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D&D White Plume Mountain Notes #17

This episode: THE EPIC CONCLUSION! An unexpected final encounter challenges the party and proves deadly at “High Noon”. How to make an archmage lose their crap. Players quibbling over loot. Shane reveals his lore for the dungeon. The guild comes with a cost. Lycanthropy is a curse, not a disease. Alignment is cosmic and fundamental in Shane’s D&D games. Tips for handling large groups. Cultivating your players as DMs. *Note: This session is almost all homebrew as the official adventure was basically completed last session.

This is a series of Shane’s notes, thoughts and tips for running the classic D&D adventure White Plume Mountain from 1979, converted to 5th Edition in Tales from the Yawning Portal.

Each video follows the most recent session with his group.

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What if D&D Had Never Been Published! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 112

shane plays podcast title 8-12-2017Podcast for the Shane Plays radio show from 8/12/2017:
What if D&D Had Never Been Published!

Highlights: D&D and RPG authors and historians Michael Witwer and Jon Peterson ponder what the hobby and pop culture would look like today if D&D had never been published.

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1:05 PM Central on 96.5 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://965fmtheanswer.com and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher (and other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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Book Deals: Week of August 7, 2017 | Publishers Weekly
(Dungeons & Dragons: A Visual History announcement)
https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/74416-book-deals-week-of-august-7-2017.html

See the D&D Draft at the Gen Con Museum | Playing at the World
http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2017/07/see-d-draft-at-gen-con-museum.html 

TOPIC: WHAT IF D&D HAD NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED?!?

WHAT IF D&D HAD NEVER BEEN PUBLISHED?! That’s the topic this week as we’re joined by D&D / RPG authors and historians Michael Witwer (Empire of the Imagination) and Jon Peterson (Playing at the World) to discuss the impact on RPGs and pop culture in general if this alternate history had unfolded!

Empire of the Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons by Michael Witwer
https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Imagination-Gygax-Dungeons-Dragons/dp/1632862794/

Playing at the World by Jon Peterson
https://www.amazon.com/Playing-at-World-Jon-Peterson/dp/0615642047

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Attack of the Geek Memes IV!

Oooooooooh yeaaahhhh, more geek memes so fascinatingly terrible you’ll want to share them with your friends after your doctor says you’re ready for discharge!

Make sure to check out all the other posts in the Shane Plays memes series.

geek meme godzilla parents tech problem

Gives you a kaiju sized headache

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That lizard’s always had his head in the clouds, I tell ya

geek meme dino thesaurus

That’s a huge vocabulary

geek meme squirrel life debt

You would says it’s nuts if you hadn’t seen it yourself

geek meme fallout logic weapon

That NPC is dogmeat

geek meme what if Skyrim was Fallout

I guess you could say it’s definitely a relationship

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Whoever came up with this deserves to be paddled

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There’s always a smart butt

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Okay make that two smart butts

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Ironically, the trick to staying alive at this point is DON’T BEAT DEATH

geek meme gandalf this is a boss room

It’s hard to pull one over on Gandalf (and he knows where all the power ups are, too!)

geek meme zelda sword is a burden

(and Zelda is just using you, kid)

geek meme pac-man burn monitor burn in

Look below…

geek meme johnny has a 25 cent habit

… for the kid who played all that Pac-Man!

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I wonder if the idea will stick?

geek meme spider man rotten tomatoes

Tobey has the feat of the best Pete

geek meme drunk kirk

So THAT’s how we got JJ Trek

geek meme pretty fly for a white guy

Don’t let it bug you

geek meme never trust elves

Oh look it’s Elrond he’s eating some nice lettu– GREAT GALLOPING GAZELLES!!!

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This could drive you batty

geek meme batman s is for stupid

Bats is a super jerk

geek meme batman you wanna get nuts

This scene finally makes sense

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Credit: Enkel Dika

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Cool mint flavor (won’t disintegrate)

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Obi-Nope-Kenobi

That’s it, another amazing(ly awful) round of geek memes finished! Don’t ignore that itching, burning sensation and the nausea… we advise you to schedule an appointment with your doctor immediately. Tell them you wandered into a wild patch of Shane Plays. After they gasp, they’ll get you fixed right up. (If you made it in time, that is…) 

Sword Coast Legends

Let’s Play Sword Coast Legends Story Mode #45

This episode: We fight a bunch of spiders in the Evermoors, find Rhylfang’s Lair but can’t get in, and stumble across a broken down “hamlet” in the middle of nowhere. Lady Andra seems a mite suspicious.

This a let’s play of the single player campaign of Sword Coast Legends.

Set in the lush and vibrant world of the Forgotten Realms, Sword Coast Legends offers an all-new way to enjoy the time-tested magic of playing Dungeons & Dragons as a shared storytelling experience. With a deep narrative developed by a team of long-time industry veterans and a partnership with Wizards of the Coast, the single player campaign of Sword Coast Legends brings the world of Faerûn home like never before.

https://swordcoast.com/

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Let’s Play Torment: Tides of Numenera #20

This episode: We enjoy some nice combat courtesy a drone with delusions of grandeur in the Anechoic Lazaret, put in a good word for Qorro, enjoy some nice banter between Rhin and Callistege and get reminded that the the Cult of the Changing God may revere me somewhat but they still want to shake me down.

