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Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: The RPPR AP podcast site is now up
« on: November 09, 2009, 11:22:08 PM »
Right on! Feeding my AP addiction...

RPGs / Re: Anecdote Megathread
« on: November 03, 2009, 08:49:51 PM »
The best and worst experiances of mine have both been online:

First we have a three year epic failure of the worst game I've every played. What makes it so sad is that they have that rare, beautiful potential you don't see very often. They just can't hold a game together for more than a month, they min-max and worse of all, they use House Rules. It started out three years ago with a Livejournal invite to a by-post RP with the condition my application had a minimum of 1000 word RP sample in the character I was auditioning for. For the first two weeks I was in heaven. These people could play. I mean every post submitted, by all players, was well over that 1000 word min and they posted eight/nine times a night. When all five players were on at the same time, we could crank out an entire threads in less than an hour. Four threads a night sometimes. We worked out entire novels.

Then it stopped. Just like that. I log on and the board is deserted. It's me and the crickets for three weeks. Finally one of them thought to check the board and saw I was still there going WTF. They had moved on to another game and never bothered telling me. A year later I get an email. They heard a sequel to the movie we were rping the first round was out and they couldn't find anyone who could play the character like I did. They wanted me back for the new board. I should have known.

Two years later of on again off again playing I finally snap and yell at them. Three years I put up with their crap and I was done. Every time one of them saw a movie they'd go skipping off into the sunset and leave everyone else hanging. I say they as the two who are most guilty are “cousins”, even though we've never seen them separate and there's a standing joke/theory that it's the same person. A third player was they “yes man” and would follow them blindly from board to board. The fourth and I have become something of friends and continue to chat and bemoan the possibilities.

Then comes what started in an MSN Chat-Room RP in 1993 and turned into the greatest online game I have ever played. It went on for more than five years moving from chat rp to by post rp and it was everything a Gamer could have ever wanted in an online game. Solid descriptive posts, players who actually logged on, just about everyone took their characters seriously...I still make periodical pilgrimages to the remains of the site to mourn the loss to this day.

The New Tombstone.

Take the movie Tombstone, set in Dungeons and Dragons cross it with World of Darkness and any and all TV/Custom character you could write in a decent “how they got to TNT” story and you where in. I played the Invisible Man, Darien Fawkes as well as his nemesis Arnaud de Fhon, later taking on half the goddamned cast of the show. There was no character limit. As long as you could keep in character and posted, you could play.

There where something like 30 "full time" individual players another 40 "occasional" players who'd stick around for a thread or two and over 150 characters. For five years we would put in anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour or three a day every day and would post. Even if it was “sorry guys I cant play tonight.” We still made sure to at least be there daily. I made friends the world over whom I still talk to and trade halloween cards with yearly. We would buy birthday gifts for each others kids and when one of us was broken into one night, live during a chat, we did all but form a mob. The only thing that stopped us was was the distance. One of us was Australia, two in England, A Canadian, and three of us where scattered across the states. (it was a slow night) By the time all of our planes would have arrived, the police would have the guy in protective custody. Then MSN Groups closed the 18+ section of their site about a year or so after 9-11 and we where forcefully disbanded. While the loss of the game itself was sad, I still talk to my fellow players just about daily. I don't remember much of the story line due to the amount of characters and post count we would produce in a day, it was just impossible to keep track of everyone. What I do remember are the friends I made the world over who I continue to be friends with to this day. I have couches the world over I can crash on any time.

General Chaos / Re: H.P. Lovecraft
« on: October 02, 2009, 08:37:00 AM »
Lovecraft was the man. He's the Telsa of the writing world. He managed to single-handedly invent or shape modern literature as we know it today, all because of a pathological hatred of canned spaghetti, and foreigners. Though there's a strong argument out there that he wasn't so much a racist but a xenophobe. (he married a Jewish woman and wrote many letters later in life supporting the Inuit Tribes of Alaska and lamenting the "corruption" of their culture.) Racism/Xenophobia aside, HP knew his shit.

CoC was the first story I ever read that made me afraid to go to sleep at night. Course I did read it with in ten minutes of trying to go to bed so maybe that had something to do with it. Whats funny about how I got into HP was that my step-dad was a Greek Orthodox priest and it was he who gave me his collection of vintage HP books. I like telling people that I was brought into the "cult of HP" by no less than a Cultist Priest. hehehe I personally like his dreamscape stories a bit more than his full on horror simply because they are just this side of wtfary. The Street is my favorite with CoC in second and The White Ship in at strong third.

There;s a podcast out there, the HP podcraft ( that likes to try an interpret HPs stories along with excerpts read by one of the guys at the HPHS.

General Chaos / Tiz the season!
« on: October 01, 2009, 04:12:36 PM »
It's officially spook season so I thought I'd take a moment and share a little something:

Gather round creeps, gather round fools gather round spirits gather round ghouls
listen to me for I have a story of blackening fright and all things gory
of grinning pumpkins and demon cats of wicked witches and scurrying rats.

