Thursday, August 21, 2014

AGC 190 August 21st 2014 (Remembrances, and GenCon Part 1) (38:57)

With Mark Kinney. Mark is training for a new job, so things are changing around here for a bit. Remembering Robin Williams, P.G. Holyfield, and Dave Barrett. Mark does realize the possible tastelessness of basing a DriveThruRPG pick on something connected to the latter of the three -- but there is at least an actual connection there. GenCon -- breaking records, big buzz on 5th Edition D&D, other stand outs? Dark Dungeons came out, too. The interviews! Yumi Hoashi from Konami talks about upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! products and the events at GenCon. Chris Engle from Hamster Press talks about his new games, some artistic stuff, and some specialty games he worked up. Meg McGinley tells us about her recently Kickstarter-funded game Pack the Pack.

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P.G. Holyfield Announcement (SpecFicMedia)
P.G. Holyfield GoFundMe
AGC 132: A Murder of Gaming Ficton
Dead Robots Society
Yu-Gi-Oh! (Konami)
Hamster Press
Pack the Pack Kickstarter
Pack The Pack (Games By Play Date)
Games By Play Date
Meg's Twitter

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Classic Arms Law (Guild Companion Publications)

Friday, August 01, 2014

AGC 189 August 1st 2014 (DND5EOMGWTFBBQ) (1:19:33)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. Mags knows her internet acronyms. A little ENnies talk, with congrats to our fellow nominees. RPG Buffet changes! "Pig roast? Meh." Mark is going to run Doctor Who for the RPG Buffet. DriveThru Picks. An in depth look at Basic D&D. Three pillars of adventure. We keep jumping ahead, on proficiency bonuses and equipment. Character classes and a glance at pseudo-Vancian magic. Mags tells us what she *really* thinks about Vancian magic, and Mark harkens back to 4th edition for his ideal magic. Were some feats folded into character options? Rejecting the gender binary. Ideals, Bonds, and Flaws. Backgrounds. Stuff you can't do yet. Getting into the rules. Proficiency bonus and advantage/disadvantage. Damage and healing. Back to magic. What wasn't in these rules. Is a table of contents too much to ask? Well, it could depend on what you use to read PDFs, too. The potato salad Kickstarter -- what does it mean for us?

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Show links
The Grim Dark Podcast
Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
Numenera: The Signal
Transmissions from the Ninth World
Dungeons and Dragons (Wizards of the Coast)
D&D Basic Rules (Wizards of the Coast)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Doctor Who Adventures in Time and Space Limited Edition (Cubicle 7)
Carol:Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters (Engine Publishing)
Mags:Nobilis: The Essentials Vol 1 (Eos Press)

The Tome Show

Monday, July 28, 2014

AGC Interview 30 (& Publishing) (32:34)

Mark and Carol talk with Bryan Fazekas and Ron Redmond from & Publishing about things Old School, & Magazine and their associated supplements (including Castle Triskelion).

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& Publishing
& Publishing on Facebook
& Publishing on Google+

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Monday, July 21, 2014

AGC News Mid-July 2014 (39:38)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. Cards Against Humanity co-creator accussed of rape. WotC releases 5th edition! Camel Up! wins 2014 Spiel des Jahres, and Istabul wins the 2014 Kennerspiele des Jahres! ENnie nominees announced, and we note a familiar podcast on the list...University Games launches their annual Nat'l Young Inventors contest. Cones of Dunshire comes to Gen Con 2014 (and is Mags ever mad that there's not going to be a home version!). Pokemon World Championships and Symphonies. Cryptozoic and Alderac Entertainment Group enter partnership to co-produce new licensed versions of the Love Letter card game. Famous video game designers have designed Magic: The Gathering cards for the Magic 2015--Core Set. WizKids update on restocks for its Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men dice game. Dueling D&D documentaries. Pathfinder Unchained promises big changes. Inifniti 3rd edition! 'Attack Wing: D&D' Wave 2 update. Tons of product announcements! Why We Didn't Make 'Slash'. LinkedIn Founder Once Obsessed with D&D.

Our review of the 5th edition Basic Rules is coming up, so watch your RSS feeds!

