We’re back with Chris and Brian chatting some general gaming news and a couple of reviews. Discussion covers “everything’s coming up Cthulhu“, new books out on the market – including Rogue Trader rpg, Our Ladies of Sorrow, Council of Thieves: the Sixfold Trial, and Pathfinder – and reviews of Chronica Feudalis and Thousand Suns: Foundation Transmissions.
Hosts: Chris Hanrahan and Brian Isikoff.
New Web Site Thanks
1:16 – Thanks go out to Adam Jury on the new web site.
2:19 – Finn developed the 2d6 Feet logo a couple years ago.
The Stars Are Right for Cthulhu Gaming
2:50 – Brian mentions how there are a lot of new Cthulhu-related materials out now.
5:36 – Brian picked up the Our “Ladies of Sorrow” Call of Cthulhu supplement.
6:07 – *SPOILER ALERT* for Our “Ladies of Sorrow”.
6:21 – Spoiler End.
6:52 – Discussion of the benefits and issues with Cthulhu in a modern setting.
8:57 – Discussion of Realms of Cthulhu [for Savage Worlds], and how you toggle pulp/grittiness for physical and mental activities seperately.
10:00 – Discussion of the nature of Cthulhu adventures.
11:10 – Summarizing how now is the time for Cthulhu gaming, and discussion of the Chaosium license.
Other New Unread Products
14:40 – Brian lists the stack of books he needs to read through: Rogue Trader, Eclipse Phase, Karatis, City of Thieves [for Earthdawn], and Vox.
16:24 – Talk of Mist Robed Gate, its knife, and its ritualized mechanics.
17:50 – Discussion of the adventure “Council of Thieves” [for Pathfinder] where the characters are involved in a theatrical play.
22:33 – Discussion of the look of the Pathfinder core rules.
24:10 – First impressions while flipping through the Pathfinder Bestiary.
25:40 – Chris thinks there’s so many fantasy options today, you just have to pick one and stick with it.
26:05 – Brian gives some praise for the Bestiary, then general discussion of Pathfinder.
Brian Reviews: Chronica Feudalis RPG
28:35 – Chronica Feudalis takes place in an non-magical imagined Medieval Europe. Brian gives basic book details.
29:35 – Brian worried that the in-character presentation would be a barrier, but it was unfounded.
33:15 – Brian describes the system (resembling a combination of Fate, Dogs in the Vineyard and other systems).
37:22 – Aspects, and the new “Endure” Aspect action.
39:00 – The wound system.
40:14 – Gives several political backdrops.
41:04 – Brian really likes the system.
41:56 – Discussion of using it in other settings (including Harn and Ars Magica), and dealing with superhuman/magic issues.
43:00 – Magic issues lead back into Aspect discussion.
44:55 – Brian gives his final opinions on the book.
BBQ and Foodie Fans Derail
46:30 – The guys talk barbeque and Chris Bennett for a bit.
Brian Reviews: “Foundation Transmissions”, supplement for the Thousand Suns RPG
47:59 – Thousand Suns is a sci-fi game written by James Maliszewski who also runs the blog Grognardia.
49:03 – Digression into the Traveller conceit that the PCs are aging dudes.
50:04 – Brian briefly talks about “Transmissions from Piper” then on to “Foundation Transmissions”.
51:55 – Brian covers each chapter of the Table of Contents.
54:52 – Brian gives his final opinions on the book.
57:41 – Chris mentions Essen is in swing and board gamers should check out http://boardgamegeek.com and board game podcasts for info on the latest news (Stronghold and Dungeonlord are getting buzz)
58:40 – The guys consider how to properly handle their upcoming 50th podcast.
LINKS IN ORDER OF REFERENCE
Eclipse Phase RPG | http://www.eclipsephase.com/
Shadowrun 20th Edition RPG | http://www.shadowrun4.com/wordpress/2010/02/shadowrun-20th-anniversary-limited-edition/
Call of Cthulhu RPG (Chaosium) | http://www.chaosium.com/
Delta Green RPG | http://tccorp.com/pagan/
Realms of Cthulhu setting for Savage Worlds | http://realityblurs.com/wordpress/?page_id=911
Savage Worlds RPG | http://www.peginc.com/games.html
Our Ladies of Sorrow adventure | http://www.miskatonicriverpress.com/products/sorrows.shtml
Trail of Cthulhu RPG | http://www.pelgranepress.com/trail/
Arkham Horror board game | http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=6
Stars Are Right card game | http://www.sjgames.com/starsareright/
Call of Cthulhu card game | http://new.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=11
CthulhuTech RPG | http://www.cthulhutech.com/
Basic Roleplaying System RPG | http://catalog.chaosium.com/index.php?cPath=37&osCsid=2e157306a7b88195707d595b07f5f975
Rogue Trader RPG | http://fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite.asp?eidm=78
Kratas, City of Thieves supplement for Earthdawn | http://www.redbrick-limited.com/cms/index.php?categoryid=67&book_id=38
Vox RPG | http://www.aeforge.com/vox/
Mist Robed Gate RPG | http://summerbird.wordpress.com/the-mist-robed-gate/
Council of Thieves adventure for Pathfinder | http://paizo.com/pathfinder/adventurePath/councilOfThieves
Pathfinder RPG | http://paizo.com/store/byCompany/p/paizoPublishingLLC/pathfinder/pathfinderRPG
Dungeons and Dragons 4e RPG | http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/welcome
Pathfinder Bestiary supplement | http://paizo.com/store/byCompany/p/paizoPublishingLLC/pathfinder/pathfinderRPG/v5748btpy8auu
Fantasycraft RPG | http://www.crafty-games.com/node/348
Chronica Feudalis RPG | http://chronicafeudalis.com/
Harn RPG | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A2rn
Ars Magica RPG | http://www.atlas-games.com/arm5/index.php
Spirit of the Century RPG | http://www.evilhat.com/home/sotc/
Diaspora RPG | http://www.vsca.ca/Diaspora/
Starblazer Adventures RPG | http://www.cubicle-7.com/starblazer.htm
Foundation Transmissions supplement for Thousand Suns | http://12-degrees.net/foundation-transmissions/
Transmissions from Piper supplement for Thousand Suns | http://12-degrees.net/transmissions-from-piper/
Thousand Suns RPG | http://12-degrees.net/thousand-suns/
Traveller RPG | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traveller_(role-playing_game)
Grognardia blog | http://grognardia.blogspot.com/
Spiel board game convention in Essen, Germany | http://www.merz-verlag.com/spiel/e000.php4
Board Game Geek site | http://boardgamegeek.com
Stronghold board game | http://www.portalpublishing.eu/products/board-games/stronghold/
Dungeon Lords board game | http://www.zmangames.com/
Endgame Minicon | http://endgameoakland.com/minicon/
Chris Hanrahan on Twitter | http://twitter.com/chrishanrahan
Endgame Oakland on Twitter | http://twitter.com/EndGameOakland