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Discover the very best of things you can play, watch, and read! Our award-nominated comedy podcast uncovers the hidden indie gems you‘ll wonder how you ever lived without, dives deep into the franchises you already know and love, and talks about pretty much everything that‘s worth talking about from the worlds of boardgames, videogames, comicbooks, movies, TV, literature, and beyond.
 
We're just three brothers with nerdy interests and hobbies. We talk video games, books, movies, television, and tabletop games. We also believe that issues of religion and philosophy can have a major impact on storytelling in all media. As a result, our podcast is one part nerd out session, one part philosophical introspection, and two parts having a good time. Follow us on social media: @faithfictionpod. We'd love to hear from you.
 
We're a lifestyle podcast hosted by adult gamers trying to juggle our hobbies with the increasing demands of the "real world." Join us each week to catch up on what we've been up to lately, whether it's saving the world from space aliens or learning how to change a diaper. Check out our web site for links to connect with us on YouTube, iTunes, Stitcher, and more, at gamelifebalance.us. And if you like what you hear, then please leave us a review!
 
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00:00 - Leaving the pub with invincibility. 08:20 - Dire Wolf Digital’s Dune: Imperium is a highly thematic worker placement game that successfully captures the political intrigue the franchise is known for. Better yet, it avoids a lot of the pitfalls of similar games, by always offering you something truly beneficial to do, so you never feel like …
 
00:00 - Buying an apartment is boring. And very very expensive. 08:28 - The Call of Cthulhu Starter Set is one of the neatest pieces of introductory design; a great way to get into Chaosium’s legendary roleplaying game, which gets across the writings of Lovecraft really well, in an all-round excellent package. 29:32 - Dungeons & Dragons: Dungeon Sc…
 
00:00 - What to do with an extra hour. 07:27 - We went to watch Dune at the IMAX and realised that, for a film with the budget of a Hollywood blockbuster, it’s a surprisingly cerebral and mature adaptation of the novels, where the little things are what stand out most. This generation’s Lord of the Rings? Quite possibly... 29:17 - No Time to Die is…
 
This week, the boys discuss the long awaited Dune release: their thoughts, reactions, how it fairs as an adaptation of the book and compares to Lynch's 1984 film. Is Denis Villeneuve a cinematic genius? Is Dune his masterpiece? What should we expect from Part 2 if/when it releases? The boys debate! Also, Caleb and Jonah are very glad to have Critic…
 
This week, the boys discuss the cult classic film adaptation of Dune. They talk about what the movie got right and what it got oh so wrong. They also discuss recent nerd news, including Nintendo announcements and this past weekend's DC Fandome event. Is the 1984 Dune film as weird as everyone thinks it is or is it just misunderstood? Find out this …
 
00:00 - Willington Day, our favourite seasons, and the number five. 03:46 - "You couldn't read it". 07:04 - Super Arcade Football is from OutOfTheBit - of Super Arcade Racing (as heard on Ep77) fame - and it’s a delightful “jumpers for goal posts” game that feels like a spin on Sensible Soccer, but given a modern fit and finish. 28:57 - WizKids’s l…
 
This week, the boys discuss New York Comic Con announcements, Nintendo Switch releases, and the finale of Ted Lasso Season Two (spoiler free). In our main segment, Caleb and Noah compete in a game of epic nerdy proportions devised by Jonah to see who truly is the nerdiest brother of all. Let us know how we're doing by leaving a rating and review. S…
 
We're back! After a (less than) brief hiatus, the boys discuss this week's news in the nerd world, including the settlement of the Disney Black Widow lawsuit, the Mario animated movie casting announcement, some implications of Venom: Let Their Be Carnage's post-credit scene, and much more! In our main segment, the boys share their thoughts on Netfl…
 
00:00 - Butter spreading dangers. 02:07 - We hop on the Deathloop bandwagon and talk about why this cyclical murder sim from the folks at Arkane Studios is inspired by old school roleplaying games. 23:55 - Sam’s wild claims of popularising Pogs at his school, plus talk of Squid Game, which is a deadly version of Taskmaster directed by Lady Gaga. 36…
 
00:00 - Lightbulb moments. 03:20 - Dining out at the cinema and why Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a fantastic kung fu movie, with a more-grounded physicality in a universe where everyone has laser beams shooting out their eyes. 21:49 - What’s bigger than Kris's lunchbox? Being a VIP. 25:42 - We’ve been spending lunch breaks playing M…
 
