Monday, July 13, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 122 - The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood - Session 44: Sleeping Dragons Lie



Episode 122 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!


And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

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

PC:  Fendegil
Player:  Monster Mike
Culture:  Ranger of the North
Background:  Solitary Vagabond
Calling:  Wanderer

PC:  Beren Greycloak
Player:  BJ
Culture:  Dwarf of the Grey Mountains

PC:  Sancho Puddifoot
Player:  Enzio
Culture:  Hobbit of the Shire
Calling:  Wanderer


PC:  Waldemar
Player:  Kevin
Culture:  Man of the Lake
Calling:  Scholar

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Too Many Ways To Fall" by Arc Angels










Saturday, June 20, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 121 - D&D 5E: Tales From The Yawning Portal - Session 24: The Masters Domain!


Episode 121 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)! 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 Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition, by Wizards of the Coast! The campaign is Tales of the Yawning Portal!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

DM: Nick

PC: Garrett Tealeaf
Race:  Halfling
Class:  Monk
Background: Hermit

Player: BJ


PC: Grush
Race: Half Orc
Class: Cleric
Background: Outlander
Player: Monster Mike


PC: Ashton McSwarbrick
Race: Half Elf
Class: Bard
Background: Sage
Player: Brian

PC:  Buca Golthwui
Race:  Kobold
Class:  Sorcerer
Player:  Lewis

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Gone Shootin'" by AC/DC



Friday, May 22, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 120 - The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood - Session 43: To Dungeons Deep


Episode 120 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 The Laughter of Dragons!

This session's source material comes from Bree!

Check out the campaign's Obsidian Portal page!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

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

PC:  Fendegil
Player:  Monster Mike
Culture:  Ranger of the North
Background:  Solitary Vagabond
Calling:  Wanderer

PC:  Beren Greycloak
Player:  BJ
Culture:  Dwarf of the Grey Mountains

PC:  Sancho Puddifoot
Player:  Enzio
Culture:  Hobbit of the Shire
Calling:  Wanderer


PC:  Waldemar
Player:  Kevin
Culture:  Man of the Lake
Calling:  Scholar

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Tombstone Blues" by Bob Dylan










Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 119 - D&D 5E: Tales From The Yawning Portal - Session 23: Abyssal Prisons!


Episode 119 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)! 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 Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition, by Wizards of the Coast! The campaign is Tales of the Yawning Portal!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

DM: Nick

PC: Garrett Tealeaf
Race:  Halfling
Class:  Monk
Background: Hermit

Player: BJ


PC: Grush
Race: Half Orc
Class: Cleric
Background: Outlander
Player: Monster Mike


PC: Ashton McSwarbrick
Race: Half Elf
Class: Bard
Background: Sage
Player: Brian

PC:  Buca Golthwui
Race:  Kobold
Class:  Sorcerer
Player:  Lewis

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Street Fighting Man" by The Rolling Stones








Thursday, April 30, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 118 - A Beowulf Age of Heroes One-Shot: The Hermit's Sanctuary!



Episode 118 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 around is Beowulf: Age of Heroes, yet to be published by Handiwork Games!

The module is "
The Hermit's Sanctuary", which is downloadable as a free preview! 

Intro/Outro music excerpted from Benjamin Bagby's performance of Beowulf.  
Seriously.  Go get it now.







Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 117 - The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood - Session 42: Hunters in the Waste


Episode 117 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 The Laughter of Dragons!

This session's source material comes from Bree!

Check out the campaign's Obsidian Portal page!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

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

PC:  Fendegil
Player:  Monster Mike
Culture:  Ranger of the North
Background:  Solitary Vagabond
Calling:  Wanderer

PC:  Beren Greycloak
Player:  BJ
Culture:  Dwarf of the Grey Mountains

PC:  Sancho Puddifoot
Player:  Enzio
Culture:  Hobbit of the Shire
Calling:  Wanderer


PC:  Waldemar
Player:  Kevin
Culture:  Man of the Lake
Calling:  Scholar

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Wasted Years" by Iron Maiden










Sunday, April 26, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 116 - D&D 5E: Tales From The Yawning Portal - Session 22: Ooze Grotto Grove!


