Accidental Survivors: The Modern Gaming Podcast
Three Canadian geeks distracted by bright, shiny objects. Or beer.

WARNING: Instances of strong language may offend some listeners.

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast
sponsored by Sword's Edge Publishing
All music in podcast by Mindscape Music

1. News & Views
RPG Podcasters

Marvel Digital Initiative

Walt Simonson doing the World of Warcraft Comic

the Wandering Geek

2. Feature - Starting a New Campaign
Access Denied
Crit or Miss associated with the Dragon's Landing Inn.
EN World message boards and the Gamers Seeking Gamers forum
Gleemax from Wizards of the Coast
Meetup.com and the the Central San Diego Role Playing Gamers Association mentioned in our feedback episode
the Groovecast podcast
Open RPG: use it or Chris from RPG Objects will drop the hammer on Chuck.
Fantasy Grounds
The Group Template and the Group Cohesion episode
Google Calendar
Star Trek: The Next Generation
X-Files

Master Plan

3. Inspiration Time
Fireflypilot
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4. Podcast News
A. Master Plan

Master Plan is an podcast on the subject of game design and the art of ideas, particularly for role playing, card and board games. Hosted by freelance writer Ryan Macklin, the podcast comes out at least once a month. You can expect interviews with game designers -- both professional and amateur -- as well as advice and news about game design.

Check it out at masterplanpodcast.net.

B. Happy Birthday Tome Show!
The Tome Show has turned one year old, and I didn't even send a card! It's up to 34 episodes, so I guess it's a bit more regular than us. Maybe more fibre in the diet of pure D&D. For those of you not in the know, the Tome Show is a Dungeons and Dragons news, review, and interview show. Jeff, the Tome Host, and the Tome Reporters tell you about what is going on in the world of D&D. You can find it at www.thetomeshow.com.

6. Feedback
Guns, Germs, and Steel
The article I wrote for Sword's Edge based on Guns, Germs, and Steel which I called Magic, Germs and Steel

You can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca

You can join the Accidental Survivors Podcast group on Facebook and leave comments for us there

You can hop on over to our section at the ForgedRPG forums at www.forgedrpg.com

You can leave us an ODEO.

Direct download: ASP020.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 11:10 PM

WARNING: Instances of strong language may offend some listeners.


Jimmy Stewart stops by to give us a new rendition of scenes from "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Pulp Fiction."

Not bad for a dead guy
Direct download: ASP020-JimmyStewartVisits.mp3
Category:Bloopers -- posted at: 9:43 PM

Here are the bloopers from Episode 019 - Game Design. We ran too long to include at the end of the podcast, so here's a full helping of bloopery goodness.

WARNING: Instances of strong language may offend some listeners.

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast is sponsored by Sword's Edge Publishing. All music in podcast by Mindscape Music

Direct download: ASP019BlooperReel.mp3
Category:Bloopers -- posted at: 12:55 AM

WARNING: Instances of strong language may offend some listeners.

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast
sponsored by Sword's Edge Publishing
All music in podcast by Mindscape Music

1. News & Views
Heroes, Season Two

It's Vishnu, baby! Er, whoops, I meant it's Vishnu baby

The Unit Season 3: as long as we can kill terrorists and protect country singers, you can have your shadow government.

Music file sharers buy more CDs

Radiohead releases new album on line

All Games Considered

2. Feature - Campaign Design
Sliders

Fantasci

The Postman, novel and movie

The Handmaid's Tale, novel and movie

Stargate, movie and TV series

Firefly

Groovecast

3. Inspiration Time
Lost for its "firm" continuity
X-Files for its "loose" continuity
The Bourne movie series, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited TV series

4. The Hook
This week, I want to provide a hook to lead into a gritty, conspiracy campaign. It's shamelessly stolen from the first two episodes on the new season of the Unit.

The characters belong to a special operations force, perhaps Delta, perhaps JTF-2 or the SAS. They might even belong to something blacker, like the Increment or the CIA Special Activities Division. On their first adventure, they are tasked with escorting a spook on an "interdiction" mission against a drug kingpin's complex. The target doesn't look very drug complex-like—in fact it looks like a very nice home with large grounds. During the mission, the team is confronted by an individual whom the spook shoots. The spook searches the place and cracks a safe, all the time deflecting questions from the team—if they ask any.

On return, the team is called before a government oversight committee. It turns out, the “drug kingpin? was the defence minister of a government on poor terms with the PCs' government. Their superiors deny any knowledge of the mission, indicating that the team went rogue. The PCs are hung out to dry and it looks like they are going to do prison time. Their commanding officer, who was left out in the cold as much as the team, orders them to evade arrest and go underground. He's going to take the heat and the PCs need to figure out what is going on.

The truth is that the team have been chosen to take the fall for an operation undertaken by a shadow government conspiracy. The mission was an intelligence operation to retrieve important information from the unfriendly government that the conspiracy feared might be used against them. That information could lead the team to the people behind the conspiracy, could clear their names, and ensure their CO doesn't end up in prison.

The campaign has the team following clues and getting closer and closer to the heart of the conspiracy. Finally, they are able to take out the heads of the conspiracy. Like a snake, the shadow government dies, but the team can't go back out into the open after that. They become an arm's length black ops team, contractors for their government, doing dirty-work but only when they are sure the aims are righteous. It's kind of like the Unit meets the A-Team.

5. Podcast News
A. The End of the Round Table and Misfit Brew

The House of the Harping Monkey is a little bit quieter and less crowded with the demise of two much-beloved podcasts, the Round Table and Misfit Brew. Mick Bradley was involved in both, and with him on the Round Table was Chris Miller and K J Johnston. The Round Table especially will be missed, though Misfit Brew was a great podcast, the Round Table was one of my 'must listen' podcasts. I wouldn't put it in a queue to listen to, I would listen to it as soon as I downloaded it. It's a sad day, but all the participants will be visible in the Podosphere and in the RPG community. Maybe we can actually coerce them onto the Accidental Survivors at some point.

6. Feedback
You can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca

You can join the Accidental Survivors Podcast group on Facebook and leave comments for us there

You can hop on over to our section at the ForgedRPG forums at www.forgedrpg.com

You can leave us an ODEO.

Direct download: ASP019.mp3
Category:Season Two -- posted at: 12:42 AM

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