Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Special Announcement: Beautiful Brains Chat on Thursday, December 29th! (1:46)

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Mags, Carol and Mark will be taking part in a chat over at Beautiful Brains Books and Games this Thursday, December 29th, 2011 from 9pm to 10pm EST! We're looking forward to this, and hope our fans will turn out. We're working on prizes at the moment, and expect a cool conversation otherwise.

Find more information at Beautiful Brains Books and Games!

In the meantime, I expect to have AGC 161 out later this week, and 162 shortly after New Years Day! We'll then be back with new recordings in late January, and would love your input on subject matter for the coming year!

Let us know, join us for the chat, and thanks for listening!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AGC 160 December 20th 2011 (That's a Long Story) (51:18)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. An asteroid missed, Black Friday, and NaNoWriMo. And other stuff. Cthulhu wrapping paper (well after the Kickstarter is closed, but still...). Video on DriveThruRPG (and another probably missed Kickstarter). Oh yeah, Carol isn't here. Preparing for a long campaign! Defining the Long Game, and intentional versus unintentional. A good beginning, and arc planning. System considerations. The Big Boss! Armies and minis? Outlining and design. PC turnover. Player and GM expectations. Epilogues. Famous last words.

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Show links
Midnight Chronicles (Netflix)
The Adventure Funnel (I Waste The Buddha With My Crossbow)

Be sure to check out Gamerati!

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: CORPS Down In Flames (BTRC)
Mags:Dirt Cheep Cityscapes Skyscrapers Basic Set (Microtactix)
In addition:
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising SD (Dead Gentlemen/Zombie Orpheus)
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising HD (Dead Gentlemen/Zombie Orpheus)

The Canon Puncture Show
The Dunesteef

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Twelve Days of Gaming (35:31)

The AGC Trio share some gift ideas, both electronic and physical, for this holiday season!

Music by Kevin MacLeod

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Show Links (By Day)

Future Worlds: Scenery 101 Boxes & Drums (Arid Hills Productions)
Song of Drums and Shakos (Ganesha Games)
Song of Drums and Shakos (DriveThruRPG)
Blowback (Two Scooters Press)

Little Town of Hamlin (Eden Studios)
Little Town of Hamlin (DriveThruRPG)
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising (Dead Gentlemen Productions)
The Gamers: Dorkness Rising HD (DriveThruRPG)
Buckaroo Banzai (Adamant Entertainment)

The Lords of the Night: Vampires (Bottled Imp Games)
The Lords of the Night: Liches (Bottled Imp Games)
The Lords of the Night: Zombies (Bottled Imp Games)
Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (DriveThruRPG)
V20 (White Wolf)

Macho Women With Guns (Mongoose Publishing)
Macho Women With Guns Diet Edition (Mongoose Publishing)
Roller Girls Vs (Hex Games)
Gaming Dice in Chocolate and Sugar

Maidens of Moordoth (DwD Studios)
Mother's Milk (Khepera Publishing)
Legend of the Five Rings 4th Edition (Alderac Entertainment Group)
The Bones (Gameplaywright)
The Bones (DriveThruRPG)

Swansong (Prince of Darkness Games)
Swansong (DriveThruRPG)
Pirate vs Pirate (Out of the Box Publishing)
Space 1889: Red Sands (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)
Space 1889: Red Sands (DriveThruRPG)

Wonderland No More: The Egg of Seven Parts (Triple Ace Games)
Egg of Seven Parts (DriveThruRPG)
Fiasco (Bully Pulpit Games)
Fiasco (DriveThruRPG)
Pathfinder Box Set (Paizo Publishing)

Loot 4 Less Vol. 2: Pretty, Pretty, Rings (Super Genius Games)
The One Ring (Cubicle 7)
The One Ring (DriveThruRPG)
The Dresden Files RPG (Evil Hat Productions)
The Dresden Files RPG Bundle (DriveThruRPG)

Birds (Columbia Games)
Birds (DriveThruRPG))
Red Dragon Inn (Slugfest Games)

Chickens in the Mist (12 to Midnight)
10 Days in Europe (Out of the Box Publishing)
Heroica (Lego)

Miss Adelaide's Soiled Doves (Expeditious Retreat Press)
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork (Mayfair Games -- Thought we said Treefrog in the show, this is still the Martin Wallace design)
Savage Worlds Action and Adventure Decks (Studio 2)

Treetop Village (0One Games)
Fringeworthy (Tri Tac Games)
EZ PDF Reader (Android Market)

Monday, December 12, 2011

AGC 159 December 12th 2011 (Good Night Everybody!) (1:10:16)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. We're here, and have a topic! Updates, and the RPG Buffet calendar for 2012! iPhone, Android, and V20, and notes on notetaking. A new podcast (well, it was when we recorded): Law of the Geek! And other podcasts Mark has picked up. Wow, this took a while to release... DriveThruRPG Picks! Fabled Environment's Provincial Hotel review (and further discussion of using maps and the like in a game). Past Mark (looking for a past podcast mascot) kills Current Mark to introduce our Temporal Shenanigans topic for the night. Paradoxes? Immutable past? Alternate histories? PCs meeting themselves? Past PCs vs Future PCs? Replays and prophecies. Flashbacks and memories. A game modeled on Cryptonomicon. Time is like a piece of stream. Rescuing Current Mark. A post-credits gaming story.

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Show links
Deliria: Goblin Markets (Quiet Thunder Productions)
Law of the Geek Podcast
Geek Love Radio
How Did This Get Made?
Modern Floorplans: Hotel (Fabled Environments)
Wikihistory (Abyss and Apex)

Be sure to check out Gamerati!

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Lacuna Part 1 (second attempt) (Memento Mori Theatricks)
Carol:Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition (White Wolf)
Mags:Toxic Bag Productions Sound Effects

Adventures of Indiana Jim
The Gutter Skypes
Nerdbound Podcast

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

AGC News December 6th 2011 (24:45)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Pathfinder MMO coming! Barnes and Noble increasing Toy and Game sections for the holidays. Changes in Magic World Championships under fire, but the game enjoys increased playership. Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre coming from Cryptozoic. Cryptozoic had Walking Dead boardgame demos last weekend. Days of Wonder's iPhone version of Ticket to Ride. Upper Deck's Marvel game, Slingers. Hero Games cutting back. Golden Geek Awards and OGGIEs announced! Isles of the Shackles coming in 2012. Geek Chic's Locus.

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Magic Petition (
The Persian Incursion (Foriegn Policy)
Locus (Geek Chic)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

RPG Buffet 22 (Wraith: The Oblivion and Justice Inc) (42:18)

Apologies for the clipping on this episode. There wasn't much I could do about it. (Oddly, it's not as obvious in the 24kbps version, so if you can stand the lower bitrate...)

Mags, Kae, John, Steve, and Laine talk about the October and November outings for the RPG Buffet, Wraith: The Oblivion, and Justice Inc!

