Tag Archive for ross

After Hours: Overland Travel Fails

I experienced several new means of transportation in my recent vacation, including tuk-tuks and catamarans. It made me wonder what vehicles in RPGs would work best in the real world? Aaron, Shaun, Tom, and I discuss some options. We also review:

  • Time and Time Again: (again)
  • Renegade Dreams: A module for Spacetime, a weird cyberpunk RPG.
  • Sweet Wall of Death: A third party module for AD&D that involves giant bees.

Song: Eulogy-lookup by Sl.drft.

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Palladium Poisoning: The New West

Shaun is back, just in time to help me guide Faust through the Wild Wild West of Rifts, complete with giant spider robots and racism. Yes, the New West has lots more character classes, guns, and poorly developed plot hooks. But there’s also new mechanics for rodeos! And a traveling medicine show! Plus cactus people and useless character classes!

Pictured above: A Wilk’s laser pistol, err a Sega Genesis Zapper.

Song: Hug It Out With A Cactus by Won Pound

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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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Palladium Poisoning: Episode 9 – Rifts Adventure Sourcebook 2: Chi-Town ‘Burbs: Firetown & the Tolkeen Crisis – Part 2

When I visited Seattle and Tacoma last month, I hung out with Faust from Thrilling Intent so I could show her the adventure book she chose. After getting over her disbelief that it existed, we discussed how we could turn Revenge Sqaud Ragnarok into a sitcom. I think we did a pretty good job! Hollywood, GET AT US

Song: One with the Machine by Venator

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