Tuesday, November 26, 2013

AGC News November 27th 2013 (24:35)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. The TableTop Bump? Some interesting deals for the holidays. Mars Attacks! Get Lucky! Pandemic: The Cure! Nations! Galaxy Trucker and Tzolk'in! Some stuff about monsters... Firefly RPG release schedule! Fantasy Flight and world chess tournament news! Robotech RPG Tactics delayed. Something special for Cards Against Humanity.

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Robotech RPG Tactics Updates (Kickstarter)
Anand Carlsen Video with Commentary
Cards Against Humanity Bigger Blacker Box
Bigger Blacker Box imaged (imgur) (NSFW!)

Friday, November 22, 2013

RPG Buffet 36 (Dark Ages: Inquisitor and Demon: the Fallen) (38:49)

Still getting caught up on the RPG Buffet Year of World of Darkness, this time featuring Dark Ages: Inquisitor and Demon: the Fallen!

Recipes for Dark Ages: Inquisitor

Bouef Bourguignon
3 pounds of beef sirloin cut into cubes
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 slices of bacon, diced
3 - 4 carrots, diced
8 small new red potatoes, unpeeled, quartered
8 - 10 mushrooms, sliced
1 small onion, chopped (or for those with onion allergies, 2 Tablespoons of Hing powder)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup lentils, dry
1/2 cup pearled barley
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups of beef or chicken broth
2 cups of burgundy wine

Coat beef in flour, shaking off excess.  Set aside. Fry bacon in large skillet over medium heat until partially cooked.  Add beef and cook until browned. Layer carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, onion garlic, lentils, and barley in a slow cooker.  Add spices and meat.  Add broth and wine.  Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours or until beef is tender.  Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.

Kae used the recipe posted by Pixar on their site for the movie, and preserved online here. The recipe is by legendary American chef Thomas Keller (influenced by confit byaldi), owner of The French Laundry. Kae says it was a challenge to make, but it was totally worth it!

Mousse au chocolat
Louis pulled the recipe from RPG Buffet episode 15 to make his chocolate mousse.

Recipes for Demon: the Fallen

Homemade Parsnip Fries (from BonAppetit.com)
2 1/2 pounds parsnips or carrots, peeled, cut into about 3x1/2-inch strips
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary, plus 5 sprigs rosemary
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon (or more) ground cumin

Preheat oven to 450°. Mix parsnips, chopped rosemary, garlic, and oil on a large rimmed baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Spread out in a single layer. Scatter rosemary sprigs over. Roast for 10 minutes; turn parsnips and roast until parsnips are tender and browned in spots, 10–15 minutes longer. Crumble leaves from rosemary sprigs over; discard stems and toss to coat. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. cumin over. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more cumin, if desired.

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Dark Ages: Inquisitor (White Wolf)
Demon: the Fallen (White Wolf)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RPG Buffet 35 (Hunter: The Vigil and Orpheus) (38:27)

Still getting caught up on the RPG Buffet Year of World of Darkness, this time featuring Hunter: The Vigil and Orpheus!

Recipes For Hunter: the Vigil
John placed this adventure in the Carpathian Mountains, so the Buffet returned to their beloved Hungarian menu! Please see the show notes for RPG Buffet episode 15 for our Hungarian recipes.

Recipes For Orpheus

Crock-Pot Meat Loaf (from AllRecipes.com)
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
2/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine eggs, milk, bread crumbs, onion, salt, sage, and mushrooms in a large bowl. Crumble ground beef over mixture and stir well to combine. Shape into a round loaf; place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), 5 to 6 hours.

Whisk ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce in a small bowl; spoon sauce over meat loaf. Return to slow cooker and cook on Low until heated through, about 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Garden Vegetable and Bean Soup (From FatFreeVegan.com)
6 cups fat-free vegetable broth (but I used Imagine Un-Chicken broth)
cooking spray
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 large onion, diced
4 teaspoons garlic or four cloves minced garlic
1/2 cabbage, chopped
1/2 pound frozen green beans
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
generous grinding of black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 large zucchini, diced
1 19-ounce can (2 cups) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (may substitute Great Northern Beans or any white beans)

Sauté the carrots, onion and garlic in a large non-stick pot for about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini and cannellini beans and bring to a boil.

Cover, reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the beans are tender. Add the zucchini and cannellini and cook until the zucchini are tender.

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Hunter: The Vigil (White Wolf)
Orpheus (White Wolf)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

AGC 177 November 15th 2013 (Smells Like Potpourri) (1:13:06)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. This was recorded in July, so some of the stuff is a little out of date -- blame Mark for that. The end of a Dresden campaign, and Fae-based food for a Changeling LARP? Peter Capaldi. The main segment: The FandomFest discussion, Kickstarter and the Doom that Came to Atlantic City, and Eureka! And yeah, we missed GenCon. Coming at the end of the year, the Essential Gamers Stuff List!

