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VoK 508: Spider-Man – Into the Spider-Verse [2018] (Review)




Join Vassals Bina (Bina007), Michal (inkasrain), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), and Zach (Alias) as they geek out to the max about all the things they get right in the recent Sony Pictures animated feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Warning: this podcast will contain spoilers for Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse. This movie also contains imagery that may potentially trigger a seizure for anyone with photosensitive epilepsy. 

Credits and Notes:
Edited by Zach
Vince Staples – Home
Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign – Scared of the Dark (feat. XXXTENTACION)
The Great Responsibility: Why Marvel has failed fans with ‘Spider-Man’ (opinion) by Marama Whyte
‘Into the Spider-Verse’s Peter B. Parker is the redeemed Spidey millennials need by Michal Schick

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VoK 483: Ice & Fire Con 2018 Recap




Hey, remember Ice and Fire Con? We finally got a podcast out about it. Get an inside look at what it’s like at this wonderful event as Vassals Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Matt (blu3arm0r), Greg (claudiusthefool), Zach (Alias), Dan (Witless Chum), Thomas (FTWard), and Jon (eigenvectorjon) recap and share their experiences of Ice and Fire Con 2018.

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Music by Alpine Universe and DrumurBoy

Ice and Fire Con Links
Ice and Fire Con 2019 Tickets
Ice and Fire Con and Vassals of Kingsgrave Instagram pages for more pictures from the event
Westeros: An American Musical
The Rains of Castamere in Russian by Pasha
Mallory/Sanxrian’s Art
The Broken Man by Scad from Davos Fingers
The Floppy Fish by Tom o’Sevens
Ser Duncan the Tall vs Rohanne Webber Rap Battle

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VoK 479: Solo – A Star Wars Movie [2018] (Review #2)




Time for another job that only VoK can deliver. Shoddily and with rambling nerds. Join Zach (Alias), Zander (The Lord Baron), Matt (blu3arm0r), Jock (munrojock2) and Paul (SerDinnerRoll) as they look into this little gem of a movie and discuss not only its excellence as a film but also why it has been doing poorly in the box office.

This podcast will contain spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Credits:
Edited by SerDinnerRoll
Music by John Powell and John Williams

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​VoK 384: How Do Mandrakes F**k? aka The Great Harry Potter ReRead (Part 4)




The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts school to take a non-existent exam on the last nine chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets! This episode’s class is led by Michal (inkasrain), with a student body of Adam (drownedsnow), Nadia, Marie (Nymeria), Bing (shoeshiner), Kevin (Gaiden), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Zach (Alias), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Greg (claudiusthefool), and also, Paul (SerDinnerRoll).

Join the crew as they study bad accents, debate the merits of that asshole Gilderoy Lockheart, pen pointless haikus, take a seminar on body-shaming, and brew some really good shit in the bathroom.

And of course, when in doubt, they go to the library…. or their local independent bookstore.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series, ish.

Credits:
Edited by Michal (inkasrain)
Music by Mike Peoples and John Williams.

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This episode’s class is led by Michal (inkasrain), with a student body of Adam (drownedsnow), Nadia, Marie (Nymeria), Bing (shoeshiner), Kevin (Gaiden), Sarah (Lady Weaver), Zach (Alias), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Greg (claudiusthefool), and also, Paul (SerDinnerRoll).

VoK 382: Wonder Woman [2017] (Review)




The S3cr3t Book Club calls a sp3cial m33ting to r3vi3w Wond3r Woman f3aturing our v3ry own Howling Commandos rip offs – Michal (inkasrain), Shan3 (3astt3xasdir3wolf),
Kati3 (taindana), Scott (Skywaltz3r) and Thomas (FTWard).

FTWard mispronounc3s 3v3ryon3’s nam3- r3al and imagin3d, inkasrain tri3s to g3t to the bottom of wh3r3 th3 short n3rdy Amazons ar3, taindana giv3s a l3sson in Hyp3ractiv3 History,
Skywaltz3r onc3 again att3mpts to 3xplain the m3tric “syst3m” and 3astt3xasdir3wolf provid3s som3 much n33d3d p3rsp3ctiv3.