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Max Temkin's statement about the rape accusation

Humanity Against Sexual Assault, where you can find his accuser's statement

Download a free PDF of the Basic Rules for 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons here (WotC)

Official Character Sheets here (free PDF)

ENWorld's free 5th ed adventures here

The Wizard's Amulet free PDF (Frog God Games)

Mike Sley's Lost Mine of Phandelver maps

Board Game Geek TV's gameplay explanation of Camel up! (YouTube)

2014 ENnie Awards Nominees (ENnies)

2014 ENnie Judge's Spotlight Awards (ENnies)

University Games National Young Game Inventors Contest

Parks and Recreation: Ben Plays Settlers of Catan at his bachelor party

Parks and Recreation: Ben invents The Cones of Dunshire (Youtube)

Cones of Dunshire Event Announcement

Can Dungeons & Dragons Make You Successful? (PBS Idea Channel)

Dungeons & Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs (PBS Book Channel)

Nicole Dieker: Why We Didn't Make Slash (BoingBoing)

Slash: Romance Without Boundaries

LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman on His Dungeons and Dragons Obsession (Yahoo! Singapore)

Monday, June 30, 2014

AGC News Early July 2014 (32:14)

With Mark and Mags. 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres winner announced! Universal Horizons attempts to patent game system. WizKids 'Con in Your Store' promotion. Another Cards Against Humanity controversy/ 'Game of Thrones' Writer to pen 'Magic: the Gathering' Movie. Ticket to Ride 10-Year Anniversary Edition now shipping! BOOM! Studios to publish official monthly Munchkin comic book. Asmodee revamps two titles. Limited Edition: Dreadball: Azure Forest coming from Mantis. 'Feng Shui 2' and 'War Prime' coming to Kickstarter. Lots of product announcements! discovers 'The Board Game of Alpha Nerds.' Dragonlance: the Musical --in Russian.

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UH Publishing
UH Publishing's Patent Application
Univeral Horizons Player's Handbook (Bookwire)
UH Publishing's Facebook page
Screencapture of some of the comments deleted from UH Publishing's Facebook page's summary of the controversy
Max Temkin of Cards Against Humanity discusses 'punching up and punching down'
Atlas announces 'Feng Shui 2' Kickstarter
The Game Collective: The Rise Within
Tasty Minstrel Games: Harbour Kickstarter
The Board Game of Alpha Nerds (Grantland)
Dragonlance: the Musical (in Russian)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

AGC 187 June 29th 2014 (Free As In Speech, Not As In Beer) (42:49)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. Needing new microphone cables. Mark makes a clarification. Carol talks about Dresden Lives! Talking about game licensing, open and otherwise. Looking back at the OGL. Probable futures? Book of the Wyrm Kickstarter.

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Dresden Lives (Evil Hat Productions)
Basic Dungeons and Dragons Article (Wizards of the Coast)
Deluxe W20 Book of the Wyrm (Onyx Path/Kickstarter)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Dungeon World (Sage Kobold Productions)
Carol:Fae Noir (Green Fairy Games)
Mags:Atlantis: The Second Age (Khepera Publishing)

The Gutter Skypes

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mags-The-Axe School of GMing 7 (Mmmmm, Fudge) (36:01)

Dean Mags and Professors Mark and Carol talk about fudging rolls: should it be done, who should do it, and why.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

AGC News Early June 2014 (31:46)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags. D&D trial dates and info! 3D Printer Minis from Hasbro? ACD Games Day Up 13%! DragonMeet sold. Ars Technica web site designing board game. What does Cards Against Humanity have to do with weddings? WOTC will release free Basic D&D PDF. D&D Adventurers League launches with new edition with Tyranny of Dragons. Infestation: A Game of Bugs and Heroes RPG from Third Eye Games. Sales of '40k 7th Edition' beating '6th'. Retailers can sell 'Dust' Kickstarter offerings. Lots of product announcements! celebrates forty years of D&D. South Carolina House passes bill legalizing card and dice games. Look out, Australia: here comes Cards Against Humanity!

