Episode 135 – Interview with Banana Chan of Game and a Curry

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Episode 135 – Interview with Banana Chan of Game and a Curry

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In our one hundred and thirty-fifth episode, Aaron is joined by designer and publisher Banana Chan, designer of Jiangshi and owner of Game and a Curry. We talk about some games we’ve been playing, including Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Alice is Missing. Then I interview Banana Chan about their designing role playing games and working collaboratively with other designers.

This episode is sponsored by Board Game Bliss

Online Conventions – 1:00

Pathfinder: Kingmaker – 8:25

Alice is Missing – 19:26

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 28:00

Interview with Banana Chan – 30:40

Jiangshi – 44:00

Game and a Curry – 1:09:30

Lair – 1:09:50

Battle of the Boy Bands – 1:10:20

Episode 128 – Marvel Champions

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Episode 128 – Marvel Champions

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In our one hundred and twenty-eighth episode, Aaron is all alone because of social distancing so he talks about some ways he’s been enjoying gaming from home and he reflects on our review of Aquasphere from 100 episodes ago. Linsae also joins Aaron to talk about playing RPGs in the age of social isolation. Then Aaron reviews the cooperative super hero living card game Marvel Champions.

This episode is sponsored by Cult Classic Callback

I’m So Alone – 0:30

Survival Kit – Folded Space Inserts – 2:33

King’s Dilemma – 6:00

Pathfinder 2nd Edition RPG Books – 14:23

Sentinels of Freedom – 24:35

100 Episodes Ago We Reviewed – Aquasphere – 31:10

RPGs with Linsae – 34:53

Cult Classic Callback Sponsorship – 54:45

Marvel Champions Overview – 55:25

Marvel Champions Thematic Review – 58:51

Episode 124 – Pax Pamir

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Episode 124 – Pax Pamir

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In our one hundred and twenty-fourth episode, we are a little slap happy as we talk about what we’ve been playing lately and we reflect on our review of Samurai Spirit from 100 episodes ago. Then we review the tableau building area control game Pax Pamir.

This episode is sponsored by Board Game Bliss

We’re Back? – 2:11

Pathfinder 2nd Edition Core Rulebook – 9:25

Eclipse – 25:52

Homebrewers – 50:35

The Taverns of Tiefenthal – 1:01:40

100 Episodes Ago We Reviewed – Samurai Spirit – 1:14:22

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 1:18:30

Pax Pamir Overview – 1:22:00

Pax Pamir Thematic Review – 1:25:08

It’s DATENIGHT Episode 18 – Pathfinder Adventure Card Game

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It’s DATENIGHT Episode 18 – Pathfinder Adventure Card 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 18, we review the fantasy adventure card game series Pathfinder: Adventure Card Game.

This episode is sponsored by Pizzeria Ludica

Episode 109 – Hunt for the Ring

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Episode 109 – Hunt for the Ring

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In our one hundred and ninth episode, we bring you a variety of segments, including a game we’ve been playing lately, a Dawn of the FunDead segment about Card Assassins, a Keep It or Cull It review, and we reflect on Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords from 100 episodes ago. Then we review the Lord of the Rings themed hidden movement game Hunt for the Ring.

This episode is sponsored by Pizzeria LudicaBoard Game Bliss

Halloween! – 1:00

House of Danger: A Choose Your Own Adventure – 4:07

Dawn of the FunDead – Card Assassins – 12:20

Keep It or Cull It – Beyond Baker Street – 22:28

100 Episodes Ago We Reviewed – Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – 33:49

Pizzeria Ludica Sponsorship – 37:36

Hunt for the Ring Overview – 40:35

Hunt for the Ring Thematic Review – 46:15

Board Game Bliss Sponsorship – 1:15:52

Words Alive – Pathfinder Vol. 1: Dark Waters Rising

 

Pathfinder Vol. 1 Cover

Photo credit – Target.com

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.

Chapter 6 Panel

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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.

Seoni cover

Photo credit – Comicvine.Gamespot.com

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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