On December 21st, the Assembly of Geeks podcast wrapped up its three year run with an episode that included an in-depth Rogue One discussion and the defeat of the show's nemesis - The Troll. It was a perfect ending to the part story/part geek talk show that infused a unique format into the geek podcast space. However, it wasn't the end of the talk, nor the end of the creativity.
The name, "Assembly of Geeks", simply became the title of a geek content hub, and a new show featuring virtual host GANNIN, and human hosts Scott Murray, Jeff McGee & Emily Kelley was already in the works. It's called The Geek Directive, and it debuts on Tuesday.
Instead of meeting at The Fantastic Fortress, the show describes the hosts entering the realm of GANNIN. While there, he gives them geek directives that come in the form of what to talk about and how to talk about it. One minute he might instruct them to discuss a topic or comment on a news story, another minute, he might test their geek cred with a challenge or game.
Assembly of Geeks Creative Director, Scott Murray, who developed the show, says recording the first episode is very exciting and a little scary.
"It's a thrill to launch this new addition to Assembly of Geeks," he said, "but it's also a little nerve-racking since we're giving GANNIN all this power."
Murray isn't worried about having to discuss topics, but instead wonders how he'll fare in the challenge segments. He may have to come up with a random line of dialogue based on a singular word. He and the other hosts might have to continue telling on odd story featuring a character from a specific fandom. He might even have to guess what year a comic book came out. While those challenges will keep the human hosts on their toes, Murray feels better when he thinks about the other geek assembly members - the listeners.
"When the Assembly of Geeks podcast was running, listeners told me they found themselves talking to their radios or podcast players," he said. "Now they get to play these games along with us."
Meanwhile, GANNIN is ready to take on his new role. While he definitely will be interested to see what stumps his human counterparts, he said they shouldn't feel intimidated.
"I understand my role," he said. "It's to make the show fun for everyone, and that includes my colleagues. Nobody should be concerned about me trying to embarass them...unless their name is Jeff."
The Geek Directive will be a weekly podcast that posts on Tuesdays. Comic Book Noob and The Gamer's Dominion will rotate Thursdays.
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