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D&D / RPG Skit: Now That’s What I Call A Sanity Check

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Russ “Morrus” Morrissey and Peter Coffey ask for user submitted skits (or “sketches”) on the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast and in fact will perform them. 

I submitted the following piece, which they in turn performed on Episode #35 – Sci-Fi Games with Ed Jowett. (This is in fact the second time they’ve accepted one of my skits, the first was Not Your Garden Variety Giant Spider)

Enjoy the insanity 🙂 

Now That’s What I Call A Sanity Check

Cthulhu RPG Veteran #1: OK rookie, let me see what you have on your character sheet so far.

[momentary pause … ]

CRV #1: Oh for the love of… you’ve got everything in Strength and Dex!

Cthulhu RPG Veteran #2: A classic mistake, youngster.

CRV #1: One easily avoided, however. Not the end of the world, just keep in mind Worlds of Lovecraft is more of an investigative game with lots of atmosphere than your garden variety hack-and-slash dungeon crawler. That’ll keep you sane in character creation. Heh heh.

CRV #2: Yeah, just look at this sheet (dismayed sigh). Listen, you’re not going to be hacking and slashing through unending SHOGGOTHS with a big manly two-handed sword at this table. The occasional insane cultist guarding a gibbering, whispering horror from beyond mortal ken, maybe, but they’re not really the main threat.

CRV #1: Have a revolver or better yet a tommy-gun handy for those insane cultists. (musing) Revolver if you need to reuse the robes for a bit of sneaking.

CRV #2: Right, I do love a bit of sneaking into the main sacrificial ritual right before the climax! Ah, don’t look at me like that, rookie. This isn’t that game of Dragonhawk Chronicles you’ve been playing with your schoolmates. You knew that, right? No epic war of good versus evil and fancy-schmancy tormented emo mages and their iron-thewed brothers here.

CRV #1: I mean, just look how low this Power attribute score is. Shameful.

[momentary pause … ]

CRV #1: By Derleth’s inkpot, what do you MEAN why is the Power attribute important if it’s not hack-and-slash???

CRV #2: The rookie’s just confused, that’s all. Look, in Worlds of Lovecraft, see, Power isn’t like brute strength or fuel for magical missiles, it’s your inner resolve and charisma and whatnot.

CRV #1: Your mental resilience and spirit. That’s not why it’s important, though. Here’s why it’s REALLY important! The higher your Power, the more SANITY POINTS, rookie!

[momentary pause … ]

BOTH [Stunned & Flummoxed]: What do you mean “what are sanity points”???

CRV #2: Look, Pete, just sit back and breathe for a moment, you know how you get. Not his fault, we were all young once.

CRV #2: In this game the point isn’t to win, you see, but to survive for as long as possible against the inevitable doom of unspeakable elder horrors and unseeable colors from space that everyone can see…

Pete [aka CRV #1]: (Usually look like purple, actually.)

CRV #2: …and tentacled slimy fish people that will suck out your soul (if you’re lucky).

CRV #2: You’ll either die a gruesome, mind-numbingly horrible death just about the time you’re really getting a handle on your character, or, more likely, go absolute batscat whackjob starkers nuts from all those dread sights and horror that are infinitely beyond a sane mind. Just a matter of when the big straightjacket from underneath reality comes for you, really.

[momentary pause … ]

CRV #2: What’s that? Is great, immersive storytelling the point, then? Solving the unfolding terrible mystery in time to prevent the final horror? NO! No, look…

Pete: It’s to go out as spectacularly as possible, rookie.

CRV #2: Oh, by Howard Phillips, the man is right! Having your hair turned instantly white by the susurrations of an elder, sentient white dwarf star breathing directly in your mind would be the bottom of the scale, mate. That’s kid stuff.

Pete (wistfully): Why, I remember one time I lost all my sanity and drove that stolen lorry full of clanking bottles of degrading nitroglycerin down a busy high street, cackling like a loon and aiming for kittens. Except I don’t know why there were so many kittens. Maybe they were something else. Never found out. The crater, you know.

