Monday, December 23, 2013

Post 111- Thars Bun a Morrdorr

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This week Bill Heron goes Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We talk about traffic, construction, and George Bush on a bicycle.

Date: December 22nd, 2013
Time: 1:59:37

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Post 110- Epimas 2013

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This week Epiclaus a.k.a. Epidiah Ravachol returns to the show to give us the lowdown on this year's Epimas promotion.

Date: December 15th, 2013
Time: 0:36:36

Friday, December 6, 2013

Post 109- Judging the Judges

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This week Shaun returns to the show. We discuss the civic and moral responsibilities of a cameraman in a well, taking advantage of the elderly and infirm, and poor choices for weekend attire.

Date: December 6th, 2013
Time: 0:40:14

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Post 108- The Loneliest Podcast- 2

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This week I talk to myself as a plague lays my guest low. RPG.net is not visited, not even a little bit.

Date: December 1st, 2013
Time: 0:09:22

Monday, November 18, 2013

Post 107- A Head Shaped Like Ireland

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This week Epidiah Ravachol and Vincent Baker return to the show. We talk about Eppy's new project Worlds Without Master Vincent offers some moonshinin' tips, and we rail against the pure evil that is NaNoWriMo.

Date: November 16th, 2013
Time: 1:26:11

Friday, November 8, 2013

Post 106- Sitting Around Being Elves

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This week Sage LaTorra goes Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We talk about dinner tables and leveraging people and offer thanks to Isaac. Black Stars Risemight also come up as well.

Date: November 8th, 2013
Time: 2:05:55

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Post 105- A Monkey and a Football

EPISODE 79- A Monkey and a Football

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This week Shaun's back on deck. I flail around trying to figure out how to run Sage Kobold's embryonic game Black Stars Rise while Shaun looks on in disgust.

Date: November 2nd, 2013
Time: 2:05:55

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Post 104- Still Waiting for the Robots

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This week Adam Koebel goes Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We talk about vampires, magical cardboard boxes, and Adam gets all Canadian.

Date: October 26th 2013
Time: 0:55:59

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Post 103- Coming Down the Stairs

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This week Stephen Hood goes Inside the Roleplayeers Studio. We talk about separations of time and space, bribery and, puppets.

Date: October 6th 2013
Time: 0:55:03

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Post 102- Blastermaster

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We talk about receiving rocks in the mail, hearing AᗺBA in your head, and the terrible cost of leaving your Con booth.

Date: September 28th 2013
Time: 0:39:42

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Post 101- Better to have Loved and Lost

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Everyone's back on deck. We delve into the root of America's decline, Shaun turns into a robot, and we have a brush with steampunk final-fantasy madness.

Date: September 20th 2013
Time: 1:07:24

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Post 100- The Loneliest Podcast

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After another break I return "on me tod" as they say in ol' Blighty and try holding up both ends of a conversation by ploughing through a few questions from the rpg.net board.

Date: August 25th 2013
Time: 0:24:17

Friday, August 2, 2013

Post 99- Voices from the Wilderness

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After three weeks off, a triumphant return. We talk about the water-cycle, missing parts, and how to play with a handful of seamen.

Date: August 2nd 2013
Co-Host: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 1:10:59

Monday, July 8, 2013

Post 98- Roleplaying's Royal Couple

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Karen Twelves & Sean Nittner return to Penny Red. We talk things that go bump, shaky towers, and how to tell if someone's read A Song of Ice and Fire.

Date: July 7th 2013
Guests: Karen Twelves & Sean Nittner
Time: 0:56:52

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Post 97- Podcasting's David Beckham

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This week we talk about metric conversions, fiberglass insulation, and having the right features for podcasting.

Date: July 2nd 2013
Co-Host: Shaun Hayworth.
Time: 0:52:38

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Post 96- The Meaning of Flags

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This week Sean Nittner returns to Penny Red. We talk perfect spacial awareness, who to hate, and player 39.

Date: June 22nd 2013
Guest: Sean Nittner
Time: 2:00:48

Friday, June 14, 2013

Post 95- Farmer's Day

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Shaun Hayworth co-hosts Penny Red. We talk brain worms, hotdog logistics, and interior decorating.

Date: June 15th 2013
Co-host: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 1:25:15

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Post 94- Big Trouble

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Shaun Hayworth co-hosts Penny Red. We talk reviews written by mosquitoes, when photos are bad, surprise and discomfort.

Date: June 9th 2013
Co-host: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 0:57:45

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Post 93- Shut Down in Turkey

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Shaun Hayworth co-hosts Penny Red. We talk tear gas, chasing two year-olds, and not moving, you know, for safety.

