The Triumphant Return of GEN CON!

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Sep 012021


The Titan Cometh!

This year, once again, the biggest and best tabletop gaming convention in the country is returning to Indianapolis September 16th-19th.  GEN CON is back and we’ll be there!  if you can’t or don’t want to come to the convention in person there are several ways to be involved this year, including GEN CON Indy, GEN CON Online, Pop-Up GEN CON, and GEN CON TV.

GEN CON Indy is the Superbowl for tabletop nerds!  

“Celebrating its 52nd year in 2019, Gen Con “The Best Four Days in Gaming!”(tm) has become the largest annual consumer fantasy, electronic, sci-fi, and adventure game convention in North America. Each year, gaming enthusiasts converge in Indianapolis to share their enthusiasm for all things gaming; whether its tournaments, celebrity appearances, exhibit hall booths, electronic games, workshops, seminars, anime, art shows, auctions, or countless other activities.

With an avid following of more than 140,000 consumer and professional attendees, Gen Con is THE destination for everyone from serious fans, to those simply interested in casual gaming. Many people ask “Gaming? What kind of Gaming?” Gen Con appeals to all hobby gaming enthusiasts, essentially all gaming except sports and gambling.

Game manufacturers and publishers consistently utilize Gen Con as the place to launch new games and new products, show off the latest and greatest game expansions and features, and host incredible tournaments. From world championships awarding thousands of dollars to non-professional games created by passionate enthusiasts, playing games is what it’s all about.”

GEN CON Online allows you to take part in the convention from the comfort of your living room…  or office…  or restroom… whatever.

After a successful first year in 2020, Gen Con Online will return in 2021, running concurrently with Gen Con Indy and Pop-Up Gen Con!

Gen Con Online is our online convention program featuring gaming, entertainment, and lots of other types of events, plus a packed schedule of livestreaming content on Twitch, a vibrant community on Discord, and more!

Pop-Up GEN CON brings little baby GEN CONs to your local game store!

“Gather with your local gaming community and try out hot new games before anyone else, all from the comfort of your friendly local game store. Each FLGS will determine how they want to host this event based on COVID-19 health and safety guidelines and conditions in their area. Check with the store for details on what they are planning.

Pop-Up Gen Con will take place on Saturday, September 18, 2021.

If you can’t make it to Gen Con Indy this year or can only come for a day, check out Pop-Up Gen Con at your local game store”


However you plan to experience GEN CON, be sure to let us know how it goes.

Also, if you‘re going to be in Indianapolis September 16th-19th be sure to connect With us.  We’ll have a meet up each night!

Gamecast – Ep 45 – Happy Belated Birthday To Us!

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Aug 222014

Topic – In this episode, we talk about games that we hate and how to make them better.  Also, we take a look at the last 2 years of podcasting and the misadventures that came with them.  This is not a standard episode of the Gamecast, so if this is your first time listening, be sure to check out a couple of other episodes as well!

Hosts – Dan, Mack, Bryan, Steve, and Lucas



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Interviews – Ep 13 – Erik Carl

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Jul 292014

Special Guest – Erik Carl

Topic: I had the great pleasure of sitting down with my good friend, host and Executive Producer of Metagamers Anonymous, and patriarch of the Prismatic Tsunami community, Erik Carl.  We discussed gaming with kids and his latest venture, TsunamiCon!

Support! Support!  Support!



Media – 


 Be sure to check out and support the Tsunamicon Kickstarter, a National level gaming convention based in Wichita, Kansas and being organized by our sister podcast, Metagamers Anonymous.   Only good things can come of this……..

Tsunamicon Kickstarter
Tsunamicon Facebook

Erik Supported:

BobCon: A gamer retreat in Kansas City
BobCon 2014 by Brad Kelley — Kickstarter
BobCon | Facebook



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Gamecast – Ep 37 – Hello Again

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Feb 072014

Topic – In this episode, we discuss at length what has been on our horizons and later talk about some goals and resolutions for the new year.  Enjoy!

Hosts – Dan, Mack, Bryan, Steve


Media – 

Mutant Chronicles 3rd Edition (Kickstarter)
Mouse Guard RPG
War of the Burning Sky
We Didn’t Playtest This At All (Game)
Dan supported – Asmadi Games


Check out Connibal Roads Debut EP, Alonging for the Black and White!

The interstitial music for this episode is: “Missing Pages” by Connibal Road
For more from this awesome band:
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Modiphius Calling – Episode 1

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Aug 142013

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Welcome to Modiphius Calling – our new regular tabletop podcast hosted by Josh O’Connor and Chris Birch. You can expect news of our main games such as Achtung! Cthulhu, Mutant Chronicles, our miniatures line as well as reviews of boardgames and RPG’s we like, tabletop gaming related Apps and interviews with a big range of guests, competitions and more. If you’d like to be a guest on our show and talk about your game please drop us a line here

Running Order:
00:31 News From Modiphius
06:13 What’s on Your Table?
16:34 Interview: Nick FallonOneWar co-designer
27:24 Mobile Tabletop
34:54 Achtung! Cthulhu News
42:17 Mutant Chronicles Playtest Intro Read by Stephane Middleton
53:32 Goodbye!

