Monday, June 20, 2016

AGC News for June 2016 (35:24)

With Carol and Mags. Spiel des Jahres nominations! Conventions and lawsuits, and is Hasbro planning a con? Mayfair taking over Twilight Creations, and Wizards goes big with giants and Magic: the Gathering. Organized Play announcements! Pathfinder heads for the stars! New lives for the Traveler's Aid Society and Warhammer Quest. In movie news, a discontinued Privateer Press game causes a fierce bidding war in Hollywood, while the My Little Pony movie picks up some serious dramatic cred. An announcement about Mark's continued absence from the show.


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RPG Buffet 42 (Chill 3rd Edition) (16:26)

The weather was hot, so Becca decreed that we would cool off with some salads. Mags brought curried chicken salad, and Louis decided to make pot de crème as a chilled dessert to top off the evening.
WHOLE FOODS’ CURRIED CHICKEN SALAD (recipe via the Hartford Courant)
Ingredients
3 pounds cooked chicken, shredded or diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
3 ribs celery, diced
1/2 to 1 cup currants (optional)
1/2 to 1 cup chopped peanuts or almonds (optional)
1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
2-1/2 to 3 tablespoons curry powder, or to taste
Dash turmeric
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked chicken, red onion, celery, and most of the currants and nuts, reserving some for garnish.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, curry powder, turmeric and salt and pepper, combining until smooth.
Pour the mayonnaise mixture atop the chicken mixture and blend, working gently until chicken is fully coated. Refrigerate until use.
Spoon curried chicken onto greens or atop toasted rolls. Garnish with reserved currants and peanuts or almonds. Feeds 6 to 8.

POTS DE CRÈME (recipe via Chowhound.com)
Ingredients
2 cups heavy cream
5 ounces good-quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
Heat the oven to 300°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Bring about 4 cups water to a simmer over medium heat. Arrange 6 (6-ounce) ramekins 1/2 inch apart in a large baking dish; set aside.
Place cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring it just to a simmer. Remove from heat, add chocolate, and stir until completely melted, about 3 minutes; set aside.
Whisk sugar and yolks in a large bowl until thickened and pale in color, about 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in 1/3 of the chocolate mixture, then add the remainder while constantly stirring (try not to incorporate any air).
Place a fine mesh strainer over a large measuring cup or a bowl with a spout and pour in the custard base. Remove the strainer and evenly divide the custard base among the ramekins. Tap each ramekin a few times to break any bubbles that appear on the surface.
Place the baking dish in the oven and carefully add enough of the simmering water to reach 1 inch up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and poke several holes in the foil to allow steam to escape. Bake 25 minutes or until the outer 1 inch of each custard is set (the centers will still be slightly jiggly).


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

AGC Interview 40 (Nerdburger's Murders and Acquisitions) (19:23)

Carol and Mags sit down with Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games to discuss his RPG Murders and Acquisitions, and the challenges of running one’s first-ever Kickstarter.


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Friday, May 13, 2016

RPG Buffet 41 (Dread) (17:55)

Karen chose French cuisine for supper, so Kae made an easy Coq au Vin recipe from AllRecipes.com. In deference to some of the food allergies in our group, she substituted cranberry/pomegranate juice with a splash of vinegar in lieu of red wine, and celery with hing powder in lieu of onions. Hing powder can be found in South Asian food groceries, or ordered online.


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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

RPG Buffet 40 (Toon) (18:02)

Louis was our GM for ‘Toon, and we decided on favorite childhood dishes. After much discussion, we settled on spaghetti and meatballs. John cooked the pasta, while Mags cooked meatballs and sauce in her new electric pressure cooker.

Electric pressure cookers are easy, and remove all of the hassle of the traditional pressure cooker. Mags got hers from Amazon, and adapted this recipe from PeggyUnderPressure.com.
PRESSURE COOKER MEATBALLS IN ITALIAN SAUCE (via PeggyUnderPressure.com)
Ingredients:
1 bag of Kirkland frozen Italian meatballs from Costco (note: this is a LOT of meatballs—roughly 100 as the bag is designed for parties). I used about forty from the bag.
Obviously, you can use your favorite frozen meatballs here.
If you prefer to make your own meatballs and cook them in your pressure cooker, Mags recommends you check out this recipe from HipPressureCooking.com for guidance.
2 jars store-bought marinara sauce (or your favorite tomato sauce for meatballs)
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 cups water
1. Note: it’s important to have actual water in any pressure cooker recipe, because the cooker uses water to build up pressure. Without it your pressure cooker will overheat.
2. And you have to use actual water, as opposed to broth or just depending on the water in an ingredient, to achieve this effect.
3. The general rule of thumb is one cup of water per one cup of an ingredient.
A couple of generous dashes of Italian seasoning to enhance the flavor of the store-bought sauce
Pour one of the jars of sauce into the cooker. Put the frozen meatballs on top of the sauce (no need to defrost--trust me, they’ll come out very tender), then dump the second jar on top.
Stir to coat, then lock on your lid.
Set the pressure cooker to cook for twenty minutes. Since we’re talking frozen ingredients here, it will take a while (roughly 30 to 40 minutes, give or take) for the cooker to build up the pressure. Then it has to de-pressurize! So keep in mind that the total cooking time is going to be between 60 and 75 minutes.
Once the cooker signals that it’s okay to remove the lid, do so, and let the meatballs rest for about ten minutes. Give them a nice stir, and you’re good to go.
Serve over your favorite pasta. Add cheese, if desired.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can do the following:
1. First, be sure to scale your sauce and pans as needed for the number of people you’re serving. Depending on the size of your pans and the number of meatballs you’re cooking for your crew, you may need to divide the meatballs into two or more pans. Or, if you’re expecting a smaller group, use half a jar of sauce for the bottom of the pan, and the other half over the meatballs.
2. Get a large oven-safe pan (a big casserole dish is ideal).
3. Dump in one jar of the sauce, spread over the bottom of the pan.
4. Dump in the meatballs, then pour the other jar overtop.
5. Cover with aluminum foil.
6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour.
7. Serve over pasta.

