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 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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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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Episode 203: Star Trek: Discovery Pt.1

We f**king welcome back Chris, one of the original f**king hosts, to discuss Star Trek: Discovery, five f**king episodes in. We look at how f**king Trek it is, whether making it a f***king prequel was the right idea, the f**king story, and the f**king characters. We also talk about a big f**king theory and which f**king series we would most like to play in. And to paraphrase Sylvia Tilly, we think this episode turned out pretty f**king awesome.

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Episode 202: Creature Feature: Clowns

“What are you going to do with those pies, boys?”
– second last words of Farmer Gene Green

“Aaaarrrrgh!”
– last words of Farmer Gene Green
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Happy Halloween! You laugh at them at the circus. You welcome them into your homes to entertain your children. You let them sell you hamburgers. But in this Creature Feature, we look at the horror that is the clown. We discuss clowning through history and clowns in fiction. And while we can’t imagine why anyone would want to play them as protagonists, we share ideas on how you could.

Also check out our video on clowns here.

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Video Review: Tales from the Loop

We review the new(ish) tabletop RPG Tales from the Loop that has many people excited. Tales from the Loop seems to have hit a sweet spot with its combination of ’80s nostalgia, interesting game mechanics, and a setting both fantastic and familiar (well, if you’re from Sweden or Neveda).

Do we think it should find its way to your gaming table? Does our love affair with Modiphius continue? Is there a Swedish word for “Goonies”? Find out in our video review as we discuss “roleplaying in the ’80s that never was”.

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Episode 201: Tales from the Loop and Stranger Things

Here we are
Hanging onto strains of new wave cues
Ape the tropes that we break down
It’s not real if you didn’t live it
Unearned expectations
Hit shows you used to hear ’bout
They’ve finally made a show for you.

Eighties enough for you
Eighties enough for me
Fauxtalgia
Fauxtalgia for me
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
-“Millennials ‘r’ Good Enough”

We review the new(ish) tabletop RPG Tales from the Loop that has many people excited. Tales from the Loop seems to have hit a sweet spot with its combination of ’80s nostalgia, interesting game mechanics, and a setting both fantastic and familiar (well, if you’re from Sweden or Neveda). Do we think it should find its way to your gaming table? Does our love affair with Modiphius continue? Find out as we discuss “roleplaying in the ’80s that never was” and .

Also, as we prepare for the second season of Stranger Things, we look back on the first season. Will the show prove it is about more than nostalgia and homage? Find out in our review.

For our video review please go to:
https://youtu.be/kbep2KKmJ8Q

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Video Review: Starfinder RPG

We interview our local Pathfinder aficionado to get the lowdown on Starfinder, Paizo’s Pathfinder in spaaace. Does it live up to the hype? Is it worth the money? Can you play Jedi? Watch to get the answers to these questions.

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