No recipe for Wraith (October) but for Justice, Inc. (November), we checked out some Depression-era recipes:

Meatloaf Muffins (from
Servings: 4 mini loaves
Serving Size: 1 loaf
Calories: 221.3 Fat: 4.6 g • Carbs: 14.1 g • Fiber: 1.2 g • Protein: 28.9 g

1/2 small onion, minced
1 tsp olive oil
1.3 lb 99% lean ground turkey
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup ketchup + 2 tbsp
2 tsp worcesterchire sauce
1 large egg
1 tsp marjoram

Preheat the oven to 350°. Saute olive oil and onion on low until translucent. In a medium bowl, mix turkey, onion, oatmeal, egg, ketchup, salt and marjoram. Divide into four equal loafs and place each loaf into a non stick mini loaf pan or shape into small loafs on an un-greased nonstick baking pan. In a small cup mix remaining 2 tbsp ketchup with worcesterchire sauce and brush onto each loaf to give it a nice glaze. Bake uncovered for about 40 minutes at 350°. After baking let it sit for 5 minutes serving.

Mock Apple Pie (from

2 cups sugar
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1-3/4 cups water
Zest and 2 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon
1 pkg. (14.1 oz.) ready-to-use refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)
36 RITZ Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1-3/4 cups)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Mix sugar and cream of tartar in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Bring to boil on high heat; simmer on low heat 5 min. or until mixture is reduced to 1-1/2 cups. Stir in zest and juice; cool 30 min. Heat oven to 425°F. Roll out 1 crust on lightly floured surface to 11-inch circle; place in 9-inch pie plate. Place cracker crumbs in crust. Pour sugar syrup over crumbs; top with butter and cinnamon. Roll out remaining crust to 10-inch circle; place over pie. Seal and flute edge. Cut several slits in top crust to permit steam to escape. Bake 30 to 35 min. or until golden brown. Cool. Enjoy this mock apple pie treat but be mindful of the serving size.

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Show links
Wraith: The Oblivion (White Wolf/Wikipedia)
Justice, Inc (Hero Games/Wikipedia)

Solid Symbols

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

AGC Interview 13 (Hex Games) (44:35)

Mags and Carol talk to Steve Johnson, Leighton Connor, and Colin Thomas of Hex Games! The beginnings, and first edition. Second edition and the refinement. Influences. Setting work and inspirations. Necro Klepto and Laser Ponies. Challenges, from incorporation to printing and distribution. What's next? Demographics? Inclusiveness?

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Hex Games (QAGS, Necro Klepto, etc.)

d6 Generation
Dragonlance Canticle

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

AGC News November 9th 2011 (24:13)

With Mark and Mags. The summer a good time for game sales! National Gaming Day at Libraries! Cryptozoic has new releases for Penny Arcade and World of Warcraft TCG. White Water from Mayfair. Pathfinder on top. PaizoCon 2012! Macabre Tales. Shatterzone! The Stars Our Destination. John Wick's Big Book of Little Games in preorder. 2011 Deathwatch Adventure Contest! Axis and Allies Air Force! 2011 Windhammer Prize awarded! DIY chocolate dice?

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Show links
National Gaming Day at Libraries
Family and Party Games
NaGa DeMon (
PaizoCon 2011
Macabre Tales (Spectrum Games on DriveThruRPG)
Precis Intermedia (Shatterzone)
The Stars Our Destination (Posthuman Studios on DriveThruRPG)
Big Book of Little Games Preorder (John Wick Presents)
2011 Deathwatch Adventure Contest (Fantasy Flight Games)
Chronicles of Arborell (Windhammer Prize)
How to make your own Dungeons & Dragons chocolate dice mold

Saturday, November 05, 2011

AGC 158 November 5th 2011 (The Missing Player) (58:03)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. There is a Dresden actual play coming! Other gaming stuff. Critical Miss Issue 11. Mark is planning a Rifftrax. A zombie aside based on a DriveThru pick. Reviews! Looney Labs sent in Seven Dragons, IceDice, and Star Fluxx, and Mark got Back to the Future at GenCon. What do you do when players can't make it to the game? Shermageddon! Continue play if you can. NPCing a PC. Calling a reserve player! One shots! Pulling out a boardgame. A mini-review of the Omega Virus. Mags got Freemarket. Mark's Netflix rant, and some outdated commentary.

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Head Games' Mazes and Monsters (Rifftrax)
Seven Dragons (Looney Labs)
IceDice (Looney Labs)
Star Fluxx (Looney Labs)
Back to the Future (Looney Labs)
RPG Buffet reviews Murphy's World

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Strike Legion (JEN Games)
Mags:Shotgun Diaries (John Wick Presents)
Also:Blood and Brains: NCRPC (RPG Objects)
Also:Blood and Brains: NCRPC: Most Likely Scenarios for Reanimation (RPG Objects)

Critical Miss Issue 11
Geek Radio Daily
Narrative Control
Into The Dark
Solid Symbols

Saturday, October 29, 2011

AGC News October 29th 2011 (30:51)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Hasbro 3Q earnings. Kickstarter raises $1.1 million for gaming projects! A World Scrabble Championship repeat. Games Magazine's Games of the Year, including Lemming Mafia. Catan Oilsprings, and the 2010 World Championship in the US! Kingdom Builder. Eaten by Zombies. Designers and Dragons (Note: Mags is a moderator at CCP refocusing, and what White Wolf is doing. Dark Horse doing a Kult comic. New hires at Green Ronin! How not to be parents.

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Fantasy Flight Games Merchant of Venus Statement
Stronghold Games Merchant of Venus Statement
Kult (Dark Horse Comics)
Teen Girl Forced to Wear Armor, Fight Stepfather with Wooden Sword (KING5)

Monday, October 10, 2011

AGC 157 October 10th 2011 (How The Sausage Is Made) (1:25:40)

With Mark Kinney, Carol and Mags. Stuff and such. RPG Buffet Year of World of DarknesS? Thankfulnesses (if that's even a word). ConGlomeration and Fandom Fest dates and locations! The Mags Eye View of GenCon 2011! An aside on women in gaming. Playtesting! Why playtest? The hazards. When are you done? Playing and reading. How do you get into playtesting? An aside about Non Disclosure. Rewards (right?)! The OGGies (we're nominated)! WordQuest! Mark played Gamma World. Imperial Crusade Armada!

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Part Time Gods (Third Eye Games)
Fandom Fest (Under Construction)
Escape From the Aliens In Outer Space
Fortune's Fool (Pantheon Press)
Alarums and Excursions
Vote for the OGGies!
Kobold Guide to Boardgame Design (Kobold Quarterly)
Imperial Crusade Armada (Kickstarter)

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Stars Without Number Core Edition (Sine Nomine Publishing)
Carol:The Widening Gyre (Blackwyrm Games)
Mags:Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone (Khepera Publishing)

Critical Miss Issue 11
Star Trek Outpost
Monkeys Took My Jetpack
d6 Generation

Monday, October 03, 2011

AGC News October 3rd 2011 (22:32)

With Mark and Mags. Toy Hall of Fame news. GenCon expanding the Family Game Area. Coming from Steve Jackson Games! Civilization: Fame and Fortune. Dice of Doom brings us Play A New RPG Month! Monte Cook back at Wizards! New Paizo Organized Play Coordinator. Pathfinder Battles subscriptions! Mark Twain's boardgame, and Monopoly and Settlers in a steel cage!

