Episode 24: The Season-Ender

In this episode, we have two fan submissions for critique! Additionally, we discuss the new Ghostbusters film and have a spoiler-free discussion about Stranger Things with the spoiler-laden discussion saved for the very end. Liam brings in his revised and much improved first chapter, and Josh turns in his most difficult chapter yet! Join us as the gang says farewell until next season. We hope to see you all again soon.

Group Submissions:

Liam - Origami Pigeons - Chapter 1

Josh - Malcolm Hatt - Chapter 6

Fan Submissions:

Hans Mennen - Goodbye, Farewell, Be Safe - Part 1

Jeffrey McSorely Jr - Dawn of Magic - Chapter 1

Literature Referenced:

Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Murakami

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Maltese Falcon

The Dresden Files

The Martian

 by Clifford B. Simak

The Chrysalids by John Windham

The Catcher in the Rye

Film Referenced:

Stranger Things

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

They're Watching Us

Ghostbusters (2016)

Central Intelligence

The Act of Killing

The Look of Silence

Games Referenced:

Civilization V


Episode 23: The Great Gig in the Sky

In this episode, the gang discusses the funniest films ever made, other podcasts, and what to burn when we die. Josh brings in one of his banked short film drafts, Maxx writes an introduction for an efficient criminal, and Liam writes about a girl and a burned-down house. Afterwards, we discuss diction and clarity, and our trailer ends up being a movie that will never be made, but that everyone secretly wants.

Group Submissions:

Josh - Wünderkid

Maxx - Mike

Liam - Burned-out House

Show Notes:


Monty Python Fish Slapping Skit

Captain America Admits It

The Beatles Never Broke Up - Everyday Chemistry


Books Referenced:

Hellboy by Mike Mignola

BPRD by Mike Mignola

Juliette by The Marquis De Sade

Old Man Logan by Mark Millar

Film Referenced:

Wild Canaries

30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Central Intelligence


Batman Forever

Wicker Man

Vampire's Kiss



White Chicks


Dumb & Dumber

Some Like it Hot

The Jerk

Monty Python's: Life of Brian

Monty Python's: Meaning of Life

Monty Python's: Holy Grail



Super Troopers


The Wolverine


TV Referenced:

The Wire

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Lady Dynamite

The Lion Guard

Mission Hill

Podcasts Referenced:

My Dad Wrote a Porno

Waking Up, the Sam Harris Podcast

Hardcore History by Dan Carlin

Common Sense by Dan Carlin

High and MIghty by John Gabrus

The No Sleep Podcast

Episode 22: The Windy World

In honor of the launch of our new sister podcast, RPG From Scratch, instead of a trailer, we roll the genre dice and create a new roleplaying setting for you all to use at your leisure. Additionally, Liam and Maxx have very unique submissions, we give a shout out to another friend who is in hollywood films. Also, we discuss the merits of Coke vs Pepsi, and whether or not we should have a moratorium on discussing Deep Space Nine and Jurassic World. Enjoy!

Group Submissions:

Liam - Where to Start

Maxx - The Order Militant


Lightning Dogs: By Nerdy Show

Harmon Town: Dan Harmon's Podcast

Books Referenced:

Elephant Bucks

Film Referenced:


The Matador

The Professional

Grosse Point Blank


Children of Men



TV Referenced:

Great Minds

Game of Thrones

The Wire

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Games Referenced:


Episode 21: Ace in the Hole

The gang gets together this week to discuss Baseball's history in Star Trek, Doug's celebrity as The Kill Bill Kid, Hearts of Iron, and Soviet Hockey. Liam has some brainstorming to do, Max shows us what the aristocratic life is like in his story, and Josh finishes Chapter five. We also review our first ever fan submission! We had a great time on this one. Enjoy!

Group Submissions:

Josh - Malcolm Hatt - Chapter 5

Max - Sinclair's Reception

Listener Submissions:

Jeff - Dawn of Magic - Prologue


Episode 20: The Sequel Episode

In this, our Debut on the Nerdy Show Podcast Network, we review 20 movie ideas that led us here, roll a d20, and craft a hilarious sequel for one of them. Also, Max shows us more of his Lieutenant character in action, Liam reworks the interpersonal relationships in his story, Josh turns in the beginning of Chapter 5, and Doug pitches an entirely new story idea that really speaks to us.

Group Submissions:

Josh - Malcolm Hatt - Chapter 5

Liam - Clovis and Bart

Max - Sinclair Ranger Workup


History on Fire Podcast

Hardcore History - Death Throes of the Republic

Books Referenced:



Incognito: Bad Influences

The Invisibles



Altered Carbon

Dies the Fire

Film Referenced:

New Frontier DC Animated Movie

Under the Red Hood DC Animated Movie

Oz the Great and Powerful

Radio Free Albemuth

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

The Matrix

TV Series


The Dead Lands

The Karate Kid



The Last Witch Hunter

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeon Siege

Gods of Egypt

Project A

Crippled Avengers

Kung-Fu Hustle

Shaolin Soccer


Lilo and Stitch

Netflix Series


Jessica Jones

Sweeny Todd

Do I Sound Gay?

