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Game of Thrones S8 E1

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley kick off their weekly recaps of the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones with some help from Seattle Met Magazine associate editor Rosin Saez. The three of them break down what happened this episode and what it means. They get into their favorite moments and some wild speculation. Nick tries to explain why it was weird that Dany wanted Jon to do a certain thing with the Rhaegal. Rosin traces the origins of the Night King's body art. Dyer...


Episode 331: The Dragon of Renton, Broadband for the People

This magazine episode starts off with Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discussing nerdy news and headlines, including a plan to break down Washington’s digital divide, some hard numbers on how much Vancouver, BC is crushing it in the film industry, and the casualties of Avengers and Game of Thrones swallowing up all of our attention. Dyer’s feature this week takes us to the “nerdiest downtown in America” where Renton will be unveiling their very own dragon. 1:45 -- News: Mox Boarding House expands...


Episode 330: Quantum Leap 30 Years Later

This round table episode has friend of the show Aaron Mason (The Leap Home: A Look Bakula) join Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley to celebrate the seminal sci-fi that premiered in 1989. They talk about the show’s highlights, lowlights, and signature moments, including the time Sam leapt into a woman about to give birth, the time he saved the Civil Rights Movement, and much more. Finally, they discuss what episodes they’d like to see if Quantum Leap ever returned.


Episode 329: The Nerd Out; Comics and Cocktails in Portland (feature only)

You may not expect that a small, neighborhood pub with comic book wallpaper, Star Trek on a big screen, and customers in cosplay would have some of the best cocktails in the city, perhaps the country. But that’s what The Nerd Out aimed to do when it opened in Portland’s Belmont neighborhood in December 2017. Since then, this small pub has grown a community and a pop culture inspired menu of craft cocktails. Owner Mitch Gillam argues his bar now has the best (Spider) Manhattan in Portland,...


Episode 328: The Nerd Out, Avengers News, Washington’s Dinosaur

This magazine episode starts off with Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discussing nerdy news and headlines, including some Avengers: Endgame news (they even try to fix the film’s most glaring flaw!) and a bill in Olympia to declare Washington State’s official dinosaur. After that, Dyer profiles the home of the Spider-Manhattan and other inspired, geeky drinks--Portland’s The Nerd Out. Finally, Dyer surprises Nick with a quiz on nerdy cocktails. 1:20 -- News: Avengers: Endgame 11:30 -- News:...


Episode 327: Jeff Gomez Builds Mythology (Round Table)

For this round table episode, Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley are joined by Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner, a transmedia company that specializes in building out an IP's story mythology. Have you every picked up a book based on a game you love? Or vice versa? That's transmedia. Well, a piece of it. Gomez explains his specialty and discusses his upcoming project with Tsuburaya's Ultraman.


Episode 326: ECCC Preview, Critical Role mini-feature

Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley kick off this magazine episode with a couple heads up about this year's Emerald City Comic Con. They discuss some other nerdy news and then Dyer plays a mini-feature story about the Critical Role podcast coming to Seattle this weekend for the convention. If you see anyone in a NW NERD cape during ECCC, take a pic and enter our contest (instructions in the intro)


Episode 325: Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones on Retirement

This round table episode has Seattle superhero Phoenix Jones join Dyer Oxley and Nick Jarin in studio to talk about his career as a crimefighter and whether he is really retiring. Phoenix gets candid as he talks about his reasons for hanging it up.


Episode 324: ADL Game Jam (Feature only)

The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has started hosting game jams – when avid gamers gather to create a video or tabletop game under a tight deadline. Normally, indie games can take years to develop. These gamers are building one in a weekend with the help of Seattle Indies. Last fall, the ADL hosted a game jam with the theme of identity, and the goal of creating empathy and fighting hate. This is what happened.


Episode 323: Wizard World, ADL Game Jam

This magazine episode starts with a news section, where Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discuss changes to Rotten Tomatoes to limit troll campaigns, what makes Bill Gates happy, and their trip to Wizard World in Portland. Plus, they announce their upcoming photo contest during Emerald City Comic Con. After the news, Dyer takes us to a hackathon with a mission: The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Game Jam. How can games help fight hate?


