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Traveller RPG! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 175

traveller rpg shane plays podcast title 2-2-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 2/2/2019:
Traveller RPG!

Highlights: Traveller RPG! The Free Trader Beowulf is sending a distress signal… assuming your PC survives character creation, will you respond or head for adventure and fame in the Spinward Marches?! Shane and veteran Traveller GM and player David Elmore talk the original and influential hard sci-fi RPG! Plus RPG news and the usual tomfoolery and nonsense!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.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, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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GIVEAWAY!

Retweet and/or reply to one of the following tweets to be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of Trump’s Space Force by Chuck Dixon, Timothy Lim, Brett R. Smith, Mark Pellegrini and Dave Dorman!

https://twitter.com/ShanePlays/status/1089201647115554816

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SHOW NOTES

Far Future Enterprises
Successor to Game Designers Workshop
Traveller resources on CD-ROM, etc.
https://www.farfuture.net/

Traveller Imperium map
https://travellermap.com/

What was happening to the Free Trader Beowulf?
https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/traveller-what-was-happening-to-the-free-trader-beowulf.313278/

Traveller Beowulf Class Free Trader info
https://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Beowulf_class_Free_Trader

D&D’s 45th Birthday | Jon Peterson – Playing at the World
https://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2019/01/d-45th-birthday.html

Also: BattleTech’s 35th Anniversary & Shadowrun’s 30th Anniversary
(hat tip to Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk)

“I’m Sorry, But That’s What My Character Would Do” by Rick Neal
http://www.rickneal.ca/?p=86

FnordCon: Steve Jackson Games convention in Austin April 6-7
http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archive/December_31_2018/Our_Own_Convention

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Core Rulebook and The Robot Wars adventure / supplement now available on DriveThru RPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/87/EN-Publishing/subcategory/30390/Judge-Dredd–The-Worlds-of-2000-AD

Penny Arcade partners with Wizards of the Coast to publish official ‘Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual’ | GeekWire
https://www.geekwire.com/2019/penny-arcade-partners-wizards-coast-publish-official-acquisitions-incorporated-dungeon-manual/

Footnotes added to Podcast version of show:

  • In Traveller, just like in reality, space is big. Really big. Really, really big. To get an idea, go to https://travellermap.com/
  • Classic Traveller is “hard sci-fi” of the 70s and early 80s. Computers were huge and home computers weren’t a widespread thing, no internet, etc. For example: Some ship schematics have large area for computers.
  • Lack of faster than light communications led to a more feudal / regional governmental system throughout the empire
  • Weapons run the range from rocks to firearms to lasers. Daggers and knives are still very common because you don’t want to use lasers or bullets on a ship
  • Ships usually carried a lot of sand. If enemy ships appeared, they could drop sand that would act as chaff / defense against lasers
  • No hit points, damage is deducted from attributes
  • Similar attributes to D&D, however instead of Wisdom and Charisma there was Education and
  • Social Standing. Those could be codified, where the other two are more subjective
  • No experience, no levels… advancement is through wealth, status, etc.
  • Skills CAN be changed during adventuring by going back college or joining the military, etc. Or the Imperium goes to war and veterans get called back to service.
  • Certain attributes can be changed during play… for example you marry into nobility
  • They chose six siders because people already had them at home and would not need to buy polyhedrals
  • Traveller appealed to David when he was younger because it cost less than the D&D books

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Most Anticipated Geek Movies of 2019! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 174

most anticipated geek movies of 2019! - shane plays podcast title 1-26-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 1/26/2019:
Most Anticipated Geek Movies of 2019!

Highlights:  A listener favorite! It’s the annual team up with Dave Elswick of the Dave Elswick Show for our Most Anticipated Geek Movies of 2019 episode! Plus: Movie news, how did our picks from last year hold up, and all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense.

