Episode 92 – First Martians

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Episode 92 – First Martians

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In our ninety-second episode, we talk about the games we have been playing lately. Then we review the cooperative survival game First Martians. Then we get back to talking about role playing games as we discuss tips on running Narrative RPGs.

This episode is sponsored by Game TrayzBoard Game Bliss

Geeks Alive – Geek Culture Reviews – 1:18

Cthulhu Wars – 4:00

Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space – 17:24

Capital City – 27:39

The Gallerist – 36:27

Game Trayz Sponsorship – 49:05

First Martians Overview – 50:39

First Martians Thematic Review – 58:20

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 1:27:09

Tips for Running Narrative RPGs – 1:28:22


It’s DATENIGHT Episode 9 – Exit: The Game

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It’s DATENIGHT Episode 9 – Exit: The Game

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It’s DATENIGHT! The podcast where a wife and her husband talk about the games they play on date nights. We focus on games that are great for 2 players. Each episode is short and sweet, just the way you like it, right honey?

In Episode 9, we review the escape room themed cooperative puzzle games Exit: The Game.

This episode is sponsored by Counter Magazine

Words Alive – Pathfinder Vol. 1: Dark Waters Rising


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I have a confession to make; I’ve never played the Pathfinder RPG. For a period of time it was the most played RPG in the world, but I never got a chance to try it. But I have played the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, which is based on the “iconic characters” that Paizo created for their Pathfinder universe. I played my whole campaign as Valeros, the mighty warrior, fighting alongside Seoni, the sorceror, and whatever character Quinten played after his bard died. We enjoyed the campaign and our introduction to the world of Pathfinder. Then I started listening to the Glass Cannon Podcast, an official Pathfinder Actual Play Podcast, who has set their game in the world of Golarion. Their great storytelling made me want to know more about the lore of the Pathfinder universe. So when I saw that Jim Zub had authored a Pathfinder graphic novel, I ordered a copy right away.

Dark Waters Rising reveals the background of the iconic characters of the Pathfinder universe and shows how they came to adventure together. It provides a glimpse into the lives of some of the characters we embodied in our adventure card game. And I have to say that Valeros is much more brash and blood thirsty for battle in this series than I played him in our adventure. But the storyline that Zub puts together in this series is quite interesting, if not fairly straightforward for a fantasy adventure. A group of heroes finds some goblins, kills them, goes to the closest town and tells them some bad stuff might happen because of said goblins, then has to defend the town from a big bad monster connected to the goblins. It’s pretty standard for the start of a fantasy adventure. The really interesting aspects of this first volume come from the character development and how each hero interacts with the others in their burgeoning party. Zub writes some great banter between the heroes, especially between Valeros and Merisiel, the roguish Elf. So if you’re a fan of exposition, this first volume will be right up your alley.

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There is one glaring issue that I have with this graphic novel, though. The art is not very good. Andrew Huerta’s panels are often way too busy and convoluted. It is hard to follow the action at times because of how much chaff is in the panel. And colorist Ross Campbell does not do Huerta any favours by using a very dark colour palette that makes the characters seem to blend in with the background. The panels in the climactic scene of the story are so green that it’s hard to tell where the background ends and the monster begins. Some may argue that it highlights the monstrosity of the beast, but I just found it distracting. And I obviously wasn’t the only one who didn’t enjoy Huerta’s work, as he was replaced in the second volume by Ivan Anaya, who I have heard does a better job.

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Also, I still have trouble with the portrayal of Seoni in the Pathfinder world. She is constantly being drawn with immense amounts of cleavage and a glaring lack of clothing. Yes, she is a sorcerer, therefore she can’t be wearing armor, but it remains another problematic portrayal of a female character in a fantasy world. Hats off to Paizo for Kyra the cleric and Seelah the paladin, both properly armored to go into battle, but in an industry where women are too often portrayed as near-nude, Seoni sadly conforms to that trend.

If you’re a Pathfinder fan, know the lore, and have experience seeing these characters in the world of Golarion, you should definitely check this series out. Learning about their backstories brings more vibrance to the lore. But if you have no investment in the Pathfinder world, there are better fantasy graphic novel series’ out there. As for age range, I chose not to put this one in my middle school library collection because I found there was a lot of blood and violence throughout the book. This probably fits in the 15 and up range. I do plan on getting the second volume when the paperback releases in March to see the changes to the art, but this isn’t one I am dying to dive into in the future.

