Episode 212: Campaign Confessions: D&D 5E Part One

Continuing our Campaign Confessions series, we look at our recent pirate-themed Dungeons and Dragons 5e campaign. Part one focuses on 5e itself and the reasons why this edition has become so successful. We try to put our finger, and maybe some blame, on who dragged D&D kicking and screaming out of the basement and made it appealing to a whole new generation of players. Is it the system itself or is it social media savvy?

First comic books have become cool and now D&D. There’s hope for you toy collectors yet.

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Episode 211: Top 5 Horror Settings

For Halloween this year, we discuss our top 5 horror settings for role-playing. These settings, from movies, books, and television, aren’t necessarily our favorite ones to watch or read, but they are the most interesting and inspirational settings to play in. Let us know if you agree with us!

Note that we deliberately didn’t include settings that are currently being used for games. Do you really need another gaming list topped by Call of Cthulhu and World of Darkness?

If you would like to skip the full discussion and go right to the final top 5, please visit our YouTube channel.

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Video: Deathwatch RPG Cortex Prime Session

Actual play session of Warhammer 40,000 Deathwatch setting using the Cortex Prime ruleset. Three and a half hours of space marine carnage! If you are interested in trying this setting with this system use the links below…

Pre-generated character PDFs available here:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1-ZtRUU2yoYrBo5ky1QDspvqMEBp5ZHfD

Ruleset available for pre-order here:
https://cortex-prime.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Listen to a discussion of the choice to pair Deathwatch and Cortex Prime:

Episode 210: Deathwatch RPG

Our GM was @HyveMynd
https://hyvemynd.wordpress.com/

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Episode 210: Deathwatch RPG

We do not hate the alien because he is different, we hate the alien because he had naught but hate in his heart for us.

— Anonymous Battle-Brother of the Deathwatch

What do you do when an IP you love is released as an RPG with a system you hate?

Wayne discusses his conversion of the Deathwatch RPG to the Cortex Prime system., the latest version of Cortex Plus that powered Marvel Heroics Roleplaying. We also talk about the mechanics of Cortex Prime and how he was inspired to use it to power Space Marines.

SPOILER: His motivations rely heavily on his hatred of the d20

The Emperor Protects!

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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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