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.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, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Unbreakable (2000):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EBi5Yxl12k

2018 Domestic Grosses | Box Office Mojo
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2018&p=.htm

2018 Worldwide Grosses | Box Office Mojo
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=2018&p=.htm

The Biggest Movies To Watch In 2019 | Gamespot
https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/all-the-biggest-movies-of-2019-glass-avengers-endg/2900-2414/

2019 on the big screen | Cnet
https://www.cnet.com/pictures/2019-movies-to-geek-out-over/

2019 Movies: Avengers 4, Star Wars 9 and 42 Other Movies to Geek Out Over | IGN
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/01/2019-movies-marvel-avengers-4-star-wars-9

Top 15 upcoming Sci Fi and Fantasy Movies 2019 2020 | IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls056104811/

Best New Sci-Fi Movies of 2019 & Beyond | NerdMuch
https://www.nerdmuch.com/movies/3578/new-sci-fi-movies/

Must See Movies of 2019 | Den of Geek
https://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/276453/must-see-movies-2019


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Dragon Ball Super: Broly & Anime! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 173

dragon ball super and anime shane plays podcast title 1-19-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 1/19/2019:
Dragon Ball Super: Broly & Anime!

Highlights: It’s over 9,000!!! Finally, the Shane Plays Geek Talk anime episode! Dragon Ball Super: Broly is tearing up theaters and Shane and his fellow geeks have seen it… what do they think? Plus! We power up during the Arkansas Snowpocalypse for “intro to anime” tips on getting started with this popular form of entertainment. And! Bad jokes aplenty in addition to all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense. Thanks to Nik, Brent and Justin (of the Mobley Detective Agency) for their help making this show happen!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.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, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Ghostbusters 2020 Teaser Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4lT3LEimWk

New ‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel Set in Original Universe on the Way | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/01/16/ghostbusters-sequel-jason-reitman-reboot-bill-murray/

‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ Tops U.S. Box Office With Massive $7M+ Opening Day | Cartoon Brew
https://www.cartoonbrew.com/box-office-report/breaking-dragon-ball-super-broly-tops-u-s-box-office-with-7m-opening-day-169290.html

Justin’s Introduction to Anime Notes
Highly Recommended!
*Courtesy the Mobley Detective Agency
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15e2DArXmW6sTYWpDU_7_ATDrITEq2elUxkXPT8OClww/edit

Nik’s recommendations for new anime watchers:

  • Mob Psycho 100
  • Great Teacher Onizuka

Brent’s recommendations for new anime watchers:

  • That Time I Got Reincarnated Into A Slime
  • Made in the Abyss – Brent’s reasoning (did not make it into broadcast or Krypton Radio version of show due to time constraints): It’s genre breaking, very focused on story and the the opposite kind of show than Dragon Ball to demonstrate the storytelling range in anime. Very cool visuals. Not recommended for kids.

Find anime (legally!):

 

how anime looks when im home alone


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The Fantasy Makers: Tolkien, Lewis & MacDonald! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 172

The The Fantasy Makers Tolkien Lewis MacDonald shane plays podcast title 1-12-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 1/12/2019:
The Fantasy Makers: Tolkien, Lewis & MacDonald!

Highlights: Andrew Wall (Writer/Director/Producer) and Derek “The Geek Preacher” White of The Fantasy Makers feature documentary discuss the profound impact J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald have made on fantasy writing and popular culture as well as the beliefs and experiences that shaped them. Geek discussion and news including Darwin Bromley of Mayfair Games. Shane says goodbye to his cat Bonnie.

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Buckaroo “Bonnie” Banzai: a difficult, beautiful cat who existed and was loved
2004 – 2019bonnie the cat lounging on computer desk

Podcast Zinger is from Douglas Gresham reading the ending of C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkNp2usUdTw
and The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3geKDX-Ads

Darwin Bromley, Co-Founder of Mayfair Games, Dies at 68 | Tabletop Wire http://www.tabletopwire.com/darwin-bromley-co-founder-of-mayfair-games-dies-at-68/

The Fantasy Makers / Refuge 31 Films:
https://www.refuge31.com/project/the-fantasy-makers-faith-in-imagination/

The Fantasy Makers: Tolkien, Lewis, and MacDonald on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Makers-Tolkien-Lewis-MacDonald/dp/B07DKRPFTH/

The Geek Preacher:
http://geekpreacher.org/

“All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

“When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”
-Mark Twain


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Sweet Like A Mug! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 171

shane plays geek talk podcast title 1-5-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 1/5/2019:
Sweet Like A Mug!

