Ross Payton

RPPR Illustrated: The Best of Shaun

Shaun is always fun in a game and Patsy has captured many memorable moments.

Across the top, left to right:

  • Bloodied but unrepentant atop his  battlements, Nagalisitu’s Maximilian Klingzor tells Daryl The  Squinty-Eyed exactly what he thinks of him;
  • From The Grapevine campaign,  the Taker once known as The Red Queen talks business over tea with the  refined Mister Pennyworth;
  • Cutty of Fallen Flag loudly objects, not  for the last time, to a most unusual deer.

Along the  bottom, left to right:

  • The ruthless sicario Klaus Jimenez stalks  Tcho-Tcho through a cannabis growhouse in God’s Breath;
  •  The titular  ghost-cowboy of Cottonwood overseeing his many canine servants in the  streets of Paige, Texas;
  • The enigmatic matriarch Oma squirrels away some  of her many secrets in the similarly dense and ambitious mystery game,  The Weight Of Her Shadow,
  • in Gate 9, Ivan Delouis visits his stable  of Golden-Age, golden-years supervillains inside their pocket-dimension  retirement community.

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After Hours: PAX South 2020 Wrap Up

We had a blast at PAX South this year and we have a lot of games to talk about! We’re joined by friend of the podcast Chris Farmer and Kyle and Kat Carty of Best Pal Brigade (plus Tom and Aaron). Some of the games we mention:

Be sure to check out Best Pal Brigade! They do good work.

Read Chris Farmer’s new blog, Operation: Kill the Pac Man! It’s some of the best video game writing I’ve seen in a long time.

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After Hours: Gifts for the Gift Throne

As the holiday shopping season is upon us, I have come up with an idea for a new game: a miniatures skirmish game about families fighting each other for the best presents at big box stores and online retailer warehouses. We also review:

  • Deep Freeze, an adventure from Dungeon #83
  • Time and Time Again
  • Maximum Metal – a Cyberpunk 2020 supplement
  • A brief survey of the Imperial Guard codex (3E)

Song: Christmas Catalog by  幽霊, T O G E T H E R!

Click here to download the episode. (This episode was posted in December 2017. I forgot to post it to this site until now. Sorry!)

After Hours: Miscibility Startup

What would a startup company look like in a D&D type world? There’s lots of gold just waiting to be invested (dragons and retired adventurers gotta do something those massive treasure hoards). Well, obviously it would involve innovations in potions and other magical items. Perhaps like Juicero, but for potions? Aaron, Dan, Shaun, Tom, and I discuss our ideas for magical startup companies and review the following:

  • Pegasus magazine issue 5
  • Magebird Quest from Judge’s Guild
  • Time and Time Again

We also reference Hot Takes on Ice from the Mixed Six and this video analysis of a Juicero machine.

Song: Business 2 Business by Venture Capital

Click here to download the episode. (This is episode 34, posted in November 2017. I forgot to post the episode earlier. Sorry!)

RPPR Illustrated: The Best of Jason and Renee

Jason and Renee have been a power couple of RPPR so we’re celebrating their games with a montage of some of their best moments!

Top row, left to right, we have Langdon Skarl from Nagalisitu  (favored enemy: other PC’s nemeses) wielding his signature weapon;  Samuel Morse and Miss Beatrice Lemone of The Mystery of Brighton Lodge,  uncovering secrets and lies; Ethel Voltaire and VAL-1138 of Abundance,  showcasing very different reactions to a fleeing suspect; a  commemorative photo of Lala Lafleur and Dr. Anthony Porter of Midnight  Sub Rosa, proudly watching a mansion burn down.

Bottom row,  left to right, we have the merry thrill-seekers of GHOST PUNCHERS–  Hot-pink Floyd in the Ouija halfpipe, India Jones coming to a very  anticlimactic end, Moe Hogan conducting an unorthodox interview, and  Bonesaw juicing up with some haunted whey powder; The heretic-hunting  team of Battle Sister Henna Orton and Battle-brother Trojohn from  Blessings Unheralded; and finally the unflappable housekeeper Hobson and  the traumatised Chauffeur Francis of The Halloween Party, enjoying  another normal day serving the Blackwood family.

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After Hours: Rolemaster Creatures and Treasures 1 and 2

Recently, a friend of the podcast mailed me a stack of Rolemaster books so for the next few episodes we will be exploring the depths of critical hit tables, odd statblocks and expanded encounter tables on After Hours. First off is Creatures and Treasures, an archive of both monsters and magic items. Aaron, Tom, and I find some real jewels in these two books. Enjoy!