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8 Bit Book Club

The only book club that makes you dumber! Join Brian Murphy, Emily Axford, and Caldwell Tanner for a weekly chat about video game novels.

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Legend of Zelda Adventure Book: The Shadow Prince

The club guides sassy 90s cartoon Link on a quest to protect the Triforce. Along the way, they meet a curious stranger with an even MORE CURIOUS magic necklace. Can the gang defeat this bejeweled dude? My rupees are on no!

2hr 15mins

28 Feb 2017

Rank #1

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A gaggle of D&D's most pathetic monsters compete in a 16 scrub tournament to crown King Weenie! Caldwell and Emily each control 8 monsters, with Murph acting as ref/announcer/DM. Featured combatants include Flying Sword, Giant Badger, and Riding Horse.

1hr 17mins

11 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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Super Mario Adventure Book: Doors to Doom

The club takes on another Nintendo adventure book because they just don't know when to quit. Emily eats a slug of steak fat, Caldwell gets horny for puzzles, and Murph is saved by Bahamut's blessing.

1hr 1min

17 Nov 2017

Rank #3

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Talking About Our New D&D Podcast (w/ Jake Hurwitz)

The club announces their new D&D play podcast, Not Another D&D Podcast, coming out at the end of January! Jake, Emily, and Caldwell discuss their characters, including a redneck elf, a religious halfling teen, and a cut, pensive man who was raised by dwarves.


18 Jan 2018

Rank #4

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Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Metal City Mayhem

The club plays through a Sonic the Hedgehog RPG book with stats like Cool Looks, Quick Wits, and Coolness. Will they defeat Robotnik and save Green Hill Zone? The twist ending WILL SHOCK YOU.

1hr 8mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #5

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Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Metal City Mayhem (Part II)

The club revisits a Sonic choose-your-own-adventure book to right the wrongs of their previous failed play-through. Last time, Sonic was incapacitated by poison gas and dragged off by robots, so this time can only go better!

2hr 7mins

10 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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Bioshock: Rapture

The club visits the under sea world of Rapture to do bad Andrew Ryan impressions and say the word "bathosphere."


18 Oct 2016

Rank #7

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Silent Hill: The Movie

The club watches a spooky video game movie because it's almost HALLOWEEN... and they don't want to read a book.

1hr 13mins

27 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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John Elway the Flying Sword has shattered, causing his spirit to awaken an evil, giant John Elway hellbent on destroying the kingdom with his magic quarterbacking skills. Can Rob the Zombie and his goth followers sack this monstrous football legend and save the realm?

1hr 25mins

26 Apr 2017

Rank #9

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Super Mario Adventure Book: Leaping Lizards (Part 2)

After he's crushed by a giant rabbit foot, the club revives Luigi and attempts to save the Mushroom Kingdom from the Koopa Kids once more.

1hr 38mins

6 Dec 2016

Rank #10

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Sonic Adventure Gamebook: Zone Rangers

The club joins Sonic (and Tails!) on a deep dive into the jungle zone. Caldwell and Emily insist on maxing out Sonic's "Good Looks" and giving Tails the highest strength possible at the cost of their agility and speed. Can the famously speedy duo survive as slow, buff, beautiful dudes?

1hr 2mins

29 Dec 2017

Rank #11

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dragons But Were Afraid to Ask

The club cracks open the D&D Monster Manual to learn about dragons -- their mating habits, personality-types, and treasure preferences. Emily tries more than once to mimic the sound of a "dragon greeting."


24 May 2017

Rank #12

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World of Warcraft: The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

THE BOOK BUDS ARE BACK! The club travels to Orgrimmar, aka New Orc City for some POLITICAL INTRIGUE! Caldwell introduces another exciting edition of Caldwell's Word Corner, Emily gets really into britches, and Murph struggles to say the phrase "Horde waters" with his Jersey accent.

1hr 3mins

6 Oct 2017

Rank #13

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Super Mario Adventure Book: Koopa Capers

After Wendy O. Koopa goes missing, King Koopa buries his turtle pride and asks Luigi to find her. Can everybody's second favorite plumber save the day? THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL 8 BIT BOOK CLUB OF ALL TIME.

1hr 5mins

9 May 2017

Rank #14

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Skyrim: Peoples of the Root

The club gets tricked into reading Skyrim fan fiction and just goes with it. Join us for the story of Mani, a lizard thief who lives in the sewer, as he embarks on a quest to join the Thieves Guild and lockpicks his way into all our hearts.


1 Nov 2016

Rank #15

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Pokemon: I Choose You!

The club reads a novel based on the first few episodes of the Pokemon anime and engages in a heated debate about starter Pokemon. Everyone comes out dumber for it.


13 Dec 2016

Rank #16

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Sonic the Hedgehog: Fortress of Fear

The club does a live reading of a Sonic children's book. Caldwell introduces original character "Caldwell Prower" and Emily questions Murph's love of critters.


2 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Gex: The Novel

The club does a live reading of Gex and basks in his 90s radness (REMEMBER PLAYSTATION!?). Move over Sonic, there's a new sassy critter in town!


1 Feb 2018

Rank #18

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World of Warcraft: The Shattering: The Prelude to Cataclysm (Part 2)

The club returns to Azeroth, but gets side-tracked immediately when Emily goes on a long rant about how she's never seen someone eat a brownie (??????). Caldwell ponders which energy drink best encapsulates the essence of Garrush Hellscream and Murph introduces "Murph's Gurph's," a new segment to redact his goofs.

1hr 11mins

13 Oct 2017

Rank #19

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Kingdom Hearts: The Novel

The club reads glorified fan fiction featuring Final Fantasy characters, Disney critters, and anime-forever-friends. Caldwell sings the Kingdom Hearts theme more than once in our new segment, "The Bard Yard."

1hr 1min

21 Mar 2017

Rank #20