JOHN’S ‘TOON PLAYLIST
The Merrie Melodies / Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Brothers is famous for its creative use of classical music, and for decades was the first introduction to classical music that American children had. John decided to put together a playlist to run while we were playing Steve Jackson Games’ ‘Toon, and we provide the list of tracks below. It is 9 1/2 hours of music.  Enjoy!
1. Strauss – Thunder & Lightning Gallop Polka
2. Strauss – Tales From the Vienna Woods Waltz
3. Smetana – From Bohemia’s Fields & Meadows
4. Chopin – Nocturne Op 27 No. 2
5. Chopin – Waltz in D flat Op 64
6. Beethoven – Symphony #7
7. Schumann – Op 73
8. Schumann – Op 56
9. Rossini – Overture – The Barber of Seville
10. Rimsky-Korsakoff – Flight of the Bumble Bee
11. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 1 in G minor
12. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 2 in D minor
13. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 3 in F major
14. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 4 in F minor
15. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 5 in F sharp minor
16. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 6 in D sharp minor
17. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 7 in A major
18. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 8 in A minor
19. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 9 in E minor
20. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 10 in F major
21. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 11 in D minor
22. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 12 in D minor
23. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 13 in D major
24. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 14 in D minor
25. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 15 in B major
26. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 16 in F minor
27. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 17 in F sharp minor
28. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 18 in D major
29. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 19 in B minor
30. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 20 in E minor
31. Brahms – Hungarian Dance No 21 in E minor
32. Rossini – Overture – William Tell
33. Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
34. Wagner – Overture – Tannhauser
35. Wagner – Prelude – Lohengrin
36. Wagner – Overture – Rienzi
37. Wagner – Overture – Das Liebesverbot (Forbidden Love)
38. Wagner – Overture – Faust
39. Wagner – Prelude – Tristan and Isolde
40. Strauss – Where the Lemons Bloom Waltz
41. Strauss – Be Embraced, Millions, Waltz
42. Strauss – Emperor’s Waltz
43. Strauss – Radetzky March
44. Strauss – Austrian Village Swallows Waltz
45. Strauss – Viennese Bonbons Waltz
46. Strauss – Love Songs Waltz
47. Smetana – Vitava – The Moldau
48. Smetana – Vysehrad
49. Smetana – Sarka
50. Smetana – Tabor
51. Chopin – Nocturne No 1
52. Chopin – Etude – Op 10 No 3
53. Chopin – Waltz #5 A flat major
54. Chopin – Waltz #12 F minor
55. Chopin – Walt #7 C sharp minor
56. Chopin – Waltz #8 D flat major
57. Chopin – Waltz #3 A minor
58. Chopin – Waltz #4 F major
59. Chopin – Waltz #8 A flat major
60. Chopin – Waltz #13 D flat major
61. Chopin – Waltz #2 A flat Major
62. Chopin – Waltz #10 B minor
63. Chopin – Waltz #11 G flat major
64. Chopin – Waltz #9 A flat major
65. Chopin – Waltz #14 E minor
66. Chopin – Revolution Etude in C minor
67. Chopin – Waltz in A flat Op 69
68. Chopin – Waltz in C sharp minor Op 64
69. Chopin – Prelude in D Flat Op 28 “Raindrop”
70. Brahms – Waltz in A flat Op 39
71. Chopin – Fantasia in F minor
72. Mendelssohn – Songs Without Words – Spring
73. Schumann – Waldazenen Op 82 No 7  Bird As a Prophet
74. Schumann – Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 54
75. Schubert – Impromptu in A flat
76. Schuman – Kinderszenen Op 15 – Dreaming
77. Liszt – Consolation in E
78. Liszt – Love Dreams #3 in A flat
79. Liszt – Les Preludes – Symphonic Poem
80. Liszt – Tasso – Symphonic Poem
81. Liszt – Love Dream No 3 in A flat minor
82. Liszt – Prelude and Fuge on the name BACH


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AGC Interview 39 (Katanas and Trenchcoats) (29:44)

Carol and Mags talk to game designer Ryan Macklin about Katanas & Trenchcoats, an April Fool’s Day joke-RPG that’s spiraled out of control (and for which Ryan blames Steve Kenson).


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