Thu, 30 January 2014
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)
Best Miniature Product
BattleTech: Alpha Strike (Ross)
Dwarven Forge Game Tiles (Darryl)
Best Party Game
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
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
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
Fri, 24 January 2014
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.
“Here’s a message for Birthright.net: You’re awesome, thank you.” – Colin McComb
Thu, 16 January 2014
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.
Cards Against Humanity (currently reprinting, do not pay more than $25 for the core set)
Spoony's Darth Vader story WARNING: He rambles more than Darryl does, but he's better than I am!
Xanatos Gambit WARNING: TVTropes Link!
Thu, 9 January 2014
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!
Unfortunately, I could not find the blog post from Robert J. Schwalb. If you have a link, please post it in the comments
Wed, 1 January 2014
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.
What We’ve Been Playing
Kitchen Sink Games