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

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Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast
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1. Geek Week
Watching Burn Notice and designing Burn Notice campaigns
Reading 40 Years of the Avengers (currently up to 1968!) 
Picked up an Xbox 360 Pro
Thinking about Force Unleashed and being amused by the PA comments
Considering the Nuketown Radioactive 4e review

Dungeon Crawl Classics

2. Feature - True20
Talking about True20 Revised Edition.
Conversion notes for Green Ronin's Thieves' World book: http://true20.com/support/
Check out Freeport
Some philosophical impasses occured in the discussion, but here's a chance to continue.
 
The Tome Show

3. The Hook
This episode's hook is based on the TV series Burn Notice. You can read about it here.

4. Podcast News
Actual Play for Dungeon Crawl Classics
In conjunction with Goodman Games, Gamer's Haven and The Vorpal Network will be posting Dungeon Crawl Classics 4E Actual Play beginning this week.  The first adventure scheduled is Sellswords of Punjar. You can find the Gamer's Haven at www.canadiancrusaders.com/.

5.Feedback
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Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast
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1. Geek Week Ticket to Ride Card Game
On Spec

2. Feature - Post Apocalypso

Nuclear Holocausts like Mad Max, Planet of the Apes, Fallout, Darwin's World RPG, Gamma World RPG

 

Viral Holocausts like The Stand, Jeremiah /Star Trek OS: Miri, The Last Man, 12 Monkeys, Omega Man /I am Legend

Monster Apocalypses like Reign of Fire

Mystical (Nuclear?) Holocausts like the Dark Tower

Post Apocalyptic game resources on the intertubes include
PA Forge: dedicated to PA RPG games and focuses on development of resources for said games
Desolation Nation: A campaign for a PA game using D20 Modern rules. Great map resource!
The Ten Best PA Survival Vehicles: For kicks
 
3. Gear Locker
4. Podcast News
A) Dragon's Landing Inn is back
After a summer hiatus, the Dragon's Landing Inn is back. Episode 92 talks about the hiatus and initial thoughts on 4e. This one is a long one, clocking in at about 2 hours, but for those of us who have been jonesing for some DLI, it was a quick 2 hours. You can find Dragon's Landing Inn at www.dragonslanding.com.

B) Spooky Outhouse
You've heard me talk about the Podgecast before, and here I am talking about it again. This time, it's in relation to Spooky Outhouse Productions, which is a production and marketing company anchored by some fine quality podcasts. Right now, Spooky Outhouse Productions includes The Habitual Insomniac, The Man Cast, Red Earth Saga, the Podge Cast, Story Shtick, Bear Swarm!, and Wapcaplets. Head on over to spookyouthouse.com and see what's going on there. Join the forums, where you might just bump into a couple of Accidental Survivors, getting in on the forumy goodness.

I just have to say that Spooky Outhouse is Pretty F#$&in' Chang!

C) Vorpal Network
Fist Full of Comics and Games has always hosted some of my favourite podcasts, from the Inner Circle to the Monarch Comics Briefing. Now, the Fist Full of Comics crew has gotten together with the Tome Show and the Gamer's Haven to start the Vorpal Network. This is one sweet collection of high quality podcasts. Added to this is a geek news aggregator which also delivers tidbits to Twitter. I don't just love the Vorpal Network because my game from GenCon got a favourable shoutout on the first of the Main Feed episodes, I love it because its got a fair portion of my podcast fix all on one feed.