Role Models

First Blood

Knights of Badassdom


Episode 19: The Arbiter

In this episode, Doug is out, so Josh, Liam and Max have a brainstorming session about each of their individual projects. Additionally, we talk about Captain America: Civil War, Neil Gaiman (again), and the oppressive fiction of Cormac Mccarthy. Rounding it out is another idea we're surprised hasn't been filmed. Stay a while and listen.

Show Notes:

History on Fire Podcast

Books Referenced:

Naruto Shippuden Manga

Batman: Year One Graphic Novel

New Frontier Graphic Novel

A Canticle for Leibowitz

V for Vendetta Graphic Novel

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Wizard of Oz


Farnham's Freehold

Brave New World


The Road

Blood Meridian

Altered Carbon

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Game of Thrones

The Left Hand of Darkness

Film Referenced:


Captain America: Civil War


Naruto Shippuden

My Hero Academy

One Punch Man

Batman: Year One DC Animated Movie

The Dark Knight Returns DC Animated Movie

Son of Batman DC Animated Movie

New Frontier DC Animated Movie

Planet Hulk Marvel Animated Movie

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Netflix Original

The Wiz

Return to Oz

The Road

The 6th Day

Dragonball Super

 Netflix Original

The Avengers

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Thor: The Dark World

Star Trek

Last Man Standing


Ray Donovan


Episode 18: The Battle for Floyd

We have our first guest, our good friend Malachi! He was brave enough to bring in his short film script for critique and participated in all other aspects of this podcast. In this episode, we discuss our Hogwarts houses, non-rhyming poetry, and the legitimacy of buying Playboy for the articles. Rounding it out is a movie idea so fun, Doug called dibs on writing it next.

Group Submissions:

Doug - The Planet Without Christmas

Max - 3 Poems

Malachi - The Hag Stone


Books Referenced:

A Canticle for Leibowitz

The Postman

Fahrenheit 451


Harry Potter and  the Prisoner of Azkaban

Man Without a Country

American Gods



Preacher (Comic)

The World of Edward Gorey

Films Referenced:


Lethal Weapon

Naruto: Shippuden



The Mummy Returns

Robinson Crusoe (1997)

Daredevil: Season 2 (Netflix)

Slaughterhouse 5

Dragonball Super



Red Dwarf

El Mariachi

Hard Boiled

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Grumpy Old Men

Shut Up Little Man!

Games Referenced:

Alien: Isolation


Episode 17: Twilight of the Techno Wizards

In this episode, the gang is minus one as Doug has to sit out, but we still cover a large range of topics including the Rogue One trailer, Mary Sues, and how many times is too many to say a character's name. Max brought in a character study, Liam expanded on his Fox and Ox tale, and Josh brought in the fourth chapter of his first draft. As always, we end up spending more time arguing about the name of our movie than the plot. Enjoy. We sure did.

Group Submissions:

Josh - Malcolm Hatt Chapter 4

Liam - The Fox and the Ox

Max - Charles Sinclair

Episode Notes:

The Punisher: Dirty Laundry Short Film

Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer

The Force Awakens set to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon

Books Referenced:

Naruto Manga

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Pride and Prejudice

Carry on Mister Bowditch

Starship Troopers


The Forever War

The Imager Portfolio

The Court of Air

The Postman

Cat's Cradle

On the Road

Conan the Barbarian

Game of Thrones

Njal's Saga

Film Referenced:

The Rockford Files



One-Punch Man

Gurren Lagann

Daredevil Season 2

He Never Died

Little Rascals

The Sandlot

Starship Troopers

The Count of Monte Cristo

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi


Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland


Tears of the Sun



Turbo Kid

Hang 'em High

The Inspector

The Man Who Knew Too Little

The Revenant

Jacob's Ladder

Book of Eli

Xander: Renegade Angel

Episode 16: Cannon Saga

After two weeks apart, the gang gets back together to discuss our ignorance of Tumblr's mechanics, Batman v Superman, and what kinds of things make a story Dieselpunk. Josh turns in a preview of Chapter 4, Liam does some worldbuilding, and Max gives us a naval battle.

Group Submissions:

Josh - Malcolm Hatt - Chapter 4

Liam - Kennings

Max - Charles Sinclair

Episode Notes:

Books Referenced:


Harry Potter

My Side of the Mountain


The Postman

The Uplift War

Master and Commander

Horatio Hornblower

Moby Dick

Egil's Saga

Saga of the Volsungs

Njal's Saga

Films Referenced:

Heaven Adores You

The Man From Uncle

Daredevil: Season 2


Agent Carter

Pee Wee's Big Day Off

Batman v Superman


The Town

Gone Baby Gone


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

After Earth

Black Swan


The Mouse Who Roared

Second Hand Lions

The Fall

Episode 15: Gaslight Fantasy

In this episode, we discuss some great documentaries, The Lost World, and the contents of a hippopotamus stomach. Liam tries a new writing exercise, Doug has more of his opening scene, and Josh workshops some exposition with the gang. Max even gives us a sneak peek into his next idea.