Torment: Tides of Numenera is the thematic successor to Planescape: Torment, one of the most critically acclaimed role-playing games of all time. Immerse yourself in a single-player, isometric, story-driven RPG set in Monte Cook’s Numenera universe. What does one life matter? Find your answer.

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Geek News Tsunami! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 111

shane plays podcast title 8-5-2017Podcast for the Shane Plays radio show from 8/5/2017:
Geek News Tsunami!

Highlights: It’s an all geek news episode with friend of the show Neale Carter.

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1:05 PM Central on 96.5 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://965fmtheanswer.com and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher (and other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ creator, dies at 77 | L.A. Times
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-me-george-romero-20170716-story.html

The Dark Tower 18% on Rotten Tomatoes (63% audience score)
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_dark_tower_2017

The Tick live action series launches on Amazon Prime August 25th | ComicBook.com
http://comicbook.com/tv-shows/2017/04/26/the-tick-amazon-release-date/

Classic Lego Voltron approved for production via Lego Ideas program
https://ideas.lego.com/projects/f9eb3ff9-eff8-42e1-85a5-b7e1107bfedb/official_comments

The First Official DC Comics/Marvel Crossover In A Very Long Time Is For #MakeMineMilkshake | Bleeding Cool
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/08/01/dc-comics-marvel-crossover-milkshake/

Stabbed seven times after a Magic: The Gathering fight | Geek Native
https://www.geeknative.com/59601/stabbed-seven-times-magic-gathering-fight/

Star Trek Continues Episode 09 is out! “What Ships Are For” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VEZH8bqytA

STAR TREK CONTINUES revises the RELEASE DATES for its final two episodes!| Fan Film Factor
https://fanfilmfactor.com/2017/07/29/star-trek-continues-revises-the-release-dates-for-its-final-two-episodes/

Discovery May Be An Official Star Trek Show, But The Orville Could Wind Up The Truer One | Gizmodo
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2017/07/discovery-may-be-an-official-star-trek-show-but-the-orville-could-wind-up-the-truer-one/

Ben Affleck Reportedly Signs Up For DCEU’s Batman Trilogy And A Future ‘Batman Beyond’ Adaptation | Movie Pilot
https://moviepilot.com/p/ben-affleck-signs-up-for-a-new-batman-trilogy-batman-beyond/4336101

There’s an Easter Egg Hidden in the Ready Player One Movie Logo | io9
http://io9.gizmodo.com/theres-an-easter-egg-hidden-in-the-ready-player-one-mov-1797395680

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D&D White Plume Mountain Notes #16

This episode: The party might just end up as hard boiled heroes after a giant crab, a force field, and a boiling lake are finished with them. Does Keraptis return from the mists of legend? The “Indoctrination Center”. The lowdown on the legendary trident Wave. Indiana Jones scenes. Efreetis and the Wall of Fire spell are fun for DMs. Clarifications on moving through another creature’s space. Shane Plays Jr. makes an appearance.

This is a series of Shane’s notes, thoughts and tips for running the classic D&D adventure White Plume Mountain from 1979, converted to 5th Edition in Tales from the Yawning Portal.

Each video follows the most recent session with his group.

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Let’s Play Torment: Tides of Numenera #19

This episode: We have a nice bit of combat and make headway on a couple of quests. The Ghostly Woman’s story begins to unfold, and we finally help the sculptor finish his piece by finding the information he desperately needed. A young woman decides to hang out in my mind in a peaceful manner. The Labyrinth now has a Sorrow fragment infestation. Lovely.

Torment: Tides of Numenera is the thematic successor to Planescape: Torment, one of the most critically acclaimed role-playing games of all time. Immerse yourself in a single-player, isometric, story-driven RPG set in Monte Cook’s Numenera universe. What does one life matter? Find your answer.

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Monte Cook & Invisible Sun RPG! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 110

shane plays podcast title 7-29-2017Podcast for the Shane Plays radio show from 7/29/2017:
Monte Cook & Invisible Sun RPG!

Highlights: Veteran RPG designer Monte Cook talks about his innovative new deluxe RPG, Invisible Sun!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1:05 PM Central on 96.5 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://965fmtheanswer.com and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music and Stitcher (and other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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Ready Player One SDCC Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtwpjnuaVTE

Marvel Legend “Fabulous” Flo Steinberg Has Passed Away | Bleeding Cool
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/07/23/marvel-fabulous-flo-steinberg-passed-away/

GUEST: MONTE COOK GAMES

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Monte Cook is a veteran RPG game designer and founder of Monte Cook Games with popular game credits such as D&D 3rd Edition, Malhavoc Press, Numenera and the Cypher System.

Invisible Sun RPG preorder:
https://www.montecookgames.com/store/product/invisible-sun-preorder/

Invisible Sun is the innovative new deluxe RPG from Monte Cook Games. A roleplaying game of surreal fantasy, secrets, and magic that is truly magical. Wield fabulous powers as you uncover the secrets of reality itself.

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D&D White Plume Mountain Notes #15

This episode: The spinning cylinder and its related dynamics, unexpected flaming arrows, spellcasting werewolves, booby-trapped spell books and illusionary rooms. It’s just another day in White Plume Mountain. Plus: Lightning bolts used to bounce back! What about rolling initiative every round?

This is a series of Shane’s notes, thoughts and tips for running the classic D&D adventure White Plume Mountain from 1979, converted to 5th Edition in Tales from the Yawning Portal.

Each video follows the most recent session with his group.