Tales of the Con Podcast

Tales of the Con Podcast

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The Tales of the Con Podcast is a weekly unfiltered look at Comic-Con culture and all things nerd & geek, while cracking jokes and telling real-life stories No topic is off-limits. Mature language and salty attitudes guaranteed.
76 – Phoenix FanFest 2017 Wrapup
Nov 20 • 49 min
Fred and Chris discuss our experience with the Phoenix FanFest event for 2017. Tales of the Con is 100% fan-funded. We now accept Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum in addition to Paypal and our Patreon page. We make it easy for you to help us out! Visit our…
75 – Was the internet a mistake?
Nov 13 • 59 min
We recap our time at the PIY2017 Podcast it yourself event. Fred and The Offender went to an art exhibit and shook things up. The Offender asks us about the most disturbing things we’ve ever seen online. Was the internet a mistake overall?.. Sign up on…
74 – The death of the moshpit
Nov 6 • 50 min
In today’s episode Fred is recovering from his birthday. We talk about the headaches of PC games and drivers. We also talk about getting older and what not to do at a concert in 2017. Old punks never die, they just stand in the back… (Recorded 10-28-2017,…
73 – The Chief’s birthday
Oct 30 • 63 min
Topics in today’s episode include: Its Fred’s birthday. Chris just built a gaming PC, and now Fred has jumped back on board with PC gaming. We talk about MOBAs and some of the games we’ve missed. Grumpy old men yelling at kids, and some of our favorite…
72 – floccinaucinihilipilification
Oct 23 • 47 min
Topics include: ComicCon hotel shenanigans, More evidence of BattleFront 2’s pay-to-win system, Weeaboo penguins, and interdimensional sexcapades. Tales of the Con and our Podcast are fully independent thanks to fan support via Patreon. There are no…
71 – Early access games and the developer-player relationship.
Oct 16 • 61 min
MrHancock1395 joins us to discuss Battlefront 2: Broken Promises edition. How much do developers owe early adopters or the general playerbase of their games? What if you pay for a title that gets cancelled? Some games (i.e. Vanilla WoW) just cease to…
70 – RedDead2, Vinyl Music, and Cringey teenage moments.
Oct 9 • 56 min
We get hyped about the new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 and talk about spagetti westerns. We discuss music, the resurgence of Vinyl, and what music from the past doesn’t hold up. We also talk about cringey moments from our teenage years. (Recorded…
69 – The Punisher, Trans-disabled, and new trash anime recommendations
Oct 2 • 56 min
Topics include: The Offender asks if all blind people have powers like Daredevil? Dr. Phil talks to “Trans-disabled” people. We talk about Netflix and Marvel’s The Defenders and the new Punisher trailer. My little Pony and the latest trash anime you…
68 – PC Gaming, PUBG, and are in-game lootboxes gambling?
Sep 25 • 57 min
We go over our further development of our tabletop game Space Adventure. We talk about returning to PC gaming, Overwatch, DayZ and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. We also discuss a serious movement to classify in-game lootboxes as gambling. Join us on…
67 – Classic Comedies, IT, and hurricane Irma
Sep 18 • 54 min
We talk about classic comedy movies and plan for a movie night. We discuss the new IT movie and why clowns are horrible creatures regardless. We call Samantha who lives in Florida and is about to be hit by hurricane Irma, but did no prepping… Plus the…
66 – Concerts, Punk Rock, and first comicbooks
Sep 11 • 52 min
Fred and Chris go full nostalgic in this episode. We discuss our first concerts, first comicbooks, and explain the Punk Rock scene. God bless america. - Tales of the Con is made possible through the generous support of our Patreon subscribers.
65 – Rick and Morty Rickmobile, Porgs, and the decline of comicbook stores.
Sep 4 • 54 min
We got to pay a visit to the traveling Rickmobile, of Rick and Morty fame. We talk about how small details in a game make a huge difference. Porgs have us worried about The Last Jedi, and we reminisce about the slow death of Comic book stores.
