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Episode 25 – Quantum Black

Episode 25 – Quantum BlackQuantum Black book cover

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You Say Formless Beast of Lovecraftian Nightmares Like It’s a Bad Thing

Sharon, Chris, and Pete sit down with Ron Loz and Scott Jones and talk about their new book: Quantum Black. Quantum Black is a modern horror setting using the Ubiquity engine, the same system that powers the classic Hollow Earth Expeditions. Ron & Scott spent a lot of time working on this book, and kickstarted it late in 2015. The kickstarter was a success and they’re about to put it out, just in time for convention season!

Check out Quantum Black here

Visit their Facebook page

RELEASE DATE: MAY 1

The book will be available here

And pretty soon, you can find the PDF on DriveThruRPG.com

And find Ron & Scott’s games at Origins and GenCon!

Need more Ubiquity games? Pick up Exile Studios’ flagship product here

Episode 24 – Holiday Gaming

Episode 24 – Holiday Gaming

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DECK the HALLS! Get it?!

Another great talk about gaming, this time we talk about the now annual compulsory event known as THANKSGAMING, which will perpetually be held the day after Thanksgiving in the Dudley household. We invite you to do the same and share your stories. We also talk about other games we do as holiday celebration, including some RPG ideas and anecdotes. Then we dig into holidays as they appear in the games we play!

Here is a link to Sharon’s Multicultural Gingerbread Stories project page.

Here are some of the games we played on ThanksGaming (click to go to Amazon product page)

Marrying Mr Darcy Legendary Love Letter LoWd

Episode 23 – Horror Gaming

Episode 23 – Horror Gaming

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I Was Insane Before I Ever Played Cthulhu

We sat down and had a pretty good talk about horror games in time for Halloween. Check out the show and let us know what we missed.

Special thanks to Matt Bassano at adhocbands.com for our theme music!

And another shoutout to our sister show Dragonreel!

Episode 22 – D&D&P&P

Episode 22 – D&D&P&P

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Pride & Prejudice & Dragons

I really couldn’t decide on that one. But we went with the former.

The BIG NEWS is friends-of-the-show Ron & Scott have a Kickstarter going for the Quantum Black game setting for Ubiquity (Hollow Earth Expeditions). Click HERE to find it on Kickstarter! Get in on the campaign while it’s still there!

For the Heart of the Matter, Chris, Sharon, and Pete talk about how social systems in RPGs have evolved and appeared over the years we’ve all been playing. We’d love to hear from our listeners if we missed a major social system RPG. Enjoy the show, and the new promo pointing to our OTHER show on the Rule Zero Network, DragonReel! Find it at dragonreel.com!

Episode 21 – Curse the Darkness & A Tragedy in Five Acts

Episode 21 – Curse the Darkness & A Tragedy in Five Acts

 

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!)

Episode 20 – Fifth Impressions

Episode 20 – Fifth Impresions

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5E D&D & Me

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.

Thanks for sticking with us!

Get a your 5th Edition D&D books from Amazon:

Players HandbookDungeon Master's Guide for D&DMonster Manual

 

Episode 19 – Richard and Emily Gibbs of Board Games Now Blind Accessible

Episode 19 – Richard and Emily Gibbs of Board Games Now Blind Accessible

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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.

Episode 18 – Tracy Barnett and Iron Edda

Episode 18 – Tracy Barnett and Iron Edda

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One Game, Many Systems

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.

 

Episode 17 – Rodney Thompson

Episode 17 – Rodney Thompson

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I Call Him Rodney

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.

 

Episode 16 – Andy Klosky and Cold Steel Wardens

Episode 16 – Andy Klosky and Cold Steel Wardens

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The Man With the Bacon-Wrapped Turducken

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.