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Jumping the Shark Podcast #111

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Awaiting you on this week’s Jumping the Shark, it’s a whole lot of court intrigue as Bill dons a crown for Crusader Kings 2 and changes world history. If you were ever curious to know how King Harald of Norway could have erased England from the map, this is your show. If you never wanted to know how that might’ve happened, then you need to take some time to yourself and really think about your place in the world and why you lack an inquisitive nature. Just say’n. But, hey, if it’s just not gonna happen for you with this game then Brandon’s got you covered with tons of thoughts on the new Mass Effect 3 demo. We also spend some time making fun of the ridiculous amount of DLC items in the game. Good times.

On a couple of quick house-keeping notes: As Brandon noted on the show, the ever-overworked Danielle is officially taking a hiatus from the podcast. You’ll still be able to read her voice here at the site, but for the time being you’ll have to live with JtS being a Brandon, Bill, and Todd affair. We are all very sad. Also, since we’re no longer a Gameshark podcast, and my editing time isn’t compensated, Brandon has stepped up in a big way by volunteering to edit the show every other week. He’s a real peach, that guy. (Seriously. Editing the show nearly every single weekend for two years wears on you, so Brandon allowing me a weekend off every other week is a godsend that’ll help keep the ball rolling.) This is important to note for this week’s show because I put in an outtake from last week’s recording that Brandon didn’t have access to. I probably should have left it to the disappear into the ether, but I liked it too much. So, when you hear references to Diablo 3 in the outtakes, take your mind back to episode #110. It’ll all make sense.

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As always, enjoy the show!

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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

10 thoughts to “Jumping the Shark Podcast #111”

  1. For all the work she’s done behind the scenes, the thing I liked best about Danielle’s participation in the podcast was her sprightly enthusiasm for things that cynical gamers take for granted.  The nightclub music in Mass Effect 2.  Playing Saints Row 2 across the country with Teresa.  Civilization IV.  Her stories about playing online Slayer matches in Halo: Reach were fun, not because she was apparently bad her first time out, but because she seemed so amused by all the trash-talking 13-year olds. 

    Listening to Danielle discover these things about games always reminded me of how much work and creativity has been poured into them, and why I enjoy them so much.  Hopefully she’ll be back whenever her schedule permits.

  2. Damn, I’m sad to hear Danielle take a hiatus, because to be honest I think having a gay woman on your podcast is one other major things that kept JTS from being a total sausage party like most of the other gaming podcasts out there. Danielle I understand about needing to take a break, but hope you won’t be gone too long.  Of course if you get Susan to step up with her hilarious potty-mouth that should soften the blow.

    p class=”p1″>On the upside I think the new shorter, more directed format is working quite well.

  3. That sounds so final! Danielle’s still here at NHS, of course, and I’m sure you’ll see her back on the podcast every now and then. Her time for the weekly thing just isn’t there, is all.  🙂 

  4. Yeah, that’s what Troy said the first time Tom Chick begged off of Three Moves Ahead.  Cut to a few months later and the entire cast has been replaced by Rob Zacny, Troy’s fled the country for Canadian pastures, and I’m spending three nights a week staring wistfully at his headshot while Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” plays on an infinite loop.  

    Wait.  What?  What were we talking about again?

  5. A great podcast overshadowed by glum news…I’m really going to miss Danielle’s chirpy voice making the seemingly innocuous, spectacularly grand. There is no appropriate emoticon to express my sadness. Come back soon Danielle. And bring cookies!

    After all the praise heaped on Crusader Kings II, I’ve added it to my wishlist; you guys are draining my wallet.

    Oh, and Poland! Glorious Poland! Kielbasa for all. I reiterate, great podcast.


  6. Regarding the play time of Crusader Kings 2. You can play from the year 1066 to 1452; or 386 years. This is about 141,000 days. If each day takes one second of play time it will take about 39 hours to finish at that speed. 

    Full speed seems like maybe 2 days per second to me, but that’s still 20 hours just to play the whole timeline. And doing well at that speed would be a bit of a challenge.. 

  7. Double that comment for me, basically exactly what I came to say on both points. I was going to hold off for a Steam sale but after the podcast Valve have wormed their way into my checking account yet again and at full price to boot (at least it’s 40 and not 60). Hope to hear you again soon Danielle!

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