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Fisticuffs! is a free-for-brawl fighting card game that we made. Four to six players engage in head-to-head (-to-head-to-head) constant combat until the frenzy peaks and one player emerges victorious. We put it on Kickstarter in June, and we totally got funded: 132% of our goal.

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Podcast Episode

Our Stories: Seattle

From the podcast: Your Stories

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Nerdologues members Mary Beth Smith, Kevin Reader, and Joe Gennaro share their favorite stories associated with the great city of Seattle in this, the first of the in-studio "Our Stories" episodes. 

Podcast Episode

Chapter Four

From the podcast: The Ketchup

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

This week, Del reflects on a particularly significant personality from his days as a 911 operator, kicks off the Ketchup book club, and rocks out to MGMT, the Walkmen, and Miley Cyrus!

From the podcast: MBSing

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

When TBox told me he planned to discuss gasoline, I was all, "whaaaaat?" Then he outlined his work history with various responsibilities at refineries and rigs, and I was all, "coooooool!" A couple science nerds get to break down the chain that creates gasoline and other products from crude oil and the work that goes into getting that "devil jizz" out of the ground. 

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Reposted from our successful Fisticuffs! Kickstarter

Hey fighters!

We'll be at PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend! Because of you awesome backers, we were able to rush print a small amount of games to bring with us, and we'll be demoing and selling those extra copies of the game as part of the PAX-adjacent Cards Against Humanity store in the ACT Theatre! If you've backed the game and you'll be at PAX, you can stop by and let us know and we can give you your backed copy right there!

We'll also be performing in multiple comedy shows this weekend in that same space - stop by the store to get a program of the weekend's events. We'll be doing our trademark brand of stupid sketch comedy (re: fart jokes), as well as some Cards Against Humanity improv shows with the game's creators, like we did for the past few years. Fun stuff!

However, because of the trip, we might not be able to send out the Character Update on next Tuesday since we'll be in transit back to Chicago. :( We'll do our best!

Additional cool news - we're almost ready to release the PDF of the game to all of our backers! Once we're back from this weekend's trip, it will be our next priority. Stay tuned!

Week three of our weekly character previews introduces the marvelous and mighty marsupial Archie the Kangaroo, otherwise known as The Thunder From Down Under.

From the podcast: Talking Games

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

In this Talking Games "retro episode," Tim and Clayton hole up in Clayton's basement to chat about perfect games -- and what games people think are perfect BUT ARE NOT. 

From the episode: June 2013: Journey, Part 2
Storytellers: Eric Garneau

Eric discusses moving to Chicago in the context of Joseph Campbell's monomyth. He then gives an amazing rendition of Thunder Road.

From the podcast: Your Stories

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Our second Adler Planetarium episode has more runt stories from fantastic Chicago comedians and scientists!

Podcast Episode

Chapter Three

From the podcast: The Ketchup

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Stereolab, the Strokes, Gnarls Barkley, and more carry Del through a recollection of his job as a 911 operator -- and what might have been. 

From the podcast: MBSing

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Brendan Dowling stopped by MBSing to weave tales of mystery and intrigue. We covered the books, television, and film he grew up with and continues to enjoy all in the vein of whodunits (The Westing Game, Marple, and Clue, to name a few), and I love the insight into what draws him to the genre and how it feeds into his life as a performer.

From the podcast: Talking Games

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

This week, developer and organizer Jamie Sanchez chats with us about this weekend's upcoming Bit Bash festivities!