Friend of the podcast Noah joins us for an in-depth look at Synnibarr. This was spurred on by Noah’s decision to get a tattoo of the best art in any RPG ever, the raccoon with a rocket launcher a wristwatch. Find out what kind of character Noah makes and what video game console they’re named after!
The Battle of Winterfell episode in Game of Thrones has caused a lot of discussion over tactics, strategy, and the inevitable comparison to various RPGs. I assembled a war council of Tom, Caleb, and Jay B to analyze what went right and what went wrong. Caleb’s answers may surprise you!
If you had to live in a tabletop RPG setting, which would you pick? Aaron, Shaun, and I discuss the many potential game worlds in which you could live, not just systems, but settings. Dark Sun or Ravenloft? Planescape? Shadowrun? Eclipse Phase?
I also review the finale of the Venusian Apocalypse, Beyond the Pale.
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.
Song: Seer by Roex
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron, Tom, and I recently saw The Predator, the latest flick in the venerable sci-fi franchise. It was a hot mess, to put it lightly. So, how else can we improve it? Add another hot mess, of course! Each of us took some elements from Synnibarr, the classic fantasy heartbreaker RPG.
I also review Edge-On, an adventure anthology for the Cyberspace RPG. It’s weird.
- 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.