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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n the vein of our unusable episodes, we were able to save some parts of an interview with Kate Beaman Martinez where we discuss our one an only listener (at the time) Kevin. 

Kevin is actually the founder and editor of Raging Chicken Press and it's podcast Out d'Coup and a great friend to our show. From the website, " Raging Chicken Press, based in Kutztown, PA, is a left/progressive media site devoted to covering and helping build on-the-ground activism and communities of resistance. "

We also talk about the LARP coordinator for Double Exposure, Inc, Mike Malecki and the great work he does especially with the Battlestar Galactica LARP that went on 2 years ago.

Also, our friends at Lost Colonies LARP will be having a playtest and photo shoot this weekend! You can find the info on their Facebook page or by clicking here.

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As with all podcasting,we tried to find our voice early on. What kind of format will we have? What topics should we discuss? How heavily should we drink?

In this excerpt of an unreleased episode, you will hear none of those questions answered in anyway whatsoever. 

We do discuss Star Wars but not in any significant or meaningful way nor do we link it to gaming, You will probably hear very quickly why we never released the full episode.

Even with all that said, it does have some entertaining qualities that you may enjoy. Old Man still gets a chuckle when he listens to it!

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On our latest segment of Old man Yells at the Sky, we talk at length about the issue of cultural appropriation in games; specifically tabletop, video and live action role play (LARP). We reached out to a number of communities on social media to get their take on this important issue.
 
We also talked with Dr. Amanda Morris who is an associate professor of writing and rhetoric at Kutztown University and a scholar of contemporary Indigenous rhetorics. She currently serves as chapter president for the faculty union, APSCUF, and co-hosts and produces the Inside 254 Podcast. She talks with us very specifically about Native American cultural appropriation.
 
It's a tough topic but one we all need to discuss. Did we forget something? Should we expand on another type of game? Let us know what you think at oldmanskinnyguy@gmail.com or on our Facebook group page: Old Man & Skinny Guy: The Group Thing!
 
Important Links discussed in the show:
Elizabeth LaPensée - Native American game designer, writer, artist, and researcher
 
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If the episode art is any indication, taking those thermal detonator safety classes was well worth the money! We sat down with Gia Grillo and Sean Jaffe and they talked all nerdy with us!
 
Sean tells us how he got into tabletop and larping and how both types of games inspired him to not only become a better storyteller but to create the games he wanted to see in the world! He is not only one of the creators of Nerdy City (and their Facebook), but also of the game Ex-Arcana and the Chronos System.
 
Then both Gia and Sean tells us all about their latest endeavor, the tabletop Rememorex! Linked to Rememorex is the successful kickstarter which details much of the game. It is a game very much inspired by the 80's and the nostalgia of the times.
 
It's a lot of awesome packed into a tiny package! Give it a listen. We promise you won't be disappointed.
 
This the link to the opener of the video Sean mentions during the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoH7YPICH7o
 
Here is a link to Gia's tumblr: https://bespinlukeadventures.tumblr.com
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Another sneak preview of next week's episode! Our guests (multiple for next episode!) are Gia Grillo and Sean Jaffe. Their sound check was so hilarious there wasn't any doubt that we would share it with all of you.

These amazingly entertaining folks who love to tell stories and entertain others give you a sample of the great interview they gave with us!

Enjoy!

 

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How does one go from mild mannered to full on mega creator of awesomeness? We find out from our latest guest, Megan Dawson Jaffe. And the only thing false about the stated question was the mild mannered part.
 
Megan talks with us about her beginnings that have led her to the path she is currently on. She shares with us some of the games she has helped to develop like Ex-Arcana and the Pacific Rim LARP. She discusses the company she is co-owner of Nerdy City that helps facilitate much of the games she works on.
 
She also mentions how costume businesses such as Manhattan Wardrobe Supply are beginning to do more with the cosplay community!
You can find her on Facebook or if you need some costume inspiration, you can look through her Pinterest!
 
If you ever wanted the skinny, down low on costuming, this is the episode you've been waiting for!
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This bonus track is a sneak preview of next week's interview with Megan Dawson Jaffe.  She is an amazing designer that is also a gamer and puts her skills to amazing use in both the gaming and real world!

If you want to learn more, you'll just have to listen to next week's episode! If you can't wait until next week, then listen to this sneak preview! 

Enjoy!

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This year at Dreamation 2018; yet another amazing event run by Double Exposure Inc., we recorded a live show with some amazing folks!
 
Shannon Fidler - Who you might remember from Lady in Threads and Destination Penis Island. She talked with us about why she attends Dreamation and she sits on the rest of the show as our special guest co-host! We also totally did not add a tid bit of Destination Penis Island into one of the breaks we took when setting up for a guest! (We totally did.)
 
Josie Kreil - Josie sat with us on For the Love of Tentacles and for some reason decided to sit with us again! She discusses some of her upcoming projects, her first time coming to Dreamation and some favorite gaming stories to boot!
 
Mark Sedlazek - Mark is new to the show and is the artisan responsible for Wolf & Raven Arts! He creates amazing pieces of costuming and pieces using foam! Looking at them, it's difficult to not think they are actually made of the materials they appear to be! He also discusses some of the games he loves and how they inspire his creations!
He is a freelance artist and propmaker from Central New Jersey. He has been larping for about a decade and has been a foamsmith for about five years, creating armor and weapons out of foam. He has started a youtube channel to bestow his knowledge onto others and hopes to inspire other crafters in the gaming community as well as make bigger and better props for games and cosplay. His main inspiration is scifi and fantasy with video games and tabletop RPGs being his main source of visual inspiration, and he hopes to bring more obscure characters to life from less visual games to give them a solid basis in reality. 
 
Ericka Skirpan - She is currently the head storyteller for Project Ascension and senior story staff for Dead Legends LARP. She's been running immersive, theatrical events for over a decade and intense, emotional LARPs for almost as long. She shares alot of these experiences with us in the show.
She has a BFA in theater from the University of Toronto where she was the artistic director for "In the Moment Productions," a theater company dedicated to audience interactive, classical theater experiences. She believes in bringing captivating, emotional, cathartic transformations to actors and audience alike through live storytelling.
After playing Gertrude in 2017's InsideHamlet, as well as participating in the groundbreaking Nordic LARP 1942, (which she discusses with us as well) she is highly looking forward to combining American Freeform storytelling with more Nordic-LARP inspired designs for future projects.
 
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We visited the LARP of some of our favorite folks, Team Waerloga! They were gracious enough to allow us to talk with some of their players to talk LARPing, Waerloga and the mysteries of the universe. Most of those mysteries reside in NJ for some reason.

Interestingly enough, they actually wanted to talk with us! We got some really good perspectives of why players specifically come to Waerloga and why they LARP in general. They also shared some of their favorite battle stories!

They can be found on their Facebook page is you click here!

Much thanks to our guest Nat Mason, Ana Kline and Kait Wheeler! You were all awesome!

Also thanks to Dom O'Sullivan for sharing the info about his LARP, Post Pandemic. If you're in the Lancaster, PA area and looking for a LARP, check out the page and give them a try!

 

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Your intermediate heroes share some of the new things that Old Man & Skinny Guy are offering to the community as well as more opportunity for you as a listener to make real changes to the show!

We also hint on future projects to come!

 

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