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Ars Technica Board Game
CNN: 40 Years Later, Dungeons & Dragons Still Inspiring Gamers
Follow-Up: SC House passes bill legalizing card, dice games
Help Create Australian Version of Cards Against Humanity!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

AGC 186 June 12th 2014 (A Game That Wasn't There) (1:10:20)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. Carol's group was selected for the Dresden Lives! Playtest. Carol talks about Sentinels of the Multiverse! Delayed and vaporware games. Inspired by Quantum (and yes, there is a bit of Kickstarter talk here, accordingly). Transparency about delays (noting Robotech RPG Tactics and Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls). Also mentioning Ogre (which came late) and Powerchords (which is still coming...) Guardians of Order and the Tri-Stat Song of Ice and Fire RPG. And more delayed games that saw release, as well as the ones that never did. It's not always the pulisher's fault! Wisdom of the Gamers: Always New Experiences. Requests for the video review show? And will the video show even happen? Mark needs new microphone cables. 9 years of podcasting! Is Mark having a stroke, or merely trying to imitate a party favor? One last reviewer shout out.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse (Greater Than Games)
Check out an excerpt from a never-published Dune RPG (io9)
The Spoony Experiment

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Rod of Seven Parts (2e) (Wizards of the Coast)
Carol:Firefly Echoes of War: Bucking the Tiger (Margaret Weis Productions)
Mags:Fat Dragon Games

Completely Comics

Thursday, May 29, 2014

AGC 185 May 30th 2014 (Origins Stories) (36:25)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. ConGlom for Carol. No videos from Mark yet. An RPG Buffet update. We get a little punchy before getting into the Origins Award nominees! Evolution Kickstarter. The Strange.

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2014 Origins Awards Nominees (ICV2)
Evolution (Kickstarter)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:2012 Star Fleet Battles Master Rulebook (Amarillo Design Bureau)
Carol:Dragon Slayers Fiasco Playset (Bully Pulpit Games)
Mags:Achtung! Cthulhu: Kontamination (Modiphius Publishing)

d6 Generation

Monday, May 19, 2014

AGC News May 19 2014 (35:18)

With Mark, Carol, and Mags.

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2014 Mensa Mind Games Winners:
Gravwell, from Cryptozooic
Qwixx, from Gamewright
Pyramixx, from Gamewright
The Duke, from Catalyst Game Labs
Euphoria, from Stonemaier Games

Kickstarter page for the Asylum Playing Cards that trigged the lawsuit

D20 Attack Combat App from Orc Labs

Nordic LARP book free download, via the University of Tampere

Democratic Congression Campaign Committee's Sick 'N Broke web site

Candidate Jake Rush Defends Role-Playing Hobby

Monday, May 05, 2014

AGC News Late April 2014 (37:51)

With Mark and Mags. RIP Dave Trampier, and AGC's condolences to his loved ones. CCP ends 'WoD' MMO production. 2014 World Chess Championship news!
GAMA Trade Show attendance is up, and results from a global game industry survey. Tabletop's crowdfunding season 3. 'Walking Dead' board game Kickstarter canceled but what about distribution? Update from the million-dollar tabletop Kickstarter project front. WotC's first-ever multiplayer-focused booster set! FFG's 2014 Summer Organized Play Kits. Licensing news from Upper Deck. 'Hanabi' sales top 106,000. AEG's 'Seventh Hero'card game, and another 'Munchkin' expansion. Next 'D&D Encounters' launches May 10-11. Green Ronin releases, including Freeport for Pathfinder! Adventure MAXIMUS! from Eden Studios! 'The Collective' storyline Organized Play for Star Trek: Attack Wing. MERCS Miniatures Kickstarter comes to trade. Monopoly house rules to gain official recognition. Mags and Mark analyze the new official Scrabble word.

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Scott Thorne's announcement about Dave Trampier
Fan-maintained archive of Wormy cartoons
Trampier's Self-Portrait on the AD&D GM Screen
Info on Trampier's Titan board game

Onyx Path Statement on the CCP layoffs : Address for 2013 Game Industry Survey
Indiegogo Fundraiser for wil Wheaton's 'Tabletop' Show

Slate article - "The Surprisingly Realistic Economics of Monopoly's 'House Rules.'"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

AGC 184 April 24th 2014 (ConGlomeration 2014 and More) (1:07:26)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. DriveThruRPG picks first due to battery dying. ConGlomeration talk. Mark's video talk. 9th anniversary and the ENnies. An actual chef at the Buffet? Mark recommends review shows, and Mags talks up her crocheted dice bag. ConGlomeration segment featuring Mark, Carol, Steve, Carinn Seabolt and William Thrasher. What people are doing. Justice in Life. William's LARPs. Giving away Hellas books! Congrats to Max! More general talk about getting started gamin, Justice in Life, LARP resolution, and painting minis.