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A Blog About FandomFest (Kentucky Geek Girl)
The Doom That Came To Atlantic City Timeline (Kickstarter)
TDTCTAC Cancellation Statement (Kickstarter)
Keith Baker Responds
Crytpzoic Saves The Doom! (Keith Baker)
Eureka (Engine Publishing)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:D&D Rules Cyclopedia (Wizards of the Coast)
Carol:Masks (Engine Publishing)
Mags:The Nazi Occult (Osprey Publishing)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

AGC News October 29th 2013 (22:12)

With Mark and Carol. Countersuit ahoy for D&D movies. Wizard World Comic Con adding cities! Fantasy Flight Games Center! New pro Magic rankings. IDW and Pandasaurus. Magic 2013 Gift Box. Denizens of the Underworld. Carcassonne: South Seas. Barnes and Noble Munchkin exlcusives! Legend of the Five Rings: Aftermath! Expanded Upper Deck licensing. Galaxy Defenders! Russian Railroads! Concordia! Quantum! Reaper Bones II! More wargames from Osprey! Showdown for Achtung! Cthulhu! Warmachine High Command. A Dangerous Games Fiasco!

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Reaper Miniatures Bones II (Kickstarter)
Dangerous Games Fiasco Playset (Bully Pulpit Games)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AGC Interview 28 (Legendary Games) (32:18)

Mark speaks with Jason Nelson and Neil Spicer from Legendary Games about the current Gothic Adventure Plug-Ins Print Edition Kickstarter!

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Legendary Games
Legendary Games Pathfinder Books In Print (Kickstarter)
Legendary Games on Facebook
Legendary Games on Google+
Paizo Message Boards
Legendary Games on DriveThruRPG

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

AGC Interview 27 (Divine Instruments) (24:03)

Mark and Carol talk to Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games about the ongoing Kickstarter for the first supplement for Part-Time Gods, Divine Instruments, and points beyond!

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Third Eye Games
Divine Instruments and Beyond (Kickstarter)
Eloy the Saint

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

AGC Interview 26 (Tiny Epic) (13:55)

Chris Heim makes his return to All Games Considered with an interview with Todd Lyles, the creator of the Tiny Epic RPG!

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Monday, August 19, 2013

AGC 176 August 19th 2013 (Popping the Hood) (1:01:18)

ith Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. This was recorded in June, and so Mark talks about HyperiCon. RPG Buffets coming, Carol's gaming plans, Mark's adventures with Free RPG Day and a demo of Tiny Epic character creation. DriveThruRPG picks! DriveThru Pay What You Want. Favorite mechanics! This episode should have been named "Unstable Shelf of Anvils." Promo feedback (and send us yours!). Wisdom of the Gamers: Etiquette in mechanics discussion.

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Tiny Epic

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:FATE Core (Evil Hat Productions)
Carol:Leverage Companions Bundle (Margaret Weis Productions)
Mags:RPG Background Loops (Plate Mail)

Rhythms of the Dead: The Best of Sudden Death

Monday, August 12, 2013

AGC 175 August 13th 2013 (Hoarders: The Gamer Edition) (55:37)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. This was recorded in June, and thus the references to crazy weather and such. And Carol was at work. Le tarot. Mark did get to HyperiCon -- you'll hear more in 176. Doctor Who casting. DriveThru Picks! Collecting games. The end of the WoD. Why collect instead of play? Evaluating (and culling!) your collection. The Electronic Effect. Genre? Is it wrong not to have D&D in the house? Paying more than cover price. The Bubble (or lack thereof). Feedback on licensed games!

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Tome of Treasures
Jean Wells (Wikipedia)
RPG Collecting.com

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Shaintar: Legends Arise (Evil Beagle Games)
Mags:The Threat Report (Green Ronin Publishing)

Under Discussion
Movie Meltdown

Thursday, July 18, 2013

RPG Buffet 34 (Monte Cook's World of Darkness and Bastet) (22:27)

Only 6 months late on the feed! The RPG Buffet kick of their Year of World of Darkness with Monte Cook's World of Darkness and a Werewolf: The Apocalypse game focused on the Bastet!

The Buffet kicked off the beginning of their Year of World of Darkness with their annual breakfast-for-supper feast. In addition to the usual dishes -— waffles, fresh fruit, bacon -— Kae made a breakfast casserole featured in this YouTube video. You can make it the day before, refrigerate, and then bake in the next day.

