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VoK 348: Cards Against Westeros LIVE


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Welcome to ____ and____ with ____ , ____, ____ and last but not least ____.

We are today trying our hand at playing Cards Against Westeros on a website called Pretend You’re Xyzzy.

The main part is about an hour, but afterwards, some of us keep on playing in an even more informal/chaotic way.

Hosts: Alias, FTWard, Scilens, Aiwendil, Bina007, Shadowbaby and Patrick the Tall

Editor: Patrick the Tall

Music is by Alpine Univers

 

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VoK 346: Westworld (HBO series) – Season 1 Retrospective


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Join Alix/Aiwendil, Adam/DrownedSnow, Bina007, Matt/VarleyOnTheForums and Michael/Mordion as they review season 1 of HBO’s Westworld and speculate about season 2.

This podcast contains spoilers for the HBO series and original movie.

The aftershow begins at 57 minutes.

Music and picture credit: HBO & Barenaked Ladies.

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VoK 339: Tales from the Darkling Plain (aka The Lost VOKs)


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In this Halloween spooktacular, Valkyrist ventures into the Darkling Plain in search of lost podcast recordings, and summons the ghosts of Kingsgrave’s past.

Clips have been selected from the following unpublished VOK podcasts:

02:10 – DragonCast S04E09 Review
24:20 – SoccerCast (Vol.2)
47:49 – CockneyMoot 2014 FCR Outtakes
50:41 – ASOIAF Future Predictions
1:13:44 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Preview
1:38:23 – Mockingjay: Part 1 Review
1:44:50 – WolfCast S05E10 Review
2:02:09 – SeattleMoot 2015
2:22:32 – APOIAF April Fools’ Aftershow
2:39:49 – Kingsgrave Jukebox

Disclaimer: This podcast contains spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and The Hunger Games. Please consult the timestamps above to avoid being spoiled for any of these titles.

Credits:
Curated by Valkyrist
Songs by jed o’white hart, Aiwendil, Bina007, and Amberrocks

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VoK 332: Jon Snow is Harry Potter aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 24)


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The epic linear re-read of A Song Of Ice and Fire ponders time as the vassals cover Theon 3, Jon 4, Jon 5 and Bran 6 – Theon’s oratory skills on the Stony Shore, arrival at the Fist of the First Men, Ghosts discovery of the cashe and Bran and Theon becomes bros.

Hosts: Peter, Tanja, Alix, Nadia, Alexi, Michael and Patrick.

The aftershow begins at 1 hr 12mins and is of course VERY interesting.

Spoilers: This episode covers all published works in George R R Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire but does not give Game of Thrones show spoilers.

Editor: Patrick

Picture  was fond on Reddit.

Music: Alpine Univers: A Song of Ice and Fire

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VoK 217: WolfCast – “The Dance of Dragons” (S05E09 Review)


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Welcome to this week of the Wolfcast Reviews for season five, where the Lord of the Nether tried to claim our podcast, but wolves are not so easily broken.  To help you to fight away the hours of boredom is Alix(Aiwendil),  Matthieu(Beric175), Sam(Samos), Glen(Dagos_Rivers) and Patrick the Tall as our lead host. We will today be circling around specific scenes like the rabid wolves we are, which means that we  can present our faithful listeners with an episode, at over 2 hours, with(non purposely) almost no aftershow.

Hosts:
Patrick the Tall
Aiwendil
Beric175
Dagos_Rivers
Samos
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VoK 215: WolfCast – “Hardhome” (S05E08 Review)


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VoK Wolfcast Review of Game of Thrones S05E08: “Hardhome” aka “Wildlings
are Awesome”
After last week’s Marathon, the Wolfcast returns for one of the most highly
acclaimed episodes in Game of Thrones history. Patrick the Tall hosts Alix
(Aiwendil), Sander (SwordoftheAfternoon), Matthieu (Beric175) and first time
VoK podcaster Sam (samos) for a less rambling, although still quite detailed –
this is the Wolfcast after all – discussion of all things “Hardhome”. Among other
things we disect the exact timing of the Greyjoy Rebellion in the Show-Universe,
discuss the theory of how Stannis might infiltrate Winterfell through a non-
existant tunnel network, and offer our thoughts on that time a lot of Wildlings
saw dead people.