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Episode 58 – The Networks

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Episode 58 – The Networks

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In our fifty-eighth episode, we talk about Linsae’s brand new Gaming Nemesis and do a quick Survival Kit Segment on Counter Magazine. Then we talk about what we’ve been playing recently. We also review the TV Station creating drafting game The Networks. Then we take a break from talking about tabletop games in our new segment all about Geek Culture as we talk about our favourite TV shows.

This episode is sponsored by Board Game Bliss & Tasty Minstrel Games

Linsae’s Gaming Nemesis – 0:45

Survival Kit: Counter Magazine – 4:55

BONUS GAME: Jungle Speed – 6:35

Battlestar Galactica – 9:52

Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King – 18:36

Baseball Highlights 2045 – 23:51

Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft – 29:55

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 35:28

The Networks Overview – 36:15

The Networks Thematic Review – 39:22

Tasty Minstrel Games Sponsorship – 1:09:34

Geek Culture: TV Shows – 1:11:25

Episode 57 – Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

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Episode 57 – Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization

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In our fifty-seventh episode, Linsae joins Aaron and Quinten as we recount our GenCant experiences and talk about what we’ve been playing recently. We also review the civilization building game Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization. Then we field all of your role playing game questions in another RPG Q&A.

This episode is sponsored by Board Game Bliss & Tasty Minstrel Games

Gen Cant! – 0:43

Boards Alive Banter – 3:19

Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition – 3:20

Sanssouci – 15:12

Castles of Burgundy – 24:24

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 32:17

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization Overview – 33:10

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization Thematic Review – 36:25

Tasty Minstrel Games Sponsorship – 1:26:18

RPG Q&A – 1:27:27

Episode 56 – Crash of Games Reviewapalooza Fish Frenzy, Plums & Backyard Builder’s Treehouse

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Episode 56 – Crash of Games Reviewapalooza Fish Frenzy, Plums & Backyard Builder’s Treehouse

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In our fifty-sixth episode, Graeme joins Aaron and Quinten as we try and heal Quinten’s booboo with a Survival Kit segment for the Meeple Realty inserts Huts of Bora Bora, Rebellion Outpost, & Mystic Tavern. We also have not one, but three reviews this episode in our Reviewapalooza. We review three Crash of Games games, the fish set collection game Fish Frenzy, the fruit collecting trick taking game Plums, and the drafting game Backyard Builder’s Treehouse. Then we discuss Art & Components and how they affect our enjoyment of a game.

This episode is sponsored by Board Game Bliss & Tasty Minstrel Games

Gen Con Shmen Con – 0:44

Survival Kit: Meeple Realty – 2:22

Boards Alive Banter – 9:13

Strike – 9:20

WWE Superstar Showdown – 14:32

Via Nebula – 25:43

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 34:29

Fish Frenzy Review – 35:14

Plums Review – 48:08

Backyard Builder’s Treehouse Review – 58:11

Tasty Minstrel Games Sponsorship – 1:11:35

How Art & Components affect our view of games – 1:12:20

Episode 55 – Interview with Stonemaier Games Jamey Stegmaier

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Episode 55 – Interview with Stonemaier Games Jamey Stegmaier

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In our fifty-fifth episode, we talk about our summer vacations so far and the games we have been playing lately. Then we interview Jamey Stegmaier of Stonemaier Games about how his Kickstarter Guru skills, his designs and his life as a publisher, including his newest game Scythe and his upcoming legacy style game Charterstone.

This episode is sponsored by Board Game Bliss & Tasty Minstrel Games

Summer Vacation! – 0:52

Pizzeria Ludica– 4:27

La Boca– 6:35

Zany Penguins – 10:00

Difference – 14:07

Ciao! – 15:22

Papayoo – 17:52

Scythe – 22:50

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 31:02

Interview with Jamey – 32:01

Scythe – 53:18

Charterstone – 1:12:26

Tasty Minstrel Games Sponsorship – Guilds of London – 1:25:14

“Rapid Fire” Listener Questions – 1:27:02

Upcoming Stonemaier Games Projects – 1:52:47