Radio Active #93: Reset. Renew. Return.

Radio Active PodcastLike an astronaut hurled far into deep space, Nuketown Radio Active returns to Earth a year after it left to find the planet utterly transformed. Fortunately, there are no super-intelligent apes. At least, not yet.

On this episode of Nuketown Radio Active, I reintroduce folks to the podcast, catch up on the state of Nuketown, and talk about my geeky … and not so geeky pursuits.

Nuketown News

  • Your host is Ken Newquist, a geek dad, project manager, writer, and IT guy.
  • I work at a small college in eastern Pennsylvania.
  • I’ve been married for 23 years to my college sweetheart. We have got two kids NeutronLad (13) and StarGirl (17).
  • Nuketown launched in 1996. Radio Active launched in 2003.
  • The current state of things is that eastern PA is under “stay at home” orders. Counties around us are starting to open up, but given our proximity to New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia, it’s taking us longer.
  • I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home. It’s exhausting, but it’s safe.
  • More thoughts on how to deal with that in Episode 94 (coming soon-ish!). But first, I wanted to re-introduce folks to me, the podcast, and the old thermonuclear burg.


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Welcome! (or Welcome Back!)


  • I’m a long-time gamer.
    • The Blackrazor Guild, my weekly gaming group, has been together since 1996.
      • I’m running a short-term Star Wars campaign set in The Mandalorian era for the Blackrazors.
      • I’m playing in a 5+-year-old D&D 5th Edition game that’s in its penultimate episode.
    • I’m running a lunchtime game for my co-workers. It’s a D&D 5th Edition hexcrawl inspired by classic D&D mashed up with Gamma World. And maybe a little barrier peaks.
    • I love tabletop games in general, though I don’t get to play them as much as I’d like. Favorites include Ticket to Ride, Race for the Galaxy, Sentinels of the Multiverse, and Arkham Horror.
    • I don’t play video games as much as I used to, but I still fire up the consoles from time to time. I’m currently playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Fire Emblem: Birthright, and MLB: The Show 20. More on those in the next podcast.
    • My “Game Day” columns take a look at my gaming life. The focus is usually on role-playing games, but I occasionally delve into other kinds of games as well.
  • I’m a huge reader.
  • I’m a writer
    • I’ve previously written for, back when it was spelled correctly, as well as a number of other video games and speculative fiction websites. I do less of that now because of work and family commitments, but I still get to scratch that itch through a monthly column for Knights of the Dinner Table magazine and Nuketown.
  • Make Mine Marvel
    • I’m a huge X-Men fan, though I’ll delve into other comic book titles from time to time (Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Star Wars, and the Spider-verse). I occasionally post about what I’m reading in my “Top of the Pile” columns.
    • Unsurprisingly, I love Marvel movies … and love watching them with my kids. I consider it a major triumph that my teenage kids wanted to see Avengers: Endgame with their dad.


  • I want to be slinging dice into my 90s, so fitness is a big part of my life. Not obsessively … but consistently. I turned myself into a runner a few years ago, broke my ankle, healed from that, and went back to running (slowly). I also bike, hike, walk, and swim.
  • I reluctantly strength-train because I know it’s good for me. But I’d rather be running.
  • For more on my take on running, check out Episode 89. For the occasional update on my adventures (or misadventures) in exercise, check out the Fitness category on Nuketown.


  • I didn’t use to be an outdoor geek, but now I am. It started with staying in a cabin on Lake Champlain for a week every summer for the last decade or so.
  • It accelerated with my son joining scouts and learning how to camp, hike, and backpack.
  • I enjoy the intersections of geekdom and the outdoors – after all, many of our greatest geeky adventures take place in the outdoors!
  • I’m training to go on a 12-day, 60+ mile backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. We were supposed to go this year, but unfortunately, COVID-19 postponed it.
  • Listen to Episode 90 for more on my outdoor geek adventures and read my “Trail to Philmont” posts to keep up with my training efforts.

Returning to the Podcast

  • Back in the day, Nuketown Radio Active came out weekly. Then the kids got older, we got busy, and the podcast’s releases became infrequent.
  • No promises on frequency, other than new episodes should come out more frequently than once a year.


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The Earth from space. Credit: NASA.

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