Gamer's Tavern

Want to see how conventions work? Maybe you want to start your on con? We have the best gaming conventions in the country, both big and small, to answer your questions about starting a convention!

Our Sponsors

Accursed: A dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters

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Evil Beagle Games: Bad Dog, Good Game

Our Guests

Sheena Colbath

ChupacabraCon

iVerse Media

Joe Charles

Comicpalooza

Comicpalooza Games

Hackmaster

Ed Doolittle

Note: Due to an audio issue, we lost the first part of Ed’s Gaming Character Sheet. You can find out more about what Ed does at:

Denver Gaming Association (hosts of TactiCon and GhengisCon)

RoleplayDNA Podcast

What We’ve Been Playing

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross)

Munchkin Panic (Darryl)

Shadows of Brimstone (Darryl)

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Joe, Sheena)

Dungeons & Dragons Online (Joe)

Star Wars Commander (Joe)

Dungeon Crawl Classics (Ed)

Conspiracy X (Sheena)

Diablo 3 (Sheena)

Heartstone (Sheena)

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Savage Worlds (Ross)

Widening Gyre (Ross)

Cyberpunk 2020 (Ross, Ed)

Gaming Conventions

Gamer’s Tavern: Convention Survival Guide Part 1

Gamer’s Tavern: Convention Survival Guide Part 2

Gamer’s Tavern: Comicpalooza

Gamer’s Tavern: Gen Con

Rocky Mountain Savages

Warhorn Gaming Registration

The Ballpit Convention

Find a Convention Near You

Game Convention Central

Pathfinder Society Events (Note: This includes in-store games as well as conventions)

D&D Adventure League (Note: They currently only list in-store play, but will soon add convention support.)

Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix Events

Warhammer 40K Tournament Listings

Catalyst Demo Team (Shadowrun and BattleTech)

Direct download: GamersTavernEp043.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:55pm EDT

You wanted to know what we thought, well here it is. Our opinion of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. What's to love, what's to hate, and what's to compare endlessly to Pathfinder; we cover it all!

Our Sponsors

ChupacabraCon - Join the Gamer's Tavern at the greatest gaming convention in Austin!

Evil Beagle Games - Bad dog, good games.

Drive Thru RPG - The largest source of games online.

Accursed RPG - The game where you play the monsters fighting evil.

Our Guests

Sean Patrick Fannon

Shaintar

Evil Beagle Games

Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer’s Bible

 

What We’ve Been Playing

D&D (Darryl, Ross, and Sean) See below for links

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Borderlands 2 (Ross and Sean)

Dungeons & Dragons

D&D Basic

Starter Set

Player's Handbook

Monster Manual

Dungeonmaster's Guide

Adventure Leauge

Codename: Morningstar

Direct download: GamersTavernEp042.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 2:28am EDT

Our Kickstarter has succeeded and many of you are probably wondering what's going on with that. This episode, Ross Watson, Brandon Gensemer, and Darryl Mott Jr. update you on what's going on with the Kickstarter fulfillment, the new show coming to the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network, and a lot more!

Our Sponsors

Evil Beagle Games: Bad Dog, Good Games!

Accursed: The dark fantasy RPG setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters!

ChupacabraCon: The best gaming convention in Austin, TX, this January 9-11! Meet Ross Watson, Sean Patrick Fannon, Shane Hensley, Jeff Dee, Cam Banks, Steve Kenson, Robin 
D. Laws, Kevin Nunn, Jason Morningstar, Jennifer Rehnay, Darryl Mott Jr, and more! On Sunday, Gamer's Tavern is taking over the convention with a special Gamer's Tavern Game Table AND a Gamer's Tavern recording with many special guests! Tickets are available now!

Direct download: GTKickstarter2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

Most gamers get their start in a dungeon crawl. Many of the classic modules from the system are dungeon crawls. Why do these style adventures stick with us so much? What makes them so much fun? How can we keep them relevant in the 21st century? Join us to find out everything you need to know about dungeon crawls.

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG: The internet's largest source for games
Evil Beagle Games: Bad Dog, Good Games
One Degree with Nick: Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

Our Guests

Owen K.C. Stephens

Pathfinder

Green Ronin

Rogue Genius Games

Plunder and Peril

Advanced Bestiary

 

Bryant Smith

Gamer’s Tavern Evil Parties

 

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross)

Shaintar (Ross)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Ross)

Pathfinder (Owen)

Temple of Elemental Evil (Owen)

Cassino (Owen) (Italian Fishing Game)

AFK Tavern

 

Dungeon Crawls

Comicpalooza

Keep on the Borderlands

World’s Largest Dungeon

Dragon’s Delve

Emerald Spire

Underdark

Interview with Gary Gygax from Dungeon 112

Dungeon!

Warhammer Quest

Descent: Journey in the Dark

Castle Ravenloft

Wratch of Ashardalon

Legend of Drizzt

Throne of Bloodstone

Grimtooth's Traps

In Search of the Unknown

X-Crawl

Undermountain

Tomb of Horrors

Return to the Tomb of Horrors

Draconomicon “Millennium Dragon”

Dragon Magazine 131 “The Chasm Bridge”

Dungeon Magazine 17 “Out of the Ashes”

DNA/DOA

Renraku Arcology Shutdown

Dwarven Forge

Dungeonstone

D&D Miniatures

Paizo Battles

Gale Force 9

True Dungeon

Expedition to Barrier Peaks

 

Our Favorites:

“Millennium Dragon” from Draconomicon (Bryant)

I6 Ravenloft (Owen)

The Temple of Elemental Evil (Darryl)

Direct download: GamersTavernEp041.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:59am EDT

Ross and Sean are on a road trip! Gamer’s Tavern host and producer Ross Watson along with frequent guest Sean Patrick Fannon killed some time on their drive home from RinCon talking about what they did at the convention, how to argue about gaming effectively, the independent game movement, the Death Spiral, and what’s going on with their company, Evil Beagle Games.

Sponsors

Kickstarter – The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network Kickstarter runs until November 6, so please pledge now!

Drive Thru RPG – The largest source of role playing games on the internet!

One Degree with Nick – Gamer’s Tavern editor Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

 

Road Trip

RinCon home page

Chess is not an RPG

Thick as Thieves card game

Shaintar

East Texas University

Artemis Bridge Simulator

Sparticus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

The Forge

Fiasco

Inspectors

Dungeon World

Houses of the Blooded

Reign

Burning Empires

Old School Renaissance

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Project 77

Savage Lankhmar

Direct download: GamersTavernRoadTrip.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT

Diet? Exercise? On my gaming podcast? It's more likely than you think. And not nearly as bad as you fear. This episode, we talk about the small lifestyle changes you can make to feel better and game longer!

Our Sponsors

Gamer’s Tavern Kickstarter - Help the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network grow!

Audible - Get your first book free with our special free trial!

Evil Beagle Games - Publishers of Shaintar, the epic setting for Savage Worlds. Bad dog, good games!

Our Guests

Jake Burgess

Flashover Arts

Hero System

Luc McArthur

Luc’s Flikr Account

Luc’s Facebook Albums

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

 

Hero System (Jake)

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl)

Dystopian Wars (Luke)

X-Wing Miniatures (Luke)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Luke, Ross)

Warhammer 40K (Luke, Jake, Ross)

 

 

Gamer Health

 

How to Read Nutritional Labels

Darryl's Blog: The Dreaded Diet

My Fitness Pal app

Zombies! Run! App

Couch to 5K app

Dresden Files RPG

Manitou Incline Hiking Trail

Shaintar

Texas Renaissance Festival (I picked this one because I grew up going to it every year)

NERO Live Action Roleplay

Dagorhir

Amtgard

Society for Creative Anachronism

Episode 37: Live Action Roleplay

My Fitness Pal Forums

Episode 27: Birthright

Darryl’s Cooking Blog

Direct download: GamersTavernEp040.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

Welcome to Gamer's Tavern Happy Hour, our irregular podcast of mini-shows! This time, Darryl takes you behind the scenes at the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network to tell you how we make the show!

Don't forget, our Kickstarter is still going strong, so make sure to donate now!

Microphones

Plantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset - This headset is comfortable and very high quality when recording through Skype. If you're starting out or want to go all-USB, this is a good place to start.

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount - This is the microphone Darryl currently uses. You'll be making use of the Noise Reduction effect in Audacity a lot to get rid of the background noise, but it's the best sound you're going to get for under $100.

Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone - This is one of the two microphones we're looking to moving toward. It's one of the best dynamic vocal microphones you're going to find unless you want to step up to high-end studio equipment in the $1200-1500 range. This is the microphone used by Nerdist.

Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone - This is the other beauty and runs neck and neck with the Shure SM7 in terms of quality. It requires a few more accessories like a shockmount and pop filter, but it has a rich bass sound. This is the microphone used by This Week in Tech.

Digital Recorders

Zoom R16 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface - This is our main recorder and one of the only pieces of equipment I'm not looking to replace. It can record up to 8 channels live, the built-in stereo microphones sound pretty damn good, and while it's pricey, I've only had one issue with it ever. It can last about an hour on the eight AA batteries, so plan ahead if you're doing a long recording session!

Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder - The H4N is the recorder I'm wanting to put in Ross's hands for recording at conventions. It can record two channels at once, using either the built-in stereo microphones or the two combo inputs at the base. If you're not going multitrack for editing or if you're just recording you and one other person, this will save you about $200 over the Zoom R16. Even if you upgrade later, you'll still make use of this for its portability.

