Want to hear what happened at Gen Con 2017? Here's your chance!
We had a blast at our first live episode of The Letters Page! We couldn't have asked for a better audience. So many fun things! Also, if you'd rather see what happened in this Letters Page Live episode, check out this video!
Besides the entire gang of Adam, Christopher, Trevor, and even Paul, we also were graced by the presence of Christopher's brother Anthony, who wrote and performed the "Christopher and Adam reading letters to you" song. Anthony added a lot to this live episode.
Now, on to the few actual show notes for this episode!
Run Time: 118:33
First thing first! As Trevor mentions in the intro to the episode, there are a lot of spoilers. We're not going to tag them all individually. Just know that wading into this episode means getting into SPOILERS territory!
Next, you'll notice that Christopher's voice sounds more awful than usual. He used it up by the end of the first day of Gen Con. What you hear is all he has left. But he still somehow made it through the entire two hour episode, more or less.
About four minutes in, Christopher lays some ground rules. These apply to all Letters Page questions ever, actually!
1. We don't have favorite heroes or villains. Stop asking.
2. Try to avoid bringing up other properties. We're here to talk about the world of Sentinel Comics. Not other comic book characters.
3. No swearing, please. At least, do your best.
These rules all apply to us as well, and we do our best to not break them.
I'm going to put notes here whenever Anthony plays a song, in case you want to navigate straight to the music bits. The first one starts at 8:12.
After that, Christopher, Adam, and Anthony talk about the "history" of the song. Mostly because we were all so blown away by everyone at the panel singing along. Even the high parts.
And then we actually start getting into questions, reading a couple of questions that we printed out in advance for the panel, just to get things rolling.
Another musical interlude! This one starts at 18:10.
And then we got into questions from people at the panel. The line of people asking questions was... notably long.
The second person in the line was dressed as Spite. Which was very creepy! But then he turned out to be LevelUpLeo! (We've been pronouncing his last name wrong this whole time! Now we know better.)
We recorded this episode on Saturday afternoon. That morning, we'd held a costume contest, so there were lots of folks at this panel in brilliant and creative costumes straight out of the pages of Sentinel Comics. It was wonderful.
Another song from Anthony at 44:41. Followed by Anthony's story of what inspired that song.
Then, we go back to reading a few of the letters that we printed out in advance, just to break things up a bit!
And then we sort of spill a pile of beans about OblivAeon story stuff that we've apparently never talked about publicly before? So, that's good. Enjoy!
Another Anthony song at 58:12.
This leads into more questions from the audience. Lots more great questions!
Oh, also some more huge spoiler reveals. A notably one right after the 70 minute mark. Probably not a big deal. *innocent whistle*
Around 81 minutes in, Argent Adept gives us a "Damage -1" token. Then, Citizen Dawn begins laughing ominously in the background.
95 minutes into the episode, Guise makes his appearance. He's exhausting.
As a result of that, starting around the 97 minute mark, Christopher loses it and reveals the secret behind where all of Sentinel Comics comes from. It's not pretty.
Then! A bit after 99 minutes in, Christopher and Adam disagree on the air! Don't worry - they work it out.
One of our favorite things that happened in this panel is that we drop a spoiler for our future plans at 109:50ish, but no one really seemed to pick up on it. Wonder what we meant by that... Probably nothing important! Right?
The final musical interlude from Anthony occurs at 112:30, though this is not the final song of the episode!
After that, just a bit of closing words. We're entirely overwhelmed by how great our listeners are, and how wonderful the Sentinel Comics community is. Seriously, you people are amazing.
We close the episode with another "Christopher and Adam" singalong.
Goodnight and good luck.
Corporate shenanigans! Ready to meet the CEO and more? It's time to talk about RevoCorp!
Run Time: 90:18
We dig pretty deep into untold tales and history to reveal the RevoCorp story. This is all stuff that happens on the sidelines (for the most part) of the Multiverse, but we'll cover how it ends up impacting the world of Sentinel Comics.
The Q&A section features people questioning our lies. It's good to see that we're getting that message through.
Also, last week's question in the Spoilers section was from Matchstickman. Sorry for making that clear in that episode! We hope that Matchstickman can forgive us. And also forgive us for what Adam does in this episode.
Sorry for the brief show notes today - we just got back from Gen Con yesterday and are still recovering.
Speaking of Gen Con, next Tuesday's episode will be the recording of the First Annual Gen Con Live! The Thursday after that, we'll release a "Gen Con Retrospective" interlude. And then back to the regularly scheduled hero and villain episodes next month, starting with Haka!
Time travel and psychic shenanigans! The many forms of Vanessa Long!
