Nov 262012
 
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A few weeks ago, I was generating the show notes for an episode of the Gamecast. I had just reached the point where I was adding the little button that asks our listeners to “rate and review us on iTunes”, when I realized that I don’t rate and review the shows that I listen to!

In the spirit of “support, support, support”, I decided to do just that.

I asked my co-hosts to do the same.  The following list of podcasts is not necessarily all of the shows that we listen to, but they are the shows to which we gave a 5 star rating.  We posted the ratings and reviews on iTunes to help support the shows individually.

I have compiled the following list, hoping to spread the word about some of these great shows.  I hope you find something you like.

If there are other shows that you guys think we should listen to, feel free to let us know in the “comments” section below.

 

2 GMs 1 Mic

– Great chemistry and engaging subject matter with an interesting format…and a dragon.  ‘Nuff Said!          -Dan

 

 

 

Action Nerds Go!

– This podcast’s knowledgeable and engaging hosts have free form discussions about a wide array of topics.  I didn’t realize it before I listened to this show, but, apparently, I too am an “Action Nerd”.  So with that being said, heed the call to arms…..

Action Nerds!  GO!                               -Dan
CLICK HERE to read more reviews of this podcast, or write one of your own.

 

 

All Games Considered

– I looooove this show!  The hosts are well spoken and interesting.  They cover everything from tabletop war games to indie RPGs.  Also, unlike some other news casts…they actually play the games……RPG Buffet for the win!       -Dan

CLICK HERE to read more reviews of this podcast, or write one of your own.

 

 

Fat Man on Batman

– Kevin Smith is back again with a new podcast, and just like all of the other ones, it’s about something he loves….The Caped Crusader himself!  The Dark Knight returns in podcast form.  Every week, Kevin brings on a new guest to talk about The Bat, Mark Hamill, Paul Dini, and Adam West to name a few.   His love for the character may only be matched by the respect that he holds for those that are involved with the work.  I hope to see Christian Bale, or some of the other people involved with Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

Another great work presented by the Smodcast network!

Light the Bat Signal and keep on talkin’..                                -Bryan
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Fear the Boot

– What else is left to say about these guys?  They’ve been around for a long time and have inspired countless game ideas.  With the evolution of the roster of hosts throughout the years,  they could literally start over from episode 1, re-discuss the topics, and have entirely different conversations.  All of which, I’m sure, would be stimulating, informative, and enlightening.  A must listen for RP gamers!

-Dan
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Film Sack

– Scott Johnson and crew discuss movies.  While exploring the seedy underbelly of cinematic entertainment, they pin back the flaps, reach in, and pull out the good stuff.   Brilliant!!!  Film Sack has well spoken, knowledgeable hosts, and excellent production quality.  Hopefully, as long as Hollywood keeps turning out stinkers, tongue-in-cheekers, and box office sinkers, Scott, Randy, Brian, and Brian will be there to dissect them.           -Dan

- 4 guys gather to joke about the best and worst of Netflix Streaming. They’ll get you watching movies you hadn’t thought of since reading the back of the VHS in the local rental store, laughing your tuchus off, and yelling the trivia they can’t remember at your computer screen. I highly encourage a tour through their back catalog for your favorites. Heck, listen to all of ‘em, it’ll help with the rare inside joke.        -Mack
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Gamerstable

– So much information and great banter packed into 30 minute episodes.  This is a great show with intelligent and informed hosts who care about the subject matter.  These guys do a fantastic job with production and really do their part to give back to the community.  Check them out!!

Openly Gamer Theatre – A fresh look at actual play podcasts complete with a vocal and ambient sound effects presented with rock solid GMing and a great group of role players!                -Dan

-This is my favorite RPG podcast!  This show has a large cast, full of knowledgeable and unique hosts, and as a result, you get quite a few differing opinions on the subject matter.  These opinions are thrown out rapidly, yet, somehow, they manage to stay cohesive!  Great show!                 -Tyler
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Happy Jack’s RPG Podcast

– A diverse collection of talented and funny hosts explore the table top RPG hobby in a round table discussion whose topics range from GM advice to beer snobbery.  All of this is presented with AMAZING sound quality and supported by an active and equally talented community.  College humor, amplified belching, and taint jokes….keep ‘em coming!                            -Dan
CLICK HERE to read more reviews of this podcast, or write one of your own.

