VOK Nominated for the Annual Podcast Awards!!


PodcastAwards4Thanks to the loyal listeners of House Manwoody (and the APOIAF crew), the Vassals of Kingsgrave have been nominated for the 10th Annual Podcast Awards. Our humble little community cast has been placed in the “General” category, alongside heavy-hitters like Serial.

“Well that’s great,” I hear you say, “but how could I possibly help you dethrone such a gargantuan competitor. I’m only one person with an internet connection.” Well, humble listener, the fact is, you hold all the power. You can vote. And here’s how…

Step 1: Go to this website: http://www.PodcastAwards.com/
Step 2: Select “Vassals of Kingsgrave” in the General category.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom, and enter your name and email, followed by “Submit”.
Step 4: Go to your email inbox, and verify your vote.
Step 5: Have a Kit Kat. You’ve earned it! ;)

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Voting closes on March 24, at 2100 EST. However, you can vote each and every one of those 22 days, starting with today.

So be sure to share, retweet, reblog, do whatever it is Tumblr does, and loose your ravens to every corner of the realm.

What say you Vassals! :)

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VoK 186: The World of Ice and Fire – Sothoryos & Central Essos


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In their second in-depth foray into the lands beyond the Sunset Kingdom, the Vassals set sail to Sothoryos and its surrounding isles, before heading north to the vast Grasslands of Essos, and then norther still to the Shivering Sea.

Join Duncan (Valkyrist), Greg (claudiusthefool), Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall), Dan (witless chum), Augustine (linecom1), Michael (Khal Wadege) and newcomer Justin (uflGator1) as they ponder ramming techniques (naval and otherwise); butterfly napalm; early Australian settlement; the Dinopocalypse of the south; the Dothraki’s aggressive rural redevelopment program; frosty prophesies; Ibbenese wrestling moves; and the “phantom menace” that haunts Mossovy forest.

With the help of Maester Yandel, they also speculate (wildly) on the future events of the novels, and the various real-world historical allusions scattered throughout the compendium.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

03:51 – The Summer Isles
35:50 – Naath
43:50 – The Basilisk Isles
58:34 – Sothoryos
1:18:38 – The Grasslands
1:53:21 – The Shivering Sea
2:00:21 – Ib
2:17:54 – East of Ib
2:29:20 – ???

This podcast is part of series of in-depth discussions covering all of the various sections of The World of Ice and Fire (by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson). Stay tuned to VOK for lots more installments!

Credits:
Edited by Valkyrist
“Naathi and Butterfly” painted by uflGator1 (click here for the full-resolution image)

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Links:
uflGator1’s Art Site
The World of Ice and Fire (Amazon page)
The Lands of Ice and Fire (hi-res map)
Haven in a Red Waste

VoK 185: Book Club (Vol. 4) – Ready Player One (by Ernest Cline)


VOKBC4IMG Join the Vassals of Kingsgrave for the fourth meeting of the VOK Book Club.  We leave the real world to enter the OASIS and discuss “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.

Join hosts Greg, Zach, Brett, Duncan, Paul & Alex as they debate how awesome the 80s actually were, how healthy it is to live in a virtual world even if you do have your own X-Wing fighter, the pros and cons of watching Highlander 200 times, and why you should always let the girl say, “I love you” first. We also ponder what the true nature of happiness is anyway.

Be sure to vote on the forums for the next pick of the VOK Book Club!

Note: The first 27 minutes of the discussion is spoiler free.  When you hear “The Safety Dance” playing that means we are moving to the spoiler-filled discussion.

Credits: Edited by Greg

Image created by Zach (Alias)

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Nominate your Favorites for VoK Awards 2014


Dear Listeners,

It being award show season, we curators thought it would be fun to do our own award show this year. We invite you all to use the form below and nominate your picks for best movie,TV show,Anime,Video Game etc.

http://goo.gl/forms/c9zzMm2ATW

Entries will be tallied, and the popular choice wins..simple as that.

VoK 184: Game of Thrones (Ep.2): The Lost Lords (Telltale Games)


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Join Vassals Peter (Shellfish), Zach (Alias), Greg (claudiusthefool), Brett (White Raven), and Patrick (Ser Patrick the Tall) as they discuss the latest episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones game series.

Warning: Spoilers for the first two episodes of Telltale’s Game of Thrones game series.

Credits:
Edited by Peter (Shellfish)
Music by Jared Emerson-Johnson

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VoK 183: The World of Ice and Fire – The Iron Islands


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave head towards the inhospitable coasts of the Iron Islands to continue their ongoing discussion on The World of Ice and Fire.

Join Vassals Greg (claudiusthefool), Patrick (Patrick the Tall), Alex (LuckyCharms), and Zach (Alias) as they sort through the gruesome Ironborn history, consider what about the complicated culture fascinates them, and identify real-world parallels.

Warning: Contains spoilers for all published books in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

0:26 – Introduction
9:30 – The Iron Islands
31:22 – Driftwood Crowns
42:58 – The Iron Kings
44:42 – The Black Blood
51:08 – The Greyjoys of Pyke
56:48 – The Red Kraken
1:06:10 – The Old Way and the New

This podcast is part of a series of in-depth discussions covering all of the various sections of The World of Ice and Fire (by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia & Linda Antonsson). Stay tuned to VOK for lots more installments!

Credits:
Edited by Zach (Alias)
Outro Music: Longborn’s Legacy by Drumurboy
Art: Mattolsonart

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Links:
The World of Ice and Fire (Amazon page)

VoK 182: The Silmarillion Re-Read (Part 5) – Beren and Luthien


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The Vassals of Kingsgrave celebrate Valentine’s Day by discussing Chapter 19 of the Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beren and Luthien.  Star-crossed lovers or doomed from the start?

Beren the mortal falls in love with Luthien, the most beautiful elf that has ever lived.  Before they can marry Beren must complete the impossible task of cutting a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth.  As we follow Beren on his journey we touch on the continued dickishness of the Sons of Feanor, the possibility of Morgoth babies, the epic awesomeness that is Huan the Hound of Valinor as well as the Epic Rap Battles of the First Age and Luthien’s ability to make everyone simultaneously fall in love with her and fall asleep.

Hosts Greg, Matt, Alix, Matthieu, & Eddie discuss all this and more in the fifth part of our continued Silmarillion re-read series.  The previous episodes in this series are VOK Episodes 147, 155, 163 & 172.

Credits:
Edited by Greg

Image art: “Carcharoth” by Justin Gerard

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