Gamer's Tavern

This time, Ross and Darryl talk about the films making up the current DC Expanded Universe aka the Snyderverse aka the Murderverse, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Spoiler Alert: If you've only seen Man of Steel, we don't get into BvS spoilers until about the 45 minute mark so you're safe to listen up to that point. After that, we have spoilers for that film plus the comic series The Dark Knight Returns and A Killing Joke.

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The DC Expanded Universe Films

Man of Steel

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Suicide Squad (see below)

Wonder Woman

SF Debris history of Marvel Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Forever

Hollywood Accounting (Seriously, everyone who is remotely a fan of film should read up on this topic as it explains a LOT)

Suicide Squad Trailer 1




Suicide Squad Trailer 3






Direct download: GTHHMoSBvS.mp3
Category:Happy Hour -- posted at: 7:42am EDT

Legendary game designer Mike Pondsmith joins us to talk about his illustrious career in the gaming industry, from Mekton to Cyberpunk to Teenagers from Outer Space and far, far more and how Mike managed to hit every major pop culture trend before it made it big. Mecha, cyberpunk, anime, steampunk, and more, Mike was there creating games just as the trend started.


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Our Guest

Mike Pondsmith

R Talsorian Games



Castle Falkenstein

Teenagers from Outer Space


Dragonball Z



What We’ve Been Playing Lately

Here Kitty Kitty (Darryl)

Pathfinder (Mike)

Dungeons & Dragons 5e (Mike, Ross)

Mekton (Mike)

Amber (Mike)

Firefly (Mike)

Out of the Abyss (Ross)

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (Ross)


Direct download: GamersTavernEp060.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 9:15am EDT

Welcome to Gamer's Tavern News! This is a pilot episode for a new show where we bring you the latest news from all aspects of gaming. If you have any feedback, please let us know in the comments below!

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Our Guest

Sean Bircher

Wine and Savages

Four-in-Hand Games

The King is Dead

Savage Insider



One Ring brings Middle Earth to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

Curse of Strahd is out in all markets

7th Sea is the biggest tabletop RPG Kickstarter ever at over $1.3 million

ENWorld Breakdown of RPG Kickstarters

Tabletop Library throws its had into the digital RPG distribution ring, competing directly with DriveThruRPG/RPGNow/D&DClassics

ICV2 Fall 2015 Sales Numbers



AlphaGo beats Lee So-dol 4-1 in a five match set of Go, one of the last classic strategy games that was considered “unsolved”

Tyrants of the Underdark (Gale Force 9 licensed D&D Drow-themed deckbuilder) gets art, release date, and MSRP

Robo Rally coming back into print from Hasbro

New Ghostbusters board game from Cryptozoic, based on Ghostbusters II (not the new film), Kickstarter in April

TMNT Heroclix have new versions AND classic Malibu Comics versions

Steve Jackson Games announcements from GAMA, courtesy of Eric Summerer

  • Ogre 6th Ed, smaller box, plastic minis, new expansion
  • Limited Edition Munchkin Sketch with blank cards for you to draw on
  • Card game based on the Simon’s Cat videos (which are hilarious)
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Board Game coming in July
  • Munchkin Marvel in May with two more expansions this year
  • Munchkin CCG, Eric Long and Kevin Wilson designing, John Kovalic doing most art, starters everywhere but boosters only in hobby stores



Xbox One will allow for cross-platform multiplayer

...and Sony gives a hopeful but uncommitted response

The new Hitman game is released with an unusual pricing model

Fallout 4 Automation Trailer

The financial backers and investment firms behind 38 Studios investigated by SEC for fraud against the game developer

...and the Judge presiding over the lawsuit against said backers steps shortly after SEC investigation announced

Crysis engine available to developers as pay-what-you-want

Cyberpunk 2077 news (there's not much here, but I’ll take anything at this point)

Get a DOOM4 Closed Beta code with no pre-order necessary from Gamestop on April 1st

Everquest Next cancelled as the game was “not fun”

Direct download: GTN-Pilot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:08pm EDT

From Collectible Card Games to Deckbuilders to Living Card Games and more. This week, we go over the different types of card games out there, the history of the genre, and how Magic: The Gathering may have save the industry.

