8 Bit Book Club

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The only book club that makes you dumber! Join Brian Murphy, Emily Axford, and Caldwell Tanner for a weekly chat about video game novels.

Episode Date
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Metal City Mayhem (Part IV)

The club takes one last crack at Metal City Mayhem before their hiatus in this uncut finale! Previous play-throughs have resulted in Sonic's death by poisonous gas and death by existential crisis. Can the Lore Lords finally harpoon their white whale?

Apr 02, 2018

The Lore Lords have busy schedules and are going to take a break from reading about Sonic the Hedgehog, but not before ONE LAST PLAY THROUGH OF METAL CITY MAYHEM! Join us NEXT WEEK for an extra long episode with us reading the classic Sonic Adventure Gamebook. Thank you for all the support and please continue to follow us over at Not Another D&D Podcast with our friend Jake Hurwitz!

Mar 25, 2018
Mega Man 2: The Novel (Part 2)

The club wraps up Mega Man 2: The Novel and their mad libs-style live reading gets even more confusing. Starring Mega Man aka The Rock From Jumanji aka Ronald QuickDonalds aka Cole and Dylan Sprouse aka The Fish Man From the Shape of Water aka Saucy Little Number aka Cole and Dylan Sprouse again.

Mar 18, 2018
Mega Man 2: The Novel

The club does a live reading of Mega Man 2 from the Worlds of Power video game novel series and continues their tradition of changing character names until the story is completely unrecognizable. Can Mega Man (aka Jerry, aka Samantha, aka Kelly Kapooooooooooowwwwski) save the day?

Mar 09, 2018
Donkey Kong Country TV Series: Klump's Lumps & Cranky's Tickle Tonic

The club watches the greatest/most-terrible animated show of all time and joins Donkey Kong for two adventures on Kongo Bongo Island! Buckle up for 'zard hijinks, rockin' jungle beats, and perfect Kong asses.

Mar 02, 2018
Final Fantasy VI Fan Fiction

Emily finally receives her reward for winning D&D Monster Madness -- Final Fantasy VI fan fiction! Caldwell blows everyone's minds with his own custom Final Fantasy Gamebook, Emily bursts into tears several times, Murph is forced to say "wet channel" while reading Locke/Celes erotica, and Kylo Ren makes several appearances.

Feb 23, 2018
Gex: The Novel (Part 3)

The club does a literary speed run, racing to finish the novel so they never have to talk about Gex again. Gex gets so sassy that he reaches "Peak Gex" and earns the nickname "Chamdler Bing."

Feb 16, 2018
Gex: The Novel (Part 2)

Gex is BACK, BABY! And he's....PROBLEMATIC. Listen to the club's horror as everyone's favorite rad 90's lizard travels to WORLD WAR 2 WORLD AND BECOMES A PRISON OF WAR.

Feb 09, 2018
Gex: The Novel

The club does a live reading of Gex and basks in his 90s radness (REMEMBER PLAYSTATION!?). Move over Sonic, there's a new sassy critter in town!

Feb 01, 2018
Distant Worlds (The Music of Final Fantasy)

The club attends a Final Fantasy concert and tears are shed. Caldwell attempts to rank the Final Fantasies by horniness, Emily does a stunning rendition of the 16-bit FF6 opera theme, and Murph talks about SlimJims and energy drinks.

Jan 25, 2018
Talking About Our New D&D Podcast (w/ Jake Hurwitz)

The club announces their new D&D play podcast, Not Another D&D Podcast, coming out at the end of January! Jake, Emily, and Caldwell discuss their characters, including a redneck elf, a religious halfling teen, and a cut, pensive man who was raised by dwarves.

Jan 18, 2018
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Zone Rangers (Part 3)

The club embarks on the last leg of their adventure, and tensions are HIGH. Murph re-distributes Sonic's stats to make him a more sensible hog, while Caldwell and Emily mourn the loss of their beautiful buff blue blur. The journey takes them from the desert to the mountains to a city and to SPACE for what can only be described as an hour and a half of literary torture.

Jan 11, 2018
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Zone Rangers (Part 2)

The club picks up where they left off -- with zero lives, zero rings, and zero hope. Can their buff, beautiful hedgehog defeat Robotnik and save the Jungle Zone?

