Monday, August 17, 2015

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 004 - The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood - Session 03: Don't Leave The Path!

The fellowship's caravan gets underway at dawn


Episode 3 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)!  

Remember: it's on a different feed from The CVG Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue, so you will need to subscribe to this feed separately if you're into it!

The game is The One Ring, by Cubicle 7 Games!  The campaign is The Darkening of Mirkwood!


Don't remember much about The One Ring?  Check out the Geek's game review of it here!

Or check out the TOR community forums here!

Here is Tales from Wilderland!


And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

PC:  Carl Huffingtoe
Player:  Andrew

Culture:  Hobbit of the Shire
Background:  Too Many Paths To Tread

Calling:  Wanderer

PC:  Denethor Lightbow
Player:  Nick
Culture:    Elf of Mirkwood
Background:  Diligent Defender

Calling:  Scholar

PC:  Draveon Silverwing
Player:  Bill

Culture:  Elf of Mirkwood
Background:  A Muscial Legacy

Calling:  Warden

PC:  The "Boarslayer"
Player:  Monster Mike
Culture:  Woodman of Mirkwood
Background:  The Hound

Calling:  Warden

PC:  Brand, son of Gorm
Player:  Jack

Culture:  Barding (Man of Dale)
Background:  Rediscovering the Past

Calling:  Treasure Hunter


Remember to show your love and support for the Geek out on Patreon!  Actual play episodes don't count for our Patreon contributions, so every time we play a game, you get a freebie!

Art:  "Loading the Rafts" by Jon Hodgson
Music:  "Separate Ways" by Journey

Monday, August 10, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

Haiku Movie Review! Jurassic World

Quite good.  Would've been
brilliant though if Chris and Bryce 
had swapped roles.  B +











Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Clearwater Con Event Schedule is Available!


Hey all... Here at long last is the event schedule for Clearwater Con in EC next weekend.

It's been a challenge getting it together on the short notice we set out for ourselves, but I could not be prouder of the community support and the events we have been able to bring to the table here. We have D&D and Pathfinder. We have pirates and zombies. We have time travellers and tea parties. We have Monster Mike and Jetpack Jack. And we have Shaggy and Scooby... And that's just the beginning. And remember that your con badge will get you the Gamerati discount at local retailers too.

The only thing we need now to make this one truly fantastic day of gamerati-tude is for you to come and play with us. The gaming community here in the Chippewa Valley is robust and deserves a win, dammit. With sufficient momentum, we can level up next year from one day to a full weekend. But we need your help, your support, and your dice to get there.

So let's make this happen. Please - let's keep getting the word out to anyone who hasn't heard about our event. Share the game schedule with anyone who might be interested in joining us next Saturday. And most importantly, please remember to go pre-register at gamerati.com/gamedays to help make Clearwater Con an ongoing reality for us all.


Thanks for all your support and we'll see you at the table on July 25th!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzYDBGoih6ZabXRSOHhNc01ENmc/view?usp=sharing

Monday, July 6, 2015

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 003 - The CHOMP! One-Shot: Wrath at Con!



Episode 3 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)!  


Remember: it's on a different feed from The CVG Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue, so you will need to subscribe to this feed separately if you're into it!


The game this time is a one-shot playtest of CHOMP!  The Zombie Survival Horror RPG, from FKI, LLC!

In honor of game designers Craig Sieracki and Matt Scott appearing on Episode 13 of 
The CVG Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue, Monster Mike and I invited them to sit in and run us through a zombie apocalypse of our very own!  The resulting wacky hijinks resulted in Wrath at Con, and one of the most fun single game sessions in my most recent memory.

Find out more about the CHOMP! Survival Horror RPG on Craig and Matt's Facebook page.

You can get your own copy at RPGNow here!

Breaking news:
You too can play CHOMP with Craig and Matt at Clearwater Con, July 25 2015 in Eau Claire, WI.  See http://gamerati.com/gamedays/ for the latest updates and to preregister!


Some action shots from the game session!


Craig Sieracki directs as Monster Mike preps a roll

Laminated character sheets make for disposable PCs

The Exhibit Hall - "You'll pay for this, Felicia Day!"

