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 82: Iron Man 3

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The summer blockbuster movie season has officially begun!  Last week’s release of Iron Man 3 has already seen it reach the second highest opening take behind Avengers, but, as always, not everyone is impressed (such is the way of us geeks)!  Join us this week as we discuss the movie, Robert Downey Jr., and all manner of geeky and Iron-y Man-y (yeah, it’s a thing) goodness.  Charge up your Unibeam, polish up the Mark XLII Armor, and get ready for some holiday cheer as we talk Iron Man 3 on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 68 – Uncaged 7: Monkey After Next

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Hey loyal listeners!  It’s the end of the month, so you know what that means -it’s time for another episode of MITC Uncaged.  That’s right!  We’re breaking out and going top(ic)less to close out the month of January.  Join us this week as we discuss whatever the hell we want and it get’s all kinds of mainstream up in here.  What awaits your ears, only the geek and gaming gods know!  So, turn up the fire, make that hot cocoa “Irish,” and get ready for a long winter’s discussion full of death, cause we’re going to set your ears on fire on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

Oh, and P.S. – We know who is directing Star Wars VII, but MITC from the past didn’t…

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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 56 – Japan, You Crazy!

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Well, today is election day in the United States.  The day we finally find out how pissed we actually get if our candidate loses, how screwed we are if this proposition passes or that measure fails, and threats to move to Canada start flying faster than mashed potatoes in a cafeteria food-fight.  But, do not despair, for not only do we stop being bombarded with political ads, we here at To-Ag Studios bring you a bolt of crazy awesomeness to brighten your day.  Join us this week as we discuss our fascination with the insanity that is Japanese pop-culture!  Hold on tight to your companions pillows, because it’s about to get  crazier than a vending machine dressed as a tentacled school-girl on this week’s unintentionally (but probably) offensive episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 34 – Gaming Peripherals

If you’re old like us, you remember the good old days of video gaming.  One console, one controller, and usually no more than two buttons and some sort of directional device… and a gun!  These days, video gaming is moving in a more active and immersive direction and it seems like the manufacturers can’t get enough of gadgets.  Join us this week as we discuss the changing direction of how we enjoy our video games, from the early days of Atari to the fading promise of Virtual Reality.  Holster your Light Zapper, strap on your Nunchuku, and clear the room of small pets, children and breakable valuables because it’s about to action packed in here as we talk video gaming peripherals on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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