CRV #2: It was a nice crater as craters go, but P’SHAW! You call that failing your sanity check? I remember the time I thought I was great Cthulhu himself and exulted in menacing a fear-struck crowd of helpless victims with my uncountable tentacles. Oh, Cthulhu had been called that night, mate! Turns out the crowd was insane cultists, and the tentacles were all those ropes with nooses I was wearing, them being tied to leering, moldy stone gargoyles in that ancient castle and all. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall that night if you’ll remember, Pete! Except the fall was abruptly halted in the “neck” of time , ha ha!

Pete: Nice one, Bill, but fairly amateur, sorry to say. You remember that time I became one with all space/time and gained ultimate unutterable knowledge, but was in fact going completely, indescribably cosmically starkers while in the loo reading the Necronomicon?

Bill aka [CRV #2]: “Amateur”, indeed. That certainly qualifies, and barely at that! Why, do you remember the time we were on top of a skyscraper in 30’s New York City, when Spooky Simon wanted to run us through some more “Yank stuff” like he calls it? I took one look at AZATHOTH rampaging through Times Square, simultaneously pulled the pin on my grenade and popped it into my mouth like a tasty metal pineapple before executing a perfect swan dive off of the roof with a big stupid grin on my face, exploding spectacularly in a blossoming flower of fire and gore exactly half way to the busy street below.

Pete: Ha ha! Great times! Bet those pedestrians were wishing they had their umbrellas that night! You see, rookie…

Bill: Wait, where’s he going? He took his bag and everything. And he had the snacks!

Pete (you can hear the dismissive shrug in his voice): Ah, who knows? Kids these days. Listen, do you remember that time at the Mountains of Madness when…

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Polish satirical poster from the 2010 presidential election. “Choose the greater evil. Vote for Cthulhu”
Większe Zło, photographed by Jakub Hałun [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

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Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She! – Episode 179 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

young tarzan and the mysterious she edgar rice burroughs shane plays geek talk podcast title 3-2-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 3/2/2019:
Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She!

Highlights: It’s history in the making for both the Tarzan canon and adventure fiction itself as “Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She” premieres in Cirsova magazine, a collaboration by author and Edgar Rice Burroughs historian Michael Tierney to finish a story began by Burroughs himself (with the blessing of ERB, Inc.)! How did such a swingin’ cool thing happen and what were Michael’s thoughts in approaching such an important project? More importantly, how many times does Shane play the Tarzan yell during the show? Michael, Cirsova’s P. Alexander and Critical Blast’s R.J. Carter all join.

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 “The first ever Tarzan Yell” (Elmo Lincoln, first actor to portray Tarzan in 1918)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL642ldL7O8

Tarzan Call / Yell used in intro and during show is the famous version by actor Johnny Weismuller

“Me Tarzan You Jane” chorus is from the song by The Fuzztones

Vastly Important Prepared Statement from Shane Plays:
Samoa is best Girl Scout cookie. I won’t even fight you because it is ironclad beyond dispute and anyone who thinks otherwise obviously deserves my pity and comfort
#girlscoutcookies #provenfacts

The Traitor William Brackeen’s Girl Scout Cookies Poll on Facebook:
https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215468757925095&id=1022652199

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That’s not exactly a thin margin!

Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense: Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer 2019)
Premiere of Young Tarzan & The Mysterious She, a collaboration by Michael Tierney and Edgar Rice Burroughs (posthumously)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1949313115/

Beyond the Farthest Star: new Edgar Rice Burroughs web comic with Michael Tierney & John Lucas coming soon
https://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/

Gods & Services anthology edited by R.J. Carter
Includes story by Michael Tierney
https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Services-R-J-Carter/dp/1722090790/

R J.’s Critical Blast relocation IndieGoGo
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/books-for-critical-blast-crisis-relocation

Comic Book Heroes Spider-Man and Black Panther Win Big At Oscars 2019 | Geek Culture
https://geekculture.co/comic-book-heroes-spider-man-and-black-panther-win-big-at-oscars-2019

Morrus / EN World Job Opportunity
Closes March 8
Publishing Administrator
http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?657441-EN-Publishing-is-Hiring-Publishing-Administrator-(UK-Part-time)


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(There Is No) Section Zero 1959! – Episode 178 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

section zero 1959 comic booksPodcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 2/23/2019:
(There Is No) Section Zero 1959!

