Useless Drivel – Manly Tears and Flop Sweat

Austin Powers Game of ThronesSPOILERS INBOUND!!!  WE REPEAT: SPOILERS INBOUND!!  It’s been one hell of a week for fans of a certain Competition of Chairs television show.  Aside from all that, though, your hosts Matt and Robert are bringing it to you this week with some fine meandering discussions meant to amuse and confuse.  From manly tears and science fiction to all manner of exploding body parts, this week’s show is chock full of nonsensical goodness.  Relax and enjoy, because it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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I Took a Stab at Conan and Conan Won

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So, the crew over at Gamerstable wrapped up their Conan Character Submission Contest this week in preparation for their next Savage Worlds actual play podcast.  I (and apparently plenty of other gamers out there) caught wind of the contest and decided to jump headlong into the creation process, albeit with two minor problems.  The first problem, I had only ever created five Savage Worlds characters, so I’m pretty much a n00b to the system.  The second problem, the extent of my knowledge regarding the Conan universe is limited to the 1980’s films Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer.  Ignoring these minor inconveniences, I forged ahead (thanks to my copy of Hero Lab and plenty of time spent at the Conan Wiki).  Although I was not one of the lucky winners, I’m still proud of the characters I drafted and have decided to share them here, in all their fleshed out and statted glory.

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RPG Systems – Gotta Collect ‘Em All!

RPG Systems

I’ve mentioned on the podcast that I’ve been reading through a few RPG systems lately, and I thought now would be a good time to just give a mini review of each. I won’t get into the mechanics of each as that is well beyond my ability to explain and write.

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Episode 62 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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The time has finally come!  It’s been more than a decade since Peter Jackson took the world to Middle-earth for the first time, and now he’s gone and done it again.  Don’t let that there awesome Spider-man print there fool you, this is a very Hobbit-y discussion, but we just happen to have a little contest thrown in!  We’re joined this week by artist/illustrator extraordinaire, Dennis Salvatier, to discuss all things awesome about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey!  Bring your Dwarf-love, skip that second breakfast, and study up on your riddles as you get ready to join us on our journey from The Shire to The Misty Mountains on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Playing the Anti-Hero – It Feels So Good to be Such a Jerk

Do you ever want to just punch someone in the face, insult them for no reason, or just plain shoot them from under the table mid-sentence?  Sure, we all do, but in both the real world and the game world, this can bring about a whole slough of consequences.  Luckily, around the gaming table, Player’s are free to test the limits of societal norms and common decency, and as every GM knows, Players don’t just test those boundaries, they obliterate them.  Recently, I’ve assumed the anti-hero archetype in a game, and I have to admit, I might be enjoying it a little too much.

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Episode 50 – Why We Love RPGs

Of the multitude of geek hobbies and influences that guide the MITC crew through their everyday lives, there is one in particular that has served as glue to keep us together.  It’s the ketchup to our mustard, the salt to our pepper, the dungeon to our dragon, and while we’ve talked about it plenty, our listener David from Quebec wants to know more!  Join us this week as we open up, share our feelings, and discuss what it is about role playing games that “does it” for us.  Snatch up those character sheets, buy some new sets of dice, and get ready for some sexual tension on an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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