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

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast

All music in podcast by Mindscape Music

Too long for bloopers, too crappy for the actual podcast, Fraser took a bunch of stuff from the cutting room floor and shoved it into your MP3 player. Chris said it was all golden. Let's see how golden that might be.

This is worse than most Accidental Survivors podcasts, so if you value your sanity at all, you'll walk away. Do not play this around people, even if they don't speak English. The profanity and insanity will infect even those who can't comprehend this pure horror.

Oh, and do I need to say Not Safe For Work?

Direct download: Craptastic-ASP039-Cuts.mp3
Category:Special Episodes -- posted at: 2:55 AM

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
It was Rob's birthday! He got Pandemic (and has managed to play once so far), and got Grand Theft Auto 4 for PC (and has spoken about it a bit on his blog, Gamer Dad Weekly ). Upcoming this week, He's getting together with The New Survivors (named thusly just to piss off Fraser) for Warhammer 40k Dark Heresey campaign's group template planning session. He got Fraser and Dave hooked on TweetDeck, and he's following people like Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg ), Wil Wheaton (@wilw ) and Felicia Day (@feliciaday ). And David Gallant (@davidsgallant).

Dave came along via recording to let us know that since we last met, he's become an Assistant Manager in Training at EB Games (store #1700, Queen st. & Airport rd. Brampton, if anyone wants to see a real live podcast-person) fighting off angry mothers desparate for Wii's and Wii Fit's. He's still playing some LittleBigPlanet, as well as Ana's Christmas gift, a JRPG called Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.  Also nearly finished a great Capcom story game on the DS, Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice.  He's getting buried in Twitter messages thanks to TweetDeck, struggling financially to make ends meet, and being a human pincushion for his three cats.
 
Fraser's got his True20 Viking campaign going well. His Snowflake Project with Jonathan Holmberg is moving forward. And if you are looking for Geek Gifts, check out 10 Holiday Gaming Gifts for under $20 from RPG Blog II.

Chris is getting prepped for starting up a Dark Heresy game he'll be running. He got a free 4 pack of beer from Moosehead for Christmas - yay BEER! (Moosehead, last of the "big" Canadian beers). He watched Death Race , and says it didn't suck. He says Role Models is fantastic and Zack and Miri Make a Porno is also really good. We disturbed him while he was praying that Dog Soldiers 2: Fresh Meat finally gets some forward momentum.

Chuck got a Wii (cause it's awesome, which is why it's still hot), and he's got to remember to give Rob and Chris his Wii number. He is also checking out Legend of the Seeker.

   What am I doing making podcasts? I Should Be Writing .

2. Feature - Merry Christmas, Accidental Survivors!

(no linkage)


Dave's List
Games: Civilization Revolution on PS3, Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 1 on PSN, PS3 chat pad.
Movies:  HDTV.  Please.  No sense in asking for Blu-rays until I have the TV for it. Bring the PSN Video Store to Canada!
Books: A nice print edition of Modern20 Revised.  Or a Kindle.  I'm not picky.
More: Cheater's Dice


Rob's List

RPGs: Savage Worlds Explorer Edition, SW Starships of the Galaxy, SW Threats of the Galaxy, SW Knights of the Old Republic Campaign Guide

Books: 4th book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, FOR GOD'S SAKE MARTIN, WRITE IT!

Movies: Iron Man, Batman: Dark Knight, Supernatural Seasons 1 - 3

Boardgames: Race for the Galaxy, Power Grid

More: GameMastery Flip Map


Fraser's List

Games: True20 Warriors Handbook

Books: Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company, Charles Nicholl's The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe or Alec Ryrie's The Sorcerer's Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England about Gregory Wisdom

Comics: trades of Brubaker's Captain America or Daredevil, Warren Ellis' Thunderbolts or Global Frequency

Movies: Iron Man, Kung-fu Hustle, DVDs of Richard Lester's Three Musketeers, Four Musketeers or Return of the Musketeers.


Chris's List

RPG's: Dark Heresy Rogue Trader other Dark Heresy stuff,
Books: 3 or 4 Harry Dresden books I'm missing, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Killing Season, Autumn of the Gun by Ralph Compton
Board Games: Cosmic Encounter, Formula D, Blood Bowl Human Team, 2nd Blood Bowl Box set
Video Games: Resident Evil 5, Ion DRUM kit, Skate 2
DVD: Dark Knight, Supernatural 3,
 
Chuck's List
Games: Classic RPGs and Strategy Games of the 8 and 16 Bit era (Shining Force, Bandit Kings of Ancient China) along with new Wii games (Godfather Black Hand edition). 
Comics: Wolverine Origins trade (with Cap and Wolverine in Madripoor in WWII).
Games: New editions of Targum, an updated version of Testament maybe?