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Todd in the Shadows
Atop the Fourth Wall
Jeremy Tangman's GoFundMe
Kettle of Fish Productions
The Meddler's Multipurpose Maps: Cavern of The Crimson Cult (Kettle of Fish Productions/DriveThruRPG)
dInfinity Live
Medusa's Guide for Gamer Girls (IndieGoGo)
Evil Beagle Games
Hellas: Worlds of Sun and Stone (Khepera Publishing)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Dork Decade (Dork Storm Publishing)
Mags:RPG Rating System (Critical Hit Publishing)

Star Trek: Outpost

Thursday, April 10, 2014

AGC Interview 29 (Legendary Mythic Mania) (39:57)

Mark speaks with Rachel Ventura and Jason Nelson from Legendary Games about their new Kickstarter for their Mythic level Pathfinder books, the Mythic Spell Compendium, Mythic Monster Manual, and Mythic Hero's Handbook.

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Legendary Games
Mythic Mania: Three Mythic Rulebooks for Pathfinder RPG (Kickstarter)
Legendary Games on Facebook
Legendary Games on Google+
Paizo Message Boards
Legendary Games on DriveThruRPG

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Monday, April 07, 2014

AGC 183 April 7th 2014 (Yeah, That REM Song) (55:02)

With Mark Kinney and Carol. Mags absent leading into Conglomeration. AGC Almost Live! DC goes well, as does Starships and Spacemen, and Mark may or may not be reading The God-Machine Chronicle. The video show development continues. DriveThru picks, into the apocalypse! What is apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic? Apocalypse on the way (aka remembering On The Beach). Existing games, and a couple of general books to help out. Stopping the apocalypse. Mark loves The Omen. Other People's Apocalypses (apocalypsi?). Kickstarters! Mark calls for games to review on the video show while looking for feedback. Accessibility comments. Games! Looking forward to ConGlomeration.

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CORPS Down In Flames (BTRC/DriveThru)
GURPS Y2K (Steve Jackson Games/e23/Warehouse23)
American Blackout (YouTube)
Faire Play Barbie Compatible 3d Printed Medieval Armor (Kickstarter)
1st and Goal Digital Football Game (Kickstarter)
Bethorn: The Plane of Tekumel (Kickstarter)
Jorune (Museum of Role Playing Games)
Ehdrigohr Gazeteer Preview (DriveThruRPG)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Atlantis: The Second Age (Khepera Publishing)
Carol:Tribe 8 Rulebook First Edition (Dream Pod 9)

The Gutter Skypes

Monday, March 31, 2014

AGC 182 March 31st 2014 (D&D Memories) (1:24:25)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, Mags, and Special Guest Husband Steve. A dedication to departed fellow podcaster Derek Rex. Mags' 40K experience. Buffet changes. We have Atlantis: The Second Age! Mags won't be at the ConGlomeration recording. We're doing something for International Tabletop Day! D&D Memories! First encounters with D&D. The Satanic Panic. The cartoon. First games. Making characters. Dragon magazine. Crazy gaming. Tales of dragon slaying. Favorite character types. Injuries. Dan Harmon pitching a D&D movie with Seth Rogan and Patton Oswalt? Mark's movie review show may have a name. QI. Ingress.

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In Memory of Derek Rex (Pulp Gamer)
Atlantis: The Second Age (Khepera Publishing)
International Tabletop Day
The Louisville Game Shop
RPG Buffet: A Year of Dungeons and Dragons
Dan Harmon at SxSW (Youtube)
That Guy With The Glasses (Nostalgia Critic, Cinema Snob, etc)
30 Greatest D&D Adventures of All Time (Grognardia)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:D&D Basic Set (B/X Edition) (Wizards of the Coast)
Carol:Magic of Faerun 3rd Edition (Wizards of the Coast)
Steve: Mutants and Masterminds Supernatural Handbook (Green Ronin Publishing)
Mags:Spelljammer (Wizards of the Coast)
Also:B2 The Keep on the Borderlands (Wizards of the Coast)

The Tome Show

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AGC 181 March 18th 2014 (Off The Beaten Path) (58:08)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. Some highly outdated weather talk. Mark went to ConCave. Mags didn't like her electric bill, but will be trying a 40K game with the Buffet! Settings: Accessable, Marketable, and yet Different? The mechanical side. It even applies to board games! Table-beating feedback. Is Mark going to launch a video review show?

