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!

Episodes

November 17, 2017

Episode 8: LARP by Numbers

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We sit down with Dave Morris, one of the directors of the Virginia and Pittsburgh Chapters of Dystopia Rising; a national zombie apocalypse based game. Dave discusses with us his journey as normal LARPer to being part owner of two chapters of the successful LARP franchise. We also discuss the ins and outs of putting together a game that brings with it a devoted player base and the challenges that it brings. With 17 chapter throughout the United States, it's an adventure to put it mildly.

Some of the game's influences such as The Walking Dead and Fallout (and all it's incarnations)are discussed. We also bring up the differences between some of the other LARPs: Nero and Dagorhir. Dystopia Rising is a LARP unlike most of the fantasy based games that many LARPers begin with. If a zombie apocalypse experience is something you think you might interested in, take a listen to this episode to get a really good idea of what that might entail.

Here are some additional links that are mentioned in the show:

Tales of the Left Hand: Books and Audio podcast

Dystopia Rising Southern California Video

Dystopia Rising Pittsburgh

Dystopia Rising Virginia

 

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We dedicated a whole bonus track to a serious question that plagues not only one of our listeners, therealspaghetti, but most of us in our day to day lives. A question came to us on Skinny Guy's Bulletin Board and we felt that it needed to be addressed in something much longer than our normal intro.  This bonus track looks at some hard hitting topics and tries its best to untangle this crooked bag of snakes. Although we  weren't talking about snakes, we hope the colorful imagery helps to illustrate our point.
 
Here are some of the links that we sued during our research. Yes, it was so important that w actually did an amount of research.
And yes, we know. There is only one link. It's all we needed.

 

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If you play any amount of online video games, at some point you have  unfortunately dealt with some sort of toxic behavior from anonymous  jackasses. If you happen to be female, this is an absolute guarantee. We  talk with an avid player of the game Overwatch (published by Blizzard Entertainment); Cerra Ayala.  Cerra discusses the craziness that she and other female players have to endure and what they did together to make their game-play more enjoyable  while supporting each other and combating the daily toxicity.

We also happen to compare and contrast the game-play on online environments of other games (such as Team Fortress 2) and give some advice on what others can do if confronted by the same jackassery (we know it's not a real word, deal with it).

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/soulofladyc

Instagram: @cmrayala02

PSN: CerraAnastasia

Intro Link

Pandemic Legacy Season 2 by Z-Man Games

 

 

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Surprise! Our very first holiday episode! We originally were going to discuss our favorite Halloween influences on our lives, but it quickly spiraled into Old Man's love and obsession with The Rocky Horror Picture Show!
 
This episode could have easily been called " Why you shouldn't drink and podcast!" We hope you enjoy what will be the first of many holiday episodes!
 
Happy Halloween!

 

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During our interview with Jo Kreil, there were some interesting stories that were shared about the time Skinny Guy visited her in London on New Years Eve. We also get a brief sound check from her as she reads a dramatic piece from one of Gene Wilder's more memorable roles of his career.

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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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