00:00 - Play it slow or play it fast, SUPERHOT VR might just be the best way to experience the stylish first person shooter where times only moves when you do. 05:44 - A spice challenge at Seitan’s Corner. 09:13 - Anno 1800 is from Martin Wallace, via Kosmos Games and Ubisoft. It’s got a heck of a large footprint on the table and at first glance ap…
 
00:00 - Using Lara Croft-esque flares for romantic photography. 03:30 - No matadors whatsoever. 05:04 - We had a fantastic time at the UK Games Expo this year, and the organisers did a brilliant job of making it feel as welcoming and safe as possible. Last year’s digital version - which we did a… unique?… video for was all well and dandy, but it’s …
 
00:00 - The Calippo Shots generation. 04:38 - A bit of a saga. 07:21 - Black Widow is an action thriller in the MCU that explores some pretty dark and deep themes surrounding the character. It’s a good movie, with extremely visceral action scenes, but it doesn’t feel like a “phase 4” film. 19:40 - The solitaire Call of Cthulhu adventure Alone Again…
 
00:00 - Sleeping with Stephen Fry. 05:56 - It’s coming home. We’re going out. 09:00 - Marvel’s latest TV series - Loki - has aesthetics that are very reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange but, secretly, it’s the best Doctor Who series yet. 24:43 - The Willington Variants. 26:52 - We get into meditation with Mondo’s A Gentle Rain, an unbearably simple-s…
 
00:00 - UEFA Euro 2020 (actually taking place in 2021), plus: it all kicks off. 03:37 - We attempt to get away with murder with the keeping-your-story-straight simulator Overboard!, which appears to have come out of nowhere from inkle - the team behind Sorcery! and Heaven’s Vault. It’s glorious, with superb writing and a unique approach to “open wo…
 
00:00 - A couple of rounds of toast before bed. 04:51 - Kris’s Special Place, aka Board Beans Cafe. 12:07 - Helvetiq and Coiledspring Games’s GoTown reminds us of Silk and Fluxx, but it has a sense of internal logic that calms the crazy and makes it all make sense in the end. Another “throw it in the bag” game, if ever we saw one. 19:31 - First the…
 
00:00 - An alternative to exercise? 04:23 - A trip to Yorkshire and an unusual use of steam trains. 09:37 - Master Word is a cross between legacy game, word game, and deduction game, from Scorpion Masque and Coiledspring Games. You’re going to absolutely love it, just like we did. 14:42 - Muffin Time is by the people behind the popular web series a…
 
00:00 - Golf on a farm and penny pushers. 08:08 - Our first round of Kepler Games’ Forks in the Timeline. 16:44 - When you don’t quite see eye-to-eye with the rest of the family. Plus the excellent The Mitchells vs The Machines, which comes from the same team behind The Lego Movie and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 31:31 - Forks in the Timeline…
 
This week, the boys discuss toxic culture that exists within the gaming community, where and how it thrives, its dangers, and how best to respond to it. The boys also introduce a new segment called, "Toxic or Nah," where they explain commonly used terms for different actions in the gaming community and discuss its level of toxicity. Don't forget to…
 
00:00 - How you might know if you’re Unbreakable. 04:38 - Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers from Tim Fowers, is the sequel to a board game we first talked about on Episode 1 way back in 2016. Playing as a team of criminals on a caper, sneaking about and trying not to cause a commotion, this impressive follow up to the first game has been well worth …
 
This week, the boys discuss their history with various trading card games? Were any of them every actually a Pokémon master? Is it time for them to get back into Magic: the Gathering? What game were they not allowed to play as kids? What is their favorite Christian trading card game? Hear about all that and more on this week's episode! Join the con…
 
00:00 - The great fountain pen hack of the 1990s. 03:02 - MicroMacro: Crime City from Pegasus Spiele is a curious mix of Agatha Christie, Where’s Wally?, and the EXiT series, that just keeps on giving. 15:25 - Joining the PlayStation 5 club, the most exclusive club of them all right now, surely? Also: how (and why) the PS5 tries its best to keep yo…
 
Just like the real March Madness tournament, we couldn't contain our tournament to a single month. After an unexpected break, Faith and Fiction is back to finally finish answering the question: Which Pokémon starter truly is the best, like no one ever was? Listen to the boys' heated debate as they show their true colors as Gen 1 oldsters. Faith and…
 
