A short announcement about why we are on an unplanned hiatus, plans for the future, and (in happy news) we announce the winner of the prize from CSE Games.

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The truth is out there; you can find it by killing off the Gungan. Welcome to the 2017 Halloween Special where Josh, newcomer Lea, and special guest Greg from Rumor Flies talk about the classic series of conspiracies and creatures of the night, The X-Files. Instead of focusing on the mythology (which would require a much longer episode and some aspirin), we're tackling the funniest monster of the week episodes. We don't spoil the mythology of the show, but we do spoil the episodes we discuss. Come find out why Cher's music is way creepier than we ever imagined, how a tale about a man with a tail sparked a debate about misogynistic humor, and hear Josh's rendition of the COPS theme, Mulder and Scully style. 

Big Nerdy Recommendation: X-COM

Check out Greg and friends' shows! Rumor Flies and Jacks of Trades

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And the Oscar goes to...well, not the nerdy films. For most of the history of the Academy Awards, nerdy genre films haven't got the love they so richly deserved. Josh and Colleen look to rectify these omissions with the help of special guest Steve from the OscarWatch Podcast as they discuss which nerdy films were most overlooked at the Academy Awards. Find out which classic horror film almost won two Razzies, why 2001 wasn't nominated for Costume Design, and why the Academy wanted to rescind the nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Plus, we talk about how to best watch older movies with content that is not ok from a modern perspective.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Academy Awards: The Complete Unofficial History by Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza

Check out OscarWatch Podcast!

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Whether it's tabletop, board, or in a video form, gaming is more than just a hobby. It's become an art unto itself. We at BNQ believe gaming deserves its own Mt. Rushmore. Callie, Ed, Matt, and Josh enlist the help of board gaming developer Fabio Del Rio to determine the four figures who most belong on the hallowed mountain of gaming. We guarantee you'll learn some interesting factoids as we dive deep into the limelights of all kinds of gaming.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Photosynthesis (Board Game)

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CONTEST: Retweet this episode (1 entry) or review us and send a screenshot to bnqfeedback@gmail.com (10 entries) to enter to win a free game from Fabio Del Rio's game company, CSE Games!

Support CSE Games' newest project, Gridstones: Night Sky!

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"The only question I ever thought was hard/was do I like Kirk/or do I like Picard?" -Weird Al Yankovic

Welcome to the 50th Episode of BNQ! With a full panel consisting of Sarah, Ed, JP, Colleen, Matt, Josh, special guests Jay Sandlin and Orie from Dragon Fruit and a special appearance from Dr. Leah Brahms and Lt. Nuno from The Replicated Hat Podcast, this is the biggest BNQ to date. We discuss the timeless question of Star Trek: Kirk or Picard? Find out which captain most resembles General MacArthur, where you can find the Kirk Maneuver, and just how much patience Jean-Luc displayed in his diplomatic dealings with Lwaxana Troi. 

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Make It So: A Star Trek Podcast

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Check out our guests' projects:

Dragon Fruit, the dating app by geeks for geeks 

#WhoWouldWin? from Jay Sandlin and James Gavsie

The Replicated Hat Podcast

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Have you ever finished a book or comic and thought, "Gee, this really ought to be a movie!"? We certainly have--and it's time to tell you which book and comic heroes deserve the silver screen treatment. This week, Josh, Matt, and Ed go through the best of fantasy, science fiction, Marvel, and DC Comics and name the characters who are waiting for their close up, Mr. Spielberg. 

By the way, this is episode 49. Next week, expect something special.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: The Cat Who Series by Lillian Jackson Braun

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Josh doesn't watch anime yet. Luckily, Matt, Rachel, and Ed (filling in as guest host) will rectify this situation. They present nine recommendations for gateway animes, including three series that are guaranteed appropriate for kids and parents to watch together. As Matt says at the beginning of this episode, even if it's something weird from Japan, that doesn't mean it's not awesome.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

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Alternate realities: the spaces where the characters and histories we know are twisted into something not quite recognizable. This week, we put on our evil goatees as we analyze our favorite alternate realities and histories. On the panel we have Ed, JP, Matt, and Josh. We also welcome acclaimed author Jay Sandlin to BNQ to discuss his alternate history Outbreak Mutiny. Jay is a bona fide nerd and an amazing addition to the BNQ Roundtable. If you happen to manifest a superpower during the listening of this episode, please let us know.

Hashtag of the Week: #TheHanSoloCup

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Outbreak Mutiny (of course) by Jay Sandlin

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What do you get when you compare a scruffy nerfherder and an ophidiophobiac archaeologist? Well, if you're in Big Nerdy Headquarters, you get our discussion of who's more badass — Han Solo or Indiana Jones. We compare the two Harrison Ford iconic roles in terms of charisma, resourcefulness, moral code, intelligence, and caliber of victories. Which hero will reign supreme? Join Ed, Matt, Kenneth, and Josh to find out. Don't worry: No Crystal Skulls were used in the production of this episode.

Hashtags: #FlawlessSymphony; #Punjacked

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Rogue Legacy

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Welcome to the Hunger Games, Disney edition! This time, Ed, Callie, Sarah, and Josh draw 12 Disney animated characters at random and then place them in the arena for a fight to the death. Will princesses fight or ally with each other? Could a magical being cruise to victory? Can a little clock survive to the end? And what happens with the Cave of Wonders introduces a massive twist? It's one part Disney, one part D&D, and all nerdy fun. 

Big Nerdy Recommendation: The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh

Hashtag of the Week: #CogsworthKamikaze

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