64 – Friday the 13th, Mini-Golf, and Mushrooms
Aug 28 • 49 min
Friday the 13th the game is surprisingly good. How many Caddyshack references can you jam into a session of Mini-Golf? The perils of movie theaters while on mushrooms… #realtalk (Available to our Patreon subscribers on 08-20-17,
63 – Game On Expo 2017
Aug 21 • 43 min
The Offender and Chris talk about the Game On Expo in Phoenix Arizona. What did the show do right? What can be improved? (Spoiler: We loved it!) - (Published to Patreon on 08-12-2017, Available to the public 08-21-2017. Visit http://patreon.
62 – Guest: Austin Hensley of HensleyArtGlass
Aug 14 • 52 min
We sit down with glass artist Austin Hensley. Austin is a glassmaking artist with over 18 years of torch work under his belt. We discuss all things nerd and geek with him, including some details on our tabletop RPG in development.
61 – Rick & Morty, Beta Games, and scary VR porn
Aug 7 • 55 min
We get hyped for the return of Rick and Morty. Professor Mariano, the originator of “Tiny screen theory” (see Ep. 40) joins us in studio to discuss some new games in beta and his terrifying experiences with VR porn. - Tales of the Con is Ad-free,
60 – SDCC, Castlevania, and Animes transition to mainstream
Jul 31 • 52 min
Fred and Chris discuss news out of San Diego Comic-Con. Fred reports on his continued bender of playing all the “Drake’s Uncharted” games. Do all remastered games suffering from antiquated control schemes? We also talk about the struggle of an Otaku in…
59 – Video games, gross jokes and recipes?
Jul 24 • 54 min
What do you do when your internet sucks? Go hard on deep single-player games! Fred finally plays Uncharted 4 while still trying to Platinum the Batman Arkham games. We also talk about Kingdom Hearts 3, and Wreck Ralph 2; is Disney getting too meta?
58 – Everything wrong with AnimeExpo
Jul 17 • 55 min
Fred and Alex recount their terrible experience at the poorly organized AnimeExpo. Rude staff, poor organization and ridiculous lines to name a few of the problems. Was it the worst convention ever? What can the Expo do to create a better show for fans…
57 – Allergies, AnimeExpo, and Test sessions
Jul 10 • 47 min
Episode 57 of the podcast, a special “sick and tired” edition. Suffering from allergies; Chris fills us in on Fred and Alex’s AnimeExpo bummer, the brewing meme wars, and some gaming news. We then play our very first test session of the podcast from Ap…
56 – Apes, Tetsuken, and superhero movies done right.
Jul 3 • 51 min
Fred tells us about his Ape movie marathon. We go deep into the lore and mechanics of a custom RPG called Tetsuken. We discuss the right and wrong ways to do a superhero movie.
55 – E3’s tepid completion, crazy game peripherials, and nanotech
Jun 26 • 59 min
Chris and Jake discuss the underwhelming news from E3. Is this the generation of remastered old games? We talk about crazy game peripherals and home simulators. We also get deep and dark about nanotech and the future of VR.
54 – Xbox One X, E3 Predictions, movie hype
Jun 19 • 54 min
In today’s episode we talk about the newly announced (and poorly named) Xbox One X. We then talk about upcoming games we hope to see more of at E3 2017. We double down on our criticism of the newest Star Wars movies before sharing our wild wishes,
53 – Movie talkers, founding father tweets, and alien probes
Jun 12 • 50 min
A few of the topics for Episode 53 include: People who talk at the theater and how to handle them. What if every president in history had twitter? If an alien leaves their probes at home, is there a convenience store they can visit? -
52 – Phoenix Comicon 2017 wrap-up, covfefe, and trash anime.
Jun 5 • 70 min
The crew is still reeling from the excitement of Phoenix Comicon 2017. We give our final thoughts on the event and discuss some upcoming projects. What is covfefe? What is “trash anime” and why does The Chief love it so much? -
51 – Unbeaten games and The itis
May 29 • 44 min
In this episode the crew fights “The ‘itis” after a big lunch. We discuss our new T-Shirts, and explore the question “If you aren’t compelled to complete a good game, was it really that good?” Your hosts for this episode: Alex, Fred, and Chris.
