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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Episode 84 – Bringing a Game to Life

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Gamers want to feel immersed and invested in the games they play and run.  Now, while this responsibility can be shared by Players and GMs alike, it will almost certainly falls on the shoulders of the overburdened GM.  Bringing something unique and memorable to the gaming table – be it a prop, ambiance, or even food – will definitely stay in the forefront of the Players minds, unlike useless details such as “Where are we?” or “What are we supposed to be doing?” or “What was the name of the guy that hired us?”  Join us this week as we welcome our special guest, MITC listener and fellow podcaster JiB of the Happy Jacks RPG community to talk about techniques to help bring a game to life.  Strap on a HazMat suit, clean out your test tubes, and be sure to have a plan as you get ready for an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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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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Changing it Up – My Switch to a Different System

I have long touted myself as a devout d20 system player, and never for the life of me could I imagine straying away from the rule-set when it comes to running a game.  Sure, I’m completely open to trying new systems out as a Player, but as a GM, it might be safe to assume that sticking with the rule-set you know best is likely to garner the most success when it comes to running a campaign.  Well, boys and girls, in my quasi-masochistic journey of redefining myself as a GM and Gamer in general, I have decided to break ties with the d20 system I know and love and venture into rules of a more “savage” variety…

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Are Modern Settings the Best Settings?

So, a few weeks back, I wrote about how the Fantasy genre has served as the gateway to tabletop roleplaying games for many of us who enjoy the game.  However, in this day and age of social media, internet inundation, and video game mania, what’s a younger generation of gamer new to the hobby to do in order to truly get a taste of the wonderment that is the realm of pen and paper gaming?  Why, start with a Modern Setting of course!

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