Tabletop RPGs: A Reliance on Despair

Hello again, dear listeners.

Jackson and Daniel have talked about Dungeons and Dragons more than any other media property in the history of this podcast. To listen to them, you would think that there were no other pen-and-paper RPGs out there; were you to think this, you would be wrong.

On today’s episode, your hosts spend some time delving into the varied world of roleplaying games. From the impact of the World of Darkness, to the constraints of pre-built worlds, to Jackson’s fearsome thirst for Cthulhutech – this episode is filled with plenty of choice morsels.

Also, some sweet things you should check out:

This week you should watch Voltron season 2 on Netflix

This week you should also watch Bravest Warriors

Fantasy Races: A Whole Other Kettle of Fish

Welcome back everyone!

This week Jackson and Daniel are riffing off of their world-building episode from the days of yore. The topic this week is tropes associated with fantasy races; why they exist, and how you can play with them to make a fantasy world your own.

If that description sounds a little esoteric, that’s because it is! Enjoy!

There are, as always, recommendations waiting for you at the end… or right here:

This week you should play Guilty Gear Xrd

This week you should definitely watch Bojack Horseman season 3 

This week you should read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Also, as promised, here is the article that inspired this week’s episode:

Character Creation: Orphans, or Basically Orphans

It’s that time again everyone!

This week, Jackson and Daniel have fallen down a D&D hole. The only way they can dig themselves out is by talking about the game, so that’s what they did. Both of them have been building characters a lot recently, and that’s what’s on the discussion table this week.

They cover their building processes, discuss various popular archetypes, and vent a little about what kind of characters they find irritating. If you are interested in picking up Dungeons and Dragons as a player, but are having trouble getting started, this is the podcast for you!

As always, you get some sweet recommendations as well:

This week you should read The Dunwich Horror 

This week you should play Stardew Valley

This week you should watch The Witch 

Final Fantasy Tactics: Girthy

So after poking at tactical RPGs last time, Jackson and Daniel decided that they did one of their favourite games an injustice by skirting over it so blithely. This week, they take their time to really romance Final Fantasy Tactics.

An oft-overlooked chapter in a seminal franchise, Tactics is a game of startling depth. It had an impact on both of our hosts during their formative gaming years and so it was deemed worthy of a full episode.

Alongside these wonderful recommendations:

This week you should watch Penny Dreadful 

This week you should play Rez for the PS2

This week you should listen to To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar


Tactical RPGs: Rough Analogies

Hi friends!

This week Jackson and Daniel take a look at a genre of games near and dear to both of their hearts – the tactical RPG. During their time playing video games, both of them have developed an appreciation for what is a relatively niche genre. On today’s episode, they do their best to sway you to their side and hopefully convince you to try something new.

Also, they recommend the good stuff:

This week you should watch Clone High

This week you should read Rick Mercer’s The Book 

This week you should play Kirby Super Star

D&D 1: “This is a House of Ghosts!”

Ladies and gentleman, this week Daniel and Jackson give Dungeons & Dragons the treatment it deserves, that is, a podcast devoted solely to the game. With the help of Kevin Turney, they get unabashedly excited for the imminent (it’s coming out in August) release of the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons.

However, they’re not distracted enough to forget some recommendations for you:

This week you should watch the Dungeon Bastard 

This week you should play Dreaming Marie

This week you should read The Black Company by Glenn Cook 

Enjoy another bi-week! See you next time!

Tabletop RPGs 2: “I’ve had you trapped for months now”

Hello again! We’re back with the follow-up ‘cast to last week’s. As the name implies, this is a podcast for those who are going to be leading players through the wilderness of tabletop RPGs. Daniel and Jackson are both experienced Dungeon Masters, and their guest Brad is currently at the helm of an Iron Kingdoms campaign.

If you are an aspiring game master, or you are a frustrated player looking to understand where your game master is coming from, then this podcast will have some juicy tidbits for you. Enjoy!