Episode 045 - Derrida Would (Not) Be Proud (Because Pride Is A Social Construct Meant To Reinforce Pre-Existing Power Relations)

May 11, 2018

WORLDS REPORT!

Guys, not anybody can pilot Ahsoka to the Top 16 at Worlds. Fortunately, Ryan Stripling (Ryan Jamal) is nobody, so he was able to do it with ease! 

Ryan Jamal had the second most creative list in the Top 16 (you know who was first), but he was subjected to the reign of Brett (who lies) and was cut short of his epic world championship! He was a great sport about it, however, and you will be impressed with his recounting of his incredible performance.

Ryan's list was anchored in Han, Ahsoka, and Drokkatta, each of whom got some serious work done. Ryan was 5-2 in Swiss and was able to pull of some pretty impressive victories in a very competitive field. Listen to him recount his epic conquests, you will not be disappointed!

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Episode 044 - Brett Done (Almost) Did It

May 9, 2018

WORLDS REPORT!

Gosh dang if Brett ain't one of the players I love most in this world. His poise, his confidence, it's almost enough to get me to believe that he could take Han Rangers to Worlds and win it all. Of course, then he decides to break my heart and run some dumb amazing IG Pirates list.

Oh well, there's always next year. But regardless! Brett acquitted himself admirably at World's, going 6-1 in Swiss (only loss was to DT) and making it all the way to the semi-finals.

We have a lot of fun going through his matches then discussing what force users need to come into the swing of things.

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Episode 043 - Let’s Just Call It The Daniel Taylor Championship

May 8, 2018

First off, go listen to part two of our Worlds commentary with Fully Armed and Operational:

https://fao.podbean.com/e/episode-09-and-so-it-continues/

It is predictably stupendous, because the Fully Armed and Operational guys are LITERALLY the best.

Then, listen to this WORLDS REPORT!

Let's start this Worlds reporting off with a bang. That's right. I got the one and only Mr. Daniel Taylor to recount his cruise to the top of the heap for a THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. I know. It's insane. Yet here we are.

In this episode, Daniel (who was running IG, eQuay, Greedo, eJawa, R2, RCPlus, Temp, and Devious) reports on his swiss and cut games. Turns out, Daniel is freaking amazing. I ask him some playstyle questions as we proceed so that I can get a better idea of when to play On the Lam, when to apply pressure vs. conceding space, etc. It's pretty dang awesome.

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Episode 042 - JK and Kenny’s Swiss Report

May 6, 2018

WORLDS!

Notice that this is not part 2 of the epic joint-podcasting production brought to you by Fully Armed and Operational and Zion's Finest. That episode, summarizing the top 16 and Worlds, will be released soon.

This episode is JK and Kenny providing a report on how they did in the swiss rounds. The episode was recorded on Thursday morning, so we start off a bit groggy but pull it out in the end. Stay tuned for many many many more episodes over the next few weeks.

Everyone who plays X-Wing needs to check out the Campaign Against Cancer: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/xwingtournemant/

These guys do dang good work and, if we go crazy with IA, we might be able to get an IA event going. Regardless, everyone is strongly encouraged to throw some support their way.

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Episode 041 - And So It Begins….

May 6, 2018

WORLDS!

GUYS WORLDS IS THE BEST AND I LOVE IT AND IA IS THE GREATEST GAME EVER.

Prepare yourselves for some inundation, because we are going to be releasing a ton of episodes over the next few weeks.

This episode is part one of two of a Worlds summary jointly produced by Fully Armed and Operational and Zion's Finest. We were on-site for this episode, which we recorded at FFG's game center (sorry for the background noise) as a summary of how we felt that swiss went down. Everyone acquitted themselves admirably, and we all had a ton of fun.

Part 2 will be released shortly on Fully Armed and Operational, so you best be subscribing to them! That episode will be focused on our report and analysis of how the top 16 transpired.

I am also going to be releasing Worlds reports as I get people in the booth to talk with me, so things might be a bit out of order, but you will get all the content you need, I promise!