8 eggs, slightly beaten
6 slices white bread, cubed
1 lb. browned breakfast sausage
2 cups milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Cube bread and place in a 9 x 13" baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Brown and drain the sausage. Whisk the eggs and then add the milk, cheese, salt, pepper, and sausage. Pour over the bread and make sure that the bread gets soaked with the mixture. You may have to even out the sausage and cheese on the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight or 12 hours. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 40 minutes. Serve hot.

February means Mags's annual Soul Food meal, but one of the Buffet members has switched to a vegan diet! Never fear, Mags found a way:

Brunswick Stew (Vegan) from VegNews.com
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 12-ounce package vegan sausage links, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
2 large white potatoes, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
3-1/2 cups vegetable stock or water
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 16-ounce package frozen succotash
2 to 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 12-ounce package frozen vegan burger crumbles
1/2 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add vegan sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pot and set aside.

Reheat oil in saucepan and add onion, potato, garlic and ginger. Add 1/4 cup of stock or water, cover and cook until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove the lid, add remaining stock or water, and stir in tomatoes, succotash, tamari, mustard, sugar, allspice, hot sauce, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. During the last 10 minutes of cooking time, add reserved vegan sausage, vegan burger crumbles, and Liquid Smoke. Serves 4 to 6.

Collard Greens (Vegan) from VegWeb.com
1 large bunch of collard greens
1 tablespoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon regular salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons of vegan margarine
1 cube vegetarian vegetable bullion
hot pepper sauce or ground cayenne pepper to taste

In a large pot, add approximately 3 quarts of water (more or less depending on how big your collard bunch is). Bring water to a boil, and mix bullion, all salts, and black pepper. Reduce heat and let simmer while you prepare the greens.

Wash greens thoroughly. Strip away stems that run down the middle of the leaf from the greens (tearing them from top to bottom, away from the stems). Stack the leaves together (I found about 8 -10 works) and roll them up, and slice them into 1" slices. Add the stripped and cut greens to the pot. Add margarine and pepper sauce or ground cayenne pepper to taste. Cover pot, and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Preparation Time: Prep 20 minutes, Cook 60 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6-8

Corn Muffins (Vegan) from VegWeb.com
1 cup course whole grain corn meal
1/2 whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup soy milk (or other vegan milk)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 medium apples peeled and grated
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Sift together the corn meal, flours, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.

In a medium sized bowl combine the soymilk with the vinegar and oil. In another separate medium bowl, combine the grated apples with the sugar.

Place the soymilk mixture and the apple mixture in the flour mixture. Stir until combined and all the dry ingredients are wet. The mixture should be lumpy. Put the oven temperature down to 350 degrees.

Oil a big muffin pan or a regular sized muffin pan. Put the batter in the pan and place in oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Eat and enjoy!
Preparation Time: 45 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Mac-and-Cheese (Vegan) from The Sweetest Vegan YouTube Channel.

This Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Recipe was adapted from Healthy Happy Life Fake Out Mac n' Cheese

6 cups cooked macaroni pasta
1 can cannellini beans, drained 
3/4 cup + ¼ cup + ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes 
2-3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp yellow mustard 
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup instant mashed potato (unflavored) with 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons vegan butter, softened
1-2 Tbsp agave syrup
2 Tbsp tahini 
almond milk
2 tablespoons dried parley flakes
½ cup panko breading

Boil Macaroni noodles per the directions on the box. Try to reach an al dente consistency which is about 10 minutes boiling time.

While the Macaroni is boiling . . .

The vegan cheese sauce is really simple. Add all ingredients: nutritional yeast flakes, cannellini beans, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, yellow mustard, pepper, mashed potatoes, water, extra virgin olive oil, vegan butter, agave nectar, and tahini, into a blender and blend until smooth. Add almond milk and continue to blend until desired consistency is reached.

Mix the vegan cheese sauce with the cooked, drained macaroni pasta. And you are kinda done.

But the is an optional step. Turn the oven on medium Broil. Mix nutritional yeast flakes, melted vegan margarine, and panko breading. Sprinkle the bread mixture over the top of the mac and cheese casserole. Place the vegan mac and cheese in the oven until the top is golden brown, about 5 -- 7 minutes.

Low-Fat Chocolate Applesauce Cake (Vegan) from About.com's Vegetarian Food page
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 cups applesauce

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a bundt cake pan. Note: You can use other cake pans, but because this cake is a bit heavy, layered cake pans are not recommended.

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add applesauce and mix well until batter is smooth.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, until done. You can always tell that a cake is finished baking by sticking a toothpick in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, that is, not covered in batter, then your cakes is done baking. Frost, if desired, and enjoy!

