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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. 

Credits:
Edited by Peter

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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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VoK 596: A Seminar of Ice and Fire (Part 2) – The Dynamics of Faith



Sara aka DrBlood continues her seminar series examining A Song of Ice and Fire through various theoretical texts. This time, she and the rest of the crew consider whether or not the many central characters in this story have an “ultimate concern,” or an overriding purpose that demands total surrender as Paul Tillich describes in his text, The Dynamics of Faith.

Hosts: Sara (DrBlood), Adam (drownedsnow), and Zach (Alias)

Paul Tillich’s The Dynamics of Faith

This podcast will contain spoilers for all published book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. 

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Music by Alpine Universe and DrumurBoy

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VoK 594: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) [2019] (Review)



Please join Sarah (Lady Weaver), Matt (blu3arm0r) and Thomas (FTWard) as we discuss the fantabulous fashion, action, music and characters in DCs latest film. We also talk about the issues surrounding the movie, the Harley Quinn animated series and the future of the DCEU (if that is still even a thing).

After Show @ 1:06:00

Credits:
Edited by Thomas (FTWard)

Fandom Entertainment, Charting With Dan Bird’s of Prey Video
Dan and Roth on Fandom Entertainment
Hollywood Already Did It

Music:

Barracuda
Written by Ann Wilson, Roger Fisher, Nancy Wilson, Michael Derosier
Performed by Heart

Woman
Written by Andrew Pearson, Kesha Sebert, Stephen Wrabel
Performed by @emmajayne

It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
Written by James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome
Performed by Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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VoK 592: The Witcher (Netflix series) – Season 1



Toss a coin to your Vokers as we dig into the first season of Netflix’s original series, The Witcher. Enjoy this poorly hosted and arranged podcast, featuring long rambling explanations of the episodes and a variety of people talking over each other. But of course, come for the greatest lesson VoK can teach you, READ THE BOOKS!

Hosts: Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Adam (drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Matt (Varley), Dana (taindana), and Jock (munrojock2).

Lurker: Amber (amberrocks)

Credits:
Edited by Paul (SerDinnerRoll)

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VoK 591: Bow Batons aka The Great Harry Potter Reread (Part 9)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts to pick up the second part of The Goblet of Fire. Join Marie (Nymeria), Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Matt (Varley), Abby (DaceyMormont), and Zach (Alias) as they cover chapters 11-20 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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VoK 589: The Mandalorian (Netflix series) – Season 1


Join your local covern of VoK hosts as we review the first season of Disney+’s original series, The Mandalorian. Hear such beloved topics such as, baby yoda, baby yoda, and even more baby yoda. Hosts: Michal (inkasrain), Adam (drownedsnow), Dana (taindana), Zach (Alias), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), and Paul (SerDinnerRoll).

Credits:
Edited by Paul (SerDinnerRoll)

Music:
The Mandalorian Theme by Ludwig Göransson
Big Mandalorian Iron by Funk Turkey

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VoK 581: Video Game Roundtable – Best of 2010s Edition


The Vassals of Kingsgrave engage in a different sort of video game discussion this time around. Instead of evaluating the best games of 2019, they take a look at the entire catalog of games released over the past decade. Join Bing (Shoeshiner), Katie (Lady Griffin), Matt (Blu3arm0r), and Zach (Alias) as they share the games they each personally felt best defined the past 10 years in gaming for them.

This podcast contains spoilers for The Last of Us, Persona 5, the Batman Arkham series, and Gone Home.

9:50 – Telltale’s The Walking Dead
22:30 – Undertale
32:45 – The Last of Us
43:45 – Persona 5
58:15 – Gone Home
1:09:50 – The Witcher 3
1:20:20 – Batman Arkham Series
1:25:30 – Starcraft 2

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Music:
Witcher 3 – The Trail
Journey – Apotheosis

My Life of Starcraft by Day9

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VoK 578: A Little Hatred (by Joe Abercrombie)



The Vassals of Kingsgrave get their book reading game back on as they dive into the world of the First Law, created by Joe Abercrombie. Join Brett (White Raven), Greg (claudiusthefool), Alex (LuckyCharms), and Zach (Alias) as they talk about how they got into this series of fantasy novels, share why they enjoy them so much, and do an in-depth review of the most recently published book, A Little Hatred.

This podcast contains spoilers for all books in the First Law series. Spoilers for A Little Hatred begin at 27:50. 

Aftershow starts at 1:40:45

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)

Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy

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You can purchase A Little Hatred, the earlier books in the First Law series, or any other book you want at Southhampton Sag Harbor Books

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