Reign of Ironclaw: An Explosive Evening!

kor_s03e02.fwOur exploration of the Age of Ironclaw continues!  The noble houses of the United Tribes and the Aquian Empire are to be joined in marriage.  The great powers of the world are gathered to witness this grand union while terrorists lurk in the shadows…

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GM’s note: Knights of Reignsborough: Reign of Ironclaw is a role playing game actual play podcast. It is not our intent to teach a system, rather to entertain. As such, much of the game mechanic discussion has been edited from the audio.

Knights of Reignsborough: Reign of Ironclaw is on a bi-weekly release schedule.  Episode 2 will be released the weekend of September 26.


Funny Looks and Failure, Part 2…or, How The Eighties Prepared Me To Be A Dad

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So, in my last post I promised to share the crazy idea that I’ve been working on for the last year.

Personally, I feel that I can lay the blame for this whole thing on Devin Montgomery.  See, he conducted a successful Kickstarter (one of my regular internet compulsions) for a clock that hides a secret book.  I’ve always loved stories about treasure hunts, so I naturally wanted to get one of these for my daughters, and use it to kick off their own literary treasure hunt.  But, if you’re going to have a treasure hunt, you need some treasure at the end, right?  Otherwise, what’s the point?

And the only reasonable place to keep treasure is in a treasure chest.

"Carruthers!  Take half my fortune and put it into treasure chests.  Take the rest and invest it in...oh, I don't know...zeppelins or something."

“Carruthers! Take half my fortune and put it into treasure chests. Take the rest and invest it in…oh, I don’t know…zeppelins or something.”

Now, your average treasure chest is locked, naturally, else any fool (or Carruthers) could just wander by and make off with your treasure.  But, I wanted the treasure hunt to be a collaborative effort by the girls, which meant that I wanted opening the chest to be collaborative as well. This meant that I needed 3 keys. Read more

Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: Back to the Funnybooks!


Funnybooks is 250 episodes old! How do we celebrate? Well…by having another awesome episode, of course! We talk about the new Doctor Who, which leads into a conversation about our favorite method of time travel. Then…after we talk about this week’s new comics, we do a special version of What If We Were Writing…, where we discuss our take on a Marvel Vs. DC!

  • The New Who
  • Our preferred mode of Time Travel
  • Cloaks #1 – PAT
  • The Death Defying Mr. Mirage #1 – A
  • Moon Knight #7 – PA
  • The Death of Wolverine #1 – PTW
  • The Rock is…BLACK ADAM!
  • Justice League #33 – PAT
  • Original Sin #8 – A
  • What if we were writing…Marvel v. DC 2
  • Giant Robot Warrior Maintenance Crew #1

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Despite what is mentioned in the show, Knights of Reignsborough Season 3, Episode 2 is slightly delayed due to technical difficulties.  Please stand by!


PHN 2014: Halloween Horror Nights 24 Media Preview Event!

01_HHN24 LogoIt’s that time of year again when the smell of pumpkin spice lattes have permeated the air, craft breweries have generated more pumpkin type beers than our shelves can handle, and our local theme parks have gone full threat level orange. And, like an overstimulated Jack Skellington, the Halloween community is waiting on pins and needles to say, “What’s this?” to Universal’s annual offerings.

We shall wait no more, as Universal held their annual media preview event last night and we were there to scope out all of the features that this year’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) event will deliver.

Universal will offer 8 unique haunted houses, comprised of 5 licensed properties and 3 original creations. In addition to these haunted houses, Universal returns to using 4 separate street experience scare zones. Universal will also present updated versions of their “Rocky Horror Picture Show – A Tribute” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” shows.

Universal Studios Orlando’s Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Michael Aiello reviewed this year’s crop of scares with the gushing enthusiasm that every new parent has when they show off their new babies. Michael’s inner fan favorite of the year is a long desired house based on the initial John Carptenter film, “Halloween”. According to Michael, this house was discussed as a possibility for many years, but the timing and logistics never fell into place until now. We were very pleasantly surprised that Universal allowed us to take a sneak peek run
through the “Halloween” house while it was in full technical (dress) rehearsal last night.

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PHN 2014: Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Media Preview Event!

The Pauloween season is almost in full swing again, boils and ghouls! Last night, our buddy Kyle from View From The Cheap Seats attended the Media Preview Event, and we’ve got the awesome video below covering the event!

