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Ottawa Game Publishers Podcast

Jan 27, 2009

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's digging the viral websites up for the Watchmen movie, including I Watch the Watchmen and the New Frontiersmen. The New Frontiersman is also on Twitter as NewFrontiersman. One of his players gave him the d20 Modern Menace Manual (thanks Eric!).

Chris was pretty busy, geek-wise lately. He finished Fallout 3 and thought the ending rather fitting with the story even though it's rather abrupt. He also started playing Fable 2, which is a lot of fun. He got out to the movies and saw My Bloody Valentine 3D which he did a review of on our site.  He's glad to finally have Supernatural back on again.  But the big highlight for Chris was finally starting up the Dark Heresy campaign that's been in the talks now for a few months. Also check out the trailer for a new Tim Burton film called 9 it's another animated movie.

Rob got into the beta for Champions Online and though he's restricted by an NDA. He also started playing a 14-day trial of City of Heroes just for comparison.

David picked up Mortal Kombat vs DC for the PS3 and considers it awesome. In addition, he's started a project in LittleBigPlanet, attempting to build a simple Tower Defense game. He's been working with his fiancee on a client's website and now has a passing mastery of how to make Google Maps work for me.

2. Feature - Review of Sherwood: The Legend of Robin Hood
This Robin Hood supplement is published by Battlefield Press. Sherwood is written by Marc Gacy and Wil Upchurch, with various public domain art and some art by V. Shane and OtherWorld Creations, Inc.

Chris's opinion of PDF value 4/5 (for print price, 2.5/5)
Rob's opinion of PDF value 3.5/5 (for print price, 2.5/5)
Dave's opinion of PDF value 2/5
Fraser's opinion of PDF value 2/5

3. The Hook
March 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama finalizes the draft that orders the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be closed within one year.  His administration also starts to setup a program to determine how to process the currently existing prisoners.  

November 2009 all communication from Guantanamo Bay cease.  It is later relayed to the public that it was a problem with the generator and nothing more.

January 2010 a report is leaked to the press that an investigative force was sent in to discover the source of the black out and communications were lost with them also.

March 2010 the characters are contacted to go in as a strike force and find out what is going on.

4. Podcast News
In Our Time: Robin Hood
One of Fraser's favourite podcasts, BBC's In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg has a great episode from 2003 on Robin Hood. His guests are Stephen Knight, Professor of English Literature at Cardiff University and author of Robin Hood: A Mythic Biography (Cornell University Press, 2003); Thomas Hahn, Professor of English Literature at the University of Rochester, New York; and Dr Juliette Wood, Secretary of the Folklore Society.

You can listen to the episode online.

5. Feedback
In case you haven't heard, the Accidental Survivors Podcast is holding a contest for modern gaming ideas sponsored by RPG Objects. The idea can be anything, as big as a setting or campaign to as small as a single character or piece of equipment. Use your imagination! What about a criminal organization or an evil corporation? Perhaps a cocktail! Just about anything is grist for this mill.

The idea should be presented in a one-page synopsis of no more than 500 words. If the idea includes a mechanical component, those mechanics need to be described in a system-neutral manner--so that an individual who does not know the system will understand the impact of the mechanics.

Each submission must be in PDF format and include the entrant's name, address, email address and telephone number. There is a limit of one submission per person. The deadline for entries is Saturday January 31, 2009.

Send your submissions to

Winners will be announced Tuesday, February 17, 2009. There will be three winners--first, second and third place. The winners will be contacted by email before officially announced on the Accidental Survivors podcast. The prizes include print copies of Blood and Fist, Blood and Relics, and Modern Backdrops from RPG Objects.

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almost ten years ago

Hi Wil. I understand the reasoning for choosing Edward (I think I mentioned that, maybe not). I think the timeframe and reasons for choosing it need to be explicitly addressed at the outset. The 19th and 20th century place Robin Hood pretty firmly with King John.

I don\'t think a lot of people are looking at this supplement based on their love of the Gest of Robyn Hode.;)

For historical accuracy, I dig what you are doing. That\'s why I said this supplement is great for running a game similar to the various mass media takes on Robin Hood--which tend to jumble historical elements together.

I did say that the historical accuracy thing was idiosyncratic. I doubt many people would share it.

Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Wil Upchurch
almost ten years ago

Hey guys, great discussion about the Sherwood book, I really enjoyed the podcast.

I do think your discussion of the historical information in the Gazetteer ignores the introduction of that chapter, which addresses the issues of historical accuracy, relative time frame, and playability. It explicitly states that the 12th and 13th (and even some 14th) centuries are scrambled to create what I considered to be a specific take on the milieu of the legends.

I specifically chose Edward over King John because scholars place the origins of the tales in the 13th century, and the most well known of these, the Gest of Robyn Hode, names the king as Edward.

I\'d be happy to have a historical discussion with you guys any time, about medieval England or the history of the Robin Hood myth and ballads, with or without Wikipedia as a source. :) (Incidentally, the Knights Templar/Richard the Lion-Hearted stuff was added long after I wrote the book.)

Again, kudos on a great podcast and review.

Wil Upchurch