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VoK 301: DragonCast – “No One” (S06E08 Review)


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DragonCast returns to review the eighth episode of Game of Thrones Season 6, “No One”.

Join Adam (drownedsnow), Greg (claudiusthefool), Bing (Shoeshiner), Matt (Varley), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Small Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Katie (LadyGriffin), Casey (Blue-Eyed-Queen), and lurker Amber (Amberrocks) as they rant, rave (mostly rant), and speculate how Game of Thrones Season 6 will end. #NeverDorne

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
7:00 – In the Riverlands
11:00 – Riverrun
28:45 – King’s Landing
41:00 – Meereen
50:15 – Braavos
59:55 – Aftershow

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

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VOK 300: The Dance of the Vassals III


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The vassals gather to revel in the glory that is VOK in our 300th episode.
Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Patrick (Patrick the Tall), Amber (Amberrocks), Shane (easttexasdirewolf), Zach (Alias), Adam (DrownedSnow), Nadia (Nadia) Brett (White Raven), Glen (Dagos Rivers) & Bina (Bina007) complain about how early they have to get up to podcast, discuss why it’s totally worth it and reminisce about the “good times”.

Intro:                                         00:01
What VOK means to us:       06:29
Best Moments:                        19:21
VOK Curators First Times:   32:55
Bumper segment:                1:15:21
Varley being normal:          1:31:14
Aftershow:                             1:31:41
Something extra?:               1:35:12

Contains spoilers for other episodes of Vassals of Kingsgrave.

Edited by Patrick

Music: “Voklife” by AmberRocks

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VoK 297: The Forsaken (The Winds of Winter – Sample Chapter)


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Vassals Assemble! to discuss George R.R. Martin’s newly released preview chapter from The Winds of Winter.

Hosts: Adam/DrownedSnow; Amber/Amberrocks; Bina007; Brett/Whiteraven; Casey/Blue-Eyed Queen; Matt/Varley; Nadia; and Small Paul/SerDinnerRoll.

Spoilers: For all published works in A Song of Ice and Fire including The Winds of Winter but not HBO’s Game of Thrones divergent storylines.

Music credit: Alpine Forest. One Night, Marry, Scorpions at 1hr 11 mins. Aftershow at 1hr 20 mins.

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VoK 292: DragonCast – “The Book of the Stranger” (S06E04 Review)


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DragonCast returns to review the fourth episode of Game of Thrones Season 6, “The Book of the Stranger”.

Join Paul (SerDinnerRoll), Adam (drownedsnow), Bing (Shoeshiner), Katie (LadyGriffin), Paul (Pod’s Plight), Michal (inkasrain), Alex (LuckyCharms), Casey (Blue-Eyed-Queen), Matt (Varley), Jeff (jeff14), Amber (amberrocks), and Zach (Alias) for another Game of Thrones review with more hosts joining by the minute as Skype chugs along with them.

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.

00:40 – Introduction and Ratings
6:45 – The Wall
23:15 – Runestone
30:30 – Meereen
36:15 – King’s Landing
43:45 – The Iron Islands
48:30 – Winterfell
54:00 – Vaes Dothrak
1:10:35 – Aftershow

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

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VoK 279: The Revenant [2016] (Review)


Revenant Movie.jpgThe vassals gather to discuss the film “The Revenant” as well as the life of Hugh Glass, who’s life and deeds inspired the book that inspired the film.

Hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Jack (It_Rhymes_With_Sleek), Amber (Amberrocks) & Matt (Varley) discuss the life of the mountain man, the ferocity of grizzly bear attacks as well as make way too many beaver references.

Contains spoilers for the novel “The Revenant” as well as the film.

Edited by Greg

Music: “Crawling Back” by Roy Orbison

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VoK 267: Mad Max: Fury Road [2015] (Review)


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I am awaited! I am awaited in Valhalla!

The Vassals of Kingsgrave review of the latest Oscar-winning instalment in the Mad Max franchise arrives not late but precisely when it means to.

Hosts: Easttexasdirewolf (Shane), Claudiusthefool (Greg),Drownedsnow (Adam), Amberrocks (Amber), Varley (Matt), Alias (Zack), It_Rhymes_With_Sleek (Jack).

Spoilers for all movies in the series.

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VoK 258: The Silmarillion ReRead (Part 9) – Of the Third Age and the Rings of Power


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave conclude their Silmarillion re-read series with Part 9 in which we cover the final section of The Silmarillion, “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age”.  Join Greg (claudiusthefool), Matt (Varley), Shane (Easttexasdirewolf) & lurker extraordinaire Amber (Amberrocks) as we cover thousands of years of history in 50 minutes.

We tackle the tough questions:
– Was Sauron truly redeemable?
– How much power did Sauron wield through the Rings of Power?
– What happens to all those beautiful ships that sail to Valinor on their one-way voyage?
– How long do you roll your “r”s when pronouncing Saurrrrrrron?

