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VoK 687: Video Game Hall of Fame #1



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world with a new format for discussion inspired by the Easy Allies YouTube channel. Join Zach (Alias), Bing (Shoeshiner), Matt (blu3arm0r), Katie (Lady Griffin), Alex (LuckyCharms), Jock (munrojock2), Peter (Shellfish), and Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) as they each nominate a game they hope will be inducted into the newly created VOK Video Game Hall of Fame.

3:20 — Civilization 5
11:55 — Barbie Riding Club for Windows 98
22:40 —The Outer Wilds
39:40 — Resident Evil 4
55:50 — Ghost of Tsushima
1:17:00 — Bioshock
1:25:40 — World of Warcraft
1:41:10 — Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines
1:53:10 —Voting
2:02:10 — Aftershow

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

Format inspired by the Easy Allies Hall of Greats

Music:
World of Warcraft – Seasons of War
Outer Wilds – End Times

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VoK 686: Elden Ring (Review)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world to discuss one of the biggest releases of 2022, Elden Ring. Join Zach (Alias) and Matt (blu3arm0r) as they talk everything they enjoyed from this expansive game.

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

ZeroLenny Youtube Channel

Music:
Elden Ring – Main Theme
Elden Ring – The Final Battle

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VOK 679: 2021 Video Game Discussion



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world to discuss some games they enjoyed playing in 2021 (even if not all those games came out then). Join Zach (Alias), Bing (Shoeshiner), Matt (blu3arm0r), Katie (Lady Griffin), and Zander (The Lord Baron) as they talk the year 2021 in gaming with all its highs and lows.

11:05 — Hades
18:55 — Return of the Obra Dinn
26:00 — Kingdom Come: Deliverance
33:20 — Resident Evil Village
44:25 — Disco Elysium: The Final Cut
53:55 — Persona 5 Strikers
1:02:30 — Humankind
1:07:30 — Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
1:09:00 — Guardians of the Galaxy
1:10:55 — NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139
1:21:55 — Most Anticipated Games of 2022

Credits:
Edited by Zach/Alias

Music:
Persona 5 Strikers: You Are Stronger
NieR Replicant: Kaine Salvation

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VOK 668: What We Do in the Shadows



The Vassals review and discuss the What We Do in the Shadows series and film. Bat!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/TheLordBaron
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Jock/munrojock2
Tanja/scilens

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VOK 667: Shadow and Bone (Netflix)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave welcome you to magic Russia, a land full of hot men, crime-friends, and places whose names will be spelled out for you on the screen! Join Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), David (davidhhh), Matt (Blu3arm0r), Amber (amberrocks), and Jock (Munrojock2) as we discuss Netflix’s new-ish young adult fantasy series, Shadow & Bone. Who ships Malina? Who wants to hook up with Ben Barnes? Who thinks you should read the books? And who is just here for the Crows?

Credits:
Edited by Michal

Music: Royal Archives Heist by Joseph Trapanese

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VoK 666: Creature Chat – Demons



The Vassals delve deep into devilry, and hope to escape with their souls intact. Why is it goats?

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Adam/drownedsnow
Zach/Alias
Kat/kitkathistory24601
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 655: Creature Chat – Werewolves



Absolute lunacy erupts as the Vassals come face to face with werewolves! Is the beauty of this beast more than skin-deep? Topics include the history of werewolf tales, possible inspirations, shapeshifters around the world, and general human-canine relations.

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Sara/DrBlood
Abby/daceymormont
Adam/drownedsnow
Matt/Varley
Kit/kgcanary
Jock/munrojock2

Credits:
Edited by Peter/Shellfish

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VoK 649: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 3) – Monsters


In the third installment of A Seminar of Ice and Fire—the VoK series that examines A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts—the Vassals take on Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s essay “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).”

We talk about what makes a monster, what monsters we see (or don’t see) in a Song of Ice and Fire, and what particular types of monsters might suggest about the culture that created them.

Hosts:
Sara/DrBlood
Ben/KingJucio
Varley
Peter/Shellfish
Wilson/The Wandering Prophet
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

A PDF of the Cohen reading is available here. For more reading on some of the other topics mentioned in the episode, you can start with Bauman, Zygmunt, Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (2000); and Tajfel, H., “The achievement of inter-group differentiation” (1978).

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VoK 647: Creature Chat — Vampires


Creature chat discusses vampires!

Hosts:
Peter/Shellfish
Zander/The Lord Baron
Sara/DrBlood
Jock/munrojock2
Abby/daceymormont
Matt/Varley
Patrick/Ser Patrick the Tall

Content Warning: This episode contains discussion and descriptions of sex and sexuality, bodily fluids, decaying corpses, murder, torture, animal distress, and very bad vampire impressions.

