Episode 28

by Brian on January 16, 2008

We’re back with our first episode of 2008, leading off with a long discussion on the latest D&D 4th edition new. We then chatter about Worlds Days of Wonder, preparing for convention season, preview the upcoming Sons of Liberty and In a Wicked Age rpgs, and review Names and Savage Worlds: EX among other commentary.

Liner Notes
[0:37]  Intro
[1:14] D&D 4th Edition SRD and OGL chat
[26:36] Days of Wonder State of BattleLore
[29:48] Preparing for Convention Season
[42:14] Brian’s pile of backlogged reading
[43:30] Sons of Liberty and In a Wicked Age preorders
[47:21] Race for the Galaxies, Lego and Brick Wars
[50:31] Review: Names – the Story Games Name Project
[55:39] Review: Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition
[1:04:46] We Wrap Up

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Valandil January 16, 2008 at 11:56 pm

If you’re interested in Lego-based fighting games, there is a Lego robot fighting game called “Mechaton: Giant Fighty Robots”.
I’ve never played it, just heard about it. Some info here:

Brian January 17, 2008 at 12:11 am

RE: Mechataon – absolutely. We actually chatted some about Mechaton way back in Episodes 1 and 3. :)

Victor January 17, 2008 at 6:04 am

When you guys were talking about In a Wicked Age you mentioned Dreamation and I thought I would let you know it’s in New Jersey. I only know that from how excited the guys on Sons of Kryos get when they talk about it.

Also, you have a great podcast. I only found it this week and with your frank discussion of both WotC and Days of Wonder, you now have a new regular listener. Amazing job!!

Chris January 17, 2008 at 10:13 am

Victor, Thanks oodles for finding us :) It’s always good to hear people are enjoying the show.

Faide January 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I’ve only just discovered the Dresden files books myself and finished the first one last night. I found it excellent and I was hunting around today for more information and found this:


Looks pretty exciting.

Thanks for another excellent show, I’ll keep listening.

Brian January 17, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Howdy Faide. I’m not sure where you started listening to the show, but if you’re looking for information about the Dresden Files rpg, we chat a good bit with Fred Hicks, of Evil Hat (the publisher) in Episode 26 a few months ago.

We kid Fred about the upcoming release of the Dresden Files rpg, but with love. 😉

Thanks for listening!

Dustin January 21, 2008 at 8:02 am

D&D: it not a game, it’s an industry! Boy, the more I hear about 4th edition, the more I think how Burning Wheel is a god sent 😉

Great show again, even if it was long. I have Mechaton and it looks like a cool game, but I really think it needs to be revised because if you are not a war gamer, it is kind of unclear in parts (especially in the scaling and how much dice you need).

I just read Vincent’s other game: “In a Wicked Age,” and I can not wait to play it. I highly recommend it to people who like co-narrative games. It was the Sword and Sorcery game I had been waiting for.

Thanks again you two!

Brian January 22, 2008 at 10:13 am

RE: Wicked Age. I’ve been able to read my copy a few times, and I’m very keen to run it. I had a game scheduled for this past Sunday, but unfortunately, a nasty chest cold knocked me out of action.

Regardless, expect to hear more about In a Wicked Age in the next show.

merg February 4, 2008 at 11:58 am

Hi, last Sunday I downloaded the show and enjoyed it today. After a few years of a break in RPG’s, I recently started playing D&D again with my son, and so came across this podcast. Enjoyed the show, just download some earlier episodes. :-)

InternetTom February 14, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Where’s my 29?

Chris February 16, 2008 at 5:01 pm



That’s what we were talking about there.

As it stands now, we are recording two shows on 2/17. One with Ken Hite at Dundracon, another one with Chris Pramas here at EndGame. Sorry for the long drought. Brian is buying a house, and I am remodeling mine, long with running the store. Been a hectic few weeks for us both, but these two shows promise to be really interesting. Look for at lest one of them super soon. :)

InternetTom February 17, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Congrats to Brian on getting his first (I think) house, and hope the reno goes well Chris.

On another note are either of you going to gencon?

Ken Newquist February 29, 2008 at 7:01 pm

I think you’re exactly right regarding Wizards of the Coast’s transition to 4th edition; the 2E->3E migration was handled much more gracefully. I think part of this is the lack of Dragon Magazine as a binding force for the gaming community.

Yes, there have been development articles on Wizards.com, and people have been happily dissecting those, but I think they’re less coherent and less focused then what we say the last time around. I also think they’re doing a less then stellar job of explaining to people how/if their current D&D campaigns will work under 4E.

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