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Jumping the Shark Podcast #99

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It’s a quick and dirtless episode for Jumping the Shark #99. My work week from hell (all three days of it) precluded me from joining, but that can’t stop the rest of the crew from talking about moments in gaming they’re most thankful for from the past year. On the way, Bill delivers his penultimate chapter on the road to completing Dark Souls, Danielle dives into a board game so rare Bill has never heard of it, called Name of the Rose, and Brandon demonstrates why he’s the ultimate Batman. Join us for this last step before our big episode 100 extravaganza (in which we’ll largely do the same stuff we’ve been doing all along)!

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Todd Brakke

Todd was born in Ann Arbor with a Michigan helmet in one hand and a mouse in the other. (Never you mind the logistics of this.) He grew, vertically anyway, and proceeded to spend over 16 years as a development editor for Pearson Education, publishing books, videos, and digital learning products under the Que and Sams Publishing imprints. Because that wasn't enough of a challenge, Todd has also been a 20-year part-time snob about video games, writing reviews, features, and more for multiple outlets. Follow him on Twitter @ubrakto or check it out his website at

6 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #99”

  1. Eco has never been shy about promotion, but I’m quite huh? about this. Maybe they should just rename the great old Paranoia game as “Foucault’s Pendulum: The Board Game.” Or maybe a Calvino branded “If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler Game” where you play the game to learn how to play the game and the rules and place changes at random. The possibilities are almost endless. . . how about the next “Uncharted” or Lara Croft game placed within Danielewski’s “House of Leaves.”

  2. After seeing Abner’s tweet about Dark Souls, I know we won’t be hearing anymore of his trials and tribulations (except for next week). We lived it again when you gushed over it, good times, good times.

  3. Certainly there’s room in this smart people joke for a Gravity’s Rainbow deckbuilding game?

    As for the Name of the Rose board game…yes, it does exist. It’s part of a series of games that the German firm Kosmos has been doing based on novels. They’ve done several, with NotR, The Golden Compass, Around the World in 80 Days, and Pillars of the Earth being the most notable to non-German audiences. There’s been a couple based on German books too- Witch of Salem and The Swarm.

    I’ve not played NotR, but Mystery of the Abbey is pretty clearly inspired by the book as well. Murderin’ monks!

  4. You’re very welcome, even if “produce” is a very glorified term for what I do. The outtakes are the highlights of my week sometimes. Sadly there were none this week. Blame Brandon for starting his recording right when the show started and ending it right after. (Most of our outtakes come from pre and post-show banter.)

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