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Show links
Steve Jackson Games
Sid Meier's Civilization (Fantasy Flight Games)
Dice of Doom Podcast
Getting the Most out of PANRPG (Angry DM)
Untold the Game (Ignitus Innovation)
Tangent: Harvester for Untold/Pathfinder on DriveThruRPG (Ignitus Innovation)
Pathfinder Battles Subscriptions Go Live! (Paizo Publishing)
Mark Twain Invented a Board Game Called Memory-Builder (Mental_Floss)
Getting Back in the Game (Chicago Tribune)

Monday, September 26, 2011

AGC 156.5 September 26th 2011 (The Mags-The-Axe GenCon Interview Special) (42:03)

With Mags. A series of short interviews, including Robin Laws, Margaret Weis, Mongoose Matt, Anthony Gallela, Joe Browning, Graham Walmsley, and Filamena Young. Also, stay past the "credits" for some quick words from the pre-ENnie Awards gathering.

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Show links
Robin Laws
Margaret Weis Productions Marvel Press Release
Mongoose Publishing
Crystal Commerce
The Old School Renaissance Group
Thieves of Time
Filamena Young
Machine Age Productions
Monte Cook
Matt Forbeck
Ed Healy
Atomic Array
Gnome Stew

Monday, September 19, 2011

Additional Content from GenCon 2011!

We have some audio for you from GenCon 2011, now available in our Additional Content section!

First off, Mags recorded a demo of WizKids' board game Star Trek Expeditions.

Secondly, we have a recording of the Action panel hosted by the good folks at Hex Games!

Check them out here!

Mags-The-Axe School of GMing 4 (Pacing) (11:19)

Mags discusses pacing in adventures.

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Show links
Outline of Aristotle's Theory of Tragedy in the Poetics
The Adventure Outline Worksheet (courtesy of Greg Poehline and Guy McLimore)
MacGuffin (Wikipedia)
Dramatic Structure (Wikipedia)
Denouement (Wikipedia)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

AGC News September 10th 2011 (17:08)

With Mark, Carol and Mags. Amazon plans a tablet, and some discussion of what this might mean for gamers. IDW launching a Magic: The Gathering comic. Mayfair brings A Few Acres of Snow to the US! Wings of War goes to Ares as Wings of Glory! Dust Games brings back Confrontation! The World Chess Cup. And an aside at the end about a certain blog post about a certain date...

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A Few Acres of Snow (Mayfair Games)
The World Chess Cup
My Brief OkCupid Affair With a World Champion Magic: The Gathering Player (Gizmodo)

Thursday, September 01, 2011

RPG Buffet 21 (Cold City) (30:40)

Mags, Louis, Brandon, John, Misty, and Kae played the cold war horror RPG Cold City from Contested Ground Studios.

The Cold City RPG is set in Berlin, and so the RPG Buffet decided to explore German food for the evening. John made a Bavarian Pork Roast from with potatoes, Misty bought German bread and a butter kuchen from a local bakery, Mags contributed Pikanter Moehrensalat from, Brandon made both red cabbage and cucumbers with dill from, and dessert was a homemade German chocolate cake made by Kae's mom. We served it all up with German beer that Steve brought, and homemade pear brandy from Brandon's dad!

Pikanter Moehrensalat

A tasty alternative to Carrot and Raisin Salad recipes. This shredded carrot salad has nuts and cheese which are optional, but no mayonnaise. Cayenne pepper gives it a little kick. Makes carrot salad for 2 people.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

2-3 carrots, about 8 oz.
1 small parsley root (optional), not parsnip
1 1/2 T. lemon juice
1 T. flat parsley, chopped, the leaves from 3-4 stalks
1 T. nuts, chopped (hazelnuts, if you have them, otherwise your favorite)
2 oz. hard cheese, cubed (Gouda, Emmentaler, Monterey Jack, or other)
1/3 c. yogurt
1-2 tsp. sugar or other sweetener (honey, agave nectar, Stevia) to taste
1/8 tsp. Cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. salt

Grate carrots (and parsley root, if you can find it) and mix with lemon juice. Add chopped parsley and cheese cubes, if using, and mix. Sprinkle nuts on top. This can refrigerate until the meal is ready. Shortly before you serve salad, mix yogurt with sweetener, salt and Cayenne pepper and mix with carrot salad. Serve cold.

Notes: Parsley root is sweeter than parsnips, the lemon juice will keep it from browning. I have not found parsley root in the stores in the US. If you take this to a picnic, don't mix the yogurt into the carrots until you are ready to eat, otherwise, the yogurt separates and makes the salad watery.

German Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

3/4 cup water
1 small head red cabbage, finely shredded
3 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons butter, divided

Place water in a large saucepan, and stir in cabbage, apples, brown sugar, vinegar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and 1 tablespoon butter. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cover. Simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cabbage is tender. Stir in remaining butter before serving.

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Cold City (Contested Ground Studios)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

RPG Buffet 20 (Dreaming Cities) (16:14)

Mags, John, Brandon, Misty, Louis, Kae, and Steve played the late Guardians of Order's Dreaming Cities urban fantasy RPG.

The Buffet decided to grill out for our Dreaming Cities game, and so we feasted on venison burgers and chicken. Kae made a tasty cold pasta salad with ham, hard cooked eggs, Swiss cheese, and peas recipe from

1 (8 ounce) package small seashell pasta
2 eggs
2 ounces cooked ham, cut into thin strips
1 (10 ounce) package frozen English peas, thawed
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon paprika

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Rinse under cold water, drain, and set aside. Meanwhile, place eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Over medium heat, bring water to a full boil. Lower heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Immediately plunge eggs into cold water. Let cool completely, then peel and slice. In a large serving bowl, toss together the pasta, egg, ham, peas, and Swiss cheese. In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, green onion, mustard, mustard, and hot pepper sauce. Stir until well blended. Pour 3/4 of the dressing over the pasta, and toss to coat thoroughly. Spread the remaining dressing evenly over the top of the pasta salad, all the way to the edge of the bowl. Sprinkle with paprika, cover tightly, and chill 4 hours, or overnight for best flavor.

And Brandon gave us a tremendous vegetable salad.

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Tri-Stat_dx (Dreaming Cities' system) (Wikipedia)

RPG Buffet 19 (Lady Blackbird Redux and Second Helping: Mage The Awakening) (32:00)

Mags, John, Louis, and Layne discuss their replay of Lady Blackbird and a short campaign of Mage: The Awakening for the Buffet's "Second Helping."

Thai Summer Slaw
YIELD: 10 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

3 cups thinly sliced napa (Chinese) cabbage
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow squash
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut zucchini
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut yellow bell pepper
1/2 cup (1/8-inch) julienne-cut seeded peeled cucumber
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup grated radishes
1 minced seeded jalapeño pepper

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon chile paste with garlic (such as sambal oelek)

To prepare slaw, combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl. To prepare dressing, combine juice and remaining ingredients in a small bowl; stir with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Drizzle over slaw; toss well to coat. Serve immediately.

