the stories that make us nerds

NW Nerd is a podcast with feature stories on geeky interests, as well as talk on current and past issues within fandom and pop culture. 

Special: Live at ACE Comicon Seattle with After These Messages

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NW NERD joins Andrew Walsh and Genevieve Haas with After These Messages for a live podcast recording onstage at ACE Comicon in Seattle. The two podcasts combine forces to discuss the commercials that make us nerds, then Dyer tries to stump the other three on stage with a NW NERD style trivia quiz.

Featured commercials:

Geico / Marvel crossover

Spider-Man spaghetti

Shadow of War “Eat It Jerry”

Star Trek Hallmark

Star Trek MCI

Dungeons and Dragons

Spy Tech - The whistler

Spy Tech - The Stranger

Episode 330: The 30th anniversary of Quantum Leap

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Aaron Mason with KIRO Nights and the podcast The Leap Home: A Look Bakula chats with NW NERD about the iconic sci-fi show Quantum Leap 30 years after its first episode. The show ran from 1989 to 1993, and has left a lasting impression — some good, some not-so-good — on fandom.

Nick, Dyer, and Aaron talk about the show’s highlights, lowlights, and signature moments, including the time Sam leapt into a woman about to give birth, the time he helped the Civil Rights Movement, and much more. Finally, they discuss what episodes they’d like to see if Quantum Leap ever returned.

Episode 325: Why Seattle's Superhero Phoenix Jones is retiring

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Ben Fodor, aka Phoenix Jones, was patrolling Seattle to fight crime, and other problems, long before he started garnering headlines nearly 10 years ago. He has built up a persona as Seattle’s superhero. But now he says he is giving up being a superhero and retiring Phoenix Jones. Fodor gets personal and explains his decision, whether people like what he says, or not.

Episode 323: Game Jamming hate in America

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The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has started hosting game jams – when avid gamers gather to create a video or tabletop game under a tight deadline. Normally, indie games can take years to develop. These gamers are building one in a weekend. Last fall, the ADL hosted a game jam with the theme of identity, and the goal of creating empathy and fighting hate. This is what happened. Feature story at 33:00.


33:00 Feature: ADL Game Jam

Episode 319: Mephisto The Card Game (Round Table)

Indie game designer Dylan Mangini joins the show to discuss the success of his fully funded Kickstarter tabletop game. How did he do it? What role did the local tabletop scene play in his success? Who said that the game is "better than Pokemon"? Dylan provides an account of his journey as an indie tabletop game designer — from player, to designer, to a successfully funded kickstarter, to the final product.

Mephisto Kickstarter.