Note: Tascam also makes some very good digital recorders, but I've never used one so I can't personally testify to them.

Mixer

BEHRINGER EURORACK UB2442FX-PRO - The mixer currently used by the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network, there's nothing really wrong with it per se, but it is an older model and missing a lot of the features we need. The one I bought was also used, having spent a decade or so in service at a church before it came to us. It sounds great when it's working, but it's requiring a lot more percussive maintenance than I'd like.

BEHRINGER XENYX X2442USB - Drool. This is what I'm wanting to upgrade to. It's basically the new model of the other mixer with a slightly more portable design that takes up less space and will be easier to haul around to conventions. It also has a lot more features and, since we'll be buying new this time, shouldn't have the same fiddly problems.

Software

While the Zoom R16 comes with a limited version of the professional (and expensive) software Cubase, I still recommend sticking with the completely free open-source multiplatform Audacity. It's powerful, has a lot of options, is pretty easy to use once you pick up the few tricks, has a great network for support and instruction, and, again, it's completely free.

Direct download: GamersTavernBehindTheScenes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Batman is dead. The Caped Crusader has perished in an explosion caused by The Joker. With a void in Gotham City, new heroes must rise up to keep the city safe as it tears itself apart from violence and crime renewed in a world without the Dark Knight.

This series of Game Table is played using DC Adventures powered by Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition.

Our Sponsors

Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network Kickstarter - Help support the Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network grow by backing us now!

Drive Thru RPG - Your online source for games.

The Players

The GM for this season of Game Table is Kat9

Ross Watson plays The Knave

Brandon Gensemer plays Dragoon

Goodtwin plays The Fireman

Summer plays Jeramiah

All characters not explicitely created for this recording are owned by and or trademarked by DC Comics. Audio clips are from Batman: The Animated Series, owned by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros Animation. Game presentation is owned by Green Ronin Pubblishing. The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network has no relationship with DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, or Green Ronin Publishing, and those companies neither endorse nor are affiliated with the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network in any official capacity whatsoever.
Direct download: GameTableS2E02P1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

The players are hired to guard a wagon on the way from Neverwinter to Phandalin. But what do they do when they find trouble on the road? We're playing the Starter Set of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons!

Our Sponsor

The Gamer's Tavern Podcast Network Kickstarter - Donate now to ensure the highest quality shows and more from the Gamer's Tavern!

One Degree with Nick - Gamer's Tavern editor Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

Our Players

Darryl Mott Jr.: Dungeonmaster

Ross Watson: Morgan, Human Fighter

Sean Patrick Fannon: Jovis, Elf Cleric

Andrea Perez: Belliane, Dwarf Cleric

Gary Dowling: Magni, Dwarf Fighter

How Can You Play?

Player's Handbook

Monster Manual

Basic Dungeons & Dragons

Music Credits:

Theme Song: "Fake Reality" by Melodic in Fusion

Direct download: GTGTDnDS1E1.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 3:11am EDT

The Gamer's Tavern is celebrating its first anniversary! We're bringing back one of our most popular topics, Gaming Horror Stories! Those funny (even if in hindsight) stories of gaming gone wrong. We also have a major announcement at the end of the episode, so stick around!

Our Sponsors

Evil Beagle Games: The publishers of the epic fantasy campaign setting for Shaintar! Bad dog, good games!

Drive Thru RPG: The largest source online for digital copies of your favorite games.

One Degree with Nick: Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time.

Our Guests

Sheena Colbath

ChupacabraCon

Hotels for ChupababraCon

D3 Adventures

 

Sean Patrick Fannon

Shaintar

Evil Beagle Games

Sean’s Pick of the Day

Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer’s Bible

Kickstarter for Last Parsec

 

 

 

 

Anniversary Special

 

Episode Shout-Outs

Edition Wars Part 1

Edition Wars Part 2

Villains

Shadowrun!!!

 

 

Horror Story Games

Savage Worlds

Dungeons & Dragons

Dark Heresey

Paranoia

RIFTS

Black Crusade

Fantasy HERO

Firefly RPG

Pathfinder

Knights of the Dinner Table

Shadowrun

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

Star Wars: Force and Destiny

Call of Cthulhu

Where the Deep Ones Are

Direct download: GamersTavernAS01.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 1:08am EDT

We spent the weekend at Gen Con, the largest gaming convention in the world! Here's what we saw, did, played, and more!

Please note there's no intro or outro on this episode as Darryl has come down with the most delayed case of con crud ever and can barely see straight.

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG - The internet's largest selection of digital games

Accursed - The dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters fighting the witches who cursed you

Our Guests

Michael Surbrook

HERO Games

Kazai 5

Larger Than Life: Adventures in American Folklore

 Mr. Johnson and Vox

The Arcology Podcast

Arcology Podcast’s Twitter

Arcology Podcast’s Facebook

 

By the way, let’s get this out of the way now since it’s going to come up repeatedly: Our first Shadowrun episode.

GEN CON 2014

What We Played

Shadowrun (Vox, Mr. Johnson)

Earthdawn 4th Edition (Mr. Johnson)

Tales of the Floating Vagabond (Michael)

Terracide (Michael)

Shadows Angelus (Michael, Ross)

Red Dragon Inn (Michael)

Hackmaster (Darryl)

The Great Dalmuti (Darryl)

Accursed (Ross)

Gravstrike (Ross)

 

The Convention

 

Drizzt

Outbreak: Deep Space

Shane Hensley

ENnies

Robotech RPG Tactics

Gamer's Tavern Episode 30: Convention Survival Guide

First Exposure

Direct download: GamersTavernGenCon14.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Batman is dead. The Caped Crusader has perished in an explosion caused by The Joker. With a void in Gotham City, new heroes must rise up to keep the city safe as it tears itself apart from violence and crime renewed in a world without the Dark Knight.

This series of Game Table is played using DC Adventures powered by Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition.

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG – Your online source for games.

One Degree of Separation – Nick Jarowski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time.

The Players

The GM for this season of Game Table is Kat9

Ross Watson plays The Knave

Brandon Gensemer plays Dragoon

Goodtwin plays The Fireman

Summer plays Jeramiah

All characters not explicitely created for this recording are owned by and or trademarked by DC Comics. Audio clips are from Batman: The Animated Series, owned by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros Animation. Game presentation is owned by Green Ronin Pubblishing. The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network has no relationship with DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, or Green Ronin Publishing, and those companies neither endorse nor are affiliated with the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network in any official capacity whatsoever.
Direct download: GameTableS2E01P2.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Gaming luminaries Chris Pramas and Sean Patrick Fannon join us to talk about those shared experiences all gamers have. From the first time you played, your first set of dice, your first time behind the DM screen, and the first time you lose a character. Remember running into That Guy? Or that first time you realized you were speaking a foreign language? We're talking about all those old memories and those milestones that new gamers have to look forward to.

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG: The largest selection of digital games on the internet.

Audible: We're getting you a special deal to get one FREE audio book when you sign up for a trial!

Accursed: The Dark Fantasy campaign setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters.

 

Our Guests

Chris Pramas

Follow Chris on Twitter

Green Ronin

Dragon Age

Love 2 Hate (Funded, but the Kickstarter has ended)

A Song of Ice and Fire

Dragon Age Tabletop Episode

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-61i3R5y9Y

Sean Patrick Fannon

Evil Beagle Games

Shaintar

Savage Worlds

Sean’s Pick of the Day

What We’ve been Playing Lately

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross, Sean, Chris)

The Emerald Spire Superdungeon (Darryl)

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Darryl)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (Chris)

Pathfinder (Chris)

Savage Worlds (Sean)

Shaintar (Sean)

Birthright (Ross, Sean)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Ross, Sean)

Gaming Rites of Passage

"The Price of Failure" by Ross Watson

Shadows Angelus campaign blog

Dragon Magazine

Gygax Magazine

Shadis Magazine

 

Direct download: GamersTavernEp039.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:50am EDT

Batman is dead. The Caped Crusader has perished in an explosion caused by The Joker. With a void in Gotham City, new heroes must rise up to keep the city safe as it tears itself apart from violence and crime renewed in a world without the Dark Knight.

This series of Game Table is played using DC Adventures powered by Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition.

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG - Your online source for games.

One Degree of Separation - Nick Jarowski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time.

The Players

The GM for this season of Game Table is Kat9

Ross Watson plays The Knave

Brandon Gensemer plays Dragoon

Goodtwin plays The Fireman

Summer plays Jeramiah

All characters not explicitely created for this recording are owned by and or trademarked by DC Comics. Audio clips are from Batman: The Animated Series, owned by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros Animation. Game presentation is owned by Green Ronin Pubblishing. The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network has no relationship with DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, or Green Ronin Publishing, and those companies neither endorse nor are affiliated with the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableS2E01P1.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

Very important but very overlooked, art has been a part of gaming since the start of the hobby. But what goes into making the art for game books? How can art change a game without altering a word? And why does Rob Liefeld come up when we're talking about artists?