Date: June 2nd 2013
Co-host: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 1:09:31

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Post 92- Cramming for Bechdel

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Jackson Tegu is finally seduced by the lure of fame that only Penny Red can guarantee. We talk about G.I. Joe jumping in puddles, how housework can be fun, and Jackson gives us a peek at his Monsterhearts Kickstarter Second Skins.

Date: May 25th 2013
Guests: Jackson Tegu
Time: 1:23:13

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Post 91- Drizit

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Shaun Hayworth returns to Penny Red. We talk about barracudas, a giant spider falls on his head, and two studio execs are offered pizza but nowhere to sit.

Date: May 19th 2013
Guests: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 1:01:25

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Post 90- Vertigo on the Shoreline

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Epidiah Ravichol and Meg & Vincent Baker grace Penny Red this week. We talk about 11th Grade English class, Ethiopian girls, and the trap that is marriage.

Date: May 11th 2013
Guests: Epidiah Ravachol, Meg Baker, and Vincent Baker
Time: 1:07:28

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Post 89- Room Service

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Shaun Hayworth graces Penny Red once again. We talk about what Hannibal Lecter does with his spare time, emergency preparedness, and what you can't do in a week.

Date: May 3rd 2013
Guests: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 1:14:45

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Post 88- Operation Sundevil

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This week Shaun hayworth returns to Penny Red. We talk about amazing the French invasion, CD-ROMs, and the future

Date: April 21st 2013
Guests: Shaun Hayworth
Time: 1:16:20

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Post 87- Faith

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This week I talk abot my new game: Faith

Date: April 14th 2013
Guests: Me
Time: 0:12:40

Friday, April 12, 2013

FAITH is out!

The story of how it came to be starts in 1994...

I was a postgraduate student at the University of Canterbury and my schedule had become a little bit more flexible after finishing my undergraduate degree. It had been a few years since I’d played, but I still loved roleplaying and so I decided to check out the university’s roleplaying society, or FUGSOC as it was then called. It may have had an inauspicious name but it was a great club, and over the years I played some awesome games with a bunch of great people.

One of those people was Masen Ma who, along with being as interested in gaming as I was, had another passion: movies, and this was a great time to be into movies. It felt like every week there was something great to go to. Once Were Warriors, The Crow, Shallow Grave, Clerks, Leon, Desperado, Twelve Monkeys, Heat, Seven, The Usual Suspects, Casino, The Shawshank Redemption, and Pulp Fiction all came out over that two year period.

Now, this passion for movies, when combined with roleplaying, would manifest itself in almost every explanation of what his characters were doing. These descriptions and interactions were always cinematic to the point that it felt like he was recounting the movie playing out inside his head. These descriptions made me want to play a game that could coax what he was seeing into the open. Unfortunately in the dark, pre-internet days, no games that I was aware of, would do that.

So I sat down and tried to write a diceless and semi-GM-less game which I hoped would give that creativity the space it needed. My mind, filled to overflowing with the constant diet of great films with amazing characters settled on a character drama wrapped around a heist with a twist.

The plot and tensions just fell into place and then, most importantly, the stars aligned with the right players because, despite the fact I had no experience with dice-less nor GM-less(full) games, FAITH worked. And it continued to work. The sessions I ran at our local convention were always full and people that played it would borrow it and run it themselves. At one point I was even contacted by a woman who asked if she could hire me to run the game for her son for his birthday.

The game, at that point, was not as streamlined or GM-less as it is today, but even so, whenever I went back and played it with another group, or someone used it and got back to me, it mostly seemed to have gone well. Still, I never really thought about it as something I could publish and largely forgot about it as the years went by.

Then, over the last couple of years I started playing some of the fabulous games like, Fiasco, Witch- The Road to Lindisfarne, and recently Vast and Starlit. These games, with tight frameworks that require no preparation, and had a finite duration, were a panacea for the increasingly common refrain “I don’t have time for gaming”.

I was not only inspired by these games, but was also a part the bulge of gamers struggling to find time for themselves after meeting the requirements of parenthood and added work responsibilities. So I did what anyone would do: I broke out FAITH and began getting up increasingly early on the weekends and working too late into the night to finish it. It took me a few months, and the help of some awesome people, but It’s done. I finally managed to get it into a condition where it’s fit to go out into the wild unaccompanied by a long explanation and the anxious look of a parent letting go of their child’s bicycle for the first time.

Now, for those keeping score, Masen’s rendition of Cleveland, one of the characters in the FAITH, was worth every second of the time I put into writing it. Sadly however, he’s long since, as he puts it, “hung up his dice bag” and so have many like him.