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Monte Cook's World of Darkness (White Wolf)
Werewolf: The Apocalypse(White Wolf)
Bastet (White Wolf)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

AGC News July 16th 2013 (17:57)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Sweetpea seeks dismissal of D&D movie suit. Magic 2013 Grand Prix results! Yu-Gi-Oh qualifiers in Chicago. Target Munchkin exclusive, and Chupacabra! WoW Timewalkers loot. Dungeon Twister card game and Mascarade from Asmodee! Canalis from AEG. Relic Runners. Free Pandemic scenarios! D&D Encounters changes. Star Trek Tactics news. Kickstarters! Ravenwood Castle. Ignite Your Spark!

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Pandemic Scenarios (Z-Man Games)
W20: Changing Breeds (Kickstarter)
Gaming Paper Megadungeon 2: Lost Catacombs (Kickstarter)
Fabled Environments High School Floor Plan (Kickstarter)
Ravenwood Castle
Ignite Your Spark Contest

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

AGC Interview 25 (Shaintar: Legends Unleashed) (34:27)

Mark, Carol, and Mags talk to Sean Patrick Fannon about his Shaintar setting for Savage Worlds and the Kickstarter for Shaintar: Legends Unleashed!

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Evil Beagle Games
Shaintar: Legends Unleashed Kickstarter
Shaintar: Legends Unleashed Facebook Page
Suzerain Facebook Page
Shaintar, World of Legends on Google+

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Monday, July 01, 2013

AGC Interview 24 (Rogue Chess) (23:22)

Mark, Carol, and Mags talk to Peter Bryant of Studio187 about Rogue Chess and his current Kickstarter campaign.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

AGC News June 24th 2013 (20:05)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Origins Awards! Charles Ryan to Monte Cook Games! Online Chess going official! The Witches!Buddyfight! Star Trek Catan expansions. Cosmic Encounter and Descent expand as well. Canterbury. Surge making Munchkin Merchandise. Wizards of the Coast news. Beyond The Rim. Iron Kingdoms RPG sourcebook coming. Pacific Rim Heroclix! HobbitClix? The Shaintar Kickstarter! Superfight! Life-sized Life in Japan! D&D Clue!

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2013 Origins Awards Results
Shaintar: Legends Unleashed (Kickstarter)

Monday, June 17, 2013

AGC News June 17th 2013 (42:07)

With Mark and Mags. Ebooks vs Hastings. Million dollar Kickstarters. Chess championships! How does Cards Against Humanity do it? Cryptozoic's Hobbit promo (sorry, this should have been out before this story...) DC Comics Heroes Unite! World War Z! Winter comes to Carcassone. Fallen dungeon adventures. Civilization expansions. Venetia and Blue Max! Stronghold Games releases! Mage Wars expansions. Black Spy. Smash Up goes Lovecraftian! GenCon exclusive D&D Next preview! Game Chef! FATE Core to ship in July! Pathfinder and Paizo licensing! Primeval Thule! Star Trek: Attack Wing, and the Dominion War! Robotech RPG Tactics again! Rebel Minis Spiders! ICV2's look at the top ten gaming Kickstarters, Geek Chic on Shark Tank, and the Diana Jones Award shortlist!

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2013 Game Chef Submissions
Diana Jones Award
Geek Chic on Shark Tank (ABC.com)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

AGC News May 28th 2013 (35:29)

With Carol and Mags. D&D coming back to the silver screen... after a long fight, maybe? Game Tiles Kickstarter. Tabletop Design Deathmatch! GameStop picking up tabletop games. Warmachine goes deckbuilding! Pandemic expansions. Catan: Explorers and Pirates goes 6-player. FFG's Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation! New games from Z-Man. "The Trouble With A Well Known Character Statblocking Contest." Firefly and Lone Wolf game news. Mars Attacks! Dust! More Star Wars X-Wing ships! Fantasy Gaming Figures. 2013 Student Scrabble champions, and Drunkquest...

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Trouble With A Well Known Character Statblocking Contest (Evil Hat Productions)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

AGC 173 May 23rd 2013 (Licensed for Eight Years) (1:10:00)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. What we've been doing and why things have been weird, dealing with real life, and games and Kickstarters. Carol's List of the last eight year's highlights. Licensed Games. Why don't they do better? Property protection and fan creation. And aside into the Jayne hat controversy. What are you licensing, exactly? Disappointments and favorites.

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Cards Against Humanity
Machine of Death (Kickstarter)
Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
RPGs Are Evil (Kickstarter)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Hideous Creatures: Deep Ones (Pelgrane Press)
Also:Ken Writes About Stuff Subscription (Pelgrane Press)
Carol:Dresden Files RPG: Your Story Kindle/Nook (Evil Hat Productions)
Also:Dresden Files RPG: Our World Kindle/Nook (Evil Hat Productions)
Mags:Spaceship Zero: Slave Ship of Despair (Green Ronin Publishing)

Thursday, May 09, 2013

AGC News May 9th 2013 (24:06)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Origins Awards nominees announced. The end of Marvel Heroic Roleplaying. Hobby game growth! 2013 Mensa Select winners! The return of Cheapass Games! A number of National Museum of Games notes throughout the show. The Fluxx boardgame? Massdrop. Steve Jackson's Shareholders report -- Munchkin and the coming Car Wars Kickstarter! A new Battlestar Galactica expansion! Pat Robertson takes shots at D&D again. Robotech RPG Tactics! Osprey goes steampunk? NYU free game courses this summer!