Bonus Ep. – Gerimi Burleigh (PhxCC ’17 Day 3)
May 28
The crew sits down after day 3 of Phoenix Comicon 2017 and talks with artist Gerimi Burleigh. You can find his work at gerimi.net. His YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/gerimi. His instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gerimib,
Bonus Ep. – PHXCC Day 2
May 27 • 33 min
Chris sits down with a very tired Mariano and Ransom for a quick episode to find out what they did on day 2 of PHXCC. We also make fun of Star Trek: Nemesis on the hotel TV.
Bonus Ep. – PHXCC Day 1 Comicare.org and JusticeLeagueArizona.com
May 26 • 47 min
We interview charity costumers representing Comicare.org and JusticeLeagueArizona.com. They work with children’s hospitals to bring smiles and comic books to sick children. They do amazing work so please check their sites and Instagram accounts.
50 – Guardians of the Galaxy vs Mass Effect
May 22 • 50 min
Transdimensional aliens got you down? We go deep into Mass Effect: Andromeda and Guardians of the Galaxy 2… or do we? (Spoiler Warning) Your hosts for this episode: Chris, Fred, Mariano, and Alex (Published to Patreon 05-14-2017,
49 – Warhammer, Overwatch, and made-up Controversy
May 15 • 62 min
Mariano and Chris catch up with each other and discuss Free Comic book day and Tabletop game day. Mariano explains how deep the Warhammer rabbit hole goes. We also talk about our love for Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm and some recent cross-promotions …
48 – Game Companies screwing us (again), Pool-Spa Stories
May 8 • 65 min
In this episode Chris and Mariano discuss how Video Game companies keep screwing us over, and how we the gaming public continue to support this nonsense. Do certain franchises really need to have a sequel released every year?
47 – Love letter to our fans
May 1 • 52 min
The love letter episode. We love our fans, lots of shout-outs to our fans, friends, and Instagram buddies. Looking forward to meeting up at Phoenix Comicon, we’re getting amped up for the convention. (Released to Patreon 04-23-2017,
46 – Help me Meeseeks!
Apr 24 • 51 min
The crew sits down for the first time in the new studio space. We talk about the trailer for The last Jedi. Why bother with a trailer for the new Star Wars? Everyone is gonna see it anyways.. We also discuss making our custom tabletop RPG into a sellab…
45 – Alex the Human: Burp Champ
Apr 17 • 54 min
Today’s episode is a relaxed chillcast. We talk about Comicon hotels, Alex stuns us with her spicy burps, and we contemplate the question: ‘If you pooped perfect Ice Cream, would you tell your friends?’ (Released on Patreon 04-9-2017,
44 – On location Verde Valley Comic Expo 2
Apr 10 • 89 min
The crew records “live” on location at the Verde Valley Comic Expo 2. We interview artists The Janimal, Ryan McMurry, Victor Irizarry, and we crack dick jokes with JPool aka @GNerdCorner. - (Published to Patreon on 04-02-17,
43 – Outrage Culture, Custom RPG update, and Mass Effect: Andromeda
Apr 3 • 70 min
We reluctantly get political for a bit and discuss outrage culture. Fred breaks down some of the latest happenings in his custom Role-playing tables. We discuss games we’re playing right now and talk about the highly anticipated and broken Mass Effect:…
42 – Internet Hate, Mermaids, and our top five games
Mar 27 • 53 min
Our team member from Washington DC, David in legal, joins us in the studio! The guys discuss some recent internet hate and the Colin Moriarty situation. What’s more evil, a mermaid or a siren? We also delve into our top five favorite games of all time…
41 – 4Chan vs Labeouf, Mythological Relations, and Favorite Snacks
Mar 20 • 50 min
The crew talks about the hilarious story of 4Chan trolling Shia Lebeouf, hipster unicycles, and gambling. We then take a weird turn and discuss the finer points of sexual relations with mythological creatures. Finally,
40 – Is Porn Ruining Kids?, MOBAs, and Sword Games
Mar 13 • 68 min
The crew discusses whether Porn is giving Kids an unrealistic expectation of sex, and how much is too much? We then talk about our love/hate feelings regarding MOBA games. We also discuss Sword fighting games like the classic Bushido Blade and the newl…
39 – Nintendo Switch Launch, degrees of Weeaboo, and Cursing Grandparents
Mar 6 • 53 min
The Nintendo Switch has launched seemingly without a hitch and The new Legend of Zelda is universally celebrated. Alex the Human discovers her inner Weeaboo, and we try to determine when an Anime fan takes it too far.