Credits:
Edited by Thomas (FTWard)
Music: Wonder Woman TV Series Intro written by Charles Fox
The Rake’s Progress featuring Dean and the Weenies and Mephiskapheles
Wonder Woman Theme written by Hans Zimmer & Junkie XL, Performed by Tina Guo

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​VoK 378: Ice & Fire Con 2017 Recap




All hail Satan Con! Join a huge bumper-crop of vassals including Michal (inkasrain), Alex (LuckyCharms), Greg (Claudiusthfool), Jasmine (jazzimen08), Kevin (kevwils83), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Jon (eigenvectorjon), Zach (Alias), Dan (witless chum), and Nancy (Dan’s Sister Who Doesn’t Have A Name On The Forums) as we recap (in slightly less than linear fashion) the marvelous madness of Ice & Fire Con 2017.

Learn the answers to burning questions like: Why would anyone go hiking ever? What’s a Secret Targaryen? Who ships Jonsa? How drunk were you, exactly? and Why should I come to Ice & Fire Con 2018?

The recording of this episode was Watched By Amber.

For more information, visit the Ice & Fire Con website.

Credits:
Edited by Michal (inkasrain)
Music: “You’re Welcome (for Game of Thrones)” by “D & D” by Tara and Brian

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VoK 371: 13 Reasons Why (Netflix series) – Season 1




The Vassals of Kingsgrave are back to discuss Netflix’s latest hit, 13 Reasons Why based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher. Join Vassals Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Steven (SJLee), and Zach (Alias) as they share their feelings on the show and make their best attempt to tackle the many difficult questions inherent to the story it tells.

This podcast will contain full spoilers for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. You have been warned. 

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)
Music credits: 13 Reasons Why Opening
The Night We Met by Lord Huron
13 Reasons Why takes a voyeuristic lens to rape and suicide, with complicated results
13 Reasons Why Officially Renewed For Season 2

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VoK 368: The Jar-Jar Defense aka The Great Harry Potter ReRead (Part 3)




Pardon the delay, someone got lost in a magical dildo shop. The Vassals of Kingsgrave return to Hogwarts for second year, pondering Japanese golfer jokes, gnome torture, and mathletes.

Join Michal (inkasrain), Greg (claudiusthefool), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Matt (Varley), Zach (Alias), Adam (drownedsnow), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Jock (munrojock2), and Zander (Lord Baron)…. as they study wizard racism, ghostly physics, and knuts in this discussion of the first eight chapters of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain
Music by Mike Peoples and John Williams.

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VoK 365: Near Death Experiences for Profit aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 36)



Hosts Casey/Blue-eyed-queen, Aiwendil/Alix, Marie/Nymeria, Tanja/Scilens, Sara/DrBlood, Zach/Alias, and Paul/Serdinnerroll explore the next four chapters of The Great ASOIAF Linear Reread with Tyrion 1, Bran 1, Davos 1 and Davos 2 of A Storm of Swords.

If you’re following along at home the next four chapters will be Jon 1, Arya 2, Arya 3, and Sansa 1 of A Storm of Swords.

This podcast contains spoilers for all published works of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, but does not contain spoilers for HBO’s show, Game of Thrones.

Aftershow begins at 1 hr 45 m

Credits:
Edited by Casey (Blue-eyed-queen)
Music credits: Alpine Universe
Pirate Epic Mix 2
Picture Credit: ASOS drawing project, by: jesicka309
Death Count of the War of the Five Kings

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VoK 364: GameClash Retrospective aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 35)


Join hosts Nadia, Nymeria/Marie, Munrojock2/Jock, Ser Patrick the Tall/Patrick, Scilens/Tanja, shadow_baby/Hannah, and Varley/Matt for a rambling look back on our reread of GoT and CoK.

The next reread will be hosted by Casey and will cover Tyrion I, Bran I, Davos I and Davos II from ASoS.

This podcast contains spoilers for all published works of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, but does not contain spoilers for HBO’s show, Game of Thrones.