We've all come together to celebrate and feast Larry the Wolf and Igor the Beast
for this is the night when little babies cry and an orange mist rolls from their eyes
and monster girls and monster men patiently wait for the fun to begin.

What do they know that you've never scene?
I'll tell you my friend... a grand old hootenanny called:


Poem from our friend Tomb Dragomir at Rue-Morgue Radio

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: Fan Actual Plays
« on: September 26, 2009, 02:23:32 AM »
Dropbox maybe? Though it's prolly not perfectly suited to RPPR needs, it can handle large file transfers and uploads/downloads... I dunno too much about it other than my brother says it's great.

General Chaos / Re: NEW MOVIES!
« on: September 25, 2009, 12:37:20 AM »
Well, there always SUCK...

<a href="" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win"></a>

Henry Rollins, Dimitri Coats, Alice Cooper, Calico Cooper, Malcolm McDowell, Iggp Pop, Dave Foley and Moby in one place. Oh,  it's about vampires.

+ ------ + ------ +

Also, I would like to add that the screenwriter of the movie BOTCHED w/ Stephen Dorff must have sat in on at least a third of the GURPS games I've played in. It really does feel like I've watched a visual of someone's game, complete with prime examples of PC Logic.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: New world campain
« on: September 23, 2009, 07:48:02 PM »
I love it!

Why thank you! :)

I just posted today's installment. Voshyyk, Dragonborn Fighter. This is one of the PCs from the Actual Play of the New World campaign setting, and was/is created by Tom Church.

You can see it here or at

that is cool!

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: New world campain
« on: September 22, 2009, 01:34:39 AM »
I do not recognize that design at all... Damn I wish I could give you source links. I think the guy I heard it from was from the Atuami tribe but I was like 9 or 10 at the time and he was one of my older brothers buddies. I heard that Coyote was the Great Teacher who taught humans to survive, thrive and live in harmony with the land. The closest I can find is a single line "The Navajo, however, see the coyote figure as responsible for the emergence of mankind." from and does have a decent story of how Coyote brought fire to the world.

My favorite story about the Raven is how she got her all black color... she became fascinated by her own shadow and pecked it until it came alive and ate her.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: New world campain
« on: September 21, 2009, 01:47:06 AM »
I've noticed a couple can call em nitpicks if you want, I like to think of them cool little things. Over here on the west coast Native Animals are given different traits.  Cody's gonna laugh at this I'm sure, but I grew up with stories that the Raven was the trickster. Always playing mind games with people and never exactly honest with anyone. But even if her tricks seem mean-spirited there was always a point to be made or lesson learned. I think it's great that to someone familiar with the West-Coast Tribes Cody's playing exactly how a follower or the Raven would. As for Coyote knowing something that the other gods have forgotten, that makes sense, seeing how Coyote is the keeper of knowledge and is the Great Teacher.

General Chaos / Re: Marvel of Disney
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:26:17 PM »
There goes any hope of a film that does Frank justice.

Wait... I take that back... There's a rumor that Disney owns a porn-studio so there's still hope, Tom !

General Chaos / Marvel of Disney
« on: August 31, 2009, 07:06:27 PM »
So I saw on the news tonight that Disney bought Marvel Comics with a special clause for the characters.... this means that Frank Castle now works for the Mouse. My first thought was to fear for Tom's liver.

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: Cody Fan Club
« on: June 03, 2009, 09:00:25 AM »
HER?!? I'm betting that this is actually Cody's wife or his mom.

hehehe, None of the above.

General Chaos / Re: Using Blogs for Games
« on: May 30, 2009, 04:26:34 PM »
I think that actually is how that cat got to look that way....

General Chaos / Re: Using Blogs for Games
« on: May 30, 2009, 04:26:40 AM »
Heres that "Repo" suit and Parade Formations from WW1 I was talking about from the live journal group:

General Chaos / Using Blogs for Games
« on: May 30, 2009, 01:34:53 AM »
Not too sure where this goes so move/delete as necessary.

On the topic of using music in games, movie soundtracks are great, but again if you can work 'em right. Thanks to the internet we get things like sound blogs. Sound Blogs. Crazy movie fans and rabid collectors ripping, packing and uploading their CD's.

There are also image blogs which specialize in everything from 'random' to 'old/vintage' 'hdr' and so on. - anything from actors/actresses to early photography and even some old 'family' photos of the poster. I think the only requirement is that the image was taken pre-1980. Every once in a while someone will post some really great old photos of WW1 Troop Parade formations or those horrifying 'gas suits' (full body gas masks that look like Gene Co's Repo Man).

I know there are many more out there but I'm too lazy to find them. I blame the tea. It's "relax" and it's putting me to sleep. Disclaimer - All the downloads are for evaluation/preview purposes and if you download something that you like, then you should buy the DVD, CD, tape, or vinyl it comes from.

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