 

Hollywood Babble-on

- Kev Smith and Ralph Garman’s show on pop culture, humor, lots of satire, movies, comics, and no shortage of obscurities.  The show is recorded live, and while recording, they post links to the media that is being discussed so that the audience can play along at home in real time.  A great show for those who like pop culture humor!   -Steve

-Once a week, Kevin Smith brings his friend, Ralph Garman, a man of 10,000 voices, to talk about the ins and outs of Hollywood business, including movies, celebrities, music, with a sprinkle of nerd news and pop culture.   The conversation usually takes an adult and funny twist, with Ralph portraying some of my favorite characters, including, “McDonald’s Fry Girl”, “The Cosby Clown”, and “The Gay Ghost”. I recommend this podcast to anyone who enjoys Kevin Smith’s brand of dark, twisted humor.

Garmy Strong!!!               -Bryan
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Indie Talks

– Ben Gerber is a man of many talents and many projects.  This show explores indie gaming from the perspective of an indie game designer.  The host is a font of knowledge on the topic, a good speaker, a skilled interviewer, and has a knack for understanding game mechanics that makes for some fantastic game reviews.  It’s all packaged in a show with very good audio quality that functions beautifully as a platform for getting the word out on new games and game systems.

Great Job!           -Dan
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The Instance

- The best World of Warcraft news and commentary this side of the bleeding edge. Scott, Dills and Turpster guide you through the cake of this week’s WoW, without making you read every blue post or data-miner’s forum, and do so with the flavor of their own perspectives, the filling of their experiences, and a nice frosting of funny. Is it a cupcake? Is it a doughnut?

No: it’s the Instance.                      -Mack
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The Jennisodes

– An awesome show with a catalogue of episode containing interviews the who’s who about the what’s what of the gaming community and geek culture…

…and pandas.  Great show!         -Dan
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Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff

– Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws get together and talk about a countless topics, including but not limited to, gaming, game theory, politics, history, current events, even the correction of real world problems through time travel.  A very cerebral podcast, but what else would you expect from intellectual heavy hitters such as Hite and Laws?  Great Show!  One of my favorites!   -Dan
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Metagamers Anonymous

– A brilliant show with well-spoken, and informed hosts.  Centering around immersive play, Met-Anon explores the RPG hobby with an eye toward the experience rather than the mechanics.  With fantastic production value, and the added bonus of an interview series that includes some of the biggest names in the gaming community, this show NEEDS to be in your playlist.            -Dan
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Monkey in the Cage

– The hosts of this show are funny and a little weird, and the chemistry is perfect!  Every episode is like sitting down with a group of friends.  Their informed commentary on gaming and geek culture shows a deep love for the subject matter.  This is definitely one of my favorite podcasts and I hope that as long as there are geeks…..there is a Monkey in the Cage!                      -Dan
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Monsters of the Shattered World

– A throwback to the radio dramas of the 1930s, the show follows an explorer/scribe writing home to his patron about his exploits and encounters while away.  Great production value!  Solid story lines!  Very fun!       -Dan
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The Morning Stream

A nerdy conversation to replace bad talk radio and commercials during your morning commute. Whether talking about current events, doing a regular interview, or taking a listener call, Scott and Ibbott leave no joke in the barrel. A special treat: you’ve never really felt the Stream hot and fresh until you’ve watched it live and dived into the tadpool. I highly recommend it if you have the morning off.                        -Mack
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The Moth

-Short stories told live without notes. You know the best stories you ever told your friends around a bar table or campfire, or maybe the stuff you only ever told somebody alone, close, late at night? Well, these are the best of those, stories that make you laugh, cry, or get mad, but all of which make you grow. Careful: you never know which story is gonna touch you deeply, but eventually one will.                                         -Mack
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Penn’s Sunday school

– Penn Jillette and Michael Goudeau discuss show business (old and new) and the human condition from the skeptic’s perspective.  Throw in a roster of fantastic guests, such as, Gilbert Gottfried, Billy West, George Takei, and Monkey Tuesday, and you have a show that SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!          -Dan
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Planet Arbitrary

- Several podcasts are distributed through this feed, all of which are great!  Topics include, video game news, game reviews, comedy, current events, game nostalgia, you name it!  Planet Arbitrary is a great effort by the cast, presented in various formats by a group of knowledgeable and well-spoken hosts.  GOOD SHOWS!        -Dan
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Postcards From the Dungeon

– An absolutely amazing show!  PFTD is a creative look at the hobby that we all know and love.  The hosts have found the perfect mix of news, tips, gaming stories, and banter, giving the listener more RPG inspiration than any one show should be able to give.  They’ve stoked the fires of my own gaming creativity numerous times since I discovered the show!

