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June 2, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 87: Let the Games Begin!

On this week's episode, we're discussing those models of decorum and tranquility: Games, and game-adjacent narratives! The tentpoles this week are the C-drama version of Hikaru no Go, the film Jumanji: Into the Jungle, and the fanfic you wait and you wonder who’ll take on your odds by paperclipbitch.


What We’re Into Lately


The Charm Offensive by Alison Cochrum

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid

All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

Yellow Jessamine by Caitlin Starling

marigolds by colbub

The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett 


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Bachelor franchise

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The Queen’s Gambit

Chess (musical)

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett




The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi


Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

DIE by Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

Casino Royale

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Alex’s Fun Facts History of Games Corner

Kriegsspiel game

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Playing at the World: A History of Simulating Wars, People, and Fantastic Adventure from Chess to Role-Playing Games by Jon Peterson

Checkmate by Naadi


Battle Royale

The Hunger Games

League of Legends


The Grandfather Clock by Anthony Hill


For Next Time

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon


Content Warnings




The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thanks to our most excellent scribes for their hard work!

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