Useless Drivel – Is The Shine Off Kickstarter?

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Kickstarter is like a drug, only the first hit is definitely not free.  Sure, it might be cheap, but before you know it, you’re hooked!  Want this new game sometime next year?  Sure!  Want to see this long defunct publication get reprinted?  Hell yes!  How about this shiny new thingamajig that – INSERT MODERATELY FAMOUS NICHE PERSONALITY HERE – is involved in, even though their work hasn’t been on your radar in 15 years? OH F*CK YEAH!  Join Robert and Matt as they talk about the things in their lives that don’t really matter as well as their opinions of the current state of Kickstarter on a brand new episode of Useless Drivel, the Podcast Without a Point!

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Episode 97 – Gen Con 2013

Gen Con LolthWell, we actually managed to do it!  We got half of the Monkeys to Gen Con 2013 to represent the podcast, and not only was it “The best four days in gaming,” it was likely to be the best four days of the entire year!  Matt and Robert packed up their dice, grabbed all their cash, and shipped out some recording equipment to bring the MITC community a special episode straight from Gen Con, complete with special guests and fellow gamers Kevin and Sarah Smith!  So, butch up on your 80’s action flicks, make some room in your luggage, and prepare for a whole shuttle full of teh awesome as you get ready to listen to a brand new, limited edition, foil wrapped episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 95 – Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim

Is this the best summer or what!?!  We’ve got superheros, conventions, and even better, GIANT F***ING ROBOTS FIGHTING GIANT F***ING MONSTERS!!!  That’s right geeks and geekettes, this week we’re talking awesome!  Join us as we discuss the good, the better, and the best of Guillermo Del Toro’s latest tour de force, Pacific Rim!  We ain’t got no time or room for haters, so initiate your neural handshakes, touch up those Kaiju tattoos, and get ready to cancel the apocalypse as you listen to a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 80 – What’s in Your Closet?

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If you’re a gamer and a geek, then undoubtedly you’ve amassed a grand collection of wondrous treasures, from boxes and books to cartridges and discs.  While some of these items may be considered mundane or even relics of geek ages long past, we all know that it goes against our very nature to part with such great gifts of enjoyment, even if we’ve never taken the shrink wrap off yet!  Join us this week as we delve into our geek closets and discuss games of all types – purchased, played, and otherwise.  Clear off the table, charge up those controllers, and for God’s sake read some damn instructions as you prepare for a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Why Halflings Aren’t Hobbits

Bilbo Baggins

For decades, the image of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin were the sole representations of what a hobbit/halfling was.  Naturally, this characterization became the standard for the original run of Dungeons & Dragons canon.  From the player character race and art to the wealth of literature (R.A. Salvatore’s Regis in particular), the traditional, simple, furry-footed eating machine gamers had grown to love remained the standard.  The early nineties saw a slight shift in the characterization, but it was in the year 2000 that gamers saw one of the greatest shifts in demi-human representations, courtesy of D&D 3rd Edition.  The world survived the Y2K scare, but forever after, Hobbits and Halflings were no longer synonymous.

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Where Are We Now? – Maps, Tabletop RPGs, and You

As I’ve been working through the backlog of Gamerstable podcasts, a recent episode on maps in gaming really got me thinking of their importance and impact on me.  While I am definitely no cartographer, I think that, when given enough time, motivation, and printer ink, I can churn out some decent gaming maps.  Not only do I try to make the maps aesthetically appealing, I definitely make a concentrated effort to provide a utilitarian tool for my players as well.

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