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Show links
Lady Blackbird (One Seven Deisgn)
RPG Buffet Episode 5: Second Helping -- Lady Blackbird
Mage the Awakening (Wikipedia)
Youtube Video for Layne's character

The BaltiCon Podcast

RPG Buffet Promo for 2011 (:35)

Here is another promo Mags produced, this one featuring the RPG Buffet. Let us know if you play it on your own show!

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AGC Promo for 2011 (:33)

Courtesy of Mags, here is a new promo for All Games Considered. Let us know if you play it on your own show!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

RPG Buffet 18 (Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone) (22:02)

Mags, John, Louis, Becca and Steve played Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone from Khepera Publishing and Aethereal Forge. Be aware it's a bit echoey. Not badly, but a little.

And the recipes for this game...

Mediterranean Lamb Stew

3 pounds cubed lamb stew meat*
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 to 3 teaspoons olive oil
2 cans beef broth
1/2 c. chopped onion (or substitute 2 Tablespoons Hing Powder)
1/2 c. chopped celery
1 pound. chopped carrot
3 tbsp. snipped parsley
1 pound petite Yukon gold potatoes, halved
1 can (14.5 ounces) chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup red wine
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 package frozen peas
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons. salt
1 teaspoon. ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bay leaf

Preparation: Coat lamb cubes in flour. Heat oil in large skillet. Brown floured lamb. Transfer lamb to crock pot. Add remaining ingredients except frozen peas. Cook 3 to 4 hours on LOW (or 1½ to 2½ hours on HIGH) or until vegetables and lamb are tender. Add peas and cook for 30 more minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Great served over rice. Serves 6 to 8

*for enhanced flavor, marinade lamb meat overnight in mixture of infused white truffle oil, lemon juice, and snipped fresh rosemary leaves


Spinach Pies

Makes 8-10 Pies

1 pound of prepared phyllo dough
2 packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
4 eggs
1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 cup chopped parsley
1 cup chopped fresh dill or 1 tablespoon dried dill
2/3 lb. butter, melted

Mix the ingredients for the filling (feta, spinach, eggs, parsley, green onions, dill). Put a couple of sheets of waxed paper on your counter. Open the phyllo package and unwrap the dough. Now you must work quickly as the dough will dry out in very little time. Place a sheet of dough on the counter and quickly brush it with some of the melted butter. Place another sheet on top of the first & you're ready to add the filling. Place 2 tablespoons of the filling at the narrow end of the dough and being to roll it up in the dough. Use wide rolls rather than narrow ones. After two rolls, fold one side to the center. Roll one more time and fold the other side to the center, thus giving you a neat package. Continue rolling and place the package, seam side down, on an oiled backing sheet. Brush the top with more butter and continue with the next one.

Bake at 400 for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the pies are a light golden brown. Serve warm.


Greek Green Beans

serves 6-8

3/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 lbs green beans, trimmed
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh snipped parsley, preferably flat-leaf
2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup water
salt to taste (I used about 2 tsp.)

In a stewpot, place olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add onions and cook until onions are soft and maybe getting a little brown at the edges. Then add other ingredients (start with 1 tsp salt for now) and stir well. Turn heat up to bring to a boil, then turn down to medium or a little below, place the lid on the pot and allow beans to simmer for about half an hour. Check their doneness. Greeks, like we US Southerners, like their green beans stewed, so cook until they are pretty soft, then adjust the salt. Opa!

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Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone (Khepera Publishing/Aethereal Forge)

Monday, August 08, 2011

AGC News August 8th 2011 (12:40)

With Mags. Transformers brings Hasbro some money. FFG picks up the Star Wars licenses. Intellectual property disputes and plagiarism. Second Edition Game of Thrones board game coming from FFG. More intellectual propery conflicts. Munchkin: The Guild! NG International liquidating. Diamond to distribute Cryptozoic's The Walking Dead Board Game. Futurama Monopoly. Pathfinder Battles! The Battleship movie trailer. Even more IP dispute.

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Star Wars: X-Wing (Fantasy Flight Game)
Star Wars: The Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games)
Encounters in Intellectual Property (Mad Brew Labs)
Wilderness of Mirrors (John Wick Presents)
Sword Noir (Sword's Edge Publishing)
Paizo Copyright Flap (Geek Related)
Obsidian Portal
Paizo Publishing Community Use Policy
Paizo Publishing Community Use Packages
A Game of Thrones Board Game (Fantasy Flight Games)
CGF sends cease and desist regarding unlicensed version of Glory To Rome (BoardGameGeek)
Glory To Rome Black Box Edition (Kickstarter)
Dice Age (Kickstarter)
Battleship Trailer (Hollywood Reporter)
BattleLore Copyright Infringement and Unfair Competition Suit (Patent Arcade)

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

AGC Extra #36: Hellas Actual Play from GenCon 2010 (3:10:27)

An AGC extra-special Extra! To tide you over while we're at GenCon 2011, here's Mags's recording of our GenCon 2010 Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone actual play session with gamemaster (and game author) Jerry Grayson.

WARNING: This file is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's....

Okay, well, it's not that big. But it is over three hours of audio, coming in at 174 Mb file size for the MP3 (the WAV file was 961 Mb!). So for that reason, we're hosting the file offsite at Mediafire, for you to download at your leisure. Perhaps you'll enjoy listening to it while driving to GenCon, or while re-grouting your bathroom, or during some other time-intensive activity.

Anyway, enjoy, and see you after GenCon!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

AGC 155 August 2nd 2011 (Summer Convention Spectacular!) (1:22:38)

With Mark Kinney, Carol and Mags. From FandomFest 2011! GenCon is coming soon! Gaming at FandomFest (Savage Worlds!). Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition. Blackwyrm debuting books! And the interviews begin! Claude Miles of ConCave and Breakfast Impossible! Jerry Hall from Urban Vikings! John Johnson of Plan 9! Clint Black (Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager) of Pinnacle Entertainment! And, of course, Sean Patrick Fannon of DriveThruRPG, Silvermeet Studios, and Reality Blurs, and Carinn Seabolt of Silvermeet (and a big announcement)!

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Show links
Breakfast Impossible
Breakfast Impossible Facebook Page
Urban Vikings
Urban Vikings Facebook Page
Plan 9
Plan 9 Teaser Trailer
Pinnacle Entertainment Group (Savage Worlds)
Pinnacle Forums
Pinnacle Licensees
Silvermeet Studios Facebook Page
Reality Blurs
AGC 92: Sean Announces His Quest
AGC 97: The Quest Result!

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Our Pick For This Episode:Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition (Pinnacle Entertainment Group)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

AGC 154 July 31st 2011 (Big Money, No Whammy!) (44:50)

With Mark Kinney, Carol and Mags. Maybe not getting caught up as quickly as we'd like. HyperiCon and the renfaire. DriveThruRPG Codes and Picks. A summary of the ENnies predictions (check for the file of our deliberations linked off the side of the website). Rewarding players. Given or earned? Bennies! Success! Treasure! Plotlines! Freebie skills! Horns of Superiority!(?) Some notes on pronunciation. Been to FandomFest, but still do GenCon. And we're not doing Time Travel next time, either. So there.

