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Entries from August 2010

TPC 103: Breaking Women into the Game

August 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Your regular Podge hosts are nowhere to be found and the women of the Podge sneak in and run the studio! Unfortunately, they couldn’t get rid of all the Podge hosts and both David and Eric make guest appearances all throughout.

Topics Covered:
* Gencon
* True Dungeon
* The Gateway Game
* Houses of the Blooded


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PAP 002: Podge Actual Play – Burning Empires – The Immortal Storm – Session 01

August 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments


*The first 47 minutes has Eric explaining Maneuvers and Scene Budget along with banter

*Play begins at 47 minutes

*Phase: Usurpation

*The world of Allera Imperia is a storm-wracked aquatic world whose toxic atmosphere forces is lethal to humans. Defying nature, humanity has settled there to capture a great prize. Algae, unique to this world, can be harvested and processed into a drug called Verdant, which halts the body’s aging process. For the few who can afford it, immortality is only a regular dose away. Obtaining this prize is difficult, but protecting it will prove even harder as nearly all living beings seek to escape death.

Especially the Vaylen.

House Zente, led by the immortal Forge Lord Kriati, has long held control of the planet.  Recently, operations have been disrupted by the introduction of a street-level version of Verdant called Green. Green won’t stop you from aging, but this highly-addictive form of the drug will make you feel physically and mentally in your prime.  Through several different factions, the Vaylen are poised to strike as the Forge Lord struggles to maintain control. Her reign will be challenged by both a mercenary force new to the planet and The Cult of Transition who directly oppose the anti-aging drug.


Forge Lord Kriati Zente – Sarah

Hammer Pilot Jayce Bronze – Adam

Minister of Information and Education, Psychologist Xanthus Dorne- Luke

Bastard Smuggling Noblewoman – Katie

Anvil Lord – Paul

Green-addicted Hammer Lord Gepard Frost (NPC) – Eric

Vaylen Cult of Transition Leader Sharaya Va’non (NPC) – Eric

Vaylen Mercenary Leader Diamades Shah (NPC) – Eric

Vaylen Mercenary Chief Surgeon Garoda (NPC) – Eric

Sharaya’s Mule Bodyguard Brutus (NPC) – Eric


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TPC 102: 10 Things I Learned at Gencon

August 22nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

10 Things I Learned At Gencon
1.) Kevin Weiser is a crazy person.
2.) James has the patience of a lion.
- No, I don’t know what that means
3.) I played Robert Bohl’s Misspent Youth.
- It was pretty fun.
- I don’t think Kevin or Robert Bohl believed I could handle playing a story game of that magnitude. I proved them wrong. ;)
4.) Competitive D&D – Do not forget how D&D works
- I made a stupid assumption
- It cost us the competition
5.) I don’t like RPGA events.
- Mediocre encounters
- Awkward storytelling
- Inflexible rules
- Stupid plot twist (betraying character? seriously?)
6.) Some quick and dirty 4e tricks that can really speed up the game.
- Initiative cards on the DM screen
- Status cards to hand to players with condition and description
- Defenses on the reverse side of initiative cards
- Rotating initiative cards on the DM screen
- Popups in front of players with defenses (Tim!)
7.) Do not take 2 5 hour energies in a row
8.) Jen’s 1 Cool Thing Video from Gencon was awesome.
9.) The Iron Tyrants demo went well.
- This is the first time I’ve seen it demo’d for people outside of people I know well. Apparently, Luke designed a game that people like.
10.) You. You know who you are. You missed it.

10 Things I Learned At Gencon – Luke Edition
1) James will take pics of you when you sleep and post them on the net – though I may have deserved that.
2) Stingray will lick all the community alcohol.

Things I Learned While You Guys Were At Gencon
1. You are alcoholics, probably. Seriously, goddammit, what’s with the drunk outline editing?
2. I thought more about our 4e game than I have thought about a game in which I’m a player, during downtime, since KTNG.
-I think we have a world that will persist for this group beyond this campaign.
-D&D is simple and I love it. Very little about BE is simple (looking at you, Firefight) and it’s just okay.
-Still not wild about playing at level 2, so I hope we story-level quickly.

3. Adam is gay for dudes. No judgment, just sayin’. HE KISSED TWO DUDES
4. The Walking Eye’s video of things seen at Gencon really made me appreciate it as a community more than just a convention. I think this is the kind of thing that will keep me from skipping in the future.
5. Robert Bohl likes Social Distortion. AND HATES LUKE
7. The St. Louis craft brewery scene is about to explode. So getting drunk alone, in the dark, without going to another state under the guise of rolling dice, is still in vogue.
Six Row opened in December and they’re going to bottling soon.
Urban Chestnut opens this fall.
Perennial Artisan Ales intends to begin building by year’s end.
The Civil Life Brewing Co. next year – spring opening.


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TPC 101: The Great Mr Chibi

August 15th, 2010 · 2 Comments

* Chibi is here!

* MS 150, if you’re interested, donate!

* Starcraft 2 talk

* Intrigue in games

* Villians

* Smallville RPG

* Harry Dresden is a dick, but that’s really what makes him a great character

* Chibi talks about his contributions to Iron Tyrants


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TPC 100: A Taste of Things to Come

August 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

No show notes.

Deal with it.


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