Highlights: Shane and Bill may or may not discuss Karl Kesel’s bonkers fun Section Zero 1959 comic book Kickstarter (which doesn’t exist)! They almost talk about Mexican Spider-man! It’s the 10th anniversary of Matt Barton’s Matt Chat and Matt makes a special guest appearance. The Marvel / Netflix / Hulu thing. Plus geek news and all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense! SPECIAL HUGS to Karl Kesel, who was scheduled to join but got laid low by pneumonia (or at least that’s the cover story the MiBs gave us while mashing a cigarette out in a very meaningful way).

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 Shane Plays ATOM RPG Early Access #3 – Otradnoye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HG3dzX3Ni4

Matt Barton’s Matt Chat: 10 Year Anniversary
https://www.youtube.com/user/blacklily8/featured

Listen as Matt Kills A Giant Rat in Ultima I
https://soundcloud.com/shane-plays/matt-barton-of-matt-chat-kills-a-giant-rat-in-ultima-i

Section Zero 1959 Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227066666/section-zero-1959

Original Section Zero Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227066666/section-zero

Hulu Could Revive The Cancelled Marvel-Netflix TV Shows, Eventually | ComingSoon.net
https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/1039033-hulu-could-revive-the-cancelled-marvel-netflix-tv-shows-eventually

Season 3 Will Be the Last for FX Series ‘Legion’ | Bleeding Cool
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/04/season-3-will-be-the-last-for-fx-series-legion/

DC Announces ‘DCeased’ | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/18/dc-comics-dceased-tom-taylor/

SPIDER-MAN’s Greatest Mystery: How AMAZING FANTASY #15’s Original Art Ended Up in the Library of Congress | Newsarama
https://www.newsarama.com/43804-spider-man-s-greatest-mystery-how-the-amazing-fantasy-15-original-art-ended-up-in-the-library-of-congress.html

Did Mexican Comics Marry Off Gwen and Spide-Man Rather Than Kill Her? | CBR.com
https://www.cbr.com/spider-man-mexican-comics-gwen-stacy-married-instead-killed/


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Galaxy of Scoundrels! – Episode 177 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

galactic scoundrels shane plays podcast title 2-16-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 2/16/2019:
Galaxy of Scoundrels!

Highlights: Shane and guest co-host Richard McBain gab on a live remote from Game Goblins as they catch up with Little Rock Games for the Galactic Scoundrels release party! Plus Richard’s Top 5 geeky movies for 2019, a veritable cornucopia of geek news, 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 Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back “Scoundrel” scene

Question from listener Chris Hardgrove:
Playing live stream style games online in Colombia

Richard’s Top 5 Geeky Movies for 2019
5. Ad Astra
4. Unnamed Terminator Sequel
3. Star Wars: Episode IX
2. John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum
1. Avengers: Endgame

Dragon Ball Super: Broly video release date: April 16 | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/anime/2019/02/16/dragon-ball-super-broly-blu-ray-dvd-release-date-united-states/

Show sponsor Troll Lord Games has launched a kickstarter for another book in the Castles & Crusades Mythos Series!
Codex Egyptium is live! From Ra to Set, from temple to tomb, unlock the Gods of Ancient Egypt. Bring their otherworldly mythology to your gaming table. Don’t miss out! As a bonus they’ve included the 2nd edition of Codex Celtarum as well!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/676918054/castles-and-crusades-codex-aegyptus

Andrew from LootTheBoss reached out to me:
Kickstarter (ends March 3): Ultimate Player Race Creator – Endless 5E D&D Races
Make any playable Dungeons and Dragons race you can imagine with hundreds of racial traits to choose from
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/loottheboss/ultimate-player-race-creator-end

Rian Johnson Confirms His Star Wars Trilogy Is Still Happening [UPDATED] | ScreenRant
https://screenrant.com/star-wars-rian-johnson-trilogy-canceled/

Episode IX’s Shoot Comes to a Close as J.J. Abrams Posts an Emotional Cast Photo | io9
https://io9.gizmodo.com/episode-ixs-shoot-comes-to-a-close-as-j-j-abrams-posts-1832658505

‘Masters of the Universe’ Movie Filming Start Date and Location Revealed | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/02/12/masters-of-the-universe-production-start-date-location/


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D&D Out of the Abyss Notes #83 – The City of Spiders / Against the Demon Lords