They don't have a promo, but you're supposed to go check out The Wandering Men


3. The Hook(somewhat riffed off of Lobo's Paramilitary Christmas Special)
The Easter Bunny is tired of being second-best to Christmas, so he hires the PCs to take out Santa Claus in order for him to rule over the Holidays. The PCs travel to the North Pole only to find that Santa's Workshop (which should actually be called "Santa's Sweatshop") is heavily guarded by Kalashnikov-wielding elves, jet-powered reindeer with flame throwers and the jolly fat man himself who is ready to rain down hot lead on any intruder. However - it turns out that the PCs were expected and Santa wants to parley with them regarding a counter offer.

What could be going on? Does Santa want the PCs to work for him? Could it be that E. Bunny has something more nefarious up his sleeve? And how are they going to get all of this resolved before Christmas Eve? Won't somebody think about the children?!

4. Podcast News
A Cthulu Christmas!
The Yog-Sothoth Christmas show is out and features an interview with Mark Barrowcliffe, author of 'The Elfish Gene'. Yog Radio #33 features an interview with Mark Barrowcliffe, along with the results of their Yog Radio #32 competitions to win Lurker Films DVDs and Scarifyers CDs, The Paradroid Papers (Markus covers Spiel 08) and Pookie reviews Green Ronin's Freeport. Music is by Midnight Syndicate and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

There's also all the usual news, banter and tangents you've come to expect from the Yoggie crew! 

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=524

5. Listener Poll:
After the commentary track we did for the 13th Warrior at Gen Con, we've had some listeners ask us if we're going to do another one. That's lead to a discussion about what the movie we would do a commentary track for. There have been some suggestions, but we want to leave it up to you, the listeners, to choose what movie we're going to do the commentary track for. Here's the list, so choose one and email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca or go to www.accidentalsurvivors.com.

Dog Soldiers
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Shaun of the Dead
Commando
Aliens
Johnny Mnemonic
The Crow
Lost Boys

6. Feedback
If you want to contact us, you can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca 


If you're signed up on Facebook you can join the Accidental Survivors Podcast group and leave comments for us there


You can hop on over to our message forums at www.accidentalsurvivors.com.

You can find Fraser Rob, and David on Twitter. Chuck don't play that. And Chris is illiterate.

Direct download: ASP039.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 2:33 AM

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 thehistoryofrome.typepad.com.

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 thehistoryofrome.typepad.com

5. Feedback
If you want to contact us, you can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca

If you're signed up on Facebook you can join the Accidental Survivors Podcast group and leave comments for us there

You can hop on over to our message forums at www.accidentalsurvivors.com.

You can find Fraser and Rob both on Twitter. Chuck don't play that.

Direct download: ASP038.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 3:50 AM

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

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

0. What's Better Than a Cow?

1. Geek Week
Rob's been playing Fallout 3. And playing, and playing, and playing... and playing...

Chuck's been writing a board game called Dungeon Dwellers, and RPG Objects is going all printified with Amazon BookSurge

Fraser is hyped by the new Star Trek Trailer at Apple Trailers and is looking forward to his Viking True20 game. You can read the campaign journal  if you really are that bored.

A list of 12 RPGs every gamer  should play before they die.

   If you're ready to attack the darkness, check out the KORE RPG podcast.

2. Feature - Wars and Rumours of Wars

Are the PCs involved in the Siege of Mafeking or are maybe meeting Winston Churchill  during the Second Boer War 

In World War I, you could run games set in the Arab Revolt, there's espionage, or you could go the alt-history Soldiers and Spellfighters route.
Commandos, SAS or the Red Orchestra  (perhaps attempting to retrieve the Blutfahne) during World War II
The Military Assistance Command, Vietnam - Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), riverine warfare, or just plain weird stuff (like the Korean movie R-Point) in the Vietnam War.

Did you just rediscover beer? Time to discover Return to Northmoor.
 
3. The Hook
What if the PCs are part of an SAS team (one of the Special Raiding Squadrons) in Italy in Aug/Sept 1943, only to intercept information that Otto Skorzeny, famed German commando, is in the area. This would be near Gran Sasso d'Italia, a mountain located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. Mussolini is being held at Campo Imperatore. The actual rescue of Mussolini by Skorzeny took place on Sept 12, but can your SRS foil Skorzeny's attempt? Perhaps even capture the German hero?

4. Podcast News
Heart of the Hunter Completed.
Heart of the Hunter, Sam Chupp's fantasy novel, is now complete. Sam describes this novel as being in the style of Steven Brust's Jhereg novels, using pastiches and cognates of real-world cultures in order to convey a sense of culture and place.