Affiliate Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG - The largest source for digital games on the internet

Accursed - The Dark Fantasy setting for Savage Worlds from Melior Via

Our Guests

Jeff Preston

Jeff's Website and Portfolio

Jeff on Twitter

Jake Burgess

Jake's Website and Portfolio

Jake on Twitter

What We've Been Playing Lately

Deathwatch (Jeff)

Dragon Age (Jeff)

Hero System (Jake)

Necessary Evil (Jake)

Camp Myth (Jake)

Basic Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl)

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Darryl)

Champions Complete (Ross)

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition (Ross)

Mutants & Masterminds (Ross)

Gaming Art

White Wolf

Paranoia

Dave Deitrich BattleTech

Renegade Legion

Seattle Sourcebook

CthulhuTech

Clients from Hell

Tim’s Vermeer documentary

Poser Pro

Rift’s Black Market

Deviant Art for Accursed artist Alberto Bontempi

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/80658/CthulhuTech-Core-Book?affiliate_id=36142

Direct download: GamersTavernEp038.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT

How does live action roleplaying differ from tabletop roleplaying? What different kinds of LARPs are there? We've got a huge panel of guests to talk about just that and to give you valuable tips to start LARPing or run your own event!

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG

Audible Books

One Degree with Nick

Our Guests

Eddy Webb

Eddy’s website

White Wolf/Onyx Path

Vampire the Masquerade

Rites of the Blood

William Thrasher

Kettle of Fish Production

Skirmisher Publishing

Sequel Cast

d-Infinty Live

The Jester Dragon's Random Brothel Generator

Tammy Keyes

Widening Gyre

Travels with ten Bunneh

What We’ve Been Playing

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition (Tammy, Ross, Eddy)

Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space (Tammy)

Mind’s Eye Theater (Eddy)

Cartoon Action Hour (Eddy)

Shaintar (Eddy)

Arkham Horror (Will)

Maid (Will)

Dungeons & Dragons new edition (Darryl)

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Darryl)

Pathfinder Emerald Spire Superdungeon (Darryl)

Mutants & Masterminds (Ross)

DC Adventures Universe for M&M (Ross)

Champions Complete (Ross)

Live Action Roleplaying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ekugPKqFw

Salon LARPs

Boffer LARPs

Nordic LARPs

Battlestar Galactica LARP

Murder Mystery Dinner Party Games

Vampire: The Masquerade

Mind’s Eye Theater

7th Sea LARP Rules

Society for Creative Anachronism

Amtgard

Darkon

Dagorhir

Dystopia Rising

Mind’s Eye Society

Underground Theater

One World By Night

Larping.org

Gamer's Tavern is released under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. Music for Drive Thru RPG is "Tavern Brawl (demo)" by Save or Die, copyright 2013 all rights reserved, used with permission. Music for One Degree with Nick is copyright Nick Jaworski all rights reserved, used with permission.

Direct download: GamersTavernEp037.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

Have an amazing idea that's too niche or too original to make it through the gatekeepers at the publishers? Whether it's a game, a novel, or something else: Publish it yourself! Learn how to do just that, the strengths and challenges of self-publishing, and how to get your product to the public.

Sponsors

Audible - The largest source of audio books on the internet. Get your free trial now!

Accursed - The dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters battling evil witches.

One Degree with Nick - Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time.

Our Guest

Jennifer Rehnay

Jennifer’s Website

The Last Seraph

Line by Line Beta Reader

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

Wildstar (Jennifer)

League of Legends (Jennifer)

Champions Complete (Ross)

Mutants & Masterminds (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Independent Publishing

Green Ronin Staff Page

Evil Hat Staff Page

Mantic Games

Super Meatboy

Accursed

Amazon Createspace

Studio 2 (Ross’s printer)

Drive Thru RPG

Calibre (eBook organization and creation)

Adobe Illustrator

GIMP

Adobe InDesign

Adam Jury InDesign tutorials

Microsoft Word

My Identifiers

We didn't talk about this on the show, but The Game Crafters is print on demand for board and card games

Poser Pro

Daz 3D

Google Adwords

Meet-Up

Smashwords

Tephra

Nordling’s review of Transformers 4

My Little Pony CCG

Circle Drawing Competitions

Direct download: GamersTavernEp036.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:46pm EDT

Chainmail bikinis, cosplayer harassment, lack of female protagonists, and more. Gaming culture has many issues regarding sexism and in Part One of our episode on Sexism, Feminism, and Gaming; we identify the problem areas that make women feel excluded, marginalized, uncomfortable, or even fearful.

Affiliate Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG: Your source for digital copies of your favorite games

One Degree with Nick: Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree at a time

Our Guests

Carinn Seabolt

Evil Beagle Games

Jennifer Baughman

World’s Largest Dungeon

Seventh Seas

Jazmine and Andrea

D20 Girls Website (under construction)

D20 Girls Facebook Page

Texas D20 Girls Facebook Page

Louisiana D20 Girls Facebook Page

 

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

Torg (Ross, Jennifer) 

Savage Worlds (Ross, Jennifer, Carinn) 

FATE (Jennifer, Carinn) 

Atomic Robo (Jennifer) 

13th Age (Jennifer)

Night’s Black Agents (Jennifer) 

Conspiracy X (Jennifer) 

Shaintar (Carinn) 

Justice and Life (Carinn) 

Cards Against Humanity (Darryl)

Gears of Wars Board Game (Jazmine)

Watchdogs (Andrea) 

Grand Theft Auto V (Andrea) 

Champions Complete (Ross) 

Red Dragon Inn (Ross) 

Starlit Citadel Red Dragon Inn Playthrough

Sexism and Gaming

Ubisoft Says Women Are Too Hard for Assassins Creed

Nintendo and Gay Relationships

Exalted Camel Toe (Savant and Sorcerers)

Realistic Female Armor

GenCon Offensive Booth (Trigger Warnings)

On Mighty Thews post on artwork

Accursed

Early Star Trek Online advertisement

Sex Doesn't Sell

Carl's Jr Mystique Ad

 

 

Dork Tower Fake Geek Girl comics

DorkTower1118aDorkTower1182b

 

 

 

Cracked on the Men’s Rights Movement

Posthuman Studios Fires MRAs

trilbyvfedora

Dickwolves Comic (Trigger Warning) 

Timeline of the Incident 

Mike’s New Year’s Resolution 

RAINN

MRA Shooting

Direct download: GamersTavernEp035.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

Gamer's Tavern turns to the Dark Side! Want to play evil but are worried about the players turning into murderbunnies? Or dissolving into PvP chaos? We talk about how to use evil player characters and even entire evil parties and still tell great stories and have fun.

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One Degree of Separations - The podcast from Nick Jaworski where he interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time.

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Jason Yarnell

D3 Adventures

Facebook Page

On Target Training

Bryant Smith

Marine Corps 1st Tank Battalion

Episode 5: Horror Role Playing Games

What We’ve Been Playing

Dark Nova (Darryl and Ross)

Sink the Titanic (Darryl)

Pathfinder (Jason)

Hero System (Jason)

D&D 5th Edition (Jason)

World of Tanks (Bryant)

Final Fantasy VII (Bryant)

Arduin Grimoire (Ross)

Champions (Ross)

 

Evil Player Characters

Pillage and Burn/For the Evulz - "Remember men, pillage before you burn!"

Lawful Evil - "Look, we both said a lot of things you're going to regret. But I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster."

Amoral/Mercenary - "I ain't in this for your revolution and I'm not in it for you, Princess. I expect to get paid."

Vigilante/Grey Moral - "I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me!!"

 

Man on Fire

Game of Thrones

Watchmen

Dexter

Knights of the Dinner Table

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 21: Graphic Content

Enemy at the Gates

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Gamer’s Tavern Game Table

Looking for Group

Order of the Stick

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 28: Alignment

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 33: Character Death

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 27: Birthright

Dungeons & Dragons movie

Games Mentioned

Shadowrun

Dark Champions

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition

Pathfinder

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Darksiders

Cyberpunk 2020

Thieves World

Midnight

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

Dark Hersey

Rogue Trader

Warhammer Fantasy

World of Darkness

Firefly Roleplaying Game

Rifts

Necessary Evil

Gamer’s Tavern is licensed under a CC BY NC ND 4.0 license. Music for Accursed is “Artemis” by Aesma Daeva, licensed under CC BY 2.5. Music for One Degree with Nick is copyright Nick Jarowski, all rights reserved, used with permission. Music for Drive Thru RPG is copyright Save or Die, all rights reserved, used with permission.

Direct download: GamersTavernEp034.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT

A message from a friend thought lost hits Sol's comm and sends the team out to take on the 2070's biggest spin artists.

Gamer’s Tavern Game Table is brought to you by: Hero Labs, the award winning character management program from Lone Wolf Development.

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One Degree of Separation with Nick Jaworski, the new podcast from the Gamer’s Tavern editor where he interviews one person a step away from him at a time.

Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Molly: Kat9

Tank: Darryl Mott Jr.

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp011.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 10:46pm EDT

Sometimes you make the saving throw, sometimes you don't. Why is the risk of death important in a game? How should you use death in your games? How do you cope when your favorite character dies? Can a game be fun if your character can't die? Nathan Dowdell and Lee Langston join us to talk about handling character death in games.

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Audible - The premier source for audio books online! Get a free trial now and support the show!

One Degree of Separation - Interviewing the world, one degree at a time.

Accursed - The dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters.

