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VOK 678: The Wisdom of Crowds (by Joe Abercrombie)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave dive back into the world of the First Law, created by Joe Abercrombie. Join Brett (White Raven), Greg (claudiusthefool), Alex (LuckyCharms), and Zach (Alias) as they review and discuss the final book in the Age of Madness trilogy, The Wisdom of Crowds.

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

Music: Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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VoK 677: Creature Chat – Ghosts


Is this the night the hand comes out?

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Matt/Varley
Kat/kitkathistory24601
Adam/drownedsnow
Michal/inkasrain
Zander/TheLordBaron
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 672: Creature Chat – Zombies



Just a Saturday morning chat about walking corpses.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/Daceymormont
Zach/Alias
Matt/Varley
Duncan/Valkyrist
Kat/kitkathistory24601

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VOK 661 Witcher Lady of the Lake Pt 2 Finale!


Join the Witcher Vassals for the final installment of the Witcher saga by Andrzej Sapkowski – part 2 of Lady of the Lake. We hope you have had a fun ride and enjoy the last section of this pod. Vassals for this episode are Bing/Bing; Katie/Lady Griffin; David/DavidHHH; Michal/Inkasrain; Adam/DrownedSnow Kevin/Nuncle Kevin.

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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VOK 659 Witcher Lady Of The Lake – Part 1


Join our group of Witchers – Kevin/Nuncle Kevin; Bing/Bing; Katie/Lady Griffin; David/DavidHHH and Marie/Nymeria as we visit an elven realm, trek through the snow and get ready for the battle of a lifetime! This discussion covers chapters 1-6 of Lady of the Lake: the fifth and final novel of the Witcher Saga. 

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 658 Witcher – The Tower of the Swallow Pt 2


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Join Bing/Bing, David/DavidHHH, Marie/Nymeria and Kevin/Nuncle Kevin on an ice skating trip to a whole different kind of place. Monsters (human or otherwise) beware! The Witcher Vassals discuss the second half of Tower of the Swallow and all the adventures of Ciri, Geralt and Yen. 

Is that a maelstrom or…

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

Edited by Nuncle Kevin

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8 years!


Today marks 8 years since the very first VoK episode was published: a review of one of the Tuf Voyaging short stories (an earlier work by George R.R. Martin).

The podcast began as an idea suggested by Amin (host of A Podcast of Ice and Fire) in 2013 for listeners of APOIAF to create listener podcasts. A driving force for the podcast was Vikram (original curator ‘FortyTwo’) who setup the structure we still use today when publishing episodes.

Very quickly, additional curators and podcast contributors became involved and a staggering 106 podcasts were published by the first year anniversary.

Contributors / Hosts of the podcast have come and gone (and we really hope they return one day) and the pace of the podcasts have slowed down a bit since ‘Game of Thrones’ ended. However through our passion for literature, film, history, music and a song of ice and fire, we continue to produce over 50 episodes a year.

Thank you to everyone that has listened, continues to listen and especially for those that decided to join the discussion.

Some final stats: 657 episodes, over 100 hosts, 14 curators, 9152 YouTube Subscribers, Total YouTube video views: 2,237,671.

If you wish to listen to where it all began, below is a link to our first episode:

https://vokpodcast.com/2013/06/03/vok-episode-1-tufs-a-beast-for-norn/

VoK 648 Witcher – The Tower of the Swallow Pt 1


Join the Vassals as we meander along with some beekeepers and avoid assassins sent by dangerous sorcerers…a normal day for a Witcher. 
Discussion brought by Adam/Drowned Snow; Bing/Shoeshiner; David/Davidhhh; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin; Marie/Nymeria

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, Adam/Drowned Snow, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

Edited by: Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 645: Witcher – Baptism of Fire


The Vassal Witchers go on a wild romp around the continent and pick up new members of our company along the way in true Baptism of Fire style. Join as we discuss the 3rd novel of the Witcher Saga by Andrej Sapkowski. 

Hosts: Marie/Nymeria, Adam/Drowned Snow, David/DavidHHH, Bing/Bing; Kevin/Nuncle Kevin and Katie/Lady Griffin

Edited by: Kevin/Nuncle Kevin

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VoK 638: GRRM’s Thousand Worlds – “The Glass Flower” and “The Stone City” (Review)



The Vassals (and Bastards) conclude their voyage into George R. R. Martin’s science fiction universe. Join Amin, Duncan (aka Valkyrist), Michael (aka Mordion), and Zach (aka Alias) as they review two more short stories from Martin’s Thousand Worlds series – “The Glass Flower” and “The Stone City.”

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 630: Witcher – Time of Contempt



Join the Rats — er, the Vassals — as we discuss The Time of Contempt, the fourth installment in Andrezj Sapkowski’s Witcher saga. Featuring “Sorry Mom, I started a riot,” relationship advice, what the hell happens on Thandd, sad quotes, and little horses.

Please note that this episode contains frank discussion of rape and sexual trauma, beginning around the 1 hour and 10 minute mark.

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Adam/DrownedSnow and Marie/Nymeria

Edited by: Michal/inkasrain

Music: Lady Of Worlds by Miracle Of Sound

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VoK 622: LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring part 1


The Vassals of Kingsgrave once again explore Middle Earth in this new reread of The Lord of the Rings. Join us for the first 6 chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring, following the hobbits from Bag Eng to the Old Forest.