Episode 116 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)! 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 Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition, by Wizards of the Coast! The campaign is Tales of the Yawning Portal!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

DM: Nick

PC: Garrett Tealeaf
Race:  Halfling
Class:  Monk
Background: Hermit

Player: BJ


PC: Grush
Race: Half Orc
Class: Cleric
Background: Outlander
Player: Monster Mike


PC: Ashton McSwarbrick
Race: Half Elf
Class: Bard
Background: Sage
Player: Brian

PC:  Buca Golthwui
Race:  Kobold
Class:  Sorcerer
Player:  Lewis

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Hares on the Plantation" by Waterson: Carthy








Thursday, April 23, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 115 - The One Ring: The Darkening of Mirkwood - Session 41: Of Hammer and Anvil


Episode 115 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 The Laughter of Dragons!

This session's source material comes from Bree!

Check out the campaign's Obsidian Portal page!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

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

PC:  Fendegil
Player:  Monster Mike
Culture:  Ranger of the North
Background:  Solitary Vagabond
Calling:  Wanderer

PC:  Beren Greycloak
Player:  BJ
Culture:  Dwarf of the Grey Mountains

PC:  Sancho Puddifoot
Player:  Enzio
Culture:  Hobbit of the Shire
Calling:  Wanderer


PC:  Waldemar
Player:  Kevin
Culture:  Man of the Lake
Calling:  Scholar

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Sabotage" by Beastie Boys








Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast 114 - D&D 5E: Tales From The Yawning Portal - Session 21: The Predator Pools!


Episode 114 of The CVG Actual Play & Community Theater Podcast is up and in stores near you (i.e. iTunes)! 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 Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition, by Wizards of the Coast! The campaign is Tales of the Yawning Portal!

And now a quick breakdown of our characters:

DM: Nick

PC: Garrett Tealeaf
Race:  Halfling
Class:  Monk
Background: Hermit

Player: BJ


PC: Grush
Race: Half Orc
Class: Cleric
Background: Outlander
Player: Monster Mike


PC: Ashton McSwarbrick
Race: Half Elf
Class: Bard
Background: Sage
Player: Brian

PC:  Buca Golthwui
Race:  Kobold
Class:  Sorcerer
Player:  Lewis

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!

Intro /Outro Music:  "Black Sheep" by The Clash At Demonhead






Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Sunday, April 12, 2020

What's Geekin Me Now: The Chippewa Valley Geek's Decade in Review - The 2010s - Ten Terrifying Years

Being deemed an "essential" worker in the midst of a global crisis really gives one cause to stop and think about all the things that are truly important and essential to us in this life.

So -- in an effort to avoid that shit as hard as possible -- I sat down instead and finally finished brainstorming my "best of" list for all the fun and frivolous shit we've enjoyed over the last ten years.

Enjoy the diversion and maybe treat yourself to something awesome!




Albums

1. Strand of Oaks – Eraserland (2019)

2. Hamilton - Original Cast Recording              (2015)

 


3. The Tragically HipNow For Plan A          (2012)



4. StarsNo One Is Lost (2014)

  



5. Joe PugMessenger     (2010)













Honorable Mention:  Quaker City Nighthawks   El Astronauta  (2014)




Movies

1.  Scott Pilgrim vs. The World          (2010)


2.  Much Ado About Nothing (2013)


3.  Logan (2017)



4.  Wonder Woman (2017)

5.  Moonrise Kingdom (2012)



Board Games

1.  Twilight Imperium – 4th Ed.  (2017)

  


2.  Gloomhaven (2017)

  



3.  Captain Sonar (2016)





4.  Scythe (2016)


5.  Codenames (2015)


RPGs

1.  Dungeons & Dragons - 5th Ed. (2014)


2.  The One Ring     (2011)

3.  Star Trek Adventures     (2017)

4.  Legends of the Five Rings - 5th Ed.               (2018)


5.  Spirit of '77 (2015)



Television

1.  True Detective - S1            (2014)


2.  Twin Peaks:  The Return               (2017)


3.  Chernobyl           (2019)



4.  Game of Thrones             (2011-2019)


5.  Gravity Falls        (2012-2016)


Honorable Mention:  Over The Garden Wall  (2014)


Comics / Trades / Graphic Novels

1.  Tale of Sand   (2011)

2.  Wonder Woman (Azzarello / Chiang)   (2011 - 2014)


3.  Saga   (2012 -)



Ratings!
3.5

Sticking with it?
Hrm.  I'll give this decade one more issue to grab me, but then I'm probably done.