Thanks Guys!!!                 -Dan
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Radiolab

- Everything you never knew you needed to know, but do, presented in a way to make the complex accessible to the lay. Start with an idea, then. ask smart people about it. Use the right questions, and you just might have some remarkable revelations. Edit for sound, and you’ve got Radiolab. Enjoy.                 -Mack
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Role Playing Public Radio

– Ross Payton and Tom Church deliver a great show with a nice mix of content and banter.  This show is one of my favorites, and they earned every carat of the Gold Innie awards for best podcast.  Congrats guys!  Keep ‘em coming!       -Dan

-I cannot say enough good things about this show and it’s hosts.  Ross Payton has an approach that allows him to get things done, not just in podcasting, but in his other ventures as well.  I love the topics.  I love the banter.  Ross and Tom just really seem to “get it”.

This show is a powerhouse!        -Tyler
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RPPR Actual Play

– This is a fantastic actual play podcast with diversity in both games and GMs, a great group of role players, and good sound quality.  This is easily one of the best on the web!                          -Dan
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RPG Circus

– Content, content, content!  This show is non-stop material from bumper to bumper, and the hosts bring great topics to the mics show after show.  It’s a fantastic effort with solid production quality delivered by well-spoken hosts.  I’m extremely happy that I found this one! -Dan
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Shark Bone

– Funny, extremely informative, and inspirational!  The concept for this show is based on extracting game ideas from movies.  Take notes because these guys bring SO many RPG ideas to the mics SO fast, that you won’t have time to ponder them.  Love the format! Love the show! A must listen for GMs with hungry brains!          -Dan
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Smodcast

-You want a podcast?  You got a Smodcast.  This was Kevin Smith’s inaugural podcasting effort with his producer, and friend for life, Scott Mosier.  I’ve been listening since the beginning, and this is the funniest thing I have ever heard in my life….hands down.  It’s absolute perfection.  It’ll make you laugh, cry, think, and feel like you not only know these guys, but that they’re your two best friends.  The show is beautifully put together, and with Kevin’s weed smoking antics and Scott’s deadpan delivery the chemistry is amazing.  If you’re not listening, do yourself a favor and start ….NOW!               -Bryan
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Tell ‘em Steve Dave

-The Jersey boys are back again!  Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, and Brian Quinn are Tell ‘em Steve Dave.  Having been friends with Kevin Smith for years, they have many stories to tell.  The laughs ensue with many yuks and some hot button topics.  Walt’s outlook and attitude has inspired me!

I love this podcast!

I hope everything works out after hurricane Sandy.

Congrats on Comic Book Men, and thanks for the free funny!    -Bryan

- When a dude like me wants to listen to a good podcast, I listen to Tell ‘em Steve Dave on the Smodco Network.  This is one of the only podcasts that I listen to that I will give 5 stars.  It’s got a little something for everyone.  Great show!         -Steve
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This American Life

-Host, Ira Glass, and a wonderful team of producers tell you the stories you need to hear with a little dramatic style and keen editorial insight.  Important perspectives abound, and though each episode is itself pretty focused and stays on target, each episode tends to be on a different topic. The Thanksgiving episodes have long been background listening in my house, and I actually consider their episodes on Banking and governmental Monetary Policy to be a service to the US.                            -Mack
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Wait Wait, Don’t Tell me

-The weekly news quiz show. Join a revolving panel of comedians for an irreverent look at the week’s events. A good brush up on current events both trivial and topical, I always fill the weekend news doldrums with this fresh perspective.   -Mack
CLICK HERE to read more reviews of this podcast, or write one of your own.

 

 

A special thank you to all of these shows for filling the hours with entertainment and our hearts with inspiration.

