Episode 3: Dungeons and Dragons and Ice-T! Oh My!

This week, we talk about D & D, along with other RPGs, and Joe tries to convince us to see a movie where Ice-T isn’t half Kangaroo.

Also, for more Christopher Lambert goodness, Check out his similarly titled, “Gunmen” on Netflix, which also stars Capt. Picard himself, Patrick Stewart.

In other news, We are very proud to announce that this show is now available on Stitcher! Stitcher is a free app for your phone or tablet that lets you listen and download podcasts from all over the world. We have posted the link in the sidebar. Find us there with your Android or IPhone!

See you all next time!

“Hey, do you want to play Sisrael?”

In episode 3, we talked about dungeons and dragons. While we were discussing it, I started thinking about how I first got introduced to gaming. It didn’t seem like it would fit in the actual podcast, but I figured I’d write it up anyway.

It was the time before time, 1989. Before the Internet, before I was the towering inferno of nerd that you (don’t) see before you. I was nine years old, and I was at summer camp. It was one of those 4 weeks at a time deals, and it was more or less my first time away from home.

One day, I was just kind of hanging out, and this little kid came up to me and said “Hey, do you want to play Sisrael?” I had no idea what the hell he was talking about.

So naturally, I said “sure.”

I like games. Turned out this particular game was one where I got to play a character (a dragon, no less), and he would describe what was going on. I traveled through these magical dungeons, fighting things and solving puzzles.

This went on for four weeks. Every time we finished a storyline, he let me upgrade my character, and he picked some other nonsense word. I had a blast. We played basically all the free time we had. It was awesome.

At the end of the summer, he told me what we were really playing. We were playing dungeons and dragons. Should’ve known; I was playing a dragon, and we were going through dungeons. But I was 9, and subtext wasn’t really my ‘thing.’

I got home from camp and went out and bought the Dungeon Master’s Guide and the Player’s Handbook for 2nd Edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. I started reading the books, and about three hours later (I hadn’t read very much), I was running across the street to a friend’s house. We made characters and we started gaming.

And that, as far as D&D is concerned, is how I got this way.

Because I wanted to play Sisrael.

Kelsey’s Reflections From the First Podcast.

Oh god, why am I doing this?

Every time my nervous babble came out of the speaker, I cringed.  I sound like a fucking moron, I add nothing to the conversation,  my stabs in the dark at humor fail, and why do I sound so god damn nervous?

For real,  it sounds like I’m sitting down there with two KGB’s instead of my two awesomely kind nerd-sherpas. As fate would have it, the more nervous I get the more my brain shuts off until the point where the only words it knows are the once that start with “ummmmmm”. The major goal I set for myself walking into this was to not sound stupid. And that goal got piss in its face my friends.  A nice full glass of hot failure piss. Now I’m sitting here, thinking about calling up Robb and Joe and telling them they need a new N00b. I am the weak link in this otherwise charming start to a show. I’m going to pull all of this down. I’m just not smart enough.

I’m just not smart enough.

A ruling expressed to me in different forms in my few past attempts at entering the nerdy type community.  The memories are still so clear.

My older brother and his group of friends mocking me and I desperately trying to figure out how to make the screen go where I wanted to look in Halo and not at the spinning ground.  Then finally after falling off a tower and killing myself for the tenth time having someone take the controller from me and explain, “Come on, it’s really not that hard.”

The Ex who after spending hours trying to teach me informed me I was “too stupid to learn D&D”, handed me a bottle of wine, and told me to just sit there, watch, and look pretty.

Being told as I was entering middle school I might be ‘ok’ at science now, but as the female brain develops  it’s better suited for English, art, and the more creative endeavors, so I should pick my electives accordingly.

None of these moments may sound horrible in themselves. But a life time of that, and you start to feel inferior.  You start avoiding things you want to try, because of the fear of looking like less.  In a world that puts so much pressure on you to always present yourself at your best, why the fuck would you ever put yourself in a situation where you have weaknesses?  Even now that I have found a group of nerds that have embraced me with hugs and cookies, I still have that fear of coming off as stupid, because I’m afraid once I do, I’ll lose their friendship.  Which is silly, because I know on a logical level these are some of the most accepting people I’ve met in my life, but emotionally I still have these fears.

And you know what? I can’t be the only one out there that feels this way. I can’t be the only person out there who, for some reason or another, has had the gate to Geekdom blocked by some assholes. And as much as I don’t want to play the sexism card, I have this odd hunch that many of these people are women. Just saying. It makes me a little sick to think there’s this group of people out there missing out on all this great geeky fun.  Missing out on these fantastic things because they don’t feel like they have a good enough knowledge on it to not look like an ass.

You know, as I type this out it’s becoming more and more clear to me why I am doing this, and why I need to keep doing it. If I have to feel stupid from time to time to let others know, “Hey it’s ok to say the wrong thing! People will not make you feel bad for it, in fact, they will help you understand it better! There are not always mean nerds.” I’m totally willing to take that one for team N00b, but more so I’m doing this because I want to. I want to learn.

I want to be nerd.

Podcast Numero Uno!

Hey! This is the first podcast of “Late to the Party”! In this episode, We talk about “Nerd Cred” and what that means. Plus, Joe and Robb go really deep into the world of Star Wars, confusing Kelsey with talk of canon and non-canon.

(Seriously, let the books be canon, Disney.)

 

Also, here’s a picture of the earrings we talked about:

Totes adorbs

See you all next time!

Welcome To The Party!

Hello!

This is “Late To The Party”, a podcast all about geek culture, a woman who knows very little about it, and the two nerds who have volunteered to try and explain it. This website is still under construction, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding more pages and possibly changing around the graphics. Please bear with us, and we hope you enjoy the first episode, coming soon!

~Robb