Useless Drivel – Atomic Robo (and more!) with Mike Olson

Atomic-RoboWould you believe that Robert and Matt actually convinced someone to record a podcast with them?  Neither could they!  When it comes to over the top awesome, it’s hard to beat the Fate Core system, but you add a healthy dose of Atomic Robo to the mix, and you’ve got yourself some serious kickassery!  The guys are joined this week by Mike Olson, lead designer of the Atomic Robo RPG, and man, is this guy living the dream!  Tune the world out and flip on your geek-dar, because it’s about to get all sorts of awesome in your ears.  From Action Scientists and Dinosaurs to Brainstorms and Vampire Lucahdores, prepare to be amazed by a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Useless Drivel – LEVEL UP!

Level20Another week, another podcast, but this week it’s totally different!  Not only are Matt and Rob joined in-studio by not just one, but two guests, they actually have something to talk about!  Now, we know the listening audience seriously can’t get enough of the regular non-coherent ramblings of the hosts (what is wrong with you people), but this week it’s time to change it up.  Listen along as the guys are joined by JiB and Gina of Happy Jacks RPG Podcast fame in a discussion on character advancement in RPGs.  You’ll definitely learn something, just not from the regular hosts.  Rarely accurate, but mostly timely, it’s time for another episode of Useless Drivel!

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Useless Drivel – The Horrors of War

Battlefield 4 Helicopter

It’s November, so what better time to bring the podcast listeners something akin to a Halloween episode (aside from it not being October and us not really talking about Halloween)!  Join your hosts Matt and Robert as they discuss the things that don’t really matter beyond Robert’s dining table and their own alcohol-addled brains.  From ghost stories and battlefields to boxing kangaroos and tag-team wrestling, there seems to be a little bit of everything in this weeks Useless Drivel, the podcast without a point!

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Useless Drivel – Expectation vs. Execution

Marvel Agents of Shield

Have you ever been so excited for something that it actually turns out to as awesome as you had hoped for?  Really?? Well, then you’re either full of crap, or your Matt.  Join in on the rambling insights of your hosts, Robert and Matt, as they talk about everything from food and animal STDs to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and miniatures.  It may be informative, it could be laugh inducing, and it might possibly be entertaining but we can definitely guarantee it’ll be a whole earful of Useless Drivel!

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DnD Next – Keep “Nexting” and Driving (Things Forward)

Articles abound these days about the buzz that is DnD Next.  From analysis of the core rules to speculations about the future, every play-tester has their opinion and each one is valid in its own right.  Yes, I truly believe that.  Wizards of the Coast’s modular approach to this iteration of the most popular roleplaying game in history shoots to please as many fans as possible.  Wow – that’s a hefty goal, especially in this incredibly heterogeneous hobby of ours.  What I don’t want to examine is the current rules or plans for DnD Next; how could I?  I don’t have 20+ years of experience in game design, so I won’t tweak or nitpick where my nose doesn’t belong.  Rather, I’d like to look into DnD Next only so far as it’s impact on me and then zoom out to provide some insight into how these circumstances might translate to play-test groups across the world.

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Episode 14 – Convention Experiences with. . . The David

One of the best parts of a new year, besides failing miserably at your resolutions by the second week of January, is the start of a whole new convention season.  Whether you are rabidly anticipating the “Geek Mecca” that is San Diego Comic-Con or like to keep it low-key and hit up your local favorites, we here at the Podcast love conventions, large and small.  From awesome (to awesomely bad) cosplay to getting mad-dogged by The Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, hitting the convention circuit and reporting back to our listeners is definitely a top priority for the podcast monkeys this year.

Join us this week as we welcome our most seasoned Con-goer and close personal friend, The David from the Greenlandic Powerpop band The Maxies, as we recollect some highlights from convention trips past.  Grab your daily passes and stack up your swag while we dive into this week’s look at the convention experience.  It’s both chaotic and fun, just like the convention floor!

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