Run Time: 105:49
We deal with multiple realities - and multiple Vanessa Longs (Vanessas Long?) in the first ten minutes, so buckle up!
Brief show notes today, because: Gen Con!
So, we promised a link to the Lazer Ryders Soundtrack in the show notes. Here it is on Spotify. It's also available on Bandcamp. Not sure if there's a better place to get it, but those are both pretty legit! Also, for a sample, check out the song Trevor chose for our episode-ending music.
The questions segment has a bunch of nonsense about Biomancer's creations, the Cult of Gloom, and even the kingdom of Cooltopia? I don't know what's happening with our own podcast these days.
In the future section, we have two spoiler sections. The last bit of the Sentinel Tactics future is spoilers (from 95:30 to 96:35), and the entire Sentinel Comics RPG timeline segment is also spoilers. (from 97:09 to 99:20).
As mentioned, we're already at Gen Con! If you'll be at Gen Con on Saturday, come crash our Letters Page Live recording panel on Saturday!
Also, because we're in Indianapolis and away from our office all this week, we've already recorded the RevoCorp/Benchmark episode! It's too late for your questions! While we're gone, if you want to ask questions for upcoming episodes, I'll leave you with this hint: we have just begun to cover the Prime Wardens and their nemeses...
Akash'Bhuta, Akash'Thriya, and more!
Run Time: 118:27
This show covers more time than any other episode. It's also one of our longest episodes! Appropriate.
Around 5:40, we posit that this episode won't be longer than the Argent Adept episode. We were wrong. But just barely! Still, we shouldn't have been surprised.
It takes us about half an hour to go through the first couple hundred million years. Then, we start slowing down, only covering thousands or even hundreds of years at a time. Bear with us! We eventually get more into the blow-by-blow stuff that happens in the pages of Sentinel Comics.
At the beginning of the question section - around 45 minutes in - we clear up a thing that we straight up did wrong. We have officially said before the Akash'Bhuta's first appearance was in Prime Wardens #1. There is no way that's correct. Her first appearance was in Virtuoso of the Void #12, and we even know that! We were shocked to look back at what we'd released publicly. We just wrote down the wrong first appearance. We're very sorry.
On to the rest of the fantastic questions! So much to unpack!
A few fishy things happen in the other questions. Another letter from the Cult of Gloom, Princess Cool asserts that she's the original, and we're pretty sure that Biomancer is up to something...
In the future section, we first go over when the timeline split occurs in the Akash story. Then we talk about the rough stuff going on in the Sentinel Tactics timeline.
For the Sentinel Comics RPG timeline, we have to use the SPOILERS tag. From 107:00 to 114:22 so that we can talk about [redacted] and [redacted]. We also take one more question! Enjoy!
As we mention at the end of the episode, we're recording on Thursday this week, and we're actually recording TWO episodes on that day, due to Gen Con. So! Get your Visionary and RevoCorp questions in by early Thursday morning at the latest! Anything after that won't make the cut!
Looking forward to seeing some of you next week at Gen Con!
Buckle in, folks! We're going to meet a bunch of Virtuosos of the Void today, as well as delving into the Void itself!
Run Time: 117:59
In the first portion of the podcast, we go through the history of the Argent Adept's appearances in the pages of Sentinel Comics, from his origin in the Toll of Destiny limited series, through the Virtuoso of the Void ongoing series. We cover a ton of stories at a pretty breakneck pace, as we had SO MANY fantastic questions that we wanted to make sure to let your wonderful input shine, you lovely listeners!
We finish that entire overview in about half an hour! The majority of the rest of the episode is questions!
Shortly after the 40 minute mark, Christopher gets real passionate about music. This speaks to why/how Argent Adept was created. Heck, we both go into even more music stuff in the next 5-10 minutes after that.
Spoilers! Many spoilers! Pretty much the entire future section is a spoiler, and it's tagged as such within the episode. If you're wanting to skip the spoilers, don't listen to anything between 107:52 and 114:33. That's where we spill the beans!
Thanks for listening! Get your questions in for all flavors of Akash'Entities now!
The longest interlude we've ever recorded, by far! So many questions answered! The name of this episode is most certainly not "Lightning Round".
Run Time: 83:50
We cover tons of characters in this episode. A ridiculous amount of them. And almost as many different stories. Ready for hopping all over the place? Strap in - it's going to be a bumpy ride!
Just after the 50 minute mark, Adam and Christopher have a debate about who would win in a fight between two villains, and Adam actually convinces Christopher! It's a surprising outcome for everyone.
Rather than listing all the characters we talked about, here's a list of the things we didn't talk about, even though we did get questions about them!
