Shovelcast #3: Mass Effect: Andromeda

That’s right! It’s podcast time. Since almost 5 years have passed since the last one, it seemed like a new one was due. This time, a former Shovelcast guest is back to review Mass Effect: Andromeda with me, the inimitable Allie Gebhart. Join two of the biggest Mass Effect fans in the Milky Way as we spend almost TWO AND A HALF HOURS half-drunkenly talking all things Mass Effect, occasionally breaking away from our lovefest over the original trilogy to discuss the new game. Honestly, we could have probably kept on going for 6 or 7 hours. Our takeaway: it’s a flawed game, but definitely worth playing, and we’re more than happy to tell you why.


We’re fans of the franchise, if that wasn’t immediately clear.

You can download it here, or use the player below.

I’ll post the regular drinking game rules for the Shovelcast below. There was very little drinking going on during the production of this episode, because we’d been in the pool drinking beer most of the day. Special thanks to my wonderful wife, aka Tinuviel, aka DJ Booty Grabbins, who produced this episode and also sat silently through the entire thing, which takes a measure of fortitude that I can not even imagine.

The Me and My Shovelcast Drinking Game

Take 1 drink when:

  • I say something stupid
  • I use the word “awesome”
  • I use a 25-cent word when a 10-cent word will do
  • I giggle mousily

Take 1 shot when:

  • Technical difficulties occur
  • I slur a word
  • I forget someone’s name

Please drink responsibly, and pace yourself.

Shovelcast Episode 3

Hosts: Alan Edwards and Allison Krasley Gebhart

Recording Location: Derenemyn

Producer: DJ Booty Grabbins



Getting ready for an away mission, as Tali looks on worriedly from her comfy chair. My eyebrow has no such concerns.


About Alan Edwards

Cancer caregiver, writer, accountant, gamer, poolboy, and dispenser of terrible advice that should never under any circumstances be followed.

Posted on July 14, 2017, in Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Jennifer Miller

    Any game-breaking spoilers for Andromeda in here before I begin? I figure since you say it’s mostly ME1-3, I can listen freely. Also, that armor is friggin’ awesome!!

    • There are definitely spoilers in there, but I wouldn’t consider any of them game-breaking. I’m hesitant to assert that there aren’t any, though, because I don’t want you to get mad at me if I’m wrong. I bruise easily.
      There is definitely one part that will be spoiled, but it’s not particularly relevant to the plot. I think you’ll be safe, and if I’m wrong I’ll, I dunno, pay for your game or something. Or let you punch me in the arm real hard. Whatever it takes.

      • We do absolutely spoil all of the “loyalty” missions too, now that I think about it. It’s spoiled. IT’S ALL SPOILED.

        • Jennifer Miller

          lol Alright, I stopped at 45 min in. I’ll revisit this once I get and finish Andromeda… like… 5 years from now, probably. -_- *sigh*

  2. Jennifer Miller

    Well, I listened to it all (couldn’t help it), and I don’t think I heard anything I’ll retain… nothing that would actually mean anything to me unless I played the game. So you’re off the hook… for now.

    • Nah, you earned the free punch just for getting through the entire thing. That’s dedication, right there.

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