Your Morning Head: The Podcasts I’m listening to, what you should be listening to…

I listen to a lot of podcasts. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I am…

podcast_ctap_smallI listen to a lot of podcasts.

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that I am particularly interested in role playing game podcasts such as The Podge Cast and The Game’s the Thing.  Both are extraordinary, delivering the awesome on a regular basis.

I have a standing date on Monday morning’s with the Podge Cast, listening to the first half on the way to work and the second half on the way home. Monday’s usually suck at the office but at least I know the Podge will get me there and see me safely home.

Last year I ranked the Podge Cast as the best  podcast out there.  It still is.

But there are many other wonderful podcasts out there to load onto your iPod.

Your Morning Head: An Intervention on Fear The Boot

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming intervention the hosts of Fear the Boot have planned for Dan Repperger.  Dan,…

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“If I was playing in a game where everyone is an animal… A game where we’re a wolf pack? I really don’t see that lasting more than one or two sittings before it gets really boring.”

Last week, I wrote about the upcoming intervention the hosts of Fear the Boot have planned for Dan Repperger.  Dan, you see, just can’t wrap his head around any number of character concepts or campaign settings.  His fellow hosts are planning on helping him out of his funk by getting him excited about a genre he has previously held in low regard due to its “limited” potential for extended play – the superhero campaign.

Before I share my thoughts on what makes for great Supers games (a subject for another day), I’d like to share my insight as to the root of Dan’s problem in general.  Are you ready?

Here it comes. 

Your Morning Head: FtB’s Chad Drops Bomb, Blows My Mind

Of late, I have listened to Fear the Boot with an awfully critical ear – despite my abiding affection for…

fearthebootOf late, I have listened to Fear the Boot with an awfully critical ear – despite my abiding affection for the hosts.  I’ve settled into a habit of enumerating all the many ways Chad and Dan are wrong, suffering from narrow perspectives and absence of vision as they are.  In fact, I wrote about some of that this week.

And last month.

In episode 144 of Fear the Boot (a show about tabletop role playing games and a little bit more), there’s a lot to dislike and to quote Dan, “Here’s why:”

Your Morning Head: Role Playing Animals with/without Weapons, pt 2

After listening to Fear the Boot’s recent episode on playing animal characters, I wrote yesterday about playing something approaching a…

1063911454_esfaepooka1After listening to Fear the Boot’s recent episode on playing animal characters, I wrote yesterday about playing something approaching a true animal (i.e. no thumbs, no pants).  Today, I want to pick up on the other part of FtB’s episode.  Role playing more human-like animal characters. Y’know, furries.

Anthropomorphs

The hosts of Fear the Boot only scarcely touched on this aspect in episode 143.  Popular examples of Anthros include Bugs Bunny, Marvel’s Tigra and Dreadstar’s Oedi.  Animals with thumbs and perhaps some optional clothing.

FtB spoke about the attraction to the distinctiveness of these character types, especially their unique appearances.

Dan said something in episode 143 with which I completely agree:  “I’ve got three dogs… I have seen a greater diversity of personality between those three dogs than I have in any three elves in most DnD games.”

I have four dogs and a cat, each with his or her own VERY unique personality.   If they had thumbs… sweet fancy Moses, the trouble that they’d cause.  I could generate some bad-ass characters right there. 

Your Morning Head (PM Edition): Role Playing Animals with/without Weapons, pt 1

The great thing about Fear the Boot is that I often disagree with them, which gives me stuff to write…

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Anybody else disturbed by the fact that he chose to wear a shirt, but no pants?

The great thing about Fear the Boot is that I often disagree with them, which gives me stuff to write about here.   And when I say ‘often,’ I mean ‘all-the-time.’  So no shortage of content here at IoM.

In last week’s curiously well-timed episode that dropped Friday instead of its usual Wednesday and that I didn’t listen to until today (deep gulp of air), the guys talk about role playing animals.  Not animals that role play, but people playing animals as characters in a role playing game.  Just thought that needed clarification.

They take the subject from two angles.

They examine animals, not anthropomorphized animals such as Mickey Mouse, but animals absent thumbs.  And… well… pants (looks uncomfortably to the left).

Your Morning Head: Best Movie Sequel Ever

On tonight’s live episode of the Podge Cast, the hosts will be battling over which movie in our vast history…

thepodgecastOn tonight’s live episode of the Podge Cast, the hosts will be battling over which movie in our vast history of cinema is the best movie sequel of all time.  I can think of a lot of really good sequels.  Empire Strikes Back, for instance, is a superior film to A New Hope.

For me though, there are only two films that approach the title Best Movie Sequel Ever.  They are movies that I never tire of watching.  Whenever I’m flipping channels and stumble on either film, I am compelled to stop what I am doing to watch.