I have hopes though, that FAITH, and these types of game, might lure Masen as well as others like him back to roleplaying because, if you ask me, they're missing all the fun.

Buy FAITH

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Post 86- Rollin' Like Hundredaires

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This week Emily Care-Boss and Epidiah Ravchol return to Penny Red. We talk about being patient 0, elder flower tea, and parking in Boston.

Date: April 6th 2013
Guests: Emily Care-Boss & Epidiah Ravchol
Time: 1:08:49

Friday, March 29, 2013

Post 85- Jack Kerouac's Cell Phone

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This week Pete Figtree goes Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We talk about educational games, road-trips, and Pete is not permitted to talk about roleplaying snacks.

Date: March 29th 2013
Guests: Pete Figtree
Time: 0:58:42

Friday, March 22, 2013

Post 84- I am Jayne!

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This week Morgan Ellis returns to Penny Red. We speak the name that should not be spoken, mexploit Buffy, and play "name that bounty hunter".

Date: March 22nd 2013
Guests: Morgan Ellis
Time: 1:03:19:33

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Post 83- The Beard

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This week Kristin Hayworth returns to Penny Red and we're joined by Morgan Ellis. We talk get incensed by Veronica mars, delve into Morgan's work inside masks, and Kristin makes a startling revelation.

Date: March 16th 2013
Guests: Kristin Hayworth and Morgan Ellis
Time: 0:58:33

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Post 82- Vast and Starlit

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This week Epidiah Ravachol shares possibly the smallest and most rapidly produced roleplaying game in history! Where were you when?

Date: March 9th 2013
Guests: Epidiah Ravachol and Stras Acimovic
Time: 1:48:11

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Post 81- Reactive Oxygen Species

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This week Epidiah Ravachol returns to Penny Red. We question the credentials of apocalypse experts, talk about how delicious fresh lamb can be during a convention and whether Stephen Hawking's brain should be hosted by Brett Michaels' or Guru's body.

Date: March 2nd 2013
Guests: Epidiah Ravachol
Time: 1:13:31

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Post 80- A Return to Sherwood

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This week Tony Patterson returns to Penny Red. We talk about hanging out in the children's toy section of department stores, Invercargill, and typecasting the Dalai Lama.

Date: February 24th 2013
Guests: Tony Patterson
Time: 1:06:28

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Post 79- The Empress of Alderaan

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This week Clint Johnson (ep28) returns along with, Daniel Melvin, and Rob Pomerleau. We talk about the best candy in the world, Rob question's Han Solo's skills as a pilot, and a great new Mexican party game is discovered.

Date: February 17th 2013
Guests: Clint Johnson, Daniel Melvin, and Rob Pomerleau
Time: 1:14:38

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Post 78- ...

Get Your Your Personal Episode Title.

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This week Keith Baker goes Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We talk about the Bulgarian polyhedral dice market, how to get into a bronze-age archeological dig, and the best way to predict the outcome of criminal trials. There may also have been some chat about Gloom, Eberron and his new project "Codex" along the way.

Date: February 10th 2013
Guests: Keith Baker
Time: 1:23:00

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Post 77- The Ship of Confused Giraffes

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This Daniel Solis goes Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We expose a secret society, "peaceful" 11th century treasure fleets, and a delicious snack for a convention game.

Date: February 3rd 2013
Guests: Daniel Solis
Time: 1:00:44

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Post 76- The Cabal of Mostly Dimness

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This week Sam Chupp returns to Penny Red. We talk about walking in graveyards, parallel development, soup, and nuts.

Date: January 27th 2013
Guests: Sam Chupp
Time: 1:14:48

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Post 75- Roleplaying's Indiana Jones

EPISODE 49- Roleplaying's Indiana Jones

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This week Wilhelm Person is Inside the Roleplayers Studio. We talk about marmalade, sweet hookups and knowing a guy in Bern.

Date: January 20th 2013
Guests: Wilhelm Person
Topics: School, radio-plays, and enunciation impediments.
Time: 1:04:27

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Post 74- Your Motivations are Showing

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This week Chris Bailey returns to the roleplayers studio. We talk about Carl Jung, business models, and the longest year ever.

Date: January 12th 2013
Guests: Chris Bailey
Topics: delicious greasy spare-ribs, annoying yourself, and
Time: 1:04:30

Friday, January 4, 2013

Post 73- Deckard's a Dick

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This week Josh Roby goes inside the roleplayers studio. We talk about Marshall stacks, Atlantis and the social minefield that is a con lunch.

Date: January 4th 2013
Guests: Josh Roby
Topics: noisy neighbours, faerie tapestries and other strangeness.
Time: 1:05:22