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shane plays podcast extra title Spectaculars RPG with Rodney Thompson of Scratchpad Publishing 11-4-2018

Spectaculars RPG with Rodney Thompson of Scratchpad Publishing – Shane Plays Podcast Extra

shane plays podcast extra title Spectaculars RPG with Rodney Thompson of Scratchpad Publishing 11-4-2018

Podcast Extra:
Spectaculars RPG with Rodney Thompson of Scratchpad Publishing

Highlights: Interview with Rodney Thompson about the new Spectaculars superhero RPG from Scratchpad Publishing! Plus: What’s Rodney reading right now? What the heck is Neon City Outlaws? What are the design differences between Dusk City Outlaws and Spectaculars?

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D&D Out of the Abyss Notes #82 – The City of Spiders / Sorcere

Menzoberranzan continues with the tower of Sorcere, including Gromph’s Inner and Outer Sanctums! Moon elf graffiti, labyrinthine puzzles, and a long-trapped “drow”. Hey, don’t shrink away from searching… diamonds are a rogue’s best pen. Grappled is not restrained, and restrained is not grappled (but they have similarities). Can you charm someone who is already charmed, and if so… what happens? Saying yes to a player in the right circumstance.

This is an ongoing series of Shane’s notes, thoughts and tips for running the D&D adventure Out of the Abyss, which is the tabletop portion of the Rage of Demons story line.

Each video follows the most recent session with his group.

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Spectaculars Superhero RPG with Rodney Thompson of Scratchpad Publishing

 

Interview with game designer Rodney Thompson about the new Spectaculars superhero RPG from Scratchpad Publishing! Plus: What’s Rodney reading right now? What the heck is Neon City Outlaws? What are the design differences between Dusk City Outlaws and Spectaculars? And: Surprise appearances by the Emerald Stranger and Shane’s archenemy Shane Works!!!

(Note: From 21 minute mark until 23 minutes, Shane drops due to weird Chrome lockup error thingy)

Spectaculars RPG Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/481478805/spectaculars

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 10 flowing

A Non-Artist’s First Inktober: 2018 Drawing Compilation

If by some chance you haven’t been introduced to Inktober as the images begin flowing all over social media each year, here’s the elevator pitch from the Inktober website:

“Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month… post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator. The point is to share your art with someone. :)”

I genuinely don’t consider myself much of an artist, however there’s a large part of me that always wanted to be a cartoonist. So I found myself, without really planning to, jumping in spur of the moment this year.

Overall it was pretty fun and yesterday (the first day of November) I felt itchy to draw something after thirty one days of doing so, and somewhat incomplete that I hadn’t.

I’ve also gained a greater apprecation for creators who have to create constant output… there were days when, even though it was fun, I had a hard time thinking something up. There were also a couple of instances where just due to life I didn’t have time and ended up drawing two sketches the next day to make up.

So here are my 31 drawings. I should note that the last few drawings were done on a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (I recently upgraded my phone) which occurred to me later was probably cheating since it’s not actually ink and I can undo, redo, use layers, etc. 

I followed the “prompt” Inktober method where you use a list of prompt words for a drawing theme for each day.

(Again, please remember I don’t actually consider myself an artist so have mercy on a poor geek who is maybe, hopefully?, a cartoonist is a parallel dimension!)

Day 1: Poisonous
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 1 poisonous
Day 2: Tranquil
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 2 tranquil

Day 3: Roasted
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 3 roasted


Day 4: Spell
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 4 spell


Day 5: Chicken
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 5 chicken


Day 6: Drooling

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 6 drooling


Day 7: Exhausted
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 7 exhausted


Day 8: Star

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 8 star


Day 9: Precious

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 9 precious


Day 10: Flowing
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 10 flowing


Day 11: Cruel

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 11 cruel


Day 12: Whale
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 12 whale

Day 13: Guarded
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 13 guarded


Day 14: Clock

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 14 clock


Day 15: Weak

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 15 weak


Day 16: Angular

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 16 angular


Day 17: Swollen

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 17 swollen


Day 18: Bottle

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 18 bottle


Day 19: Scorched

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 19 scorched


Day 20: Breakable

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 20 breakable


Day 21: Drain

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 21 drain


Day 22: Expensive

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 22 expensive


Day 23: Muddy

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 23 muddy


Day 24: Chop

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 24 chop


Day 25: Prickly

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 25 prickly


Day 26: Stretch
(Samsung Galaxy Note 9 drawings using ArtFlow app start here)
shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 26 stretch