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Show links
Eloy Lasanta's Blog

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Fiasco Companion (Bully Pulpit Games)
Carol: Instant Antagonist: The Creepy Cottontail (Flames Rising Press)
Mags: Limitless SotC Bundle (Evil Hat Productions)
Also: Spirit of the Century/Don't Rest Your Head Bundle (Evil Hat Productions)
Also Also:Spirit/Diaspora Bundle (Evil Hat Productions)

Weekly Comics Spotlight
On The Edge of Darkness
Nerdbound Podcast

Monday, July 18, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

AGC News July 15th 2011 (22:26)

With Mark, Carol and Mags. Filosophia buys Z-Man Games! Mayfair gets in on the Discworld action! Yu-Gi-Oh North American qualifiers! Field Commander Napoleon. IceDice delays. Evil Hat gets into board and card games. Cookie Fu Clan Fortune Decks. Secret of Monte Cristo and the Action Slide! Uno Roboto. More on Privateer Press. Game Crafter 2.0! The passing of some authors and producers, as well as a gaming tribute to the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

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Show links
Field Commander Napoleon (Dan Verssen Games)
Cookie Fu Clan Decks
Secret of Monte Cristo (Z-Man Games)
Uno Roboto (Mattel)
The Game Crafter
Space Chess (The Space Store)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Audience Suggested Topics: How We've Done So Far

Back in 2009, we received a lot of audience suggestions for show topics, and have been slowly working our way through the list. I thought it might be a good idea to post what episodes have covered which suggested topics. We haven't saved who sent us specific suggestions over the years, so we do apologize for that!

1) Will the box set ever come back? Successful box sets over the years.

We haven't done a specific show about this, but we have mentioned in the past couple of years that box sets are definitely returning to the market (as evidenced by recent releases from WotC and Pathfinder).

2) I would love to get a "Carol-sized" review of early editions of D&D. I know this might be more into Ben's part, but for those of us that started in the hobby in the later '80s and have none of the books, it would be fun to get a better understanding of where we came from.

Carol didn't do it, but the RPG Buffet recently devoted 2010 to a solid year of Dungeons and Dragons, starting with Mark's copy of the old Red Box and finishing up with 4th edition. Mark posted all of the episodes at For a look at D&D from the beginning, check out the episode Mags and RPG Buffet Steve did on early editions.

3) I still want to hear about the rest of the myths.

We talked about myths surrounding dice in one of our episodes--I forget which one, now. We haven't heard a whole lot of myths, so if you know of some we haven't covered, send them in!

4) someone who is returning to RPGs after twenty years, I would like a show about the state of the hobby as it is now. What are the major divisions with the hobby (the most recent episode that I listened to was all about retro-clones, for example), who are the major players, what are the major cons, what are the best systems for people who like space opera? or basic fantasy role play? What online or software support is there for players and GMs in the various systems? Hints and tips to people who are returning to the hobby after being away for a long time--websites to check out.

This suggestion actually had about three show topics in one request: review of the hobby in general, best systems suggestions for newbie/returning players, and electronic support. We did do a State of the Hobby episode that actually helped get us nominated for an ENnie. We've also done AGC #129 - There's and App For That and AGCExtra #37 - The EBook Roundtable. We continue to follow up on these topics!

5) Playtesting. How to playtest a game you're developing. How to be an effective playtest group. Stories about playtesting.

We have some pretty limited playtest experience, but that doesn't mean we can't get some game publishers in here to talk about playtesting. We'll look into it!

6) Healthy snack ideas for the game table.

We'll put this one to the RPG Buffet, since they're the ones who do all the cooking. Mags does have a RPG-themed cookbook review that Mark needs to post....

7) Good pick-up games for when your scheduled game falls through.

There's a lot of options, so we will explore this!

8) Experimental GMing: non-traditional ideas and concepts on h ow to run a game. I've seen a lot of creative GMing techniques and some might work for some groups and not others. Some examples might be letting players play NPCs, starting in media res, not letting players keep track of hit points, etc.

We do talk about a lot of "non-traditional" ways that GMs can interact with their players, but we've never devoted a full episode to it. We should change that!

9) Being a better player: A lot of RPG advice revolved around the GM but the players are just as important to the game. Give ideas on how players can incorporate themselves further into the game.

You want AGC #124 - Hate the Player, Not the Game, where we discuss what it takes to be a good player (and not just in the "brings snacks for the GM" sense).

10) Deep mechanics - taking a mechanic from a game that you analyze. Examples would be rollover, roll-under, aspects (from FATE), dicepools, percentile. What are the benefits and flaws of each system. What games can we find them in and where to they really shine or fail?

...and from another listener:

One thing I would like to hear more about is a break down of basic systems. Rather than individual games using various systems, I would like to hear more about FATE, D6, d20, etc. from a more generic standpoint. I would love to hear about systems that I'm unfamiliar with from a strictly mechanic standpoint and not a plot or thematic standpoint.

This is another topic we may need to go outside #1 AGC Plaza to explore--get a game designer or two in to discuss why they chose certain mechanics, what they like about them, etc.

11) Paulo Freire developed a method of instruction he labeled "critical pedagogy". One of the key points of this pedagogical approach is to have students develop critical literacy, also called "critical consciousness", to be able to critically understand their worl. Can RPGs be used as a tool for developing critical literacy, and would anyone want to play such a game? Socially-aware dark future games like Underground and Cyberpunk are obvious choices for a critical RPG, but games from White Wolf could probably hold their own in this capacity as well.

Carol and Carrin Seabolt talked about this topic at some length in AGC #121 - Happy New Year V.

12) A show where you each extol the virtues of your favorite games: Mags for Mage, Carol for Changeling, and Mark for ?

You know, this is probably a topic we won't so, for the simple reason that we tend to go on about our favorite games in every episode anyway!

13) A show where you each explain why a certain system should NOT be played.

We take the position that (barring statistical outliers such as the F.A.T.A.L. RPG) every system has its fans, and who are we to tell them that they can't enjoy their favorite game? So we probably won't do this one.

14) A show where you trace the history of a particular game (like you did with the D&D retro-clones).

This is a good suggestion--we just have to get organized about it! :)

15) A show where you take control and talk about what is near and dear to you, whether it's gaming or something else.

But...but...but gaming is near and dear to us! That's why we do the podcast!

16) A show where you go into some of the gamer jargon that's around nowadays - like 'metagaming', 'GNS gaming", etc.

I could have sworn that we recorded a show about this very topic in the last year or so. Perhaps it's in the hopper? Will check with Mark!

17) Review virtual tabletop softwar for playing RPGs with your friends that are scattered across the country (or ocean!). Such VTT as Fantasy Grounds, iTabletop, Battlegrounds, d20Pro, etc. and use of Skype or other voice0based programs to communicate with. Throw in some tips for how to record your sessions as well.