Jan 04, 2018
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Zone Rangers

The club joins Sonic (and Tails!) on a deep dive into the jungle zone. Caldwell and Emily insist on maxing out Sonic's "Good Looks" and giving Tails the highest strength possible at the cost of their agility and speed. Can the famously speedy duo survive as slow, buff, beautiful dudes?

Dec 29, 2017
Santa Pac's Merry Berry Day

The club watches two Christmas specials from 2013's Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. Can Pacster and his X-TREME pals Cyli and Spiral stop the ghosts from gooing all over Pac-World and save Christmas-I-mean-Berry-Day!?

Dec 20, 2017
Donkey Kong Country: The Kongo Bongo Festival of Lights

The club watches the Donkey Kong Country TV series holiday special from 1999. Emily compares the Kong Country holiday ceasefire between apes and lizards to World War I, Murph expresses his discomfort about how nude Funky Kong looks, and Caldwell complains that the show's animation isn't good to craft the "perfect ape ass."

Dec 14, 2017
Minecraft: The Island: A Novel

The club faces its greatest challenge yet: a book that is so true to Minecraft that it has almost no plot. Can the club mine goofs from that which has no goofs? Did we already lose you with that terrible pun?

Dec 08, 2017
Super Mario Adventure Book: Doors to Doom (Part 3)

The epic conclusion to another Nintendo adventure book! Can the club make it through the Doors to Doom unscathed? No. No, they can't.

Nov 30, 2017
Super Mario Adventure Book: Doors to Doom (Part 2)

By the Light of Bahamut, the Mario Brothers are revived and continue their losing run of Doors to Doom. The Kong Family makes several appearances, including a rampaging Donkey Kong Jr., and Libertarian Funky Kong.

Nov 23, 2017
Super Mario Adventure Book: Doors to Doom

The club takes on another Nintendo adventure book because they just don't know when to quit. Emily eats a slug of steak fat, Caldwell gets horny for puzzles, and Murph is saved by Bahamut's blessing.

Nov 17, 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog: Fortress of Fear (Part 2)

The club concludes their two week epic reading of a 60 page book for children. Murph defends his platonic love of critters, Emily recounts the time she bullied him for wearing a long sleeved Jack Skellington t-shirt, and Caldwell says "RoboDaddy" dozens of times.

Nov 09, 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog: Fortress of Fear

The club does a live reading of a Sonic children's book. Caldwell introduces original character "Caldwell Prower" and Emily questions Murph's love of critters.

Nov 02, 2017
Silent Hill: The Movie

The club watches a spooky video game movie because it's almost HALLOWEEN... and they don't want to read a book.

Oct 27, 2017
World of Warcraft: The Shattering: The Prelude to Cataclysm (Part 3)

The club finishes a big boy book about Warcraft! Emily continues her war against brownies and picks a fight with Charlie Brown.

Oct 20, 2017
World of Warcraft: The Shattering: The Prelude to Cataclysm (Part 2)

The club returns to Azeroth, but gets side-tracked immediately when Emily goes on a long rant about how she's never seen someone eat a brownie (??????). Caldwell ponders which energy drink best encapsulates the essence of Garrush Hellscream and Murph introduces "Murph's Gurph's," a new segment to redact his goofs.

Oct 13, 2017
World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

THE BOOK BUDS ARE BACK! The club travels to Orgrimmar, aka New Orc City for some POLITICAL INTRIGUE! Caldwell introduces another exciting edition of Caldwell's Word Corner, Emily gets really into britches, and Murph struggles to say the phrase "Horde waters" with his Jersey accent.

