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

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


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


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


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


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.

Those who were left behind


Jealous much, Pete?

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.

Peace, love, and Game on!


Westbound and Down


I would drive 400 miles and I would drive 400 more.

Well, I was hoping to get in another show before Origins, but we’ve been so ridiculously busy at the Rule Zero Studios in High Barsoom. We didn’t have time to get together and record, so you get the text version. I (Chris) will be at Origins this coming week, and Pete and I will BOTH be at GenCon. We hope to meet any listeners at either con who want to come up and introduce themselves. On select days I’ll be wearing my RZP Swag. It’s going to be a long drive in a crowded car. We’re bringing our daughter and her boyfriend to the convention this time and we’re all sharing a single room. Should be very relaxed and not awkward at all.

I love the opportunity that a convention presents as a chance to play new game systems, or to play in systems that I don’t get a chance to play in often. I am in a demo of a new game called Cold Steel Wardens. The theme of the convention is Superheroes, so this is a great year to premier this new system. It had a kickstarter that met its modest goal in January, and it’s making the rounds at conventions to build up an audience. Unfortunately, I don’t see a huge web presence for this game, and maybe I’m just too much of a slave to technology, but I’ve come to rely on it as a way to explore new games before making a financial commitment. If I like the demo, I’ll definitely check out any product they have out by convention time.

I’m also trying a game I haven’t played before called Grimmpunk, which just fascinates the bejeezus out of me. And I should FINALLY get a chance to try the DC Heroes game that went out of print only about 20 years ago. I remember seeing it, I remember people raving about it. But that was in the day when the only major superhero RPGs were V&V, Marvel (FASERIP), and Champions. Let’s see if DC Heroes stands the test of time to someone without the reverence of nostalgia shading my impressions. Right now I’m scheduled for 3 Hero System games, but I think I might have to drop one, just because of the exhaustion factor. Oddly enough, none of the 3 are superhero-themed. The real problem is that we have something scheduled for every single time slot possible to game in. Which means if we want to explore the dealers’ hall, or just relax a little and find a pickup game, we’ll have to drop something. But looking at my schedule, I’m really excited about all my games. If something has to go, it’ll probably have to be the thing I’m playing three of.

The RZP bus leaves Tuesday morning for the 400 mile drive to Columbis, Ohio. I hope to see you there!


EFFF! Out of the hospital and into the Anniversary!

It is MAY already and that means that Rule Zero has turned Two Years Old! Yes, in spite of foul weather, poor planning, technical difficulties, and a horrible tendency on both of our parts to not schedule some pre-podcast time; we have managed to stick out for 15 episodes! WOOO! Yeah, US! Chris is off to Origins shortly, so hopefully we will get in our annual Origins Awards ‘cast.

Peace, love, and Sssssoul!

Episode 15 – Shut Up and Deal

Episode 15  – Shut Up and Deal


All His Mana Are Moxen!

Before I go on, I have to thank StufferShack.com for letting us submit our website in the RPG Blog of the Year contest. We heard about the contest late and submitted it a day or two after the deadline, but the host of the site was generous enough to allow us to compete! We were up against such giants as Gnome Stew and Kobold Press, and we were grateful for the exposure. We learned about a lot of new blogs to follow, and we are very grateful for the exposure. If you found us from there, welcome! I hope you stay with us! The winner of that contest was Gnome Stew, so congratulations to them!

Now, on with the show!

This week we’re going particularly raw. I’m not doing any cuts to the conversation like I usually do. It’s pure conversation, warts and all. And we’re talking about card games. Not our usual RPG fare, but as Sharon (that’s my wife) our illustrious guest host, pointed out, we say we’re here to talk about ALL games, ALL THE TIME! So, we’ve been playing a lot of card games lately, so we did a show about them.

We have a fellow podcast who is celebrating their 100th episode coming up! Point your wordlwide web decoder to the Fanboy Scoop (www.fanboycomics.net) on May 6th to get the 100th episode of The Fanboy Scoop – Week in Review. As their press release says:

Fanboy Comics (FBC) is an online conglomerate of geek media, providing its readers with daily reviews, interviews, and podcasts that span the pop culture spectrum.  In 2011, FBC added independent comic book publisher to its credits, when it published its first graphic novel, Something Animal.  The company’s second graphic novel, Identity Thief, was released in September 2012.  Fanboy Comics seeks to provide an outlet for up-and-coming artists and writers with a desire to create new works and media.  By facilitating in-house collaborations and providing support and empowerment, FBC hopes to enable the production of professional and marketable creator-owned works.

I’ve listened to a couple episodes so far and I really enjoy the show. Can’t wait to see what they have coming up.

Also in this episode: our first contest! We will give a $5 gift certificate for DriveThruRPG.com to the best submission for anyone who creates an auto-tuned song of Pete speaking in this show. Listen to the show to get the phrase, sample it, make some music! Submit it to rulezeropodcast@gmail.com. We’ll pick a winner (assuming we get any submissions at all) and announce it on the next show.

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, and if you want to tell Sharon anything at all, put her name in the subject line and send it to rulezeropodcast@gmail.com.


Episode 14 – Girls Game Wild

Episode 14 – Girls Game Wild


While You’re Up, Honey, Could You Slay Me a Dragon?

Chris talks about his brief but enlightening experience as one of the top 32 in Paizo’s RPG Superstar 2013 Contest.

After that brief break, we talk about the experience women have had in gaming. Actual women take part. They were in my house, guys. The feminine trio of Sharon, Amelia, and Alicia join us for a long and complicated discussion about how women are treated, and how women approach gaming.

Don’t think their experiences match up with yours? Did they miss a major point in the discussion? Totally agree with them? We want to hear what you have to say! Join in the discussion by sending us an email (you can even include an MP3 file!) to rulezeropodcast@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!