fear-the-con-7Caleb and I recently attended Fear the Con 7,(Thanks Fear the Boot!) running events, and promoting our work. It was a great con and we both had a blast there, but gaming conventions can be tricky for new game designers. For this episode, Caleb and I talk about our experiences at gaming cons and an aspiring professional should approach con work. Plus, we have an anecdote or two about the games we played and ran at FTC!

Oh Rifts-chan, never change ^_^ News: Check out the newest Story Bundle! My book, Zombies of the World, is one of the bonus ebooks you can get if you pay the average of $8 or more. The bundle also features F. Paul Wilson and other great authors!

I also wrote up a detailed post-mortem of my recent Call of Cthulhu one shot based on the indie video game, Hotline Miami.

Synopsis: I asked Tom what he wanted to do an episode on and he chose the Palladium game system. So here we are. After going over our history with the system, we go over the game, from its mechanics to the setting of Rifts. It’s not pretty, but hopefully entertaining. Tom’s letter is about Rifts of course, and we have shout outs, a listener letter, and an anecdote.

Shout outs:

  • Story Bundle: Buy these ebooks! They make great Christmas gifts 😀
  • SSSSSSS: A 1970s horror movie about people being turned into giant snakes because of reasons.
  • The Drift: New SG-1 Stargate novel. Interesting plot, characterization, and excellent attention to detail.
  • A Monster in Paris: CGI animated film about a monster (in Paris).
  • Miskatonic River Press and Punktown Kickstarter: Get Lovecraftian games and fiction!
  • HP Lovecraft books Skyrim mod: Reading Lovecraft books in real life get you down? There’s got to be a better way!
  • Dead Pixels: A new indie game on Steam about shooting zombies, so you know I dig it.
  • Legend of Grimrock: Indie CRPG modeled after old school games like Eye of the Beholder. Clever puzzles and fun combat.

Song: Multidimensional Consciousness by the Flavor Foundation

I am A Vampire You Can't See Me RPPR News: The first RPPR video is now online. Check it out!

RPPR friend, Pagan Publishing has a Kickstarter going on. Take a look at it.

Arc Dream has a Kickstarter for Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man, a Call of Cthulhu Dreamlands campaign.

Synopsis: The World of Darkness is a massive family of role playing games spanning from 1991 to today. We invite Jason and Aaron, both regulars from the RPPR AP podcast, to discuss the wide range of horror games. As we are more familiar with the old World of Darkness than the new, we spend more time discussing that the new World of Darkness but neither side is neglected. We also discuss how to jump in the World of Darkness, common pitfalls for running games in this universe and some of our favorite books or settings for it. Oh and of course, the metaplot. Tom also has a letter, and we have shout outs and a horror related anecdote from a listener email.

Shout outs:

  • Drifter Broken Road: A post-apocalyptic Western. Shoot outs in the ruins of a bombed out world.
  • Kindred the Embraced: An ill-fated television show based on the role playing game, Vampire: The Masquerade.
  • Destroyer: A horror movie starring Anthony Perkins.
  • Feed: A dystopian sci-fi novel about inserting the Internet in your head. Kind of.
  • Rochard: A fun 2d platformer/puzzle video game on Steam with a great soundtrack.
  • The Sixth Gun: A horror/western comic created by Cullen Bunn. Great fodder for RPGs!
  • Danger 5: A hilariously insane Australian comedy show about fighting Nazis, being sexist and drinking too much.
  • Community: A funny sitcom that had a D&D based episode.
  • Amnesia: Dark Descent – a scary as fuck video game.
  • Horror Recognition Guide: Great fiction set in the new World of Darkness.
  • Reincarnation: A flash game that Tom likes.

Song: Darkness be thy Name by Midnight Configuration