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April 29, 2011-End of the Month Podcast Review

April 29, 2011

You know, this month I was going to review one of my favorite Podcast; but things have gone so sour that I am going to take my frustrations out on another.   This month’s review is the podcast “All Games Considered,” and it is dreadful.  Take all that is disingenuous perky and comical in a morning show host, spit it up among two people and then double stuff it with AV nerdom, and then you would have this podcast. 

I know you are going to ask, “How can I rip on a podcast that won gaming awards two years in a row?”  My reply is that nobody is really listening to what they are saying, because it sounds so good.  This is a really well produced podcast; it has an ambitious format and is well edited.  I will give them some kudos for all that.  There are several different types of segments, News, Feedbacks, topics, Reviews, and the like; which have the feel of a radio show or morning TV show.  It even has real commercials.   Additionally, it sounds live and off the cuff, but really it is recorded and then edited.  If a member doesn’t like what they said, they we rerecorded the conversation and edit out the bad stuff.  They play bloopers at the end of the show. 

 Why do I not like this podcast?  Because, if you listen to it and I mean really listen to it, you realize that this is a work of ego not art. 

1-They passive aggressively brag about their podcast and all the stuff they are trying to do, how much work they have, and how they cannot do things because their already too much stuff they still have to do.  Here is a hint: if you have 50 ten minute interviews from game designers at Gen con; don’t play them all and cut out the first three minutes of everyone saying how great Gen con is-after the fourth interview, I get that everyone is excited about Gen con! Also, don’t talk about how to produce the interviews during the shows!! 

2-They say the right PC thing and then act smugly with those things they disagree with.  They have three tones during this podcast, a parental tone of PC authority, a post high school understanding of what passion is, and then the pre-pubescence glee.  Presentation goes like this: We know what we are saying is the right thing to say so you will give us some creditability, but these people do it this way and miss the point, and I just can’t wait to do our way-wheeeeee giggle giggle. Here is a Hint: If you review another podcaster’s product, because they are friends, don’t talk about how great it is for ten minutes and then at the end say “but I had a few beefs with it, just personal, nothing I want to talk about.”  When you are pressed, don’t expand your thoughts with “it’s just some stuff I understand what they were trying to do but I disagree with or would have done differently.”  Really??  Acting a little passive aggressive there too? 

3-Also, they are just wrong.  They say stuff that is just inaccurate about the gaming industry, history, rules, and a half of dozen things.  Half the stuff they never correct and the other half they dismiss with an attitude that says “we set the standards, nobody is more right than us, so where else are you going to go?!”  Here is a Hint: If I didn’t have anywhere else to go, then why do I know you are incorrect?  Bye bye.

The best thing I have to say about this podcast: Thank god the host just found somebody on (yes, he talked about how he met someone online during the podcast and how that is going to take away producing the podcast.)

The worst thing I have to say about this podcast: Good Lord, he will come back and make more when she dumps his passive aggressive ass. 


4/16/2011-Don’t cut down half your cornfield to build a gaming room.

April 16, 2011

Well, my Apocalypse World gaming group is a complete flop.  I would love to say; that I don’t know where these people came from, that there were incompatible players, or how they had such misguided expectations of the game.  I would; but nobody came.  Not last week, nor this week, and I am suspecting nobody will show next week either.  I don’t understand why, I did everything possible to gather a group of gamers from my computer without leaving the house and I still got nothing.  This experience has really soured my faith in technology.  They said social networking systems would work miracles and I had miraculous expectations.  I heard a voice and it said to me “Type it and they will come.”  That’s the last time I listen to voices in my head. 

The thing that just burns the hairs off my dice bag is that I knew better.  I know that technology does not replace things; at most it makes them more efficient.  You cannot recruit people just by joining a few online groups and making a meetup.  It takes footwork, getting out there, and making face time with others.  It always been that way and will still be that way after I smoke myself to death.  Every few weeks, on one of the many gaming podcasts that I listen to, somebody sends an email asking about how to find a gaming group-the answer is always the same.  “Go online and find a meetup or craigslist or bla bla bla.”  Sure, you can do that and with the luck of the die you might find a group.  However, you just need to do the leg work and actually do some real networking. 

I still am keeping my goals for this year.  First goal is to run an Apocalypse World game in addition to my monthly Star Wars game.  Second goal is to game with more players that I have not gamed with.  My first attempt to accomplish this failed, by my own hand.  Live and learn.  Now I have to do what I knew needed to be done and not look for an easily way out.  I have to get out there and show my face.


4/6/2011-Shout Outs

April 6, 2011

I just want to give some shout outs today to some things that I have stumbled across on the internet.

1st —The IT Crowd, Season 4 episode 1

This sitcom is from England about two IT guys and their public relations manager.  I just watched this episode on Netflixs and they had D&D as a central plot device.  Not only does the Nerdy costar saves the day for the company with D&D but also helps his coworker resolves his emotional issues within the same game. 

 “In a sense it is like a computer game, it uses the most powerful processor known to man, the Human Mind.”

2nd—GOLD the web series that does double damage

This is a web series about something I have spent hours daydreaming of….. Table Top RPGs are now a professional sport.  The idea of having to train at D&D for weeks is just hilarious.  Like all sporting stories, it’s not about the game but instead the players.  This series combine’s cliché sports competition tales within a backdrop of familiar RPGs, in one scene a character drops his “Chill” gaming books.  I haven’t seen Chill for over twenty years and I think I painted that skeleton dragon that they use a long time ago. 

“you know I don’t really want to kill myself; except when I am playing 4th edition.”

3/25/2011-March’s Podcast Review-Order 66 Podcast

March 25, 2011

The Order 66 Podcast, affiliate of the D20 radio Network, is the one and only podcast completely dedicated to Star Wars Saga Edition.  This podcast validates the stereotype of the passionate hobbyist creating something wonderful where professionals cannot.  Rodney Thompson openly admitted that after hearing what Order 66 was doing on the internet, he dropped Wizards of the Coast’s Star Wars Podcast.  There is very little praise that can be said elsewhere; when the designer of the game says that you represent his own game better than he could.  Somewhere along the way, Lucas forgot about that. 

The hosts and creators of the show, GMChris and GMDave, have a really good niche in the RPG podcasting community; they are focused on Saga Edition rule system and Star Wars.  With there being fifteen books for Saga, there are plenty of rules to talk about without trailing off into abstract RPG theory.  Additionally, in the spirit of the West End Games (the 1st Star Wars RPG Company) they bring a lyrical inclusion to the Star Wars setting, making the show equally entertaining as it is informative.  They do this by using a radio format with several segments, all with sound bites, throughout each show.  “Watto’s Bargain Basement” segment starts off with a commercial for Watto’s shop put to the theme music from “Sanford and Son,” the way Watto says Tat-to-ine still makes me smile.  What a great way to introduce any equipment discussion. 

My only criticism of the show is that they are Fanboys of the system, for good reason.  Order 66 had built a close relationship with Wizards of the Coast and still continues ties to designers and writers of the game.  Furthermore, Sam Witwer from Force Unleashed video game frequently comes onto the show to talk about his campaign.  This brings a lot to the show and as hosts; they don’t want to burn any bridges by saying anything bad about the system.  Essentially, this podcast has fallen into the role of being the spokesmen and PR for the game.

Although Wizards has discontinued Saga Edition, this podcast is still going strong and promoting the game.