 

 

Aug 142012
 
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For both those of you who missed  us, I apologize for the recent inactivity.

The last couple of weeks have been a perfect storm of setbacks and obstacles.   Not including changing schedules at both jobs, it began with a software malfunction in which an entire episode of the Gamecast sounded like it was being played on an old cassette player that had fallen in a toilet.

There was no saving it, the recycle bin thought it was delicious.

At this time, I was also making a lot of changes to the website.  Due to my own technological ineptitude, this process was quite a daunting task.  My family had planned a vacation, and I had hoped to complete the change-over before we left…no such luck.  After a couple of days of rather involved preparation for our sabbatical,  we finally made our exit.

We drove to Indianapolis and spent the rest of a beautiful day just wandering around downtown with big plans for the following day.  Those plans were cut short by a phone call shortly after we checked into our hotel telling us that one of our dogs was extremely ill.  By unanimous decision, we repacked the van and made the mad dash home through dark of night, lightning, thunder, a torrential downpour, all the while, beating back sleep by playing road games and having some very silly conversations.

 

Penny is doing fine now.

I have since changed our recording software ( I just need to learn to use it), and we have a new episode ready for editing, and, as you can see, I’ve finished the website.  The next episode should be up Monday, August 20th.

With the ashes of the last two weeks still smoldering, we should be able to settle into a rhythm once again.

It is said that from the ashes, rises the phoenix.  While I don’t know if CarpeGM.net will be able to rival the majesty or magic of that mythical bird, I think we’ve at least attained the stature of a cool looking chicken.

-Dan

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Jul 302012
 
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Metagamers Anonymous

Metagamers Anonymous is a young podcast that I discovered while sifting for gold on iTunes.  Lo and behold! I found it.  These guys, and girl, are knowledgeable, well spoken, and creative.  Their bi-weekly podcast has become one that I find myself waiting for.

A little while ago, I wrote them an e-mail, I’m posting it here for all to see…

In previous episodes, you’ve brought up the concept of “organic 
roleplaying,”and, indeed, this seems to be a key principle in your own game
play.  While this is a valuable tool around the game table to be sure, I feel
that “organic roleplaying” tends to reward those on the player’s side of the
screen more often than the GM.

Now, before you send me a “Dear listener, Please go [smurf] yourself” letter,
please allow me to explain.

Most of the time, players are experiencing the game world and all of it’s events
through the eyes one character.  This means that every bit of role-playing
energy that the player puts into the game is being used to define the emotions,
attitudes, actions, and reactions of one individual, as opposed to the GM, who
is responsible for what goes on in the heads, hearts, and hands of everyone else
in the game world.  Because of this, it’s more difficult for a GM to become as
deeply rooted in one character’s persona than it is for the players.

So what then, does a GM get out of a game with “organic roleplayers?…”

…The opportunity to take advantage of another gaming concept…”dynamic
storytelling.”

While a GM may be hard pressed to get down to the nuts and bolts
of every NPC’s emotion and motivation, he can use every descriptive tool at his
disposal to create a vibrant and immersive world around the PCs.  The GM’s reward
for having good roleplayers is that he can tell a story and be confident that
his players will pull every but of excitement and fun out of any tale he tells.
It’s my point of view that, the more believable and dynamic the world and it’s
inhabitants, the more fulfilling the game.

That’s the concept that’s been bouncing around on the ping pong table of my mind
lately… player immersion.  If immersion is the ball, then “dynamic
storytelling” and “organic roleplaying” are the paddles.  It’s been my
experience that, while player immersion is a simple thing to define, it is not always
an easy thing to execute.

So here is my purely hypothetical question:

Which is more important to achieving player immersion, organic roleplay, or dynamic storytelling?

Once again, great show!  Looking forward to the discussion.

The on-air responses and discussion can be found on Metagamers Anonymous Episode #7.

With the exception of their divulging of a weird furniture fetish, admitting to using Facebook in a manner in which, I’m sure, Mark Zuckerburg never intended, and something about a gazebo,  the discussion went pretty much as I expected.  Some tug o’ war occurred between the two sides, both with valid points.  However, ultimately, I think they came to the same conclusion that I did….

