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General Chaos / raillery redux - computer game video podcasting
« on: August 14, 2011, 05:15:10 PM »
So the reason I was looking into streaming video games recently was that I had an idea to bring Raillery back. The problem with it last time was the amount of time and effort it took to produce even one episode.  Now, I got FRAPS and I found out how easy it is to capture video game footage and then comment on it. As a test episode, I did this:

In the future I plan to focus on weird/unusual games like modded FPS servers. I've got a lot of footage of an insane Killing Floor server that can hold up to 35 players and has nuclear weapons enabled among other mods.

General Chaos / Exquisite Corpse
« on: August 13, 2011, 04:22:12 PM »

Let's try this and see how it works. We can use the spoiler tag to hide our work. Here are the rules:

1. Do not read spoilered text if you plan to participate. This is an honor system rule but cheating is lame.

2. Write one paragraph of a story. The last sentence is left unspoilered.

3. The next writer begins his paragraph with reading the previous sentence and going from there.

4. This first round will consist of 10 writers and 10 paragraphs. We'll go from there.

I'll begin

[spoiler]Amanda rode her bicycle down the deer trail in the forest. She was running late for her meeting with her brother, Steve. He had only said that he needed her help and to bring her paramedic kit. He hadn't spoken to the family in years and now he calls in the middle of the night asking for medical supplies. She was worried of course. But she couldn't abandon him like he had abandoned the family.[/spoiler] Amanda had no idea that the vampires, not Steve, were waiting for her by the creek.

General Chaos / Streaming vidya game experiment
« on: August 11, 2011, 11:45:28 PM »

Killing floor up first

RPGs / Road Trip nominated for Ennie Award
« on: July 08, 2011, 02:56:43 PM »

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RPGs / old school actual play reports
« on: June 26, 2011, 05:12:40 PM »

80 pages of mid 1970s campaign D&D reports.

RPGs / look at these monsters
« on: June 18, 2011, 01:44:43 AM »

halfling vampire

look at them


General Chaos / mansions of madness is really fucking shitty
« on: June 02, 2011, 03:44:54 AM »
I know I talked about the flaws of this board game from FFG last episode but I played again and goddamn this is a shitty fucking game

We played a scenario where each player can get a card from the keeper that they can only read - mine was "if you die, you are eliminated from the game". Thus when I died, I had to sit out the last hour of the fucking game.

Oh and by counting up the number of actions required for the investigators to win compared to the 25 turns you have before the game ends - you realize it's nearly impossible for the players to win. If the keeper is even moderately successful in slowing down or hindering the investigators.

it's a piece of shit.

Character Profiles / Character Profile: Kent Cutshaw
« on: April 26, 2011, 08:14:18 PM »
Kent Cutshaw got drafted late in the Vietnam War but he served one full tour of duty from Jan 1974 to Jan 1975. As a grunt, he saw combat. It was horrific, terrifying but exhilarating all at the same time. Kent had come from a small town in Washington and had nothing to look forward at home, except a dull job of manual laborer so he didn't give a fuck one way or the other when he got drafted. He got over his fear and became a proficient soldier, only receiving a few minor injuries.  

When he came home, Kent didn't expect a parade but he did want something more than a boring job in the logging industry or construction. A year of drinking and getting into fights at bar did him no goddamn good. Then he heard about an exciting opportunity from a new magazine called Soldier of Fortune in Rhodesia. Kent signed up and went to Africa.

Two years of bush warfare hardened him even more but convinced him that infantry was a fool's game. He made contacts with some shady quartermasters and became muscle for a small time arms smuggling outfit in 1978. He helped sell guns to his former enemies and anyone else who could pay his bosses. He rolled in cash for a brief time, having all the women, booze and drugs he could handle - a far better life for a no name punk from a hick town no one's ever heard of. It fell apart overnight in 1983 when a single bad deal bankrupted his employers and resulted in an ambush in a remote airfield in Angola. Kent and a few others shot their way out but it didn't matter. They were all broke and would probably get killed if they spent any more time in Africa. Having nowhere else to go, Kent went back home, with nothing but scars and nightmares as his pay.

Kent tried to go straight for the next few years. He worked at a variety of dead end blue collar jobs. He knew how to shoot, infiltrate enemy territory and spot an ambush but couldn't fix a car or hold down a steady job. In despair, he placed an ad in Soldier of Fortune magazine. "Highly trained operative looking for assignment. Veteran of Vietnam and Rhodesia." That was in late 1986. In early 1987, he got an response.

