It has been a grand week! I got retweeted by Geek & Sundry; the nice folks at Nordic Ford gave me a shout-out; and Rolecasters is having me back on this week’s round table! We’ll be discussing growing the RPG community! I’m thinking lots of sunlight and love! You can catch it tomorrow night: 7/29/15 at twitch.tv/rolecasters. We begin around 9pm EST!
Or how I got to round-table with Dusque, Dove, and DM Aram and lived to tell the tale!
Hello all: Pete here!
I just finished a round-table discussion with the Rolecasters (rolecasters.net) and other special guest DM Aram of Godsfall (godsfall.com). We had a lovely talk about the advantages and disadvantages of homebrew adventures/campaigns vs. published (canned) adventures/campaigns.
Had a grand time and look forward to doing it again in 4 weeks! You can catch me and the Rolecaster folks on Twitch!
Have a great one and Game On!
Addendum: You can hear all our wit and wisdom at www.twitch.tv/rolecasters I was on the most recent broadcast (aka Episode 2)!
I got a chance to do a quick interview with Matthew McFarland & Michelle Lyons-McFarland at Origins Game Fair 2015. They told me all about a couple of games that they wrote that we think you should try. We’re definitely getting them!
(Apologies for the brief misspelling of your names!)
Back from the dead, Chris & Pete talk about the latest new RPG to hit the shelves, it’s a little known game called Dungeons & Dragons. Fifth Edition came out a few months ago, and Chris has dived deep into the game and returned to tell us about his experiences.
As you may have heard from our most recent ‘cast, the next episode will officially be the beginning of Season 2! Wooo! We made it! And just in time, because next month marks our Third Anniversary as a podcast! I think the third one is the dice anniversary. I wonder what Chris will get me?
That being said, I’m getting him dice.
While I was going over the episodes (#19 is actually our 20th episode!), that there are times when Chris and I seem on the verge of podfading. I can assure that should it come to a time when we are sick of doing this podcast that we will let you know. Within recent years, things have come up that neither Chris nor I have any control over and time seems to leap by. But, we like doing what we do and we will continue to do it as long as there are 60+ people out there to listen.
So, thank you for sticking with us. I think Season 2, is going to be pretty f*cking nifty!
You’ve Got To Get Your Hands on These Games… No, Really.
For this episode, we were joined by Richard and Emily Gibbs of 64 Oz Games, who have a kickstarter up currently and for a limted time. This kickstarter addresses the needs of blind people like, oh, SHARON, who has been totally blind for a number of years, after growing up legally blind. Sharon helps Chris interview the Gibbses, as Pete is out sick. Check out the interview, go and check out the Kickstarter, and get involved. This one hits really close to home.
This episode we were joined by Tracy Barnett of Sand & Steam Productions, to talk about his latest project: Iron Edda. It’s already got one successful kickstarter to its name, and that’s for the novel that Tracy is in the process of writing. Tracy is planning another kickstarter coming up, for the game in all its many variations. Iron Edda is going to be a Norse-flavored fantasy RPG about giant dwarven constructs and magically powered skeletal giants. That pitch doesn’t do it the least bit of justice, however, so you’re going to have to listen to the show to get the real scoop.
We also talk about the latest short-fused Reaper Bones kickstarter. Get in while the getting’s good, or miss the boat a second time.
Rodney Thompson of Wizards of the Coast joins us this week for our discussion of all things Skullport. The new expansion for the board game Lords of Waterdeep, called Scoundrels of Skullport, actually contains two expansions in one. Rodney tells us a bit about the origins of the game, the process of creating the expansion, and what to expect in the new box. We at Rule Zero have been big fans of this game since it came out, and have spent many hours sending our agents to the various buildings in Waterdeep. Now these expansions add more secret lords, a new mechanic called Corruption, and new locations to send your agents. Also, Rodney tells us the big news they announced at GenCon. Owners of iOS tablets are going to love this one.
Before we do the interview, Chris briefly recounts his first visit to GenCon. There was too much to do and too little time, that’s one thing we’re sure of. We propose making GenCon run the entire length of August next year. Maybe then we’ll have the time to do everything we wanted.
A couple news items hitting the cast this episode. We tick off our favorite ENnie awards, and briefly discuss the issue that’s come up in the forum on our website. If you’ve been there (which you haven’t), you know what I mean.
Now that Origins is over, we can get back to making some shows! And this episode, we interview a game designer I met at the convention! Andy Klosky, who publishes as A.P. Klosky, wrote his own superhero game called Cold Steel Wardens. I got into a demo of the game on the first day of Origins and really enjoyed the game. Rule Zero got to talk to Andy about it and we’re really excited to present this interview. Andy is a great GM and a great game designer. And this game looks to be great as well. You can check out his Kickstarter page or check them out on Facebook under Blackfall Press, LLC.
Andy graciously allowed us to use the cover art for his new game, and I gotta say, it’s fantastic.
Personally, I can’t wait for this one.
Don’t forget you can like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter as @rulezeropodcast, or email Chris at chris@rulezeropodcast, Pete is pete@rulezeropodcast! We look forward to hearing from you.
So, while I was left alone in charge of the Rule Zero Studios here in High Barsoom, I did a few things to pass the time. I got to play Torchbearer via Google Hangouts. I got to chat with friends in far flung places like Korea. And I spent a whole lot of time bitching about the fact that I didn’t go to Origins this year because I couldn’t pull it off logistically.
Ergo, I was sitting here, staring at the jolly, candy-like history-eraser button we have here in the studio, and generally bemoaning my fate when what should arrive via missile mail?
Wait! That’s not the important part. The important part is that this bag contained RZP schwag! Yes, Chris is always thinking about his sidekick and he got me two brilliantly wonderful t-shirts that I will be sporting at GenCon this year! W007!
Thank you to Chris and I’m looking forward to doing our annual Origins Awards show and discussing the Con.