Useless Drivel – Diablo 3 Couch Co-Op

Diablo_III_Couch_Co-OpApparently, putting together a half-way coherent podcast every week isn’t enough of a challenge for Robert and Matt.  Now, they’ve gone and added a whole new level of complication and confusion to their production process by actually podcasting WHILE GAMING!  We’re not talking pen-and-paper RPGs here either, people.  We’re talking about video game controllers in hand with a mic in the face in an attempt to multitask in ways they probably shouldn’t!  Join your hosts this week as they venture into the strange new territory of Couch Co-Op Podcasting with the help of Blizzard’s Diablo 3, complete with video after the jump. Enjoy the show!

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Useless Drivel – Life, Death, and KFC

Colonel Sanders KFCIt’s hot as balls here in SoCal, but we pushed through the pain, sweat, and bat-wings to bring you, our awesome listening audience, another episode. We’ve got a little bit of everything from this week, from Matt getting his Disco on to Robert loving the best of the worst of the best food ever, all brought to you in Robert and Matt’s classic fashion of stuttering, pauses, and straight up misinformation.  Prepare to be amazed as you tune in for a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Why Halflings Aren’t Hobbits

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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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The Art That Would Shape My High School Years.

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Larry Elmore recently posted a Kickstarter project to fund an art book full of his paintings and it has really kicked me in the teeth with some nostalgia. Elmore along with Jeff Easley, and Clyde Caldwell were the artist that defined AD&D 2nd Edition for me. A number of their paintings have become instantly recognizable to me and always send me back to the days of going to my local hobby shop (They sold trains and RC stuff too!) to thumb through the new TSR hardcovers and counting out pennies with friends to see if we could afford it. Continue reading

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