Group Submissions:

Doug - The Planet Without Christmas

Liam - 1000 Words - Wooden People


Dan Carlin's Hardcore History - Wrath of the Khans

Finding Vivian Maier Trailer:

Trophy Kids Trailer:

Prescription Thugs Trailer:

Episode 14: Our Kind of Town

In this episode, Max takes the day off,  we talk about the new Ghostbusters trailer, plot holes that bother us and those that don't, and we get into the nitty gritty exposition in both Doug and Josh's stories. At the end, we put together a movie idea that we're all frankly surprised hasn't already been made.

Group Submissions:

Josh - Malcolm Hatt Chapter 3

Doug - The Planet Without Christmas

Liam - Armistice Tabletop Rulebook

Show Notes:

Ghostbusters Resurrection Podcast

Ghostbusters (2016) Trailer 1 :

Episode 13: Off the Wall

In this episode, the gang talks about how copyright works for writers, how to come up with names, fairy tale monsters, and Shaquille O'Neal. Liam tries a repetitive prose experiment, Max lets us in on his new dystopian future, and the gang helps Josh workshop a scene for his novel. We may also have had too much fun recording the trailer at the end.

Group Submissions:

Liam - The First Day Off

Max - Mikos


Fantasy Name Generator

Steve Lichman

College Humor's Leonardio DiCaprio Oscar bid:

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced:

Episode 12: The Reboot Episode

In this episode, we are minus one, because Doug is in the process of moving. We changed up the format to discuss reboots, sequels, and what we would do if given leave to make our own Star Trek series. Also, we are now accepting writing submissions for critique and criticism.

Show Notes:

Boruto Trailer:

Love - Netflix Trailer:

Star Trek - The Doomsday Machine Trailer:

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced:

Episode 11: Mask of the Tengu

In this episode, the gang tries to tackle the concept of exposition. Much is discussed about Deadpool, Naruto, and Die Hard. Much is talked about Max's project, Doug's outline, and Josh's third chapter and his own troubles with exposition.


Group Submissions:

Doug - The Planet Without Christmas Outline

Josh - Malcolm Hatt Chapter 3

Max - Rate Your Operator - Von Telfs

Show Notes:

Hai to Gensou no Grimgar Trailer:

Drunk Scotsman Song:

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lodi:

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced:

Games Referenced:

Episode 10: The Pearl of Titan

In this episode, the gang talks ren-faires, distractions, how to deal with them, and the virtue of hitchhiking. Liam turns in his first outline, Doug completes his final outline, and Josh turns in the complete Chapter two! Come hang out and have a few laughs with us.

Group Submissions:

Doug - The Planet without Christmas Outline

Josh - Malcolm Hatt Chapter 2

Liam - Goblin P.I. Outline

Show Notes:

USA Hitchhiking laws by state

Bjork attacks the paparazzi:

Onion spot about Gentleman Thief "Le Jaguar:"

Mitchell and Webb Queen Victoria Skit (NSFW):

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced:

Episode 09: Mother Superior

In this episode, the gang is one lighter, as Max was home with Aldeberaanian Flu. We talk about cynicism, snobbery, and Rocky IV. Josh turned in the beginning of Chapter 2, and Liam turned in a very sexy piece. The episode wraps up with what may be our most fun trailer yet.

Group Submissions:

Liam - Wine Colored Socks

Josh - Chapter 2 - First Half

Show Notes:

Big Motherfuckin' Crab Truckers RPG

Penny Arcade comic addressing "Cautious Optimisim."

Arnold Schwarzenegger loses it on an old TV show:

Nazi Mustache scene from Kung Fury:

The Twilight Zone - A World of His Own:

Hard Truths with Doug - How to Fix Michael Bay's Ninja Turtles:

13 Hours Trailer:

Rocky IV Driving Montage:

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced:

Episode 08: The Right Side of History

In this episode, the gang puts a hold on turning in their own work to instead fine-tune some of the roadblocks in their stories by workshopping them as a group. You get to peer behind the curtain of how these ideas come about. Also, we talk a lot about alternate history.

Show Notes:

The New X-Files Trailer:

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Gameplay:

Hitler Car Commercials:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny Trailer:

Films Referenced:

Episode 07: Chrome on the Range

In this episode the gang talks about British w(h)igs, Doctor Who, the coolness of John Goodman, the death of the Noble Furtrapper archetype, and what it would take for a young boy to leave his dying mother. Also, after a discussion about writing rituals, Josh turns in the first chapter of his book for review.


Group Submissions:

Josh - Malcolm Hatt Chapter 1

Liam - How I Met the Hatter

Max - Rate Your Operator

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced:

Episode 05: A Dark Lightyear

Recording problems abound in this, our second attempt at recording a fifth episode! In this one, we talk about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Max's problem with Snow Crash, and our own terrible work. Come join us for a few laughs.

Group Submissions:

Josh - Short Film New Draft

Doug - Planet Without Christmas Outline

Liam - The Paradox Paradox

Max - Supersonic

Books Referenced:

Films Referenced: