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Episode 456 – Ultimate Kombat Smashy-Smashy Face Punch: Konflict F4rce

This episode is a truly strange one. Brian’s not here, he got sick and died since I saw him the previous night. We have a sponsor this week, Easy Roller Dice Co. We grabbed Cap from Lair of Lore to join us. We’ve got a truly epic listener-submitted Mad Lib. And our Flavor Fight has a dance number in it. Yup, it’s definitely a weird one.

For those that don’t know, the original incarnation of this segment was Mortal Instinct Fighter Calibur Vs. We use the Random Card function to find creatures, then pit them head to head in a single elimination tournament using only flavor to guide us! This time I limited the random creatures to the uncommon rarity just to keep the power level somewhat even. And it got bizarre this time. Do you believe in life after love? Do you like Hamilton? You’re gonna love this!

Just don’t click this, trust me. It’s The Slug from Marvel Comics.


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  1. sascha
    March 19, 2017 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Hi guys,

    m I stupid or is there no download link there ?

  2. Adam Nau
    March 20, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    First off, loved the episode. The mad lib was hilarious and the creature fight was entertaining as hell.

    On the other hand, I’m curious to listen to the odds and ends in order to hear if Chewie is going to be a dick about “being friendzoned”. Dude it’s your personal life so I’m not going to assume I know the situation, but I can’t let a comment like that pass. Purely generalizing, no one is obligated to be romantic with anyone else, and complaining about staying friends with someone after getting such a proposal shut down is far from the worst.

    I’m sorry if I’m going too far with this comment. It just bugs me whenever I hear someone complain about “having a good friend” like it’s a bad thing. Again, thanks for the entertaining episode and I hope I didn’t push too many buttons with this. Best of luck to Brian and Mike in Orlando!

    • Nathan, the World Forger Dragon
      March 20, 2017 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

      I find the pain of being single does weird things to your outlook. After a wile, the compliments you get about how lucky any girl who decides to date you start to ring hollow when no. one. will date you. “I think your a wonderful person who will bring joy to the life of anyone who decided to get close to you- except me, i’m not interested” intellectually, you know that’s their option. Emotionally, your devastated and frustrated. After all you were just told your about as good as your going to get, and if their not interested, who can be? Your best self can get you friends, and no farther.

      think of it this way, how many toads, how many other castles, until Mario starts to question if Peach is a real person? And what do you think that would do to his outlook on life?

      I won’t speak for Chewie, but I find single life to be boring and pointless. Everyone talks about the freedom and economic security being single brings. But no one ever tells you how painful, how depressing, and how utterly meaningless not having someone to love and share your success is.

      • Adam Nau
        March 20, 2017 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

        None of that means you are entitled to be in a relationship with them. So, it’s fine to complain about being shut down, but the term “friendzoned” comes across like it’s a bad thing to still be friends with them. I get that Chewie is a nice guy and that being single sucks after a while, but you should never take it out on the people closest to you. I’m sure he’s not doing that, it’s just that the term “friendzoned” is so unabashedly cruel to the other person. It makes it sound like being their friend isn’t worth it anymore.

        • Nathan, the World Forger Dragon
          March 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

          so how else would you describe “friends at best and no further” in one world or less, without people screaming in your face about how awful you are for not being an asexual being? seriusly, we need words to describe our pain, and if it wasn’t friendzone it would be something else that’s offensive. there is literally no way to describe your desire and frustration to be more than just friends without someone hating you for it. if anything, acknowledging that there are limits to the relationship like that is very respectful to the other person. I have heard stories from female friends about guys who wouldn’t take no for an answer, they refused to accept the reality that they had been friendzoned.

          • Adam Nau
            March 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

            It’s not about being asexual, it’s about being respectful. I personally don’t think it’s healthy to describe a romantic relationship as “the next level” of friendship; it’s just a different kind of relationship. The term “just friends” would work well, but “friendzoned” is used so often to describe someone who selfishly wants to use friendship to attain the goal of a romantic relationship, which I’m certain doesn’t describe Chewie.

            Seeing as this is seeming to get a bit personal to you, would you mind sharing your story? No need to use real names or anything, but I’ve heard tales from both sides of this debate and it’s always good to hear more.

            Sorry if I’m coming off as rude. I’ts not a happy situation to talk about and lots of very strong feelings get thrown around.

        • Nathan, the World Forger Dragon
          March 20, 2017 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

          My story? there’s not a whole lot to tell. I have lots of friends, both male and female, though no one ever has time to hang out with me. I live alone in a college dorm, and I hate being alone all the time. Lately I have wished to find someone to spend my life with, I want to love on someone so much. There are lots of wonderful women in my life, and Ive always felt that you should be honest and transparent about your feelings.

          One by one, I discover that the women in my life fall under two catergories: Already in a relationship, or not interested in dating period. aparently I am late to the game, and therefore have little hope to find a wife.

