Episode 209: Kansai JIGG (Japan International Gamers Guild)

“If you build it, they will come.”- Field of Dreams

“If you build it and provide snacks, they will come.”
Gaming Table of Dreams

In this episode, we talk to Jools Thomas* and Ryan Thomas* about the Japan International Gamers Guild (JIGG). Jools is the unofficial JIGG historian (he made a T-shirt with that on it, so…), whose blog sparked the idea for this interview. Ryan is one half of the duo, Linda Thomas being the other, that brought gaming to Kansai. If you’re interested in the history of the best gaming community in the world, or if you’re interested in how to start up a gaming community or group, this is the episode for you.

*No relation. Did we run out of last names?

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Episode 208: Straight to Netflix: Mute

In the premiere of our new series “Straight to Netflix”, we discuss the Duncan Jones science fiction movie starring Alexander Skarsgard, Paul Rudd, Justin Theroux, and with a Sam Rockwell Moon easter egg. What could possibly go wrong? Should the critics be muted (Hey yo!)? Find out if you should list or miss Mute.

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Video: Unboxing Torg Eternity

“The storm has a name … and comes in a very heavy box.”

Curious about the new version of TORG? Want to see what $200 gets you? Well, we unbox the massive TORG Eternity Cargo Box from Ulisses North America, which includes the core rules and drama deck. Are we happy with the purchase or cursing the seductive call of nostalgia?

Since these boxes promise to be a staple of the TORG Eternity Kickstarters (Living Land had a Survival Box), this video will help you decide whether or not to jump in on the next one. Think of them like Loot Crate, but with stuff you might actually use.

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Episode 207: Creature Feature: Mermaids

Just in time for Mer-May, our latest Creature Feature! Mermaids, or Merfolk, are found in myth and legend from almost every culture in the world. We look at their appearances from A Thousand and One Nights to Hans Christian Andersen to H.P. Lovecraft. In the tradition of our Creature Features, we watched (and drank to) a related film, The Mermaid (2016), by Hong Kong director Stephen Chow. We also include ideas and inspiration about how to play them as antagonists and protagonists in your favorite RPGs. This episode was in no way endorsed by the many fine Japanese whisky products that it took to make.

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Episode 206: Cyberpunk 2018

“Akeyo offers moi a kazi. Tres facile, she says. Cho lucrative, she says. Faces always lie. Tatemae, hombre. Allez, my brain says. OK, my boca says. Weil she with Sergei. His gun is ookii. His ‘tude is zverskiy. Samurai always punish. Sergei no hablo Angelo. He hablo Gewalt.
The paise is gooood. The crew is prooo. The kazi is faciiile. In and out, bra. You win, bra.
But the street don’t lie: THE SYSTEM ALWAYS WINS!”

– Neff Jacks, hardboi runner

In this episode, we present a list of questions that define cyberpunk. If a game, book, or movie checks these boxes, it’s cyberpunk. If not, sorry, bra. Is Shadowrun cyberpunk? Is The Matrix? Listen for the definitive answers.

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Unboxing Massive Darkness

We unbox the CMON Kickstarter, Massive Darkness, a fantasy board game that includes some inspiration from MOBAs. Will the new mechanics be an innovation or a gimmick? How about all of those fantasy miniatures? Are they compatible with all other fantasy roleplaying games? Watch our review and find out!

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Video: Star Trek Adventures RPG Review

In our short review of the Star Trek Adventures RPG by Modiphius, we give an overview of the contents of the book, game mechanics and our thoughts on how well the game system reinforces the setting. For a longer discussion, please check out our audio review on this channel with an extra hour of impressions and explanation: https://youtu.be/4lTzel99fyY

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Movie Mining: Logan & Aging

“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.”
Logan, Logan

“This is what life looks like…”
Professor X, Logan

In this installment of Movie Mining, where we mine movies for RPG ideas, we review the 2017 film Logan and discuss what lessons we learned on how to play older characters in your RPG campaigns. We also talk about the Old Man Logan comic series where the movie drew inspiration. So, if you’re wondering how can you balance the benefit of long experience with the physical ravages of time to create a deep and interesting player character or NPC, find out in our review, bub. Snikt!

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Episode 205: Star Trek Adventures RPG

Two Star Trek fans guys who have seen some Star Trek episodes review the latest 2d20 game, Star Trek Adventures. We answer all of the important questions. Do you need to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy the game? Can the game make you a Star Trek fan? Is this an improvement on the 2d20 system? Does the system match the universe? Does it have starships? Can you play a Borg hottie? Listen and find out!

Audio for this episode is also available on YouTube

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