Highlights: Looking back and looking forward! Cool shows on the schedule. Top performing Shane Plays shows, blog posts and YouTube videos for 2018. A legit peace overture from Muffin? How are the current geeky movies in theaters doing by box office and critics? Geek news including a comic book robbery that impacts charity. Was Loki mind controlled in the first Avengers movie? The Christmas Pickle epilogue. Bonus: a skit about giant spiders from Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast. Plus all the usual nonsense and tomfoolery!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.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, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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SHOW NOTES

Intro song from “My Way” by Sid Vicious

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Debate with Timothy Lim on the Dave Elswick Show – Shane Plays Podcast Extra
https://shaneplays.com/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-debate-with-timothy-lim-shane-plays-podcast-extra/

D&D / RPG Skit: Not Your Garden Variety Giant Spider
https://shaneplays.com/dnd-rpg-skit-not-your-garden-variety-giant-spider/
Performed on
Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #26 Dec 12, 2018
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/26-top-10-most-anticipated-rpgs-of-2019/

Wanted: Man Who Stole $100,000 in Comics in Las Vegas | Critical Blast 
http://www.criticalblast.com/articles/2019/01/01/wanted-man-who-stole-100000-comics-las-vegas

Early internet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81 | engadget
https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/30/arpanet-creator-larry-roberts-dies/

Marvel Confirms Loki Was Mind Controlled in Avengers | Screen Rant
https://screenrant.com/avengers-loki-theory-mind-stone-thanos/

Christmas pickle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pickle

Top Shane Plays content in 2018:

Podcasts:
1. Hero-U with Corey & Lori Cole & Matt Barton! – July 21, 2018

Hero-U with Corey Cole, Lori Cole & Matt Barton! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 157


2. The True History of Dungeons & Dragons: Secrets of Blackmoor – Podcast Extra – Dec 19, 2018

Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons – Shane Plays Podcast Extra


3. PolyHero Dice & D&D News! – Feb 3, 2018

PolyHero Dice & D&D News! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 135


4. The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Tabletop Games! – July 14, 2018
https://shaneplays.com/overstreet-guide-to-collecting-tabletop-games-radio-show-podcast-episode-156/

Blog Posts:
1. Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes X!
https://shaneplays.com/attack-of-the-dnd-rpg-memes-x/
2. Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes IX!
https://shaneplays.com/attack-of-the-dd-rpg-memes-ix/
3. RPG History: TSR’s Code of Ethics (D&D “Comics Code Authority” rules)
https://shaneplays.com/rpg-history-tsr-code-of-ethics-dd-comics-code-authority-rules/

YouTube Videos (by views):
1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqzA9TeRDDY&t=75s
2. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FjkRtpDdS4&t=1993s
3. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Alpha #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjzAz6Zlv9g&t=1123s

YouTube Videos (by watch time):
1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqzA9TeRDDY&t=75s
2. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FjkRtpDdS4&t=1993s
3. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeMC-lLBfuA

Current geek movies in theaters stats as of Jan 3, 2019:

Aquaman
64% Rotten Tomatoes
Box Office Mojo as of Jan 3
Domestic: $229,020,880 26.4%
+ Foreign: $637,000,000 73.6%
= Worldwide: $866,020,880

Bumblebee
93% Rotten Tomatoes
Box Office Mojo as of Jan 3
Domestic: $84,353,140 43.8%
+ Foreign: $108,318,108 56.2%
= Worldwide: $192,671,248

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
97% Rotten Tomatoes
Box Office Mojo as of Jan 3
Domestic: $120,851,346 52.4%
+ Foreign: $109,715,453 47.6%
= Worldwide: $230,566,799


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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Debate with Timothy Lim on the Dave Elswick Show – Shane Plays Podcast Extra

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Podcast Extra:
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Debate with Timothy Lim on the Dave Elswick Show

Highlights: Is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just a fun movie or a cultural attack jam packed with social conditioning and ideological dog whistles? Listen to a spirited discussion (in truth, more of a debate without formal rebuttals) between Shane and comics artist / bunny-lover-in-chief Timothy Lim as we each present our opposed perspectives. Includes some fun general movie discussion at the end. Recorded during the December 21, 2018 Dave Elswick Show on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock.

Special thanks to Dave for the opportunity to podcast a portion of his show.