Aftershow begins begins at 1 hr 20m

Credits:
Edited by Nadia
Music credit: The Podcast Bard – Jed O’White Hart.

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VoK 363: Critical Role (Geek & Sundry series)



The Vassals return in spectacularly nerdy fashion to rant and rave about Critical Role, a popular Dungeons and Dragons live show on Twitch.tv and Youtube.

Join Alex (LuckyCharms), Bing (Shoeshiner), Paul (Pod’s Plight), and Zach (Alias) as they talk favorite characters and moments throughout the show’s run, and consider just what is so special about this whole tabletop roleplaying thing.

This podcast will contain spoilers for all episodes of Critical Role up through episode 89. You have been warned.

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)
Music credits: Critical Role Theme Song by Jason Charles Miller
Kellan the Undying by Drumurboy
Art by Alika Gupta

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Critical Role airs every Thursday at 7 PM PST on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel. The recorded episode is published on their website the following Monday. Click here if you’d like to watch the show from the beginning.

VoK 358: VikingCast aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 34)



The reread is back with Vassals Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Zach (Alias), Alix (Aiwendil), Tanja (Scilens) and Marie (Nymeria).

They discuss the last linear chapter of A Clash of Kings (Tyrion 15), move into A Storm of Swords with Dany being a badass (Dany 2&3), and Arya’s survival skills (Arya 1). And it wouldn’t be a Patrick episode if Vikings didn’t come up.

For listeners playing along at home, the next episode will actually be part 36, covering A Storm of Swords Tyrion 1, Bran 1, Davos 1, and Davos 2. Part 35 will be a discussion of how it’s been rereading the books through A Clash of Kings linearly.

This podcast contains spoilers for all published works of the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, but does not contain spoilers for HBO’s show, Game of Thrones.

Aftershow begins at 1 hr 41m

Credits:
Edited by Casey (blue-eyed-queen)
Music credits: Alpine Universe
“Dragon Queen (Mhysa)”, by Karliene
Picture credit: The A Podcast Of Ice and Fire drawing project: ASOS Arya I by Nick Snow

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VoK 357: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story [2016] (Review)


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The Vassals come together in Darth Vader’s pun palace to discuss the highs and lows of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. In addition to Michal (inkasrain), Alexi (Czar Alexi), Paul (SerDinnerRoll), and Zach (Alias), Adam (drownedsnow), Zander (The Lord Baron), and Matt (Varley) all eventually show up to join the epic, nitpicky, and unrelievedly nerdy Star Wars fun.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Shine bright, you stars.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain

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VoK 355: What If…? (Counterfactual ASOIAF Discussion)


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What if Cersei wed Ned? What if Bran died? What if Rhaegar became king?

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In any case, join Hannah (shadowbaby), Brett (White Raven), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Jock (munrojock2), and Paul (SerDinnerRoll) as they discuss the many possibilities of the ASOIAF universe, profess Tanja’s hatred for Jon Snow, and go over the deep intricacies of Hand-jobs. Yes, it is what you’ve always wanted, an aftershow disguised as an actual show! And at the end, feel free to stay for the actual aftershow too!

Credits:
Edited by Ser Dinner Roll

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VoK 353: Full Cast(le) Recording #11 – The Hedge Knight (Part 1)


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A tourney has been called and you have been invited to listen to several of our brave vassals try their hand at an FCR of George RR Martin’s The Hedge Knight. Afterward, feel free to mill about the tourney grounds to hear some good talk about the Dunk and Egg series, mocking George Lucas, and outtakes.