38 – Nintendo Switch Problems, SheWee Logistics, and Pepperoni Scented Vape
Feb 27 • 56 min
The soon-to-be-released Nintendo Switch has major issues. We also discuss weird French “Anime”, the logistical problems of the SheWee, and the horrific idea of Pepperoni scented vape. Your hosts for this Episode: Zach, Fred, and Chris
37 – Guest: Greg Holmes with Phoenix Comicon
Feb 20 • 79 min
The crew is joined by Greg Holmes, Talent and event coordinator with Phoenix Comicon. He is in charge of Anime, Animation, SciFi, Horror, and other programming, fan panels and events. He gives us the inside scoop on Phoenix Comicon happenings in additi…
36 – Last Jedi theories, Lego Batman, and 50 Shades of The Witcher.
Feb 13 • 56 min
The crew discusses the proper way to expose kids to Star Wars for the first time, and some theories on The Last Jedi. We talk about The Lego Batman movie and why it’s the best DC movie yet. We also discuss 50 Shades Darker,
35 – Phoenix Comicon Problems, D&D and the TOTC vision
Feb 6 • 61 min
The crew is joined by special guest Ian Ransom, a long lost member of our crew. We get the giggles for a while before settling in to talk about important things. We discuss Phoenix Comicon’s troubles, D&D, and the inception of this site and The Chief’s…
34 – Cold Season, New Batman artist, Cancerous Facebook
Jan 30 • 55 min
This week its just Chris and The Chief. They discuss cold season and homebrew remedies, a new Batman Artist, and the cancerous effects of Facebook and Politics.
33 – Reboots, Photo Radar, and Borks
Jan 23 • 51 min
The crew talks about rebooted cartoons and shows. Powerpuff girls, Samurai Jack, and Power Rangers. We also discuss photo radar and mourn Gabe the Dog. Your hosts for this episode are: Chris, Fred, and Zach
32 – Nintendo Switch disapointment and New PC Gaming tech
Jan 16 • 67 min
The crew talks about Nintendo shooting themselves in the foot yet again. We also discuss some exciting new tech in the PC Gaming world. We then call David in Legal to find out if his home of Washington DC will soon look like the citadel of Mad Max.
31 – Witcher 3, Rick and Morty, Dungeons and Dragons
Jan 9 • 61 min
As patient gamers, we’re getting pretty into the Witcher 3. We also talk about Rick and Morty, explore Star Trek: TNG Season 8, and we go deep into our Dungeons and Dragons tables. Your hosts for this episode are: Fred, Alex the Human, and Chris
30 – Holidays, Roleplaying games, and Anime
Jan 2 • 74 min
Happy New Year! The crew talks about the games we’ve played over the holiday. (video games and tabletop!) We also discuss Anime and holiday depression. Your hosts for this episode: Fred, Chris, and Zach
29 – Rogue One SpoilerCast
Dec 19, 2016 • 59 min
We discuss our new favorite Star Wars Movie; Rogue One. We don’t hold back any spoilers, so be wary… What did we like about it? What did we feel needed improvement? How does the movie fit with the overall canon of the other movies?
28 – Modern Cartoons VS Old
Dec 12, 2016 • 78 min
The crew compares cartoons from our childhoods (80s/90s) to modern animated shows. We talk about Adventure Time, Batman the Animated series, Gravity Falls, GI Joe, and even Spongebob. We discuss the Star Wars animated shows Clone Wars & Rebels and how …
27 – Guests Dave Beaty and The Janimal
Dec 5, 2016
Tales of the Con sits down with Comic book artists and Convention veterans Dave Beaty and Jan “The Janimal” Quisumbing. Dave is an independently published artist with previous credits on DC Comics series such as Batman Inc, Brightest Day,
26 – Is PC gaming slowly killing itself?