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Origins Awards Nominations for 2013 (GAMA)
Robotech RPG Tactics (Kickstarter)

Monday, April 22, 2013

AGC 172 April 22 2013 (Conglomeration 2013 Almost Live!) (37:53)

(Mark knows he says 171 in the intro. He was confused.)

With Carol, Steve, the GameKnights, and Guests: Ian "Lizard" Harac and Sean Patrick Fannon! Mark and Marsha had other commitments and couldn't make it, but as they say, the show must go on, and so they left Carol in charge...wooo boy. And let me apologize for the sound inconsistency in the first few minutes - I had some mixing board issues (it was totally a ID10T error, nothing wrong with the equipment). Listen to the introduction of a fledgling game company, and the panel's take on how smartphones, tablets and virtual tabletops impact the hobby. Listen to just a fraction of what ConGlomeration 2013 has to offer: Panels, entertainment, and our amazing guests! Become an attendee and see it live in 2014!

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Apex Magazine
Blackwyrm Publishing
Evil Beagle Games
Mr. Lizard
The Nerdy Times

Monday, April 01, 2013

AGC Interview 23 (Apotheosis Drive X) (29:57)

Mark, Carol, and Mags talk to David Hill from Machine Age Productions about their upcoming game (currently in Kickstarter!), Apotheosis Drive X! And a few other things get bandied about, too...

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Machine Age Productions
Apotheosis Drive X Kickstarter
David Hill's Google+
Mobile Frame Zero

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

AGC News March 19th 2013 (47:09)

With Mark and Carol, Mags is recovering from one of the plagues being passed around the office. Hasbro cuts jobs, Amazon reinstates "Spots The Space Marine", WoTC wants to "Ignite your spark" with the 2014 Magic Core Set, while also getting ready to reprint D&D Classics, ElfinWerks releases three new games, media-licensed properties hit the board game world in force, including Walking Dead, True Blood, Firefly and The Princess Bride! More Cardfight!! The Stand Up Challenge Cup is coming! WizKids has more new releases, including an endeavor with Paizo for Free RPG Day, and an unusual HeroClix set. Fantasy Flight is bringing out an Expansion for Descent as well as a supplement for "Anima: Beyond Fantasy," and they are getting closer to the release of their first Star Wars RPG Rulebook! Look for Pathfinder in your library! WoTC releases conversion notes for D&D Encounters, and Games Workshop's profits are up even as their CEO is out the door. See the trailer for "Ultramarines", recently released!

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Amazon Reinstates Hogarth's Book
Cryptozoic Readies New 'Walking Dead Board Game' For September
'Mystic Warlords of Ka'a' From 'The Big Bang Theory'
Cardfight!! Vanguard' Stand Up Challenge Cup 2013
Firefly: The Game' Board Game
The Princess Bride Board Games
New 'Wonder Pack' for '7 Wonders'
Three New Games from ElfinWerks
WizKids Unveils 'Trains and Stations'
Labyrinth of Ruin
Pathfinder in Libraries
D&D Next' for 'D&D Encounters'
Star Wars: Edge of Empire Core Rulebook
Prometheum Exxet: The Supernatural Artifacts
Paizo & WizKids Team-Up to Unleash Goblin Horde
NECA Gets 'Hello Kitty' License

Thursday, February 28, 2013

AGC Review 8 (FATE Core) (22:20)

Carol looks at the recent iteration of FATE Core. A lot of it is general FATE information that has been out there since Sprirt of the Century, with a little insight to the upcoming book.

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FATE Core (Evil Hat Productions)
FATE Core (Kickstarter)
FATE Core Google+ Page
FATE Core Yahoo Group

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Friday, February 01, 2013

AGC News February 1st 2013 (59:23)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Chaosium's Lynn Willis and Upper Deck's Richard McWilliam pass. Barnes and Noble closings coming after a lean holiday season (other than geeky stuff, that is). Pick a new Monopoly Piece. Pandemic Second Edition! Arcane Wonders Mage War releases. Cryptozoic's ROFL! Z-Man getting Terra Mystica. The Mayfair Cavalcade (Catan expansion, Road Rally USA, and Five Points: Gangs of New York)! Asmodee's Serenissima and River Dragons! Gamewright's Forbidden Desert! The Fantasy Flight Cavalcade (Letters From Whitechapel and an updated Game of Thrones LCG). Cardfight!! Vanguard sneak preview events! Shadowrun plans! Champions Complete! The Return of D&D PDFs, and the networks issues that followed (Full Disclosure: AGC is a part of the DriveThruRPG Affliate Program). Numinera coming to video games! Bioshock Infinite HeroClix! The Kickstarter Free-For-All. Toy Vault making Firefly stuff (including games)! Can you really master games? ICV2's Notables for 2012.