Our Guests

Nathan Dowdell

Warhammer 40K Roleplay

Mutant Chronicles

Lee Langston

Part Time Gods

RoleplayDNA

Twitter

Facebook

Ross Watson

GoFundMe Campaign

Warhammer 40K: Shield of Humanity (Ross’s last 40K RPG product for now)

Warhammer 40K Regicide

What We’ve Been Playing

Marvel Heroic Roleplay (Nathan)

FATE (Nathan)

Mutant Chronicles (Nathan)

Arduin (Ross)

Character Death

Temporary Death: The character’s only MOSTLY dead. Due to resurrection spells, coming back as a ghost/vampire/etc., or otherwise keeping the character but in a different form.

Concept Death: The character isn’t killed, but is some way fundamentally changed from its original concept so far it’s no longer the same.

Final Death: The character is D-E-D dead. Throw the character in the shredder and burn the ashes, it’s done.

Order of the Stick

Angry DM Immortal Campaign

World’s Worst Dungeon Crawl

The Gamers

Games Mentioned:

Deadlands

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

Dungeons & Dragons

Pathfinder

Paranoia

Hackmaster

Savage Worlds

Planescape Torment

Dungeon Crawl Classics

Dread

Champions

World of Darkness

Temple of Elemental Evil

Eclipse Phase

Ghostwalk

Rune

Save Game (FATE Setting)

Dungeon World

Demon's Souls

Advanced Fighting Fantasy

FATE

Direct download: GamersTavernEp033.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:10am EDT

Convention Season is upon us! Want to play games at a convention but don't know what to expect? Or are you running a game and want it to be more awesome? Bill Keyes and Robert Dorf visit the Gamer's Tavern to discuss the finer points of gaming at conventions.

Affiliate Sponsors

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One Degree of Separation: The interview podcast from Gamer's Tavern editor Nick Jarowski

Accursed: The Dark Fantasy Savage Worlds campaign where you play the monsters

Our Guests

Bill Keyes

Hero Games

Black Wyrm Games

Kazei 5

Widening Gyre

Robert Dorf

Champions Complete

Anna’s NPCs

Anduniel Companion

Kazei 5

What We've Been Playing Lately

#RPGnet (Darryl)

Over the Edge (Darryl)

Skyrim (Robert)

Fantasy Hero (Bill)

Champions (Bill and Ross)

Rogue Trader (Bill)

Arduin Grimoire (Ross)

Shadowrun 4th Edition (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Surviving Convention Games

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 4: Gaming Horror Stories

Savage Worlds

Iron Age

D&D Encounters

Pathfinder Society

Shadowrun Missions

Shaintar Justice and Life

Never Unprepared: The Complete Gamemaster's Guide to Session Prep

The Lazy Dungeonmaster

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 21: Graphic Content

GhengisCon and TactiCon

Music for DriveThruRPG ad is "Tavern Brawl (Demo)" by Save or Die, copyright 2013, used with permission. Music for One Degree of Separation ad is by Nick Jarowski, all rights reserved, used with permission.

Direct download: GamersTavernEp032.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

What happens when there's not a run going on? A good shadowrunner follows up on the last run and prepares for the next. A good GM plants a crapload of plot seeds! This episode is everything we did between the last episode and the new run next week, roleplayed out for your entertainment! There's a lot of table talk and we go off topic a lot. This is the closest you're going to get to an unedited episode of Gamer's Tavern Game Table!

Gamer’s Tavern Game Table is brought to you by: Hero Labs, the award winning character management program from Lone Wolf Development.

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One Degree of Separation with Nick Jaworski, the new podcast from the Gamer’s Tavern editor where he interviews one person a step away from him at a time.

Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Molly: Kat9

Malakai: Kyle Herring

Tank: Darryl Mott Jr.

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp010.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

Guest William Thrasher from Skirmisher Publishing and the d-Infinity magazine and podcast join us we recap our experiences at Comicpalooza! The games, the food, the parties, and more!

Note: The first hour of this recording was lost due to a technical malfunction.Most of what was discussed got recapped after Will showed up, however.

d-Infinity Live! Comicpalooza Special (with guests Darryl and Ross from Gamer's Tavern)

Direct download: GamersTavernComicpalooza14.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

The first annual State of the Industry episode with guests Shane Hensley and Brandon Gensemer. This episode, we talk about where the industry is, where it's going, and where we think it should go. This episode recorded before the big announcements from Wizards of the Coast, but our points still stand.

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One Degree of Separation with Nick Jaworski, the new podcast from the Gamer’s Tavern editor where he interviews one person a step away from him at a time.

In other news, Sean Patrick Fannon also has a new website, Sean's Pick of the Day, powered by Gamer's Tavern! Go check it out for daily gaming goodness!

Also, don't forget our host Ross Watson and former/future guests Sean Patrick Fannon and Carinn Seabolt have a GoFundMe up right now to help them move to Colorado!

Shane Hensley

Deadlands

Savage Worlds

X-Box Originals: Deadlands

East Texas University Kickstarter

Brandon Gensemer

Gamer's Tavern Game Table

Twitch Channel

What We've Been Playing Lately

Shadowrun 5th Edition (Brandon)

Pathfinder (Brandon)

Darksouls 2 (Brandon)

Trials Fusion (Brandon)

Savage Worlds (Shane)

Weird Wars Rome (Shane)

Settlers of Catan (Darryl)

Arduin (Ross)

Champions Complete (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross) Echelon Division Fleet if you want to find him

The State of the Industry 2014

ICv2

Forbes Game Reporting

Evil Hat Sales Figures

Pathfinder Release Schedule

CORRECTION: It is the Advanced Class Guide coming out at GenCon. The Advanced Race Guide came out a couple of years ago.

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion

Star Wars Beginner’s Box controversy blog (by a former ENnie judge, and the comments have a current ENnie judge and a really good discussion that’s safe to read)

"What is Happening to Tabletop RPGs" from PAX Prime with Mike Mearls, Ryan Dancey, and others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAhG23Rg6FY

Shaintar Justice and Life

Kickstarter

Gamer's Tavern is licensed under a CC BY NC ND 4.0 license. Music for the Drive Thru RPG ad is "Tavern Brawl (Demo)" by Save or Die, Copyright 2013 used with permission. Music for the Spirit Store ad is “Inside” by b-Shake, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 International license. Music for One Degree of Separation is Copyright Nick Jaworski, used with permission

Direct download: GamersTavernEp031.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 8:10pm EDT

The team's made it through the Ork Underground alive after causing the race riots two weeks ago, and now they're getting their assignment from Bull: Humanis. Deal with them. What is Humanis up to that has Bull more concerned than usual? How will the team "deal with them"? And what will they blow up this time?

Gamer’s Tavern Game Table is brought to you by: Hero Labs, the award winning character management program from Lone Wolf Development.

Affiliate Sponsors:

Spirit Store: Costumes, accessories, and home decor year round!

One Degree of Separation with Nick Jaworski, the new podcast from the Gamer’s Tavern editor where he interviews one person a step away from him at a time.

Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Molly: Kat9

Malakai: Kyle Herring

Tank: Darryl Mott Jr.

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp009.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 8:57pm EDT

There are more conventions than ever, and they’re getting bigger every year. Isn’t it time you go to a con? Tom Lommel, the man behind Bill Cavalier the Dungeon Bastard and Grady Elliot join us to talk about how to survive your first (or thirtieth) convention. Where should you stay? What do you need to bring? How do you meet up with people? Find out all the answers in this week’s Gamer’s Tavern!

Our Sponsors:

Audible - Make that travel time to the convention fly by with two free audio books!

One Degree of Separation with Nick Jaworski - A new podcast about real people from Gamer's Tavern editor Nick Jaworski

Animation Celebration Galveston - This July 4-6 in Galveston, TX, meet Ross and Darryl in person, along with Gamer’s Tavern guests Robert J Schwalb, Ivan Van Norman, Darrell Hardy, and many more!

Our Guests

Grady Elliot

Terracide

Blackwyrm Publishing

Tom Lommel

Bill Cavalier, Dungeon Bastard

Dungeon Bastard YouTube Channel

Dungeon Bastard on Twitter

Dungeon Bastard on Facebook

Fear of Girls

Convention Survival Guide

Apps:

Whatsapp (Chat/texting)

Kik (Chat)

Uber (Ridesharing)

AirBnB (Room rental)

Cons We're Attending

Comicpalooza in Houston, TX, May 23-26 (Ross and Darryl)

Berserkon in Duluth, MN, June 6-8 (Tom as Bill Cavalier, Dungeon Bastard)

Animation Celebration in Galveston, TX, July 4-6 (Ross and Darryl)

GenCon in Indianapolis, IN, August 14-17 (Everyone)

Game Hole Con in Madison, WI, November 7-9 (Tom as Bill Cavalier, Dungeon Bastard)

Direct download: GamersTavernEp030.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 4:50pm EDT

This episode, Darryl talks about the lawsuit filed by Wizards of the Coast against Cryptozoic over their online card game, Hex: Shards of Fate, explaining the various aspects of the lawsuit and predicting how it may turn out.

The story from The Escapist

Wizards of the Coast Press Release

The lawsuit filing (Warning, this is boooooring to read)

Cryptozoic's Kickstarter for Hex: Shards of Fate

US Patent 5 662 332 on Magic: The Gathering

Direct download: HappyHourWotCvCryptozoic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:49pm EDT

This episode, the team finds out they're too hot for anyone to touch them after their high profile runs, so they have to find something to do on their own. Left to their own devices, they're driven by the guilt of Raef and Sol as they go to the Ork Underground to make amends for the fall-out from the riot they caused.