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D&D / RPG Skit: Not Your Garden Variety Giant Spider

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Jaime Jones – artpad.org

A D&D skit with legs.

How it happened: Russ “Morrus” Morrissey and Peter Coffey recently began asking for user submitted skits (or “sketches”) on the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast, and they threatened — er, promised — to perform select submissions to the delight and edification of all and sundry.

I submitted the following piece, and to my pleasant surprise they performed it on Episode #26 – Top 10 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2019

If you’re an RPG fan, I really do recommend Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast (and have done so often, even before I had content appear therein 😁). Morrus and Peter along with their editor Darryl Mott  do a great job providing current RPG news and discussion in an entertaining format.

Not Your Garden Variety Giant Spider

PHONE RINGING

Brian (answering): Roll Power RPG Hotline, now you’re rolling with power.

Brian: Brian speaking, how may I help you in your adventures today?

Caller: Erm, yes, well you see, spiders.

Brian: I’m sorry, did you say fighters or spiders?

Caller: Spiders. Eight legs, fangs, webs. Inordinately frightening.

Brian: Ah, right. Fearsome creatures of the arachnid persuasion. Not actually insects, you know?

Caller: Er, what?

Brian: Because of the amount of legs. You see–

Caller: Yes, yes, we know that. What we DON’t know is what we actually have here.

Brian: I’m sorry?

Caller: Well, the thing is we don’t actually know what we’ve just defeated and there’s no small amount of debate amongst the party.

Brian: Ah, Defeated Arachnid Antagonist Identification and Classification. Let me just check your account…. (humming) ah, excellent, you have the Electrum Package which includes that service at no extra charge.

Caller: (more to himself) I *knew* that would pay off, the cheapskates. *scoffs* “Anything above Copper Package is a ripoff”, indeed.

Brian: Indeed, sir. Now, tell me more if you you don’t mind.

Caller: Well, we’ve defeated some sort of spider creature and as I’ve said we’re not sure–

Muffled voice in background: Ask him if it’s an ettercap!

Caller (replying off phone): Listen I tell you it’s NOT an ettercap, but just to shut your annoying piehole…

Caller (to Brian): There’s no chance it’s an ettercap, is there?

Brian: Is it sort of a humanoid-spider hybrid?

Caller: Erm, no. Definitely 100% spider in shape and form.

Brian: Not an ettercap, then. Or as some say it an attercop. Although there’s some dispute as to what they are, most scholars agree an ettercap is–

Caller (talking off phone): He says its not an ettercap. Now will you shut up about it?

Muffled voice in background: What about a phase spider? Those are cool.

Caller (talking off phone): I’m not asking him that. Did it phase at all while we were fighting it? Well, did it? Now go help Barak with the ropes and harnesses to the horses.

Brian: Right. Ok, next question: how big is the spider?

Caller: Oh, it’s big all right. We all agree it’s a giant spider but can’t agree on whether it’s your garden variety giant spider or something else.

Brian: Can you give me an idea of how big?

Caller: Well, I mean, big. Really big. It–

Brian: Wait. Sir, did you say something about ropes and harnesses and horses a moment ago?

Caller: Yes. They’re rigging it all up right now.

Brian: And are these ropes and harnesses and horses… for the spider corpse?

Call: Well, yes. We’ve had to unhitch our wagon and get the horses sort of harnessed to the spider, it’s too big for the wagon you see. How else are we going to get it back into town for the bragging rights? That’s why we want to know exactly what it is, for the plaque on the statue they’ll erect for us. We’re all betting we’ll get a nice big statue.

Brian (sounding worried): Sir, I don’t think you’re actually dealing with a spider.

Caller: What, what do you mean? It’s obviously a spider.

Brian: Well, yes, I understand it has the *aspect* of a spider but I think you’re dealing with an ancient dark entity in arachnid form. It’s rare, but it *does* happen.

Caller: Oh, EXCELLENT.

Caller (talking off phone): It’s even better than we thought, you lot. He says it’s not a spider but an ancient dark entity in spider form. That statue just got bigger I bet!

Muffled voice: Which ancient dark entity? You know, for the plaque.

Caller: Er, any idea of knowing which ancient dark entity in spider form we have on our hands, so to speak?