A man named Marty wanted a guard to protect his warehouse near Bourne, Oregon. Simple job for a steady paycheck. Kent gladly took it. When he showed up, he realized the 'warehouse' was really a whorehouse. Not a problem for Kent. But after a few months, he realized that the women were all from overseas. Few of them spoke English. None of them seemed to get paid or even leave. Kent was a killer but hated the idea of even hitting a woman, let alone human trafficking. Plus, his pragmatic side warned him that he was in America. Cops actually fucking enforced the laws here. If he got caught, it would be prison, for a long ass time. Hell, he wasn't even getting paid enough for this kind of risk. But if he left, Marty could make his life difficult. The fat little fuck had some connections with the mob.

One night, a woman fled from the building. Kent pretended not to notice. Marty didn't even notice for an hour and berated Kent for missing that shit. Kent coldly replied that he was hired to guard the building from unwanted people from coming in and that was it. Marty and his goons threatened to kill him if he didn't help find the woman and offered extra cash if he agreed. Kent agreed but did a half assed job about it so one of the goons found the woman. Kent simply watched, unseen, as the woman tricked the goon and stole his pistol from his belt, shot him and ran into the night. Marty and the others caught up after that. Enraged, Marty ordered Kent to bury the goon's body while the others kept up the search. Kent never found out if the woman got away or not.

After that, Marty used Kent as the goon's replacement. Kent was fucked either way. He had to do what the fat man said or he would get a price on his head. As an outsider to Marty's organization and not trusted, Kent was given the worst assignments - body disposal, sending messages to rival gangsters (who might be tempted to kill the messenger) and so on. Kent was clearly disgruntled, so he wasn't that surprised when the FBI showed up. The lead agent, John Harrington, also served in Vietnam so he won Kent over. Kent became an informant.  Bourne, Oregon was a small piece of shit town but Marty used it as a hub for all kinds of scams and crimes. Kent figured that as soon as they raided Marty, he could go into witness protection and have a decent life. Better than this at least.

[spoiler]Strength 10
Constitution 7
Agility 7
Intelligence 6
Education 4
Charisma 4
Empathy 0

18 in 1974 - served 1 year in vietnam
1975 - 1 year at home - aimless
1976-1978 - Rhodesian Army
1979-1983 - Arms smuggler in Africa
1983-1987 - laborer
1987-1991 - criminal

20 skill points
small arms 5
stealth 4
streetwise 3
melee combat 1
unarmed combat 1
Observation 4
vehicle use - wheeled vehicle 2
vehicle use - motorcycle 1
swimming 1

secondary activities
1 weight lifting
2 stealth
3 vehicle use - motorcycle
4 weight lifting

1. lawyer (army buddy)
2. pilot
3. bar owner
4. FBI agent [/spoiler]

RPGs / Wild Talents deal from Arc Dream
« on: April 19, 2011, 05:20:42 PM »
Help us spread the word!

Anyone who gets one of our Wild Talents setting sourcebooks in PDF also gets the PDF of Wild Talents Essential Edition.

And since anyone who gets one of them in print also gets it in PDF, anyone who gets a Wild Talents sourcebook in print also gets WTEE in PDF.

Buy the sourcebook for the setting, get the complete rules you need to play the game.

I would like this news to get out there, so please tell your friends and neighbors.

RPGs / Loot - Groupon for gamers
« on: April 13, 2011, 12:37:49 AM »

Spirit of the Century for 12 bucks. I just bought a copy.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / RPPR Mirror on
« on: April 11, 2011, 12:42:43 AM »
I'm setting up a mirror for the podcast. I'll break it up into categories - episodes, actual plays, interviews and comedy.


Actual plays: not done

Interviews: not done

Comedy: not done

What does this mean to you? Well this is an easy way to catch up on the older episodes, re-download everything OR send a single link to a friend so they can check out RPPR.

RPGs / Review Arc Dream books
« on: March 23, 2011, 08:42:19 PM »

If you liked Road Trip or any other Arc Dream book, please review it on rpgnow, amazon or wherever you bought it.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Mobile Forums Support via Tapatalk
« on: March 06, 2011, 02:34:06 AM »
Someone wanted access to the forums for mobile devices and suggested Tapatalk SO HERE IT IS MUTHAFUCKAS

lemme know if this is useful or not

copypasta from them:

Tapatalk is a forum app on the iPhone, Android, webOS, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and Nokia. Tapatalk Forum App provides super fast on-the-go forum access to majority of the discussion forums that has activated the Tapatalk plugin.
      Developers: Try our API to develop forum plugin to integrate with your existing system, or write your own forum app with the same API.
Showing New and Unread Thread with Avatar and Number of reply:

Images are thread are converted to thumbnail and allow full-screen viewing

Ability to see Who's Online and what they are doing:

Ability to search by topics and posts:

Ability to upload images directly from Android and iPhone!:

Check out for more information!

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