2017 is swiftly coming to an end, and that means it’s time for The Ace of Geeks staff to gather around the giant wooden table in our non-existent office and debate, discuss, and settle on our top picks for media this year. As always, these winners are decided by the entire Ace of Geeks staff, through a point voting system. Everyone submits their top five, and their top choice gets five points, their second choice gets four, and so on down the line. There are five catecories this year: Podcast of the Year, TV Show of the Year, Movie of the Year, Comic of the Year, and Video Game of the Year. Each day this week, we’ll unveil a new set of winners! Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments.
Podcast of the Year
Podcasts. Without them, our commutes would be resolutely terrible. From comedians playing roleplaying games to full on audio dramas by celebrated authors, there’s a huge variety out there to listen to each and every week, and 2017 had some of the best of the best. But who would climb to the top of the pile? Here are our picks:
Notable Runners up:
Expounded Universe, Shoulders Up, Steal the Stars
IN THIRD PLACE: The Myths and Legends Podcast
Each week, Jason Weiser sits down to tell you a story. Some are stories you think you know, others are ones you’ve never heard, but really should. He takes popular myths, legends and stories like the original tales of Thor or The Little Mermaid, and returns them to their original versions, full of darkness, terror and some really weird cultural ideas. Which makes it strange that this is consistently one of the funniest podcasts on the internet. Jason rewrites these tales in his own words, using a zippy, conversational and modern tone that brings the fairy tales to life in ways that just re-reading Hans Christian Andersen never could. Each half hour episode leaves you wanting more of a story, making it one of the most bingable podcasts out there. Give it a place on your list.
IN SECOND PLACE: The Adventure Zone
From the creators of the incredibly popular My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast, The Adventure Zone is an answer to the question: What if a bunch of nerds, who were all related, and had somehow never played Dungeons and Dragons, sat down for a game of D&D? What starts as an amusingly awkward fumbling with the rules and stats turns into a sweeping saga that rivals the best high fantasy novels, but still keeps you laughing each and every week. Griffin Mcelroy is an incredibly imaginative GM, bringing stories and settings to life that belies the typical “enter dungeon, punch things” narrative that people think of when you say “Dungeons and Dragons.” They wrapped up their first major campaign, “Balance,” this year, which is a great excuse to binge the whole thing over your holiday break.
PODCAST OF THE YEAR: Campaign
A podcast so good that Jarys and Mike accidentally made a fan podcast about it earlier this year, Campaign is what happens when you take a group of Chicago improv comedians and ask them to adventure in the Star Wars universe. Like The Adventure Zone, Campaign starts with a bunch of goofballs being goofy, but very quickly takes a turn into some of the most interesting storytelling about Star Wars you can find outside of The Clone Wars. Bacta, Lennic, Trist and Lyn all are fully realized characters with interesting backstories and super dramatic moments (“I am a great bounty hunter, and one day I will rule the stars.”), who still rib each other and mess around like the friends they are. It makes you feel like you’re a part of the crew of the Mynock, and keeps you tuning in each and every week.
Stay tuned for more awards tomorrow!