Friday, August 31, 2007

AGC 58 September 1 2007 (GenCon 2007 Part 1) (1:13:00)

With Mark Kinney, Chris Heim, Carol, Clay Karwan, Ben Balestra, Mags The Axe, and Louis. The GenCon Experience! 4th Edition is coming! Fear The Boot presents the ENnies podcasting award, and Dan gives a great speech on podcasting! Ben's GenCon Blurb. Fans? We have fans? The Rolemonkeys and The Game Master Show played Godsend Agenda with Jerry Grayson. The Geeklabel Party. The Paul Tevis Roast. The White Wolf party. Chris got an Official Paul Tevis Cigar Burn. Dancing cages and the people who use them. The After Serenity LARP. Panels and programming. Podcasters, the parties, and the booth. Events we went to, with some location gripes. RPG Buffet: Scion: Hero! Back to GenCon. Demos. Other folks drawn to Indy by the convention crowds. Next time: the stuff we got!

This month, Mags did double-as both GM and head chef, preparing a simple and tasty Chicken and Veggie Lo Mein for the players:

"I call this my Blue Light Special Lo Mein because all of the ingredients came from discount stores. First, I found some food service packages of Soy Ginger Noodles & Sauce from Simply Asia at my local Big Lots. I prepared those according to package directions, then stirred about 2 cups of steamed vegetables from Costco's Kirkland Signature Stir Fry Pack. If you can't find this excellent mix of veggies, you can stir any or all of the following steamed vegetables:

chopped broccoli
sugar snap peas
baby corn
baby carrots
chopped mushrooms
sliced water chestnuts
chopped red and yellow bell peppers
chopped green onions

Finally, I took about 2 pounds of chopped boneless skinless chicken thighs, and sauteed them in peanut oil with a couple of tablespoons of garlic, and seasoned with a tablespoon of La Choy Garlic Ginger Stir-Fry Sauce and Marinade, and a couple of dashes of white pepper and ground ginger. I tossed the chicken with the noodles and veggies, and served it to my players with soy sauce.

"John brought along bread, Steve bought plum wine, grenadine, and orange juice to make plum risers, Brandon contributed a variety of pops, and Louis brought Angel Food Cake so we could celebrate John's birthday."

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Show links
Forum post on 4th Edition OGL
4th Edition D&D Announcement Part 1 (YouTube)
Fear The Boot ENnies Podcasting Speech (YouTube)
After Serenity
Red Shirt Games (d12)
Wandering Geek Podcast
Gamer Chicks Rule
The Game Master Show
Fist Full of Comics (and Games)
The Master Plan Podcast
Have Games Will Travel
The Groovecast
Brilliant Gameologists
Role Playing Public Radio
Pulp Gamer
International Detective Dragons From Outer Space
Scion: Hero (White Wolf Game Studio)
Looney Labs (Zombie Flux)
Hamster Press (Engle Matrix Games)
Cheese Weasel Logistics (Pit Fighter)
The Ashcan Front
Burning Wheel
Hero's Banner
Witch Hunter: The Invisible World (Paradigm Concepts)
Fae Noir (Green Fairy Games)
Mortal Coil (Galileo GameS)
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (White Wolf)
Zendik Arts

Gamers Haven
Accent Your Character
Canon Puncture
Things Are Looking Up

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Monday, August 20, 2007

AGC 57 August 18 2007 (ConGlomeration Almost Live) (49:19)

A special "ConGlomeration Almost Live" co-production between All Games Considered and Green Ring Ethos, with Mark Kinney, Chris Heim, Carol, and Russ Wallace. Fear The Boot's disqualification from the ENnie Awards (complete statement below). Wisdom of the Gamers: Sorry, you can't come back. Crossovers of video games with tabletop games. Convention survival.

Please note that this episode was recorded before the ENnie Award Presentation at GenCon, and look forward to an AGC Extra coming soon following up on this.

