Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: #FireWayneCole

FBEP244.fwWhile Paul and Andrew are away this week, Aron, Tim and Wayne are left to wonder where those guys are and kick off the next social media storm: #FireWayneCole.

Don’t forget! Funnybooks is sponsoring the Orc Stomp 5k taking place this year at GenCon! Sign up and get your run on! All profit will be going to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, so support this great cause!

Also, check out the Knights of Reignsborough Season 2 Feedback Show, the first of our Actual Plays from this year’s Fear The Con, THIS EMPIRE EARTH and our second AP of the Atomic Robo RPG.

And this Friday… Knights of Reignsborough Season 3 episode one!

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Gen Con 2014 Advice: Basics

Gen Con, the best four days in gaming, is just around the corner. It starts August 14th and runs through August 17th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Badges and event tickets have been winging their way across the globe to tens of thousands of excited gamers.

With it being less than thirty days out, I thought I would share some advice for those attending Gen Con for the first time as well as veterans of this convention.

The Basics

The 3-2-1 rule is something simple yet easily over looked by both those attending Gen Con. It stands for a minimum of three hours of sleep, two meals a day, and one shower. Please note that I state that this is a minimum. This is for your’s and other’s enjoyment of the convention. Yes, you can push yourself to do without these minimums. The down side is that as time goes along you will wear down quickly and become grumpy. This will make it more difficult to enjoy this thing into which you have invested so much. In addition, you will inadvertently take this out on those around you which will decrease their enjoyment also. Getting more than the 3-2-1 is highly recommended as it will increase your enjoyment of the convention exponentially as well as improving your chances of avoiding con crude.

Cardio. I know that t his word doesn’t seem like it has a place in an advice column about Gen Con but it does. You see, Gen con covers a large amount of real estate. It is spread across a convention center as well as 7 or more hotel venues. The amount of ground that you will cover only increases when you include side trips to the various restaurants that surround the convention. There is going to be a lot of walking in your future at Gen Con. Take the time before the convention to build up a little stamina. Take a walk every evening to get yourself used to it. Especially if you work is something sedentary. This way the long trek through the dealer hall will not leave you wrecked and make you want to just take a long nap afterward.

Pack light. Once again, you are most probably wondering when I lost my mind. Just hear me out. I know that you are coming to Gen Con to game. This is great. The problem is that if you bring everything that you think you need to play whatever game you love, you will bring way to much. The probability that the room you are staying in is filled with people is very high. this means that space will be at a premium. If it is filled with your stuff it will make getting the minimum 3 hours of sleep very difficult. You also will most likely be playing games in different venues which means walking. Walking a lot carrying all that stuff is even more difficult. If you aren’t running a game, dice, pens, and paper will most likely be enough for you to get by for the weekend. If you are running games try to think long and hard about what you need to run a good game. This way you can pare down what you have to lug around and enjoy your time at Gen Con.

In my next post I will discuss some advanced advice.

IoM Actual Play: Atomic Robo, Year 2 – It’s a Madhouse!


This episode of Ideology of Madness Actual Play features the first of our APs recorded at Fear the Con 7 in St. Louis.

It’s a Madhouse!

Alexi, Victoria, Thomas, Mitch and Intern Timmy return for another year of super science mayhem. After their stunning success dealing with a fungus infestation (and dealing with the fallout of utilizing Soviet space based weapons on US soil) they now find themselves investigating mysterious disappearances in the northern tundra.

This game utilizes the Atomic Robo RPG rules from Evil Hat Productions, and features Aron and Paul from Funnybooks. John from Knights of Reignsborough, and Dan and Joey. Recorded live at Fear the Con this year in St. Louis, Atomic Robo, Tesladyne Team 8 is the second year of our Atomic Robo RPG hosted by Andrew from Funnybooks.

Note that, because this was recorded at Fear The Con, there is a decent amount of background noise, especially in the second half.

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Madness at the Movies: Snowpiercer

snowpiercer-posterIf you’re going to the movies today, don’t see Snowpiercer.

Don’t get me wrong…I think it was a good movie.  It may even be a great one.

Snowpiercer is about the last remnants of humanity, who all live aboard a specially-engineered train that protects them from the outside environment. Since a failed geo-engineering effort ended up overcompensating for global warming, the Earth has become, well, Hoth.  As far as these folks on the train know, they’re all that’s left of life – of any kind – on the planet.  The movie is set 17 years after the doors of the train closed and it began its never-ending circuit around the world (yes, world…I’ll get to that).  The train is stratified into the first class “ticketed” passengers who live in luxury at the front of the train, and the abused refugees who live in the rear. (Incidentally, I’ve never read the graphic novel that this movie is based on, so I can’t speak to whether any of this adheres to the original).

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ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca. (July 17, 2014) — The most twisted and gruesome character creations featured on Syfy’s hit competition series “Face Off ” will be live and “In the Flesh” at both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events, beginning Friday, September 19. Nightmarish creatures will surround guests on both coasts as the macabre visions of some of the most talented up-and-coming make-up artists’ from the show are brought to life.

Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights will feature an all new street experience with ten different character creations inspired by the acclaimed Syfy series, including a look designed by season 5 “Face Off ” winner and Universal Orlando make-up artist, Laura Tyler. The hair-raising, horrifying characters will inhabit five unique and immersive environments within the scare zone, from eerie scarecrows that go to great lengths to protect a spine-chilling farmland to ghoulish brutes that haunt dilapidated castle ruins.

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Why Skyline is the Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Movie of the 21st Century (Thus Far)

skyline_smallSo, nobody likes Skyline. When I speak to the few people I know who’ve watched it, they’re universally negative about it. And my circle of friends isn’t unique in that respect; Rotten Tomatoes lists it with a whopping 15% approval rating. It made a few “Worst Of…” lists in 2010 when it was released. One review was even titled, “Skyline is the most pointless movie of the year.”

The problem is, everybody is looking at this movie wrong. This movie is actually a brilliant story, and what I think works against it is the fact that it asks the viewer to really challenge their pre-conceptions (which is, incidentally, one of the goals of any good science fiction story). This movie is a reversal of the “alien invasion” storyline that we’ve received over and over again from the Michael Bays and Roland Emmerichs of the world.

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Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: Off the Rails!


Funnybooks is back this week and is off the rails! Listen as your Funnybooks hosts start a bunch of topics and keep going off subject many, many times. We talke about another visit to Aron’s doctor, three-ways with beautiful women, toy shows, Guardians of the Galaxy, the new Alien: Isolation video game, TV casting news, Batgirl’s new costume, and this week’s new comics, including:

  • Grayson #1
  • Infinity Man and the Forever People #2
  • New Avengers #20
  • Superman/Wonder Woman #10
  • Spider-Man 2099 #1
  • 100th Anniversary Special: Spider-Man #1
  • All-New X-Men #29

Don’t forget! Funnybooks is sponsoring the Orc Stomp 5k taking place this year at GenCon! Sign up and get your run on! All profit will be going to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, so support this great cause!

Also, check out the Knights of Reignsborough Season 2 Feedback Show, and the first of our Actual Plays from this year’s Fear The Con, THIS EMPIRE EARTH.  This space ranger story is a blast!

And this Friday…year Two of our Atomic Robo RPG!


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

dawn_of_apes_teaser_posterI have to confess something before I talk about this movie.

I didn’t see Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

I went in to see the movie because a friend wanted to see it and I enjoy going to the movies. I didn’t really have any expectations and hoped for something entertaining. What I discovered was a movie with both a brain and heart.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up ten years after the first. The virus that up-lifted Caesar and the other simians has spread across the globe and devastated the human population. Those that weren’t killed by the virus engaged in bloody in-fighting that pushed humanity to the brink of extinction.

This movie shows us the the society that Caesar has created over the decade that the world has collapsed. The apes have set up a home in the Muir woods which has grown despite the chaos that has spread in their evolution. Caesar’s family is growing and undergoing the same problems that a human family undergoes during this process.

We are shown a human family that has survived the apocalypse as well. Their trials and tribulations provide a mirror to show how similar humans and these arisen apes are despite both sides believing that they are the superior creature on the planet.

The story that unfolds serves to highlight how both humans and apes are similar, both in their strengths and in their weakness.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes tackles big ideas. It deals with family,war, discrimination, empathy, learning, and betrayal to name a few. It does this without ever feeling condescending or preachy. It has a message to share but it doesn’t beat you over the head with it. Instead, much like the apes in the movie, it holds it up in an outstretched hand. It is there for you to take if you wish.

Throughout the movie, I was wondering when the other should would drop and we would see them falling more into the style of the Planet of the Apes movie that had featured Mark Wahlberg. I has happy that this never occurred. The director had charted a course to get us to the world in line with the original Planet of the Apes and he does so in a way that does not compromise the intelligence or heart that is established at the outset of this movie.

If you are a fan of Planet of the Apes I can not recommend this movie enough. If you haven’t seen the first movie, you can easily watch this one without feeling lost. You will just lack a deeper connection to some of the characters but will still come to love them all the same.


Feedback Show: Knights of Reignsborough Season 2/Ghosts of Reignsborough Season 1


Before we kick KoR Season 3 into full swing, it’s time to look back at Season 2, talk a bit about Ghosts of Reignsborough and look ahead to the upcoming season of both series.  Aron, Paul, Tim, Wayne and Andrew answer listener questions and discuss what worked, what didn’t and share favorite moments.

Next week on the feed we will release actual play recorded at Fear the Con 7, Atomic Robo: The Roleplaying Game.  The session, It’s a Madhouse, is a follow up to last year’s A Fungus Among Us.

Check back in two weeks for Knights of Reignsborough Season 3 Episode 1!

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Batman with Aron and Paulie: Selfie!


It’s new comic book day and what better way to celebrate than a little Batman with Aron and Paulie?  Y’know, without the Paulie?

Don’t forget! Funnybooks is sponsoring the Orc Stomp 5k taking place this year at GenCon! Sign up and get your run on! All profit will be going to the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, so support this great cause!

And this Friday… The Knights of Reignsborough Season 2 Feedback Show hits Ideology Of Madness! While you’re waiting for that, check out the first of our Actual Plays from this year’s Fear The Con, THIS EMPIRE EARTH.  This space ranger story is a blast!