Sep 272012

There’s a stereotype of nerds being bad at sports. And for us here at Rag-NERD-rok, that’s mostly true. But if there’s one thing that nerds are great at, it’s games. And yet we still seem drawn to playing games that we just can’t win, no matter how hard we try. What’s up with that? Maybe we’re just a bunch of masochists. Those games that we just can’t win but love to play anyway are our topic for this episode. And after that, get ready for another thrilling episode of Dead of Winter. Seriously, it’s a good one.

(show notes after the jump)

I. Cold Open: Class Participation (00:00:00)

Zach and Tiffany’s demonic offspring finally starts going to preschool. Things work out about as well as you’d expect.

II. Discussion: Games we just can’t win (00:02:08)

We use our patented Five Minute Timer to discuss some of our favorite no-win scenarios. These are the games that we can’t win, but we also can’t stop playing. We talk about what makes them fun and why we keep coming back to them. We also mention those

The Battlestar Galactica Board Game
Mansions of Madness
Arkham Horror
Ghost Stories
The Gears of War Board Game

III. Dead of Winter: Episode 4 (00:45:55)

Ed brings us Episode 4 of Dead of Winter, and is this one a doozy. Enjoy!

“Dead of Winter:  Episode 4-Ear to You”
written and directed by Ed Cress
based on a fiasco played by the guys at Rag-NERD-rok

Alex Costello as Elder Eta
Ed Cress as the Mysterious Stranger
Bob Domingo as Neil Price
Flint Lockwood as Brother Mu
Mike Newman as Arthur Webb

Credits Read By:
Arianne Forella

Dialogue Recorded and Edited By:
Ed Cress

Foley Artists:
Abyssmal, benboncan, Ed Cress, Angela-Cress Wineland, shall555


“He’s a Devil in His Own Hometown”
Performed by Billy Murray
Music by Irving Berlin
Words by Irving Berlin and Grant Clark

“Kyrie Elson in Church”
by rocavaco

“Dark Helical Circle”
by Csoul

Outro (01:04:00)

Thanks again for joining us yet again! Some stuff to remember: If you’re planning to play chess with The Terror at Wind Mill Omega IX, be sure to bring a broomstick to fend off the horrifying growth on its face in the event that you win the game. Also, be sure to check out Rag-NERD-rok on iTunes, on Facebook and on Twitter! If you would like to find out what Ryan’s thoughts on the Gears of War board game were, you can email us at, comment below, or leave us a voicemail at (516) 362 – NERD [6373].

Music and SFX:

Interlude: Molten Lava (OBE) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0


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