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Lynn Willis' Call of Cthulhu Design Notes (Yog-Sothoth.com)
Monopoly Facebook Page
D&D Classics
FATE Core (Kickstarter)
Rebuilding ENWorld (Kickstarter)
Pathfinder Online (Kickstarter)
Funding The Dream Podcast
DiceCards (Kickstarter)
Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls (Kickstarter)
Cortex Plus Hackers Guide (Kickstarter)
Thematic FATE Fudge Dice (Kickstarter)
University of Louisville USLI High Powered Rocket Kickstarter
Complex Dynamics in Learning Complicated Games (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)

Friday, January 25, 2013

RPG Buffet 33 (Second Helping: The Scion Campaign) (38:14)

It's an Second Helping edition, featuring a real second helping of White Wolf's Scion in the form of John's short campaign. Mags, Steve, Layne, Karen, John, Tanner, and Brandon participated, and are present for discussion.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

RPG Buffet 32 (Witch Hunter: The Invisible World) (22:39)

It's an October-November combo shot, with Mags, Steve (the GM), Karen, John, and Brandon discussing Paradigm Concepts' Witch Hunter: The Invisible World. It was a repeat due to scheduling affecting the October game, and led to a repeat of Chili Night as well.

White Chicken Chili With Chickpeas And Chorizo (from Epicurious.com)
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil (to be divided)
6-8" segment chicken chorizo uncooked casing removed (if using cooked slice into thin segments and add with chickpeas)
1.5lbs. skinless bonless chicken breasts
3/4 tsp salt
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
4 garlic cloves minced or pressed
2 tsp. cumin
2 chipotle peppers chopped and seeded (this will make it spicy, if you dont like spice only add one)
1/4 cup salsa
1 can diced no salt added tomatoes
2 cans chickpeas rinsed well and drained
2 cups great northern beans well rinsed and drained
1/2 cup washed dried and chopped cilantro (or parsley for different flavour)
Low Sodium reduced fat chicken broth (.5 cup... or more if making a soupy stew)

Preheat slowcooker to medium high heat. Add 1 tbsp oil. Add chorizo in managable sized chunks and brown. Remove chorizo with slotted spoon and place on plate over paper towels to soak up excess oil. Add chicken breasts (chorizo should leave some oil in pan but if extra oil is needed add an extra .5 tablespoon or so) brown chicken breasts, remove and place in a pot of boiling water, reduce heat to medim/low and cook at low boil for 12 min. Add remaining oil and once heated add onion and garlic over low heat saute until translucent and tender. Add chipotle and cumin and stir. When chicken is done cooking remove from pot and cool with cold water, shred chicken. Return chorizo to pot, stir, add chicken and salsa. Add rinsed chickpeas, great northern beans, tomatoes, desired amount of broth, half of reserved cilantro (or parsley)cover and simmer 1 hour on low. Add remaining cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.

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Show links
Witch Hunter: The Invisible World (Paradigm Concepts)
Witch Hunter: The Invisible World (Wikipedia)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

RPG Buffet 31 (Transhuman Space) (21:29)

John leads the discussion this time for Mags' run of Transhuman Space, using GURPS Lite 3rd Edition, with Mags, Layne, Steve, Kae, and Brandon.

Stir-fried Beef and Snap Peas from SeriousEats.com

(NOTE: the grocery didn't have snap peas, so Mags used broccoli instead. Also, because we were feeding seven people, I used 2 lbs of steak and 4 packages of Maruchan ramen noodles and seasoning packets.) Toss a quarter pound of thinly sliced flank steak with half of the seasoning packet, then simmer the noodles just until they break apart (don't overcook them!). Drain the noodles and set them aside. In a large wok or skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil until smoking. Add the beef and cook without moving for about 1 minutes until well-browned. Toss the meat a few times. Add a quarter pound of snap peas and stir fry for about 1 minute. Add another tablespoon of oil, the noodles, the rest of the seasoning packet, a couple tablespoons of oyster sauce, and a bit of sugar. Toss until everything is well coated, then plate it up! Top with sliced scallions if your goal is to impress. :)