Brian: Sir, I am legally required to say at this point that it’s the Roll Power RPG Hotline’s best advice that you end this translocation communication spell and leave the vicinity of the spider corpse immediately… although I rather doubt it’s a corpse.

Caller: What?? That’s ridiculous. It’s dead. You poor corporate sods and your lawyers, always so jumpy. Anyway, understood. Now, which entity is it? For the plaque, you know.

Brian (sighing): Well, chances are high that it’s either (making reading noises briefly), right, either the primordial Ungoliant that most ancient of spiders known as the Gloomweaver, her offspring Shelob also known as Her Ladyship, or the goddess Lolth the Dark Mother, Mother of Lusts, The Lady of Chaos, Queen of the Demonweb Pits.

Caller: Fantastic! What a statue this will be! So how do we narrow it down?

Brian: Sir, I really–

Caller: Yes, yes, you’re legally covered. You’ve told me. Please continue.

Brian: Well, are you in a Tolkien setting, or a Dungeons & Dragons setting like the Forgotten Realms? Hopefully it’s not homebrew.

Caller (absolutely flummoxed): What?

Brian: Hm. Let’s try it this way. Are your little plump folks with hairy feet called hobbits or halflings?

Caller: Halflings. Annoying buggers but good at sneaking.

Brian: Do you call giant underground fire demons with flaming whips balors or balrogs?

Caller: Search me, never heard of either.

Brian: Probably for the best. OK… are your wizards regular folk who studied for a long time to learn how to cast spells, or are they a small group of mysterious doombringers who show up and meddle during important events and who may not in fact be mortal beings at all?

Caller (talking off phone): Eh, Zyrtec, are you a regular guy who studied to learn how to cast spells or are you part of a small group of mysterious doombringers who show up and meddle during important events and who may not in fact be mortal beings at all?

Muffled voice: Studied. Well, partied a lot, too, but went to wizard school and got my degree. Made my mom proud. Those other guys are in a book about rings and dragons. We had it in a class.

Caller: The first kind.

Brian: Right, well you’re not in a Tolkien setting then.

Caller: Which means..?

Brian: Which means if you’re not in a homebrew campaign then it’s Lolth most likely. She’s an evil goddess, real nasty one. You really should–

Caller (talking off phone): He says it’s something called a Lolth! No, I don’t know how to spell it. Hey, what’s wrong with that cleric?

Brian: Did you happen to fight any other creatures or humanoids in this encounter?

Caller: Yeah, bunch of weird looking elves with a spider fetish. They seemed more scared of that big beastie than us but tried to protect it.

Brian: Listen, you really should end this translocation communication spell and run. Assuming you’re on the prime material plane–

Caller: Ah, not sure where that is. If it helps we just wrapped up the Caves of Chaos, said our goodbyes to the Keep on the Borderlands (nice folks, really), and set off for the Isle of Dread because we hear it’s the hip new spot with something called “wilderness adventures”.

Brian: How in the world have you encountered Lolth??? Does your DM even understand– you know what, it doesn’t matter. You’re on the prime material plane. If you had truly defeated Lolth, she would have disappeared because you banished her back to the Abyss. Not that you would actually be able to defeat her if I’m guessing your level correctly.

Caller: What exactly are you saying here? No statue?

Brian: Forget the statue. She’s toying with you because she’s bored. You need to–

Caller: Ah, this service is rubbish. I called for advice not for you to act like a hysterical grandmother. We’re downgrading to the Copper Package right after we end this spell.

(small pause)

Caller: Wait.

Brian: What? What???

Caller: Those evil red eyes just opened. And now there’s a… is that a woman’s face???

Brian: Oh no.

Caller: Erm. Ha. Well. Ha. Any advice?

Brian: Frankly, if you don’t happen to have a Phial of Galadriel handy I’d leg it, mate.

Caller: OK, I see, thanks. Wait, was that a… pun? Did you actually— AAARGHhhh*

Muffled voice: Does this mean we’re not getting a statue?

LINE GOES DEAD

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Yule All Be Sorry! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 170

geek christmas podcast shane plays podcast title 12-22-2018Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 12/22/2018:
Yule All Be Sorry!