Got check it out at vorpalnetwork.com  If you want to contact us, you can email us at accidental@swordsedgepublishing.ca


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Accidental Survivors: the Modern Gaming Podcast
sponsored by Sword's Edge Publishing
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The GenCon Wrapup
Some of the awesome crews we met belonged to the following, in alphabetical order:

The Basics of the Game
Brilliant Gameologists
Canon Puncture
The Digital Front/Gamer Traveler
Fist Full of Comics And Games
Gamer's Haven
Order 66
The Podgecast
Pulp Gamer
This Just In From Gencon

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

1. News & Views
Need rules for playing with your green and tan plastic army men? Combat Storm may have what you need.

Chris reveals the Supernatural Season 4 details

Hidden Nazi bunkers found intact after more than 50 years.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog no longer available free, but if you have access to it, there's always Hulu. And if you're going to be running a Dr. Horrible campaign using Supers20, you may want to read a review.

Bring the Pain! (Ray).

Barnett R. Rubin is shocked, shocked to learn that that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) appears to be supporting insurgents and terrorists in Afghanistan.

Choson, the RPG, now appearing on the forums.

Head on over to the Tome Show for all your D&D info needs.

2. Feature: Garden Variety "Monsters"
Rob's Obscure Pop Culture Reference #265.
First Appearance of Henry Pym; The Man in the Anthill.
Fraser's old! The first sci-fi movie he saw was Them! (Fraser notes: while I am old, I saw Them! on TV, not in the cinemas.

Relevance? Intelligent discourse? Insight? If these things are not important to you, check out the Podgecast.

3. Inspiration Time
Arachnophobia
Kingdom of the Spiders
Phase IV
Willard (1971) remade in 2003 with Chrispin Clover, and there's a sequal Ben, for which Michael Jackson sang the theme song.
Star Man's Son
Deadly Creatures and Bad Mojo
Crazy Old Ladies and their rats
The Indiana Jones trilogy

4. Gear Locker
Lots of stabby things

5. Podcast News
The Podgecast
A show about movies, music, books, games, and whatever's on their minds. Luke, Adam, Matt and Joe pontificate and spout opinion as though fact, and it rocks. Get ready for a good time and plenty of laughs. There might actually be something useful in there as well. Find it all at podgecast.com.

IFC News
From the Independent Film Channel comes the IFC News podcast. With hosts Matt Singer and Alison Willmore, the IFC News podcasts talks movies, and the talk is usually pretty interesting. Maybe not geeky, per se, but if you love movies, you'll likely enjoy this podcast. You can find it at feeds.feedburner.com/ifcnewspodcast

6. Feedback

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Thanks Rob for taking care of this!


WARNING: Instances of very 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

News & Views

  • West End Games is for sale, triggering a firestorm of discussions from the ill-informed on various RPG message boards, like here and here.
  • Open Office now has a PDF editor, though it is still in beta development. Take a look here.
  • We're late to the game in wishing Stan Lee a wonderful 85th birthday. 'Nuff said.

Feature: Modern20: A Review

Why did Chuck Rice write Modern20? To make a pantload of money, of course!

Inspiration Time

The Shield: Season 5 and Season 6: An ambitious, mentally unstable IAD officer is after Vic in Season 5 and the death of a member of the Strike Team turns them against each other in Season 6. Some of the best TV ever and easily one of the 5 best cop shows of all time.

The Losers: Comic book from Vertigo/DC Thanks to BrianK on the boards for mentioning this back in the discussion on Episode 26: Finding Inspiration.

Feedback

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WARNING: Instances of very 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
Most Awesomely Bad Military Acronyms and yet more! Don't forget to read the comments.

We're going to Gen Con. Check out our schedule. Make sure you email us if you want in on one of our games.

Supers20 is almost out! Also, the Dispatch is going weekly again for at least 6 weeks in honor of Supers20 release!

FFoCaG - Official Contest: Burn Notice Season 2

Chinese Cops get Segways . . . no longer so intimidating

Go-Play Ottawa a GO for July 26.

Welcome back Walt/kroh!

The Wandering Geek podcast is up for an Ennie! Head on over to support Curt in his quest for glory.

2. Feature: Real Crime
Our previous episode about player characters as criminals, which we called Criminal Intentions.
Mafia
Murder Inc
Yakuza

Play like you've got two with the Brilliant Gameologists.