Edited by Greg

Episode Art: “Sauron Forging the One Ring” by Ted Nasmith

Audiobook clips are from “The Silmarillion: Unabridged” by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Martin Shaw, copyright 1998 by Random House Audio.

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VoK 254: The World of Ice and Fire – The Bones and Beyond


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In their third and final foray into the lands beyond the Sunset Kingdom, the Vassals scale the daunting Bone Mountains to explore the fabled kingdoms of Eastern Essos.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), Augustine (linecom1), Michael (Khal Wadege), and lurker extraordinaire Amber (Amberrocks) as they ponder zorse morphology, colour-coded emperors, spiteful gods, necromancy diets, and how to get those stubborn grease stains out of your black stone monolith.

With the help of Maester Yandel, they also speculate (wildly) on the future events of the novels, and the various real-world historical allusions scattered throughout the compendium.

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

11:00 – The Bone Mountains
31:42 – The Plains of the Jogos Nhai
46:38 – Yi Ti
1:20:46 – Leng
1:28:41 – Asshai and Beyond!
1:52:46 – Lomas Longstrider’s Wonders
1:57:45 – Martin and Orientalism
2:07:56 – Aftershow

This podcast is part of series of in-depth discussions covering all of the various sections of The World of Ice and Fire (by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson). Stay tuned to VOK for lots more installments!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Music owned by MGM

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Links:
VoK 175: The World of Ice and Fire – The Free Cities
VoK 186: The World of Ice and Fire – Sothoryos & Central Essos
The World of Ice and Fire (Amazon page)
The Lands of Ice and Fire (hi-res map)

VoK 250: Mord is the Tom Bombadil of Murder aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 9)


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Maple sceptres, oscillating bidets and feeding Petyr Baelish’s manhood to the goats?  It can only be the VOK Linear Re-read!

In this episode we reach the Eyrie and the Trial of Tyrion and watch Dany eat a horse’s heart.  As usual the podcast is dark and filled with spoilers – not to mention explosions of syrup.

Chapters covered: Dany 5, Tyrion 5, Tyrion 6, Cat 7 and Bran 5.

Hosts: Adam (Drownedsnow), Amber (Amberrocks), Brett (Whiteraven), Bina007, Drew (Wargasm), Jon (ZaneSeven), Matt (Varley), Nadia, Noah (Pops88), Peter (PetyrSlaylish15) and Scott (Shaggydog).

The aftershow starts at 2hr 19m.

For listeners playing along at home, the next episode will cover chapters Ned 12, Ned 13, Sansa 3, Ned 14, Arya 4 and Sansa 4.

Picture credit: The APOIAF Artbook of Game of Thrones, as drawn by Christina Kolb.  Music credits: Alpine Universe and Patch The Pirate – both available on iTunes.

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VoK 248: Star Wars – The Force Awakens (RebelScum Review)


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Kingsgrave – has there ever been a more wretched hive of scum and villainy?

Join rebel pilots Michal (inkasrain), Zach (Alias), Katie (Lady Griffin), Duncan (Valkyrist), Adam (drownedsnow), Amber (Amberrocks), and Scott (Shaggy Dog) for an explosive foray into Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. And stick around the hangar lounge for the Aftershow (at 2:06:05), which includes a brief dissection of the Prequel Trilogy.

Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with all previous entries in the Star Wars saga.

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
Audio clips owned by Disney

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VoK 245: Westerosi Spanx aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 7)


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Join the Vassals as they continue their epic linear re-read of Game of Thrones, focussing in this episode on the chapters covering the Tourney of the Hand.

Timeline: Sansa 2 (2m); Ned 7 (31m); Arya 3 (57m); Ned 8 (1hr 10m); Ned 9 (1hr 30m); Which Disney Princess Would Each Host Be? (1hr 56m); Varley opens his VOK Secret Santa present (2hr 02m); Aftershow (2hr 05m).

Hosts: Adam (DrownedSnow), Amber (Amberrocks), Bina007, Katie (Lady Griffin), Nadia, Patrick (Ser Patrick The Tall),  Scott (Shaggydog), and Zack (Alias).

For the listener playing along at home, the next instalment will cover the end of September 298 and the first half of October 298, including the Tower of Joy: Cat 6, Ned 10, Ned 11 and Sansa 3.

This episode discusses the books in spoiler-y detail but doesn’t give spoilers from the show.

Picture credit: The APOIAF Artbook of Game of Thrones, as drawn by Jenn Rose.  All new opening music credit for the linear re-read by Alpine Universe. Let us know what you think! End music from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast.