The Cast:
Paul (Ser Dinner Roll) – Narrator
Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) – Ser Duncan the Tall
Michal (inkasrain) – Egg
Greg (claudiusthefool) – Baelor Breakspear
Zach (Alias) – The Voice of Ser Arlan, Ser Steffon Fossoway, and Lord Ashford
Matt (Varley) – Daeron the Drunkard and Ser Donnel of Duskendale
Adam (drownedsnow) – Steely Pate and Ser Roland Crakehall
Tanja (scilens) – Guard Captain, Master of Horse, and Prince Maekar
Alex (Luckycharms) –Plummer the Steward and Ser Manfred Dondarrion
Casey (blue-eyed-queen) – Tanselle Too-Tall and Stableboy
Hannah (shadowbaby) – Raymun Fossoway and the Dornish Puppeteer
Dan (witless chum) – Aerion Targaryen
Amber (amberrocks) – The Innkeeper

The Crew:
Paul (Ser Dinner Roll) – Editor

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VoK 350: The Night Of (HBO miniseries)


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In a much belated episode thanks in no small part to the editor, the Vassals discuss and review one of the many hit shows from HBO this year, The Night Of, from creators Richard Price and Steven Zaillain. Join Bina (Bina007), Hannah (shadowbaby), Matt (Varley), and Zach (Alias) as they talk the magnetic pilot, characters, plot points, and the finale of the acclaimed crime drama.

This is a full spoiler discussion of The Night Of. You have been warned.

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Jeff Russo – “The Night Of” Opening
Mazzy Star – Into Dust

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VoK 349: Christmas is Cursed​ aka The Great Harry Potter ReRead (Part 2)


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The Vassals return to Hogwarts for the end of first year, where they tackle mysterious mirrors, the power of love, and sports that sound like sex. Join Michal (inkasrain), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Matt (Varley), Bing (Shoeshiner), Nadia, Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Zach (Alias), Matthieu (beric175), and Paul Small (Ser Dinner Roll) as they review the second half of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, and then freak out over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Because we just can’t have nice things.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series, including The Cursed Child.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain
Music by Mike Peoples and John Williams.

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VoK 314: Balticon 2016 Recap


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave return not to review a book or a movie or a TV show, but to talk about Balticon, a science fiction and fantasy con that we attended this past May. Topics including meeting the illustrious George R. R. Martin, the various panels, and having lots of fun with the A Song of Ice and Fire fandom at large.

Join Matt (Eiffel), Jasmine (jazzimen08), John (eigenvectorjohn), and Zach (Alias) as they recap their con experience and hearing George read the newest Winds of Winter spoiler chapter.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and unpublished spoiler chapters in The Winds of Winter. 

Credits:
Edited by Alias
Kellen the Undying by Drumurboy

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VoK 310: Childhood’s End aka The Great Harry Potter ReRead (Part 1)


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Welcome to the Hogwarts of innuendo! Join the great load o’ duffers known as Michal (inkasrain), Greg (claudiusthefool), Casey (blue-eyed-queen), Matt (Varley), Adam (drownedsnow), Zach (Alias), Bing (Shoeshiner), Paul (Pod’s Plight), and Shane (easttexasdirewolf) as they study the first nine chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Listeners will be tested on 90’s technology, baseball insults, and flying phallic imagery.

This podcast contains spoilers for the entire Harry Potter series, as well as A Song of Ice and Fire (including spoiler chapters) and Captain Planet.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain
Music by Mike Peoples, inspired by the work of John Williams.

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VoK 307: DragonCast – “The Winds of Winter” (S06E10 Review)


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DragonCast returns to review the tenth episode of Game of Thrones Season 6, “The Winds of Winter”.

Join Adam (drownedsnow), Steven (SJLee), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Drew (Wargasm), Matt (Varley), Greg (claudiusthefool), Casey (Blue-Eyed-Queen), Small Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Katie (LadyGriffin), Jeff (jeff14), and Zach (Alias) as they discuss the very last episode of Season 6, general thoughts on the development of show characters, and one last hurrah of Dragoncast ridiculousness as we go not-so-quietly into the night for another season.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 6 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

0:35 – Introduction and Ratings
11:00 – King’s Landing
27:10 – The Twins
31:15 – Oldtown
36:10 – Dorne
38:10 – Beyond the Wall
42:25 – Winterfell & General Game of Thrones Character Discussion
1:13:15 – King’s Landing Part II
1:21:15 – Meereen
1:36:40 – Aftershow

Credits:
Edited by Alias
A Song of Ice and Fire by Alpine Universe
Kellen the Undying by Drumurboy

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