I was recently a guest in a podcast. It’s nice to be asked, and Roll On The Adventure piqued my interest.
In the podcast, the panel create, playtest, discuss, and publish a quick role playing system. It’s a great little quick-fire collaborative effort with bad singing and excellent
Dave is a figure of no small renown in the role-playing event circuit, Dimitris is a published designer and gamer, and Chris – in addition to being a prolific player – will be joining me to host a panel at Amecon this year. The first arc of the series created a game called Temporal Stereotype Zoo, a game about time travel, kidnap and/or abduction, and stereotypes throughout history.
The call for this series was for player-vs-player action, and Dimitris suggested going down the fantasy route to keep things classical, Dave suggested players taking control of an entire fa (more…)
After a few months of waiting, I went to see the Festival of The Spoken Nerd show in Wells last week. I had no idea what to expect from the show but was curious to find out and took four fellow geeks along with me. It was a busy crowd from a very varied age range, that I think spanned from 12 to 50+ and I think it certainly had something for everyone.
We were very busy last week, as many of you will be aware. We enjoyed seeing some incredible cosplays; we loved to attend panels; Joel and Sarah hosted a panel each; we all got involved with a TopCast, our first ever recorded Top 10 (which lead to last week’s write-up). Overall, we were incredily busy people at Kitacon last week and we seriously loved every minute of it. Although yesterday was the last specific Kitacon article, this article is just showing off three new videos: Our TopCast for the Top 10 Half Breeds, Joel’s DMing 101 panel and Sarah’s Jewellery Making For Your Costumes panel.
We’ve had a few weeks of inactivity on our YouTube channel whilst we prepared for Kitacon and the last GeekOut Bristol Meet… But now we’ve returned and we’ve got some new games to get recording and we’re starting our podcasts over on the platform! Read on to find out more about our upcoming schedule.
In this weeks’ GeekOut Podcast, we discuss rules within games and genres. As is seemingly becoming the norm for us, we managed to go so far off subject, we ended up in the realms of achievements and more.
We’re hoping to keep the podcasts to a consistent biweekly basis from here on in, so the next episode of the GeekOut Podcast should hopefully be on Sunday 11th October! If we can manage more, we’ll do more too! We’re also going to move our audio away from Soundcloud, as we cannot afford the hosting plans. We’re likely going to create some spiffy graphics and upload all of our audio to YouTube, but if you have any better ideas for hosting podcasts, please let us know!
Podcasts aren’t all we’re doing now. Did you know that Timlah has finally gone ahead and recorded his first ever Lets Play episode? He’s playing the Dungeon Crawling classic, Stonekeep, a classic game that both of the GeekOut guys are hugely fond of. It’ll go live on Wednesday along with a post, so keep your eyes peeled for that and let him know how good (or bad) he is!
Over to you: What genres do you know that have strict rules and what genres could you not play if they didn’t adhere to their rules? Hey, do you want to get involved with the GeekOut Podcast and just chat nonsense with Joel and Timlah? Let us know in the comments below, over on Facebook and Twitter, or shoot us an email.
Indie Freeware, now that’s a genre that makes most people run to the hills. Not because they’re bad, but usually because they come as a .exe file, which naturally scares people away. “Viruses!”, I hear you shout, but this is the story of a title about The Kid. This title features no viruses, but a lot of frustration and a lot of pixelated red mist scenarios. From the never-ending spikes to the incredibly intricate jumps required, this is no easy task.
Whilst you are correct in assuming I Wanna Be The Guy is a parody game, that’s not all this title is about. From the get go, you’re met with a barrage of nearly impossible tasks. If you walk left then drop down the first hole and start to walk to the other, you’re met with a wall of spikes that tries to off you from the very start. This is the first in thousands of frustrating but well-designed traps.
This type of game is known as a Rage Game, or (more accurately) a Trial & Error game and the genre dates back before I Wanna Be The Guy came out. But there was something so rage inducing about IWBTG that many people remember this as one of the hardest games of its kind. I, however, remember it as a way to test my patience and my endurance, for I completed it a long time ago. Amusingly, I consider this a crowning achievement of when I was 18 or 19… Somewhere around there, alright?
I’m tempted to start doing a full recording of me playing the game, getting through levels and have a death-o-meter. A recording of the time I manage to beat the zone, then a montage of all the previous failures before leaving the area. Why? Because I think it’d be rather amusing to watch at the very least. However, IWBTG isn’t the only rage game in existence and I’m looking to play some more of these, as I enjoy testing my patience.
Bullet-hells are also in my radar too, as I really am into a challenge. Heck, my current main challenge is becoming platinum god on Binding of Isaac, but along the way I do like to do other games too. I’m not sure what’s given me the drive to become a gamer who takes on harder games, perhaps it’s the thrill in knowing that video games are designed to be beaten in the first place? Not all video games are designed specifically for this, but the vast majority are.
If there are any games you think I should go and have a crack at, let me know what they are. Perhaps they’ll end up on our YouTube channel soon enough, which I am working at bringing you all content on. It’s a slow process, which makes me fully appreciate people who do it full time and for a living. Running a website is tricky, running multiple channels for content is really tricky… But if there’s any way for me to share my passion for geekdom, which does include video games, then I’m all for it!