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Castle Perilous
Nyambe: African Adventures (Atlas Games)
Retrospective: Skyrealms of Jorune (Grognardia)
Against The Dark Yogi (Kickstarter)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Hillfolk (Pelgrane Press)
Mags:Ninja Burger the RPG 2nd Edition (Aethereal Forge)
Also:Sathar Destroyer Technical Manual (Frontier Explorer)

The Tome Show

Friday, March 07, 2014

AGC News March 6th 2014 (45:21)

With Mark Kinney and Mags. Posting delayed by internet outages at 1 AGC Plaza. Happy 30th to Dragonlance! Lots and LOTS of Toyfair 2014 announcements, including upcoming games for the Walking Dead, Archer, Downton Abbey, Firefly, Adventure Time, and Doctor Who (which will cost Mark at least eighty dollars). Catan creator gets profiled in the New Yorker. Ten years of Ticket to Ride! IDW Games launches with Kill Shakespeare! New releases from Steve Jackson Games, and Mags is amused at the thought of a pocket edition of Ogre. New licenses for Monopoly in the fall, and expansions for Snake Oil! Sons of Anarchy board game! Crown of Destiny expansion for Descent: Journeys in the Dark Second Edition! Sean K Reynolds Leaves Paizo, putting him within stalking reach of the AGC Crew! Numenera Character Options from Monte Cook Games in May! Modiphius Entertainment signs a star-studded cast of game designers for their upcoming Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edtion RPG! Details on the D&D Minis' Accesory and D&D Attack Wing! New unit cards for Dust Warfare! House of Cards Against Humanity! D&D Most Embarassing Classes?

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IDW's Kill Shakespeare Kickstarter
Sean K. Reynold's blog announcements
Mutant Chronicle Kickstarter (ends March 8th)
New Yorker Magazine Profile ofKlaus Teuber
Cards Against Humanity House of Cards Expansion Set
Cards Against Humanity blog entry on the House of Cards expansion set
io9's article on D&D's most embarassing classes

Saturday, February 15, 2014

AGC News February 15th 2014 (37:56)

With Mark, Carol, Mags, and Special Guest Husband Steve. Wizards response to counterfeiters. GenCon/Mayfair continued co-sponsorship, and the 2014 Charity Partner. New ENnies categories for organized play adventures! Big money in Kickstarters. Lion Rampant's games from Zoch Verlag. Loonacy. Hot Tin Roof. The Furture Card Buddyfight launch event. Firelands for Talisman. Relic: Nemesis. Naruto Shippenden deck building game. Chaosmos. Pagoda and Istanbul (Not Constantinople! -- Sorry) and Valley of the Kings. Akrotiri. Rogue Agent and Voluspa. 40 Years of D&D! Ice-T reading a D&D audiobook? Star Wars: Age of Rebellion. Rolemaster Combat Minion! Orange County Gaming Group and their Kickstarter. Robotech RPG Tactics delayed. Wizkids doing D&D Miniatures! An assist for Torn Armor! D&D Yoga. Jeopardy Game Theory. A Gaming Bar in Toronto.

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Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
ENnie Awards
ICO Partners 2013 Kickstarter Analysis
Official Dungeons and Dragons Facebook Page
Dave Ewalt's Intro to Dungeons and Dragons for New York Magazine
Ethan Gilsdorf's All I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From Dungeons and Dragons
Jon Petersen's video of rare items from D&D's development
Ice-T Baffled By D&D Lingo
Rolemaster Combat Minon App
Role players embark on real-life business venture (Orange County Register)
Center Stage Minatures' promotion for Torn Armor
Lesser Gnomes Games' Torn World Promotion - Use the code BIGMAP in their online store for discounts!
D&D Yoga
Business Insider's story on Jeopardy Champion Arthur Chu
Snakes and Lagers

Thursday, February 13, 2014

AGC 179 February 13th 2014 (The Big Chill) (1:19:21)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. It has been cold, and Canada can have it's weather back. Gaming updates. Distance gaming! An RPG Buffet aside about Carol's Changeling LARP! Mark reviews Machine of Death! Talk of the Firefly RPG! The established character how to play them. Recruiting for the Hellas contest. A test play of Machine of Death.

