Episode 195: The Last Jedi and Rogue One

I can’t stand that Galen planned that
But I’m gonna send it straight through a tiny gate
My knees are knocking now that I’m here
Because that Sith lord gives me Sith fear
So while you sit back and wonder why
What prompted Bodhi to help us fly
May the Force help you dodge
I’m tellin’ y’all it’s a sabotage
K-2S0, you ain’t saying nothin’
I can shut you down with a push of a button
But I’m out and I’m gone
But this last scene is going on and on
– “Death Star Sabotage”

In this episode, we talk about The Last Jedi and Rogue One.

Episode 194 – Review: Mutant Chronicles

Flush with the thrill of pledging Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel, Jeremy and Lyal give you a Mutant Chronicles double feature review: the Mutant Chronicles RPG and the Mutant Chronicles movie! (Movie? There was a movie?) Come for the review of the techno fantasy RPG set in a dark dieselpunk solar system. Stay for the review of the box office smash acting masterclass movie starring Thomas “not Aaron Eckhart” Jane, Ron “I can’t believe he’s not Irish” Perlman, and John “One Take” Malkovich.

Episode 193: Looking Ahead to 2017

To close out 2016, the year that hated the film and music industries, we discuss the TV shows, movies, and games we’re most looking forward to in 2017 (and some that we aren’t at all). We also discuss Kate Beckinsale’s marriages, how Alan is difficult to break up with, and the two Coreys!

Episode 192: Review: Millennium Blades

It’s a gaming podcast about a board game that is about a collectable card game inspired by a role-playing game (probably on that last one). Alan, Jeremy, and a very special guest review Millennium Blades, a board game about the collectable card game hobby.

Episode 191: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force AwakensA long time ago in a country far, far away…

Episode CXCI
The Hands Reopen

The Idle Red Hands have vanished. In their absence, well, 2016 happened. Sorry.

A youngish (very -ish) idealist, Jeremy, knows that the world needs the Idle Red Hands and dispatches his best pilot, Alan, to retrieve the old hosts. And Alan messed it up. What do you expect when you send your best pilot? Why not send your best spy or bounty hunter? Maybe have the best pilot fly them where they want to go. Was your best spy too busy engaging in dogfights to do what he was trained to do?

Anyway, one old host returns, but is it the right one? (Disclaimer: Fans of Wayne will be disappointed.) This new alliance reviews The Force Awakens just in time for Rogue One. (Timely as always, Idle Red Hands.)

Episode 190: Festivals

Memento mori.” (Remember you will die.)
-the famous phrase whispered in the ear of a victorious general during a triumph
“Shut the f**k up.”
-the less famous response

With hanami (cherry blossom viewing) still fresh in their minds, Wayne and Lyal discuss festivals and the questions you need to ask yourself when including them in your game. We also discuss Savage Rifts (guitar riff), the game that threatens to break the Internet.

Episode 189: Five Games, One Shelf

In this episode, we pick the five RPGs every role player should have on his or her shelf, including which edition to have. These aren’t our five favourite games or the five most popular games of all time. Nope. These are five games whose mere possession will contribute to your overall gaming experience.

These are the criteria we used. Play along at home.

Innovative
Impact
Representative of a specific type of a game
Widespread
Paid us to mention them (Kidding. No company took us up on our offer.)

Episode 188: Creature Feature: Goblins

“I’m just a simple goblin. Do you know we don’t have a word for ‘family’ or ‘love’? Suffice to say, I don’t really understand your attachment to the small humans. I have noticed, however, that most of you will do whatever it takes to prevent … misfortune befalling your wee ones. Goblins also don’t have a word for ‘regret,’ but I know you do. Think about the regrets you’ll have if you don’t take my offer.”
-“Glassy” Salo, bootlegger, racketeer, businessman, goblin

In this installment of Creature Features, we look at the lowly goblin. Will you play them as tiny fodder, as roguish antiheroes, or as unchecked capitalists?

Episode 187: Generalist vs. Specialist Players

The specialist: “How would you make a Jedi in D&D?”
The generalist: “I wouldn’t.”

In this episode, we compare focusing on just one game system (specializing) with playing a wide variety of games (generalizing) to see which is the best approach. Did your approach win?

Episode 186: Warriors: Maori

“Our people once were warriors. But unlike you, Jake, they were people with mana, pride; people with spirit.”
– Once Were Warriors

Kia ora, mates. This installment of Warriors is about the original Kiwis: the Maori. You won’t be brassed off by this episode. We’re a couple of pakeha, but we give it heaps. This episode is a corker and chock-a-block with elements.  Cheers, bros.

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora!
(Tis death! Tis death! Tis life! Tis life!)