Games & Hobbies

A podcast of two friends (of disparate ages and body types), who have gaming discussions; sometimes serious but mostly hilarious, about gaming in all its forms. This podcast is a way to share stories and experiences, interview local gamers, support games, the players and have a blast while doing it!

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Jo Kreil is an amazing woman, gamer and writer. She graced us with her presence to discuss her passion for writing within the gaming fields, specifically for the horror genre which mostly includes Cthulhu based games. The discussion starts with her early writing influences along with some new releases (Ready Player One, American Gods, and The Hobbit). There is some talk about her gaming influences (Call of Chtulhu, 2nd Edition Dungeons and Dragon Dungeon Master Guide). She has run multiple games from, submitted work to and has published material for a number of different gaming companies. Some of them are Chaosium, Golden Goblin Press, Sixty Stone Press and Stygian Fox.

There is additional material that leads us into discussions about Frank Frazetta and the Costume Shop in East Stroudsburg, PA and the Art Museum that bear his name. Many of his works are prominently featured in many early Dungeons and Dragons materials.

Jo Kriel can be found through her Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5519753   and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/weirdficauthor/ pages.

Here are the links promised in our intro:

Lost Colonies LARP

Metatopia 2017 Nov.2-Nov.5

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The wonderfully awesome crew affectionately known by the show as Team Waerloga, shared their fondest LARP memories with us. Some of the topics range from the games and locations they have been to in the past (Dead Legends and Faire Play) to the multiple murder attempts on Luna! If anything, this bonus track could alternatively be considered " Exhibit A".

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Off of Episode 5, we have a free ringtone based on Lexx's wonderful performance of a slightly perturbed, germanic phone that really wants you to pick up.

Download, enjoy and feel free to share with the world!

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October 6, 2017

Episode 5: High on the Hogg

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We try to interview creative and versatile individuals on our show. None fit that narrative more than Lexx Ravenhallow. During our interview we discuss his time as the ass man of Portal Comics and Gaming, his time as an employee for Games Workshop that fueled his need to paint tiny figures, as well as his judgeship for Magic the Gathering.  We mention Mark Rosewater's Drive to Work podcast and The Gatherer website as we delve into into the world of MtG.

Lexx's larp career expands into many games such as Alliance Stormbreak, Dead Legends, Doomsday and the many convention games at DexCon.

And to say that he is an amazing sculptor is an understatement. Here is a link to his patreon page and below are some examples of his work from his Instagram. Please visit and support Lexx in all his artistic endeavors! And from the ease of his demeanor, we learn quickly that this is not the first podcast he has interviewed for. You can find another of his interviews at HandonHeadLarpCast.

Also, that free ringtone? Here is the link for it: Lexx Ringtone

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Wolf Brother "biker" for my Red Corsairs army    Creation of Adam ork knight Titan shoulder pad  

Raaz, troll hunter

 

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September 29, 2017

Episode 4: Bad Fantasy? Really?

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There are times when one must make a stand! This is not one of those times. However, Old Man does come close in this show. Our heroes discuss an upsetting ESPN commercial which depicted LARP in a negative light. As usual Old Man takes the crotchety stance but with the help of Skinny Guy, Sam the Part Time Rogue's open letter, and a 2013 Times Union blog article; they somehow untangle the bag of snakes that is ESPN's crappy marketing department...or are they?

In the course of discussion we mention Dark Knight Armory, the documentary Darkon, the movie Role Models and Magic the Gathering. How do they figure into the discussion? You'll have to listen to find out!

As promised, here is the link to the Rocky Horror Show LARP campaign we mention in the intro.

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An interview with some of the most creative and fun individuals, Team Waerloga! Joe Carnes, Kime Apgar, Luna Vernon and Ken Carnes sit down with us to talk at length about their inspirations, their joys and their pains in creating the LARP Waerloga! Learn their secret joys and terrible secrets as they discuss their mysterious LARP past and present. Then there is some discussion about some games such as Faeglen, Nocturne, Doomsday, Aura (a defunct LARP) and Dead Legends.

Once you delve in the minds of Team Waerloga, there is no return! And why would you want to return? It's really damn fun in there!

Waerloga

 

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It's amazing the things you talk about when you're not sure how to start a conversation. Our guest started telling us about something she heard about and hilarity ensued. Afterwards in doing our research, we finally found the actual place we discussed. It is in South Korea and it's named Haeshindang Park. Of course it's unofficial name is "Penis Park". So yeah...there you go.

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September 15, 2017

Episode 2: Lady in Threads

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Our first guest, Shannon Fidler sits down with us to discuss the myriad worlds she belongs to. Her early days start with many things anime (Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Naruto and Cardcaptor Sakura) as well as video games galore (Sega Genesis, The Sims, Overwatch and others). We talk about her experiences with cosplay and conventions such as Otakon and Zenkaikon. We also delve a little bit into Cosplay is not Consent. We find out the passion both Shannon and Skinny Guy have for Steven Universe and learn how an amazing t-shirt from Tee Fury brought Skinny Guy and a stranger closer together.

Skinny Guy hits her with the hard hitting questions about GI Joe while Old Man reveals his fandom for The Dating Game. Also, Crabs Adjust Humidity! There is some mention of Harry Dresden and the Blues Brothers!  All this and more in Episode 2: Lady in Threads!

Episode 2: Lady in Threads~Photo Credit: PolaRoid Rage

 

Doomfist!

Photo: Robert Paul Esports Photography
Model: @RockleyRock (on IG & Twitter)

From Henchmen Studios

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~Shannon's "Pearl" Cosplay along with "Rose Quartz" from Steven Universe at Zenkaikon 2017

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We delve into a dark point in Old Man's history where he discusses a deep wound that seemingly has never healed. As one would expect, it took place on Halloween during one of his infamous treks to the NYC Village Halloween Parade in the early 2000's. It was a visit to the after party at Webster Hall that our hero encountered the one thing that wakes him from his rest, screaming in abject terror and frustration.

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 Old Man before the "incident"

~Old Man earlier in the evening before the "incident".

The judgement begins

~ Old Man is brought before the crowd for judgement.

 

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September 1, 2017

Episode 1: Two Men & a Podcast

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Our heroes discuss their origins and what exactly makes them eminently qualified to do a podcast (hint: they aren’t). They touch on many topics ranging from their early start in video games to their historically epic meeting when they both played the same LARP (live action role playing) game.

Whether you are a casual or old school gamer, there is something for everyone in our exciting premier episode!

Here are links we mentioned in our in intro.

Waerloga

Raging Chicken Press: https://ragingchickenpress.org/

Inside 254: https://inside254site.wordpress.com/

We discuss many old school games and their systems such as Atari, Nintendo and Colecovision. There is talk about some games by Blizzard as well.

When the talk shifts to LARP (live action role play), we discuss Knight Realms; a fantasy LARP out of New Jersey.

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Birnum Pyre

~ Photo Courtesy of Knight Realms

 A young Skinny Guy as a fancy elf of the woods, Birnum Pyre.

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~Old Man circa 1998

 This is what Old Man considers makeup intensive. What do you think? Let us know at oldmanskinnyguy@gmail.com or on our twitter @oldmanskinnyguy

 

 

 

 

 

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