Nov 28, 2016 • 59 min
The crew sits down to discuss getting no sleep, and more work stories. We then debate why PC gaming seems to be shooting itself in the foot. Is PC gaming finally on the way out? Is the price of PC hardware a bubble that is soon to pop?
25 – Classic PC games you’ve never heard of
Nov 21, 2016 • 90 min
The guys talk about an old hobby they’ve recently revisited, building models. We then thumb through a rack of old PC games and trip on some serious nostalgia. Fred and Chris tell Mariano about some amazing games that a whole generation hasn’t likely he…
24 – Livecast, Kikori Con, Wasted TV Shows
Nov 14, 2016 • 88 min
Episode 24 of the podcast. We attempt a second live videocast on our Twitch channel with much better results! We talk about the local anime convention Kikori Con. Then we discuss squandered TV shows, weird fandom theories,
23 – Guest: Russ Emanuel
Nov 7, 2016 • 71 min
The TOTC crew talks with independent film director Russ Emanuel. We met Russ at Phoenix FanFest where he and his team debuted the tie-in comic book to their award winning Scifi thriller film Occupants. Russ was a blast to talk to,
22 – FanFest WrapUp, lizard politics, local news shames fans
Oct 31, 2016 • 60 min
With Phoenix Fanfest still fresh in our hearts and minds the crew drops a few more stories. We briefly discuss politics and lizard people, gators riding ATVs, and the local news shaming Fanfest attendees. Mature language and salty attitudes as always.
21 – Phoenix Fan Fest 2016
Oct 24, 2016 • 54 min
The TOTC crew traveled to Phoenix Fan Fest and covered the convention. We all sat down and discussed the day, all the things we saw and did. This convention is a smaller version of Phoenix Comicon with a focus on the fans themselves and a heavy cospla…
20 – Power Rangers, Anime Lessons, and nostalgic cartoons.
Oct 17, 2016 • 59 min
In todays episode we talk about the teaser trailer for the new Power Rangers movie. We then reminece about our love for the original power rangers. After that Chris gets a lesson in Anime from our resident experts.
19 – First Live Stream, Howard the Duck, and Kids online.
Oct 10, 2016 • 52 min
In today’s episode we experimented with our first live stream of the podcast. ( Twitch.tv/talesofthecon ) Some of the topics we laughed about include: Howard the Duck, eating Octopii, No Man’s Sky being investigated, kids playing online games,
18 – Insane Star Wars theories
Oct 3, 2016 • 66 min
The crew rants, rambles, and argues about all the different Star Wars theories. Who is Rey? Who is Snoke? Who is actually good, and who is truly evil? We even come up with a few wacky theories of our own. Your hosts for this episode are: Fred,
17 – Weird YouTube Videos, BattleField One, and Pin-up girls
Sep 26, 2016 • 47 min
Twitch Game Streamer Dragonk1ng1395 (Trever) joins the crew to talk about weird YouTube videos, Battlefield One, and the Thunder Valley Rally Pin-up girl competition. Your hosts for this episode are: Mariano (The Offender), Samantha, Jake, Chris,
16 – PS4 Pro, Exploding phones, and too much candy
Sep 19, 2016 • 47 min
The crew eats too much candy and talks about Exploding phones, the problem with announcing games way before release date, and the Sony PS4 Pro. Recorded 09-10-16 Your hosts for this episode: Alex the Human, Fred, Jake, Chris, and Mariano
15 – Anime, nostalgia, and “Free to play” games
Sep 12, 2016 • 63 min
The boys discuss anime, looking at old cartoons and shows through rose-colored glasses, and Free-to-play vs Pay-to-win video games. TalesOfTheCon.com Recorded 08.31.2016 Your hosts for this episode are: Fred, Mariano, Chris, and Zack.
14 – Meat, Schmeckels, and Retro Games
Sep 5, 2016 • 52 min
Happy Labor day! In today’s silly episode we jump all over the place. Topics include: Canned Meat, “Schmeckels”, Retro Games, emulators, animated shows (like Rick & Morty, and Gravity Falls) and PC Game mods.
