New Episode: Series 10, Episode 5: Droids and Replicants

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Back from festive indulgences, Dissectingbots K33-R and M4-T take a look at the constructed creatures that inhabit science fiction worlds as servants and slaves – whether the world admits that or not. We talk about:

  • Droids in the Star Wars Universe (excluding The Force Awakens, so we’re spoiler free) and robots in general
  • Replicants in Blade Runner and other “biological” servants
  • Legal grey areas in growing your own humans (or sub-humans)
  • Emotional Distance and how easy society finds it to ignore real injustices, and how that applies to Droid/Replicant rights
  • …and more!

Keehar has a bumper-length bookshelf on period weaponry for all your time-travelling needs. Links to what he discusses are:

Hurstwic –

Dimicator –

Skallagrim –

Thegnthrand –

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New Episode: Series 10, Episode 4: Creatures of the Night

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This month Wolf-Man Kehaar and Man-Wolf Matt stare into the darkness without and within, as our Fantastic Creatures series looks in horror at, um, horror. This time we reach into the recesses of our primal fears and talk about:

  • Vampires, ancient and modern; from predator to love interest.

  • Werewolves (there wolves!), and fears of the the beast within

  • Stalkers and Serial Killers

  • Lovecraftian Horrors

  • and much more!

Glorious Classic “Horror Express” is in the public domain and can be viewed, in it’s entirery, on YouTube here

Microscope is here: and the DW2 announcement post is here

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New Episode: Series 10, Ep3: Elves (and maybe Dwarves)!

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Elves and to some extent dwarves and other spirits appear on the DW vivisection table today including:

  • The Norse elves of Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword
  • Melniboneans
  • Coverage from Tolkien, Lewis, Gaiman and more.
  • Matt is still bitter at Julian May
  • Elf Quest!
  • Traditional takes on the Fae from Shakespeare to Ben Aaronvitch
  • Space Elves from Babylon 5 and beyond
  • The Shattered Seas
  • Roleplaying elves in Rune-quest and Traditional F20

Enjoy! Apologies for the bookshelf sound quality.

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Announcing Dissecting Worlds Live 2!

Greetings, friends and listeners. Earlier this year we solicited ideas and advice from you all and used that to run an experimental world-building game set on a distant colony world. It was a lot of fun, and we think we (and hopefully you) got something out of it. And so, we want to do it again!

This time we have a loose framework in mind, but want to leave a lot of the ideas open to suggestion once again. We envision our players being the leaders of a convoy of survivors fleeing a realm overrun by the forces of Evil, and seeking a new place to live, or regroup. Think Battlestar Galactica, The Banner Saga, or other similar tales. Send us suggestions of other treatments if there is one you think we should read!

So to get started, the sort of things we need to be thinking about are:

The World:

  • Who or what is the overlord? His minions and his state?
  • Who or what is the exiles? Their tensions and their sources of alliance? What groups make up the exiles? What unifies them?
  • What is the environment of exodus (sea, desert, mountains, mixed…)
  • What is the nature of magic in this fantasy world?

The Game:

  • Where to have it ?
  • When to have it? (We’re looking at early in 2016)
  • What sort of core mechanics do we want?

Let us know – at this point no idea is too outlandish!

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New Episode: Series 10, Episode 2: Dragons and Other Mythical Beasts

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ROOOOOOOOOAR! Our Fire breathing Northerners dissect the big beasts of fantasy in this second ep of their fantastic creatures series including:

  • Mythological, fantastic and natural dragons
  • Sci Fi Dragons
  • D&D, Glorantha and Dragon Warriors
  • Dragon science and pseudoscience and pseudo social science
  • Are all Dragon Movies Doomed to be bad?

Kehaars Breeds of Dragon link for your interest and amusement.

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Coming Soon: Dragons and Other Mythic Beasts

They’re big, scaly and terrifying! No, Matt hasn’t finally been allowed to rant about Dinosaurs, its their fictional cousins, the Dragons! Next time on Dissecting Worlds we are taking aim at these most mythic of mythic creatures, the Dragon – from the pseudo realistic to the grandly magical. If we get time and stay on topic we may branch off to other mythical beasts too, but they can remain elusive and mysterious, the damned things.

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New Episode: Series 10, Episode 1: Orcs, Goblins and Other Hordes

In this episode our Northern Hobgoblins debate Orcs and their place in geek fiction including:

  •  Are Orcs racist or snobbish or both?
  • The Noble Savage
  • Other narratives of the Lord of the Rings
  • Glorantha’s Trolls and hateful Broo
  • Walking bags of experience points and the morally acceptable FPS cannon fodder
  • More French philosophers than ever before!
  • Sci-Fi Orcs
  • and of course numerous digressions…..

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The wikipedia page for The Last Ringbearer is here: and the actual text can be found online (but may be inlicensed use of IP)

Kehaar’s bookshelf is the 10 American Presidents podcast from Roifield Brown

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Coming Soon: Orcs, Goblins and Other Hordes

Finally, the new series is almost upon us and we are starting our Tenth Series (!) with that most common of fantasy enemies, the Orc. These monsters have been hewn down in their thousands by muscular heroes over the years, but is there more to them that? Where to they come from? Where should they go? We aim to look at the roots of the Orc, the attraction of such boiling hordes and foes, and how they’ve changed over the years, as perhaps nameless savages fit only to be hacked down by civilized heroes is a trope that was in need of some updated. If we get time we’ll have a look at SF equivalents, and Matt will probably wander off into Warhammer 40k unless he’s stopped.

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Series 10 Running Order Unveiled!

So, with Series 9 in the bag, it’s time to formally unveil Series 10. After some discussion – and thanks for all the feedback on this – we’re going for “Fantastic Creatures”, from traditional fantasy monsters to robots and golems to post-humans and beyond. Hopefully this will all tie into Dissecting Worlds Live! 2, aimed for early next year, and we’ll fill you in on that as we go.

So here is the formal running order.

  1. The Boys are Back in Town: Orcs, Gobins and other Hordes
  2. Here Be Dragons: Mythic Beasts
  3. The Old and Beautiful Ones: Dwarves and Elves, from the Woods to the Stars
  4. Creatures of the Night: Werewolves and other Nightmares
  5. Are we not Men? (Part 1): Artificial People (Golems, Clones, and Droids)
  6. Are We not Men? (Part 2): Planet of the Apes, Uplift, and more.
  7. Conclusions and Feedback

“Orcs” is in currently being fed to the whirring and clanking fantastic beast which is our editing machine, and should be out in the next week or so. As ever, thoughts and suggestions for things to cover in these episodes is always welcome.

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New Episode: Series 9, Episode 7: Espionage Conclusions

After our month off, Agents M and K are back to wrap up Series 9, go through the Dissecting Worlds mailbag and look back on anything else we missed.

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As we finally leave Espionage out in the cold, we cover:

  • Christopher Lee, one of DW’s favorite actors

  • Feedback – More Bond,  Star Trek: Vanguard, Neal Asher’s Polity and more.

  • Good SF Spies vs Bad Fantasy Spies, and the “Turncoat” archetype

  • Authors later works do they affect what you think of earlier ones?

  • The official unveiling of Series 10, including its broad running order. Recommendations Welcome!

Warning: There is some audio chop on this episode we couldn’t get rid of. We’ve made the decision to leave it in, as there was already some feedback we couldn’t cover and it seemed a shame to drop us talking about your contributions. So apologies, and we hope you understand.

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