GenCon Journal 2014: Atlas Games

genconAfter I wrapped up my purchases at Paizo, I headed off into the vendor hall in search of another game to investigate.

I will admit that as intrepid reporters go, I am not that intrepid. I bypassed several booths due to the lines being long despite the or atmosphere being a bit to much for me. In particular I had wanted to stop by Fantasy Flight but their booth was almost a section unto itself and being a shy person by nature I elected to give it a wide berth.

I was interested in hearing more about the third edition of Once Upon a Time by Atlas Games. I had seen it being played on Table Top and was intrigued. You can find the episode of Table Top here.

It did not take me long to find the Atlas Games booth as all I had to do was follow the sound of the Exact Change dance. It is kind of difficult to explain but suffice it to say that it is a sight to behold. I was lucky enough to find that Jessica Banks, a friend of mine from the internet, was demonstrating the game. After a bit of catching up, she gave me a nice introduction to the game. Read more

GenCon Journal 2014: Paizo Publishing

genconThe first day of the Gen Con saw me waiting in line for my Press Badge. I had planned to get up early and get in line around 6:30 am but the staying up the night before to drink and play the DC Deck Building game and Elder Sign made getting up at 0 dark thirty a little difficulty for me.

So, I arrived at the press room around 7 am and was lucky enough to be about the 59th person in line. This ensured that I would receive one of the 100 early entry tickets for the vendor hall that day. The line for early entry was bit egregious as the Very Important Gamers and Trade Day participants had already began lining up as I was waiting for my press pass. I was very lucky that my neighbor in line new of another line for early entry into the vendor Hall. Ken Grazier, creator of Geek-Craft.com, had found a shorter line and was nice enough to come and get me out of the horribly long line and into one much closer to the Paizo booth. This was serendipitous as this was my first destination within the vendor hall.

Dustin, one of the host of the Under Discussion podcast, had pointed out that the Vendor hall experience early was going to be delightful. He was not wrong. I had the ability to move freely without being walked on or walking upon someone accidentally. I also didn’t feel like I would be stealing time away from another customer as all the vendors had enough staff to handle this small influx of people.

I hit the Paizo booth in order to find out what was new this year at Gen Con. Read more

Batman with Aron and Paulie: Gothlings!

 

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Batman with Aron and Paulie is BACK!!! Not only that, we brought guest host Jonathan with us, as well as returning guest host Wayne! This episode, we chat about the latest Batman news, including:

  • Aquaman casting in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • The new Batman ongoing, Gotham by Midnight
  • Batman: Assault on Arkham, the new animated movie
  • Batman video games
  • Our favorite Batman sidekicks
  • What if we were writing…Batman?

We also announce a new contest to win Batman: Assault on Arkham on DVD or Blu-Ray! To win, either leave us feedback on the show in the comments here, or give us a call at 972-763-5903 and leave us your thoughts. For more information, listen to the episode!

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Knights of Reignsborough: Season 3 Sandboxing, Part 2

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Continuing our sandboxing for Season 3 we explore more about our changed characters in this new world…

We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at and share your comments, questions, and suggestions. If we use your voicemail in the show, you’ll win an Ideology of Madness SurPrize!

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.  Our next episode is due the weekend of September 5th!

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Funnybooks Reviews: Hexed #1 from Boom! Studios

Something we’re trying out here at IoM, a little video.  Check it out and let us know what you think.  Let us know if you want more!

First up for the special treatment, our review of the first issue of HEXED from Boom! Studios.

GenCon Journal: Rob’s Thoughts – An Overview

genconThe best four days of gaming are over.

This is a sad thing that is followed by a time of recovery as one has ran nearly non-stop for for four days. Even following my own advice, I am still wrecked after cramming so much fun into four days.

This year, I did something a little differently. Instead of trying to sit down and write while I was at the convention, I focused on getting a more in-depth view. I also made sure that I didn’t burn myself out on seminars and such and enjoyed gaming with my friends from around the country. So, you will be seeing a string of posts from Gen Con over the next few weeks as I talk about the things that I learned while there.

What I want to do here is give an overview of my Gen Con experience. Read more

Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: God Squad!

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Funnybooks get all religious this week with tons of new books involving heroes battling against the forces of hell! They also chat about the new rumors regarding an Inhumans movie, and Telltale Games line of episodic games. Most importantly, we discuss the difference between Thai Hot, and Aron Hot.