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Changeling The Dreaming 2nd Edition (DriveThruRPG)
Machine of Death
Firefly RPG (Margaret Weis Productions)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Adventure 3: Trillion Credit Squadron (Mongoose Publishing)
Carol:Shaintar: Legends Unleashed Players Guide (Evil Beagle Games)
Mags:The Flux (John Wick Presents)

Friday, February 07, 2014

AGC News February 7th 2013 (35:59)

With Carol and Mags. Counterfeit Magic card concerns. Magic and D&D movie news. D&D Next release date! TableTop Day 2014 scheduled. Games Workshop sales dip, and coming changes. Mensa Mind Games rules changes! My Little Pony CCG news. Vikings reprint. Twilight Creations releases. Zombies Keep Out! Small World 6-Player expansion. The Witcher Adventure Game. HAWKEN Real Time card game. DC Heroclix War of Light and organized play changes. Tyranny of Dragons and new D&D Encounters. Star Wars Age of Rebellion beginners set! Big sales for Infinity! A new Blue Max! Now you, too, can stump Sherlock!

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Polish Tamales post about counterfeit Magic cards
Warning For Those Who Buy Singles Online (BoardGameGeek)
Create Your Perfect Crime (Gibson Games)

Monday, January 27, 2014

AGC 178 January 28th 2014 (The Big Mish Mash) (2:50:24)

With Mark Kinney, Carol, and Mags. Mark explains the delays as best he can, and how he organized this particular episode. DriveThru picks. Reviews! Carol discusses Third Eye's Top Billing and Mark discusses The Gamers: Hands of Fate (which morphs into gender concerns in gaming). Burnout (which morphs into other things, a confessional by Mark among them). Mags looks at Looney Labs' Fluxx: The Board Game and talks a bit about playtesting Khepera Publishing's Atlantis: The Second Age! More morphing, this into unfamiliar genres. Cerberus Gaming Combine and plagiarism and piracy, oh my! And finally look back at 2013!

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Third Eye Games (Top Billing)
The Gamers: Hands of Fate (Zombie Orpheus/Dead Gentlemen)
Fluxx: The Board Game (Looney Labs)
Atlantis: The Second Age (Khepera Publishing)
Cerberus Gaming Combine posts (Aggregate Cognizance)
More on Cerberus Gaming Combine (Aggregate Cognizance)
The Post Mentioned
Caught Red Handed (NSFW) (Studio187)
So Why Are Some Cloned Games Okay And Others Arent? (Aggregate Cognizance)
MythBusting: Game Design and Copyright, Trademarks, and Patents (US Law) (BoardGameGeek)
Slabtown Games (Storyscape)

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AGC's DriveThruRPG Picks for this episode!
Mark:Doctor Who: The Ravens of Despair (Cubicle 7)
Carol:Doctor Who 11th Doctor Upgrade Pack (Cubicle 7)
Mags:The Esoterrorists Second Edition (Pelgrane Press)
Also:Bad Myrmidon (Neoplastic Press)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

RPG Buffet 37 (Year of World of Darkness Catch-Up) (34:15)

Concluding the Year of World of Darkness, the RPG Buffet discusses Mummy: The Curse, a Changeling: The Dreaming LARP, a crossover game, and Victorian Age Vampire!

When you’re playing a game with mummies, you of course have to go Egyptian-themed with your meal. Dishes that night included hummus, couscous, shawarma, and Egyptian lemonade.

CHICKEN SHAWARMA – serves 6 (from
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (2 large breasts)
1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (4 large thighs)
6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp allspice
3/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of cayenne
Salt and black pepper
Nonstick cooking oil spray

Slice the chicken breasts into 5-6 pieces each and the thighs into 3-4 pieces each. Place them in a marinating dish or large plastic zipper bag.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, the spices, 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper (if you're salt sensitive, use 1/2 tsp of salt). Pour the spice marinade over the chicken pieces. Stir with a spoon till all the chicken pieces are evenly coated in the marinade.