Gamer's Tavern Game Table is brought to you by: Hero Labs, the award winning character management program from Lone Wolf Development.

Affiliate Sponsors:Accursed, the dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters as you fight the witches who cursed you.

One Degree of Separation with Nick Jaworski, the new podcast from the Gamer's Tavern editor where he interviews one person a step away from him at a time.

Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Kat9: Molly

Kyle Herring: Malakai

Darryl Mott Jr.: Babysitter

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp008.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Say any of these races, classes, clans, builds, backgrounds, or archetypes online and you will be deluged with hate. Why is it everyone thinks bards suck, or Kender are too annoying to let live? And is it possible to redeem these characters?

Colorado Area Gamers! There is an awesome charity event happening this weekend! Gamers Giving is hosting Spring Giving on May 10 at Total Escape Games in Bloomfield, CO! All proceeds will go to Home Front Cares, benefiting soldiers in need and their families.

Sponsors:

Outbreak: Deep Space Kickstarter The new sci-fi zombie survival RPG from Ivan Van Norman

One Degree of Separation Discovering the human condition, one interview at a time

Drive Thru RPG The #1 RPG download store with the largest selection of games anywhere

Our Guests

Brandon Gensemer

Malifaux: Through the Breach

Ympulse101 on Twitch

Gamer's Tavern Game Table

 

Justin Suzuki

Roleplay DNA

Smiling Jacks' Bar and Grill

Gamers Giving

GhengisCon

Rocky Mountain Savages

 

What We've Been Playing

D&D Next (Darryl)

2048 (Darryl)

Savage Worlds (Justin)

Deadlands (Justin)

Interface Zero 2.0 (Justin)

Titanfall (Justin)

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 (Brandon)

Pathfinder (Brandon)

Shadowrun Returns (Brandon)

Shadowrun 4th Edition (Ross & Brandon)

Champions (Ross)

Accursed (Ross)

Blood Bowl (Ross)

Character Types We Love to Hate

Here's the list we discuss on the show:

Angry Loner

Kender

Malkavian

Paladin

Illusionist

Gnome

Bard

Jedi

Glitterboy

Hacker/Decker/Netrunner

Links

Counter Monkey: All Jedi or No Jedi

Counter Monkey: Jedi Hunter

Order of the Stick

Wheaton's Law

Ross and Darryl are both attending the following conventions:

Comicpalooza in Houston, TX, from May 23-26, 2014

Animation Celebration Galveston in Galveston, TX, from July 4-6, 2014

GenCon in Indianapolis, IN, from August 14-17

Direct download: GamersTavernEp029.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

Everyone can rattle all nine off the top of their heads. But what do each of the alignments actually mean? Ross and Darryl can't agree, so how can the gaming community? And do we even need alignments anymore? In this episode, your hosts Ross Watson and Darryl Mott Jr. go it alone as they discuss one of the biggest flamewar igniting topics in gaming - Alignment!

Our Sponsors

Accursed - The dark fantasy Savage Worlds campaign setting that Abstruse from Ain't It Cool Tabletop calls "Like someone secretly slipped Ravenloft some PCP!"

Spirit Store - Your year-round source for costumes, props, and decor!

Ross Watson

Ross’s New Site

Accursed

Darryl Mott Jr.

Ain't It Cool News

Gamer's Tavern Episode Zero (my apologies for the shitty audio quality)

 What We’ve Been Playing

Shadowrun 4th Edition (Darryl and Ross)

Blood Bowl Video Game (Ross)

Arduin Grimoir (Ross)

Accursed (Ross)

Savage Worlds (Ross)

Champions (Ross)

Cards Against Humanity (Darryl)

Tavern Tales

Shadowrun 3rd Edition

Counter Monkey – The Squirtgun Wars

 

Alignment

2014-04-23-20140423Image Copyright Brian Patterson, used with permission

 

D&D White Box

Advanced D&D 1st Edition

ALIGNMENT-CHART1Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Vampire: The Masquerade

Star Wars (West End Games)

Star Wars (Wizards of the Coast)

Mouse Guard

Marvel Superheroes

Gamer's Tavern Episode 23: Super Hero Games, or FASERIP is SFW

Palladium

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

middle_earth_alignment_chart_by_gambit508-d5p8541

Gamer's Tavern Episode 20: Forgotten Realms, or Thay Was Cool Until I Blew It Up

Alignment story from 7chan/Reddit

 

Direct download: GamersTavernEp028.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

The Halloweeners are squaring up against the team as they head to clear out the Squatter Mall. Everyone's tense and just waiting for the balloon to go up. Is a firefight going to happen? And will it be enough to send the Halloweeners packing, or will the team have to take more drastic measures? Find out Gamer's Tavern Game Table.

Gamer’s Tavern Game Table is brought to you by HeroLab, the award winning character creation software from Lone Wolf Development.

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Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Kat9: Reaver

Kyle Herring: Malakai

Darryl Mott Jr.: Babysitter

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp007.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

The forgotten campaign setting of D&D, as Ross likes to call it. The original creator of Birthright, Richard Baker, joins us to talk about the setting that just might have inspired Game of Thrones. You are a king, lord of your land with the divine right to rule - literally, you have divine energy that fuels your bloodline. This is Ross's favorite campaign setting and, after recording and listening to the episode, Darryl is pretty intrigued as well. So sit back while we tell you all about why you should remember Birthright.

Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG, your source for digital copies of your favorite games

Spirit Store, the year-round costume and decor store

Richard Baker

Sasquatch Game Studios

Atomic Dragon Battleship (Rich’s blog)

Accursed Adventure: Banshee of Loch Finnere

 

What We’ve Been Playing

RPG Geek of the Week link to Ross’s week

Pathfinder

Central Casting Heroes of Legend

Champions

 

brlogo

Birthright

Ed Stark (Ross's interview with him)

Colin McComb

Birthright Campaign Setting (Now available for purchase)

The Falcon and the Wolf

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 16: Worldbuilding

Shadow World

Birthright.net

30 Years of Adventure

Blood Enemies

Gorgon’s Alliance video game

Diplomacy

Cities of the Sun

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Tony Szczudlo

Birthright on DnDClassics

Birthright on Amazon Marketplace

Song of Ice and Fire Roleplay

Hodor's Guide to Hodoring

Kingmaker Adventure Path

Note: Due to a technical issue (my mixer is eating XLR cables), there's no closing to this episode. This episode is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives 4.0 license. Music for the Drive Thru RPG ad is "Tavern Brawl (Demo)" by Save or Die, Copyright 2013, all rights reserved, used with permission. Music for the Spirit Store ad is "Inside" by b-Shake, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 International license.

Direct download: GamersTavernEp027.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:39pm EDT

Game Table Episode 6: Enter Molly Mayhem

Babysitter's face is on every trid announcing the 50,000¥ reward for his arrest following his "terrorist actions". Reaver leaves a meet with the team to get a knock at his door. How's Babysitter going to get out of this mess? Who's visiting Reaver after the team's high profile run? Prepare for the shocking twists in this episode at Gamer's Tavern Game Table Episode 6.

Gamer's Tavern Game Table is brought to you by HeroLab, the award winning character creation software from Lone Wolf Development.

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Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Kat9: Reaver

Kyle Herring: Malakai

Darryl Mott Jr.: Babysitter

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp006.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 11:11pm EDT

You're interested in role playing games, but not sure where to get started? Ivan Van Norman and Mark Carroll join us to help you find a group, pick a first game, and introduce gaming to your friends. We also give many tips for starting gamers!

Our Sponsors

Accursed - The dark fantasy Savage Worlds setting where you play the monsters!

Drive Thru RPG - Your source for digital copies of your favorite games

Ivan Van Norman

King of the Nerds

Outbreak Undead

Saving Throw

Outbreak Deep Space

Twitter

 

Mark Carroll

D3 Adventures

Seventh Sea

World’s Largest Dungeon

Infinite Dungeon

 

What We’ve Been Playing

FATE Core (Mark)

TORG under Savage Worlds (Mark, Ross)

Pathfinder (Ross, Ivan)

Champions (Ross)

Shadowrun 4th Edition (Ross, Darryl)

Dark Heresy (Ivan)

 

Getting Started in Gaming

Before we get into the breakdown of the episode, I wanted to give you a quick shopping list.

Pathfinder Beginner's Box - The single greatest tool for new players. The box has everything you need right away to not only start playing, but keep playing for several sessions before you even need to think about upgrading to the Pathfinder Core Rulebook

Drive Thru RPG Quickstarts - Free PDF downloads of some of the most popular roleplaying games on the market meant specifically to introduce new players to the game.

Pound of Dice - This product is one of my favorite recommendations for groups looking to get their own dice cheaply. You'll only get one matched set and some of the dice may be odd (even for RPG dice), but there's no cheaper way to make sure there's plenty of dice for the entire group.

Now with that out of the way, here's links to the things we mentioned on the show.