RPGs take place, almost exclusively, through the cinematography of the minds eye. Therefore, a GM can “dynamically” tell a story until his lungs collapse, but, if he does not have receptive players, he may as well be reading them a grocery list.  Conversely, a good organic player can allow his or her character take the wheel, steer, and  role-play Tic-Tac-Toe if they set their mind to it.

But we’re talking about immersive role-playing.  Throw out the dice and rules, and you get down to the quick of what our hobby is about…

playing make believe.

In the imagination of a child, it’s easy for a pencil to be a dragon-smiting holy sword, or a small patch of dirt in the backyard to transform into an arid wasteland that travelling heroes must cross to save the world.  While a good GM can keep his players well stocked with pencils and dirt, he can’t give his players the sight to see them for what they really are.  Only the child inside can make full use of such valuable tools.  Children are, hands down,  the most immersive gamers, even if they aren’t as refined and rules saavy.  We were all there at one time.  As role-players, most of us strive to reach, in our games, that point of full immersion we used to achieve so effortlessly as children.  With that goal in mind, we’ve quantified every aspect of “make believe,” and in turn, those rules and the fiddly bits of whatever system we may be playing, can keep some of us rooted in the world in which we exist, while the immersive gamer soars in the world that they imagine.

It seems to me that player immersion exists with or without dynamic storytelling and organic role-playing, these concepts just help us achieve it by giving our inner 9 year old more things to play with.

With that bit of conjecture, I must go.  But, you can all rest easy tonight, as I have recently purchased a new pencil sword and, as soon as I don my beach towel cloak, I’m off to save the world…..again.

- The Nondenominational GM

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Jun 112012
 
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The grizzled electrician takes the corner a little too tight as he enters the parking lot of 32nd National Bank,  the under-carriage of his old, light blue, service van chipping the curb just slightly further up than the last time he was here.  He squares the front of his baby blue beater with the “handicapped” parking space directly across from the main door.  Flicking his Pall Mall out of the driver’s side window, his hand moves toward the gearshift….

Just as the cigarette lands on the blacktop, exploding with a tiny, incendiary flourish, the van takes off.  Like a confused rocket, it shoots off in reverse, speeding toward the large, glass, double doors of the bank.  One patron, Mr. Giordano, looks up from counting his “Vegas” money just in time to see the bright orange “How’s My Driving?” sticker as it crashes through the glass and steel.   The powder blue wrecking ball turns the bank’s sleek, professional, (and streak-free if you ask the janitor), entryway into an eruption of twisted and mangled door frame accompanied by a barrage of shattered glass, death, and sky blue destruction.

The bank manager, Mrs. Pikney, steps out of her office and takes in the scene.  She gingerly steps over Mrs. Baumgartner, being careful not to ruin her shoes, and hurries over to “Ol’ Frankie”, ecstatic that he’s “finally showed up to replace that light fixture.  And…where is the janitor?”

Okay…

So that’s not how that really goes down…

“Ol’ Frankie” pulls in, parks, goes to the back of his van, grabs his tool belt and the few tools that he knows he will need, and a couple “just in case” rather than bringing all of them.  He then, goes inside, fixes the light and leaves.  Everybody’s happy, and no bloodshed.

By now, you’re probably asking “What does all of this have to do with GMing?”

All Gms have what’s called the proverbial “GM toolbox.”  The amount of tools you have in your toolbox directly correlates with how long you’ve been practicing the craft and how much  research you do.  These tools include everything that you know about running a game, designing a game,world building, adventure generation, story-telling, and anything else that comes in handy at the game table.  This list also includes gaming ideas that you haven’t tried yet, story and/or villain concepts, variant mechanics, gimmicks, etc.

While these things are all wonderful additions to your gaming repertoire, they must be used sparingly!  You will not need everything in your “GM toolbox” every session.  This is why you need a “GM toolbelt.”  This is the group of tools that you need to bring to the table to get through the session that you have planned and a few “just in case” tools because your players will always surprise you.  If you want to put a gimmick or a new concept in your game, just make sure that it doesn’t ruin the concept that your players have of their game.