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

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VoK 641: LOTR Reread – Fellowship Part 3



In this episode of the new reread of The Lord of the Rings, join Vassals Marie (Nymeria), Alix (Aiwendil), Zach (Alias), and Adam (drownedsnow) for chapters 1 through 5 of the Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2. We convene for the Council of Elrond and head into Moria as the journey to destroy the Ring begins.


Credits:
Edited by Zach

Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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VoK 634: Creature Chat



The Vassals of Kingsgrave sit down to chat about creatures. Join vassals Shellfish (Peter), Munjorock2 (Jock), Daceymormont (Abby), and DrBlood (Sara) on their expedition into the animal kingdom! Topics of discussion include pets, animal intelligence, and genetic memory. 

VoK 632: 2020 Video Game Roundtable



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to the video game world to discuss some of their favorites of 2020. Join Zach (Alias), Bing (Shoeshiner), Matt (blu3arm0r), Katie (Lady Griffin), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), and newcomer, Ben (King Jucio), as they rep their best games then take a look ahead at what 2021 may have to offer.

7:30 — FF7 Remake
24:00 — Ghost of Tsushima
35:30 — Crusader Kings 3
48:50 — Persona 5 Royal & Persona 4 Golden
1:02:25 — The Walking Dead: The Final Season
1:11:00 — The Last of Us Part II
1:22:10 — Command & Conquer Remake
1:26:10 — Hades
1:40:45 — Cyberpunk 2077
2:02:50 — Honorable Mentions
2:08:00 — Most Anticipated Games of 2021

Credits:
Edited by Zach

Colors Flying High – Persona 5 Royal OST 
In the Blood (ft. Ashley Barrett) – Hades OST 

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VoK 629: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 14 – Order of the Phoenix 3)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to continue the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Zander (The Lord Baron), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 12-16.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits: Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper

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VoK 628: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 13 – Order of the Phoenix 2)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to continue the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), jock (munrojock2), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 7-11.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper 

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VoK 626: The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave discuss Netflix’s latest hit, The Queen’s Gambit. Join Marie (Nymeria), Jock (munrojock2), and Zach (Alias) as talk about all the things they enjoyed in this surprisingly excellent series.

This podcast contains spoilers for all episodes of The Queen’s Gambit.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Beth’s Story – Carlos Rafael Rivera
Sygrayem (Let’s Play) – Carlos Rafael Rivera

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VoK 621: Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)


Hey, you single? Join Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Tanja (Scilens), and Matt (Varley) as we discuss Netflix’s Indian Matchmaking, the reality dating sensation that’s sweeping several nations. Who’s our favorite match candidate? Why do people get married anyway? Would we go to a face reader? What’s up with the molecular gastronomy? And will Vyasar hang out with us, pleeeeease?

In the aftershow, we’re joined by Bina007 to go in-depth on her take on the series, as well as Indian culture, diaspora, and the role that matchmaking plays in Indian life around the world.

Credits:
Edited by Michal (inkasrain)

Music: Marrakesh Market by Parry Music 
(We note that Marrakesh is in Morocco, not India, but this music was used in the show and it slaps.)

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VoK 619: The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 12 – Order of the Phoenix Start)


The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to start the fifth book in the series, The Order of the Phoenix. Join Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 1-6.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Loved Ones and Leaving by Nicholas Hooper 

Reclaiming Magic: ‘Harry Potter’ Fans Advocate for Trans Rights
‘Harry Potter’ Helped Me Come Out as Trans, But J.K. Rowling Disappointed Me
Opinion: Harry Potter’s Magic Fades When His Creator Tweets
Combatting Transphobia from a Clinical Psychology Perspective with Oak Reed

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VoK 611: The Witcher Saga – Sword of Destiny (Part 2) (by Andrzej Sapkowski)



The Vassals discuss the second half of Andrzej Sapkowski’s Sword of Destiny including the short stories “A Little Sacrifice,” “Sword of Destiny,” and “Something More.” Your hosts are: David/davidhhh, Michal/Inkasrain, Marie/Nymeria, Bing/Shoeshiner, Bina/Bina007, Kevin/NuncleKevin, Paul/SerDinnerRoll

Credits:
Edited by Kevin (NuncleKevin)

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VoK 609: Remember Cedric Diggory? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 11)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the fourth and final part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Jock (munrojock2), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 31-37 and complete the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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VoK 601: Is Ron the Worst? aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 10)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the third part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Abby (DaceyMormont), Matt (Varley), Saad (saad164), Michal (inkasrain), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 21-30 in the book.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series including the Fantastic Beasts films.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Harry Potter Theme (Metal)
Harry in Winter by Patrick Doyle

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