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Entries from June 2009

Episode 045: Backstab x5

June 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment

* BATTLECAST 3! is Tuesday, June 16th. Join us on Ustream. You can also watch video for the last Battlecast.

* Go listen to the TrapCast. They’re funny.

* James is listing his gaming books here. Mention that you heard about it from the Podge (before paying, obviously) and get 10-25% off!

* V3 was a huge success

* Intra-Party Conflict (which is different than inter-player conflict)

* Mechanic-based conflict resolution systems

* Organic vs. Synthetic Conflict

* Dangers of Intra-Party Conflict

* Follow the discussion with a handy outline on Plus 1

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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

June 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Astro Boy by Osamu Tezuka

Astro Boy originally named Tetsuwan Atom or “Mighty Atom” is one of the cornerstones of Japanese manga and anime. Created and written by comics legend Osamu Tezuka, the series ran for EIGHTEEN years. Tezuka’s stories, based around the adventures of the good-hearted robot boy became one of the cultural touchstones of Japan. Here you have the first two volumes collected and translated into English. You get stories of alien invaders, robot/human politics, stage magic and cyborg dogs. Trips to the moon, powerful battles and a robot hero with machine guns in his butt…

These early stories are fun to read and enhanced by the cartoonish but clean drawing style. The characters have exageratted physical characteristics, emotionally overreact and use classic sight-gags. While Tezuka himself was not always happy with his early work it still has a simple elegance to it and the stories are, above all, fun.

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Join Us for BATTLECAST 3

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments

* BATTLECAST 3: Best Comedy Television Series Ever

* LIVE Tuesday, June 16th at 8:30 pm Eastern.

* http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-podge-cast

* Audio and video

* Audience participation! Choose your own nominees. Eject others. Play a critical part in the BATTLE!

* Rules for the BATTLE can be found on our forums

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Episode 044: We Are

June 8th, 2009 · 4 Comments

* Buy Storm Cloud, David and Luke’s (et al.) anthology.

* James is listing his gaming books here. Mention that you heard about it from the Podge (before paying, obviously) and get 10-25% off!

* Tope Dome is touring in your city soon!

* Winners of the Top Down and Bottom Up campaign contests, Dan Henson and Dan Marlett (Double Dan)

* We stop talking about Mike’s mom…no we don’t.

* David vs. Joe: THUNDERDOME! (Worst vs. Lesser)

* Group Design

* Goals, party pitches, and conflict

* Role maximization

* Follow the discussion with a handy outline on Plus 1

* Mr. T is a Night Elf Mohawk, Ted Talks, and Imagining the Tenth Dimension

* CONTEST! Win D&D Minis

* Hodge (live): The Tome Show celebrates 4e’s first birthday

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LurkerWithout’s Sunday Trade

June 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Middleman: The Collected Series Indispensability written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, art by Les McClaine

The Middleman is the agent of an organization so top secret even he doesn’t know who they are. He’s tasked with protecting the world from those who would conquer it and also dealing with things too strange for normal authorities. Like crime-boss monkeys, rogue groups of los luchadors or giant city-buster robots…

His new partner is artist and temp worker Wendy Watson. Since he burned down her last job stopping a tentacle monster and had her framed for it, she’s been in need of work. So Mad Science Action Hero Sidekick will have to do for now…

Grillo-Marxuach’s series was adapted into a television show for ABC Family which was pretty good the one time I caught it. The book collects all three volumes of the comic as well as bonus comics featuring the Middleman in other eras. One of which features time traveling Soviet bears on motorcycles. And thats just awesome.

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