Yay! It's a homework episode! We have come together to recap our experiences with Spiritfarer, Kingdom Hearts, True Blood, and Closed Captions and it's a mix of some serious insight and giggling over cartoon raccoons. Please hang with us through the weird ASMR beginning we didn't mean it, I swear.
In this episode, we welcome our second-ever guest Femsplainer, Celeste, who shares with us some of the information she studied while writing her dissertation on closed captioning in pornography! As expected, the subject matter gets a little spicy, but also super enlightening!
Very mild and gentle spoilers may be in this episode!
Diana hurt her shoulder and stayed in bed playing Spiritfarer for 3 days straight, falling in love with a new video game for the first time in ages - now she finally has the opportunity to gab about it! Yes, there is a slightly hesitant game of FMK att the end, and we even snuck in a few moments of truth and honesty. Let us know if you have played this "cozy management game about death."
In this episode, Avalon Femsplains the absolute anomaly that is the Kingdom Hearts franchise to Diana, who has never heard of such a thing. They discuss the game through its evolution, its inherent fanfictionability, and the general puzzling nature of its existence.
CW for this episode, we discuss the plot of true blood which includes references to (but no descriptions of) sexual assault.
And this episode is almost as long, as we attempt to tackle them all. Largely discussing some of our grievances with the show, like the absolute abuse of Tara and Lafayette, the supernatural shark-jumping, and the series finale's horrific ending, we also discuss some of the novel things about the show, like the first two seasons and Eric Northman's time as a Himbo.
The tea Diana mentions in the beginning is Dryad tea found here!
It's the return of the Homework episodes! Over the last few Femsplaineds, we've talked about the being outside simulator, Animal Crossing: New Horizons; The epic walking book series, the Wheel of Time; Diana's first-ever published RPG, Neverland: the Impossible Island; and the art of Live Action Role Play. In this episode, we recap the things we've looked into on these topics since the previous episodes were recorded, and happily even peer into what listeners have shared with us too!
In this episode Diana mentions the lovely and talented YouTubers:
and our lovely previous guest Bree
This episode of Femsplained features our first EVER guest Femsplainer!!!! And we sure did start with someone effortless to talk to. Bree, creator of the Here To Stay merch line that directly supports people of color in their nerdy creative endeavors, as well as LARPer, costumer, gamer, and artist, joins us to explain the world of Live Action Role Play. They also share some fun stories, tips on trying the hobby out, and tells us all about her favorite character, Solstice.
In this episode of Femsplained, Avalon interviews Diana about the process of publishing Neverland: The Impossible Island, including the perils of trying to navigate the RPG scene as a first time publisher. We talk about consulting, kickstarters, art, and playtesting, but don't worry, we also talk a lot about sexy Captain Hook, and play a pretty solid game of "Diana finding loopholes in FMK".
And get a copy of Neverland on DriveThruRPG!
This week's episode of Femsplained is an Avalon-splain, where she takes me down the rabbit hole about an old favorite fantasy series - Wheel of Time. This is a true deep dive that will likely get us a swarm of angry fans but as always, we had a great time. If, like Diana, you never heard of this series, don't worry! We also briefly mention Animorphs, talk about the incredible new podcast Diana is hooked on, "Fast Times at DnD High", and yell about people not being gay enough.
This is one of the two new episodes we recorded prior to the COVID - 19 pandemic. We mention convention-going and otherwise seem carefree, and that's why. Please keep wearing your masks, stay quarantined, and stay safe.
Some audio issues aside, this episode is full of the usual jolly things, like playing FMK with horrifying pokemon, Diana's over-pronunciation of the word "sword", and Francis pretending this is not his favorite game ever.