Running a Skype game (what to use, what's needed, scheduling tips)

We will get on Carol (AGC's Official Librarian and Electronic Guru) to research some of these.

18) Gaming with family

I think we've touched on this in a few episodes (Carol's a stepmom) and her show The Secret Life of Girl Gamers explored this topic in depth in episode #9, but we've never focused a show on it. We'll see if we can't get some gaming parents into the studio to discuss it!

19) Pirates!

We've talked about doing a pirate episode...we just did a spy one...just have to get organized!

20) Planning for a long game

We're not sure we understand this suggestion. Is this planning for a campaign, or planning for a particularly long single gaming session?

21) You could do a show on games that have a regional connotation that do not take place in California or NYC. For example, the Morrow Project has a large section with the Kentucky Free State.

We're not quite sure, other than listing the RPGs, what we would say about such a topic....

22) Hard-core gamers versus hard-core gamers who are also collectors; people who collect games because they don't get enough time to play; collection references (eBay history, Heroic Worlds by Lawrence Schick, etc.)

We do plan an episode on collection in general, and will be addressing these points.

23) Review of the most popular RPG forums, their benefits and detractions

Mags is a moderator over at RPG.Net, so she may have to bow out of this topic. We can research it!

24) We're all gamers, but we are also split between our various game systems--how to come together. Getting one-system players to try other game systems.

We've touched on this before in various episodes, and Mags has extolled the virtues of one-shot as a possible solution to this problem.

25) Pitching a game to your group. "Nah, I'm not interested in that": How to get the group interested in your game pitch.

This topic may be part of the ongoing Mags The Axe School of Gamemastering series.

26) Gaming controversies

You want AGC #98 - Parental Discretion Is Advised where we cover controversies in gaming. And see also AGC #4 - Gaming Advocacy for a discussion of some controversies and efforts to address them.

27) Geek Social Fallacies

We've talked about these as part of other topics, but in general, the Five Geek Social Fallacies aren't a gaming-specific topic, so we won't be devoting a whole show to them.

28) Getting a game group together; maintain a current game group; adding new members to a current game group.

In AGC #52 - Starting A Gaming Group and Other Things, Mark and Chris Number One discuss starting up a group. In AGC Presents The Mags The Axe School of Gamemastering #3 - Finding Players, we devoted time to round up people to play. Future episodes will address the care and feeding of a gaming group.

29) Hidden gems in the gamer blogosphere

This will probably be addressed when we get together an online resources episode.

30) Giants in the industry (profiling the giants in the game industry: what they've done, where they've worked, future projects)

The thing about giants in the industry? They aren't always available for interviews. :) But we can try!

31) Is the $100 game becoming the standard (FFG Warhammer Fantasy 3rd ed box set) / cost of gaming books over the years (compare the past prices with the present prices, equivalent money over time, etc.).

Game prices affect all of us who love this hobby, and this is a topic that deserves some attention. Will have to research!

32) Introducing people to RPGs

I'm going back through the archives, and I don't see where we've done this as a topic. Let me check with Mark.

33) (from the same listener) Or...Need More GMs - Teaching Player How to GM Games. Growing the base, top ten things every GM should practice.

This is the raison d'etre of the Mags The Axe School of Gamemastering!

In AGC #104 - Crush Your Enemies! Dean Mags presented a lecture on making the jump from player to GM.

In AGC ##109 - Keeping Your Head Above Water, Mags and the gang discussed the fine art of GM improvisation.

In Mags The Axe School of Gamemastering #1 - Organizing Your Notes For A Game, Mags talked about what you might need to have behind the gamemaster screen.

And the three part series about convention gaming (which contains much advice useful for the starting GM) that Mags did in 2009 can be found in these episodes

AGC #99 - Conventions and Bounty Head BeBop
AGC #102 - A Little Spring Cleaning
AGC #103 - 4 Years and Over The Edge

34) The character sheet as a love letter to the GM

We're choosing to interpret this as "how you can use your character sheet to give the GM stories to work with". We'll look at doing this topic.

35) Social Contracts

You want AGC #142 - Taking A Contract Out On Your Players

36) Top Ten Worst and Best Moments in Gaming (industry or play)

We might start doing this as a Year in Review sort of thing.

37) RPG Makeover Segment - pick a game and "fix" it.

Another podcast does the "Pimp My Character" thing, and we didn't want to seem like we were doing anything too close to that...

38) It's Our Story: Collaborative storytelling/storyplaying games/sharing narrative control/shared world and character creation, from around the camp fire to the dinner table.

This is an excellent suggestion, and one we will research!

39) "Failing forward" - John Wick. Discussing player influence over when they fail, and avoiding the Whiff Factor (roling a failure when your character should have succeeded). Plus: in S7S (Swashbucklers of the Seven Skies) earning Training Points for failing. Ways to keep the momentum of a game going forward while complications keep events interesting. Examples: you pick the lock but break a tool, you free the prince but the ogre hears you, you defeat the duke but his niece comes after you in the next campaign.

This is an excellent suggestion, and one we will research!

40) Cookies! Reward systems in RPGs: drama dice, FATE points, and other incentives to do risky, daring, stupid things to obtain goals, advance and entertain your friends.

We just (like, last night) recorded a show about player rewards! Watch for it on the feed!

41) Hey, It's That Guy! Players and NPCs. Generating NPCs. Fleshing them out. Making them matter in games. Who runs or owns them. NPCs as conflict and satisfaction in games.

You want AGC #123 - Non-Playing, with Character.

42) Writing and submitting content (art/story/adventure) to a gaming company.

Mark's the one with experience with this, so we will defer to him

43) Staying Alive: tips for running a long-term campaign.

I think we've done this, but I'm not seeing it in the archives. Let me check with Mark and Carol.

44) Pro and Cons of hacking game systems

We can look at this.

45) Then and Now: what was your first game and what are you playing now?

We can do this, if the listeners don't mind us waxing nostalgic for a bit.

46) (from the same listener) Or, where are they now segment: choose an old game and see where it, the company, and/or the fan base is with the game currently, such as WEG d6 Stars Wars or TORG, TSR Amazing Engine lines, etc.

We can certainly explore researching it!

We appreciate everyone who made suggestions, and we encourage our listeners to keep sending them in. Send any and all feedback to

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

AGC 152 July 12th 2011 (Shaken, Not Stirred... No, Not Like That!) (1:11:55)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. Spies and spy games! A reminiscence of gaming podcast history. Mags' Mage: The Awakening Game. Mags is going to GenCon! There will be a ConGlomeration 2012! FandomFest coming soon! DriveThru Picks! The Microscope pick turns into a mini review. Long promos. Spying! Killer? What makes a spy/espionage story? Spy Games. Not just a modern thing! A few alternate takes. Media selections! A quick mention of The Mutant Epoch. A time travel aside.

