Plot Points
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
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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 CDT

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!) 

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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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

38.2: Eberron for D&D: Shadows of the Last War

The gang dissects Shadows of the Last War for the 3rd edition of D&D, with guest genius Mike Holmes!

 

Thanks to Chris Koterba for recording as always, and to 50 Breaks for the awesome tuneage. 

Direct download: S2E7_-_Eberron_Pt._2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:46pm CDT

38.1: Eberron: Shadows of the Last War

Ben, Brad, Sarah, and guest genius Mike Holmes discuss in depth the Eberron setting for Dungeons & Dragons, Shadows of the Last Wara 2nd level adventure for the setting, and possible mismatches between intent and design.

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Thanks as always to Chris Koterba for producing magic! 

Direct download: S2E7_-_Eberron_Pt._1.mp3
Category:role-playing games -- posted at: 6:40pm CDT

37: LIVE! Pathfinder's We Be Goblins TOO!

The gang tackles their first sequel at the Midwinter Gaming Convention in beautiful downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin! Laugh, cry and thrill to our trenchant observations! 

Thanks to Chris Koterba for recording and producing, as always!

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Plot_Points_Live_-_11815.mp3
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36: Should You Play Cards Against Humanity?

The gang, with special guest Ryan Smith, wades in on an article which claims that Cards Against Humanity is so offensive you should not play it. We have some heated thoughts on this, to say the least!

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Direct download: S2_MiniE6_-_Humanity_Against_Cards.mp3
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35.2 The Jewel of Yavin Pt. 2

The gang completes their discussion of The Jewel of Yavin by Dave Allen, Shawn Carman, Daniel Lovat Clark, and Jordan Goldfarb, developed by Katrina Ostrander. 

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Produced by Chris Koterba with the vocal stylings of Sean Higgins.

Thank you in advance John Williams! 

Direct download: S2E5_-_Jewel_of_Yavin_pt2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm CDT