After Hours

After Hours: D4 Nite

Tabletop RPGs may be more popular than they have ever been, but is that enough? No, clearly not. We need to rip off more popular games in a shameless attempt to gain a bigger audience. Shaun, Tom, and I try to graft battle royale mechanics to popular RPGs like D&D and Rifts.

I also review The Four Riders, part 2 of the Venusian Apocalypse trilogy from Mutant Chronicles.

Here’s a link to that game industry article I discuss at the start of the episode.

Song: Seer by Roex

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After Hours: Evil Corporation Investor Analysis

The Resident Evil 2 Remake led me down a wiki-lore dive, where I discovered that Umbrella actually had some *successful* projects, like the Tyrant 103 series, which was quite the surprise. Shaun, Tom, and I discuss which evil corporations are best for investors.

I also review Mutant Chronicles and an adventure for it, The Venusian Apocalypse Part 1: The Second Seal of Repulsion. It involves a tribe of cat people engineered to guard an evil temple and a luxury blimp.

Song: Blood Polygons by Grimlin

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After Hours: Choose Your Own Netflix

Caleb, Tom, and I enjoyed the new Black Mirror special, Bandersnatch, but we realized we could do better. Far better. So we discuss what interactive projects Netflix should do next. I also review a classic scenario from Judge’s Guild called Tower of Ulission. It’s a doozy featuring hallucinations, friendly talking skeletons, and a dragon that zips you when it breathes.

After Hours: The Lore of Payday 2 OR the Real Heist Was the Friends We Made Along the Way

The story of Payday 2 is officially over. After playing this weird video game for 5 years now, I wanted to explain the lore behind the game to see if casual players could understand it. I enlisted Aaron, Bridget, Noah, and Thad to go through the lore and discuss other potential endings the game could have had. Thad also reviews Graveyard Keeper, a new game out on Steam.

Please check out Cry, a visual novel by Bridget and Fae from Thrilling Intent! 

Thanks to Discendo Vox to help me with the Payday 2 lore questions. Check out his mod for Payday 2, Crackdown, which rebalances the higher difficulty levels.

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After Hours Bonus Podcast: A Discussion of The Room

Shaun and I watched The Room at the Alamo Drafthouse last year. It was his first time watching it. After it, we discussed the movie. What did Sahun think of the cult classic? It’s…complex.

I have been saving this podcast for a rainy day and since I am heading to Los Angeles for Patrecon (a conference for Patreon creators Nov 1 to 3) I am posting it now. We will still have a regular episode of After Hours this month and a new episode of Don’t Cross the Stream, but scheduling issues have kept me from recording them yet. When I get back, I will get them recorded and posted as soon as I can.

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After Hours: Kill Team Six

If you had to lead a squad of soldiers in the Warhammer 40k universe, who would they be and what is their mission? That’s the question I put to Aaron, Tom, and Shaun. I also reviewed two fine books:

  • Spies of Lightelf: A Judge’s Guild supplement for The WIlderlands campaign setting. A kingdom of gnomes, infested with spies, and random plant encounter tables.
  • Night of the Shark: An AD&D adventure about sharks and shark men and a monstrous entity called the Apodalypse, even though it’s shark based and that name makes no sense.

Song: Dysfunction by  GAMESHARK™

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