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Show links
Microscope (Lame Mage Productions)
Killer! (Steve Jackson Games)
Top Secret (Wikipedia)
James Bond 007 (Wikipedia)
Bureau 13 (Tri Tac Games)
Delta Green (Pagan Publishing)
Conspiracy X (Eden Studios)
Spycraft (Crafty Games)
Cold City (Contested Ground Studios)
Blowback (Two Scooters Press)
Over The Edge (Atlas Games)
Mutant Epoch (outland Arts)

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Microscope (Lame Mage Productions)
Mags: Ninja Burger Bundle (Aethereal Forge)

The Last Guardians
This Just In From GenCon! IndieGoGo

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

AGC Interview 12 (Crowdfunding Spotlight) (52:41)

Mags and Carol talk to Jerry Grayson (Khepera Publishing), Eloy Lasanta (Third Eye Games), David Hill (Machine Age Productoions), and Dave Mattingly (Blackwyrm Publishng) about crowdfunding projects through sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo.

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Show links
Eloy Lasanta
Third Eye Games
Machine Age Productions
Blackwyrm Publishing
Springboard (Through GameSalute)
The Power 19

The Dunesteef
d6 Generation

Saturday, July 02, 2011

AGC News July 2nd 2011 (47:12)

With Carol and Mags. 2011 Spiel de Jahres results! Help the Kids Need To Game project! 25 Billion Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards in existence. Wings of War no longer distributed by Fantasy Flight Games. A Few Acres of Snow. Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan! New D&D board games! Warmachine Battle Box starter set! The Adventurers! 2011 Origins Awards results! Diana Jones Award Shortlist announced! Bill Slaviocsek leaving Wizads of the Coast! Wizards Layoffs. DC Adventures Heroes and Villains Vol I begins pre-orders. A new Iron Kingdoms RPG! HeroClix Online! Nevermet Press seeking fiction submissions! Fugitive, dangers, and Abu Dhabi.

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Show links
Spiel de Jahres 2011 Winners (Wikipedia)
Kids Need To Game (Geekcentricity)
Star Trek Expeditions (WizKids)
A Few Acres of Snow (Treefrog Games)
Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan (Alderac Entertainment Group)
Dungeon of Dread (wizards of the Coast)
The Legend of Drizzt (Wizards of the Coast)
Warmachine Two Player Battle Box (Privateer Press)
The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus (Fantasy Flight Games)
Origin Awards 2011 Winners (ICV2)
Diana Jones Awards
DC Adventures Heroes & Villains Vol I (Green Ronin Publishing)
HeroClix Online (WizKids)
Stories in the Ether, Volume 1 – Open Call For Submissions
Armed, masked role players on a rooftop arrested (The National)

Friday, June 24, 2011

AGC 151 June 23rd 2011 (Roll A Die And Find Out) (56:18)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. 6 years of All Games Considered. So where was everyone last episode? DriveThruRPG Picks, leading to our subject: Randomness! Boardgaming. Character creation (with special attention on Traveller). Lifepaths and other means of background generation. A GM's Best Friend? Tables as instructive text. An aside on the old fashioned Wandering Monster tables. A run through Central Casting. A little bit of feedback. Yeah, keeping things caught up, about that...

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Show links
Blackwyrm Games at IndieAGoGo
Jason Richards Cannot Be Trusted
RPG Buffet Looks At Murphy's World
Central Casting: Heroes Now! (Amazon)

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Vornheim: The Complete City Kit (Lamentations of the Flame Princess)
Carol: The Dad Player Class (Bards and Sages)
Mags: Complete Characters (Jason Richards Publishing)

2011 RPG Survey
Knights of the Night

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

AGC News June 22nd 2011 (26:40)

With Mark and Mags. Former Wizards employee pleads guilty. New Yu-Gi-Oh! logo and mechanics. Looney and Elmore team up for Seven Dragons! Mage Wars! Star Trek Fleet Captains! Devil's Dice! Mayfair Catan licensing! Strasbourg coming to the US! Angry Birds coming to the tabletop. Teaching teenagers about the Electoral College. Topps rumor? Burning Wheel Gold! Cosmic Patrol from Catalyst. The Hellas Action Deck Kickstarter. More about WizKids' Pathfinder Minis and HALO HeroClix! Sorry, you missed Free RPG Day, and I didn't feel like re-editing.

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Show links
Seven Dragons (Looney Labs)
Mage Wars (ElfinWerks/Arcane Wonders)
Star Trek Fleet Captains (WizKids/NECA)
Devil's Dice (Mongoose Publishing)
Strasbourg German Page (Pegasus Spiele)
G.G.'s Red/Blue Electoral College Game (Teacher's Discovery)
Burning Wheel Gold Announcement
Cosmic Patrol (Catalyst Game Labs)
Hellas Action Deck (Kickstarter)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

AGC Review 6 (Dungeon Crawl Classics Adventure Starter and You Geek, They Grok) (20:35)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. Mark talks about Goodman Games' upcoming Free RPG Day (don't forget that's June 18th, 2011!) offering connecting with the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, and E's online dating advice ebook, You Geek, They Grok.

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Show links
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG Adventure Starter (Goodman Games)
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG Beta Rules (Goodman Games)
You Geek, They Grok (Geeks Dream Girl)

Into The Dark

Monday, June 13, 2011

AGC News June 13th 2011 (42:25)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Hobby gaming doing well in the first quarter according to ICV2. New Origins dates! Epic Con! Hasbro reorganization. 2011 Spier de Jahres Nominees! Mensa Select games for 2011! Fantasy Flight brings A La Carte to the US. Guards! Guards! Two Walking Dead boardgames on the way! Stronghold finally making it over from Poland. Star Trek Deck Building Game from Bandai. Interesting news on 2012 Magic The Gathering: Duel of the Planeswalkers! Munchkin: Axe Cop! Pirate Flux, coming to a bookstore near you! Dungeons and Dragons Lair Assault! Neverwinter Campaign Guide coming soon! Pathfinder gets a beginner box! Games Workshop raising minis prices, and adding restrictions to sales. Pathfinder pre-painted minis! A Privateer Press production pickle... The Bob and Angus Show!

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Show links
Origins Game Fair
Epic Con Announcement (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
Spiel de Jahres Nominees Announced (GameSalute)
2011 Mensa Select Games
A La Carte (Fantasy Flight Games)
Guards! Guards! (Z-Man Games)
The Walking Dead Board Game (Cryptozoic Entertainment)
Z-Man Games (The Walking Dead: The Board Game)
Stronghold (Valley Games)
Star Trek Deck Building Game (Bandai America)
Munchkin: Axe Cop (Steve Jackson Games)
Pirate Fluxx (Looney Labs)
D&D Lair Assault Announcement (Wizards of the Coast)
Neverwinter Campaign Guide (Wizards of the Coast)
Pathfinder Beginner Box (Paizo Publishing)
Pathfinder Pre-Painted Minis Announcement (WizKids Games)
The Bob and Angus Show (Mayfair Games/Pulp Gamer)

Friday, June 03, 2011

RPG Buffet 17 (Lord of the Rings Role Playing Game) (20:28)

Mags, Louis, and Kae of the RPG Buffet gather over skype to talk about their playing of Decipher's Lord of the Rings RPG.