Oct 06, 2017
The club is going on a summer hiatus, but we'll be back in the Fall! Possibly in a new format!
Jun 05, 2017
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dragons But Were Afraid to Ask
The club cracks open the D&D Monster Manual to learn about dragons -- their mating habits, personality-types, and treasure preferences. Emily tries more than once to mimic the sound of a "dragon greeting."
May 24, 2017
Super Mario Adventure Book: Koopa Capers (Part 2)
The club continues the most difficult, nonsensical, foot-worshipping Nintendo adventure book to date. Featuring a giant goomba with shaved legs, Magmagate Part 2, and Luigi drinking orange juice in his uncle's pool.
May 16, 2017
Super Mario Adventure Book: Koopa Capers
After Wendy O. Koopa goes missing, King Koopa buries his turtle pride and asks Luigi to find her. Can everybody's second favorite plumber save the day? THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL 8 BIT BOOK CLUB OF ALL TIME.
May 09, 2017
The Lore of Mortal Kombat (with Susanna Wolff)
With Emily out of town, Susanna Wolff joins the show for a little WIKI-WANDERIN'. The club explores the story of Mortal Kombat, including the DC crossover and the short-lived cartoon series.
May 02, 2017
John Elway the Flying Sword has shattered, causing his spirit to awaken an evil, giant John Elway hellbent on destroying the kingdom with his magic quarterbacking skills. Can Rob the Zombie and his goth followers sack this monstrous football legend and save the realm?
Apr 26, 2017
The 8 semi-finalists duke it out in the conclusion of our D&D scrub tournament! Featuring John Elway the Flying Sword, Borf the Giant Badger, Snake the Spider, Spider the Snake, Legolas the Drow, Rob the Zombie, Dixie the Pixie, and Peder the Giant Centipede.
Apr 18, 2017
A gaggle of D&D's most pathetic monsters compete in a 16 scrub tournament to crown King Weenie! Caldwell and Emily each control 8 monsters, with Murph acting as ref/announcer/DM. Featured combatants include Flying Sword, Giant Badger, and Riding Horse.
Apr 11, 2017
Digimon Manga
The Lore Lords read a book that's mostly pictures. Caldwell gives a detailed history of the digital world, while Murph struggles to remember all FOURTEEN main characters. Emily constantly compares the story to LOST, despite having only seen the first season.
Apr 04, 2017
Kingdom Hearts: The Novel (Part 2)
The Lore Lords use their keyblades of wisdom to unlock the secret to Kingdom Hearts. Emily spends a good 10 minutes talking about the tan M&M and how it tasted different than the other M&Ms (it didn't).
Mar 29, 2017
Kingdom Hearts: The Novel
The club reads glorified fan fiction featuring Final Fantasy characters, Disney critters, and anime-forever-friends. Caldwell sings the Kingdom Hearts theme more than once in our new segment, "The Bard Yard."
Mar 21, 2017
Sonic the Hedgehog and the Way Too Serious History of Mobius
The Lore Lords explore the tragic origin of Doctor Robotnik, the death of Sonic's rabbit pal, and other stories where tiny cartoon animals are taken way too seriously. Murph and Caldwell take turns singing their favorite Sonic zone themes, and Emily makes up one of her own.
Mar 14, 2017
Making Sense of Metal Gear
The Lore Lords explore the Metal Gear wikia, which proves almost unnecessary because Caldwell knows it by heart. Come for the cybernetic ninjas, stay for the nanomachines!
Mar 07, 2017
Legend of Zelda Adventure Book: The Shadow Prince
The club guides sassy 90s cartoon Link on a quest to protect the Triforce. Along the way, they meet a curious stranger with an even MORE CURIOUS magic necklace. Can the gang defeat this bejeweled dude? My rupees are on no!
Feb 28, 2017
The Angry Birds Movie: The Junior Novel
The club graduates to a 3rd grade reading level and discusses a children's book based on a movie based on a game. We contemplate the hidden message behind the bird/pig war, and Caldwell considers getting a very bad tattoo.
Feb 21, 2017
The Twisted Lore of Twisted Metal
The club, aka the Lore Lords, explore the lore of Twisted Metal by traveling down a wiki rabbit hole. Things are about to get TWISTED! And CONFUSING.
Feb 14, 2017
Myst: The Book of Atrus (Part 2)
The club revisits their favorite D'ni wunderkin, his crap dad, and his cave-dwelling grandma while trying to wrap their heads around the mind-boggling lore of the Myst world.
