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Friday, September 30, 2011-End of the Month Podcast Review: The Grumpy Celt Speaks

September 30, 2011

The Grumpy Celt Speaks is a podcast that suffers from too much gimmick.  It is formatted by a single announcer, who interacts with two other characters which are also voiced by him.  The first character is Ren from Ren and Stimpy and the second character is a Monty Python housewife (a man doing a high woman’s voice.) Additionally, he has a convoluted background and set-up for the podcast that combines Stephen King and Steve Jackson.  Ironically, his character being a celt has a thick western drawl.

The purpose of the podcast is to review games and supplements, which it does within 25 minutes.  Unfortunately, they are all stuff that has been sitting on his shelf for 20 years.  The nostalgia aspect is quite entertaining as he reviews various modules that I bought when I was in Jr. High; but he does not really provide any acumen other than some background information.  Additionally, he has some hang-ups when evaluating games; too many dice is an issue for him, nit-picking art, and he has too much focus on typesetting.  His earlier podcast had more range and topics.  The podcast for black history month was very good and insightful. 

Because of these reasons, I am not adding the website to my “favorites.” I will wait a few months and revisit the sight and see what he has reviewed; after all, there are not a lot of RPG podcast that directly reviews materials.  Overall, this is a podcast that I can wait until later to listen too.



Friday, June 3 2011-Better late than never Podcast review.

June 3, 2011

This month’s podcast review is “The Walking Eye.”  This is one of my favorite podcasts and I only listen to 75% of the shows!!!  Take an eager group of twenty somethings who try and take podcasting serious, add a dash of “willing to try anything” and you will have The Walking Eye.  This podcast does it all; actual play recordings, game reviews, interviews, topics, and discussion on comics.  Okay, I don’t listen to the comic casts which they have once a month, hence the 75%.

This podcast focuses on indie RPGs, I have yet to hear anything about 4th Edition D&D or Savage Worlds.  They are all about the role-play and story.  So, if you are looking for analytical break downs of character classes, this is not for you.  However, if you want some analytical break down of a game system, opinions on flow of play, and hear actual examples, then this is a podcast for you.

The best thing I have to say about this podcast: Use the archives and you will get a good understanding of the whole indie RPG industry.

The worst thing I have to say about this podcast: It’s a long time between shows when you skip the comic cast.

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. 

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.