Timestamps

0:00:00 – Introductions and Lemon Cakes
0:06:05 – The Wall
0:09:28 – Meereen
0:32:30 – King’s Landing
0:48:20 – Braavos
1:00:20 – Winterfell
1:28:20 – Hardhome
2:05:00 – Aftershow
Credits:
Edited by SwordoftheAfternoon

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

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VoK 213: WolfCast – “The Gift” (S05E07 Review)


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What it lacks in timeliness, Wolfcast makes up for in thoroughness (and length). Nitpicking and speculating about everything from Dorne to the Wall are Sander (SwordoftheAfternoon), Matthieu (Beric175), Alix (Aiwendil) and Patrick the Tall as our lead host, desperately trying to keep this whole affair under control. In the aftershow, Beric unleashes his many thoughts on the previous episode and Cersei takes a trip to Ikea.

00:00 Introduction and Lemoncake ratings
05:30 Castle Black
42:00 Slaver’s Bay
57:45 King’s Landing
1:30:00 Winterfell/Winterhell
1:57:40 Dorne
2:17:00 Aftershow

Credits:
Edited by Aiwendil

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

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VoK 209: WolfCast – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (S05E06 Review)


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Welcome to this week of the Wolfcast Reviews for season five, where there where three and then there were two.  To help you to fight away the hours of boredom is Alix(Aiwendil) and Patrick the Tall as our lead host. We will today be covering every detail but at an exceptionally fast pace, which means that we uncharacteristically can present our faithful listeners with what even the KrakenCast would call a “short” episode, at a mere 55 minutes.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all aired episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones (including Season 5 promotional material), as well as all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Credits:
Edited by Ser Patrick the Tall

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VoK 206: WolfCast – “Kill the Boy” (S05E05 Review)


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Welcome to this week of the Wolfcast Reviews for season five, where the Seven giveth and the Seven taketh away. By that I mean that we are rejoined by Alix but lost Matthieu. To help you to fight away the hours of boredom is Sandor(Sword of the Afternoon), Alix(Aiwendil) and Patrick the Tall as our lead host. We will today be covering every detail but at an slightly faster pace, which means that we uncharacteristically can present our faithful listeners with what I would call a “short” episode, at 2,15 hours.

Credits:
Edited by Ser Patrick the Tall

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VoK 182: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 5) – Beren and Luthien


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave celebrate Valentine’s Day by discussing Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Luthien.  Star-crossed lovers or doomed from the start?

Beren the mortal falls in love with Luthien, the most beautiful elf that has ever lived.  Before they can marry Beren must complete the impossible task of cutting a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth.  As we follow Beren on his journey we touch on the continued dickishness of the Sons of Feanor, the possibility of Morgoth babies, the epic awesomeness that is Huan the Hound of Valinor as well as the Epic Rap Battles of the First Age and Luthien’s ability to make everyone simultaneously fall in love with her and fall asleep.

Hosts Greg, Matt, Alix, Matthieu, & Eddie discuss all this and more in the fifth part of our continued Silmarillion re-read series.  The previous episodes in this series are VOK Episodes 147, 155, 163 & 172.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image art: “Carcharoth” by Justin Gerard

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VoK 181: The Hobbit 3 – Battle of Five Armies [2014] (Review)


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In this podcast the crew give eulogies for their (second)favorite Hobbit…trilogy.

0:00 – Spoiler free discussion of the movie, trilogy and the book series
31:30 – Spoiler filled deepdive discussion begins
1:47:00 – Claudiusthefool’s review of the movie

Credits:
Edited by Vikram (fortytwo)
Hosts: Beric175, Ser Patrick the Tall, Aiwendil, White Raven, Amberrocks, Alias,Scilens, Teddart, claudiusthefool and fortytwo
Intro Music: “hmm ok” by Gablé
Other Music by BoxCat Games BoxCat’s Discography

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VoK 172: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 4) – The Beginning of the End


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave continue our Silmarillion re-read in which we cover chapters 13-18 of the Quenta Silmarillion; “Of the Return of the Noldor” through “Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin”.