Hosts: Alix (Aiwendil), Tanja (scilens), Zach (Alias), Marie (Nymeria)

Credits:
Edited by Marie (Nymeria)
Check out the Alliance of Arda for discussions about race, sexuality, gender identity, and disability through Tolkien and his works.

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VoK 620: The Witcher Saga – Blood of Elves (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)


Join the Vassals for more swords and sorcery as we discuss the second half (chapters 5-7) of Andrzej Sapkowski’s “Blood of Elves”. Also, are councils good or bad? And who needed that old shack anyways!

Hosts: David/davidhhh, Bing/Shoeshiner, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Zach/Alias, Adam/DrownedSnow and Marie/Nymeria

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 580: Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games)


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Outlaws Zach (Alias) and Katie (Lady Griffin) take a break from their hunt for the Legendary Beaver to review Rockstar’s 2018 magnum opus, Red Dead Redemption 2.

Edited by Lady Griffin

Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hoB8lHNMZo

Break: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8068ZrwicQ

Outro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu3gx5p1h5o

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VoK 558: YouTube Cast


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Welcome to YouTube, please submit your personality to the algorithm! Join Vassals Michal (inkasrain), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Jock (Munrojock2), Matt (blu3arm0r), Michael (Mordion), and Thomas-ish (FTWard) as they explore a fraction of the internet’s strange, wonderful, and essentially incomprehensible video place. Topics discussed include our own YouTube proclivities, the perils of family vlogging, capitalism, beauty guru drama, and how math can make you a radical. Plus, learn to carve a turkey and start a cult in less than ten minutes.

Also check out our episode on ASMR: https://vokpodcast.com/2019/06/27/vok-556-asmr-cast

Edited by inkasrain

Articles referenced:

Algorithms Won’t Fix What’s Wrong With YouTube:https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/14/opinion/youtube-algorithm.html

The Making of a YouTube Radical: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/06/08/technology/youtube-radical.html

Intro music: The YouTube Song by Trevon Johnson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bj7ycgOlIWw)

Outro music: The Official YouTube Song by James Adams
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BIpqGi4Wiw)

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VoK 556: ASMR Cast



Please join Vassals Michael (Mordion), Thomas (FTWard) and our special guest Tori ASMR (@toriperezz) as we discuss our experiences with ASMR, the ASMR community, YouTube and the tragic apostrophe shortage in Canada.

After Show: 1:38:00

ToriASMR 
This American Life: A Tribe Called Rest
Reese The Movie: A Movie About Reese (An ASMR Experience)
WhispersRed ASMR
SouthernASMR Sounds
Phoenician Sailor
Waluigi Whispers
VioletsVoice
Scottish Murmurs ASMR
ASMR Glow
Goodnight Moon
TheOneLilium ASMR
ARDRA -asmr-

Credits:
Edited by FTWard

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VoK 549: Words Cut Deeper than Swords (Ice & Fire Con Panel)



In their first ever panel at Ice & Fire Con, the Vassals of Kingsgrave rank their favourite passages from A Song of Ice and Fire. Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Casey (blue-eyed-queen) and Dan (Witless Chum) as they reflect on some of the most powerful moments of Martin’s dialogue and examine the meaning behind his prose – from Sansa’s twilit snow castle, to Dany’s desert hallucinations, to Catelyn’s fevered flight from Storm’s End.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist

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VoK 542: DragonCast – “The Bells” (S08E05 Review)


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The Dragoncast vassals discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones, “The Bells.”

Hosts: Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Michal (inkasrain) Matt (Varley), Katie (Lady Griffin), Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (blu3armor), Zach (Alias), and Paul (Serdinnerroll)

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and all aired episodes of Game of Thrones

Music Credits: Karliene – Dragon Queen (Mhysa) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lwyhfnPlog

Editor: Michal

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VoK 538: KrakenCast – “The Long Night” (S08E03 Review)


This episode got a little lost on its way through the Weirwood Net, but better late than never! Join David (davidhhh), Duncan (Valkyrist), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Bing (Shoeshiner), Neil (Valyrian Neil), Abby (DaceyMormont), and briefly Dana (Taindana) as we review and discuss the massive battle of a third episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season, “The Long Night”, along with lots of speculation as to how George may do things differently in the books.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, as well as all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones

Credits:
Edited by Davidhhh

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KCKrakenCast records Tuesdays at 7:00pm (AEST) / 10:00am (GMT).

This time is meant to cater for Australian and Asian-Pacific fans, but everyone is welcome. Just let us know on the “Call to Arms” thread HERE, if you’d like to join us for an episode.

VoK 533: WolfCast – “The Long Night” (S08E03 Review)


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Join Nadia, Gaiden (Kevin), shadowbaby (Hannah) and munrojock2 (Jock) for this week’s Wolfcast review of The Long Night as they discuss the long awaited battle with the Night King and make comparisons with the epic Battle of Helm’s Deep.

This podcast contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones and all published books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Music Credits – Alpine Universe

Edited by: Nadia

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