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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Jack Graham
    December 29, 2016 @ 6:56 pm

    Congratulations on the new podcast. I’m a good way in and enjoying it very much, even though I know nothing about games.


    • Josh Marsfelder
      December 29, 2016 @ 8:04 pm

      Thanks for the well wishes, Jack! You’re exactly the kind of person Ben and I recorded this for, so I’m really glad you’re enjoying it!


      • John G. Wood
        December 29, 2016 @ 9:33 pm

        For me, that exchange is probably the most enticing bit of advertising you’ve done for this podcast…


  2. Sean Dillon
    December 30, 2016 @ 12:13 am

    …There’s a Lord of Rape in the Elder Scrolls? That just sounds like a thing that would pop out of the peak of grim dark that is Vampire the Masquerade.


    • Josh Marsfelder
      December 30, 2016 @ 12:55 am

      Well I mean he’s the Lord of a lot of other things too, just like all the Daedric Princes. Apart from “King of Rape”, he’s also called “The God of Schemes”, “The Harvester of Souls”, “The Lord of Brutality” and “The Prince of Rage”. But his sphere generally revolves around domination and enslavement, yes, and rape is one big way that manifests. See the backstory of the Volikar clan in Dawnguard.

      Also, this is the second time you’ve compared TES to Vampire the Masquerade to me. I don’t play tabletop RPGs so I have no idea what you’re getting at, TBH.


      • Ben Knaak
        December 30, 2016 @ 1:30 am

        He is also, funnily enough, the father of all vampires.


      • Sean Dillon
        December 30, 2016 @ 1:56 am

        Well, it’s very much a tabletop game you play to see which of your friends is evil, and both of the things that I brought it up with scream “EVERYONE IS EVIL HERE!” in the blend of Vampire the Masquerade (as with most of the things I get angry at, this is not so much based on my experiences with the game (I’m more of a board game person than a tabletop gamer), but rather accounts made about it and some research I’ve done on it confirming those accounts).


  3. Kit Power
    January 13, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

    REALLY enjoyed this podcast, and getting my vicarious gaming fix through it. More please.


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