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45: Trail of Cthulhu and Soldiers of Pen and Ink

In a first, the Plot Points crew has a guest Skyping in, the brilliant and prolific Adam Gauntlett talks to us from sunny Bermuda! Adam and his superior accent come on the show to discuss Soldiers of Pen and Ink for Trail of Cthulhu! In Adam's adventure, characters face the twin threats of facism and Hastur and will not emerge unscathed! Sarah gets scared! Ben gets pretentious! Brad gets funny! 

WARNING! Reports have come in that Plot Points is occasionally so funny listeners have run off the road. Operate heavy machinery while listening at your own peril! 

Behold the further blasphemous mutterings of Adam Gauntlett beyond this hyperlink!

Ben is now on Twitter! Find him at @BenRiggs_

Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Music by 50 Breaks!

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin!

Direct download: S2E9_-_Soldiers_of_Pen_and_Ink_Pt1.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 6:55pm CST

44: My D&D Diary- Preludes & Codas

Ben has been a GM for over 20 years, but in all that time, he's never really run D&D! 5th edition has inspired him, though, to step up to the plate and take a swing at the Adam of all tabletop role-playing games. Hear him ponder and meditate on systems, settings, and why he's taking a stab at running 5E! More updates to follow!

Ben is now on Twitter! Find him at @BenRiggs_

Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Music by 50 Breaks!

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin!

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Direct download: DD_Diary_Ep1.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 6:21pm CST

43.3: Queen Euphoria for Shadowrun Pt. 3!

In a first, we discuss an adventure for a 3rd show! Gather flesh-form workers that you might hear us complete the horrible horrible truth of pop star Euphoria, and the final thoughts of author Steve Wieck. Keep your ears open at the end for a special treat!

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Ben is now on Twitter! Find him at @BenRiggs_

Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Thanks to Keven MacLeod of Incompetech.com for his brilliant music!

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin!

Direct download: S2E9_-_Queen_Euphoria_pt_3.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 7:59pm CST

43.2: Queen Euphoria for Shadowrun Pt. 2

Our epic discussion of Queen Euphoria, a seminal adventure for the Shadowrun rpg continues this week! Special guest Aaron Andries weighs in with the usual crew, and Ben even has a letter from author and rpg icon Steve Wieck himself about the adventure and Shadowrun in general. The episode is a rip-roaring ride, with especially fantastic readings!

This discussion was so epic, so engaging, it will be our first 3 part episode!

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Ben is now on Twitter! Find him at @BenRiggs_

Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Thanks to Keven MacLeod of Incompetech.com for his brilliant music!

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin!

Direct download: S2E9_-_Queen_Euphoria_pt_2.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 7:18pm CST

43.1: Shadowrun: Queen Euphoria

Because YOU demanded it gameratti! Today we release the first episode in our discussion of Queen Euphoria, a seminal adventure for the Shadowrun rpg! Special guest Aaron Andries weighs in with the usual crew, and Ben even has a letter from author and rpg icon Steve Wieck himself about the adventure and Shadowrun in general...

Like us on Facebook to keep up with our goings-on, write us a review on iTunes to help the show, find us on Twitter, or contact us via email at plotpointsemail@gmail.com.

Check out our laundry fresh website here!

Ben is now on Twitter! Find him at @BenRiggs_

Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Thanks to Keven MacLeod of Incompetech.com for his brilliant music!

Produced at Rainbird Studios in scenic Big Bend, Wisconsin!

Direct download: 01_S2E9_-_Queen_Euphoria_pt_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:05pm CST

42: C2E2 Special!

Ben and Brad hit Chicago's premier comic convention, C2E2 this past weekend, and we are coming at you with a pair of interviews of interest for you!

First we talk to the folks over at Gobhoblin Pictures who just completed a web series entitled Roll Four: The Summer Campaign. The series is about a DM, his players, and their characters over one summer. It's The Guild meets The Gamers and for those of us interested in taking gaming more seriously, it is a case study. Find them here!

In other fascinating news, I bought a belt at C2E2, but not just any belt, an Obscure Belt! The belt is beautiful, sturdy, and geeky without being in your face about it. (Mine looks like it could be worn by Han Solo or Sherlock Holmes!) They are impeccably cool, and you should check them out!

Direct download: C2E2Special.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:56pm CST

Flying solo this week, Ben talks about how science fiction is facing serious challenges as a genre, based largely on the fact that the future is becoming harder and harder to envision. The Hugo Awards controversy, The Rapture of the Nerds, and Shadowrun all get call outs in this episode!

Relevant Links

 

Slate.com on the Hugo Awards

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/04/08/_2015_hugo_awards_how_the_sad_and_rabid_puppies_took_over_the_sci_fi_nominations.html

 

The LA Review of Books' on Sci-Fi's Decline

http://lareviewofbooks.org/review/the-widening-gyre-2012-best-of-the-year-anthologies

 

Direct download: S2_-_Sermon_4_-_GM_and_the_Singulari.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am CST

40.2: Champions' "Day of the Destroyer"

In the ultimate episode of our time on Champions, we take a good hard look at Day of the Destroyer and learn of Dr. Destroyer's plan to kill nine of every ten humans on the planet in three days (the three day delay being a kindness on his part, but he would recommend we don't use them praying, because any gods that exist would loathe humanity for its weakness) and did you know you can buy uranium on Amazon.com?

This week, we also take a load off with guest geek, Torii Swader! (He's single!) 

We are also looking for an intern to work on our webpage. The webpage is not what we'd like it to be, so we are looking for someone to take that matter firmly in hand. In return, exploit our reach to talk about your game, novel, job search, etc. Interested? Email us at plotpointsemail@gmail.com.

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Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Direct download: S2E8_-_Day_of_the_Destroyer_pt2.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 6:25pm CST

40: Champions and Superheroes as Genre

In part one of this two parter, the gang takes a look at the classic Champions rpg, and superheroes more broadly. This week, we also take a load off with guest geek, Torii Swader! (He's single!) 

 

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Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Direct download: S2E8_-_Day_of_the_Destroyer_pt1.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 8:49pm CST

39: D&D 5E Hoard of the Dragon Playtest Review

Recorded in the field, Ben Riggs and friend of the show Ryan Smith work over the first campaign for D&D 5E, Hoard of the Dragon Queen! Ryan ran the first adventure from the campaign, and Ben and Ryan spent a half-hour discussing the game afterwards. Strengths, weaknesses, and the system are all given their due, along with the plot of the first adventure.

Thanks to Wizards of the Coast for complimentary copies of the campaign, and everybody enjoy the show!   

Direct download: DD5E_TalkWAV.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 4:52pm CST