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Character Failures – Ep29

You Sure You Won't Flee? (Art by James Ryman)

In roleplaying games, much like life, failure is the greatest teacher. So why, then, are gamers so resistant to that truth? Players will fight tooth and nail to keep adversity away. Does that do them a disservice or is it a symptom of some deeper inadequacies?


This episode we address that dilemma.


Character Failures – Ep29 


Cast: Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark, Jayson & Shawn


Running Time – 32:40


00:00     Intro

00:23     Topic: Character Failures

Item Mentioned: Lethal Weapon

02:08     TANGENT: Smallville General Lang Head Injury Wing

Item Mentioned: Smallville

02:40     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Dark Heresy, Shadowrun, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons

19:26     TANGENT: You’ve Got a Pretty Mouth, Dwarf

Item Mentioned: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

20:25     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: James Bond

32:07     Outro




Cool Link Alert:

The last Shadowrun adventure that the group went through (as mentioned in the episode) was Born to Die written by Aaron Pavao. Check out some of his cool Shadowrun resources here.

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World of Darkness – Ep28

Behind the scenes, the Ventrue pulled the strings.

In the early 1990’s a publisher named White Wolf created a campaign world called the World of Darkness. This setting, and the games in it like Vampire the Masquerade and Werewolf the Apocalypse, became a mainstay for gamers that were tired of the passé and people who were new to gaming that wanted something that they could grasp on to.


We talk about this setting, the games incorporated in it, the company that produced it and the fans that turned on it.


World of Darkness – Ep28


Cast: Eric, Mike, Dan, Greg, Mark, Jayson & Shawn


Running Time – 44:14


00:00     Intro

00:25     Topic: The World of Darkness

Items Mentioned: White Wolf Publishing, Dungeons & Dragons

00:50     TANGENT: Gay Vampires

Items Mentioned: Anne Rice, Fright Night (2011) & (1985), Chris Sarandon, David Tennant

01:50     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Once Bitten

02:53     TANGENT: George Hamilton

Items Mentioned: George Hamilton Fan Club, Love at First Bite, Zorro the Gay Blade, Gen Con

03:54     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Rage CCG, Jyhad CCG, Promethean, Vampire, Werewolf, Wraith, Mage, Changeling

12:04     TANGENT: Generation Differences and More Anne Rice

Item Mentioned: Twilight Series

13:19     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: Mind’s Eye Theatre

16:14     SIDETANGENT: Gamer Resistance to Change

Items Mentioned: Legend of the Five Rings, Star Wars, Superman Blue / Red, Smallville, Ptolus, Twilight Comics

33:35     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Underworld, Hunter, Slasher, Chill, Mutants and Masterminds

43:47     Outro



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Character Creation: Low Level vs. High – Ep27

Booger… A Man Ahead of His Time

Something we used to do a lot was create characters of advanced level, but we stopped and now almost exclusively make entry-level characters and go from there.


Is there a reason to make a more advanced character? Are the lower levels more important because they are the formative, character developing levels that set the stage for the character’s career?


This week we take a look at this trend of ours and weigh its merit.


Character Creation: Low Level vs. High – Ep27


Cast: Eric, Mike, Dan, Jayson & Shawn
Running Time – 21:16


00:00     Intro

00:25     TANGENT: Jen… the derailer

00:51     Topic: High vs. Low Character Generation

Item Mentioned: Dungeons & Dragons

02:55     TANGENT: Power-leveling in MMO

Items Mentioned: City of Heroes, World of Warcraft

03:37     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Shadowrun, Mutants and Masterminds

07:01     TANGENT: Jayson’s Lifelong Nemesis

07:53     Back to Topic

13:18     TANGENT: What are the 40K RPGs

Items Mentioned: Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader, Deathwatch, Black Crusade, Firefly

14:30     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Aces & Eights, Sidewinder, Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, Underworld

20:04     TANGENT: Douching the Campaign

Item Mentioned: Revenge of the Nerds

20:49     Outro



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