Cover the marinating dish with plastic wrap, or close the zipper bag. Place chicken in the refrigerator and let it marinate at least 1 hour, up to overnight.

Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a skillet on the stovetop over medium. Pour half of the chicken into the skillet and saute for 3-4 minutes till the smallest pieces of chicken turn brown and crisp. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Remove the cooked chicken from the skillet. Heat another 1 tbsp of oil and saute the remaining chicken in the same way. Serve warm.


6 cups water
2 lemons
5 tablespoons sugar or 5 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon orange blossom water

Quarter the lemons. Put the water and quartered lemons in a pot, bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes. Strain into a teapot and stir in the sugar and orange blossom water. Bring to a boil and serve.


September gave us a last burst of warm weather, so we decided to grill out one last time before the weather turned against us. Mags brought marinated pork chops for the entrée.

4 pork chops
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
8 tablespoons butter, melted
8 tablespoons olive oil
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

In a deep bowl, mix all of the marinade ingredients. Marinade chops for at least two hours, then grill.


It’s our annual Chili Night—and Mags forgot about it. Here’s the chili recipe she had planned to make before work destroyed her memory.


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)

1. Preheat slow cooker 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
2. 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 medium/low and cook at low boil for 12 min.
3. Add remaining oil and once heated add onion and garlic over low heat saute until translucent and tender
4. Add chipotle and cumin and stir
5. When chicken is done cooking remove from pot and cool with cold water, shred chicken.
6. Return chorizo to pot, stir, add chicken and salsa
7. Add rinsed chickpeas, great northern beans, tomatoes, desired amount of broth, half of reserved cilantro (or parsley) cover and simmer 1 hour on low.
8. Add remaining cilantro and salt and pepper to taste

“We’re having a Victorian-style tea party!” Kae declared, and to prove how serious she was, she made proper English cucumber sandwiches.

1/2 cucumber, peeled
6 thin slices of good white bread
Unsalted butter, at room temperature
White pepper

Cut the cucumber into slices as thin as you can make them, and put in a colander or sieve. Sprinkle lightly with salt (don't go overboard) and leave for 20 minutes. Taste to check you haven't oversalted them: you can rinse them at this point if so.
Lay out a few pieces of kitchen paper on the work surface, place the cucumber slices on them, and pat dry with more paper.
Lay out the bread and butter each slice generously. Arrange the cucumber on half the slices, overlapping each round, and sprinkle with ground white pepper. Top with the remaining slices.
Pressing down firmly, cut the crusts off, and then cut into neat fingers, triangles or quarters of roughly equal sizes. Serve immediately, with good tea.

2 ¼ cups water
1 whole star anise
1 stick cinnamon
4 cardamom pods, cracked
4-5 black tea bags, or ¼ cup loose black tea
2 cups whole milk or half-n-half
¼ cup sugar
Press the cardamom pods until they crack. Bring the water, tea, star anise, cinnamon, and cardamom to a boil.
Boil for 3-5 minutes until the tea is black and has reduced to about 2 cups. Strain and add the sugar. Add the milk and stir until hot.
Place the used cardamom pods in the bottom of the cups for good friends.
Makes 4 American-sized servings or 12+ Indian-sized servings.

Brandon made Benedictine sandwiches:
Miss Jennie Benedict's Benedictine Spread (from the Louisville Courier Journal)
· 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
· 3 tablespoons cucumber juice
· 1 tablespoon onion juice
· 1 teaspoon salt
· a few grains of cayenne pepper
· 2 drops green food coloring

To get the juice, peel and grate a cucumber, then wrap in a clean dish towel and squeeze juice into a dish. Discard pulp. Do the same for the onion. Mix all ingredients with a fork until well blended. Using a blender will make the spread too runny.

If, like Mags, you don't like the idea of wasting cucumber, simply peel, de-seed, and chop the cucumber, then mix with the remaining ingredients.

Finally, for our Catch-Up Recording Session, Mags cooked lunch for the participants—a vegan chili, and some chicken-based comfort food.

Download 64kbps mp3 (16.4 MB)

Show links
Mummy: The Curse (White Wolf)
Changeling: the Dreaming (White Wolf)
Victorian Age Vampire (White Wolf)