Feb 07, 2017
Caldwell's Lore Corner: Skyrim (with Nathan Yaffe)
With Murph and Emily out of town, Nathan Yaffe joins Caldwell to tackle a book WITHIN a videogame -- "The Wraith’s Wedding Dowry" from Skyrim.
Feb 02, 2017
Myst: The Book of Atrus
The club discusses the literary prequel to the original Myst game, which Emily confused for a children's puzzle game called The Island of Dr. Brain. Once again, the conversation devolves into jokes about dads.
Jan 24, 2017
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Metal City Mayhem (Part III)
The club finishes their Metal City adventure in spectacular fashion. Everything turns out great and Sonic ends up totally fine!!!
Jan 17, 2017
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Metal City Mayhem (Part II)
The club revisits a Sonic choose-your-own-adventure book to right the wrongs of their previous failed play-through. Last time, Sonic was incapacitated by poison gas and dragged off by robots, so this time can only go better!
Jan 10, 2017
TEKKEN: The Dark History of Mishima
The club reads the videogamiest videogame book they've ever read, featuring cursed bloodlines, squirrel suit ninjas, and lots and lots of helicopters.
Jan 03, 2017
Mortal Kombat Slash Fiction
The club reads about a forbidden romance between Sub-Zero and Scorpion, then bullies Murph about his Animorphs fan fiction. Featuring an original Sub-Zero song by Emily!
Dec 27, 2016
Christmas Comes to Pac-Land
The club watches the 1982 Pac-man Christmas special featuring Pac favorites like Officer O'Pac and Chomp Chomp the dog. The ghosts learn a valuable lesson about the Christmas spirit and Pac-man says "we have to save Christmas" no less than six times.
Dec 20, 2016
Pokemon: I Choose You!
The club reads a novel based on the first few episodes of the Pokemon anime and engages in a heated debate about starter Pokemon. Everyone comes out dumber for it.
Dec 13, 2016
Super Mario Adventure Book: Leaping Lizards (Part 2)
After he's crushed by a giant rabbit foot, the club revives Luigi and attempts to save the Mushroom Kingdom from the Koopa Kids once more.
Dec 06, 2016
Super Mario Adventure Book: Leaping Lizards
The club plays through a Nintendo Adventure Book from 1991 starring Luigi. Can Murph, Emily, and Caldwell solve simple puzzles and save the Mushroom King from the Koopa Kids? My money is on "No."
Nov 29, 2016
Diablo III: The Order (Part 2)
The club catches up with Deckard Cain and his rag-tag crew of Horadric rapscallions. Plus, we read some user-submitted Diablo fan fiction about Caldwell falling in love with a hell beast.
Nov 22, 2016
Diablo III: The Order
The club follows the adventures of Deckard Cain as he reads books, talks about books, and looks for books! He also runs into a demon here and there.
Nov 15, 2016
Infinity Blade: Awakening
The club reads a book about an iPhone game they've never played and discusses cool rings, evil swords, and the band Korn for some reason.
Nov 07, 2016
Skyrim: Peoples of the Root
The club gets tricked into reading Skyrim fan fiction and just goes with it. Join us for the story of Mani, a lizard thief who lives in the sewer, as he embarks on a quest to join the Thieves Guild and lockpicks his way into all our hearts.
Nov 01, 2016
Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Metal City Mayhem
The club plays through a Sonic the Hedgehog RPG book with stats like Cool Looks, Quick Wits, and Coolness. Will they defeat Robotnik and save Green Hill Zone? The twist ending WILL SHOCK YOU.
Oct 25, 2016
Bioshock: Rapture
The club visits the under sea world of Rapture to do bad Andrew Ryan impressions and say the word "bathosphere."
Oct 18, 2016
World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (Part 2)
The club finishes the epic tale of Prince Arthas and his big dumb blue sword. Do peaceful times await the people of Lordaeron? ...No. No, they don't.
Oct 11, 2016
World of Warcraft: Arthas: Rise of the Lich King (Part I)
The club visits the world of Azeroth and attempts to recount its very rich, very confusing, history. Caldwell ponders being peer pressured into slaughtering a village, Murph gets pissed that the others won't pronounce "Jaina" correctly, and Emily gets really into cloaks.
Oct 04, 2016
Resident Evil: Zero Hour
The club discusses zombie trains, leech father-queens, and why our heroes should bone.
Sep 27, 2016