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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Scion (White Wolf)

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
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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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

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