Justin Gary

Stone Blade Entertainment

Former Magic: The Gathering World Champion

Ascension Deck Building Game


Labyrinth Collectible Card Game

Versus System

World of Warcraft CCG


What We've Been Playing Lately

South Park: Stick of Truth (Darryl)

Alien: Isolation (Darryl)

Codenames (Justin)

Betrayal at House on the Hill (Justin)

Borderlands 2 (Ross) (it took him 25 minutes to start playing after finished)

XCOM 2 (Ross)

Dungeons & Dragons (Ross)

Savage Worlds (Ross)

Star Wars (West End Games) (Ross)


Card Games

Magic: The Gathering

Yu Gi Oh




Cards Against Humanity

Apples to Apples

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Smash Up

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

Planet Money Magic: The Gathering episode

Jyhad aka Vampire: The Eternal Struggle


Star Wars CCG

Star Wars LCG

Tanto Cuore

Geek & Sundry Tabletop Day Tanto Cure

Upper Deck Counterfeiting Scandal



Puerto Rico

San Juan


We Didn’t Playtest This at All

Twelve Days

Bad Beats

Sushi Go

Love Letter



Direct download: GamersTavernEp059.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 8:16pm EDT

Time to make the chimi-fuckin'-changas! Ross and Darryl talk about their feelings on the new Deadpool film and pull no punches!

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10:  Actress Keira Knightley arrives at "A Dangerous Method" Premiere at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Keira Knightley
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Actress Keira Knightley arrives at "A Dangerous Method" Premiere at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage) *** Local Caption *** Keira Knightley
Direct download: GTHHDeadpool.mp3
Category:Happy Hour -- posted at: 11:37am EDT

From Conan to Elric to Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser to Thieves' World, the stories of sword and sorcery fantasy have been seminal in defining fantasy gaming. But what about the games based on those stories? What makes the genre different than other types of fantasy gaming? What kind of stories can you tell in the genre? This week, Richard Baker and John Dunn join us to discuss exactly that.

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Our Guests

Rich Baker

Sasquatch Game Studios

Primeval Thule

Dungeons & Dragons: Princes of the Apocalypse


Atomic Dragon Battleship

John Dunn


Melior Via Games


Warhammer 40K Roleplay

Star Wars: Force and Destiny

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Darryl)

Skylanders (John)

XCom Board Game (John)

DC Heroes (John)

Temple of Elemental Evil (Richard)

World of Warcraft (Richard)

Accursed (Ross)

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Ross)

The Widening Gyre (Ross)

Luche Libre (Ross)

Sword & Sorcery Games




Red Sonja

Solomon Kane

Hypberborean Cycle

Thieves' World

Primeval Thule

Iron Heroes

On Mighty Thews

Dark Sun

Beasts & Barbarians

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Direct download: GamersTavernEp058.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 5:39am EDT

We revisit the topic of superhero roleplaying games. The overlap between Western comic book fans and tabletop gamers, it's no surprise that superhero games are one of the largest genres of roleplaying games out there. We've talked about the different games in Episode 23, but how do you play and run a superhero game? And what impact have the games had on the industry at large?

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Our Guest

Michael Surbrook

Surbrook's Stuff

Fantasy HERO Complete

Strike Force

Larger than Life


Superhero Games

Strike Force Kickstarter

HERO System


Mutants & Masterminds


Marvel Heroic Roleplay (Note: It does use the Cortex Plus system, though highly modified. So Ross and I were wrong.)

Justice Machine

DC Adventures

Necessary Evil

Wild Talents


Villains & Vigilantes


Monkey House Legal Defense Fund

BAMF Podcast (Ross and Michael recorded with them along with Steve Kenson about Strike Force just before recording this episode. That episode should be up next week.)


Declaration: This episode spends a lot of time talking about Strike Force. Ross Watson (host and producer on Gamer's Tavern) and Michael Surbrook (co-host of our Keep on the Borderlands 2 live stream) are both heavily involved in the new edition of Strike Force being Kickstarted and Gamer's Tavern is involved as a backer reward level. Gamer's Tavern Media has not been compensated and receives no funds from the Strike Force crowdfunding efforts.


Direct download: GamersTavernEp057.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 10:56pm EDT

Dating back to the 1930s, Lankhmar may have the oldest pedigree as a gaming setting of all time. Evolving from wargames and eventually becoming a setting for Dungeons & Dragons, Runequest, and Savage Worlds, Lankhmar is the prototype for urban roguish fantasy decades before Waterdeep, Thieves World, or Freeport were a twinkle in their creators' eyes. Get ready for the original sandbox setting that's more relevant today than ever before, Lankhmar: The City of Thieves!

