Episode 23

by Brian on September 19, 2007

We’re back from our summer break with Season 2, flying casual and somewhat overwhelmed with the post Gencon flood of gaming stuff. Brian and Chris get together in the studio for the first time in nearly ten weeks and cover a wide variety of new games, gaming play, system free games, the small press price point, and some ashcans.

Retraction: Our comments about the numbers on Pinnacle Entertainment’s Savage Worlds Explorer Edition were off. As it turns out, they have plenty in stock and the issues retailers are having are because Distributors have severely underestimated demand, not Pinnacle. Our apologies!

Liner Notes
Introductions [0:36]
Swimming the Post Gencon Flood [1:18]
White Wolf Stuff [3:19]
Witch Hunter [7:36]
Savage Worlds Explorer Edition [8:47]
Battlelore [10:00]
Tannhauser [11:39]
EG Launch Party and Classic Battletech [16:35]
Shadowrun [27:57]
D&D 4th Edition Commentary [37:48]
Pathfinder [41:10]
Systemless Stuff [46:53]
Small Press Price Point [51:28]
Ashcans: 44 and Galactic [55:35]
Last news and Good Night [59:40]

Changeling: The Lost
Pinnacle Entertainment
Witch Hunter: The Invisible World
Catalyst Games Lab
Classic Battletech
Shadowrun RPG
Godzilla Gaming podcast
Cumberland Games & Diversions
44 – A Game of Automatic Fear
The Ashcan Front

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris September 19, 2007 at 7:35 pm


I was hella wrong about the Savage Worlds book. My bad! We got more in yesterday!

My bad.

Brian September 19, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Ha! Glad to hear it – it’s a tasty book, and a hell of a competitor at $10.

I will add that I think I sound a little down on several products. Changeling: the Lost and Freeport both got unfairly slighted, I think, by my comments. We mainly meant to just talk about the massive flood of stuff, and comment on some of the catchier or better stuff.

Truth is, I’m about 2000+ pages behind on my reading (to say the least). Changeling hasn’t gotten much of an in-depth read, and I had only picked up A Pirates Guide to Freeport two days before the show.

I will add that Freeport’s getting an actual review soon (probably with the next show), and in the last few days of actually reading it, I find it to be very impressive.

Adam September 20, 2007 at 1:15 am

Great to have you guys back!! My commutes have been somewhat lacking without you…


mat September 28, 2007 at 7:21 am

yay! so good to see you pop up in iTunes as i downloaded my weekly dose of p/casts! welcome back guys…keep ’em coming :)


Jason Morningstar October 9, 2007 at 7:27 am

Hey guys, interesting conversation about rising price points. It’s certainly something every small press publisher is thinking about. For the record, Grey Ranks retails for $22, and the .pdf is $12. Since every owner/publisher is making their own value equation, prices are all over the map – I can think of books I (as a consumer) feel are egregiously over-priced and others that are practically being given away. As you note, the gaming public will ultimately decide what constitutes a reasonable price.

Mike Fraker February 14, 2008 at 12:57 pm

Hey Guys,
I’ve been going through all your past episodes over the last couple of weeks. Great show.
I’m really interested in running a Savage World campaign (using the Explorere’s Edition of course), and I’m really intrigued by the system-less Freeport source book. But, I couldn’t find it listed in Green Ronin’s catolog. All the books I saw were tied to some d20version (either True, 3.5, or 3.0). What’s the actual title for this book?

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