Since we were playing Lord of the Rings, we decided it was time to eat like hobbits. Any fan of the series will tell you that hobbit fare is simple and rustic, with loads of flavor. So, Kae made a mushroom quiche, Brandon did a homemade cake, Louis did mashed potatoes seasoned with chili powder, Mags made gougeres (French cheese puffs traditionally served at French wine tastings), and John did a lentil stew. Steve supplied assorted Blue Moon beers, because of course hobbits do love their ale!

Hearty Lentil Stew
2 cups dried lentils
8 cups water
1 1/2 tbsp. crumbled bacon or bacon bits
2 cups diced ham
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/4 c. chopped carrot
3 tbsp. snipped parsley
1 tbsp snipped cilantro
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried leaf oregano
1 can (14.5 ounces) tomatoes
2 tbsp. wine vinegar

Rinse lentils; place in slow cooker. Add 8 cups water and remaining ingredients except tomatoes and vinegar. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Add tomatoes and vinegar. Turn to HIGH and cook 15 minutes longer, until hot.

Gougeres (French cheese puffs)
From the book Saveur Cooks Authentic French by Saveur Magazine
8 tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
3/4 cup milk
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 cup flour
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups grated comté or gruyère cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine butter, 1/2 cup milk, and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; when butter has melted, remove pan from heat. Add flour all at once and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a thick dough and pulls away from the sides of the pan, 1–2 minutes. Return pan to heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
2. Let dough cool to room temperature, then beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is completely incorporated into mixture and dough is smooth after each addition. Dough should be thick, shiny, and smooth. Add 1 cup of the cheese and beat in until well combined.
3. Spoon tablespoon-size mounds of dough on nonstick baking sheets, leaving about 1'' between each. Brush tops with remaining 1/4 cup milk, then sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Working in batches, bake in lower third of oven until doubled in size and golden, 20–25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Show links
Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

AGC 150 May 24th 2011 (Lamentations of Vornheim) (58:50)

With Mark Kinney, and special guests James Raggi, Zak S., Mandy Morbid, Kimberly Kane, and Satine Phoenix. An unremarked but not unremarkable milestone show wherein we discuss the Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Role-Playing and Vornheim: The Complete City Kit, with asides in artwork and city adventure, as well as a little bit about I Hit It With My Axe.

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Show links
Lamentations of the Flame Princess Weird Fantasy Role-Playing
Where I Read Lamentations of the Flame Princess ( Forums)
Vornheim: The Complete City Kit
Playing D&D With Pornstars
Lamentations of the Flame Princess
I Hit It With My Axe Facebook Page
Sex, Food and Comic Books (Satine Phoenix's Blog)

2011 RPG Podcast Survey
The Tome
3.5 Private Sanctuary

Thursday, May 19, 2011

AGC 149 May 19th 2011 (That Is... Totally Allowed!) (1:12:08)

With Mark Kinney, Carol and Mags. A knitting podcast? Fun and drama, and a donation! The podsting delay shows. ConGlom talk, with gig thanks to the Game Knights, Completely Comics, and DriveThruRPG! DriveThruRPG May Codes and our DriveThru Picks! Yes, it's a later posting than I'd thought it would be. Goodman Games' "Crime Pays." Helping out Crimson Castle (as well as others affected by the tornadoes back in April and May). Allowing things in games. Allowing things in the first place and accomodating players. What to do if it goes wrong? More ConGlomeration talk. Mark nabbed a few things, and a discussion of GM screens. Carol's busyness. First convention games. The GMing seminar. Zendo. Il Troubadour. Tales from the Dead Dog Party. Mags as Moderator. Mags' Sexual Harassment in Fandom panel.

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Show links
The Game Knights Podcast
Completely Comics Podcast
Fandom Fest
Tuscaloosa Tornado Video (Vimeo)
Crimson Castle Chess and Games (DriveThruRPG)
Dawn's Craft and Consignment
Dawn's Dice Bags (YouTube)
Ab3 Collector's Set (
ConGlomeration 2011 Sexual Harassment Panel (UStream)
Con Anti Harassment Project
Back-Up Project
Jim C Hines: Reporting Sexual Harassment in SF&F blog post
The Geek Social Fallacies
Miss Manner's Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior (Amazon)

The Geek Feminisim Wiki's Timeline of Incidents

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark: Happy Birthday Robot! (Evil Hat)
Carol: Dresden Files Case File: Night Fears (Evil Hat)
and Mom Player Class (Bards and Sages)
Mags: Wire to Wire (Two Hour Wargames)

D6 Generation
Solid Symbols

Saturday, May 07, 2011

AGC 148 May 7th 2011 (Live at ConGlomeration 2011!!) (42:03)

With Mark, Mags and Carol at ConGlomeration 2011 with Gaming Guest of Honor Andy Chambers, Anthony Gallela, and the Game Knights! We discuss if video games are encroaching on RPGs, or is there room for everyone at the table, be it virtual or the one in your kitchen. But not everyone sees the merging of online and tabletop aspects together to be as good as Chocolate and Peanut Butter! We talk about the retro-resurgence, the trend of growing interest in Euro games and Facebook games, and some speculation about the future of gaming. We also find out that Carol's puppy-dog eyes do NOT work as an investigative journalistic tactic. Then the Game Knights talk about their Actual Play podcast and the resulting webcomic (The characters who were just fine...until they got a GM!)

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Show links
Bobber Interactive
Crossroads - due out Summer 2011
Deathwatch (Fantasy Flight Games)
Warhammer 40K (Games Workshop)
The GameKnights Podcast

Brilliant Gameologists

Thursday, May 05, 2011

AGC News May 5th 2011 (Bonus Sized Origins Awards Edition) (41:27)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. GenCon Event Registration has opened! Third Eye Games doing (and succeeding) with Part-Time Gods Kickstarter, and David Hill has one for Amaranthine. Updates on DC Heroes and Villains. Infrno's online game convention. Hasbro game sales down. Cryptozoic sponsoring Entrepreneur's Avenue at GenCon! Wizards expanding Wizards Play Network to Magic National Qualifiers. Magic set releasing on Free Comic Book Day, and controversy. Fantasy Flight enters the deckbuilding game arena with Rune Age. Monsterpocalype: Dangerous Monster Zone coming, and going non-collectable! (That and Tim Burton is tapped to direct a Monsterpocalypse movie...) Living Legends updating Villains and Vigilantes. Abney Park's Airship Pirates RPG from Cubicle 7, as well as The One Ring details! Origins Awards nominees, and our picks.

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Show links
Part-Time Gods Kickstarter
Amaranthine Kickstarter
Warner Bros moving some DC Comics jobs to Hollywood (Reuters)
Product Spending And Weak Sales Send Hasbro Profits Down (Forbes)
Rune Age (Fantasy Flight Games)
Monsterpocalypse: Dangerous Monster Zone (Privateer Press)
Living Legends (Monkey House Games)
Abne7 Park Airship Pirates Press Release (Cubicle 7)
The One Ring Press Release (Cubicle 7)
Origins Awards Nominees