The Noldor have a few bright spots and shining moments before everything starts to go downhill in their ceaseless war against Morgoth.  We visit the hidden city of Gondolin and follow Maeglin the clinically depressed Elf as he tackles his daddy issues and falls in love with his cousin.  Men finally show up on the scene and join the fight; and we get one of the most awesome and bittersweet scenes in the book in which Fingolfin challenges Morgoth to single combat with the expected results.

Hosts Greg, Matt, Alix, Shane, Brett & Matthieu explore all this and various tangents including having several lessons on pronunciation, debate the wingspan of the great eagles, who would win in a fight; Gimli or The Mountain, and why didn’t the eagles just fly the damn ring right to Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image art of Fingolfin and Morgoth by artist unknown

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VoK 155: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 2) – Dwarves Still Gonna Need Wood


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave continue their Silmarillion re-read series.  Today we discuss the first six chapters of the Quenta Silmarillion.  We finally meet the first Elves and follow them as they make their way West and along the way many adventures and hijinks ensue.  The Dwarves make a brief appearance, there is some bickering between married gods, a lovely island ferry, mighty eagles, Ents and Orcs.

We also learn the twelve different names the Elves have for themselves (Quendi, Eldar, Avari, Falmari, Eldalie, Calaquendi, Umanyar, Moriquendi, Nandor, Sindar, Falathrim & Eglath) in case you were wondering.

Join hosts Greg, Brett, Shane, Alix, Matt & first time podcaster Matthieu as they attempt to keep all the names straight while at the same time try to understand why Tulkas likes wrestling so much.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image art by Ted Nasmith

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VoK 147: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 1) – Meet the Valar


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave kick off their Silmarillion Re-read series.  Before discussing the book itself we break down the troubled history of the publication and the development of the text of what eventually became The Silmarillion as it was published in 1977, four years after the death of J.R.R. Tolkien.  We also analyze the letter that Tolkien wrote in 1950 to a friend in which he explained his reasoning behind writing The Silmarillion and what he hoped it would mean to England.

Join hosts Greg, Brett, Shane, Alix & Matt as they try to get into the head of Eru Iluvatar and his musical selections.

Put on your finest raiment and hearken to the tales of the Music of the Ainur and the Valaquenta.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image from the Melkor Was Here Tumblr from March 12, 2014.

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VoK 143: Book Club (Vol.2) – Half a King (by Joe Abercrombie)


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Join the vassals for the second meeting of the VOK Book Club.  We review and discuss Half a King by Joe Abercrombie.

Join hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Amber (amberrocks), Brett (White Raven), Alix (Aiwendil) and Duncan (Valkyrist) as they review the first book of Abercrombie’s planned Shattered Sea Trilogy.  A high fantasy adventure of epic proportions full of betrayal, vengeance, slave revolts, pirates, savages, ancient ruins and blood oaths.

Unshackle your slave collar and join us on our sojourn around the Shattered Sea.

Be sure to vote on the forums for the next pick of the VOK Book Club!

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Jacket image and map taken from the US Hardcover Edition published by Del Rey 2014.  Artwork by Jon McCoy from the Subterranean Press limited edition.

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VoK 112: Vassals Night Out – “My Lady, It’s Too Hot!” Edition


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In our first ever Vassals Night Out, the Ladies of VOK don their PJs, open a bottle of Dornish red, and talk shit about hot guys, cute girls, podcast crushes and whether not liking ASOIAF would be a dealbreaker.

The all star cast features: Tanja (Scilens), Jesicka (Jesicka309), Nadia, Alix (Aiwendil), Bina007,  Nadine (Erinyes), Michal (Inkasrain),  Katie (Lady Griffin), and Amber (Amberrocks).

3m Intros and Earnest discussion of all things geek & feminism, HBO’s boobage count, the depiction of sexual violence in the show, and whether George writes women well, with a side discussion on Westerosi female grooming.

63m The ladies discuss which Westerosi characters they  most resemble, would like to hang out with, as well as the Hottest Manly Men in Westeros- show and book edition; KILFs and relationships we love to ship.

