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Ottawa Game Publishers Podcast

Dec 7, 2008

WARNING: Instances of very strong language may offend some listeners.

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast
All music in podcast by Mindscape Music

1. Geek Week
Fraser wants you to know all about The Midnight Charity Project. We are in the season of giving! 

Without the Monarch Comics Briefing, Fraser wouldn't know what's going on in comics, and he certainly wouldn't know that Warren Ellis is writing the Astonishing X-Men. Fraser follows Immortal Iron Fist 
faithfully, and he really enjoyed Northlanders.

If anyone cares, Fraser's True20 Vikings campaign journal is on line. He'll try to keep that up to date. A couple of articles already exist.

Chuck's working on an RPG using the setting from his web-novel, Hellstrom Voyage.

   The conversation continues at Narrative Control.

2. Feature - Getting Modernized

With a tip of the hat  to Dave!

Danger International

Top Secret S. I.

The Albenistan Series

Dog Soldiers

The Mummy

To get out of print games, Chuck recommends Noble Knight.

Listen to the novel, Heart of the Hunter.

3. The Hook
So, let's say we know we have a player who digs superhero comics, a player who digs Indiana Jones, and a player who digs James Bond. All are great modern concepts, and if you mash them up, you might be able to entice all three players into a modern game. Let's call it "Planetary Jones, International Men of Mystery."

Planetary is a comic by--you guessed it--Warren Ellis that follows a group of "Archaeologists of the Impossible", tracking down the world's secret history. They are also superheroes, but not the kind with colourful costumes. That hits our superhero quotient. We're going to change Planetary and turn them into a group of super-spies in the 1950s, possibly even run by MI-6--very James Bond. This team goes up again a resurgent Nazi threat based in Argentina that is trying to acquire occult items of power in order to create an unstoppable army and usher in the Fourth Reich. And there we have our Indiana Jones angle. You could even fashion the Nazi menace as a kind of riff on SPECTRE or SMERSH, to further the JB quotient.

And, of course, their first mission might be the team trying to recover the Blutfahne.

4. Podcast News
The History of Rome Returns!
I've spoken about the History of Rome  podcast before, and when I did, the updates stopped coming. I hope I'm not jinxing this by letting you all know there are new episodes, and they are maintaining the level of quality I remember. The website has moved to

In case you didn't know, the History of Rome  is a weekly podcast tracing the history of the Roman Empire, beginning with Aeneas's arrival in Italy and ending (someday) with the exile of Romulus Augustulus, last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

That website again is

5. Feedback
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