3. Inspiration Time
Current situation in Zimbabwe
The Departed
Infernal Affairs
Ross Kemp On Gangs

4. The Hook
Undercover: The PCs are cops tasked with infiltrating a dangerous criminal organization. How can they work their way up the ladder while maintaining their integrity? Ordinary complications, like family problems, can play a big part in a campaign like this, since the PCs will have the added complication of a secret identity--trying to keep their assignment and their home life separate.

5. Podcast News
A. The Material World looks at Tunguska
On the 30th June 1908, a huge fireball hurtled towards the Tunguska River region of Siberia. The explosion that followed was as powerful as 1000 Hiroshima bombs and knocked down an estimated 80 million trees. But 100 years later scientists are yet to find an impact crater or tell-tale meteorite remains. So what happened?

The Material World is a BBC Radio podcast. In this episode, Host Quentin Cooper is joined by Dr Phil Bland and Gareth Collins from Imperial College London to find out. You can learn more at the website.

B. Brilliant Gameologists
In their own words, Brilliant Gameologists is a podcast about tabletop games and the people who play them. Helping you play like you have to, play like you have to and play like you have two.

For my two cents, the BGs are fun and enjoy using language that is less than family friendly, like some other podcast I know . . . and possibly participate in. They understand LARPing is all about hitting on hot gamer chicks and has no other value. Me like.

You can find them at: brilliantgameologists.com/

6. Feedback

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1. News & Views
Erik Wujicik died on June 7. The first RPG Rob ever purchased was TMNT and Other Strangeness!

The Air Force wants botnets of MASS DESTRUCTION!

4e, 'nuff said

Accidental Survivors RPG development forum

Chris Davies 4e review

Is it @$$ kickin' time? Get down and dirty with some Action Maneuvers!

2. Feature: Conspiracies
MKUltra
Skull and Bones
Montauk Project
MJ12
That Government Warehouse!

Get those buttery-smooth Ts from Geeklabel.Remember: these are not magic t-shirts.

3. Inspiration Time
The Manchurian Candidate
The X-Files
Metal Gear Solid
Planetary

4. The Hook
OpCom VULTURE

The PCs are drawn into a trip or mission to the town of Iana Sarat in Mondovia, a fictional state in Eastern Europe. If they are military or spies, they are assigned to a mission, if they are private individuals, they are either hired to escort a subject they will meet there, or the NPC is a friend or other acquaintance that calls on their aid.

Stories of lights in the skies and unexplained explosions the previous night meet the PCs. They meet Piotr Korensky, who is their contact. He indicates a belief that they are a “recovery team” with “Vulture.” He passes on a map and coordinates some 40 kilometres south west of Iana Sarat. Before he can explain any further, he is assassinated by a rifle shot.

The shooter, if captured, carries a letter stating “Provide assistance to RAVEN acting under orders. Recovery operation underway. OpCom VULTURE may intervene. RAVEN is to terminate this threat.” It is only signed “Majestic”

The map leads to a valley in the mountains where a strange aircraft has crashed. The occupants are not human. Here, the PCs meet Devoe, and he explains that they have been sent here through the machinations of Operational Command VULTURE, a secret military command created by elements of NATO and the Warsaw Pact in the 1960s to oppose the Majestic 12 conspiracy. Vulture adapts and then spreads alien technology, preparing to battle the aliens who have infiltrated Earth societies through the help of Majestic.

The PCs are now caught in the middle of the battle between the conspirators of Majestic 12 and OpCom VULTURE, possibly the saviours of humanity. Devoe can act as their contact and feed them information. But since this is the shadowy world of black ops and conspiracies, is VULTURE or Devoe really who they say they are? Is Majestic 12 really the threat Devoe states it is?

That’s up to you.