00:00 - Deus ex macbina. 06:54 - The complicated backstory of Bananaman. 10:46 - A bit more on Polis, which we talked about back on Ep122. 15:00 - Seastead’s “altruistic competition”, flexibility in ruleset, and focus on inclusivity is a wonderful special event for two players, from WizKids. 33:28 - Holidaying in virtual worlds, and going for a rel…
 
00:00 - The magpie. 08:18 - A birthday and a dirge. 20:54 - Relaxed yet competitive, chilled yet tense, Celtic is a set collection game for the family from The Plastic Soldier Company and Pegasus Spiele that, on paper, shouldn’t work, but it really does. And why there’s a lot of value in going back to old board game mechanics. 35:03 - Most manga is…
 
Prepare for an exciting Round 2 of Faith and Fiction's epic tournament of Pokémon Starters! The crew may be short-handed for this one, but the competition doesn't miss a beat! Jonah fights hard for his favorite 'mon. Caleb has a change of heart (or two). All that and more on this week's episode of Faith and Fiction! Join the conversation: follow @f…
 
After some upload issues it's finally here! They all want to be the very best, but only one can win the crown. In their own nerdy version of March Madness, the boys have pitted the top 16 Pokémon starters against one another in a tournament of champions. Did your favorites make the tournament? Will they advance to the next round? Possibly even make…
 
00:00 - Dan’s birthday, Rudy’s Pizza, and Many More. 06:49 - Kris's "Consumption to Creation Ratio". Freaking ourselves out with Chris Bissette’s The Wretched, making memories with Thousand Year Old Vampire from Tim Hutchings, and writing poetry with Allison Arth’s Gentleman Bandit. 26:26 - Kosmos Games throw down the gauntlet with Polis, from Fran…
 
This week, the boys discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What's so great about it? How do you catch up on it? Why does every studio suddenly want their own cinematic universe? They also share favorite moments and predictions for the future of the MCU. All that and more on this week's episode of Faith and Fiction! Join the conversation by followin…
 
Happy(?) Ash Wednesday, everyone! This week, the boys discuss the narrative function of death in fiction, memorable uses of death in fiction, and the importance of reflecting on our own mortality. Caleb gets morbid about pets, Noah's new puppy makes special audio appearances in the background, and Jonah doesn't want to talk about anything but anime…
 
00:00 - We like to eat eat eat Apples and Bananas. We lake to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays. 07:14 - Daylife in Japan is a cheap and very cheerful jigsaw puzzle game we’ve played on Switch, by Minimol Games and QUByte Interactive. Want a meditative game to play while listening to audiobooks? This might just be it. 20:43 - Wolfgang Kramer an…
 
This week, the boys discuss the odd relationship between many Christians and the fantasy genre. Why do so many Christians get riled up against fantasy works while adoring authors like Tolkien and Lewis? What was it like growing up in the Bible Belt while being huge fans of Pokémon, Harry Potter, and other "blacklist" series? What is it like as Chri…
 
This week, the boys discuss the recent frenzy surrounding Reddit bros buying tons of Gamestop stock, as well as their own memories shopping at their own local Gamestop(s). Noah and Jonah also compete in the first ever Trade-In Value Showdown, which is exactly what it sounds like. All that and more this week on Faith and Fiction! Join the conversati…
 
00:00 - A jigsaw of the Moon. 06:54 - How to play Lost Cities wrong. Very wrong. And incorporating baby-friendly player aids into board games. 12:35 - Reiner Knizia’s Schotten Totten 2 is more thematic, more focused, and easier to get others into it than its previous iteration. 23:08 - A true centrepiece for any happening party. 26:32 - Disney’s ne…
 
Ahoy! In this episode, the boys bask in the glory of the pirate's life. They discuss their recent obsession, the video game Sea of Thieves, as well as all things Pirate-y (looking at you Sid Meier's Pirates! and Muppets Treasure Island). Discussion also meanders into game design and building mechanics that tell stories. All that and more on this ep…
 
00:00 - Sam's mug. 04:54 - Kris's mattress. 09:02 - Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a high concept spy thriller that’s “the first time travel movie”, but perhaps it doesn’t explain itself enough? 27:12 - Knights and Bikes is from Double Fine and Foam Sword, and it’s a completely riotous co-op craftpunk adventure with a great sense of humour. 44:00 - Hei…
 
In this episode, the boys discuss three "highs" and "lows" of 2020 as well as what they're looking forward to in 2021. Caleb talks movies, Noah fondly remembers writing excursions, and Jonah gets a little political. All that and more in this week's episode! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or leave a rating. It means a ton! Join the …
 