Asian Ramen Chicken Salad from About.com
2 -3 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts ( depending on the amount of chicken you like)
1 head cabbage, shredded or chopped (John used red and green cabbage)
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped (or to taste)
2 (2 1/2 ounce) packages slivered almonds
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 packages Top Ramen noodles or 2 packages other ramen-type soup
3 tablespoons oil

3/4 cup vegetable oil or 3/4 cup canola oil
4 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
4 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Prepare dressing and set aside. Smash noodles of Top Ramen (discard seasoning packets) and brown over medium heat in 3 tbs oil. Once noodles have begun to slightly brown, add slivered almonds. If you start to brown the Ramen and almonds at the same time, the almonds will burn before the Ramen browns. Once the ramen noodles have turned a dark golden brown, remove from heat and set aside. Combine cabbage, green onions, chicken and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Add the ramen/almond mixture and stir well. Add dressing and stir to coat.

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Show links
Transhuman Space (Steve Jackson Games)
GURPS Lite 3rd Edition (Steve Jackson Games/e23)
GURPS Lite 4th Edition (Steve Jackson Games)
GURPS Lite 3rd Edition Online Character Generator

Monday, January 07, 2013

AGC 171 January 7th 2012 (Looking Back, Looking Forward) (1:10:35)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. Happy New Year, in spite of the Mayans! The Buffet's Card/Board Game Night. Carol's ending Dresden, she swears. Mark contemplates starting some Doctor Who gaming. Looking back at 2012. Hobby gaming continued to grow financially. The game stores that thrive provide a place to socialize--Kentuckiana's local stores do! The (arguably) Golden Age of Kickstarter - variety, creativity, and impact for a long time to come. Wil Wheaton's Tabletop show (Geek and Sundry). The lack of PDFs for major game lines: D&D, Star Wars, The One Ring - the Crew hopes that certain publishers are just looking for the right digital solution. Print-On-Demand support. Gygax Magazine and continued interest in the retro-clone RPGs. James Raggi and the LotFP publishing empire! The Crew contemplates playing some old-school games. D&D Next still generating lots of excitement, while the Pathfinder Juggernaut rolls on. The RPG Buffet's Second Helping of Pathfinder, and Mags's Beginner Box is dusted off. A long, rambling discussion of the overt sexism in the hobby this year: James Desborough and rape, sexism in other parts of geek culture, cosplay harassment, "fake" geek girls, "chicks can't play Magic" (and Carol kicks butt), Mags puts a costume together for Mark, cleavage shots, groping at Gen Con and Conglomeration, a call to the listeners to step up, and a threat from Mark. Rape threats and the anonymity of the Internet. Touching on the Geek Social Fallacies, and how predators exploit them. If you're at a con and see harassment, go get the big guns. Carol's own incident. Respect your players--don't introduce dark plot elements unless the whole group agrees. Palate cleansing--what are we looking forward to in 2013? Carol: running a Changeling: the Dreaming Seven-Years-of-House-Rules LARP for the Buffet, and clings to hopes for a C:tD 20th Anniversary edition (Kickstarter, hear her prayer), FATE Core and Shadow of the Century, Gen Con 2013. Mags: MAGE MAGE MAGE! FATE Core and it going OGL, The Buffet's Year of World of Darkness, perhaps a trip to Origins, 13th Age, Night's Black Agents, Exalted 3e. Topics left? We can start over! Mark: FATE Core, Ogre 6th ed. (Mags wants to witness the arrival of the pallet), Gen Con and perhaps the Gutterskypes getting together, possible LotFP and retro-clone projects. Email Mags at the main AGC address (much to Mark's surprise), Carol is over email
so hit her up on Twitter or Facebook. Carol continues to edit projects, Mark and Mags prepare to nitpick. Feedback: a listener's experience with Transhuman Space. WE HAVE PRIZES! Mark contemplates a Monty Haul-style quiz show, and dodges NPR assassins. Happy New Year, y'all!

NOTE: At 34:10, Mags misspoke and said that James Desborough called Sarah Darkmagic am "odious little toad" alleged that he threatened her and her husband. This was incorrect, as she was confused about the people involved. The alleged threats were made by Garth Michael-Skarka (link). We apologize to Mr. Desborough for the error.