Day 27: Thunder

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 27 thunder


Day 28: Gift

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 28 gift


Day 29: Double

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 29 double


Day 30: Jolt

shane plays inktober 2018 ink drawing day 30 jolt


Day 31: Slice

 

Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana with Jon Peterson & Michael Witwer shane plays podcast title 10-20-2018

Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana with Jon Peterson & Michael Witwer! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 167

Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana with Jon Peterson & Michael Witwer shane plays podcast title 10-20-2018Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 10/20/2018:
Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana with Jon Peterson & Michael Witwer!

Highlights: D&D authors / historians Michael Witwer and Jon Peterson discuss their fantastic new Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History book that’s taking the scene by storm! Plus: RPG news including the unfortunate passing of important figures Greg Stafford and Bruce “Duke” Seifried.

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:
Greg Stafford Speech at the ENnies 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky_X0T-RgBY

Greg Stafford 1948 – 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Stafford
Stafford is most famous as the creator of the fantasy world of Glorantha, but he is also a prolific games designer. He was designer of Pendragon, he was co-designer of the RuneQuest, Ghostbusters, Prince Valiant and HeroQuest role-playing systems, founder of the role-playing game companies Chaosium and Issaries, designer of the White Bear and Red Moon, Nomad Gods, King Arthur’s Knights and Elric board games, and co-designer of the King of Dragon Pass computer game. Stafford considered his Arthurian chivalric role-playing game King Arthur Pendragon (1985) his masterpiece.

Miniatures wargaming, roleplaying and adventure gaming pioneer Duke Seifried has passed away | Tabletop Gaming
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/historical-games/news/miniatures-wargaming-roleplaying-and-adventure-gaming-pioneer-duke

BRUCE “DUKE” SEIFRIED Obituary | HMGS
https://www.hmgs.org/news/420494/BRUCE-DUKE-SEIFRIED-Obituary.htm

DnDSports – New Competitive ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Tournament Announced | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/10/15/dungeons-and-dragons-competitive-tournament-/

The Dreams in Gary’s Basement documentary Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dorksofyore/the-dreams-in-garys-basement-a-documentary-on-gary

Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen on Kickstarter by Ceres Games
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceresgames/realms-beyond-ashes-of-the-fallen

Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History – “Unboxing” and First Reactions!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr6edzGSsag
What are Shane’s first thoughts and reactions to an advance copy of Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History? Hint: he may squee (okay, he *actually* squees at one point and he’s a big manly man not known for his squeeing). Make sure to watch the parts with the special edition boxed book and ephemera set!


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Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History – “Unboxing” and First Reactions!

What are Shane’s first thoughts and reactions to an advance copy of Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History? Hint: he may squee (okay, he actually squees at one point and he’s a big manly man not known for his squeeing). Make sure to watch the parts with the special edition boxed book and ephemera set!

Many thanks to the authors (Michael Witwer, Jon Peterson, Sam Witwer, Kyle Newman) and Penguin Random House for the chance to behold this spectular geeky D&D goodness in advance.

The marketing copy:

An illustrated guide to the history and evolution of the beloved role-playing game told through the paintings, sketches, illustrations, and visual ephemera behind its creation, growth, and continued popularity.