You can  listen to the novel over at heartofthehunter.com

Veni Vidi Venatus
The fine gentlemen over at Spooky Outhouse Productions are organizing something they call "One Shotter Day", or Veni Vidi Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed), which is a day which several gaming stores will be offering one-shots of various RPGs and board games. There might be something set up in your area, so go check out the forums at www.podgecast.com. I'm going to be trying to set something up in Kitchener, so if you're interested, let me know on the forums or via email.

5. Feedback
If you want to contact us, you can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca 


If you're signed up on Facebook you can join the Accidental Survivors Podcast group and leave comments for us there


You can hop on over to our message forums at www.accidentalsurvivors.com.
Direct download: ASP037.mp3
Category:Season Three -- posted at: 3:37 AM

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

This bonus episode offers up an interview with Darcy Burgess of Achtung Spiel. We talk about his new game, Black Cadillacs, a game about war, the man behind the gun, and political and moral commentary.

 

Direct download: ASP-SE005.mp3
Category:Special Episodes -- posted at: 1:58 AM

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast

GenCon Survivors - Actual Play: Modern20 Part 2
Welcome to the another episode of the Gen Con Survivors. The GenCon Survivors episodes include content recorded on the way to or at GenCon, including interviews and one DVD commentary.

The sound quality is very poor. The language is very offensive. The content is unscripted, unedited and unprepared.

Actual Play: Modern20 Part 2 was recorded at GenCon. It is an updated and altered version of the module the Qalashar Device and we were using a loose interpretation of the Modern20 rules. This is Part 2. You can find Part 1 here. The Actual Play series includes Part 1 of this game and a 2 Part AP recording of Star Wars SAGA edition.

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 new website and follow the link to our forums

Direct download: GCS-AP-Modern20-Part2.mp3
Category:GenCon Survivors -- posted at: 10:32 PM

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast

GenCon Survivors - Actual Play: Modern20 Part 1
Welcome to the another episode of the Gen Con Survivors. The GenCon Survivors episodes include content recorded on the way to or at GenCon, including interviews and one DVD commentary.

The sound quality is very poor. The language is very offensive. The content is unscripted, unedited and unprepared.

Actual Play: Modern20 Part 1 was recorded at GenCon. It is an updated and altered version of the module the Qalashar Device and we were using a loose interpretation of the Modern20 rules. This is Part 1. You can find Part 2 here. The Actual Play series includes Part 2 of this game and a 2 Part AP recording of Star Wars SAGA edition.

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 new website and follow the link to our forums


Direct download: GCS-AP-Modern20-Part1.mp3
Category:GenCon Survivors -- posted at: 10:18 PM

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

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

0. MorphVOX
Rob talks a little bit about a cool app called MorphVOX.

1. Geek Week

TV: Supernatural, Life, The Office, Dexter, and True Blood, Burn Notice, Heroes, Supernatural, Prison Break
Video Games: LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 2 beta, Guitar Hero World Tour, Rock Band 2, Crysis Warhead (and Wars), SPORE and Assassin's Creed.
RPGs: Halloween one shot WFRP game for several of our forum members which included Octarine. Writing some zombie products (RPGObjects and TheLe Games).
Comics: Marvel's "The Road to Civil War"

2. Feature - Ross Watson from Fantasy Flight Games
An interview with Ross Watson, a Senior RPG Developer for Fantasy Flight Games.

3. The Hook
David put together a cool little audio clip for this episode's Zombie Invasion hook.

4. Feedback
If you want to contact us, you can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca

If you're signed up on Facebook you can join the Accidental Survivors Podcast group and leave comments for us there

You can hop on over to our message forums at our new address - www.accidentalsurvivors.com.
Direct download: ASP_36_mixdown.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:31 PM

Here's another Accidental Survivors promo, this one with the voice talents of David S Gallant and "friend."
Direct download: AccidentalSurvivors_Hot.mp3
Category:Promos -- posted at: 12:51 PM

Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast

GenCon Survivors - Actual Play: Star Wars SAGA Part 2
Welcome to the another episode of the Gen Con Survivors. The GenCon Survivors episodes include content recorded on the way to or at GenCon, including interviews and one DVD commentary.

The sound quality is very poor. The language is very offensive. The content is unscripted, unedited and unprepared.

Actual Play: Star Wars SAGA Part 2 was recorded at GenCon. It is the first of the Dawn of Defiance series. This is Part 2. You can find Part 1 here. The Actual Play series includes Part 1 of this game and a 2 Part AP recording of Qalashar Dogs using a loose adaptation of Modern20.

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 new website and follow the link to our forums


Direct download: GCS-AP-SWSAGA-Part2.mp3
Category:GenCon Survivors -- posted at: 12:44 AM

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