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Entries from April 2009

Episode 039: System Swappin

April 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

* The RPG Podcast Listener Survey can be found here! Collectively, from all of us RPG Podcasters, thanks for taking it!

* TPC will soon be having a boatload more content. I’m not really sure how it will all line out yet, so stay tuned!

* Systems, when/how to change ‘em to get what you need.

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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

April 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Hench written by Adam Beechan, art by Manny Bello

Mike Fulton is an ex-jock, sidelined by a knee injury, now just another blue collar guy. Trying to get buy and support a wife and kid. But he misses the excitement of football and the feeling of being part of something bigger. So when Randy Kirkman, another athlete taken out in his prime by an injury, approaches him about an opportunity he listens. And Randy introduces him into the world of professional henching. Hired muscle for costumed crooks and crazies. The new life goes well at first but when his wife threatens to leave him he quits. But then his son gets sick. And the medical bills keep mounting. And so Mike goes back to the only thing that will bring in the money fast enough. But henching costs him his job, gets him a prison record and gets him hurt.

Hench is far from the only piece of super-hero fiction to take a look at the costumed life from the henchman’s perspective. But in Mike Fulton it succeeds in creating a relatable everyman. Just another common guy working a job. Beechan and Bello’s background heroes and villains are interesting as well. I especially like the drunken Russian called the Cosmonaut and the mystic villain Hellbent. Who, ironically, is the best at looking out for his people and having well-thought out plans.

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Episode 038: Wizard Sleeve

April 20th, 2009 · 6 Comments

* WotC, White Wolf, Paizo, and Nerd Rage!

* Dave Arneson really did die and he is missed.

* Thank you to all those who donated to Luke Appreciation Week, even those whose last names we can’t pronounce

* Kal Penn, House, and Public Service

* Adam is sick of fighting (he also hates happiness)

* Castle Crashers is an awesome game

* We talk about things you might have missed

* System Shock 2

* Red Dwarf

* Black Adder

* Invader Zim

* Venture Bros.

* Failure to Launch

* Supernatural

* Greg the Bunny

* Jim Henson’s Storyteller

* Avatar: The Last Airbender

* O

* The Monster Squad

* Grim Fandango

* Arrested Development

* Steel-Cut Oatmeal

* Emiliana Torrini

* The Sugar Queen

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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

April 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo written by Joe R. Lansdale, Drawn by Timothy Truman, Inks by Sam Glanzman, Colors by Sam Parsons and Letters by Todd Klein

Two-Gun Mojo was my introduction to both Jonah Hex and Lansdale. Its possible its even my first real introduction to Truman, before I found Grimjack even. Hex is a scarred Civil War vet turned bounty hunter. And thanks to various animated appearances on Batman: the Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave & The Bold he’s probably DC’s best known Old West character…

In “Two-Gun Mojo” Lansdale mixes together his two favorite genres, Westerns and Horror. Here he uses a two-bit snake-oil salesman and his carnival of freaks that cross paths with Hex. And making them especially dangerous is that one of the freaks is the animated corpse of legendary gunfighter Wild Bill Hickock…

The story is as violent as a Peckinpah movie and darkly humorous. Lansdale and Truman are both recognized master’s in their fields and letterer Klein has more Eisner nominations than I’ve got fingers. Together with Glanzman and Parsons they craft a classic tale of murder, vengeance and dark magics…

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Matt Returns to St. Louis

April 16th, 2009 · No Comments

For our show releasing Monday, April 20th, you’re in for a rare treat. Matt is in St. Louis! His job in the Grand Canyon is done and we don’t have a specific date on when he’s shipping out again. That means he gets to record with Adam/David and Luke! That means he gets to participate!

Behold the Wild Matt in his native habitat. He’s a rugged beast with a peculiar mating call.

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