Achtung! Cthulhu
Achtung! Cthulhu: Three Kings at
Mutant Chronicles
One War Battle Report
Siege of the Citadel
Dungeon Crawl Classics
0-Level Party Generator:
Crawler’s Companion:
Battle Academy
Frozen Front Intro to Mutant Chronicles reading Ephemera by System Divide, used with permissionDisclaimerThe opinions expressed here represent personal opinions of presenters and guests and do not not necessarily reflect the views of Modiphius Entertainment Ltd. 

Modiphius Calling is a presentation of Modiphius Entertainment, for this and other awesome projects please visit!!!

Visit us at!Please subscribe, rate, and review us on iTunes!We're now on Stitcher Internet Radio!Recommend our shows on!Like Modiphius Games on Facebook!Follow Modiphius on Twitter!Circle Modiphius!Purchase Modiphius products on DriveThruPG!Join the conversation on our forum!

Return To Ravnica League

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Oct 052012

League play for  Magic The Gatherings’s newest release Return to Ravnica, starts October 5, 2012.  Find a a league near you and get in on the action!!!

Join the Return to Ravnica League and experience the newest Magic: The Gathering set in an exciting format!

The top finishers at the end of the league will get an alternate art Knight token!       

Find a League Near You!

Where Can I Join on October 5, 2012?

Return to Ravnica Leagues are happening at local stores all over the world! Check out our tournament locator to find aReturn to Ravnica League near you. Contact your local store to confirm the event venue, start time and date.

What Happens There?

When you join the Return to Ravnica League, you will be given the opportunity to play with the newest cards in an on-going, five-week league. There will be prizes, and players can complete a league badge for fun and excitement.

The suggested format for the Return to Ravnica league is Sealed Deck — Each player receives six Return to Ravnica booster packs to use for building a deck. Please check with your local store to confirm the league format.

Over the course of the league, you will be able to add more boosters to your league deck.

Each participant should play three matches per week, for a total of fifteen over the course of the league. Players joining the Return to Ravnica League late can play extra matches to catch up to the current match cap of three times the current total of weeks of the league.

What Do I get?

Each player will receive a league badge, and each week, if they play all three of their matches, they’ll be rewarded with a guild symbol sticker they can attach to their badge.

At the end of the league, there will be cool prizes including an alternate art Knight token. Your local store may offer other prizes as well. Be sure to contact them to confirm the details of their league.

Players who have general questions about Magic Leagues or any other Wizards of the Coast offerings should contact Customer Service at, or call 800-324-6496 in North America, or check the global contact list for their local Customer Service office at


Press Release – “The Game of Thrones” Card Game

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Sep 062012

Are you fan of  “Game of Thrones?”  Later this year, Fantasy Flight Games is

Announcing GAME OF THRONES: THE CARD GAME, Based on the HBO (R) Series


“When you play the game of thrones you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”
–Cersei Lannister

HBO’s critically acclaimed Game of Thrones® television series has introduced millions to the world of Westeros, where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. Based on George R.R. Martin’s beloved fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire,Game of Thrones chronicles the epic struggles between the Great Houses of Westeros as they vie for control of the Iron Throne.

Now fans of the show can give new life to their favorite characters and schemes. Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Game of Thrones: The Card Game, a two-player card game of intrigue, betrayals, and battles.

Stark and Lannister Vie for Dominance

“The wolf and the lion will be at each other’s throats. We will be at war soon, my friend.”
–Lord Varys

From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and the ancient Wall that protects the realm from the darkness beyond, two powerful families engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

Game of Thrones: The Card Game lets two players choose their house and experience their own battles between House Stark and House Lannister.

Eddard Stark fought alongside his friend Robert Baratheon to overthrow Aerys Targaryen, The Mad King, from the Iron Throne. After the war, Eddard returned to the North, to rule in Winterfell as the Warden of the North. The Stark sigil is a grey direwolf on an ice-white field, and their House words are Winter is Coming.

The Lannisters are the wealthiest family in Westeros. When The Mad King was deposed and Robert Baratheon took the Iron Throne, he married Cersei Lannister. As Robert relies more and more upon the counsel of his friend, Eddard Stark, Cersei and the Lannisters take steps to ensure that they will keep the power they have earned. Their sigil is a golden lion upon a crimson field, and their words are Hear Me Roar!

As betrayal, lust, intrigue, and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms, the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences. Game of Thrones follows kings, queens, knights, renegades, liars, thieves, and noblemen as they play a deadly game for power.