Inhuman #3
Hulk #5
Spider-Man 2099 #2
Inferno: Rings of Hell #1
Wonderland #26
Batman #34
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #1
Superman/Wonder Woman #11
Devilers #2
Hexed #1

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GenCon Journal 2014: Tim’s Thoughts!

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On the road Wednesday at 8am wheels turning towards another Gencon. My last couple had been fun, but I was unsure of what to expect as I was dropped off at my hotel. This article will encompass my entire experience so I’ll try to break it in different areas, because I didn’t plot out items chronologically and it makes more sense in my sleep riddled brain to do it this way.

Games I ran:

Dread: Zombie Apocalypse – Dread’s the kind of game a lazy gm like me loves. I handed out character sheets blank with a list of 7 questions and threw up the Jenga tower. We had Alice a biology student, Thomas a dirty politician and John a devoted family man. Only one person did die, it was Alice’s boyfriend (I had to pull), though Alice did try to hose John when it looked like John wasn’t going to help them make it to the quarantine zone. Thomas broke a bit from character and did not run over the 8 year old when it was certain he would be safely inside if he did. Great time and good group.

Savage Saturday Morning – I’ve posted this game on the feeds that I ran at Fear the Con some time ago, so I won’t get into too many details. Gming at 8am (7 for me) was a challenge and I think I did fairly well. I will say I think Hefty Smurf might be a bit overpowered compared to everyone else, so if I run it again, I’ll tone him down some. Everyone chose to save Saturday morning again and not sign an exclusive video game contract.

Fate Core: Fantasy – So this was a pickup game I ran because my buddy was a little down on Saturday. It was an introduction to an old school gamer a perspective on RPGs that was not Dungeons and Dragons centric. Although a little goofy, it was a good end to my Gming for the con, smiles were had by all.

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Star Wars Episode VII Will Probably Disappoint Hardcore Fans

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So, the big, big thing in the Nerdiverse right now is the secrecy and excitement surrounding Star Wars Episode VII.  Fans all over are eating up every breadcrumb that leaks from Bad Robot.  They’re expecting this movie to live up to their expectations that have been tempered and created by such tales as The Thrawn Trilogy, Jedi Academy, and The Legacy comics. The more hardcore among them are just getting angrier and angrier and there’s a big reason why.

The Expanded Universe Never Happened

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Power Rangers is Perfect for Michael Bay

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I know that there’s a legion of anit-Michael Bay people that will be ready to lynch me after what he did to the Transformers movies, but I firmly believe that Michael Bay is the perfect choice to direct the Power Rangers as a movie franchise.  Power Rangers is a TV show focused around a group of attractive teens with semi-shallow writing, giant robots and explosions.  These are all things that people call out Transformers as being.  All his supposed mistakes in Transformers have led to him being the perfect person to bring Power Rangers to the Big Screen.

One of the bigger complaints that I heard from Transformers fans were that in the Michael Bay movies, he focused more on the human characters like Sam “No-no-no-no-no” Witwicky and not enough time on the Transformers themselves. Power Rangers works for him because the robots have no personality to focus on. This means he can spend all the time he wants on the human characters because the robotic ones are just tools.


 We lost out on time with Optimus Prime to gain more of this level of talented acting.

Say what you will about whatever writing quality you believe Power Rangers to have, but the third act of almost every episode is exactly the same: Giant Robots, Explosions, Collateral Damage.  This is basically the third act of every single one of the Transformers movies.  While the Transformers were always concerned about innocent human life (which made the destruction in the movies confusing), the Power Rangers never seemed to share that same concern.  There was at least one major building destroyed in the final fight of almost every Power Rangers episode.

That building was blocking the view from my condo anyway!

Finally, an accusation towards Bay (pretty on-point in the second movie) was overt racism. Skidmark and his brother were so stereotypical that the only thing that could push them further is an inexplicable love of fried chicken.  C’mon, though let’s be serious.  We’re talking about a TV show where the colours of the Ranger seemed to be racially assigned anyway.  The vaguely native american was a Red Ranger, the black guy was the black ranger, the girly girl was the pink ranger, and the asian chick was the yellow ranger.  The only one not somewhat racist was the nerdy blue ranger (unless white people are blue somehow).

Realistically, I think that we’ve finally found the movie series that’s absolutely perfect for Michael Bay and his team.  I think they could bring an absolutely amazing Power Rangers to the big screen because the entire show focuses on his strengths.  Feel free to comment with your opinions.