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THE CHAMPION Episode #15

The off-season distractions are over, and it’s finally time for the pre-season. The defending GFL-champion Ionath Krakens get ready as a team, but one individual element remains: Becca’s rookie contract. Earlier in the story, Quentin promised Becca he would help her with this — by introducing her to his agent.

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After the episode, Scott blabs about his first-ever trip to a Disney property. Think he’s a grown-ass man? Maybe not after you hear this. Blame it on our Petco Coupons page!

PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: The new Paul E. Cooley podcast novel THE BLACK.

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FridayFix: Shiz Happens

Plus: Throat wounds; chasing the horse and/or pony and/or dragon; teetering masses of crockery; death by Jenga and laces out, Dan!

Rob-and-ScottIt’s the holidays, and that means family and what-not. It also means things popping up out of nowhere like schedule-destroying demons, hell-bend on ruining all yer carefully crafted plans. Yep, happens to us like it happens to everyone else, so how do we handle that?

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At right is my lifelong buddy Rob Otto. We were born on the same day, same year, so — obviously — we’re twins! He was part of the very schedule-scuttling distractions of which we speak.

How about you? What kind of things popped up during your holiday season to scuttle your schedules?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #14

Quentin finally gets some time to enjoy his status as the Galaxy Bowl MVP. He’s off to Earth, then it’s time to scout for new players at the Tier Three Tournament. Then, a return to Ionath and a stressful visit with Ma Tweedy.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #13

Quentin Barnes and his friends traveled to the Portath Cloud, where they successfully rescued his sister, Jeanine, and his friend, Fred. That rescue hinged upon a duel to the death between John Tweedy and the Portath known as “The Gouger.” With freedom won, Quentin & Co. become the first sentients to leave the Portath Cloud in decades. Now, finally heading back to Ionath, Quentin faces a different yet equally terrifying challenge: finally telling Rebecca Montagne how he feels about her.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #12

To save his sister Jeanine and his friend Fred, Quentin challenged the Portath known as The Gouger to a duel. When Quentin was preparing for this ultimate showdown, he was sucker-punched by John Tweedy — who is going to step into pit to fight in Quentin’s place. With a broken jaw and pain meds in his system, Quentin is helpless to do anything but watch John fight to the death.

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Note: Scott recorded this early, and forgot he was recording early, so he told everyone how to behave on Thanksgiving. Which is already over. Such is life.

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The State of the Empty Set Store

Or: why do you guys hate holiday shoppers and not have ALL THE SIZES?

Been poking around the Empty Set store this Black Friday? If you have, and you’re looking for swank GFL t-shirts, you might notice our selections are dwindling.Fancy Isis Ice Storm T-shirt!

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We’ve had a few emails and comments lately about how there are slim pickings in the store as far as t-shirt sizes go, and I don’t disagree. That said, several folks notice that there are only smalls and mediums of some t-shirts, and think we’re discriminating against folks of a different size. That’s where I disagree of course.

Take a few moments and listen to this ultra short Friday Fix to see when, if, and how you can get new GFL gear in whatever size you want. Just, maybe, not in time for Christmas.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #11

To win his sister’s freedom, Quentin challenged the Portath known as “The Gouger” to a duel to the death. He’ll have to fight with the awkward “double crescent” knives, the traditional weapon of that race. If Quentin steps into the stone pit for this fight, will he make it out alive?

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Origin stories: how Empty Set and Podiobooks.com came to be

Also: Heartburn, evil pizza, a particular set of skills, the Wolf, in the closet, the ghost of tequila past, and knitting a cardigan.

The WolfThis is ARealGirl, and we’re back with another round with Evo Terra, founder of Podiobooks.com, and Sheila Dee, author of THE ROOKIE Curriculum Guide. They helped get another show pre-recorded so I’d have time to recover.

How’s my tonsillectomy recovery going? Well … slowly, I guess. Seems I’m doing fine, and I mostly feel okay. That is, until I have to swallow. For any reason. That stinks all the stink. But otherwise things are good. Today I even ate solid food for the first time since last Thursday!

This ‘cast is all about the Empty Set origin story — just how did Scott & A come to work together, anyway? And we throw in the Podiobooks origin story as well: you’ve used it, you know you have, so how did that come to be? It was, as I mentioned last week, awesome and fun to have “SheVo” at Empty Set for the weekend.

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Big thanks for those who shared their irrational fears last week! It was super fun to look forward to, and I’m still as perplexed and fascinated as ever at how humans behave.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #10

The quest is almost over. Quentin finally gets to see his sister. In the massive Portath ship, quentin and his friends learn that the “Bermuda Triangle” of the galaxy is not all it seems. But to get his sister out, will Quentin have to face … the Gouger?

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FridayFix • Inside Empty Set: Friends, beers, irrational fears

Also: chugging mouthwash, puberty, George Burns impressions, Angry Trivial Pursuit™, DEATHRACE 2000, anti-boobie laws, and the worst nightmare Scott has ever had.

Deathrace 2000On this week’s FridayFix we’re lucky to have our good friends Evo Terra and Sheila Dee join us. They came to San Diego for a visit, and sat down to talk irrational fears.

Why, you ask? This was recorded last weekend, and yesterday I had a tonsillectomy. It went well, straightforward with no complications, but back on Saturday night, I didn’t know all of that. I just knew I was scared with some reasonable fears, and some … less so.

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So listen first, then cheer me up by telling me about your irrational fears in the comments section! I promise to check in obsessively in the few hours a day I’m not sleeping a drug fueled sleep after fighting to swallow as little as possible and still stay hydrated.

Also, we discuss chugging mouthwash, puberty, George Burns impressions, Angry Trivial Pursuit™, DEATHRACE 2000 (not 3000), your constitutional right to go topless, anti-boobie laws, giant fucking spiders, and the worst nightmare Scott has ever had.

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THE CHAMPION Episode #9

Quentin and his friends have met the mostly unknown Portath. In that meeting, he came to learn that the kidnapping of his sister wasn’t set up by a rival team or a revenge-minded gangster, but none other than the living god herself: Petra Prawatt, so she could deliver a message to the Prawatt about a pending galactic-scale invasion from a race known as the Abernessia. Petra’s tool for this manipulation? Cormerant Bumberpuff, Quentin’s Ionath Krakens teammate. Quentin needs to find out Bumberpuff’s involvement, and find a way to free his sister, his friends and himself from the Portath.

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FridayFix • T-Shirt poll results!

We polled and we pondered. We discussed at the Office of Doom. And we’ve decided which designs we’re moving forward with, even if not all of them will make it to an actual t-shirt. We’re in a terrific spot: so many good ideas, we’ve got to see art on more than expected!

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Right now, we’ll print a new Krakens t-shirt, plus one each of the non-Krakens designs and the non-GFL designs. Which ones? Sorry, you’ll have to listen to the cast. Don’t worry, it’s only ten minutes long! Ten minutes!

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