5. Podcast News
A. Penny Arcade + PvP + 4e = Good Times!

The folks at Penny Arcade and PvP sat down with WotC's Chris Perkins to play 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons (for some of them, it was their very first game of D&D). How did it go? Well, they recorded the entire session—which WotC is offering in episodic podcasts, along with comics commemorating the game!

You can find the podcasts at the Wizard's site. And don't forget Downloadable Content, PA's podcast.

6. Feedback

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1. News & Views
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time in production, starring Jake Gyllenhal

Play by post on ForgedRPG: Agents of LEET: Operation Sticky Fingers.

Jon Favreau is a D&D geek

Go Play Ottawa

Interview with me up at Fist Full of Comics and Games

Sneak peek at serial fiction for Mundus Novit

Need the basics? The Basics of the Game has got you covered.

2. Feature: Grim & Gritty
My article on grim & gritty fantasy roleplaying called Getting Medieval: Grim & Gritty at Sword's Edge
The "discussion" thread on grim & gritty.

For more role-play-y podcast-y goodness, head on over to Role Playing Public Radio.

3. Inspiration Time
Star Wars
The Watchmen
Angel
Firefly
Casablanca
Blade Runner
the Immortal Iron Fist
Get Shorty

Chris Miller is digging on The Failed Cities Monologues by Matt Wallace. Also check out Variant Frequencies, and the Next Fix.

4. Feedback
Nightmask
Warren Ellis on Twitter

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We're not going to be using ODEO any more as they have fracked up a couple of message, the most recent from Ken Newquist at Nuketown Radio Active. If they ever get their act together, we'll use them again.

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1. News & Views
Christophe Gans set to direct Onimusha

Marvel announces 4 new superhero movies for 2010-2011

4E GSL, restrictions on a product line basis as per articles at En World and WotC

Twiddla, an internet whiteboard that could be used for gaming. Thanks Ken at Nuketown!

Covert Forces Redux is available as a POD from SEP's Lulu store.

Check out Nuketown Radio Active. All the cool kids are listening.

2. Feature: Keeping Your Players Invested

Finished with us? Try Wapcaplets.

3. Inspiration Time
Sandman
The Dreamland Chronicles
Tin Man
New Teen Titans Archive Volume 1
Dark City
and
Chuck was wrong about the successful lawsuit against the Wachowskis. Still, we can dream.

4. the Hooks
Chuck brings us Asylum seekers:
Got a campaign that’s getting a bit predictable? Tell your players you'd like to try a one-shot with new characters set in an asylum. Over the course of the adventure, the players will slowly begin to realize that the characters they're playing are their standard characters from the ongoing campaign, who have been drugged, supplied with fake identities, and deposited in a home for the criminally insane as a convenient way for the villain to rid himself of his enemies.

Worse, the players are inside with many former enemies.

And from Chris, Exdreamas Machina:
Nazi's have recently started infiltrating the dream lands in order to probe the dreams of leading scientists around the world. The characters are part of a rival British organization called ESPionage (Necroscope rip-off) they are pressed with entering the dreamlands to prevent the Nazi's from stealing the secrets of inventors and at the same time securing those ideas for themselves.

5. Feedback

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

1. News & Views
People, Places, and Things: You are Here from Second Rat Games

Yo Joe! Pics from the upcoming G.I. Joe movie were here, but they've been taken down. You can read some reactions in this thread. Also, check out what IMDB and Wikipedia have to say.

The 4E rumour mill is soldiering on. After you've scoffed at our uninformed opinions, you can head on over to check out information at WotC and in this thread and this thread at EN World

Check out Have Games, Will Travel

2. Feature: Finding Inspiration
The Article and . . .
The Thread it inspired!

Need more podcasts? Goblin: the Gaming Broadcast Network has got them!

3. The Hook
The situation that inspired the Hook

4. Podcast News
A. The History of Rome
A weekly podcast hosted by Mike Duncan 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.

Found at thehistoryofrome.blogspot.com/.

5. Feedback

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