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Entries from January 2009

LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

January 18th, 2009 · No Comments

The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks

Faith Erin Hicks has been doing comics for over a decade now. At first online with the superb Demonology 101 and of late in regular print. She started with a light book about zombies and then moved on to something harder, teenage girls…

The War at Ellsmere has the normal tropes for a high school story. The new student. The evil clique. The clueless parents of the evil clique leader. And of course the administrators and teachers who seem unable or unwilling to notice how the evil clique scams them to the detriment of other students. Which actually really bugs me. I’ve got to find a work of fiction (book, movie, other) where the adults supposedly in charge just shut down the plots of cruel kids. 1st season Boston Public maybe? ANYWAY, back on topic…

There isn’t much thats truly NEW here, but Erin Hicks is a gifted writer and so you invest in the characters. You care about the New Girl and her friend, Shy Girl. You hate Evil Girl and her Helpers of Evil. An excellent book all around and I remain hopeful that F.E.H’s online works will be collected for print one day as well…

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Episode 025: I Was Told It Was A Good Length

January 12th, 2009 · 9 Comments

* We don’t do anything special for our 25th episode

* Joe is thankful the gang decided to talk about movies, TV, and politics while he was on vacation because he hates talking about those subjects

* The Bear Swarm thinks Joe is their favorite PodgeCast host (other than Table Saw)

* What is a campaign? What is a story?

* What do you like campaign length to be as a player? How about as a GM?

* What are published adventures good for?

* Matt is wise and all-knowing, Luke…not so much

* Number of times we talk about Burning Wheel: 1

* Joe talks about the book, Hitman, in the Hodge (live)

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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

January 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Knights of the Dinner Table Bundle of Trouble Vol. 1 by Jolly Blackburn

Ah KoDT. THE gamer’s gamer comic. For years now it’s embraced, mocked, and encouraged us in our mad, expensive hobby. Not just role-playing games but board games. And video games. And card games. All games. There are few others that tread the same ground (Kovalic’s Dork Tower or Kurtz’s PvP). But none truly capture the madness of the hard-core gamer so well…

The Bundles of Trouble are three-issue (later ones jump up to four issues) collections of the comic (really more comic/gaming magazine) Knights of the Dinner Table. Just the KoDT strips, with the normal articles, secondary comics and reviews removed. Which (though they only get put out as back-stock of single issues dries up) makes them a good way for people who don’t WANT those extra bits clogging up the comics…

And Volume One introduces the core cast of the Knights. B.A. and the Untouchable Trio +1. And the basic set-up of Gamemaster vs. Player in an endless cycle of one-upmanship. This first volume also gives game store owner and old-school gamer Weird Pete, former Knight Johnny Kizinski, and game company owner and designer Gary Jackson. But its mostly the Knights. Gamemaster B.A. Felton, often harried and stunned by his players actions. Bob, working out his frustrations and lack of “real” life at the game table. Dave, the reckless fool. Brian, the damn near autistic number cruncher and rules lawyer. And Sara, the girl. The one who wants social interaction and to move the story along. Except of course when she doesn’t. It is a rare gamer indeed who doesn’t look at the Knight’s table and recognize someone they’ve gamed with. Or a few of them. Or all of them. Or even looks at their weekend game and thought, “Damn, this is us.”

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Campaign Recap: Kingdom the Next Generation Episode 010

January 8th, 2009 · No Comments

*This is not Actual Play

*CONTEST!  Listen to see how you can win your choice of Burning Wheel books!  Follow this link for rules.

*Session 19: Lines in the Sand

*Session 20: The Rising

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Episode 024: Auld Lang Sigh

January 5th, 2009 · 5 Comments

*Joe is absent. This earns him two demerits.

*Luke’s beard is made of magnificence.

*The Penny Arcade we reference is here.

*A discussion of the games, movies, books, shows  we loved and hated in 2008

*Is Luke a grognard?  Does Adam even know how to pronounce that?  Does Matt’s face exude impartiality?

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