There’s a lot of games I’ve not finished… But this ties in nicely with my quest to get Perfect Games on Steam. Some of my games, sadly, are impossible to make perfect, but we’ll be covering this in our next GeekOut Podcast (Hear our previous one here), which can be heard this Sunday. Let me know in the comments below, or over on Facebook and Twitter, if you’d like to see me trying some pretty tricky games in the very near future. I’m looking into getting an Elgato, as the little capture device I have isn’t quite performing as well as I’d have hoped, but I previously mentioned it’s not exactly a spectacular one.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s been a long time coming but roll up for the first ever GeekOut podcast! A crazy compilation of silly discussions on a random subject for the week. For this week, we decided to discuss Indie Games and how they have come from the Hobbyist scene. We speak about the modding community and how it has been instrumental in the development of new and exciting indie developers.
Huge thanks to Andrew from Just PC Things for taking part in our inaugural podcast. We hope to hold more of these, as we had a lot of fun just talking about a subject we were all interested in. Apologies for the sudden drop in quality halfway through the podcast – This is due to the fact that I had to move from my PC to my laptop. So, protip number one for all of you who want to get involved with podcasting: Get a good microphone. Shocking, isn’t it?
Want to get involved? Drop us an email. We’ll discuss how we can get you into our podcasts.
Just a quick post today.
I have said this time and time again, mine is just one of many unique DM, GM, or Story Teller styles that everyone builds for themselves through practice and experimentation. As such, just taking my advice would be foolish, and me expecting you to do so would just be rude. A lot of people like myself have offered their own advice for your perusal, and I know a lot of you who have read a few of these articles have your own opinions.
So here is my request to anyone interested, I’m looking for anyone to discuss matters of gaming for the purpose of an occasional podcast. Aside from the fact that such conversations are generally awesome, they’re also the best way to learn from other DMs.
I want people to talk to, and I want matters to discuss. I will be trying to corner a few people at Kita next week to record our first subject: DM – Friend or Foe, but anyone interested in taking part or with suggestions for topics to bring to the table please contact us through the GOSW Facebook.
In the mean time, please entertain yourselves with a few other sources of information I have stumbled across through many years of trying to gather ideas for this very series:
Dungeon Master’s Block – A podcast that already covers a lot of matters that I’ve addressed here and a lot I haven’t touched. I’m still working my way through the series but these guys are awesome.
The creator of the above series also runs one of the better nerd-humour Facebook pages, Dungeons and Dragons Memes, not helpful but still funny.
And while I’m on the subject, please also enjoy my own website Quotes From The Tabletop, we just had a lot of fantastic new submissions and we’d love to hear some of your stories too.
Anyway, thanks for joining me time and time again for this series, and I look forward to bringing you more original content, I’d also like to work with practically everyone above. So that’s a hint about as subtle as a thrown brick with a note on it saying “Love Me!”
At the start of the month I said that my April will be full of plans and doings. I give you plans! And doings!
Where to begin…
Well let’s start with a quick reminder of what AmeChibi is. Ame and Kita have joined forces to cycle their conventions, one small (-Chibi) and one large (-Con), and suffice to say that Ame have taken the lead on the smaller conventions. On that score let me say that AmeChibi did very well, there was about as many events, panels, and parties as one could expect of a convention labelled “Chibi”.
I can’t honestly say that I met many new people (one or two for certain will be memorable additions to my Facebook) but a lot of faces that I already recognized from previous Cons now have names attached to them. Now, and only now do I feel that I’ve properly joined the community, and I took the opportunity this weekend to make sure that I shall not want for friendly faces at future conventions.
The panels on offer were limited, that’s true, but there was enough to fill the weekend, leaving enough time to get to know people, maybe squeeze in an anime screening, a game of Magic or a drink. It was an odd balance to strike, but I think a little more could have been done. I never felt rushed as I do at a regular convention, but at the same time there were some long pauses where rooms were left empty.
Now I know a lot of you guys have some ideas for things you’d like to do for panels, and nothing but nothing is lost by asking around for support and even help running a panel! Get involved, look for KitaChibi next year, AmeChibi the year after and again and again. They want your help, and we want to hear you get involved. Just like I did…
Warning – Plenty of Swearing and I made a few rookie mistakes like putting the map on top of my tablet, and putting the Haribo a bit too close. By the way when I say a lot of swearing, I mean a lot of swearing, I am a cruel DM.
My thanks to Dan, Chris, Gemma and John for playing!
Ahh, were it only happy times all round.
The Britannia Hotel in Nottingham. If you spot that name listed as the venue, avoid the convention, at least until you hear that they’ve done some work, and I mean hard work.
I heard about previous cons held there where the staff had been rude, and that has changed, the staff were quite polite to us over the weekend, one or two even joined in with a round of the theme from Duck Tales. But the rooms have no WiFi, and a CRT TVs without a digital tuner. The rooms themselves are reasonable but not particularly comfortable for the price paid. There were other matters concerning the hotel that I shall not go into here, suffice to say that a complaint will be made, and until I hear otherwise there is a black mark in my book against the Britannia of Nottingham.
Also I forgot to take a camera with me. That was stupid, that was very stupid…
e-Collectica Games Day
By being in Nottingham I may have missed out on the best Games-Day yet, alas I can only live it vicariously through photos sent to me via the e-Collectica Facebook page and by my friend Mike, co-owner of Quotes from the Tabletop.