robo-pc-webNews: A new Base Raiders PDF supplement is out. Check out New Teams: Cosplay on sale now! Also, the Red Markets beta campaign has started. Be sure to listen to the first episode. Finally, Raillery has a ton of new videos on its Youtube channel. Check em out.

Synopsis: We recently posted the conclusion to the Atomic Robo campaign and as our custom, we have a post-mortem to discuss what went right and what went wrong. The players and GM had varying levels of knowledge about the setting, which posed unique challenges for Aaron. We talk about what we liked about the game and what could have changed and what we would do differently next time. If you missed some episodes of the campaign, visit its page for a list of links to all the episodes.

Shout Outs

  • Eclipse Phase: After the Fall: The first anthology of fiction for Eclipse Phase. A must-read if you enjoy transhuman sci-fi
  • Showa 1944-1953: The third volume in Shigeru Mizuki’s award-winning history of Japan.
  • Undertale: A video game RPG where you don’t have to kill. You still can though. Just saying.
  • Duck Game: A brilliant and perfect game of quacking and shooting ducks. Also, hats.
  • Armello: A fantasy board game/video game with good multiplayer features.
  • Spirit of 77: A Powered by the Apocalypse 1970s exploitation film inspired RPG with beautiful art
  • Ghostbusters Board Game: Play the Ghostbusters busting ghosts in tabletop format.
  • Everything is Terrible – Legends: a sanity-grinding 12 hour compilation of Everything is Terrible. Beware of TRICKY PEOPLE.
  • Five Element Ninjas: The Shaw Brothers had some peculiar ideas about ninjas and samurai.
  • Sunless Sea: A video game set in Fallen London. Explore an underground sea filled with strange monsters.
  • Crawl: An unusually designed co-op video game about dungeon crawling and monster slaying.

Song: Resonance by Home

rimwardNews: No Soul Left Behind is out! BUY CALEB’S BOOK! If you backed Boiling Point, check the Kickstarter to read the text for Sparkles the Unicorn.

Synopsis: Duality, a Rimward and gatecrashing focused Eclipse Phase campaign recently wrapped up on the Actual Play site. You can browse the entire list of episodes here if you need to catch up. Caleb, Tom, Aaron, and I discuss the campaign and what we liked and didn’t like about it. It took a long time to play and run and we did learn a little about ourselves and our favored play styles by doing so.

Shout Outs

  • The Annihilation Score: The latest in the Laundry novel series. An occult violinist battles demons, both personal and external.
  • Margin Call: a movie about the 2008 financial crisis and who caused it.
  • Exile: An extremely Lovecraftian horror film with some rather terrifying body horror.
  • Concept: A board game about figuring out phrases from common symbols.
  • Sonic Dream Collection: It’s like Deviant Art manifested itself.
  • Last Week Tonight – Televangelists: John Oliver examines how televangelists can make money without taxation because religion.

Song: D a n c e O f C a t s by Datasette

RPPR_B-sidesNews: RPPR B-Sides Volume 2 is now available! Get 24 actual play episodes and help support RPPR. This volume has playtests, con games, and more! In other news, Boiling Point is still being worked on as is the Sparkles supplement for Base Raiders. Also, Gen Con 2015 event submission has opened up. Contact Arc Dream if you want to run games and get a free badge and product.

Synopsis: The Final Revelation is the shortest complete campaign we’ve run at RPPR, but its complexity and depth merits a good post mortem discussion. Caleb, Aaron, and I discuss our experiences playing and running the game, purism vs pulp in cthulhu mythos gaming, player agency in RPG design, and other related topics. Tom wasn’t able to make this episode so no letter but we do have shout outs and a very special anecdote about shark fighting.

Shout Outs

  • Escape Goat 2: A great puzzle game about a magical goat and his mouse BFF.
  • Silver Screen Fiend: A new book from Patton Oswalt about his addiction to cinema.
  • Bad Robots: A UK prank show themed around malfunctioning technology.
  • Concrete Grove: Not quite a solid recommendation, but I read the entire book for what that’s worth.
  • Whiplash: A film about jazz, abuse, and obsession.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: an anime about the occult, cannibalism, and milquetoast student protagonists. Breaking new ground in anime tropes!
  • Touch of Cloth: A hilarious cop show parody similar to Police Squad, but way, way dirtier.

Song: A Dark Revelation by Dusk’s Embrace