After Hours

After Hours: Accute Pony-osis of the Liver

Did you know some people try to hypnotize themselves into believing they are ponies from My Little Pony? Well, I’m not going to link it. But it’s terrible and real. Aaron, Tom, Shaun, and I discuss better things those people should try to hypnotize themselves into being. We also review the following books:

  • Secrets of Shadowaloo
  • Time After Time (Part 2 of Aaron’s ongoing review)
  • Amazing Engine and For Fairy, Queen, and Country
  • Citadel of Fire

Song: Guile Theme

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After Hours: Fates Worse Than Bad Design

Most RPGs are terrible at information design. Sections are split up for no discernible reason, key elements are hidden away in blocks of text, and indexes are non-existent or terrible. We went over 3 books to analyze why they are so bad and why game designers would do this:

The Convert by Frank Mentzer

Fates Worse Than Death by Brian St. Claire King

Street Fighter Player’s Guide by Andrew Lucas

Song: Nod if You Can Hear Me by HOME

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After Hours: Desert Sun (featuring Adam Scott Glancy)

Desert Sun is an adventure for the Delta Force RPG, a mid 80s military-focused game. When I went to Seattle last week, I consulted with Adam Scott Glancy about the book’s accuracy. It turns out that some things about the scenario don’t make a whole lot of sense.

If you liked this episode, consider pre-ordering Delta Green (if you haven’t already).

Song: Libya by Surprise Party Go Home

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After Hours: RPG Road Show

Two RPPR fans and fellow podcasters, Noah and Jeb visited us a few weeks back and they brought gifts. Namely, a stack of old RPGs and Dragon magazines. Aaron, Shaun, I, and our two guests sampled a bit from these new additions to the After Hours library. It’s an eclectic mixture, to say the least.

Be sure to check out Maple Syrup, Blood Money , Noah’s podcast on Riverdale!

Song: ☛YILMAS☚ by Solo Jazz Cup

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After Hours: Soul in a Box

After watching the first episode of American Gods, I wondered what other gods could be lurking in America. Caleb, Tom, and I discuss that and I review a very complex 3E module from Necromancer Games called Chaos Rising. It’s about a quest to retrieve an amulet that houses the soul of the Faceless Lord. In order to get it, the heroes must find and carry a 500 pound platinum anvil that radiates anti-magic through 2 nested demi planes. Then it gets weird. Tom also reviews After The Bomb: England.

Song: Boss Battle by Case Portman.

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After Hours: Defining Grimdark

Grimdark is an important characteristic of many RPGs, comics, movies, and video games these days. But what IS grimdark? How do you define it? Can you measure it? Caleb, Dan, Tom, and I got together to discuss this very important topic. Also, a listener sent me a copy of Monte Cook’s World of Darkness, so I just HAD to review it. It’s, uh, a bit of a doozy. Tom tries to review Project Twilight from the old World of Darkness as well.

Song: Your Heart is an Ocean by Matthew Bauer.

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After Hours: Pitching Netflix

After the release of the Bright  teaser trailer, it has become clear to us that Netflix is buying whatever geeky/RPG material they can find. So I convened a round table of the RPPR cast (Caleb, Dan, Tom, and Shaun) to figure out some of the best pitches we could share with Netflix. Find out the secret behind the crying child in a barrel!

Titles reviewed or mentioned:

  • Rolemaster: Castles and Ruins
  • Warmachine: The Quasi-Historical Retro Sci-Fi RPG
  • WWE: Know Your Role d20 RPG
  • Chrome Book 4
  • Cyberspace: Death Game 2090
  • Arcana Evolved

Song: Berlin Window Shopping Pt. III by Sonning 991

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