From one of the most iconic game brands in the world, this official DUNGEONS & DRAGONS illustrated history provides an unprecedented look at the visual evolution of the brand, showing its continued influence on the worlds of pop culture and fantasy. Inside the book, you’ll find more than seven hundred pieces of artwork—from each edition of the core role-playing books, supplements, and adventures; as well as Forgotten Realms and Dragonlance novels; decades of Dragon and Dungeon magazines; and classic advertisements and merchandise; plus never-before-seen sketches, large-format canvases, rare photographs, one-of-a-kind drafts, and more from the now-famous designers and artists associated with DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. The superstar author team gained unparalleled access to the archives of Wizards of the Coast and the personal collections of top collectors, as well as the designers and illustrators who created the distinctive characters, concepts, and visuals that have defined fantasy art and gameplay for generations. This is the most comprehensive collection of D&D imagery ever assembled, making this the ultimate collectible for the game’s millions of fans around the world.

heroic fantasy and science fiction with cirsova magazine shane plays podcast title 10-6-2018

Heroic Fantasy & Science Fiction With Cirsova Magazine! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 166

heroic fantasy and science fiction with cirsova magazine shane plays podcast title 10-6-2018Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 10/6/2018:
Heroic Fantasy & Science Fiction With Cirsova Magazine!

Highlights: Heroic fantasy & science fiction with P. Alexander, the editor and publisher of Cirsova Magazine. It’s not just pulp fiction, but pulp’s definitely in there! PLUS: Geek news, and what surprising book is P. Alexander reading at the moment?

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.

Direct MP3 Download:
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SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from Five Minutes With: Iain M Banks
BBC News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvqsDLDsznA

Cirsova Magazine
https://cirsova.wordpress.com/cirsova-magazine/

New Doctor Who season (and new Doctor!)
http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2018/09/new-doctor-who-premieres-sunday-october-7-on-bbc-america

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG Kickstarter update
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/judge-dredd-and-the-worlds-of-2000-ad-roleplaying
Also: Free quickstart rules now available
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/253759

Star Wars: “The Mandalorian” live streaming show
https://www.starwars.com/news/the-mandalorian-revealed

Asmodee Digital’s Board Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch
http://gameosity.com/2018/09/14/asmodee-digitals-board-games-are-coming-to-nintendo-switch/

Brian Fargo trolls the Twitterverse
“I happen to know who is working on BG3 ”
https://twitter.com/BrianFargo/status/1047967566168174592

cirsova magazine covers


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judge dredd and the worlds of 2000 ad rpg with morrus shane plays podcast title 9-22-2018

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG with Morrus! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 165

judge dredd and the worlds of 2000 ad rpg with morrus shane plays podcast title 9-22-2018Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 9/22/2018:
Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG with Morrus!

Highlights: Russ Morrissey AKA Morrus of EN World joins to talk his new Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG and related Kickstarter campaign. PLUS! Do dice pool systems have to be crunchy? PLUS! We play a modified version of Our Favorite Game in all the World from the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast. PLUS! Where did the term soccer come from? PLUS! Deleted scenes. AND! Don’t miss our Judge Dredd “I am the Law!” impressions (or it’s an Iso-Cube for you, citizen).

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.

Direct MP3 Download:
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SHOW NOTES

Myeloma UK (in honor of Morrus’s mother):
https://www.myeloma.org.uk/
Myeloma is a cancer of the white blood cells

Judge Dredd RPG Kickstarter:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/judge-dredd-and-the-worlds-of-2000-ad-roleplaying

Judge Dredd and the Worlds of 2000 AD website:
https://www.worldsof2000adrpg.com/

Trailer for Judge Dredd The Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop RPG:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBhaw0lebMM

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD episode of Morrus’s podcast:
(lots of great info on the lore and the game)
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/11-judge-dredd-the-worlds-of-2000ad/

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk (Morrus’ podcast):
https://morrus.podbean.com/

Podcast zinger is from
Pat Mills: “Judge Dredd’s a character we love to hate”
Going Underground (RT UK)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlU33uPcFKw
Pat Mills is best known for creating 2000 AD and playing a major part in the development of Judge Dredd. He has been called “the godfather of British comics”.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Mills

Morrus and Peter’s Our Favorite Game in all the World (slightly modified):

Children of the Fall
In Children of the Fall, 3-5 players play as the survivors of an apocalypse that has turned all the adults on the planet into evil, bloodthirsty savages known as the fallen. It is a GMless story game.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-of-the-fall/x/19012395#/

Devil’s Run Roleplaying Game 2d20 & Savage Worlds
Post-apocalyptic roleplaying in a Savage World of motoring mayhem. Choose a side. Fight. Survive.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/devil-s-run-roleplaying-game-2d20-savage-worlds/x/19012395#/

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells – Tabletop RPG
A Rules Light Star & Sorcery Role Playing Game with an Old School Spirit.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-blades-cosmic-spells-tabletop-rpg/x/19012395#/

Gaze into the fist of dredd


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d&d meme point is thats gonna kill us

Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes X!