13 – No Man’s Sky and Simulation Theory
Aug 29, 2016 • 56 min
We discuss the over-hyped, controversial game No Man’s Sky after having played it for a while. We get into what we like about it and it’s shortcomings. We also talk about Simulation Theory, which basically states that the universe itself is simply a mu…
12 – Reed Richards has AIDS
Aug 22, 2016 • 52 min
A Seinfeld-esque podcast about nothing. We eat some Snax and discuss Reed Richards having AIDS. Your hosts for this episode are: Chris, Jake, Fred, and Sam. Contains mature language and subject matter.
11 – Disgusting job Stories and the DC Cinematic Universe
Aug 15, 2016 • 101 min
It’s our filthiest (funniest?) episode yet. We talk about food poisoning dilemmas, tell our grossest work stories and argue about the DC Comics cinematic universe. Your hosts for this episode are: Alex, Chris, Jake, Fred, and Sam.
10 – Building a MadMax truck & The best Multiplayer games
Aug 8, 2016 • 75 min
We talk about Jake’s plan for a real-life Mad Max truck. We then discuss our favorite multiplayer video games. We talk about unforgettable multiplayer memories from games like Red Dead redemption, and DayZ. Then we geek out about Overwatch,
09 – Guest: Gerimi Burleigh
Aug 1, 2016 • 105 min
Today’s episode features independent artist Gerimi Burleigh. Gerimi is a self published comic book artist and author from California. He has been a long time supporter of our website since it was just an idea.
08 – AAA Games that are not
Jul 25, 2016 • 69 min
What makes a game “AAA”? In today’s episode we discuss so-called AAA games and why we have seen them fail to live up to basic quality standards again and again. We also discuss the importance of archiving games in a playable form for the future.
Bonus Episode – ModestoCon 2016
Jul 20, 2016 • 50 min
It’s a bonus ConReport episode! We sent a few of our guys to ModestoCon 2016, in Modesto California. We sat them in front of the microphones and had them tell their tale. Interviews, Pictures, and more at our site TalesOfTheCon.com
Ep 07 – Pokemon GO, and forest porn
Jul 18, 2016 • 52 min
In this episode we discuss Pokemon GO, the app that’s changing the world. We also discuss kids getting out and making… discoveries. Your hosts for this episode are: Fred, Mariano, Alex the human, and Chris.
Ep 06 – Guest: The Classy Alcoholic
Jul 11, 2016 • 138 min
The TOTC crew sits down with a guest who goes by the moniker The Classy Alcoholic. He’s on a mission to visit every single microbrewery and vineyard in Arizona. He details his travels on his blog http://theclassyalcoholic.net,
Ep 05 – Ghosts and Guilty Pleasures
Jul 4, 2016 • 96 min
In this episode we talked ghost stories, guilty pleasure TV shows, and got a few more phoenix comicon stories off our chests. Recorded 06.22.16 Your hosts for this episode are: Alex the human, Fred, Mariano, and Chris. Contains mature language. -
Ep 04 – Creepy futurecast
Jun 20, 2016 • 42 min
Chris sits down with Jake to discuss mouth lizards, the singularity, and the creepy futurist vision of tomorrow. This episode’s hosts: Chris and Jake. Recorded 05.25.16 The TOTC Podcast always contains mature language.
Ep 03 – Phoenix Comicon Aftermath
Jun 11, 2016 • 115 min
With Phoenix Comicon 2016 over, the gang sits down to share their crazy con stories. Recorded 06.07.16 Hosts: Fred, Chris, Sam, SteveO, Mariano, and Alex. The TOTC Podcast is always for mature audiences.
Ep 02 – Phx Comicon Day 1 and Tabletop games
Jun 4, 2016 • 52 min
The TalesOfTheCon.com crew is out in full force for Phoenix Comicon 2016. In this episode we discuss Comicon and tabletop roleplaying games. This episodes hosts: Fred, Mariano, Chris and Ian Ransom. Recorded 06.02.16 at Phoenix Comicon 2016.
Ep 01 – Tales of the Con Podcast!
Jun 2, 2016 • 42 min
The premier episode of the TalesOfTheCon.com podcast. It’s the Sci-Fi arguecast! In this Episode we gathered around to discuss Movies, games, and Science Fiction. We discuss what SciFi means to us and what we personally define to be Sci-Fi.