Who are we? Whoooooo? Introducing the Action Points Podcast Cast

So we’ve put up about a month’s worth of podcasts now. We’ve also then halted that momentum by taking a few weeks break due to personal commitments (I was enjoying a nice holiday with Jeannie and Daniel visited sunny Queensland). Now that we’re getting back to the show, I thought I’d do a little re-introduction.

I started this blog as a personal outlet for my geeky hobbies. I’ve always relished trying out new things to later share and plug the heck out of to my small circle of geeky friends, and I thought I might as well channel some of that enthusiasm into something a bit more tangible (HAH!). I really got into listening to podcasts around 2011, and I thought that might be another outlet I could try. I finally bit the bullet in March 2013 and somehow managed to bamboozle a couple of my friends into joining me on this podcasting venture so I wouldn’t sound so alone, desparate and needy (Fat lot of good that did. Please like me), and here we are. They’re also now co-authors on the blog, so don’t be alarmed if the quality of the writing suddenly gets better.

And with that, let’s get to know our merry little band of misfits:

Aaron

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Oh hey, that’s-a-me! Mario! Crap. I meant Irene. Crap on a crapstick. Hi, I’m Aaron. I like comic books, anime, manga, webcomics, tabletop games, video games, TV sitcoms and Hokkien Mee that is as black as the void between the stars. I’m Malaysian Chinese, but I’m currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, because the pay is good and the comic book shop is a walkable distance. I pride myself in maintaining the same accent from my childhood, though the vocabulary has certainly taken on some Australian-isms, which is a bummer for you guys because it’s supposedly difficult to listen to. I’m a bit of a dilettante, having shallow knowledge of various geeky subjects but never really devoting myself to any one. I’ve written about how I got into games on comics on this blog, as well as talked about it on the podcast.

Major(ish) Influences: Porco Rosso, Dragon Quest Dai no Daibouken, Magic the Gathering, Le Havre, Atomic Robo, Rocketo, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy Tactics, Fables, scans_daily, Major Spoilers, Penny Arcade, The Name of the Wind, The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Harry Potter, One Piece, Dominion, World of Warcraft, Scott Pilgrim, Black Dynamite.

Stat Block:

Strength – 6

Dexterity – 6

Intelligence – 10

Charisma – 8

Eating – 20

Sleeping – 20

Willpower – 0

Rating: All Over the Place

Daniel

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In an alternate universe, Daniel is more famous on broadway than NPH and Hugh Jackman, runs his own comics publishing empire that put Australian comics on the map, had three of his blogs optioned for book/movie deals, has two dogs (one white Alsatian and one Border Collie) speaks 8 languages and has an awesome beard that puts Will Riker’s to shame.

Alas, the Daniel of this universe is not famous, nor has he accomplished any of these feats.

The Daniel of this universe however may or may not have a complex about speaking of himself in the third person. (And should stop that ’cause its really annoying)

Daniel’s sole geek-hipster cred lies in the fact that he was on Android before it was cool, and has never owned an i-device.

Also, Daniel poops (so hard).

Evan

quillEvan here. Love is a battlefield, life is like a box of chocolates and my house is a toy shop. Seriously. My wife is so good to put up with me. Aaron, the aforementioned blog-master has been a major influence on my experience of both comics and board games, introducing me to such stellar titles as Atomic Robo and 20th Century Boys. I love him dearly, but my bank account wants to have a stern word with him. By the same token, Dan has shown me the beauty of a well-organised bookshelf. And his would rival any. Seriously. Drool-worthy.

I’m the main source on videogame discussion, anime and manga for this trio of geeks. Give me shōjo, shōnen, josei or seinen. I want it all. Maybe even a little BL. If it’s a classic. I love figures (the anime-inspired ones, not stats) and obscure Japanese IPs. I’m a bullet hell addict with the reflexes of a spring roll. Go figure. Did I mention I like figures?

Major Influences: Mother 3, Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei, Pluto, Doug TenNapel, The Wind in the Willows, Hellboy, Ouran High School Host Club, Cowboy Bebop, Bioshock, Ninja Gaiden, Vanquish, Atomic Robo

Stat Block:

Strength – 4

Constitution – 8

Dexterity – 4

Intelligence – 12

Wisdom – 2

Charisma – 18

GeForce GTX  – 670

Rating: Dork

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