This week, we are joined by returning guest Andrew Hackard – the Munchkin Czar! We take a look at a “controversy” in the gaming world caused by the inclusion of 13 women on a 25 person slate of gaming professionals to be featured on the Industry Insider program at Gencon this year. Apparently, some gamers are butthurt that they managed to find so many qualified women to sit the panels and feel some men were “unfairly” excluded. Hack, who is an industry professional, gives us the rundown on this really dumb argument and we talk about the inroads women are making into gaming and the ways gaming has been working to be more inclusionary.
Note: This episode was recorded remotely and that means the sound can be sketchy at times and there can be some weird delays.
We spent the weekend at Omegacon playing a bunch of tabletop games! If you don’t live in Minnesota, you probably don’t care about Omegacon, but you’ll probably care about the games we played. We are joined by our friend Eric Knight and we discuss some new, hot games like Codenames, Spyfall, and Mysterium. If you are into tabletop gaming, you might be interested in which games were super hot at a convention filled with people who love tabletop gaming. We also ask Eric our five questions and briefly touch on the terror attacks that took place this weekend. Mostly, though, we talk about GAMES!
Good friend and frequent guest Brianne Bilyeu was at a garage sale recently and she came across an unopened copy of Bible TriBond. Knowing, as she does, our interest in lame Christian board games, she bought the game and gave it to us as a gift. We re-gifted her by having her join us for a podcast where we play the game! TriBond, by the way, is not the best designed board game to begin with. When you slap the Bible on top of it, it doesn’t get better. While by no means as awful as Left Behind: The Board Game, we certainly can’t recommend this game to anyone. And we aren’t just saying that because we’re atheists. If you want to borrow the game to try it out yourself, though, Tim still has it. For now.
We have a whole new set of geeky boners to share with everyone this week. Tim has a couple of mini boners about gaming and British TV series. Molly has a far more impressive boner involving a new favorite podcast. Nick has a gigantic boner about going back to school. Of course we have a listener answer our five questions and we remind everyone about what is going on at Die Laughing this weekend. Enjoy!
This weeks episode was recorded at Omegacon in Siren, Wisconsin. We are joined by tabletop gaming enthusiast Matt Everhart. The four of us talked about the games we played over the weekend, new and old. We all had a great time over the weekend and played a lot of awesome games. Including Legendary. If you didn’t know it by know, we really like Legendary. Tabletop enthusiasts should get some good ideas this week! Matt also finally gets a crack at our five questions!
This week, we gathered in the basement studio to talk about geeky media we plan to consume over the next month or so. There are video releases, movies, tabletop and video games, television shows, and even one book! We may not have managed to touch on everything but we get pretty solid coverage on most topics. If we missed something, we hope you will enlighten us in the comments!
This week, we sat down with Tony Miller and Ronn Bauman to watch “Dark Dungeons,” a faithful adaptation of a Chick Tract of the same name. For those unaware, Chick Tracks are fundamentalist comic books and the makers of the film got permission to adapt this particular comic as long as they did not produce something satirical. Instead, they produced something far more entertaining. The four of us watched the film and then recorded a episode that started with our response to the film and then moved into our thoughts on religion, performing and, above all, gaming. Our role playing pasts are laid bare for all to see! We hope you have as much listening as we had recording.
Correction: on the closing stinger, Nick says that Dark Dungeons costs $2.50. Actually, the extras cost $2.50. The movie itself costs $5.00. Sorry for the error.
I just finished reading the first issue, and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on it:
Parallel Man is a science adventure comic. Much in the same way that Star Trek, Blake’s 7 or even Doctor Who can have just about an unlimited number of exciting settings, PM is the same. Rather than travelling though space or time (and space), Parallel Man deals with Skip Technology that allows you to jump between multiple Earths. Some of them are fungus worlds, others are populated by reptilian humanoids, and many have been dominated by a threat that is revealed in this premier issue.
Rather than expanding their empire out, these people have expanded their empire sideways, into different Earths. This seems to have led to amassing some pretty awesome technology, and most of it is demonstrated rather than explained, something I’ve always been partial to in comic book storytelling.
Comics are a visual medium, and as such, Parallel Man doesn’t rely on exposition to convey what’s happening, they show it and you pick it up as you go, because you’re clever and don’t need to have your hand held though a comic.
First issues are tricky. They have more weight to pull than any other issue in a series, because they need to introduce the reader to this world and the characters in it, give you just enough plot to set the hook, and then somehow make you give a shit in only about 30 pages. First issues can be clunky, but I think Parallel Man pulled it off well. They dive right in, and by the time the issue is over, I wanted more.
Parallel Man: Invasion America #1 comes out October 8th. I’d highly recommend talking to your Local Comic Shop to pre-order an issue. As it’s a new comic by a new publisher, there’s a good chance they won’t pre-order a ton of them, and you should check it out.
This could be the start of something big. Future Dude is planning animation, mobile games, and deck builder games all running… in parallel. Here’s some preview animation, with some release date info.
This week we sat down with Molly’s cousin Andrew Hackard. He works for Steve Jackson Games and has the awesome title of Munchkin Czar! Given that fact, you’d think we’d spend the entire episode taking about Munchkin. Why would we do that? That’s his day job! Instead, we talk about the latest board games we’ve been playing. Are you tired of hearing us talk about Legendary? We hope not! To be fair, we talk about a whole bunch of other games as well. Also, since we answered Andrew’s five questions on the podcast many moons ago, we have to answer five questions that he brought to us!
This week’s very special episode was recorded live at OmegaCon 2013 and features guests Brianne Bilyeu and Ceitius of the Xtreme Tasting League helping us play the Christian Role Playing game “DragonRaid!” It’s not actually a role playing game, mind you, as that leads to Satan worship. It is officially a fantasy simulation. It is also officially silly and overly complex. Tim never even got to use his Hatred of evil skill. Yes, that is an actual skill.While it is badly designed, we all agree it is nowhere near as poorly conceived as the Left Behind board game. Sit back and enjoy our attempts to learn about Chrstianity through some of the most ill conceived analagies possible!
Note: Unlike the rest of our episodes, there is some editing on this one. There were long gaps where we were paging through rule books and other boring stuff. We cut some of that shit out.