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The Mandatory Downtime Podcast

The Mandatory Downtime Podcast, brought to you by The Gearbox Union, is a weekly podcast about everything and nothing for your listening pleasure. We discuss movies, technology, cartoons, gaming, animals, books, conventions, the internet, life's deepest/shallowest questions, comics, and much more. Its just good fun! Classic episodes 1-98 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast can be found here on the Gearbox Union's website: http://www.gearboxunion.com/podcast
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Oct 1, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 123 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, and Matt chat about the creepiness of the Library of Babel, it not being Christmas without The Nutcracker, funny people that shouldn't make serious movies, video game powers, the Pope's visit to Philadelphia, the Fallout Anthology, lasers being the future of digital storage, and much more!

Sep 24, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 122 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, and Matt sit down to talk about there adventure at the Hundred Acre Manor Haunted House, escape rooms, what we would put in our own haunted houses, PewDiePie and Markiplier, YouTubers VS established entertainment, Fallout 4 news, Muppets and Heroes Reborn, and much more!

Sep 17, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 121 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, Matt, and Joe sit down to talk about their trip to Wizard World, the McSoss being old men, meeting the Boondock Saints, how much fun Super Mario Maker might be, Steam sales, the PC master race, Metal Gear Solid 5, and much more!

Sep 10, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 120 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! The crew of Chris, Lee, Matt, and Joe once again went to Snake Eyes Gaming to talk about mirrors making you go crazy, how people say things, the plans for the Fallout 4 Season Pass, that you can't Google in China, animal freak shows, cereal mascots, and much more!

All that and the Podcast Fight heats up as the guys from the McSoss Comic Book Podcast join us this week!

Sep 3, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 119 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Lee, and Joe went to Snake Eyes Gaming to talk about a bunch of stuff to an empty room because Lee forgot to press the record button! So during take two of the podcast they chat about a bunch of great upcoming events, social media, their adventures in Dagorhir, giant spider backpacks, if the internet is good or evil, that androids are going to put us in a people zoo, and much more!

Aug 27, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 118 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Matt, Lee, and Joe talk about our annoyance with DLC/triple A video game releases, how to handle wrong numbers, the Detroit satanist, that buttons don't do things, the sound bats make, why Google doesn't want you Googling, the epic awesomeness of giant fighting robots thanks to Megabots, the commercials of KFC, upcoming events, and much more!

Aug 21, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 117 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Matt, and Joe talk about social media, Guiness World Records, if Amazon is a terrible employer, Matt's trip to Chicago, Microsoft's Skype Translate and Holo Lens, Joe's annoyance with Youtube, grocery shopping from your bed, the Subway scandal, the hacking of Ashley Madison, bad beers, Google's Project Fi, LA Beast, the creepiness of Sonic Dream Collection, weird video games, Stay Green 2015, and much more!

Aug 13, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 116 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Chris, Ellesha, Kaydee, Lee, and Bethany we talk about the great crew at Hundred Arces Manor Haunted House, escape rooms, the great Dagorhir divide between the guys at McSoss, Steel City Con, the wiping controversy started by Chris Campana, roller blading, the Mysterious Package Company, giving blood, the angel's glow of the civil war, Dragonball movie spoilers (44:35), our childhood experiences with SimCity and Rollercoaster Tycoon, the awesomeness of the upcoming Lego Dimensions, motorcycle accidents, Jon Stewart's final episode of The Daily Show, and much more!

Aug 6, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 115 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Matt, Kaydee, Chris, Ethan, Rod, and briefly Allie by remote discuss 'shipping', the opening weekend of the PA Ren Faire, a film making convention, silly acting, Mister Ed's Elephant Museum And Candy Emporium, eating adorable animals, kangaroo fighting, having a monster as your best friend, a new nick name for Lee, nerd decorating, what our Care Bear counterparts would be, Green Glass Door, Trilogy Bros, Chicago, and much more! 

Jul 30, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 114 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Lee, Matt, Kaydee, and Chris get chatty about Earth 2.0, geniuses being terrified of artificial intelligence, Ant-Man, Shmoop-ing, how excellent Gettysburg, awesome TV shows that got canceled, the mummified rat king, skeet shooting, Space Jam 2, video game time lines, blood glucose eye monitors, podcast fighting McSoss, a Dagorhir update, and much more!

 

And a special baby update from Allie and Rodney! 

Jul 23, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 113 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Joe, Rodney, Allie, and new comer Jodi tackle (in a much more civil tone then usual) the topics of dangerous sea encounters, the awesomeness of Zachary Levi, the excellent hobby of board games along with Tabletop Simulator, the ridiculousness of Sharknado, digital versus paper books, the big changes coming to Magic The Gathering, and much more!