Community “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”

Community “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”

Big Bang Theory "The Santa Simulation"

Big Bang Theory "The Love Spell Potential"

The IT Crowd "Gen the Fredo"

Freaks and Geeks Complete Series (Sorry, there wasn't a legal streaming option for the episode "Discos and Dragons")

Ross’s Blog Post on Being a Good Player

RPGNet Gaming Gatherins

ENWorld Gamers Seeking Gamers

Giants in the Playground Finding Players

Dread

World of Darkness

Dungeons & Dragons

Pathfinder

On Mighty Thews

FATE Accelerated

FATE Core

13th Age

Pathfinder Beginner’s Box

Gumshoe

Outbreak Undead

Fiasco

D&D Encounters

Pathfinder Society

Edge of the Empire

Savage Worlds

Dungeon World

Torchbearer

Free RPG Day

Drive Thru RPG Free Downloads

Descent

Super Dungeon Explore

Roll 20

Chill/Cryptworld

Direct download: GamersTavernEp026.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT

Crowdfunding is the great equalizer of our time. How can you back projects without getting burned? How do you launch your own project and make sure it's successful? Guests Jamey Stegmaier and Mack Martin join us to discuss crowdfunding and gaming. The tips to make your Kickstarter stand out from the crowd, how to tell the flops from the potential goldmines, and more on this episode of the Gamer's Tavern.

Jamey Stegmaier

Tuscany Expansion Kickstarter (ENDING SOON!! Back now!!)

Stonemaier Games

Viticulture

Euphoria

Mack Martin

Nerditry

Black Wyrm Publishing

Malifaux

Through the Breach

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

Kemet (Jamey)

Shadowrun 4th Edition (Ross, Darryl)

AD&D 2nd Edition (Darryl’s Friend)

TORG using Savage Worlds rules (Ross)

Champions (Ross)

 

Cracked: 5 Crucial Rules of Every Game (Not Found in Any Rulebook)

 

Crowdfunding

Kickstarter

Indie Go Go

Go Fund Me

Ross Watson and Sean Patrick Fannon have a Go Fund Me up right now to relocate to Denver!

Patreon

Tuscany Expansion Kickstarter

Accursed

Malifaux: Through the Breach

CORRECTION: The Doom that Came to Atlantic City was rescued by Cryptozoic, NOT Cool Mini or Not.

The Forking Path and Doom that Came to Atlantic City

Far West Adventure Game

 

Ross Watson and Darryl Mott Jr. will be attending Comicpalooza on May 23-26 in Houston, TX.

 

Music from the Drive Thru RPG ad is "Tavern Brawl (Demo)" by Save or Die, Copyright 2013 all rights reserved. Music from the Accursed ad is "

Direct download: GamersTavernEp025.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Episode 23: Super Hero Games, or FASERIP is SFW

Bum-ba-BAAAAH! Bumbumbumbumbum-ba-BAAAAH! This week, we talk about Super Hero games. Licensed from Marvel, DC, or independent publishers or game systems that created their own universe. What games are out there to sate your Silver Age or Modern Era lust? How do super-hero games differ from normal RPGs? Tune in to find out more.

Note: This episode was originally recorded February 25, 2014. We spoke at length during several points about game designer and author Aaron Allston. Two days later on February 27, Aaron collapsed at a convention and passed away. I don't need to say what an influence Mr. Allston was to the gaming community, because we say it many times on this episode. This episode is dedicated to his memory.

Sponsors:

Spirit Store, your source for costumes for this convention season.

Animation Celebration, this July 4th weekend in Galveston, TX

Our Guests

Steve Kenson

Steve Kenson’s website

Facebook Page

Icons

Scott Bennie

Facebook

Amazon Page

Atlas of Earth Prime

What We've Been Playing Lately

Pathfinder (Scott)

Pulp Hero (Scott)

Champions Online (Scott)

Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle – D&D Next (Steve)

Icons (Steve)

Shadowrun (Steve, Ross, Darryl)

AD&D 2nd Edition (Darryl’s Friend)

Dungeonmaster’s Design Kit

Superhero Games

Champions

HERO System

Villainy Amok

Gestalt

Dark Champions

Villains and Vigilantes

Scott Stigler

Superworld

Wild Cards

Marvel Super Heroes Game (FASERIP)

The Ultimate Powers Book

Icons

Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game (SAGA)

The Marvel Universe Roleplaying Game

Marvel Heroic Roleplay

DC Heroes

DC Heroes Watchman Sourcebook

Blood of Heroes

DC Universe (West End Games)

DC Adventures (Green Ronin)

Smallville

Mutants & Masterminds

Powers for Good

Heroes Unlimited (Palladium)

Century Station

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness

Judge Dredd (Traveller)

Judge Dredd (Mongoose)

Hellboy

Freedom City

Adventure

Trinity

Aberrant

Brave New World

Underground

Superbabes

GURPS International Super Teams

BASH

Capes

Supermegatopia

Stooperpowers

The Foundation

Heroes Forever

Superhero 2044

With Great Power

Wild Talents

Godlike

Metabarons

Necessary Evil

Progenitor

Silver Age Sentinels

The Authority

Double Cross

 

Darryl will be at Comicpalooza in Houston, TX, from May 23-26, 2014. Both Darryl and Ross will be at Animation Celebration in Galveston, TX, from July 4-6, 2014, and at GenCon from August 14-18, 2014.

Music for the Spirit Store ad is “Insane” by b-Shake, licensed under CC BY SA 3.0 International. Music for the Animation Celebration Galveston ad is “Undead Blues” by Unknown Henson, Copyright 2010, all rights reserved, used with permission.
Direct download: GamersTavernEp023.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Welcome to the Sixth World. The team has made their plans, and now it's time to see if they pay off! The group is sneaking into an Ares building under construction to destroy a crane for Big Bob from Big Bob's Autos. Will the protest (that will probably turn into a riot) help them or get in the way? Find out on Gamer's Tavern Game Table

Sponsor: Hero Lab, the award winning character management software from Lone Wolf Development

Affiliate Sponsor: Animation Celebration, the premier convention for cartoons, anime, gaming, comics, and more in the Dallas/Ft. Word Area THIS WEEKEND!

GM: Brandon Gensemer

Raef: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Kat9: Reaver

Kyle Herring: Malakai

Darryl Mott Jr.: Babysitter

 

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to the Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with The Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.

Direct download: GameTableEp005.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 11:05pm EDT

Episode 24: Creating Interesting PCs, or Blue Glow of Player-Characterhood

What makes a character fun to play? We go over all the tricks to make your PCs more interesting, dynamic, and fun. Award winning author Elizabeth Bear and award winning Writer/Producer/Actress Joanna Gaskell join award willing game designer Ross Watson and...just Darryl Mott Jr. to discuss how to create player characters that not only make the game more fun for you, but also for the other players and gamemaster.

 

Special Announcement: Ross Watson along with friends of the show Sean Patrick Fannon and Carinn Seabolt have started a Go Fund Me campaign to relocate to Denver, CO! Support them at this link to get some amazing gaming rewards!

 

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG, your source for all your digital gaming needs

Animation Celebration. Come join the fun from March 28-30, 2014, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

 

Our Guests

Joanna Gaskell

Standard Action

Starlit Citadel

Joanna’s website

 

Elizabeth Bear

Elizabeth’s Website

Matociquala Tumblr

Amazon Author Page

The Eternal Sky Trilogy: Steles of the Sky

Shadow Unit

Zombies Run

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Pathfinder (Joanna, Elizabeth)

Dungeon World (Joanna)

FATE (Joanna)

Torchbearer (Joanna)

Fiasco (Joanna)

Call of Cthulhu (Elizabeth)

Shadowrun (Darryl, Ross)

Torg (Ross)

 

Our Topic: Player Characters

Amber Diceless

Shadowrun 20 Questions (Reproduced on Dumpshock)

Darryl’s Shadowrun Character Backstory

Central Casting: Heroes of Legend

Burning Wheel

FATE

Fiasco

Mouseguard

West End Games Star Wars

Rogue Trader

Smallville

Cortex System

Call of Cthulhu

Fantasy Hero

Iron Kingdoms

Gamer’s Tavern: Edition Wars Are Bullshit

The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon

TV Tropes

Direct download: GamersTavernEp024.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

Welcome to the Sixth World, where man meets magic and machine. In this Shadowrun actual play podcast, the team is hired by Big Bob from Big Bob's Auto for a job. What's their master plan for taking on Ares? Find out in this week's Gamer's Tavern Game Table.

This episode is sponsored by Hero Lab, the award winning character management software from Lone Wolf Development.

Affiliate Sponsor: Drive Thru RPG, your source for digital game downloads.

Closing Sponsor: Animation Celebration, a convention of animation, gaming, comics, and science fiction in the Dallas/Fort Worth area March 28-30, 2014

GM: Brandon Gensemer

Raef aka Ravenblood Blackwolf Deathblade: Ross Watson

Sol: Jeff Preston

Reaver: Kat9

Malakai: Kyle Herring

Kyle "Babysitter" Rogers: Darryl Mott Jr.

Bonus! You can take a look at Babysitter's original character sheet, courtesy of Hero Labs! (The character overwent a ground-up redesign which should debut on Episode 8).

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to Gamer's Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with Gamer's Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.
Direct download: GameTableEp004.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 10:14pm EDT

What does it mean to be human when you can replace your body with cybernetic implants? Does your soul survive if you upload your consciousness into a computer? Cyberpunk and transhumanist games ask these questions. From William Gibson's Neuromancer to Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan, from Ghost in the Shell to Almost Human, we have always been fascinated by the implications of an increasingly digitized world. Adam Jury and Michael Surbrook join us to discuss the roleplaying games that examine humanity in a near-future dystopia of technology dominated society with noodle stands on every corner.

