It's the 42nd Episode of BNQ, but don't panic, we've got a mostly harmless special for you if you brought your towel. We tackle Life, the Universe and Everything about the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Why is 42 the Ultimate Answer? Would humans understand a warning to leave the planet? Why is Marvin so sad? These questions and more are covered by Josh, Callie and our special guest, Dr. Leah Brahms from the Replicated Hat podcast. It's a special topic, a podcast crossover, and full of puns. In other words, it's the best of BNQ.

Spoiler alert: We don't avoid spoilers for the whole Hitchhiker's series. 

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Magic 2.0 series by Scott Meyer 

Listen to The Replicated Hat: A Star Trek Podcast from Dr. Brahms and Lt. Noon!

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Welcome to another BNQ special featuring an awesome guest! Bobby Del Rio, of My Roommate's An Escort, IRL: The Series, and The Market, joins Ed, JP, and Josh in Big Nerdy Headquarters to discuss his works and his artistic process. Bobby tells us about the differences in making comedy and drama, how IRL is a reflection of our cultural changes relative to social media, and how The Market is a vulgar-yet-accurate reflection of the dark side of capitalism. We do get a bit heady in this episode, but the discussion is well worth it.

(We did have a topic planned on classic supporting roles, but our interview was going so well that we didn't want to cut it short to make time for the planned question. We will revisit that question in a later episode.)

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Waking Life

Check out Bobby's works!

IRL: The Series | My Roommate's An Escort | The Market

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Hello everyone! We don't have a new BNQ this week, but we have a good reason: We are recording two specials! First, next week, we welcome Bobby Del Rio from My Roommate's An Escort to BNQ to talk famous supporting roles. After that, we have a special crossover event with the Replicated Hat podcast. What's the topic? All I will say is that it will be the 42nd episode of BNQ.

Thanks everyone! We'll see you next week.

-Josh

War...War never changes. Whether you fight dragons or raiders with shouts or mini nukes, the war will go on. This week, Josh and Matt welcome podcast newcomer Jason to Big Nerdy Headquarters to discuss Bethesda's twin titans, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls. Which franchise provides the better RPG experience? We go in depth on story, character design, setting, and other intangibles to provide a somewhat educated pick. At the very least, this episode may give you a charisma boost. Take your Rad-X and enjoy.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Starplex by Robert J. Sawyer

Hashtag of the Week: #AbrahamNugget

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JP is your guest host one more time as BNQ starts a new series on the Mount Rushmore of Nerddom with our look into the titans of nerdy television. Who are those leaders of television who made it a great place for nerds, geeks, and all others of a genre persuasion? Ed and Josh join JP to bestow the honors, but we will need help from the listeners to fill all four slots.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Powerless

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BNQ is in the midst of an uprising! JP takes over this week as the host while Josh takes a seat on the panel with Callie. Their topic--the plausibility of a machine uprising like in the Terminator franchise. Along the way, the three amateur futurists take a look at 2001, Asimov's laws, the Turing test, Battlestar Galactica, and the pros and cons of the automation economy. We were definitely wearing our thinking caps for this discussion and we hope you enjoy it.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Chrono Trigger

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Can you stick refridgerator magnets to Wolverine's claws? Does The Incredible Hulk have a limitless clothing budget? Would Iceman be more or less effective in the middle of the desert? These questions and more are on tap this week as Josh, JP, Colleen, and Matt look at how strange drawbacks can negate otherwise useful super powers. In addition to looking at established powers, the panel also gets creative and comes up with their own "if this, then that" scenarios for cancelling out marvelous abilities. We think this episode doesn't really have any drawbacks and we'll hope you agree.

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley

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Brace yourself, it's time for the most anticipated sequel of Season Two! Last year, JP gave Spongebob Squarepants the power to lift Thor's hammer. This year, it gets even better. Colleen, Ed, Matt, and Rachel join JP and Josh as they discuss over thirty characters in rapid fire to figure out who's worthy to wield the hammer and who's just a tool (see what I did there?). This might just be the funniest hour we've ever produced; we hope you enjoy.

Please note: Our audio equipment malfunctioned a bit during recording, so our quality isn't as high as we'd otherwise like it to be. Don't worry, later episodes will improve dramatically!

Big Nerdy Recommendation: Diggy Diggy Hole

Hashtag of the Week: #Thorality

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Do readers, authors, editors, and publishers think about books in terms of specific genre, such as historical fantasy or postmodern cyberpunk? Or is the idea of "genre fiction" an easy classification for those forms of speculative fiction that us nerds love to read and analyze? This week, we welcome special guest EC Ambrose, author of The Dark Apostle series and judge of the World Fantasy Awardsto delve into the significance of genre from all of the stockholder perspectives. We also discuss "The Dark Apostle" series and how to weave real history into a work of fantasy. Listen in for one of our best discussions yet, especially if you're as avid of a reader as we are.

Check out EC Ambrose and learn more about her books at her website!

Big Nerdy Recommendations of the Week, from EC Ambrose: California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout and One Night in Sixes by Tex Thompson

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It's a very special episode of BNQ! We invite Katie Uhlmann and Trish Rainone of the Youtube hit comedy series "My Roommate's An Escort" into Big Nerdy Headquarters to discuss our favorite female-led comedies. We also talk about what it's like to write and direct a web series and finding inspiration in real life absurdity for writing comedy. 

Check out "My Roommate's An Escort" on Youtube!

Big Nerdy Recommendations: Popternative and Wee Sing in Sillyville

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