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Space Opera – Ep48

Space Opera – Ep48

We have not tried this one, but after reading it we should.

If you are a gamer, or nerd in general, then you are into science fiction (at least we have never met one that isn’t). Popular science fiction, as we know it now, is technically considered space opera as opposed to the hard science fiction that was the standard in the sixties and seventies.

 

In this episode we talk about the different games devoted to this very popular genre.

 

Space Opera – Ep48

 

Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark, Jayson and Shawn

 

Running Time – 36:58

 

00:00     Monkey in the Cage Promo

00:31     Intro: Shawn

01:01     Topic: Space Opera

Items Mentioned: Arthur C Clark, Issac Asimov, Star Trek RPG, Traveller, GDW, 2300AD, Dune

02:50     TANGENT: Hard Sci-Fi and Dune

03:34     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Battlestar Galactica, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Carter

05:20     TANGENT: Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Items Mentioned: Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons

06:07     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: Rogue Trader, GURPS, d20, Hero System, Star Frontiers, Star Wars, Mass Effect, Firefly, Dune RPG, Decipher, Fantasy Flight Games, GenCon, Wizards of the Coast, Star Warriors, Serenity RPG, Starcraft, Eve Online, Star Wars: the Old Republic, Dark Heresy, Warhammer 40K, Fafhrd and Gray Mouser, Michael Bay, Transformers, Dark Sun, Clone Wars, Game of Thrones, R A Salvatore, Highlander, Space Opera RPG

36:15     Outro: Shawn

 

 

OFFICIAL TANGENT COUNT: 2

Maps – Ep38

Maps – Ep38

 

by Donato Giancola

Like the red-headed stepchild, maps are usually underappreciated and overlooked by gamers. We were apprehensive (at first) about the subject carrying an entire show, but once we dug into it we realized how much maps influence and enhance the gaming experience.

 

A map can be the difference between a good gaming experience and a great one.

 

Maps – Ep38

 

Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark, Jayson and Shawn

 

Running Time – 35:54

 

00:00     Intro

00:31     Topic

Items Mentioned: Shadowrun, Rand McNally, World of Greyhawk, GURPS, Disc World, Legend of the Five Rings

05:00     TANGENT: Homebrew No More

05:56     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Forgotten Realms, Skyrim, Zork, Batman Arkham City, Lord of the Rings, The Bard’s Tale, Karen Wynn Fonstad, Anna Meyer, Gaming Paper, Flanaess Cartographic Society, Photoshop, Bryce7, Corel Draw, Campaign Cartographer, CanonFire!, Eric Anondson (map downloads)&(deviant art gallery)

19:18     TANGENT: We Love Gaming Paper

19:57     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Battletech, Europa, Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars Gamer Magazine

22:43     TANGENT: OPIP (Other People’s Intellectual Property)

Items Mentioned: Wizards of the Coast, Star Wars RPG

24:50     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Cartographers Guild, Victoriana, Star Trek RPG

31:41     TANGENT: The Blue Dragon Inn

32:57     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Rogue Trader, Gamma World, Twilight 2000 (and 2013)

35:14     Outro

 

OFFICIAL TANGENT COUNT:  4

 

Other Cool Mapping Sites:

Dundjinni

Hexographer

World Machine2 

Vue10 

NPCs – Ep34

NPCs – Ep34

Every Epic Tale Needs a Strong Supporting Cast

The Non-Player Character, next a good plot, probably the most important aspect of a game. With strong NPCs a good game can become a great game.

 

This episode we  talk about memorable NPCs and what made them memorable. We also touch on the process of making an NPC memorable.

 

NPCs  – Ep34

 

Cast – Eric, Mike, Mark, Jayson and Shawn (oh yeah and Dan makes his late appearance… prima donna)

 

Running Time – 37:33

 

00:00     Intro

00:21     Topic: NPCs

00:50     TANGENT: Entourage

Item Mentioned: Entourage

01:44     Back to Topic

Items Mentioned: The Usual Suspects, Dungeons & Dragons

04:00     TANGENT: The Never Played Star Trek Game

Item Mentioned: Star Trek RPG

05:26     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: Shadowrun

07:22     TANGENT: Dan Returns

07:29    Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Victoriana, Werewolf

13:57     TANGENT: Advancing from the Roots of RPG

15:25     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Dead Gentlemen Productions, Dragon Age, Resident Evil

36:51     Outro

 

OFFICIAL TANGENT COUNT: 4