Episode 76 – Heroes: Part Deux

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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!

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Episode 70 – The 90s Were Da Bomb

The Nineties

Which decade was the best decade?  That’s right, it was the 80’s…. NOT!  Sure, the 80’s may have been aiight, but back in the day, we were all that and a bag of chips.  Don’t believe us?  Well guess what, homeslice, you’re hella wrong!  Join us this week as we take a trip down nostalgia road and talk about all the things that were totally dope when the MITC crew first started hangin’ and things were off the heasy!  So quit your trippin’, listen up to what the dillio is, and get ready to talk to the hand, scrubs, as we give mad props to our favorite decade on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!  Peace out!

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Episode 66 – Bad Geek Addictions

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A while back, when we recorded Episode 44, we discussed the things we were addicted too at the time, and they were all totally awesome.  However, it got us thinking about some of the not-so-great geek addictions of days gone by, and we realized that we better get these skeletons out of the closet… you know, before they reanimate and attempt to kill us.  Join us this week as we discuss some of our past obsessions that have either blown out bank accounts, crushed our social lives, or just flat out sucked.  So lock up your bank accounts, put away the credit cards, and for the love of the gods, be with the friends you’re with, as you listen to a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 16 – Inspiration

As gamers and geeks, we are also creators and innovators.  Whether it’s writing a campaign, rolling up a new character, or working on any sort of artistic and commercial endeavors, we all look inward and outward in order to fuel the creative process.  This week, we look at what drives each of us individually when it comes to finding the inspiration that turns our creative gaming sparks into (hopefully) artistic bonfires.  So, settle in, listen up and grab something to write with.  As you’re about the hear, if we’ve learned anything it’s if you don’t write it down, you might as well kiss it good-bye!

P.S.  Since you’re reading this, take a gander at our new logo, courtesy of Dennis Salvatier at Salvatier Studios and let both us and Dennis know what you think.  Enjoy!

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It’s no Xavier’s School for the Gifted: Hero Academy

As a group we’ve been playing an obscene amount of Words With Friends, and while that has been fun, playing a game about words can only last so long. I decided to find a new game that had a similar turn based competitive element, but without the whole words thing. As luck may have it I found the recently released Hero Academy from Robot Entertainment, for the low low cost of free!

Hero Academy is a tactics style game where you and a friend (or random stranger if that is what you are in to. Pervert!) take turns controlling various in an attempt to destroy the others crystals or army. To accomplish this feat you start out with warriors, priests, archers, mages, and a single ninja, along with various items for upgrades and destruction.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each minion has their own unique ability from the warriors taking damage to the priest’s healing. Robot Entertainment is planning to release more armies that will allow for different play for $1.99 each. Currently only the starter army and a dark elf army are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While simplistic looking, Hero Academy does require a great deal of thought and strategy. Do you take out the crystals first or do you go for the healer? The units and items you can choose from each turn are randomly selected for you and can sometimes make or break a good battle. You are also limited to the number of units and items you can use during a game so you must choose wisely or you will find yourself with only one unit left to your opponents full board.

I must give Hero Academy 12 cigars out of 8 tarnished sheriff badges. It is a fun game, but when you are on a roll it can get frustrating to wait for your opponent to finish their turn.

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