Ensuring the Internet doesn’t organize into something overly useful and inspiring, Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes returns in a spectacular display of pointless carnage.

If for some inexplicable reason you want to endure even more, you can check out all of the previous Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes posts for the full mental trauma.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

d&d meme dumpster dough

Classic D&D Monster: Dumpster Dough-vourer
It will slowly eat your face off while emitting delicious aromas

d&d meme fifty percent of being a dungeon master

I can testify

d&d meme mimic pants

It’s in their genes

d&d meme player paranoia

Honestly, it’s one of the best parts of the game. The flip side is the vexing “fixate on the meaningless NPC” phenomenon

d&d meme point is thats gonna kill us

Perspective is so important for player satisfaction

d&d meme powerful elf name apostrophes

Better’hope’he’s’not’a’boss’

d&d meme transmutation tooth and nail

But do you file or floss?

d&d meme a fireball is addressed to whom it may concern

When it absolutely, positively, has to make it on time but collateral damage is acceptable

d&d meme alarming dm phrases

“Wait, there’s a table for this…”

d&d meme bluff skill natural 20

Grandma got run over by a skill check

d&d meme its my party and ill scry if i want to

It’s okay, wipe away those palantirs

d&d meme im rolling up a new character arent i

Add that to the list of alarming DM phrases

d&d meme aslan is the ultimate grognard

Aslan is the ultimate grognard

d&d meme barbarian polishing armor

At 8th level Barbarians also get Shine: Make an opponent squint and give them disadvantage until your next turn

d&d meme warehouse

Never, EVER give the DM ideas!

d&d meme 5E DMs Guide Disclaimer

Disclaimer from D&D 5E Dungeon Masters Guide. Basically, everything you need to know 🙂

d&d meme rocket propelled chainsaw rpc

This kind of crap right here, this!, is why I love tabletop RPGs so much.

d&d meme indigo guide to networking success

Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You studied my guide. Prepare to succeed.

d&d normal conversation trojan horse

“So, uh, hey, how about that game last night!”

d&d meme tavern rules

Maybe “dwarf tossing” is a euphemism for cookie tossing?

d&d meme tired of reality escape into the world of role playing games

Tell reality to bite it! Travel into the Gamma World of Dungeons & Dragons!

d&d meme dont worry I have a plan d20 fumble

Unfortunately, so did your D20

d&d meme so you finally came to my lair I cast fireball

I’m the nerd saying you can’t crit a fireball before my brain finishes processing what’s funny

d&d meme shenanigans

Shenanigans is a feat all RPG players are instantly expert in the moment they first sit at the table (I wouldn’t have it any other way)

And that’s all the shenanigans we have this time, party peoples. Thanks for visiting and remember we’re not responsible for your psychiatry bills.

What? You want MORE? Check out all of the previous Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes posts.

michael berryman and the hot springs international film festival shane plays podcast title 9-15-2018

Michael Berryman & The Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival! – Radio Show / Podcast Ep. 164

michael berryman and the hot springs international film festival shane plays podcast title 9-15-2018Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 9/15/2018:
Michael Berryman & The Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival!

Highlights: Scarologist John Burton and actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science, The Evil Within) join to talk creating professional hauntings, the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, and the creepy practical effects of The Evil Within movie.

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

Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival
https://hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com/

Theater of Horror
https://hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com/theater-of-horror

The Evil Within movie
https://www.amazon.com/Evil-Within-Frederick-Koehler/dp/B06W2L5JZP/

Michael Berryman on IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0077720/

Troll Lord Games Kickstarter through October 5:
Classic Castles & Crusades Boxed Sets & Digest Books
A special collector’s set of Castles & Crusades! Digest versions of all the books and a special edition box set of the complete game.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/676918054/classic-castles-and-crusades-boxed-sets-and-digest

Podcast zinger is from “Save the Cat” examples
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MRY6BP0EpE

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