfully modern take on a classic story.  I saw it with my wife, mother, and grandmother on Christmas day, and thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end.  In the past, I've compared it to The Phantom Thread or The Favourite(two films I loved) as a beautiful period piece with terrific costumes, but there is something much more modern underneath.  It also has just a little bit of meta commentary that I thought I wanted more of, but may have been just enough to avoid self-parody.  There's truly something special here.  Also, in a list where four films cannot even pass the Bechdel Test, it's nice to see a female dominated film get nominated.

Marriage Story:

Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson are terrific in this film.  It's on Netflix.  Go watch it now.  The story of a marriage falling apart, Marriage Story is accessible to anyone while being one of the most real movies I've seen in a long time.  I laughed, I cried, and I thought about the characters for weeks after seeing it.  These two love each other, but there lives are going in different directions, and they both desperately want their son to be with them.  My favorite thing about the film is that Adam Driver's character is a good dad who has to be an authoritarian sometimes.  He's not an abusive dad who has a moment of redemption, and he's not a manic pixy dream dad.  He's a real, believable character.

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood:

This film is beautifully shot, with a great last act.  It also meanders and is too long to make it worth a second watch to see whether the meandering was really necessary to set things up.  It is also a film whose trailer was in front of about a dozen movies that I saw leading up, and whose trailer included most of the fun and/or funny moments.  In other words, while I can see why some people would really enjoy this film, it is not for me.  It could have been a great ninety minute film, but at its run time of over two and a half hours, it just does not succeed.

Parasite:

If you haven't seen this film, go see it now and come back to read the last few sentences of this article.  Parasite is the only film on this list that gave me nightmares.  It's a Korean horror/thriller that says something about capitalism and class and other stuff that probably went over my head.  One family manipulates another family into hiring them as tutors for their two kids, a housekeeper, and a driver.  That's their endgame, to get menial jobs from a family who has money and can afford to do so.  As the film goes on, we see the consequences of the affluent family firing their previous staff, as well as a stark difference between what the two different families consider to be a major inconvenience.  This won't win anything besides Best Foreign Film, but how cool would it be if it won best picture?

That's all I have to say about the nominees.  I can't wait for the Oscars to be over, so I can go back to seeing good films like Sonic the Hedgehog!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

That's What We Called Music? - 56 - Need To Know


On this episode, recorded in November of 2019, because I'm bad at editing, we discuss a song by Marc Anthony.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Bad Deck Breakdowns - 7 - Profit Guts


On this month's episode, we discuss Matt's Profit deck that uses ability 3 rebels to take advantage of You've Got a Lot of Guts and Jedi Presence.




Deck:
1x Han (V)
1x Threepio With His Parts Showing (AI)
1x Qui-Gon Jinn With Lightsaber
1x Ahsoka Tano
1x Baze Malbus With Cannon
2x Ben Kenobi
1x Captain Hera Syndulla
2x Chewbacca, Protector
1x Corran Horn
1x Jyn Erso
1x Lando Calrissian, Scoundrel
2x Leia Organa (V)
1x Luke Skywalker, Rebel Scout (V)
2x Master Luke
1x Owen Lars & Beru Lars
1x Saw Gerrera
1x Padme Naberrie (V)
2x Rey With Lightsaber
1x A Gift
1x Anger, Fear, Aggression (V)
1x I Must Be Allowed To Speak (V)
1x Seeking An Audience (V)
1x Strikeforce (V)
1x You've Got A Lot Of Guts Coming Here
1x A Jedi's Concentration
2x A Jedi's Resilience
1x Dodge
1x Double Agent
1x Droid Shutdown
1x Escape Pod & We're Doomed
1x Hear Me Baby, Hold Together (V)
1x Houjix
1x I Think I Can Handle Myself
1x Jedi Levitation (V)
2x Jedi Presence
2x Keep Your Eyes Open (V)
1x Nabrun Leids
2x Protector
1x Rendezvous Point On Tatooine (V)
2x Skywalkers
1x Someone Who Loves You
3x Wesa Gotta Grand Army
1x Jabba's Palace: Antechamber
1x Jabba's Palace: Audience Chamber
1x Naboo: Boss Nass' Chambers
1x Tatooine: Jabba's Palace
1x Tatooine: Lars' Moisture Farm (V)
1x You Can Either Profit By This...