There must be some form of continuity in your game and some measure of player comfort around the game table in order for players to be able to appreciate a new concept or gimmick that you bring in.  Too many gimmicks, or constantly changing mechanics can make a game feel very disjointed to some players.  You should try to establish some constants in your game.  The lullaby of familiarity only elevates the level of impact that a skillfully executed surprise mechanic or gimmick can bring to the table.  However,  the opposite can also be true.  If every time you sit down to prepare for the next session, you’re planning on using “this new gimmick,” you can create a situation where the players are constantly on their heels and uncomfortable with the game as a whole.

You’re saying, “This is totally gonna blow their mind!”

They’re saying, “I hope we run into an old man at the inn.  Maybe he’ll give us a map, and we’ll head out for a dungeon crawl.” or “Hopefully the King needs us to rescue the Princess again’”

A GM who constantly tries to cram new concepts or mechanics into a game, regardless of story or setting continuity, runs the risk of destroying the foundations of his game just as effectively as “Ol’ Frankie” and his sky blue van.

In the next few posts, I will be discussing some of the tools that you can find in a good GM’s toolbelt.  Some of these will be old concepts with a new face, but I may throw in a few of my own tricks.

But, for today, I’ll leave you with this advice: (worth every penny you paid for it)

Approach your sessions with a toolbelt full of things that allow you to get the job done in the most efficient manner.  While creativity, novel ideas, and new gaming concepts are what make this great hobby as diverse and entertaining as it is, overuse can break the flow of any game and ruin the experience for your players.  Remember, it’s their game too!

So, don’t ruin Mrs. Pikney’s shoes, and don’t get in the way of old Italian men doing whatever it is they do with “Vegas” money.

-The NonD. GM

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May 282012
 
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My step-son and I attended Fear the Con 5, hosted by Fear the Boot,  which was a fantastic experience.  We had not registered for any games but that community is one of the best in gaming, they made sure that we were involved in something entertaining during every block. I will delve into this experience a little deeper at a later date, however, I wanted to announce that their latest episode (Episode 266 – Vivid Storytelling) is posted.  This episode was recorded live at the convention, and I was able make a comment on air about their topic….  Ok, so it’s more like being a scene extra than a cameo, but I’m still stoked!

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May 252012
 
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Hello and welcome to my blog!

I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Dan, and I am The Nondenominational GM.  I’ve played with a lot of colorful characters in my time, both in and out of the game.  My current gaming group consists of my family:

Elaina (13), is a casual gamer who prefers light-hearted games but enjoys the occasional table top RPG.

Aaron (15), is a hardcore gamer, he enjoys more intense and involved games and would sacrifice breathing if he thought it would increase his damage per second.

Jacob (18), is a free spirited gamer who is always ready to play anything, but doesn’t wander too far into the pandemonium that is gamer geek fan-dom.

Brandon (21) was the first of our children to be pulled into the hobby, having grown up, he isn’t as active in our family gaming as he used to be.  He has his own circle of gamers now and is creating his own gaming stories.

Kate (?) my beautiful fiancee, is a casual gamer that enjoys the time spent with her family, however, she lacks the patience to play the longer games.  Although, there was a time when she role played a fox who was an inspirational speaker with a black belt in karate in a QAGS game that my ,then, 12 year old daughter ran.  She was fantastic!

I love them all, and words can’t express my appreciation of their enabling of my gaming addiction!

As for me, I’ve been gaming for nearly 25 years,  everything from Chutes and Ladders to D&D.  It all started when I was 8 years old.  I was at my sister’s house for the summer, and the kids next door were on their front porch playing some kind of game with pencils and paper and some little Christmas ornaments that had numbers on them.

I was mesmerized.

I watched them for what seemed like hours, trying to absorb the rules of the game by proximity alone.   I went home and began tearing open every game box we had in the house looking for some of those weird shaped dice.  A huge mess and a little while later, I resurfaced with all of the 6 sided dice in the house (Yahtzee was like finding a pirate’s treasure!)  I then began to write my own game on a piece of notebook paper.  It was going to be the greatest game ever…Mad Max-Beyond Thunderdome RPG!!!  Of course, I didn’t call it that, I wanted everyone to think I was a genius.   My first victim player was my sister.  Although I’m sure that she would have rather drank a glass of barbed wire than to suffer at the hands of her little brother’s first GMing experience, she was a good sport.  I had a blast, and a GM was born.

-The NonD. GM

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