Merry Dune-mas and Happy Dune Year! It's here! It's finally here! Not 2021, Faith and Fiction's grand finale to our read through of Dune. That's right, this episode brings us all the way to the end of the book! To cap things off, the boys discuss their thoughts and feelings in a post-Dune world, how the book holds up, and its major influences in po…
 
00:00 - New Year's Resolutions Part 1, plus a hot take on Final Fantasy XII. 05:22 - Star Wars: Squadrons is an enjoyably arcade-y VR flight sim that really surprised us. 16:46 - New Year's Resolutions Part 2, cracking eggs, smashing glutes, and Hobbits with trundle wheels. 23:37 - The Mandalorian, and why you don’t have to know anything about Star…
 
Happy Dune-mas! To celebrate this special occasion, the boys dissect the second half of Book Two of Dune. They discuss the introduction of Feyd-Rautha, the further development of Fremen culture, some fascinating pictures of Frank Herbert and Sting, and much much more! Only one episode remains in our Dune-cember celebration. Next week we'll be count…
 
This week, the boys discuss the first part of Dune's second book, "Muad'Dib." There's betrayal. People die. Other people drink some reclaimed water. It's a lovely time. All that and more on this week's episode of Dunecember! Join the conversation by following the podcast on social media: @faithfictionpod. Support the show (https://paypal.me/faithfi…
 
00:00 - Top tips for job interview success. 04:14 - Secret Santa, part 1 - powered by Mr Lister's Quiz Shootout from Big Potato Games (plus a little bit on Thousand Year Old Vampire too). 12:45 - Looking at ladders on the loo. 15:21 - Secret Santa, part 2 - with thoughts on Fungi/Morels. 24:16 - Abandon All Artichokes from Gamewright is a light and…
 
In this episode, things escalate quickly as the boys finish Book One of Dune. They attempt to recap this second chunk of reading in 30 seconds, discuss its major scenes, build some biblical connections, and ponder how one translates Frank Herbert's unique writing style to the big screen. Join in the conversation by following the podcast on social m…
 
Happy Dune-cember! This month, join the Faith and Fiction boys as they embark on their first ever read through of Dune. Episode One covers the first half of Book One (approximately the first 12 chapters or the first 157 pages or so). The boys give their best 30-second summaries, first impressions, and (not so) hot takes about casting choices for th…
 
00:00 - Crunchy Nut Peanut Butter and very thick milk. 06: 42 - A cartoon-like, one page RPG that is tremendous fun: we’ve played Honey Heist by Grant Howitt and had a great time with some bears in hats. 18:57 - Squirty cream “as a vehicle”. 23:30 - Taking early steps into FIFA 20’s Ultimate Team (and its similarities to Pro Evo’s Master League mod…
 
This week, we check in with the boys about their attempts at National Novel Writing Month. They also share what they're thankful for this year. Join us in December as we read through Dune. The full schedule is as follows: December 3rd - Book 1, Part 1 (Pages 1-157) December 10th - Book 1, Part 2 (Pages 158-324) December 17th - Book 2, Part 1 (Pages…
 
00:00 - What’s that banging? What day is it? How old is Sam? 05:32 - And for that matter, what’s your favourite era of time? 11:40 - TRAINS! We talk Ticket to Ride and the digital adaptation of it that we’ve been thoroughly enjoying. 16:20 - Cóatl is crammed full of bright and lovely plastic, has a very pleasing Aztec art style, and is a super eleg…
 
Our duo of adventurers -- Ronin, the Warforged Battlemaster, and Belerath, the Aasimar Warlock -- continue their investigations of the mysterious disappearance of the inhabitants of Howe. They delve deep into the town's mine. What they find shocks and terrifies them... For more information about how Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition is played, check…
 
To celebrate the start of November, the boys discuss National Novel Writing Month, a yearly challenge held every November to write 50,000 words of fiction in one month. Caleb and Noah share their projects for the month and what they hope to accomplish from this month of intensive writing. There's also some extensive discussion of Dr. Who, Gilmore G…
 
00:00 - An intensely heated debate: is a Twix a biscuit or a chocolate bar? 07:53 - Tapestry: Plans and Ploys continues to build upon the foundations of the lean(ish) civilization-creating original, and also continues Stonemaier Games’ tradition of featuring beautiful components. 21:07 - Some grumps bang on about how they don’t like Halloween, and …
 
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