Claim Power for Your House

“Winter is coming.”
–Eddard Stark

Game of Thrones presents two fixed decks of fifty cards each, one for House Stark and one for House Lannister. Each deck includes many of the show’s most recognizable characters and locations, including Eddard Stark, Cersei Lannister, Robert Baratheon, Littlefinger, and Jon Snow, among others.

In this tense struggle for power, each player attempts to outmaneuver his foe on the battlefield, at court, and with the people of Westeros, positioning his House to claim the Iron Throne (a feat represented by the acquisition of fifteen power tokens). Over the course of a game, players use their plot cards, which represent their Houses’ various schemes and pursuits, to gain various advantages. Then, they marshall their forces. By playing characters, locations, and attachments, a player can put himself in a better position to engage his opponent in the game’s three types of challenges:

  •  Military: These challenges represent the fierce battles taking place across the war-torn realm. Unless he wins the challenge, the defending player must choose and kill a number of his characters in play equal to the claim value on the attacking player’s revealed plot (these do not have to be characters who participated in the challenge).
  •  Intrigue: These challenges evoke the subtle and secretive betrayals rampant at court. Unless he wins the challenge, the defending player must discard, at random, a number of cards from his hand equal to the claim value on the attacking player’s revealed plot.
  •  Power: Finally, these challenges represent the overt political maneuvering and dealmaking that can so often lead to influence. Unless he wins the challenge, the defending player must move a number of power counters from his House banner to the attacking player’s House banner equal to the claim value on the attacking player’s revealed plot.

As players win challenges, they claim power for their House. The first player to gain fifteen power has cemented his control over the Iron Throne, winning the game!

Live the Story

“I’m a purveyor of beauty and discretion, both equally important.”
–Petyr Baelish

With its evocative imagery and rich gameplay, Game of Thrones: The Card Game captures the lush and vibrant imagery of HBO’sGame of Thrones in a format that makes a perfect two-player introduction to the world of Westeros.

How does this release relate to the Living Card Game version?In short, it doesn’t. Cards from this product are not in any way compatible with those of the Living Card Game, nor are they legal for tournament play. This is a simplified, streamlined version of the LCG intended for fans of the HBO series. Visit our description page for more.

It features photographs and artwork from the television series. Furthermore, Game of Thrones makes the intrigues of Westeros immediately accessible with streamlined rules and fixed decks of fifty cards each for House Stark and House Lannister. The whole experience is meant to help players dive into the game’s plots and battles as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, Game of Thrones: The Card Game builds upon the its fixed decks by offering tremendous potential for strategy and replay with its unique rules for plot drafting. By pursuing new schemes each game, players retain a vital element of surprise.

Winter is Coming

Look for Game of Thrones: The Card Game to arrive at retailers everywhere by the fourth quarter of 2012!


Episode 10 – Etiquette, Protocol, and Superstitions!

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Aug 212012

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Hosts – Dan, Mack, Steve, Bryan, Tyler

Topic – This is a big one.  In this episode, we answer(?) some questions about gamer etiquette, discuss some house-rule protocol, and listen to some “man-on-the-street” interviews about  gamer superstitions as we discuss and divulge our own.  Finally, we announce our first CarpeGM listener contest!

(00:37) Episode 10!

(1:30) On our horizon

(9:00) Disclaimer

(10:00) A lengthy discussion concerning gamer etiquette and protocol

(53:15) The Gilmore “Gilly”

(55:41) Gamer Superstitions

(56:15) Man-on-the-street interviews

(120:55) The 1st CarpeGM Listener Contest!!!
Media – 

Dark Knight Rises
Breaking Bad (IMDb)
The Borne Legacy
Fortress America
Geek and Sundry
Fiasco (Bully Pulpit Games)
Zima (Wikipedia)
Paizo Publishing
Postcards From the Dungeon (Podcast)

Heroic Adventures
Ninja – Legend of the Scorpion Clan (Game)

 Notes – The prize for our listener contest is brought to you by our friendly local game store
Heroic Adventures, Our Friendly local game store

            We support our friendly local game store….Do you?

Ninja - Legend of the Scorpion Clan

            Ninja – Legend of the Scorpion Clan

If you would like to enter our contest, send your entries to, or, for more information go to  Thanks for listening!

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“Legendary” Press Release

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Aug 122012

Apparently, Upper Deck is preparing to launch a new deck building game at Gencon.


This one will be based in the Marvel universe and have all of the heavy hitters from that franchise as cards in the game!

The announcement states that it utilizes an all new mechanic for deck building created by Devin Low, the former Head Developer of Magic: The Gathering!

With as much weight as this particular intellectual property holds with it’s fans, I certainly hope that this thing is well put together!  No matter what the quality of the game, it’s sure to spark some fantastic, nerd rage inspired, conversation.  I’m stoked for the reveal.

Here’s a pic:

Spider man card


here’s the link to the original announcement.