I FREAKING LOVE ALL OF YOU. WORLDS WAS THE BEST.

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Episode 040!!!! Somebody Call William Faulkner, Cuz We Got Some Real Streams of Consciousness Here

May 2, 2018

WORLDS IS HERE!

This episode is insane. We recorded late Tuesday night (the night before Worlds) and we were all a bit tired at the midnight hour. But we wanted to put our names to predictions for what we thought would be the meta as we brace for the best day of our lives.

I was also joined by the best twins in the World (and it's not Luke and Leia!!!) to wish everyone good luck.

Good luck tomorrow, everyone.

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Episode 039 - And On The Fourth Day (Before Worlds) …

April 28, 2018

WORLDS IS NIGH! WHAT. SHALL. WE. DO?!

In this episode, JK and I discuss Worlds. We played a few skirmishes this morning to warm up, and our discussion revolves around Han vs. Scum and Vader vs. Scum. We talk a lot about the IG vs. Vader match-up, so make sure and give it a listen.

Good luck at Worlds to everyone! God speed!

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Episode 038 - Fear and Trembling and Worlds

April 23, 2018

WORLDS PREP! (I am going to try and get ONE MORE episode out before next Tuesday (when I fly out to Minnesota))

I know you're going to be disappointed, but Kierkegaard makes zero appearances in this episode. I know, I know. Either I get the best, or I am left with the rest. It's enough to make me sick unto death. We are all, however, earnestly engaged as knights of faith in attempting to transcend the existential void that separates the wheat from the chaff in hopes of coming out conquerors in the upcoming Worlds! (I'm sorry. That got a little too involved.)

In this episode, Kenny is joined by Micah (masterchiefspiff) and Hasan (defkhan) to discuss their preparation for Worlds. Micah is going to be running IG Pirates, so he is super happy with Uscru (or at least, more happy), and Hasan plans to pilot an Unshakeable Vader to the top of the heap.

They discuss their matchups against the current strong archetypes, where they think they are weak, and where they know they are strong. It is awesome!

GOOD LUCK AT WORLDS!

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Episode 037 - And I looked, and Behold a Pale Horse: and His Name That Sat On Him was Uscru Entertainment District

April 21, 2018

MAP BREAKDOWN. 

Question: Have we reached peak pandemonium? Can we bear anymore insanity? Well how about this: did you know that the word "pandemonium" was straight-up invented by Milton in Paradise Lost? That word never existed before that epic poet fabricated it out of whole cloth! THE HORROR!

I told FFG to give us news from Lothal early. They didn't. I told FFG to not release a new map before Worlds. They did. I just cannot win with these guys.

But never fear! We have a breakdown for you! In this episode, Kenny rambles for the first fourteen minutes and then cuts away to brilliant commentary from Matthew Scott, Kenny's dear brother and a very amazing player.

Since the map has released, we have played about four to five times (each) in a competitive skirmish environment. We break the map down and Matt gives his thoughts as to how the map is going to play out and some things to focus on as you're practicing this list in the run-up to Worlds.

GOOD LUCK SUCKERS! CRY HAVOC!

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Episode 036 - Who Is Zion’s Finest?! WHO. COULD. IT. BE.

April 15, 2018

BATTLE REPORT! Zion's Finest had their inaugural tournament today, and it was a ton of fun. Our community in Utah commissioned a local artist to produce a Gideon Argus image that I turned into an alt-art card. Spoiler alert, it's freaking amazing. We also used the Q1 tournament kit as prize support.

Local players showed up to battle it out and see who is Zion's Finest. I WONDER WHICH BELOVED, BENEVOLENT, GENEROUS RUNNER OF REBELS COULD HAVE RISEN TO THE TOP AGAINST A SEA OF UNSHAKEABLE VADERS (okay, only one Unshakeable Vader).

In this episode, JK, Scott, and Kenny discuss their lists and how everyone fared. Each of us is going to Worlds so we are trying to get things figured out in anticipation of what we expect to face. We all love each other and have a ton of fun, so brace yourself for an awesome listening experience.

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