Our sponsors for this episode...

Spirit Store, your one stop for all your costume and decor needs year-round.

Animation Celebration, from March 28-30, 2014, in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Our Guests

Michael Surbrook

HERO System

Champions

BlackWyrm Publishing

Surbrook Stuff

Ghost, Ghouls, and Golems (No official site yet)

Larger Than Life: Adventures in American Folklore

 

Adam Jury

Eclipse Phase

Putting his money where his mouth is on the podcast, Adam has given Gamer's Tavern permission to post the full core rulebook for Eclipse Phase right here!

A Time of Eclipse, the new ebook setting guide to Eclipse Phase (launched after the recording)

Shinobi Clans

Classic BattleTech

Shadowrun

Guardians of Order

Adam Jury's website

Eclipse Phase: Transhuman

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Shadowrun 4th Ed (Darryl, Ross)

AD&D 2nd Ed (Darryl’s Friend)

Ross’s Blog on Genghis Con

HERO System (Mike, Ross)

Accursed (Ross)

The Widening Gyre (Ross)

Magic: The Gathering (Adam)

Cyberpunk, Post-Cyberpunk, and Transhumanism

Singularity

Kazei 5

Neuromancer

Snow Crash

Diamond Age

Transmetropolitan

Bladerunner

Neon Umbrella

Bubblegum Crisis

Ghost in the Shell

Megazone 23

abstraction

Image from XKCD, used under CC BY NC 2.5

Cyberpunk 2020

Cyberspace

Chicago Archology

Shadowrun

Eclipse Phase

Creative Commons

Kazai 5

Listen Up You Primative Screwheads (Great book for GMs regardless of system or genre)

Cyberpunk 3.0

barbiepunk

Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer (Not mentioned on the podcast but OMFG AWESOME!!!!!11)

GURPS Cyberpunk

Hacker Crackdown by Bruce Sterling

Steve Jackson Games vs United States

Hacker Manifesto

Electronic Frontier Foundation (This is a charity I personally support)

Cybergeneration

Gamer's Tavern: Gaming and Film

Ex Machina

D20 Future

D20 Cyberscape

SLA Industries

Corporation

Alpha Omega

TechNoir

Nova Praxis

Interface Zero

Mutant Chronicles

Rifts

Warhammer 40K Roleplay

Paranoia

READING ABOUT PARANOIA IS TRAITOROUS. PLEASE REPORT TO THE NEAREST TERMINATION CHAMBER. HAVE A NICE DAY.

Blue Planet

Feng Shui

Android: Netrunner

Cyberpunk 2020 CCG by Social Games

Shadowrun CCG

Always Never Now

Underground

Farcast by Bobby Derie

Direct download: GamersTavernEp022.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:47am EDT

Game Table Episode 3: The Carrot and the Stick

On the trail of Sarah Patagonia, the team is surrounded by members of the Funky Fresh gang, both exits blocked by purple, teal, and shotguns. How is the team going to escape? And once they do, how are they going to deliver the cybered elf to the dapper troll Jenkins? And will she be standing or in a body bag? Find out on this episode of Gamer's Tavern Game Table!

Gamer's Tavern Game Table is brought to you by HeroLab, the award winning character management software from Lone Wolf Development.

Sponsor: Animation Celebration in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area March 28-30, 2014

Jeff Preston - Sol, the street doc mage

Kyle Herring - Malakai, the elf face

Kat9 - Reaver, the genetic experiment

Darryl Mott Jr. - Babysitter, the bodyguard

Brandon Gensemer - The GM

Speaking of, Kyle Herring provided us with a quick biography about himself and his character!

Your name and personal biography: Kyle Herring a.k.a Vampyrik (game handle). Gamer since I could walk. Fairly new to Shadowrun (about 4 months total play time, mostly 5th). Current hobby is my EVE Online addiction

Your character's name and description/attitude/archetype/role/etc.? Malakai 5’7 Caucasian Elf, short blonde hair purposely made to look slightly disheveled. Generally a nice . guy, and cares more about making more contacts to further his network than nuyen (still wants to get paid though). Can be rather vicious if people he considers friends are in danger/hurt. Malakai is the face of the party, and prefers to talk his way out of things than fight.

Your character's backstory. Malakai entered the shadows as a way to make ends meet. His goal was to get the band he plays with making enough  nuyen to cover expenses so that they could work on music full-time, but that has not happened yet. Due to further issues, mainly faulty wiring at The Shack, most of their gear was ruined. He figured running the shadows would pay out a bit more than working the register at the Stuffer Shack, and might help to resupply some of the equipment that was lost. His band mates don’t know anything about his “side” activities, and he intends to leave them out of it.

Topps, Inc has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. Topps, Inc has granted permission to Gamer’s Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with Gamer’s Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.
Direct download: GameTableEp003.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

We go way off the deep end this episode as we discuss using graphic violence and other mature content in gaming. How do you know where the line is? How do you keep from crossing it?

WARNING: This episode is about the topic of Graphic Content. This episode contains descriptions of violence, gore, and torture. If these subjects upset or offend you, please do not listen to this episode of Gamer's Tavern. This episode is for mature audiences only.

Our Sponsors

Animation Celebration: From March 28-30 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with guest Kevin Conroy, the voice of Batman!

Animation Celebration Galveston: From July 4-6 in Galveston, TX, with guest Robert J. Schwalb, designer on Dungeons & Dragons, and Billy West, the voice of Fry from Futurama!

Guests

Bill Keyes

Facebook

The Widening Gyre

Robert J. Schwalb

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Dungeons & Dragons Next

What We've Been Playing

Darryl and Ross: Shadowrun 4th Edition

Rob: Dungeons & Dragons Next

Bill and Ross: Champions

Tavern Tales

Rob: Dungeons & Dragons Next

Bill: Star Wars (D6 West End Games)

Our Topic: Graphic Content

Warhammer 40K Roleplay

Rolemaster

Middle Earth Roleplay

Robotech

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness

Call of Cthulhu

Shadowrun

Cyberpunk 2020

Mage: The Ascension

Numenera

Love & Sex in the Ninth World

Sisters of Rapture

Book of Erotic Fantasy

Book of Vile Darkness

Freak Legion

Black Dog Game Factory

Carcosa

Theocracy of Canceri

CthulhuTech

Counter Monkey - Thieves' World

Aaron Allston Strike Force

Dead Heat

Takashi Miike

Fudoh: The New Generation

Gamer's Tavern episodes referenced

Dungeons & Dragons Part One: Edition Wars Are Bullshit

Dungeons & Dragons Edition Wars Part 2: Weeaboo Fightan Magic

Music for Animation Celebration: "Undead Blues" by Unknown Hinson, copyright 2010, used with permission.

Music for Gamer's Tavern Contest: "Time Goes By" by Melodic in Fusion, used on CC BY 3.0 license

Direct download: GamersTavernEp021.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Game Table Episode 2: Funk Fresh

It's hard to find someone who knows what she's doing and doesn't want to be found, at least in the sprawl of Seattle. This week, Kyle "Babysitter" Rogers meets up with three other Shadowrunners as they take on a job from the enigmatic troll "Jenkins" to track down a cybered-up missing operative who broke out of a Lone Star holding facility. Where's she hiding? And with no resources, what contacts might she have made to protect herself? And what's she running from in the first place?

Gamer's Tavern: Game Table is brought to you by Hero Lab, the award winning character management software from Wolf Lair.

Affiliate Sponsors: Drive Thru RPG and Audible

Gamemaster: Brandon Gensemer

Kyle "Babysitter" Rogers: Darryl Mott Jr.

Sol: Jeff Preston

Reaver: Kat9

Malakai: Kyle Herring

Bonus: While Ross Watson was unavailable for this episode due to a commitment to a convention appearance, he wanted to share the character sheet for his character. So if you listened to Episode 1 and wanted to know exactly how badass the little pixie is, here is your chance!

The Topps Company, Inc. has sole ownership of the names, logo, artwork, marks, photographs, sounds, audio, video and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. The Topps Company, Inc. has granted permission to Gamer's Tavern to use such names, logos, artwork, marks and/or any proprietary materials for promotional and informational purposes on its website but does not endorse, and is not affiliated with Gamer's Tavern in any official capacity whatsoever.
Direct download: GameTableEp002.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

In the first of our series on campaign settings, we talk with author Richard Lee Byers on Faerun and the Forgotten Realms. Join us at the table in the corner as we talk about all the different aspects of the setting and why it's one of the most popular campaign settings ever written.

Don't forget to enter our contest, running until March 10!

 

This Episode of Gamer's Tavern brought to you by:

Audible, the #1 source of audio books on the internet

Accused, the Dark Fantasy RPG from Melior Via

 

Our Guest: Richard Lee Byers

Amazon Page

Forgotten Realms The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV

The Vestival at Glenelg (Accursed Novella)

Airlock Alpha

Livejournal

 

What We’re Playing

Darryl – Shadowrun 4th Ed, Game Table

Richard – Carrion Crown, Elder Sign, Hex Hex

Ross – Accursed

 

Tonight's Topic: Forgotten Realms

Sean Patrick Fannon’s Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer's Bible

Volo’s Guides

Ed Greenwood

Underdark

Undermountain

Thay

The Harpers

Nice Job Breaking It, Hero (WARNING: TV Tropes Link!)