The full text of the statement from Fear The Boot:

Before I begin talking about the issue at hand, I would like to start by thanking Mark and the entire AGC crew for giving us the opportunity to state our side of the story. My comments may get lengthy, so I apologize in advance. However, I feel I can't do justice to this situation without covering the material very carefully.

On Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, we released episode 62 of Fear the Boot. Near the beginning of that episode, we reminded people of the ENnie voting that was in progress and requested their votes.

This comment was followed by a series of ambiguous statements about my brother's actions at Microsoft and several jokes about multiple-IP voting. As of today, I regret these comments.

Our show was founded on irreverent humor. However, this was not an RPG but rather a public voting system that stands or falls on the perceived integrity of the system and its participants. So while we were joking, I fully accept that the jokes were in very poor taste. As the man that edits the show, I take full responsibility for what
was released.

A short time later, we recorded episode 63 and released it on Tuesday, July 31st, 2007. At the beginning of that episode, we took the time to explain our comments in episode 62. We made clear that the comments made about my brother implied a form of cheating that never happened -- something I blame myself for not stating more clearly in 62. We also made it clear that our jokes about cheating were indeed nothing more than jokes and plainly stated that we did not even want a trophy that was won through cheating and did not endorse any form of "gaming the system", so to speak. The analogy I used was that it's like playing a game in "god mode". Sure, you'll get to the end, but there's absolutely no sense of real accomplishment. A trophy won by false measures is not recognition of fan support but rather a piece of metal to clutter my mantle.

Unfortunately, it appears this episode was released a bit too late. I was greeted hours later by a letter from the ENnie board, informing me we had been disqualified from the ENnie nominations. I had the option of either withdrawing myself or being publicly kicked out in a matter of days. Obviously, I had no choice but to withdraw.

At this point, let me pause to admit our guilt of two actions and take full responsibility for them.

1. As I stated before, we made some jokes about cheating. They were only jokes -- and I believe that anyone who follows our podcast would have recognized them as such -- but they were still in poor taste, particularly for a contest that rests on the necessary perception of credibility.

2. I also fully confess that some of the hosts (not all) voted once from both their work and home computers.

However, the accusations that we were guilty of sophisticated forms of cheating are patently false. Even more frustrating, we were given no chance to defend ourselves whatsoever.

We repeatedly asked to see the IP data so we could review it. As computer professionals know, there are many nuances to IP addresses that can give the impression of cheating unless very thoroughly examined.

Knowing they would be hesitant to release their data, we also offered to give them the ranges of IP addresses we have access to so they could see whether we did indeed engage in cheating. This offer was never accepted.

My brother went on to tell them that if any of those IPs were from Microsoft, he would like to report them to the corporate offices to track down the real abuser. The abuse may not have been just a crime against the ENnies, but also a violation of their corporate policies.
This offer was also not accepted.

So what do I take away from all of this?

First, I only admit we were guilty of certain actions. Limited as they may have been, they were still wrong, and I have no one to blame but myself. I apologize deeply to anyone I hurt, whether you are a voter, nominee, or ENnie employee.

Second, I feel very stung by the way we were treated. We were offered no chance to defend ourselves. Furthermore, other nominees have stepped forward to admit they are guilty of the same, limited crimes, yet no actions or investigations have been taken against them. My
mother taught me at a young age that two wrongs don't make a right, so I know that the crimes of others do not in any way excuse my own poor judgment. However, it does lead me to question the fairness of their system.

In the end, we recognize that no matter how you choose to view this situation, we are still part of the same RPG community. We believe in and love the same hobby. I would rather see us unite behind that than divide over this ENnie mess.

To that end, I have asked my community to end discussion of this topic and look to the future instead. We have great plans for the future -- as I know many other podcasts and publishers do -- and I want to look there instead of backward. We, therefore, chose to withdraw from the ENnies, and to remain a non-issue for that competition, we will have
no further interactions with them. We will not submit ourselves for nomination in future years or endorse their contest.

