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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

 

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Direct download: GameTableEp005.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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