Our full write-up of the event, with photos, will be posted later!

GenCon Journal 2014: Under the Hat

genconOne of the things that I wanted to do at Gen Con this year was to delve beneath the surface of a game company. There were so many companies that make games I enjoy that I was suffering from analysis paralysis. Luckily, I was provided some direction from the guys on Funnybooks. If you listen to the podcasts here on Ideology of Madness, then you are aware that the guys are fans of a few game systems. One of them happens to be Atomic Robo which is made by Evil Hat and powered by their Fate system.

Luckily, Evil Hat was doing a seminar entitled Under the Hat where they would talk about the business of Evil Hat. The panel at the seminar consisted of the key players at Evil Hat:

EHP-Logo-SquareFred Hicks – Operations

Chris Hanrahan – Business Director

Rob Donoghue – Brain Trust

Sean Nittner -Project Manager

Carrie Harris – Marketing Manager

Out of the gate, it was interesting to learn that the hardest part for Fred Hicks, founding member of Evil Hat, was defining the roles of these various people. He pointed out that he is very much a hands-on person and has difficulty putting responsibilities into other people’s hands. Not that he doesn’t think they can not do it, Just that he could do it and should. The thing that he ran up against, especially with the Fate Core Kickstarter, was that there was too much for him to do. With so much going on, defining these roles made it easier for him to hand over responsibilities which in turn allowed Evil Hat to function even better. Read more

Nine Inch Nails – Best Band Ever or Greatest Band Ever?


In the interest of full journalistic disclosure, I love Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor could read a phone book (if he could find one) in front of a blank sheet for an hour and a half and I would find it fascinating. That out of the way, I recently saw the Soundgarden – Nine Inch Nails tour. And since I geeked about it, I must now speak about it.

The location for the show was the Gexa Energy Pavillion, a semi-outdoor venue that is basically a fenced in field with concession stands, a paved courtyard, a big grass area and a roof over a stage and seats. The stage areas has walls on three sides but randomly enough, the open side faces due West. I mention this navigational point only because designing it that way was a questionable decision at best. Given that most of what goes on at Gexa are concerts and other forms of entertainment that start in the late afternoon or night, in the summer, in Texas, there is generally long time while the sun is setting, it just shines directly on the stage and into the eyes of the performers. Read more

GenCon Journal 2014: Jupiter Rescue

genconThis story actually starts on Wednesday of Gen Con. I was hanging out with my friends at the Embassy suites at Happy Hour.

I like to call it Happy Hour: The Drunkening.

The line for the Bar at the beginning of Happy Hour is a bit long and the tables around the bar area are littered with gamers playing a variety of games. As the line inched ever closer to the delicious alcohol, a game caught my eye. It seemed to have a space theme and the board was littered with aliens in pursuit of humans. I was bold enough to ask what type of game it was and they told me that it was a cooperative board game wherein you tried to rescue humans from aliens on a space station. It sounded intriguing and looked like fun but the inexorable call of Happy Hour pulled me out of the orbit of the game.

Needless to say, there was much drinking and merry making. Enough so that I ended up missing dinner with the people from Zero Fortitude, the other website for whom I write. So, Happy Hour winds down as it is wont to do and the call for food went up from the masses. We gathered together and headed down to the Weber Grill that is accessible through the hotel lobby. It is here where an opportunity presented itself. I am dining with Meg, one of the creators at Games By Playdate. Two people stop by our table to chat with her about her games as well as their game. It turns out that these two individuals were the ones playing Jupiter Rescue at Happy Hour. Meg is gracious enough to mention that there is someone at the table that was interested in the game and also writes for a geeky website. Read more

Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: Elvis Has Left the Building!


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I Think Boba Fett Could’ve Been Greater… And Here’s How.

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So,I’ve always felt that LucasFilm cheated fans with Boba Fett.  They created a mystique and desire for a badass bounty hunter through strategic appearances and marketing.  Then “Empire Strikes Back” came out and we were presented with a man who’s greatest accomplishments are hiding in the garbage, tattling on Han Solo, and needing the Empire in order to bring in his bounty. “Return of the Jedi” didn’t help much when the only things it added are that Fett likes to sit around Jabba’s Palace doing nothing and then get killed by a blind man when his backpack is hit too hard.

I always felt that a simple change would help to make Fett a far more interesting and badass so I finally decided to illustrate it.  Click on the pages to zoom in.


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