Episode 72 – Mazes and Monsters

Mazes and Monsters, Tom Hanks, Demotivator, Demotivational Poster

So back in the 80’s, before anyone here at To-Ag Studios had ever rolled up a character, delved into a dungeon, or put the beat down on some Monster Manual baddies, Dungeons & Dragons was getting a bad rap.  You grognards out there are sure to remember the public outcries of Satanism and devil-worship, but now-a-days, with gaming becoming a touch more mainstream, such reactions are slightly less common (at least we’d like to hope so).  However, we in the gaming community will always have the likes of Mazes and Monsters to contend with.  Join us this week as we discuss our viewing of this crap-tastic, gamer-tainting Tom Hanks extravaganza!  Dial in your sonar, stock up on your psyche meds, and prepare for the death of hope on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 61 – Gaming With Friends vs. Strangers

Gaming as a hobby and the experiences it brings can swing from one end of the spectrum to the other.  Be it tabletop RPGs, online gaming, or a good old-fashioned roundabout with a board game, there are always inherent pros and cons when it comes to living the gamer lifestyle (or life in general).  We here at To-Ag Studios have been fortunate to have maintained a core gaming group, but what’s a solitary gamer to do when a local group isn’t available?  Join us this week as we discuss the process of gaming with strangers and offer our insights on how both enjoy the positive experiences as well as survive the not so positive ones.  So, pop those social anxiety pills, make sure your PING is decent, and definitely DON’T smell like cold-cuts and prepare yourself for a new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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Episode 35 – Geek Sub-Cultures

Geeks, Nerds, Dorks, and Dweebs of the world, unite!  Too long have we stood in the shadows of the Jocks and Norm-ies!  Too often have the “Popular” cast us aside!  Now is our time to look beyond our differences and show the world what we’re made of!  Join us this week as we discuss the many layers of Geek subculture.  We peel back the skin of the Funyun and look at the subcultures within the subculture, from Gamers and Cosplayers to Trekkies and Furries.  So, make sure your Battlebot is charged up, strap on your foam sword, and get your character sheets in order because it’s about to get meta up in here on a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage… Oh, and roll initiative!

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Episode 25 – Unique Gaming Ideas

Have you ever wanted to completely expand your gaming horizons, but never really had the courage to?  Well, you’re not alone!  Join us this week as the Monkey in the Cage crew brainstorms over all manner of gaming and storytelling ideas we have yet to face.  We’ve got a little bit of everything to pique your gamer curiosity.  While all the ideas may not be new or untested, they sure are strangers to us!  So, shine up your non-genre specific armor, ready your temporarily indiscernible  weapon, and prepare your as yet determined dice and /or card-like implement as we delve into this week’s discussion on unique gaming ideas!

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Episode 13 – Campaign Settings

You walk into a room.  It has some walls and there are some figures in it.  What do you do?  Sound familiar?  If you’ve ever played a role-playing game, you’ve undoubtedly heard countless iterations of varying detail along those lines.  Some may have been incredibly memorable, while others as vague and unappealing as the one written above.  If  you suffer from lack of attention to detail, or symptoms of poorly descriptive writing,  just ask your favorite podcast Monkey if Episode 13 is the right prescription for you.

This week the podcast crew is talking about what (in our opinions) are some of the ins and outs of successful worldbuilding.  Everything from visual props to novel length world history, we look at some of the various aspects of world-building and campaign management that we think will help breathe some long-lasting life into your adventuring party’s world.  Strap on your ears, take some notes, and enjoy this week’s discussion on bringing a setting to life.

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