124m The ladies move on to their fellow podcast hosts to discuss their Podcast crushes, and which Vassal would be most useful in the event of a Zombie apocalypse.

165m Aftershow discussion with Jesicka309 and Scilens.

WARNING – This podcast contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire and Hunger Games as well as many references to boobs.

Credits:
Edited by Bina007 using lovely audio clips from The New Statesman and with music from Cyndi Lauper.

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[My Lady!] Brienne-Margaery Fanfic
[Stansa!] Who knew?! Sansa-Stannis Fanfic

And finally, here’s that wince-inducing pic of pasty Jon Snow:

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VoK 111: WolfCast – “The Watchers on the Wall” (S04E09 Review)


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This week, Wolfcast joins the Night’s Watch as they fight off the Wildling army in two simultaneous battles at the Wall. Patrick the Tall leads Imogen.OB, Nadia, Alix (Aiwendil), Peter (Shellfish), Jan (LeechLord), Kelvin (Brum Riverlander) and Eddie (Teddard) in a particularly derailed… ahem, I mean detailed discussion of Watchers on the Wall. Starting around 2 hours and 10 minutes, the aftershow contains talk of George RR Martin’s legacy, an upcoming Game of Thrones Telltale game, Sir Christopher Lee’s badassery, podcast fanfiction and more!

Credits:
Edited by Aiwendil
Music credits: the Tribute to Lord Flashheart is from [a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CnAsdQiGzs”>here%5D
featuring music by Queen.

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VoK 107: WolfCast – “The Mountain and the Wiper” (S04E08 Review)


u47oWolfcast tackles the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Due to a pressing cricket emergency, the reins of the podcast are unceremoniously thrust upon an ornery and sleep-deprived Shellfish (Peter) who desperately tries to keep the sled on track as posh birds Bina (Bina007) and Imogen (Imogen.OB), béret wearing baguette toter Alix (Aiwendil), the vertically endowed windmill operator Patrick (Patrick the Tall), viper-mourner Nadia (Nadia) and newcomer Kelvin (Brum Riverlander) discuss the geography of the North, evil dresses, crimes against Manwoody, duelling laws in France and everything inbetween.

Credits:
Edited by Shellfish

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And finally, here’s Shellfish’s spectacular MS Paint pic of Dany dismissing Jorah, available in the Podcast of Ice and Fire [artbooks].

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VoK 105: Blackadder (BBC series)


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For lack of a Game of Thrones episode to comment on, this week Wolfcast reviews the famous 80s British historical comedy Blackadder. Imogen.OB, expert on all things Britain, is this week’s lead host, diving into the mysteries of British history and comedy with Viking Patrick the Tall, expert bear-fighter Peter (Shellfish) and baguette-eating, beret-wearing Alix (Aiwendil).

The season-by-season discussion is very evenly divided as follows:

00:00 – Introduction, favorite seasons, quotes and characters
10:10 – Season 1: The Black Adder
17:41 – Season 2: Blackadder II
51:28 – Season 3: Blackadder the Third
1:08:04 – Season 4: Blackadder Goes Forth
2:12:08 – Aftershow: “One night, Marry, Scorpions”, Blackadder actors and their careers, Imogen’s TV show recommandation, Blackadder and social issues, “Ask Imogen – British Slang Edition”, How to properly address the Queen of England, parallels between Blackadder and ASoIaF, European politics, Peter/Patrick fanfiction, Velociraptors & more

This podcast contains spoilers for all aired episodes of the Blackadder canon and potential spoilers for A Clash of Kings and by extension the Game of Thrones TV series.

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VoK 104: WolfCast – “Mockingbird” (S04E07 Review)


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Welcome to this week’s Wolfcast in which the wolfpups seem to be at a loss on how to structure their conversation. Providing a very in depth and detail oriented review is Alix (Aiwendil), Imogen.OB, Patrick the Tall and Peter (Shellfish) as our lead host.

There will be no aftershow this time, because of the unusual length of the main part of the show. This will not mean however that this is a boring or shenanigan-free episode. Enjoy.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

Edited by Sir Patrick The Tall.

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