          This sucks for me, as I have come to the realization: I don’t care about my own success. Money is only good for preserving my life, any carear success means nothing to me without someone to share the fruits of my labor with. Fame? People are fickle in groups, and I don’t see anyone ever caring about my life in the first place.

          Most people marry in their college years, I havent even had my first girlfriend. contemplate that. 21 years old and I have never, ever had a girlfriend. All but one guy I have met has had at least 3. and once I’m out of college, thats it. My family lives in a trailor park in the middle of nowhere, Michigan. I’m too poor to ever escape where we live, and I’ll probably never make more than minimum wage to attract anybody.

          I tried learning how to drive. I panic so much I end up being a danger around me. And every time I try to do something with other people, my dad starts guilt tripping me, as he feels that we are one dollar away from dieing on the streets, plus he finds social interaction a complete wast of time. So he guilt trips me for literally hours on end as I try to be with people. College has been the only time I have been able to do stuff without fighting about it.

          But here in college I miss having a family. It hurts so much not living with people who care about you, so I do what any 21 year old male does, I start asking out the amazing women I know out. see above. I ask them what I can do to make myself more apealing for the next girl I meet, they say I don’t need to improve anything. In other words, I’m a good friend, and thats all I can ever be.

          I make so many friends, but it dosent satisfy. I don’t want distant friends that never have time to hang out with me (but always with others) I want a family. bad.

          I can hear the tick tock of my chance to build a family slipping away from me. The emotional pain is so bad it saps my strength and leaves me doubled over in pain. I find no lasting pleasure in anything I do. Ultimately, I don’t care all that much about my life. The only reason I’m not suicidal is that I have a massive fear of death… and I cling to the hope of finding love with all my soul. All I want is a women to spend my money, my time, and my love on, who loves me back.

          apparently I’m just not worth caring about.

          • Adam
            March 20, 2017 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

            That sucks, and I can’t even begin to understand all that you endure. I come from a well-off family, I’ve just graduated college and have a fairly stable job, and I have a wonderful girlfriend of over 3 years who I’m marrying soon.

            But I definitely have friends like you, early in college and have never had a significant other. They mostly cope by getting involved with as many nerdy college clubs as possible, and you can make some real lasting friendships that way. We’re also in Utah, which means all of our mormon friends around us are getting married at like 19 (Utah is super weird).

            Really the only advice I can give is to not get caught up in the “romance” of wanting being in a romantic relationship. As someone who has been in a few, if the real interest is being in a relationship as opposed to being with the other person, it will end in disaster. Once you start treating the other person as a trophy/achievement, it’s all downhill. It’s much better to be single than to settle for a shitty relationship.

            I sincerely wish you the best of luck in finding someone. It’s probably the hardest part of life, so kudos to you for pushing so hard at it. I know we don’t know each other at all, but if you want to talk more, you can search me on facebook (probably wasn’t a good idea for me to use my real name on this site, but I think I’m among friends here).

        • Nathan, the World Forger Dragon
          March 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm | Permalink

          I mean, I decided to add my hopefully soon to be personal branding name (I hope to be involved in some form of Animation, and I need something to stand out from all the other Nathan Smiths out there… and there are a lot of us) to a bunch of personal posts that don’t exactly reflect well on me, so you know 🙂

          I don’t have a face book, I have been telling myself I need one for quite a wile now…

          as I am in animation, I am technically too busy to be involved in clubs, besides what groups I am in only help for the short time we meet, the second we are done, its back to normal old awfulness. to say that my life sucks has to be the biggest understatement I have ever heard in my life. I don’t think humanity has the capacity to describe how much it hurts.

          but thank you for at least being willing to listen to me wine about my pointless life, I was honestly expecting a lot of condensation about how I should just suck it up and just choose to not feel bad about it (like I ever chose this lot in life).

  3. Nathan, the World Forger Dragon
    March 20, 2017 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Thinking quickly, the Sturdy Hatchling begins to sing the Monster Mash. The Fleshbag Marauder, compelled by such a thematic tune, begins dancing. About halfway through the song, the flesh bag Marauder forgets about his saith-hand, and one dance move causes it to accidentally stab itself, orchestrating its own demise. In victory, the Hatchling sings We Are the Champions.

  4. Nick Flanagan
    March 22, 2017 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Can’t support directly all the time with patreons due to being a new father, but I can buy some much needed dice with promo code MANA to make chewie look gud :3 GL with the sponsor and have fun in Florida guys!

    • March 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

      Thanks a lot my friend! Any and all support including just listening is greatly appreciated! 😀

  5. March 24, 2017 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Congrats on the sponsor! Didn’t see anything I need right away in their store (and don’t really have enough beard to actually warrant beard oil), but I did sign up for their newsletter and entered their prize pack giveaway, so hope that helps with securing them for another episode.

  6. Cassandra
    December 10, 2017 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    While the Fleshbag Marauder may not be able to sing or at least not well…all I keep thinking is when the choreographer says, “…2,3, and jazz hands..4,5,…” The Fleshbag is gonna be AMAZING!

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