Jul 16, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 112 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Lee, Matt, Kaydee, and Joe chat about NASA doing a drive by of Pluto, color changing tarantulas, the Foo Fighters 4th Of July BBQ, the coming mini ice age, Iron Giant coming back to theaters, Mick Foley's good looking daughter, the awesomeness of Ash VS Evil Dead, the Deadpool/Suicide Squad trailers, being excited for the Goosebumps movie, a forced play through of Five Nights At Freddy's 4, and much more! All that and we smack talk/challenge the guys at the McSoss Podcast!

Jul 9, 2015

Hello Gearboxers and welcome to episode 111 of the Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This week the crew of Lee, Matt, Chris, Rod, Allie, and the long absent Joe tackle giant fighting mechs, more Battlebots, shark attacks, John Cena's coolest factor, Fallout 4 again, how tall Godzilla is, that Dragon Ball Z is really bad, the raptor kitchen, and much more!

Jul 2, 2015

Welcome (hopefully) new fans and veteran listeners to this week's episode of MDP! Join Lee, Matt, Kaydee, and Bethany along with our guest Dane from the Punisher Body Count podcast as they chat about Battlebots, the darkness hidden inside Adventure Time, if milk really does a body good, Adam Sandler movies, Keanu Reeves being at his best when not speaking, which Bill & Ted movie was the most radical, Scare Tactics being way too much, Hulu being the best, and much more!

Jun 25, 2015

This week's podcast Matt, Lee, and Chris discuss how tasty genetically modified animals might be, creepy murder mysteries, Rust's procedurally generated genitalia, more about Fallout 4, being villains, and much more!

Jun 18, 2015

This week Matt, Lee, Kaydee, Allie, Rodney and Ethan talk about E3, Fallout 4, launch day downloadable content, weird measurements and street names, Jurassic Park, and much more!

Jun 11, 2015

This week, Matt, Allie, Rodney, Chris, Megan and Mark discuss who's under that Disney mask, blind people, first world problems, mystery items, the longest fan fiction, streamers, and much more!

Jun 4, 2015

This week, Matt, Lee, Ethan, Allie and Rodney discuss colors, face mites, fancy lights, edible things, Simon Pegg, and much more!

May 28, 2015

Hello there folks and welcome to the party! It's a special edition of Mandatory Downtime because it's Bethany's birthday! She's joined by Kaydee, Allie, Rod, and regular guest Dane from the Punisher Body Count podcast for a night to remember as they discuss fan fiction, reminisce about the good old days, literary topics, being the innkeepers of nerd culture and not the gatekeepers, and much more!

May 21, 2015

Hello and welcome Gearboxers to the first official post Sci-Fi Valley Con 2015 Mandatory Downtime Podcast! This time join Matt, Lee, Bethany, Allie, and Rod as they talk about all the craziness of the convention, the upcoming Muppets show, the new Mad Max movie, our Extra Life team, and much more!

May 16, 2015

It's that time of year again when we unleash the chaos of a GBU podcast on the general public at Sci-Fi Valley Con 2015! Tune in to hear the entire ridiculous mess as we attempt to utter anything intelligent, not murder each other in a room full of witnesses, and give away free stuff! We also have special guests Dane from the Punisher Body Count Podcast, Matt and Paul from McSoss, Scott Markley fromTime For Hugs Entertainment, the talented Jason Lenox, and the amazing Chris Campana!

May 14, 2015

This week Matt, Ethan, Kaydee, Allie, Rodney, Dane and Chris talk about why Toy Story is depressing, Nineteen Kids And Counting, what month May is, famous laughs, and much more!

May 7, 2015

You there! Listen to Matt, Lee, Ethan, Kaydee, Bethany, Dane, Rodney and Allie talk about Avengers: Age Of Ultron, color blind animals, great mixing flavors, the new Mortal Kombat game, and much more! Do it! If you want!

Apr 30, 2015

That's right Gearboxers, we made it! Welcome to the 100th episode of Mandatory Downtime. For this special occasion the MDP veterans Lee, Matt, Ethan, Kaydee, Allie and Rodney discuss all the fun they have had in the 99 episodes leading up to this, share some of their favorite moments, express their gratitude towards friends/listeners, and much more!

Apr 23, 2015

It's Mandatory Downtime Podcast #99, which is one away from #100! This week Matt, Lee, Kaydee, Bethany, Ethan, Allie, and Rod along with guest podcaster Dane get deep about salads, showers, Hodor spinning sick beats at Rave Of Thrones, head transplants, how Google doesn't know how to Ethan anymore, the definition of transient, excellent adventures at Tekko Con, and much more! All that and we start to reflect a bit back on our time spent doing the show.

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