Episode 322: Hollywood Comes to Seattle, Umbrella Academy

This round table episode kicks off with Dyer Oxley sitting down with Hollywood executive Gary Glushon. They discuss Glushon’s career path, his unique insights to China’s influence on Hollywood, and Glushon’s advice for creators and filmmakers trying to get their break. Next, Nick and Dyer discuss some TV industry shakeups and news. The last two Marvel shows on Netflix got cancelled and one new show, The Umbrella Academy, could point to the streamer’s path forward for nerdy fare.


Episode 321: A family business; Supernatural Impala cult (feature only)

In its years on the air — as one of the longest-running TV shows in history — Supernatural has inspired a cult fandom like no other. So much that a niche of fans have taken countless hours, and money, to recreate “Baby,” sometimes called the “Metallicar,” so they can drive their own demon-hunting 1967 Chevy Impala, just like Sam and Dean. Meet fans like Megan and Marcus, Brad and Mary, and Rick Blevins of Kansas whose full-time job is now converting old 1967 Impalas into screen-accurate...


Episode 320: Phoenix Jones Retired? Plus, Supernatural Cars

This magazine episode starts off with Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discussing nerdy news and headlines, including a cryptic social media post from Seattle’s most iconic superhero. After the news, Dyer takes us inside the world of a particular Supernatural super-fandom: People who make and own replicas of “Baby”, the Impala from the TV show Supernatural. 1:10 -- News: Phoenix Jones 15:10 -- News: Tech’s effect on housing 24:30 -- News: Game of Thrones’ off-screen death 29:00 -- News: Box office...


Episode 319: Mephisto The Card Game (Round Table)

Indie game designer Dylan Mangini joins the show to discuss the success of his fully funded Kickstarter tabletop game. How did he do it? What role did the local tabletop scene play in his success? Who said that the game is "better than Pokemon"? Mephisto Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/631404185/mephisto-the-card-game


Episode 318: Geeks speaking up for geeks in Renton(feature only)

Episode 318: Geeks speaking up for geeks in Renton(feature only) by NW NERD


Episode 317: Funko Movie Rumors, RenCon Update

This magazine episode starts off with Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discussing nerdy news and headlines, including rumors of an upcoming Funko movie and the big moves by Wizards of the Coast to make Magic: The Gathering an esports hit. Dyer’s feature story this week takes us to the scene of Renton City Comic Con faithful making their case to the city that is their namesake. 1:10 -- News: Funko movie 9:45 -- News: Wizards’ esports play 22:30 -- News: Mephisto fully funded 25:20 -- Nerd Alert:...


Episode 316: Robot of the Day, Captain Cannabis

Dyer Oxley plays interviews he did at Versus Comic Con with artist Brian Johnson of Robot of the Day and the quirky hero Captain Cannabis.


Episode 315: Why Buffy actor Nicholas Brendon goes bowling (feature story)

Actor Nicholas Brendon was a hit as Xander in the iconic TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” More recently, he has struggled with addiction, depression, and multiple arrests. Now, he goes bowling, raising awareness of depression and anxiety. The events foster a community of fans, supporting each other. But he also receives criticism. Brendon discusses it all with NW NERD.


Episode 314: Bowling with actor Nicholas Brendon

This magazine episode starts off with Nick Jarin and Dyer Oxley discussing of some nerdy news, including the teaser for the final season for Game of Thrones and the release of Mephisto: The Card Game (get it on Kickstarter!). After the news, Dyer’s feature story this week looks at actor Nicholas Brendon’s ongoing events to promote mental health and why his events have stoked controversy. Brendon opens up about his struggles off the screen in a way you haven’t heard before. 3:20 -- News: Game...


Episode 313: Rob Paulsen, voice of your childhood

As a short special before Nick and Dyer return next week to continue Season 3, friend of the show Aaron Mason stops by with a story about actor Rob Paulsen. Paulsen voiced characters on some of your favorite cartoons, including Animaniacs, Jimmy Neutron, Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and more. Seriously, go look at his IMDb. Mason talked to him about his storied career and a time when he and it were in danger.