Brazil (feat. Brandon Rollins, Game Designer) : Episode 48

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What: Brazil! 1984, but in 1984. Dystopia satire!
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Katherine Helmond

Featuring guest co-host
Brandon Rollins
Brandon Rollins, creator of War Co. Expandable Card Game

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War Co. Expandable Card Game
Our guest’s expandable sci-fi expandable card game.
Instead of randomized starter decks and booster packs, the core set comes with pre-constructed starter decks, and is designed to be self-contained.
Get the thing WarCo

The Engineering Guy

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Show Notes

Sci-Fi Dystopias

1984, Brazil, Farenheit 451, etc. Why do these count as scifi?

User Interfaces as analogy

Thanks to Chris Noessel for pointing in the Facebook group the way the “badly designed” user interfaces are really incredibly well-designed, if the point is absurdism. 🙂


In business, objects, life, gadgets, systems. Ducts! Creepin’.

Security Theater

Statistics, fear of skin cancer vs shark attack. Viscerality.

Euphemistic Language

Covering up reality. Making uncomfortable behaviour easier to swallow. Hiding reality.

Dreams and Reality

Cracking up. Dreams. Endings.


He’s got away from us, Jack.
I’m afraid you’re right, Mr. Helpmann. He’s gone.

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