Tuesday, December 30, 2008

AGC 94 December 30 2008 (Happy New Year IV) (2:11:22)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, Mags, and (surprise surprise) Chris Heim. What Chris has been doing. The GutterSkypes are live! Uber-geek Christmas gifts. West End Games news and an Open d6? GenCon registration is coming soon! ConGlomeration news (still need a venue, folks!). 2008 in review. Mark found a lost contest prize from the move ages ago! A Christmas movie aside. A skipped review, and an interview with the crew at Polymancer Studios. Games You May Never Have Heard Of: Reponse to the Redneck controversy and GAMERS magazine. Happy New Year! "Unstructured Time" begins with some GenCon talk. So you want to do a podcast? "Unstructured Unstructured Time" starts with 2009 gaming plans. Parcelling out the review queue. Oh, wait, Mark never got around to his 2009 gaming! Mark reveals the book he'd planned to review for this episode, but for time. Feedback got cut -- look for an Extra. Looking forward to 2009 -- see you there!

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Show links
The Gutter Skypes
West End Games Update
Polymancer Studios
GAMERS Magazine (Currently a wiki page...)


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Hardware, via Radio Shack:
Mixing Board: 4 Channel Stereo Microphone Mixer (catalog# 32-2056). Supports up to four microphones. Requires 9-volt battery (available anywhere) or AC adapter (ask at your local Radio Shack) to operate

Adapter to connect the board to your laptop or desktop's microphone jack: 6-Ft. Y-Adapter, 1/8" Right-Angle to Two RCA
Plugs<(catalog# 42-2483)

Mikes: Unidirectional Dynamic Microphone (catalog# 33-3038) Decide how many you need. As host, you'll have to have one for yourself. Mark and Mags use four--one for the host, and three four guests.

Mike Stand: Desk Mic
Stand (catalog# 33-370).
You need one for each mike.

Mike Filter: Large Acoustic Foam Microphone Windscreen(catalog# 33-4001). You need one for each mike.

Headphones: the ones we use aren't on their web site, but you want something comfortable and noise-cancelling, like these or these.

3-way adapter to hook up headphones to your headphone jack: 6-Inch 3-Way Headphone Y-Adapter, 1/8" Plug to 1/8" Jacks (catalog# 42-2458)

Please note that the above represents a beginner's-level equipment, and while there are other podcast starter kits out there for beginners, this is the only way we're aware of to have this many microphones for this little amount.

Resources on Learning to Podcast:
Podcast Academy
School of Podcasting Morning Announcements How to Create Your Own Podcast - A Step-by-Step Tutorial
How Stuff Works: How To Create Your Own Podcast
Podcasting For Dummies (book)

Other Podcast-Relevant Materials:
Creative Commons
Podsafe Music Network
Podsafe Audio
Podcast Alley's list of podsafe music
sites and (for podsafe sound f/x)
The Internet Archive (for public domain material)
Gear Bag (to haul your podcasting hardware in)

International Detective Dragons From Outer Space
The Game Master Show

Contact Us! (Ben Balestra) (Carol) (Mags) (Contest Address)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

REPOST: AGC 93 December 26 2008 (Playing Catch-Up) (51:21)

With Mark Kinney. News about the New Year Show. Interview with Mark Hooper of Frontier Games about Old Frontiers. RPG Buffet's October selection, Hellsing. An interview with Chad Ellis from Your Move Games and James Bell of Fiery Dragon Games. RPG Buffet's November selection, Dark Ages Vampire. An interview with Chris Engle of Hamster Press.

I didn't find the Chili recipe Mags mentions in that RPG Buffet, but I imagine it will wind up either in a comment here, or over in the forums.

RPG Buffet Spaghetti Sauce:
Sautee' thinly sliced yellow onions (and garlic cloves if you want) until they turn caramel colored (which brings out their sugars), then add tomato paste; cook

Add meat (I prefer a mix of pork and beef ground meat)

Add chopped zucchini, carotts, fresh tomatoes (preferably peeled, but not necessary), red and green pepper, eggplant, and sliced mushrooms.

Add in maybe 1/2 cup of red wine and fresh herbs: thyme, basic, rosemary and bay leaves. Let everything simmer for a while.

Throw in a little more tomato paste until you get the consistency you like. Let simmer for a little while.

Remove leaves, add salt and pepper.

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Show links
Frontier Games (Old Frontiers)
Hellsing (Pen and Paper RPG)
Your Move Games (Battleground and the Battle for Hill 218)
Fiery Dragon Productions (Counterstrike Minigames)
Dark Ages: Vampire downloads (White Wolf Game Studio)
Hamster Press (Engle Matrix Games)

Yog Radio
The Gutter Skypes
Arcadian Gate

Contact Us! (Ben Balestra) (Carol) (Mags) (Contest Address)

Saturday, December 06, 2008

AGC 92 December 6 2008 (12 RPGs with Sean Patrick Fannon) (1:37:02)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, Mags, and Sean Patrick Fannon. Driving in snow transitions into recent GenCon news. An introduction to industry veteran Sean Patrick Fannon, complete with you-heard-it-here-first annoucnements! His Quest. The 12 RPGs All Gamers Should Play Before They Die meme. The Wizards layoffs came over the wire as we recorded. Feedback about Monster Camp -- more gaming movies? Feedback about the Sultan in comparison with other specialized gaming tables, reaction to Red Neck Life, and what about episode 100? ConGlomeration need a venue!

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Sean Patrick Fannon's Quest Links
About The Quest
Sean's RPGLife Bio

Show links
Talisman Studios (Shaintar: Immortal Legends)
Sean's 12 RPGs
Dungeons and Dragons (TSR D&D Archive)
Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (TSR D&D Archive)
White Wolf Game Studio (Storyteller, Minds Eye Theater)
Champions (Hero Games)
Star Wars d6 (Wikipedia)
Star Wars (Wizards of the Coast)
Phage Press (Amber Diceless Roleplaying)
Diceless By Design (Future Amber Publishers)
Deliria (Wikipedia)
Top Secret (Wikipedia)
James Bond 007 (Wikipedia)
Far Future Enterprises (Twilight 2000)
Twilight 2013 (93 Studios)
Kill Puppies For Satan (Lumpley Games)
Paranoia (Mongoose Publishing)
Castle Falkenstein (R. Talsorian)
Mutants and Masterminds (Green Ronin Publishing)
Evil Hat Productions (Don't Rest Your Head and Spirit of the Century)
Legend of the Five Rings (Alderac Entertainment Group)
Pinnacle Entertainment Group (Savage Worlds)
Over The Edge (Atlas Games)
Monster Camp
Uber Goober
Dead Gentlemen Productions (The Gamers)

The DiceCast
International Detective Dragons From Outer Space
Quarter Share

Contact Us! (Ben Balestra) (Carol) (Mags) (Contest Address)