Monster Mike throws some sixes

Matt Scott, foraging for bandaids

Endgame
Our theme music!

The CVG Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue - Episode #013: Dead House Over Yonder!

My standard-issue nametag for cons, et al - It's funny because it hurts.



































Episode Thirteen of The Chippewa Valley Geek Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue is complete and can be found here or on iTunes and Stitcher!

We're taking a bite out of zombies this time around, getting the lowdown on a locally-produced survival horror RPG, and (re)making some very exciting announcements!


0:00:00  Intros
0:01:11  The Up Front: On oblivion and undeath - also, Clearwater Con 2015!
0:06:47  The Interview:  Eau Claire game designers Craig Sieracki and Matt Scott talk about their love of zombies, break down the inner workings of CHOMP, and take on the Geek-del Test!
0:24:56  Payin' some bills

0:30:51 The Roundtable:  Wherein Mike and Jack try to find some braaaaaaaaains!
1:30:30  Community Calendar
1:33:13  Outro & Credits
1:34:36  Bonus Track:    The Lannister Suite, in 3 Movements (or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Never Try To Play Slide Guitar Ever Again), featuring:
- Roslin's Wedding
- Mannish Boy-King

- I'm a Steady Whorin' Half-Man

Remember to support the CVG on PATREON!



Hey, how about some show notes?


Remember to pick up CHOMP!  The Zombie Survival Horror RPG, from FKI, LLC!

Find out more about the CHOMP! Survival Horror RPG on Craig and Matt's Facebook page.

You too can play it with Craig and Matt out at  Clearwater Con 2015!

Listen to our Actual Play session of CHOMP!



The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Also, World War Z, by Max Brooks

You Can Run, You Can Hide: The Epidemiology and Statistical Mechanics of Zombies by Alexander A. AlemiMatthew BierbaumChristopher R. Myers & James P. Sethna
You Can Run, You Can Hide:The Epidemiology and Statistical Mechanics of Zombies

Hebanon Games, (soon to be) makers of Red Markets

All Flesh Must Be Eaten!


A Necro-Biological Explanation for the Fermi Paradox by Stephen R. Kane, Franck Selsis

Check out this interactive model of the Zombie Apocalypse!  



PC Stinger:  "Bazooka" Joe Blutarski, RHP, was my own PC during a zombie one-shot of Mike's using Savage Worlds, called "Sacred Heart Hospital".  The game opened with a foreboding medical report as recorded by Dr. David Cook, the original of which is appended to the end of this installment of the CVG.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 002 - The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood - Session 02: The Gathering of the Five Armies



The streets of Dale are bedlam on the eve of the Gathering...




















Episode 2 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)!  

Remember: it's on a different feed from The CVG Podcast and Rhythm & Blues Revue, so you will need to subscribe to this feed separately if you're into it!

The game is The One Ring, by Cubicle 7 Games!  The campaign is The Darkening of Mirkwood!


Don't remember much about The One Ring?  Check out the Geek's game review of it here!

Or check out the TOR community forums here!

Here is Tales from Wilderland!


Here is a link to Richard Harrison's TOR resources, including the Guide to Dale!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

PC:  Carl Huffingtoe
Player:  Andrew

Culture:  Hobbit of the Shire
Background:  Too Many Paths To Tread

Calling:  Wanderer

PC:  Denethor Lightbow
Player:  Nick
Culture:    Elf of Mirkwood
Background:  Diligent Defender

Calling:  Scholar

PC:  The "Boarslayer"
Player:  Monster Mike
Culture:  Woodman of Mirkwood
Background:  The Hound

Calling:  Warden

PC:  Brand, son of Gorm
Player:  Jack

Culture:  Barding (Man of Dale)
Background:  Rediscovering the Past

Calling:  Treasure Hunter

PC:  Mord, Son of Munan
Player:  BJ

Culture:  Man of the Lake
Background:  Watcher

Calling:  Slayer


Remember to show your love and support for the Geek out on Patreon!  Actual play episodes don't count for our Patreon contributions, so every time we play a game, you get a freebie!

Music:  "You Dance" by eastmountainsouth