Sunday, June 28, 2020

Episode 408 - Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 6-7

Episode 408: Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 6-7

I’m just going to say that a band where the lead guitar’s head could literally explode on stage would be the most metal thing ever

What could go better with your magical wizard aeroplane fantasy then a big heaping of Holocaust imagery? That’s right, it’s another big dollop of joy from Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, a fic that is determined to be as awful as possible in as many ways as it can. And just to top that off, we also get a couple of major plot developments that are handled entirely off-screen in a massive expositional infodump as a nice bonus. So once again you can sit back and enjoy the band (as long as they don’t explode) as Lance absolves himself of any responsibility for all of the terrible things that are entirely his fault while refusing to do anything that might interfere in the metaplot. It’s what heroes do!


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Episode 407 - Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 4-5

Episode 407: Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 4-5

I can’t think of anything more thrilling than an evil wizard’s financial management.

The concept of the Barbeque has not survived the apocalypse. However, historically accurate vintage aircraft, Nazi imagery and the beach volleyball scene from Top Gun has. Bear that in mind when you read your way through these next two chapters, because it’s still the least stupid part of the story. What we do have, however, is a plan that not only is incredibly stupid, but also relies on everyone else to be even stupider in order to work. Naturally this means it goes off flawlessly because Lance thought of it and he can never be wrong, even when he starts and then escalates a feud all the way up to people dying in his place. So snap your teeth and flick your towel for the next portion of Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron. Now with free bird seed!


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Episode 406 - Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 3-3b

Episode 406: Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 3-3b

The wizard appeared as if by magic.

It’s time for more of the zany misogynist gatekeeping antics of the Mad Dog Squadron! In this chapter our whacky heroes crush a young girl’s dreams by telling her that she’s doing magical wizard aeroplanes wrong and that she should give up on idealism and all that she’s ever hoped for. But that’s fine because they’re the good guys and thus everything they do is entirely justified. And at the end of the day we learn a valuable lesson in that casual sexism is perfectly okay as long as you can beat somebody in a dogfight and that racist imagery isn't problematic as long as you use it ironically. So buckle in and cry yourself to sleep for the second portion of Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron. Now with tea!


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Episode 405 - Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 1-2

Episode 405: Chronicles of the Mad Dog Squadron, chapters 1-2

Look out, it’s a squad of invisible magic Nazi planes he said with an entirely straight face.

Magical wizard aeroplanes fight robot skull Nazis! Yes, I am saying that with an entirely straight face, so that can only mean one thing; another Rifts fanfic. And what a treat it is, as we’re introduced to Mad Dog Squadron, a force of utterly forgettable nobodies who are defined solely by what vintage aircraft they pilot and led by an utter creep who you’ll want to punch within seconds of meeting. So join this force of designated protagonists fight a war of incredibly boring one-sided battles in the name of preserving a sinister magocracy that’s in league with eldritch abominations while listing weapons calibres and drink ingredients. It’s a lot less exciting than it sounds!

(Also there may be a girl. Maybe. We’re not sure)


Riffers: Dan, Rebecca Bartley, Tsuneo Tateo and Rick R. Mortis
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Episode 404 - Bubblegum Shift, chapter 5

Episode 404: Bubblegum Shift, chapter 5

Helping build a better murderbot for a brighter tomorrow

You’d think that when a key member of your secret conspiracy has lost their memory that the best thing to do would be to sit on them and make sure that nobody tries to take advantage of this development. So naturally, Rob and Kathy decide to let Jim “Nightfart” Williams run around on his own, take his helicopter gunship out for a spin and angrily ride his motorcycle off over the horizon with nary a concern. And yet, they both have the gall to be surprised when one of Jim’s many, many enemies essentially kidnaps him and effortlessly cons him into turning against them. Yes, it’s all that you’ve come to expect from this fic only with more rambling author manifestos. So get your best fake Tennessee accent and optional tiger for the final part of Bubblegum Shift. Note: not a conclusion at all.


Riffers: ?, ?, ? and ?
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Rebuild of Elmer Studios, year eight

With the conclusion of the eight year of Elmer Studios, we have now completely outlived the original incarnation, both in terms of lifespan in raw time and the episode count. Even allowing for side projects and collaborations, we now have more “modern” Elmer Studios episodes then “classic ones”. And as I type this, we likely have enough material to carry us through to a ninth year.

In this last year we completed twenty-one episodes (well, actually twenty, but Episode 404 is in final edit as I type this. As can be seen from previous years, this sort of pace has become the new normal for us; my goal of two episodes per month has sadly proven to be unrealistic for what is, in essence, a casual hobby project. However, we still did have a number of good episodes in that last year.

It also needs to be said that this last year was the victim of two massive reschedules that also threw off our planning. One of those was a fic that had already not only been entered into the schedule, but also begun work on the riffing; as such, removing it from the schedule changed a lot of other things around. One of the reshuffled fics is still to come; when you read it, you’ll begin to understand why it was moved.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Episode 403 - Bubblegum Shift, chapter 4

Episode 403: Bubblegum Shift, chapter 4

I see nothing that could go wrong with letting a heavily armed masked mercenary vigilante walk around our secret and highly illegal base

James “Darkwind” Williams, immortal shapeshifter, billionaire CEO, member of an ancient conspiracy and recreational helicopter gunship pilot has amnesia. Faced with this terrible development, people stand around and talk about it. And that’s it, really. That’s all that happens in this chapter. Still, we find out that DarkWind was ready to launch a full-scale war for control of MegaTokyo that would have destroyed the city because the good guy and that his secret arsenal of tanks was for purely peaceful purposes, and that’s something, I guess. Not like there’s much else going on, really. So plug into your proprietary charger and blab out all your deepest secrets for the next slab of Bubblegum Shift! It’s got a killer car, or something.


Riffers: ?, ?, ? and ?
Written by: Zogster and Rick R.