THIS IS IT! “Against the Demon Lords”! The final, ultimate showdown with the nasty big two-headed baddy! Will Demogorgon prevail and the Abyss fall to Lolth, or will our brave heroes manage to save the day? Either way, can they survive a betrayed Vizeran’s wrath? Four demon lords throw down at the Tower of Vengeance! Surprise help from a powerful friend as he reveals a big secret! Not all wands are worth wielding. Wave goodbye. Epilogue at Gauntlgrym, where King Bruenor metes out what the party deserves (in some cases posthumously). Shane discusses confusing timing on the last encounters of Out of the Abyss. How tall is Demogorgon, anyway? What does the Dark Heart talisman look like, anyway? Guards and Wards spell. Does Confusion cause loss of spell concentration? Mean party members and NPCs. The (in) famous DM blue bolt. Alcohol at the game table.

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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GoBots! – Episode 176 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

gobots shane plays podcast title 2-9-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 2/9/2019:
GoBots!

Highlights: The GoBots! Yep, that’s right… those beloved (by some) transforming robots from the 80’s! The toys! The cartoon! The movie! The… Rock Lords?? Who came first: Leader-1 or Optimus Prime? Find out as Shane geeks out with GoBots fan Robin, plus 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!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Screwhead | Robot Chicken SNEAK PEEK | Adult Swim

Mad Merv’s new game: Apolune
Shane has Steam keys… email or tweet him
“Apolune is a minimalist, endless procedural evolutionary space war. Enjoy fighting wave after wave of enemy starships in a classic “2D” simulation that evolves and mutates as you fight on, victorious. Defend the Earth from hordes of vile aliens in your simple craft: point-and-shoot.”
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1019150

Art & Arcana book by Mike Witwer & Jon Peterson is up for “Best Art Book” in 2019 Locus Poll and Survey
Locus is The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field – 30 time Hugo award winner
https://locusmag.com/2019-locus-poll-and-survey/

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Real Rocket Raccoon Passes Away; Chris Pratt Confirms James Gunn’s Vol. 3 Script Still In Play | SyFy Wire
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/guardians-of-the-galaxy-real-rocket-raccoon-passes-away

GO-BOTS Return in All-New Comic Book Series | IDW
IDW Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Classic Toy Line with a Sci-Fi Epic Written and Drawn by Tom Scioli
https://www.idwpublishing.com/go-bots-return-in-all-new-comic-book-series/

Gobots: Everything You Didn’t Know | SyFy Wire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBIDqug6GLU

Hasbro Might Be Making A GOBOTS Movie | ComicBookMovie.com
*From 2015
https://www.comicbookmovie.com/transformers/hasbro-might-be-making-a-gobots-movie-a114286
January 2015: “Hasbro has…filed documents to the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new GoBots trademark under ‘distribution of motion pictures, ongoing television programs’ and ‘Toys, games and playthings, namely, toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith.'”

GoBots Timeline

Credit to:
GoBots: Everything You Didn’t Know | SYFY WIRE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBIDqug6GLU
&
Wikipidia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobots

1982

  • Machine Robo in Japan (human-piloted mechanical machines)
  • Before Transformers!
  • “Friendly” and “Enemy” factions

1983

  • Tonka licenses Machine Robo toy line for USA and calls them GoBots
  • A year before Transformers
  • Reconcepted as self-aware robots, not human piloted machines
  • Given names, not just numbers
  • Gobotron – home planet

September 1984

  • Transformers animated series
  • Transformers toys flood US toy stores

“Challenge of the GoBots”

  • Aired one season 1984 – 1985
  • Hannah – Barbera cartoon
  • 65 episodes, 22 minutes each
  • 1,430 minutes total
  • Cartoon introduced “Guardians” and the “Renegades” faction??
  • Voice actors:
    • Phil Hartman – Professor Baron (Von) Joy
    • Frank Welker (Megatron) – Scooter
    • Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) – Pincher

1985

  • Super GoBots
  • 6” toys
  • New characters from show sold to expand line
  • Animated feature: “Go-Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords”
  • New Rock Lords spinoff toy line from Tonka

1987

  • GoBots line ends

1991:

  • Hasbro buys by Tonka for $516 million
  • GoBots folded into Transformers toy line

 


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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!

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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!

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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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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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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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