Those characters all do count as Nemeses, but their stories have to wait for the episodes they are important in, so feel free to ask more questions about them.
Here's the next month's schedule!
If you're at Gen Con, come to the Gen Con live recording on Saturday at 3:00!
Get your Argent Adept questions in now! See you next week!
Let's talk about NINE villains! Nine times the goodness!
Run Time: 72:47
There's a lot of rambling nonsense and nonsensical rambling in this episode, but there's also a lot of good story!
Just before the ten minute mark, Adam divulges his scale of animal evilness, from most evil to least evil. So, that's probably a useful thing for all of you out there in internet land.
Then, a bit after the fifteen minute mark, The Ennead start taking over Egypt, and we talk for the next 5-10 minutes about how locked down that whole situation was.
Right after the 26 minute mark, we tell a few but very minor story about Set after The Ennead event. I'm calling it out here because I really like the story. It's not an important story, but it's fun.
Just how many times do we say "reservoir" in this episode?
Right before 34 minutes in, we do a "and then they all died" bit THAT IS TOTALLY TRUE. They all died. Period.
The next thing we do is answer a question - our first question of the episode - in which we reveal a retcon that happened within the pages of Sentinel Comics.
SPOILERS! Starting at the 60:50 mark through 68:25, we talk about spoilers for the Sentinel Tactics timeline, so if you want to wait until it's released to play through the story content yourself, skip this spoilers segment.
Thanks for listening, everyone! Thursday is the longest interlude ever! Talk to you then!
Is Ra the true Egyptian God of the Sun, or just a madman with the power of fire? Or, is he something else entirely?
Run Time: 106:57
We start with a quick overview of who Ra is, and then start breaking down his long and somewhat convoluted story. Let's dig right in.
In the first ten minutes of the show, we reveal Ra as a villain (of sorts) and then kill him off (sort of), and not at all as a joke! And it's not even the most exciting ten minutes of the show!
Starting just before the seventeen minute mark, Adam attempts to name all nine of The Ennead. He does... OK. More on those folks next week!
Around 28 minute in, we start getting into just HOW all of this Egyptian mythology stuff has been translated into modern Sentinel Comics.
Lots of great questions in today's episode, with a ton of story stuff covered entirely in the Q&A segment.
At 55 minutes, we get a question that sparks a REALLY long answer with a ton of story. Enjoy!
Wow, this is a long episode. Whew!
Lots of big reveals in the future section. We talk about the future of a minor side character from the card game timeline and what happens to them in the Tactics timeline. And then! In the RPG timeline section, we go into SPOILERS! Skip from 96:55 to 103:55 if you want to avoid major story spoilers for the RPG.
In a couple days, we're recording the episode about The Ennead AND the interlude about Nemeses! Get your questions in now!
An episode about a slavering rat beast!
Run Time: 76:10
Just a warning: we rehash some old jokes this show. We're out of material, folks. You heard it here! We're already washed up.
But there are also some actual reveals in this episode! Like Plague Rat's real human name from before he was fully rattened!
This is an episode of cautionary tales and important life lessons. Brush your teeth. Don't play in the sewers. Don't do drugs. Or crime. Stay in school, kids.
We go from drug dealer, to rat beast, to infectious rat beast, to captured rat beast... look, a lot happens with Plague Rat, actually. You'll just have to listen to the episode!
And we have a decently long Q&A segment today! Lots of fun stuff there. Good questions. Strange answers. And even a few twists!
And we wrap up with a glimmer of hope for the future.
Next week is Ra!
Today is an American holiday, so we're going to talk about an All-American hero!
Run Time: 83:50
Look forward to all manner of voices from Adam in today's episode!
About 10 minutes in, we introduce the robot named CON. And yes, we will explain CON in this episode. It's about time!
At the 20-minute mark, Adam refers to human flesh as, "Delicious, delicious flesh." We just want to mention right now: we do not support or advocate cannibalism. Adam does not consume human flesh and he does not think of it is actually delicious. That line about delicious flesh was from Plague Rat's point of view.
Right after that, we explain how time travel works. So, that's cool.
Around the 47-minute mark, we say that Chrono-Ranger mostly acts in the main canon timeline just after saying that he act in a bunch of different timelines. Turns out, both are true. In the bulk of Sentinel Comics, he's doing stuff in the primary timeline, but in his occasional solo limited series, he shows up in and alters many different timelines.
In the future section, we actually reveal a decent amount of story, both from the Tactics timeline and the RPG timeline. A lot happens to Jim Brooks in both futures, including two different name changes.
Thanks for listening! Get your Plague Rat questions in now!