Highlights: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review! What is Santa’s D&D alignment? Peace on Earth. Again with the pickle. The definitive answer to whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie! Penny Marshall (“Laverne”) tribute. Plus all the usual nonsense & tomfoolery and a surprise appearance by Shane’s family!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Intro song from “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues

Laverne & Shirley theme song:
“Making Our Dreams Come True”, performed by Cyndi Grecco

Penny Marshall Wikipedia entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Marshall

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Rotten Tomatoes
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spider_man_into_the_spider_verse/

Die Hard on Rotten Tomatoes
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/die_hard

Christmas pickle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pickle

What alignment is Santa?
Reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/a7znvb/what_alignment_is_santa_claus/

Peace on Earth
Luke 2: 1-14 (NASB)
https://my.bible.com/bible/100/LUK.2.nasb

peanutes linus true meanging of Christmas


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Tabletop Game Talk & Gift Ideas With Game Goblins! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 169

tabletop game talk and gift ideas with game goblins shane plays podcast title 12-15-2018Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 12/15/2018:
Tabletop Game Talk & Gift Ideas With Game Goblins!

Highlights: Josh Wilhelmi joins to talk tabletop gaming trends, game gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas, his love of Warhammer 40K and its lore, and upcoming gaming events at Game Goblins! Plus geek news and the usual nonsense and tomfoolery including… what does a pickle have to do with Christmas???

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from:
FOR THE EMPEROR | Warhammer 40k: Space Marine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2o-LmI3ki

Christmas pickle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pickle

Magic Esports 2019: $10 Million Up For Grabs | Wizards.com
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-esports-2019

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Podcast
#26 Top 10 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2019
*Features a skit Shane wrote!
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/26-top-10-most-anticipated-rpgs-of-2019/

California election resolved with Dungeons & Dragons dice | Polygon
https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/14/18141183/california-election-dungeons-and-dragons-dice-d20


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Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons – Shane Plays Podcast Extra

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Shane Plays Podcast Extra:
Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons

Accidental gaming historian M. Griffith (“Griff”) discusses the Secrets of Blackmoor documentary, a five year project involving 10 cities, 200 hours of interviews, and 20,000 photos and documents. Dungeons & Dragons was famously co-created by Dave Arneson & Gary Gygax, but what part did Arneson and his gaming group play in the creation of tabletop role playing itself? There’s more to the story than you know!

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Show Notes

Secrets of Blackmoor Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/secretsofblackmoor/secrets-of-blackmoor-the-true-history-of-dungeons

“The GaryCon Draft” – 35 minutes of Secrets of Blackmoor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC4qH-Psvpc

The Blackmoor Archives – Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor Discussion Forum
https://blackmoor.mystara.net/forums/

OD&D Discussion forum
http://odd74.proboards.com/

Dragonsfoot Forums
https://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/

Empire (PLATO) – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_(PLATO)

dnd (video game) – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dnd_(video_game)

TOPICS COVERED include (but are not limited to):

  • This documentary is NOT Dave Arneson vs. Gary Gygax. It’s the story of what happened before they met with Arneson and his gaming group.
  • The vital role of Dave Arneson (and his gaming group) in the creation of D&D / fantasy roleplaying
  • Preconceptions, misconceptions and headcanon
  • Is it Gee-gax or Gy-gax?
  • Difference in difficulty / sense of accomplishment between old school and new school tabletop RPGs
  • The “Strategos Connection”: Strategos military training wargame book from 1880 and its connection to Dave Arneson’s gaming group
  • David Wesley’s Braunstein style miniatures wargaming (pre-Blackmoor proto fantasy roleplaying)
  • How direct is the connection between Chainmail and Dungeons & Dragons?
  • Is a sapper tunnel a proto-dungeon?
  • David McGary’s Dungeon! Boardgame
  • Tonisborg, the oldest still existing dungeon map set (publicly known, anyway)
  • Griff’s desired death rate percentage per session as DM
  • Is it possible to define what a roleplaying game is?
  • Hipster D&D
  • Where did the Tolkien influence on Dungeons & Dragons come from?
  • Would RPGs have exploded into pop culture without Gary Gygax / TSR?
  • What types of cons do Shane and Griff prefer?

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