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VoK 239: Renly was Arya’s Mother aka The Great Linear ASOIAF ReRead (Part 4)


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The Great Linear ASOIAF Re-Read continues! Join us for the fourth installment of this planned 67 part series.  Today we cover chapters Sansa I, Ned 3, Bran 3, Catelyn 4 & Ned 4 of A Game of Thrones.  We delve into the finances of Westeros and Bina demands a Ledger of Ice and Fire.  We also come up with several new crackpot Baratheon-centered theories as well as come to the realization that Robert Baratheon just may turn out to not be the awesomest dude who ever lived.

Hosts: Greg (claudiusthefool), Nadia (Nadia), Amber (Amberrocks), Adam (drownedsnow), Calvin (KCenturion), Tanja (Scilens), & Bina (Bina007).

For the listener playing along at home, the next installment will cover the rest of the August 298 chapters  – Jon 3, Tyrion 3, Arya 2, Bran 4 & Ned 5.

Edited by Greg

Artwork: http://www.fanpop.com (artist not credited)
“Music”: Commercial for the Biffy Bidet from 2005

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VoK 224: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC series) – Season 2


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The agents of Kingsgrave break their cover to discuss season two of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Join Michal (inkasrain), Eddie (Teddard), Adam (drownedsnow), and Amber (Amberrocks) as they talk about the highs and lows of aliens, Inhumans, Ultron, and of course, Edward James Olmos.

We apologize for any frequent beeping, buzzing, or poor sound quality. It’s Hydra’s fault.

Credits:
Edited by inkasrain

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VoK 203: Avengers – Age of Ultron [2015] (Review)


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In this Cinco De Mayo special, the crew split themselves up into Mexican and French side to bring both a Spoiler Free and Spoiler Filled review of the new Avenger Age of Ultron.

0:00: Spoiler Free review with Beric175, Teddard and Fortytwo
23:00: Spoiler Filled review with Amin, White Raven, EastTexasDirewolf, Amberrocks and Fortytwo

Credits:
Edited by Vikram (fortytwo)
Hosts: Amin,Beric175,Teddard,White Raven, EastTexasDirewolf, Amberrocks and Fortytwo
Music: Gablé , BoxCat

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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 166: Book Club (Vol.3) – Station Eleven (by Emily St. John Mandel)


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Join the vassals for the third meeting of the VOK Book Club.  We review and discuss Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award (that’s right, literature!).

Join hosts Greg (claudiusthefool), Amber (amberrocks), Zach (Alias), Michal (inkasrain) & first-time podcaster Alex (LuckyCharms) as they try to make sense of this “hopeful” post-apocalyptic world in which 99% of the world’s population has been killed by a super-flu and yet Shakespeare (and comic books) have survived.

Come journey the empty weed-ravaged roads of what once was Michigan with the Traveling Symphony and its motley group of eccentric musicians and performers as well as visit The Museum of Civilization with its exhibits from a gone-away world.

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 Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.  Station Eleven Comic by Nathan Burton.  Logo from The Adventures in Bookland Blog.

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VoK 148: Podcast Roundtable


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Make some room in your MP3 players, cause the vassals are reviewing their favorite Podcasts. They talk about how they got into podcasts, list their favorites and list podcast they hate as well.

Credits:
Edited by Vikram (fortytwo)
Hosts: Alias, Amberrocks, Valkyrist, Claudiusthefool and Fortytwo
Intro Music: “hmm ok” by Gablé
Various other music: Chris Zabriskie’s Discography

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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 139: Full Cast(le) Recording #8 – The Abridged Princess Bride


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The Vassals perform extracts from the beloved spoof fairytale movie, The Princess Bride, using incidental music from Mark Knopfler’s classic eighties score. The table reading ends c50m in, whence follows an aftershow containing a spirited defence of Rocky.

The Cast:
Michal (inkasrain) – Narrator, Princess Buttercup & Miracle Max
Zach (Alias) – The Man In Black
Amber (Amberrocks) – Humperdinck & The Kid
Duncan (Valkyrist) – Grandpa, Yellin & Vizzini
Bina007 – The Impressive Clergyman, Mother, Valerie & Inigo
Shane (EastTexasDirewolf) – Fezzik & Rugen

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VoK 134: Guardians of the Galaxy [2014] (Review)


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The Vassals review Marvel’s latest release and discuss comic book to movie adaptations; the properties of yellow goo; why Ronan works and Malekith doesn’t; whether Gamorra’s change of heart is credible; and the attraction of marrying Thanos and becoming the Carmela Soprano of Space. The main review ends at 58m, after which we have a wider discussion of forthcoming Marvel releases and the patented VOK One Night, Marry, Yellow Goo game.

Podcasters: Bina007; Fortytwo (Vikram); EastTexasDirewolf (Shane); AmberRocks (Amber); Arthur Dumner (Liam) and Alias (Zach).

Edited by Bina007 using publicity materials provided by and belonging to Marvel Studios.

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