NPCs; they are the lifeblood of any adventure, campaign, or gaming world. Sure, the story is created by the actions of the Player Characters, but without NPCs, who would the heroes turn to for help, sell all their (sometimes ill-gotten) treasures off too, or shiv prison-style in a back-alley for some easy XP? Join us this week as we jump back almost two decades to discuss some of the memorable NPCs – allies, adversaries, and otherwise – from our epic AD&D 2nd Edition campaign! Ready your fantasy cellphones, lock down that split-personality disorder, and for the sake of your family take out a life insurance policy as you prepare for an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
So, way, way, WAY back in Episode 8, we here at To-Ag Studios talked Heroes and Villains. Seeing as the Monkeys still had their podcasting training wheels on, we approached two very broad and interesting topics with the reckless abandon of Hulk and Wolverine on a bender. So now, 68 weeks later, we have reconvened our Monkey council in order to once again discuss the hero figure and why we love them. Draw down your cowls, make some therapy appointments, and get your butt out of retirement as were headed for round 2 to discuss Heroes (NOT the show) on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
This month I turned the big 3-0. To combat my feelings of getting utterly old, I decided to buy myself an early birthday gift. So on New Year’s Eve I finally broke down and bought a shiny new Wii U. Like many people my age, I’ve been a huge fan of Nintendo since my childhood. Jumping on goombas, shooting virtual ducks, and unearthing hidden tunnels with bombs was just part of growing up. While I don’t necessarily play that many video games these days, anytime Nintendo releases something new, I get that excitement that brings me back to sitting on the floor of my grandma’s living room playing my NES for hours on end. Having spent some time with the new console, I wanted to toss out my thoughts on the system and some of its features.
This week the minions of Bowser make a realization that may change their world forever! Or just until you restart the level. Special thanks to listener, Andrew Lister for the inspiration on this one. Continue reading →