Gamer's Tavern (general)

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
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A quick update on ChupacabraCon and the Gamer's Tavern schedule!

Direct download: ChupacabraCon2015-1.mp3
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The Arcology Podcast ran their second annual New Year special with several Shadowrun podcasters, including Darryl Mott Jr. (owner, producer, and engineer of the Gamer's Tavern) and Brandon Gensemer (producer of the Gamer's Tavern Game Table: Shadowrun)! We make a few announcements about the future of Gamer's Tavern as we talk about what happened in Shadowrun in 2014 and what's coming in 2015! With their permission, we bring the show to you! Make sure to check out our fellow Shadowrun podcasters.

The Arcology Podcast

Neo-Anarchist Podcast

Critical Glitch

Hidden Grid (Yes, they're coming back!)

Direct download: Shadowrun_Podcasters_New_Year_Special_2015.mp3
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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!

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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
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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.


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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


East Texas University

Artemis Bridge Simulator

Sparticus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

The Forge



Dungeon World

Houses of the Blooded


Burning Empires

Old School Renaissance

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Project 77

Savage Lankhmar

Direct download: GamersTavernRoadTrip.mp3
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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!


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.


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.


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
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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.

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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
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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
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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



Planescape Torment



Darrell Hardy

My Little Pony CCG




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

Direct download: GamersTavernEp016.mp3
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