To the listeners as a whole, I apologize again for this whole ordeal. I never set out wanting this sort of a fight with the ENnie board or to see this sort of rift form in the RPG community.

To the ENnie board, I want to offer three positive suggestions for next year's competition that will help avoid situations like this again. And please take these as helpful suggestions, not an attack on the current system.

1. Please publish a clearly codified set of rules on exactly what is and is not acceptable, leaving no question about what podcasts, publishers, and voters can say or do, even in jest.

2. Please publish a clearly codified set of procedures for dispute resolution that gives the accused an opportunity to review the accusation and present evidence of their own before simply dismissing a nominee.

3. Please create a voting process that is more transparent to the public, so real cheating will be obvious to everyone while false accusations can be easily refuted.

Thank you again for taking the time to listen to our explanation of this situation. I will not dodge responsibility for what we truly did wrong, but I also ask that you not judge us wrongly by the things we did not do and have not been allowed to defend ourselves against.

Please have a wonderful day and keep enjoying the hobby that brought us all together in the first place!


Moderating Host, Fear the Boot

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Show links
Fear The Boot
ENnie Awards

Green Ring Ethos
International Detective Dragons From Outer Space
7th Son Podcast Novel

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Voice Mail: (206) 339-4AGC
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

AGCExtra 12 August 7 2007 (A Look Ahead At GenCon) (23:43)

With Mark Kinney, Chris Heim, and Carol. ConGlomeration events. What we're looking forward to at GenCon.

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Show links
Qin: The Warring States (7eme Cercle)
GODSEND Agenda (Khepera Publishing)
Pit Fighter: Fantasy Arena (Cheese Weasel Logistics)
Laughing Pan Productions
Changeling: The Lost (White Wolf Game Studio)
Monte Cook's World of Darkness ()
Marvel Heroes (Fantasy Flight GameS)
Stonehenge (Titanic Games)
War On Terror (Terror Bull Games)
Cineplexity (Out of the Box GameS)
Talisman (Black Industries)
Vegas After Midnight
Pelgrane Press (GUMSHOE and The Birds)

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Voice Mail: (206) 339-4AGC
Send us a voice message via Odeo (Ben Balestra) (Carol) (Chris Heim)

AGC Games You May Never Have Heard Of Promo (:35)

A promo for Ben Balestra's segment of the show, with a little added music underneath.

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AGC Promo 3 (1:05)

A just over one minute promo, done with help from Pokey and Orklord from Canon Puncture. This is our preferred promo now, especially with the ending of PodcastPEN making those references obsolete.

And for the love of Ghu, if you're still playing the first promo, please stop and use this one? :D

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Friday, August 03, 2007

AGC 56 August 4 2007 (Son of Big Damn Review Show) (1:06:30)

With Mark Kinney, Chris Heim, Carol, and Ben Balestra. Congrats on a birth. The location of the podcaster gathering at GenCon. Mark mispronounced Qin last time. A Vampire: The Eternal Struggle expansion release event coming in Septemeber. Seeking Star Wars minis. Q-Workshop. A dice episode? Games You May Never Have Heard Of: Battle Dragons! Not Quite A Gaming For Cheap Bastards, But One To Follow Up Later: ICAR! A look (finally!) at Polymancer Magazine. Pieces of Eight. Fantasy Sagas. A note from the Groovecast about the bridge collapse in Minnesota, and a call for Red Cross donations. Carol promises to catch up to email. So does Mark, for that matter. Meet us at ConGlomeration and GenCon.

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Show links
Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (White Wolf)
Spartacus Publishing
Battle Dragons (Spartacus Publishing)
Polymancer Magazine
Pieces of Eight (Atlas Games)
Ironwood Omnimedia (Fantasy Sagas E-RPG)
Twin Cities Red Cross

Accent Your Character
GenCon Indy
Hosting The Kazimeer
Wandering Geek Podcast
The Game Master Show
Twin Cities Red Cross