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Show links
Louisville Game Shop
Pet Shop Comics
Empire Comics
FATE Core Kickstarter
Tabletop, from Geek and Sundry
Fiasco RPG
Cards Against Humanity Pay-What-You-Want Holiday Pack (sold out)
D&D Next
James Desborough and rape: Interview with Desborough here, summary here (RPG.Net).
Matthew Sprange's conversation with the person that posted the petition here
Cosplay harrassment at New York ComicCon
Rebecca Watson's Skeptic Elevator Incident
Anita Sarkeesian harassment
Summation of sexist incident at ReaderCon, the Amazing Meeting, and DefCon
"Fake geek girls"
Sexual assault statistics for American women (RAINN.org)
The Open Source Women Back Each Other Up Project & Gentlemen's Auxilary
Overcoming the Bystander Effect (Psychology Today)
Geek Social Fallacies
The RPG Buffet's Year of White Wolf web site

AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark's Pick: Dresden Files RPG: Your Story (Evil Hat)
Carol's Pick: Project Ninja Panda Taco (Jennisodes)
Mags's Pick: Seven Leagues Roleplaying game of Faerie (Malcontent Games)

Cory Doctorow's With A Little Help
Movie Meltdown podcast
Indie Plus Gamenight

Friday, January 04, 2013

AGC 170 January 4th 2013 (The Good, the Bad, the Gaming) (1:03:37)

With Mark and Mags. Mark and Mags discuss the notable games in the RPG collections: the oldest, the most obscure, and more. Also, Mark's new phone, prizes for an upcoming contest, and emails!

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Starships and Spacemen 2nd ed. (Goblinoid Games)
Advanced Fighting Fantasy Quickstart
Highlander: the Gathering fan-created supplement (Hank Driskell and John Gavigan)
It Came From the Late, Late, Late Show (TriTac Games)
Legacy: War of Ages (Battledfield Press)
The Legend of Yore (Visionary Game Design)
Essay: The Legend of Yore: A Fantasy Heartbreaker Story by Brennan Taylor
Night of the Ninja Reality Roleplaying Game (IIE Games Corporation)
Fireborn (Fantasy Flight Games)
Deliria: Faerie Tales for a New Millenia (Laughing Pan Productions)
RPG Buffet review for Deliria (reviews starts at 10:47)
Immortal: the Invisible War (Jikkarro Enterprises)
The World of Synnibarr (Wonderworld Press)
Monkey Ninja Pirate Robot (Atomic Sock Monkey)
RPG Buffet review of Monkey Ninja Pirate Robot (review starts at 13:50)
Cat: A Little Game About Little Heroes (John Wick Presents)
RPG Buffet review of Cat
M-Force for QAGS (Hex Games)
AGC 118: A-Hunting We Will Go
The Rolemonkeys M-Force Episodes
QAGS (Hex Games)
GURPS The Prisoner (Steve Jackson Games)
GURPS Callahan's Crosstime Saloon (Steve Jackson Games)
Nobilis 2nd Edition (a.k.a "The Big White Book") (Hogshead Publishing) - Wikipedia article
Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia (TSR, Inc.) - Wikipedia article
Mage: the Ascension Tarot Deck (White Wolf Games Studio)
Mage: the Awakening Tarot Deck (White Wolf Games Studio)
Ravenloft Tarokka Deck (Arthaus)
Deck of Many Things (Green Ronin)
Fantasy Wargaming - Bruce Galloway, editor (Stein & Day Pub.) - Gronardgia article
More info on Bruce Galloway and the history of Fantasy Wargaming (Swords and Dorkery)
Gamemaster's Hold Music - Video (Sedna Games)
Gamemaster's Hold Music - MP3 Download (Sedna Games)
Achtung Cthlhu (Modipius Entertainment)
IronManMode.com Donate Page (note that the campaign has ended)
Child's Play Charity

AGC's DriveThruRPGPicks for this episode!
Mark: Knights of the Dinner Table #1 (Kenzer & Co.)
Mags: Necessary Evil Explorer's Edition (Pinnicle Entertainment Group)

Babylon Podcast (Far Point Media)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

AGC 169 January 3rd 2013 (Kicking the Starter) (1:22:50)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. Sandy (wow, this is late...). Disney buys Lucasfilm! What we're doing! Leopard Women, an attempt at Mistborn, and more Dresden! Plot variations! DriveThruRPG picks! Kickstarters we've supported. Mark the RPG Hoarder. Kickstarter is not a store! Powerchords, aka our main target tonight. A little glance at what makes a good campaign. Known names, a ready product, stretch goals, target dates. Last things, like Mark watching Cadfael and Elementary. Eureka. Warehouse 13. Revenge. Supernatural. The League. Enterprise. RPG Buffet's Year of World of Darkness!

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Show links
when A Kickstarter Fails, Does Anyone Get Their Money Back (NPR)
Accountability on Kickstarter (Kickstarter)
Kickstarter: Once Bitten, Twice Shy (RPG.net Forum)
What's Your Kickstarter Batting Average? (RPG.net Forum)
Powerchords (Kickstarter)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Apocalypse Prevention Inc Savage Worlds Edition (Third Eye Games)
Carol:Cartoon Action Hour Season 2 Halloween Special (Spectrum Games)
Mags:Time Bomb (Adamant Entertainment)