Forgotten Realms Comic Book

Baldur's Gate

Neverwinter Nights

Homeland by R.A. Salvatore

Dissolution: War of the Spider Queen Book I by Richard Lee Byers

Menzoberranzan

Time of Troubles

Spellplague

Sundering

Bloodstone Lands

Under Illefarn

Haunted Halls of Eveningstar

D&D Encounters

Lords of Waterdeep

The Gamer’s Tavern podcast is licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. “Time Goes By” by Melodic in Fusion and “Artemis” by Aesma Dava are licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 and 2.5 license, respectively. “Tavern Brawl (Demo)” by Save or Die Copyright 2013, all rights reserved, used with permission.
Direct download: GamersTavernEp020.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 9:19pm EDT

It's a simple milk run. Keep two corp kids safe when they do something stupid in the Barrens. What could possibly go wrong?

Ross Watson and Darryl Mott Jr. play Raef and Babysitter in the world of Shadowrun, with Gamemaster Brandon Gensemer. For more information about the campaign, check out our website at Gamer's Tavern for backgrounds, character sheets, and in-character blog posts!

Gamer's Tavern: Game Table is brought to you by Hero Labs: Award Winning Character Management Software for RPGs.

Affiliate Sponsor: Drive Thru RPGs

Direct download: GameTableEp001.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern: Game Table -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Episode 19: Romance and Gaming, or Critical Hit on my Heart

Are you worried about gaming with your romantic partner? Or maybe you're looking for that special gamer out there for you? Or hae you found The One, but they're not into gaming? This special Valentine's Day edition of Gamer's Tavern addresses all your concerns about real-life relationships and tabletop gaming! Carrinn Seabolt, Bruce Cordell, and Torah Cottrill join us to talk about relationships.

Note: We were originally going to have Sean Patrick Fannon on this episode as well, but he was too busy to be on our show this week. I'd be upset, except that he was assisting the absolutely amazing charity Doctors Without Borders, and when one of your guests wants to help cure fucking diseases, you let him slide on bailing last minute on your podcast. Go check them out and, if you're able, please donate to the charity that is saving lives around the world.

And don't forget our contest! We're giving away an iPod Shuffle loaded with Gamer's Tavern episodes, plus a crapload of games!

Listen to the episode to find out how to enter!

This episode is sponsored by Accursed and Audible

Our Guests

Carinn Seabolt

Shaintar Campaign Setting

Drive Thru RPG

Facebook Page (account required)

Shaintar Official Website

Torah Cottrill

By Faerie Light

The Awakened

Bruce Cordell

The Strange

Numenara Bestiary

Monte Cook Games Store

Dungeons & Dragons

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Borderlands 2 (Torah and Bruce)

Sentinals of the Multiverse (Carrinn)

Accursed (Ross)

 

Show Notes

Episode 8: Gaming with the Family and Gateway Games

Man Cold (starring Nick Frost)

Terry Brooks's Shannara headed to TV

Geek Nation Tours

Mutants & Masterminds

Fat Dragon

 

Direct download: GamersTavernEp019.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

BattleTech. Robotech. Rifts. Mekton. Giant robots beating the crap out of other giant robots. Is that ever not awesome? Jason Marker (Robotech RPG, Warhammer 40K Roleplay, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire) joins us to talk about our favorite giant stompy robot games and how to run them.

Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG

Accursed

 

Jason Marker

Website

Detroit Party Marching Band

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Torg

Accursed

Fallout: New Vegas

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire

 

Giant Robot Games

BattleTech

Robotech

Rifts

Jovian Chronicles                       

Heavy Gear

Solaris VII

Gear Krieg

Dust Warfare

Mecha

Alpha Strike

Mekton Zeta

CthulhuTech

Mecha TV Shows

Super Robot Wars

Robotech Complete Series

Carrier (PBS Documentary Series)

Gundam 08th MS Team

Gundam Wing

Patlabor

Direct download: GamersTavernEp018.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

This week, Ross Watson and Darryl Mott Jr. honor the best in gaming for 2013. From board games to roleplaying games, from accessories to media, we give our picks for what we feel are the best of the year past. We chose our winners based on our own personal, subjective opinions and then give our reasons. Was there a game we left off? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Best Board Game

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (Darryl)

Best Game Expansion

Champions Complete (Ross)

Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport (Darryl)

Best Miniature Product

BattleTech: Alpha Strike (Ross)

Dwarven Forge Game Tiles (Darryl)

Best Party Game

ROFL! (Darryl)

Best Gaming Website

Obsidian Portal (Ross)

Drive Thru RPG (Darryl)

Best RPG Supplement

Pathfinder Bestiary 4 (Darryl)

Pathfinder Ultimate Campaign (Ross)

Best Rules System

13th Age (Ross)

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Darryl)

Best RPG Campaign Setting

Shaintar (Ross)

Accursed (Darryl)

Best Gaming Accessory Product

Gygax Magazine (Ross)

Pathfinder Bestiary Box 2 (Darryl)

Best Non-Game Gaming Related Product

Okay, we explain this one on the podcast, but this category is for something that is directly related to gaming, but is not a game product in and of itself.

Order of the Stick (Ross)

Zero Charisma (Darryl)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Knights of the Dinner Table

The KotDT Live Action Kickstarter is still going until February 5, 2014 so GO GO GO!!

Gamer's Tavern Game of the Year

Runner Up (Ross): 13th Age

Runner Up (Darryl): Dead Panic

Honorable Mention: Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition

GAME OF THE YEAR FOR 2013: STAR WARS: EDGE OF THE EMPIRE

Direct download: GamersTavernEp017.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

How do game designers create the amazing worlds we all play in? How can you use their tricks to add more to your own game? Or do you want to become a professional yourself and publish your own game world? Colin McComb and Darrell Hardy join us to discuss one of the challenges of modern game design, Worldbuilding.

 

Colin McComb

Numenera

Birthright

Planescape Torment

Twitter

 

Darrell Hardy

Darrellhardy.com

My Little Pony CCG

Karthador

Twitter

 

“Here’s a message for Birthright.net: You’re awesome, thank you.” – Colin McComb

Direct download: GamersTavernEp016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:51am EDT

What makes a villain? What separates them from just another antagonists and pushes them into iconic if not mythic status? Chris Avelllone, designer of some of the greatest villains of gaming history whether digital or analog, joins us to discuss what makes a villain and how to use the Big Bad Evil Guy in your game.

Note: This was originally scheduled to be Ep. 16 of the podcast but, due to audio issues,the schedule was slightly changed.

Our Sponsors: Accursed, a dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds, and Drive Thru RPG, your best source for digital gaming books

Chris Avellone

Legend of Grimrock Kickstarter

Cards Against Humanity (currently reprinting, do not pay more than $25 for the core set)

Zombicide

HERO System

Accursed

TORG

Underworld Enemies

Dark Champions

Knights of the Old Republic 2

Darth Nihilus

Darth Sion

Spoony's Darth Vader story WARNING: He rambles more than Darryl does, but he's better than I am!

Mara Jade

Xanatos Gambit WARNING: TVTropes Link!

Direct download: GamersTavernEp015.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 2:14am EDT

In our most controversial episode to date, Ross and Darryl discuss the second half of D&D's history, the Wizards of the Coast/Paizo era. And yes, there are arguments a plenty. However, both the host and owner of the Gamer's Tavern manage to discuss the single most contentious point in gaming for an hour and a half without coming to blows. So that just re-iterates our point, which is edition wars are bullshit! But we hope that you enjoy our exploration of the modern history of the father of all roleplaying games on its 40th anniversary, Dungeons & Dragons!

Our Sponsor: Accused, the dark fantasy campaign setting from Savage Worlds designed by Ross Watson from Melior Via, available now in PDF and Print from Drive Thru RPG

Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 Edition

Order of the Stick

Open Gaming License

System Reference Document (3.5)

Book of Nine Swords aka Book of Weeaboo Fightan Magic

Linear Fighters, Quadratic Wizards

Jim Butcher interview

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition

Interview with Bruce Cordell and Robert J. Schwalb

Interview with Ari Marmell

Unfortunately, I could not find the blog post from Robert J. Schwalb. If you have a link, please post it in the comments

Fifteen Minute Workday

ICV2

D&D KRE-O

Sweatpea Entertainment legal dispute

Direct download: GamersTavernEp014.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

Want to have your cake and eat it too? Welcome to the world of generic or "kitchen sink" roleplaying games. Ivan Van Norman joins us to discuss all the systems that act as a catch-all for your gaming experience, whether it's the open world full of white space to explore or the system or setting that allows you to throw every genre into a blender and hit frappe. So sit back and join us at the Gamer's Tavern as we discuss generic, universal, "kitchen sink" systems.

Our Sponsor

Accursed: A Savage Worlds Campaign Setting

Our Guest

Ivan’s Twitter

Outbreak Undead

King of the Nerds

Hunters Books

YouTube Channel

Ivan van Norman's Geek & Sundry VLog

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Marvel Super Heroess Roleplaying from TSR

Accursed

Dread

Temple of Elemental Evil

 

Kitchen Sink Games

TORG

Rifts

Champions

Numenera

The Strange

GURPS

FATE

Shadowrun

Savage Worlds

Tephra

World of Darkness

True20

Stargate SG1

Planescape

Spelljammer

Kazei 5

Closing

Bobby Derie's Farcast

Space City Con

ChupacabraCon

GenghisCon

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