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Our Guest

TS Luikart 


Cubicle 7

Skull and Bones

Warhammer 40K Old World Bestiary

Dragon Age

Cthulhu Britannica: London

Ruins of the North (One Ring)

What We've Been Playing Lately

Darksiders 2 (Darryl)

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (TS, Ross)

Feng Shui 2 (TS)

Three Cheers for Master (TS)

Shaintar (Ross)

Valkyria Chronicles (Ross)

Grand Theft Auto V (Ross)

Lankhmar: The City of Thieves

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber

Lankhmar Campaign Setting

Deities and Demigods

Savage Lankhmar

Runequest: Lankhmar

The story with the possibly non-consensual sexual encounter: "The Sadness of the Executioner"

Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch



Direct download: GamersTavernEp056.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 4:34pm EDT

Gaming has always taken its cues from other fiction, as Dungeons & Dragons itself comes from classic fantasy fiction. But what makes a game an homage to another work of fiction? What parody games are fun to play outside the joke? Where do you draw the line between influence and homage?

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Our Guest

Robert Morris


The Game Mechanic Tumblr

What We've Been Playing Lately

Double Feature (Darryl, Ross)

Cards Against Humanity (Darryl, Ross)

Mass Effect (Darryl)

Shadowrun: Returns (Darryl)

Shadows Angelus (Robert)

HERO System (Robert)

Pathfinder (Robert)

Kingmaker Adventure Path (Robert)

Shaintar (Ross)

Valkyria Chronicles (Ross)

Homage and Parody Games

Jovian Chronicles


Delta Green


Villains and Vigilantes

Top Secret

Tunnels and Trolls

JadeClaw (Now IronClaw)

Big Eyes Small Mouth

Cute and Fuzzy Seizure Monsters

Cartoon Action Hour


All Flesh Must Be Eaten

Teenagers from Outer Space

Macho Women with Guns

Fung Shui

Hong Kong Action Theater


Lucha Libre Hero

Conspiracy X



Warhammer 40K

Rogue Trader


Witchfire Trilogy


Heavy Gear


Kingdoms of Kalamar

Knights of the Dinner Table

Munchkin (We forgot to bring this up on the show)



Metal Gear Solid

Dragonball Xenoverse

Bunnies and Burrows

Vampire: The Masquerade



Bounty Head Bebop

Direct download: GamersTavernEp055.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Star Wars Ep VII

This episode, Ross and Darryl talk about the new film Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Here there be spoilers, so you have been warned!

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Stormtrooper Nope

There are four movies

Direct download: HappyHourStarWarsEpVII.mp3
Category:Happy Hour -- posted at: 4:05pm EDT

Do you want to go the long haul with your gaming session? I'm not talking weeks or months, but years with the same characters in the same world? Michael Surbrook joins us to help you realize that dream with advice on how to plan out long campaigns, how to avoid over-prepping, how to push through the quagmire, and more.

Note: This episode was recorded on December 23, 2014. Yes, over a year ago.

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Our Guest

Michael Surbrook

Surbrook Stuff

Fantasy Hero Complete

Larger Than Life: Folklore Legends of America (Hero System)

Larger Than Life: Folklore Legends of America (Savage Worlds)

(Note: At the time of recording, Larger Than Life was in the Kickstarter stage of publishing. The Kickstarter was successful and it is out now!) 

What We've Been Playing

Five Nights at Freddie's (Darryl)

Pathfinder (Darryl)

Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition (Ross)

Birthright (Ross)

Grand Theft Auto 5 (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Shaintar (Ross)

Savage Worlds (Ross)

Borderlands (Michael)

Ironclaw (Michael)

Fantasy Craft (Michael)

Long Term Campaigns

Shadows Angeles

Gamer's Tavern Superhero Games

Obsidian Portal

Day in the Life: Gaming the Downtime

Shaintar: Justice and Life

Pathfinder Society

Dungeons & Dragons Adventure League

Shadowrun Missions

Runner Hub

Direct download: GamersTavernEp054.mp3
Category:Gamer's Tavern -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT