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Apr 19, 2019

RPG designer Mike Myler returns to talk about converting historical and mythological characters to D&D! He runs down Genghis Khan, then we take a look at Merlin for a spell. Plus D&D / RPG news, Shane and Zach speculate on Avengers: Endgame plot twists and all the usual nonsense and tomfoolery!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/13/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Mike’s Genghis Khan D&D 5E Conversion
http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?6212-Mythological-Figures-Genghis-Khan-(5E)

Mike’s Merlin D&D 5E conversion:
http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?5494-Mythological-Figures-Merlin-Ambrosius-(5E)

EN World Mythological Figures
http://www.enworld.org/forum/list.php?category/56-Mythological-Figures

EN World EN5ider
https://www.patreon.com/ensider

D&D Ability Score Calculator
http://chicken-dinner.com/5e/5e-point-buy.html

Kickstarter update - Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina Animated Special
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/criticalrole/critical-role-the-legend-of-vox-machina-animated-s

The #DnDSelfie: Why 'Dungeons & Dragons' players are posting selfies in spite of 'SNL' | Mashable
https://mashable.com/article/dungeons-and-dragons-saturday-night-live.amp

Chinese censors incinerate entire run of a kickstarted Call of Cthulhu RPG sourcebook | BoingBoing
https://boingboing.net/2019/03/25/the-sassoon-files.html

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
Pre-order on Amazon now, releases May 12
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Heroes and Angels ComicCon 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!
Heroes and Angels provides non-medical assistance to families affected by childhood cancer, and to military families in need. Also provides funding to organizations that research the causes and cures of childhood cancer.
Heroes and Angels ComicCon is their biggest fundraiser of the year!
Come on out, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!

Arkansas RPG Con registrations are now open!
Head on over to ARPGCON.COM for Arkansas RPG Con 2019 on Nov 9th and 10th. This two day event's early bird badge is only $20 the same as last year's one day event badge. Get them before the price raises to $30 on July 1st.
ARPGCON.COM

 

 

 

Apr 12, 2019

Can ComicsGate have a positive side? Rising comics personality Edwin Boyette certainly thinks so! Shane and Edwin talk about comic book crowdfunding hub IndieCron, ComicsGate itself, why Edwin cares and what other cool stuff he has in the works, the safest way to respond to a swatting, being ruthlessly positive and A WHOLE LOT more including what the heck is a Geek Containment Unit??? Plus: Shane and Zach give their thoughts on Captain Marvel AKA The Goose Movie

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/6/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

IndieCron:
https://indiecron.com/

Edwin on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Edwin_Boyette

Edwin’s YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/HonoluluEdwin

Heroes and Angels ComicCon 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!
Heroes and Angels provides non-medical assistance to families affected by childhood cancer, and to military families in need. Also provides funding to organizations that research the causes and cures of childhood cancer.
Heroes and Angels ComicCon is their biggest fundraiser of the year!
Come on out, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!

Arkansas RPG Con registrations are now open!
Head on over to ARPGCON.COM for Arkansas RPG Con 2019 on Nov 9th and 10th. This two day event's early bird badge is only $20 the same as last year's one day event badge. Get them before the price raises to $30 on July 1st.
ARPGCON.COM

 

 

 

 

Mar 28, 2019

Shane gets random! Sabaton, the Swedish metal band acting as modern day bards! Hipster D&D! Google+ shutting down! Neon Buttstain RPG! Ray Bradbury in a prunes commercial! The (in)famous Orson Welles “Frozen Peas” outtakes! Lice, pink eye and the flu! Call of Cthulhu skit “Now That’s What I call A Sanity Check!” Star Wars Return of the Jedi reactions from 1983! More!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 3/23/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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Listen to the Shane Plays Geek Talk podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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Humble Bundle
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https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=488512

SHOW NOTES

Songs used in this episode:

SABATON - The Last Stand 

SABATON - Uprising

SABATON - Winged Hussars 

Land of the Lost Season One Opening Credits & Theme Song

Topic notes:

Shane talks about the importance feedback and encouragement (or even discouragement) to a creator.

Sabaton YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/Sabaton

Sabaton History YouTube Channel
"The real history behind one Sabaton song every week"
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw

D&D Out of the Abyss Notes #83 - THE FINALE! - The City of Spiders / Against the Demon Lords - SHANE PLAYS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxGvXCYm6jQ
D&D Out of the Abyss Notes Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlNkQuTXnH2_naiW6rw3tF1tbE4A2Uk40

D&D / RPG Skit: Now That’s What I Call A Sanity Check
https://shaneplays.com/dnd-cthulhu-rpg-skit-humor-skit-sketch-now-thats-what-i-call-a-sanity-check/
From Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk - #35 Sci-Fi Games with Ed Jowett
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/34-sci-fi-games-with-ed-jowett/

Shane Ponders: Lice, Pink Eye & The Flu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOj4Iix27g

Ray Bradbury Sunsweet Prunes Commercial
“Brave New Prune” 1969
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOj4Iix27g

Orson Welles - Frozen Peas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14PfDDwxlE
Frozen Peas Wikipedia entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen_Peas

Reactions to seeing "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" | Austin, TX 1983
KTBC FOX 7 Austin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6ODqcl1WxE

Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Discord Channel:
https://discord.gg/cmMHRSP

Frequently asked questions about the Google+ shutdown
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9217723?hl=en

 

Mar 7, 2019

It's history in the making for both the Tarzan canon and adventure fiction itself as "Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She" premieres in Cirsova magazine, a collaboration by author and Edgar Rice Burroughs historian Michael Tierney to finish a story began by Burroughs himself (with the blessing of ERB, Inc.)! How did such a swingin' cool thing happen, and what were Michael's thoughts in approaching such an important project? More importantly, how many times does Shane play the Tarzan yell? Michael, Cirsova's P. Alexander and Critical Blast's R.J. Carter all join.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 3/2/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from “The first ever Tarzan Yell” (Elmo Lincoln, first actor to portray Tarzan in 1918)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL642ldL7O8

Tarzan Call / Yell used in intro and during show is the famous version by actor Johnny Weismuller

“Me Tarzan You Jane” chorus is from the song by The Fuzztones

Vastly Important Prepared Statement from Shane Plays:
Samoa is best Girl Scout cookie. I won't even fight you because it is ironclad beyond dispute and anyone who thinks otherwise obviously deserves my pity and comfort
#girlscoutcookies #provenfacts

The Traitor William Brackeen’s Girl Scout Cookies Poll on Facebook:
https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10215468757925095&id=1022652199

Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense: Vol. 2 No. 1 (Summer 2019)
Premiere of Young Tarzan & The Mysterious She, a collaboration by Michael Tierney and Edgar Rice Burroughs (posthumously)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1949313115/

Beyond the Farthest Star: new Edgar Rice Burroughs web comic with Michael Tierney & John Lucas coming soon
https://www.edgarriceburroughs.com/comics/

Gods & Services anthology edited by R.J. Carter
Includes story by Michael Tierney
https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Services-R-J-Carter/dp/1722090790/

R J.'s Critical Blast relocation IndieGoGo
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/books-for-critical-blast-crisis-relocation

Comic Book Heroes Spider-Man and Black Panther Win Big At Oscars 2019 | Geek Culture byline Germaine
https://geekculture.co/comic-book-heroes-spider-man-and-black-panther-win-big-at-oscars-2019

Morrus / EN World Job Opportunity
Closes March 8
Publishing Administrator
http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?657441-EN-Publishing-is-Hiring-Publishing-Administrator-(UK-Part-time)

 

 

Feb 28, 2019

Shane and Bill may or may not discuss Karl Kesel’s bonkers fun Section Zero 1959 comic book Kickstarter (which doesn’t exist)! They almost talk about Mexican Spider-man! It’s the 10th anniversary of Matt Barton’s Matt Chat and Matt makes a special guest appearance. The Marvel / Netflix / Hulu thing. Plus geek news and all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense! SPECIAL HUGS to Karl Kesel, who was scheduled to join but got laid low by pneumonia (or at least that’s the cover story the MiBs gave us while mashing a cigarette out in a very meaningful way).

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 2/23/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
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Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
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http://kryptonradio.com/

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Shane Plays ATOM RPG Early Access #3 - Otradnoye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HG3dzX3Ni4&t=1273s

Matt Barton’s Matt Chat: 10 Year Anniversary
https://www.youtube.com/user/blacklily8/featured

Listen as Matt Kills A Giant Rat in Ultima I
https://soundcloud.com/shane-plays/matt-barton-of-matt-chat-kills-a-giant-rat-in-ultima-i

Section Zero 1959 Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227066666/section-zero-1959

Original Section Zero Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227066666/section-zero

Hulu Could Revive The Cancelled Marvel-Netflix TV Shows, Eventually | ComingSoon.net
https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/1039033-hulu-could-revive-the-cancelled-marvel-netflix-tv-shows-eventually

Season 3 Will Be the Last for FX Series 'Legion' | Bleeding Cool
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2019/02/04/season-3-will-be-the-last-for-fx-series-legion/

DC Announces 'DCeased' | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/dc/2019/02/18/dc-comics-dceased-tom-taylor/

SPIDER-MAN's Greatest Mystery: How AMAZING FANTASY #15's Original Art Ended Up in the Library of Congress | Newsarama
https://www.newsarama.com/43804-spider-man-s-greatest-mystery-how-the-amazing-fantasy-15-original-art-ended-up-in-the-library-of-congress.html

Did Mexican Comics Marry Off Gwen and Spidey Rather Than Kill Her? | CBR.com
https://www.cbr.com/spider-man-mexican-comics-gwen-stacy-married-instead-killed/

 

Feb 22, 2019

Shane and guest co-host Richard McBain gab on a live remote from Game Goblins as they catch up with Little Rock Games for the Galactic Scoundrels release party! Plus Richard’s Top 5 geeky movies for 2019, a veritable cornucopia of geek news, and all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 2/16/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
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Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back “Scoundrel” scene

Question from listener Chris Hardgrove:
Playing live stream style games online in Colombia

Richard’s Top 5 Geeky Movies for 2019
5. Ad Astra
4. Unnamed Terminator Sequel
3. Star Wars: Episode IX
2. John Wick Chapter 3 - Parabellum
1. Avengers: Endgame

Dragon Ball Super: Broly video release date: April 16 | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/anime/2019/02/16/dragon-ball-super-broly-blu-ray-dvd-release-date-united-states/

Show sponsor Troll Lord Games has launched a kickstarter for another book in the Castles & Crusades Mythos Series!
Codex Egyptium is live! From Ra to Set, from temple to tomb, unlock the Gods of Ancient Egypt. Bring their otherworldly mythology to your gaming table. Don't miss out! As a bonus they've included the 2nd edition of Codex Celtarum as well!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/676918054/castles-and-crusades-codex-aegyptus

Andrew from LootTheBoss reached out to me:
Kickstarter (ends March 3): Ultimate Player Race Creator - Endless 5E D&D Races
Make any playable Dungeons and Dragons race you can imagine with hundreds of racial traits to choose from
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/loottheboss/ultimate-player-race-creator-end

Rian Johnson Confirms His Star Wars Trilogy Is Still Happening [UPDATED] | ScreenRant
https://screenrant.com/star-wars-rian-johnson-trilogy-canceled/

Episode IX's Shoot Comes to a Close as J.J. Abrams Posts an Emotional Cast Photo | io9
https://io9.gizmodo.com/episode-ixs-shoot-comes-to-a-close-as-j-j-abrams-posts-1832658505

'Masters of the Universe' Movie Filming Start Date and Location Revealed | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/02/12/masters-of-the-universe-production-start-date-location/

 

Feb 18, 2019

The GoBots! Yep, that's right... those beloved (by some) transforming robots from the 80’s! The toys! The cartoon! The movie! The... Rock Lords?? Who came first: Leader-1 or Optimus Prime? Find out as Shane geeks out with GoBots fan Robin, plus all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 2/9/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
Support Shane Plays Radio on Patreon!
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Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
http://kryptonradio.com/

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Screwhead | Robot Chicken SNEAK PEEK | Adult Swim
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZIe62bGX2c

Mad Merv's new game: Apolune
Shane has Steam keys... email or tweet him
"Apolune is a minimalist, endless procedural evolutionary space war. Enjoy fighting wave after wave of enemy starships in a classic "2D" simulation that evolves and mutates as you fight on, victorious. Defend the Earth from hordes of vile aliens in your simple craft: point-and-shoot."
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1019150

Art & Arcana book by Mike Witwer & Jon Peterson is up for "Best Art Book" in 2019 Locus Poll and Survey
Locus is The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field - 30 time Hugo award winner
https://locusmag.com/2019-locus-poll-and-survey/

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Real Rocket Raccoon Passes Away; Chris Pratt Confirms James Gunn's Vol. 3 Script Still In Play | SyFy Wire
https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/guardians-of-the-galaxy-real-rocket-raccoon-passes-away

GO-BOTS Return in All-New Comic Book Series | IDW
*IDW Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Classic Toy Line with a Sci-Fi Epic Written and Drawn by Tom Scioli
https://www.idwpublishing.com/go-bots-return-in-all-new-comic-book-series/

 

Gobots: Everything You Didn't Know | SyFy Wire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBIDqug6GLU

Hasbro Might Be Making A GOBOTS Movie | ComicBookMovie.com
*From 2015
https://www.comicbookmovie.com/transformers/hasbro-might-be-making-a-gobots-movie-a114286
January 2015: "Hasbro has...filed documents to the United States Patent & Trademark Office for a new GoBots trademark under 'distribution of motion pictures, ongoing television programs' and 'Toys, games and playthings, namely, toy vehicles and accessories for use therewith.'"

GoBots Timeline

Credit to:

GoBots: Everything You Didn't Know | SYFY WIRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBIDqug6GLU
&
Wikipidia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobots

1982:
Machine Robo in Japan
(human-piloted mechanical machines)
Before Transformers!
“Friendly” and “Enemy” factions

1983:
Tonka licenses Machine Robo toy line for USA and calls them GoBots
A year before Transformers
Reconcepted as self-aware robots, not human piloted machines
Given names, not just numbers
Gobotron - home planet

September 1984
Transformers animated series
Transformers toys flood US toy stores

“Challenge of the Go-Bots”
Aired one season 1984 - 1985
Hannah - Barbera cartoon
65 episodes, 22 minutes each
1,430 minutes total
Cartoon introduced “Guardians” and the “Renegades” faction??
Voice actors:
Phil Hartman - Professor Baron (Von) Joy
Frank Welker (Megatron) - Scooter
Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) - Pincher

1985
Super Go-Bots
6” toys
New characters from show sold to expand line
Animated feature: “Go-Bots: Battle of the Rock Lords”
New Rock Lords spinoff toy line from Tonka

1987
Go-Bots line ends

1991:
Hasbro buys by Tonka for $516 million
Go-Bots folded into Transformers toy line

Feb 8, 2019

Traveller RPG! The Free Trader Beowulf is sending a distress signal... assuming your PC survives character creation, will you respond or head for adventure and fame in the Spinward Marches?! Shane and veteran Traveller GM and player David Elmore talk the original and influential hard sci-fi RPG! Plus RPG news and the usual tomfoolery and nonsense!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 2/2/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
Support Shane Plays Radio on Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/shaneplays

Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
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Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

GIVEAWAY

Retweet and/or reply to one of the following tweets to be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of Trump’s Space Force by Chuck Dixon, Timothy Lim, Brett R. Smith, Mark Pellegrini and Dave Dorman!

https://twitter.com/ShanePlays/status/1089201647115554816

https://twitter.com/ShanePlays/status/1091434676101832705

SHOW NOTES

Far Future Enterprises
Successor to Game Designers Workshop
Traveller resources on CD-ROM, etc.
https://www.farfuture.net/

Traveller Imperium map
https://travellermap.com/

What was happening to the Free Trader Beowulf?
https://forum.rpg.net/index.php?threads/traveller-what-was-happening-to-the-free-trader-beowulf.313278/

Traveller Beowulf Class Free Trader info
https://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Beowulf_class_Free_Trader

D&D's 45th Birthday | Jon Peterson - Playing at the World
https://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2019/01/d-45th-birthday.html

Also: BattleTech’s 35th Anniversary & Shadowrun’s 30th Anniversary
(hat tip to Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk)

"I’m Sorry, But That’s What My Character Would Do" by Rick Neal
http://www.rickneal.ca/?p=86
FnordCon: Steve Jackson Games convention in Austin April 6-7
http://www.sjgames.com/ill/archive/December_31_2018/Our_Own_Convention

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD Core Rulebook and The Robot Wars adventure / supplement now available on DriveThru RPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/87/EN-Publishing/subcategory/30390/Judge-Dredd--The-Worlds-of-2000-AD

Penny Arcade partners with Wizards of the Coast to publish official 'Acquisitions Incorporated Dungeon Manual' | GeekWire byline Tim Ellis
https://www.geekwire.com/2019/penny-arcade-partners-wizards-coast-publish-official-acquisitions-incorporated-dungeon-manual/


Footnotes added to Podcast version of show:

In Traveller, just like in reality, space is big. Really big. Really, really big. To get an idea, go to https://travellermap.com/

Classic Traveller is “hard sci-fi” of the 70s and early 80s. Computers were huge and home computers weren’t a widespread thing, no internet, etc. For example: Some ship schematics have large area for computers.

Lack of faster than light communications led to a more feudal / regional governmental system throughout the empire

Weapons run the range from rocks to firearms to lasers. Daggers and knives are still very common because you don’t want to use lasers or bullets on a ship

Ships usually carried a lot of sand. If enemy ships appeared, they could drop sand that would act as chaff / defense against lasers

No hit points, damage is deducted from attributes

Similar attributes to D&D, however instead of Wisdom and Charisma there was Education and

Social Standing. Those could be codified, where the other two are more subjective

No experience, no levels… advancement is through wealth, status, etc.

Skills CAN be changed during adventuring by going back college or joining the military, etc. Or the Imperium goes to war and veterans get called back to service.

Certain attributes can be changed during play… for example you marry into nobility

They chose six siders because people already had them at home and would not need to buy polyhedrals

Traveller appealed to David when he was younger because it cost less than the D&D books

 

Jan 31, 2019

A listener favorite! It's the annual team up with Dave Elswick of the Dave Elswick Show for our Most Anticipated Geek Movies of 2019 episode! Plus: Movie news, how did our picks from last year hold up, and all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 1/26/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Unbreakable (2000):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EBi5Yxl12k

2018 Domestic Grosses | Box Office Mojo
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2018&p=.htm

2018 Worldwide Grosses | Box Office Mojo
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?view2=worldwide&yr=2018&p=.htm

The Biggest Movies To Watch In 2019 | Gamespot
https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/all-the-biggest-movies-of-2019-glass-avengers-endg/2900-2414/  

2019 on the big screen | Cnet
https://www.cnet.com/pictures/2019-movies-to-geek-out-over/

2019 Movies: Avengers 4, Star Wars 9 and 42 Other Movies to Geek Out Over | IGN
https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/01/01/2019-movies-marvel-avengers-4-star-wars-9   

Top 15 upcoming Sci Fi and Fantasy Movies 2019 2020 | IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls056104811/

Best New Sci-Fi Movies of 2019 & Beyond | NerdMuch
https://www.nerdmuch.com/movies/3578/new-sci-fi-movies/

Must See Movies of 2019 | Den of Geek
https://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/276453/must-see-movies-2019

 

 

 

 

 

Jan 24, 2019

It’s over 9,000!!! Finally, the Shane Plays Geek Talk anime episode! Dragon Ball Super: Broly is tearing up theaters and Shane and his fellow geeks have seen it… what do they think? Plus! We power up during the Arkansas Snowpocalypse for “intro to anime” tips on getting started with this popular form of entertainment. And! Bad jokes aplenty in addition to all the usual tomfoolery and nonsense. Thanks to Nik, Brent and Justin (of the Mobley Detective Agency) for their help making this show happen!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 1/19/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Ghostbusters 2020 Teaser Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4lT3LEimWk

New 'Ghostbusters' Sequel Set in Original Universe on the Way | byline Patrick Cavanaugh ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/01/16/ghostbusters-sequel-jason-reitman-reboot-bill-murray/

Ghostbusters teaser trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyjqCRJmCPE

‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ Tops U.S. Box Office With Massive $7M+ Opening Day | Cartoon Brew byline Amid Amidi
https://www.cartoonbrew.com/box-office-report/breaking-dragon-ball-super-broly-tops-u-s-box-office-with-7m-opening-day-169290.html


Justin’s Introduction to Anime Notes
*Courtesy the Mobley Detective Agency
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15e2DArXmW6sTYWpDU_7_ATDrITEq2elUxkXPT8OClww/edit

Nik’s recommendations for new anime watchers:
Mob Psycho 100
Great Teacher Onizuka


Brent's recommendations for new anime watchers:
That Time I Got Reincarnated Into A Slime
Made in the Abyss - Brent’s reasoning (did not make it into broadcast or Krypton Radio version of show due to time constraints): It’s genre breaking, very focused on story and the the opposite kind of show than Dragon Ball to demonstrate the storytelling range in anime. Very cool visuals. Not recommended for kids.

Find anime (legally!):
Crunchyroll - https://www.crunchyroll.com/
Funimation - https://www.funimation.com/
Toonami (Adult Swim) - http://www.adultswim.com/toonami/
Anime Streaming Search Engine - https://because.moe

 

 

 

 

Jan 18, 2019

Andrew Wall (Writer/Director/Producer) and Derek “The Geek Preacher” White of The Fantasy Makers feature documentary discuss the profound impact J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald have made on fantasy writing and popular culture as well as the beliefs and experiences that shaped them. Geek discussion and news including Darwin Bromley of Mayfair Games. Shane says goodbye to his cat Bonnie.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 1/12/2019

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Buckaroo “Bonnie” Banzai: a difficult, beautiful cat who existed and was loved
2004 - 2019

Podcast Zinger is from Douglas Gresham reading the ending of C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkNp2usUdTw
and The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3geKDX-Ads

Darwin Bromley, Co-Founder of Mayfair Games, Dies at 68 | Tabletop Wire http://www.tabletopwire.com/darwin-bromley-co-founder-of-mayfair-games-dies-at-68/

The Fantasy Makers / Refuge 31 Films:
https://www.refuge31.com/project/the-fantasy-makers-faith-in-imagination/

The Fantasy Makers: Tolkien, Lewis, and MacDonald on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Fantasy-Makers-Tolkien-Lewis-MacDonald/dp/B07DKRPFTH/

The Geek Preacher:
http://geekpreacher.org/

"All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before."
― C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

 

 

 

Jan 9, 2019

Looking back and looking forward! Cool shows on the schedule. Top performing Shane Plays shows, blog posts and YouTube videos for 2018. A legit peace overture from Muffin? How are the current geeky movies in theaters doing by box office and critics? Geek news including a comic book robbery that impacts charity. Was Loki mind controlled in the first Avengers movie? The Christmas Pickle epilogue. Bonus: a skit about giant spiders from Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast. Plus all the usual nonsense and tomfoolery!

 

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 1/5/2019

 

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

 

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Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

 

SHOW NOTES

 

Intro song from “My Way” by Sid Vicious

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Debate with Timothy Lim on the Dave Elswick Show – Shane Plays Podcast Extra

https://shaneplays.com/spider-man-into-the-spider-verse-debate-with-timothy-lim-shane-plays-podcast-extra/

 

D&D / RPG Skit: Not Your Garden Variety Giant Spider

https://shaneplays.com/dnd-rpg-skit-not-your-garden-variety-giant-spider/

Performed on

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #26 Dec 12, 2018

https://morrus.podbean.com/e/26-top-10-most-anticipated-rpgs-of-2019/

 

Wanted: Man Who Stole $100,000 in Comics in Las Vegas | Critical Blast by RJ Carter

http://www.criticalblast.com/articles/2019/01/01/wanted-man-who-stole-100000-comics-las-vegas

 

Early internet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81 | engadget

https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/30/arpanet-creator-larry-roberts-dies/

 

Marvel Confirms Loki Was Mind Controlled in Avengers | Screen Rant

https://screenrant.com/avengers-loki-theory-mind-stone-thanos/

 

Christmas pickle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pickle

 

Top Shane Plays content in 2018:

 

Podcasts:

  1. Hero-U with Corey & Lori Cole & Matt Barton! - July 21, 2018

https://shaneplays.com/hero-u-with-corey-cole-lori-cole-and-matt-barton-radio-show-podcast-episode-157/

  1. The True History of Dungeons & Dragons: Secrets of Blackmoor - Podcast Extra - Dec 19, 2018

https://shaneplays.com/secrets-of-blackmoor-the-true-history-of-dungeons-and-dragons/

  1. PolyHero Dice & D&D News! - Feb 3, 2018

https://shaneplays.com/polyhero-dice-and-dd-news-radio-show-podcast-ep-135/

  1. The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Tabletop Games! - July 14, 2018

https://shaneplays.com/overstreet-guide-to-collecting-tabletop-games-radio-show-podcast-episode-156/

 

Blog Posts:

  1. Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes X!

https://shaneplays.com/attack-of-the-dnd-rpg-memes-x/

  1. Attack of the D&D / RPG Memes IX!

https://shaneplays.com/attack-of-the-dd-rpg-memes-ix/

  1. RPG History: TSR’s Code of Ethics (D&D “Comics Code Authority” rules)

https://shaneplays.com/rpg-history-tsr-code-of-ethics-dd-comics-code-authority-rules/

 

YouTube Videos (by views):

  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqzA9TeRDDY&t=75s

  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FjkRtpDdS4&t=1993s

  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Alpha #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjzAz6Zlv9g&t=1123s

 

YouTube Videos (by watch time):

  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqzA9TeRDDY&t=75s

  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FjkRtpDdS4&t=1993s

  1. Pathfinder: Kingmaker Beta #3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeMC-lLBfuA

 

Current geek movies in theaters stats as of Jan 3, 2019:

 

Aquaman

64% Rotten Tomatoes

Box Office Mojo as of Jan 3

Domestic: $229,020,880   26.4%

+ Foreign: $637,000,000   73.6%

= Worldwide: $866,020,880

 

Bumblebee

93% Rotten Tomatoes

Box Office Mojo as of Jan 3

Domestic: $84,353,140   43.8%

+ Foreign: $108,318,108   56.2%

= Worldwide: $192,671,248

 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

97% Rotten Tomatoes

Box Office Mojo as of Jan 3

Domestic: $120,851,346   52.4%

+ Foreign: $109,715,453   47.6%

= Worldwide: $230,566,799








Jan 7, 2019

Is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse just a fun movie or a cultural attack jam packed with social conditioning and ideological dog whistles? Listen to a spirited discussion (in truth, more of a debate without formal rebuttals) between Shane and comics artist / bunny-lover-in-chief Timothy Lim as we each present our opposed perspectives. Includes some fun general movie discussion at the end. Recorded during the December 21, 2018 Dave Elswick Show on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock.

Special thanks to Dave for the opportunity to podcast a portion of his show.

Dec 27, 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Review! What is Santa's D&D alignment? Peace on Earth. Again with the pickle. The definitive answer to whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie! Penny Marshall (“Laverne”) tribute. Plus all the usual nonsense & tomfoolery and a surprise appearance by Shane’s family!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 12/22/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Intro song from “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues

Laverne & Shirley theme song:
"Making Our Dreams Come True", performed by Cyndi Grecco

Penny Marshall Wikipedia entry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny_Marshall

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Rotten Tomatoes
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spider_man_into_the_spider_verse/

Die Hard on Rotten Tomatoes
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/die_hard

Christmas pickle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pickle

What alignment is Santa?
Reddit thread:
https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/a7znvb/what_alignment_is_santa_claus/

Peace on Earth
Luke 2: 1-14 (NASB)
https://my.bible.com/bible/100/LUK.2.nasb

Dec 21, 2018

Josh Wilhelmi joins to talk tabletop gaming trends, game gifts and stocking stuffers for Christmas, his love of Warhammer 40K and its lore, and upcoming gaming events at Game Goblins! Plus geek news and the usual nonsense and tomfoolery including… what does a pickle have to do with Christmas???

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 12/15/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from:
FOR THE EMPEROR | Warhammer 40k: Space Marine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2o-LmI3ki

Christmas pickle
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_pickle

Magic Esports 2019: $10 Million Up For Grabs | Wizards.com
https://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/news/magic-esports-2019

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Podcast
#26 Top 10 Most Anticipated RPGs of 2019
*Features a skit Shane wrote!
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/26-top-10-most-anticipated-rpgs-of-2019/

California election resolved with Dungeons & Dragons dice | Polygon
https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/14/18141183/california-election-dungeons-and-dragons-dice-d20

 

Dec 20, 2018

Shane Plays Podcast Extra:
Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons

This is a Shane Plays podcast extra, featuring content that was not broadcast as part of the live Shane Plays radio show.

Accidental gaming historian M. Griffith ("Griff") discusses the Secrets of Blackmoor documentary, a five year project involving 10 cities, 200 hours of interviews, and 20,000 photos and documents. Dungeons & Dragons was famously co-created by Dave Arneson & Gary Gygax, but what part did Arneson and his gaming group play in the creation of tabletop role playing itself? There's more to the story than you know!

Show Notes:

Secrets of Blackmoor Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/secretsofblackmoor/secrets-of-blackmoor-the-true-history-of-dungeons

"The GaryCon Draft" - 35 minutes of Secrets of Blackmoor
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC4qH-Psvpc

The Blackmoor Archives - Dave Arneson's Blackmoor Discussion Forum
https://blackmoor.mystara.net/forums/

OD&D Discussion forum
http://odd74.proboards.com/

Dragonsfoot Forums
https://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/

Empire (PLATO) - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_(PLATO)

dnd (video game) - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dnd_(video_game)

TOPICS COVERED include but are not limited to:

  • This documentary is NOT Dave Arneson vs. Gary Gygax. It’s the story of what happened before they met with Arneson and his gaming group.
  • The vital role of Dave Arneson (and his gaming group) in the creation of D&D / fantasy roleplaying
  • Preconceptions, misconceptions and headcanon
  • Is it Gee-gax or Gy-gax?
  • Difference in difficulty / sense of accomplishment between old school and new school tabletop RPGs
  • The “Strategos Connection”: Strategos military training wargame book from 1880 and its connection to Dave Arneson’s gaming group
  • David Wesley’s Braunstein style miniatures wargaming (pre-Blackmoor proto fantasy roleplaying)
  • How direct is the connection between Chainmail and Dungeons & Dragons?
  • Is a sapper tunnel a proto-dungeon?
  • David McGary’s Dungeon! Boardgame
  • Tonisborg, the oldest still existing dungeon map set (publicly known, anyway)
  • Griff’s desired death rate percentage per session as DM
  • Is it possible to define what a roleplaying game is?
  • Hipster D&D
  • Where did the Tolkien influence on Dungeons & Dragons come from?
  • Would RPGs have exploded into pop culture without Gary Gygax / TSR?
  • What types of cons do Shane and Griff prefer?

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Dec 13, 2018

Eisner award-winning comics and novel writer Mike Baron (Nexus, The Badger, Punisher, Star Wars, The Flash) joins to talk his “Bad Road Rising” biker action novel series, a heartwarming (no, really) book about a dog called Disco, and upcoming comics projects Off Worlder, The Wraith, Q-Ball and NEW (yes, new) Nexus material! Plus geek news and the usual tomfoolery.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 12/8/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from:
Avengers Endgame Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8

Mike Baron’s books at Liberty Island Press:
https://libertyislandmag.com/author/mike-baron/

Mike’s Amazon author page:
https://www.amazon.com/Mike-Baron/e/B004N7W25W/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1544724720&sr=8-2-ent

Mike’s personal website:
http://www.bloodyredbaron.net/

Captain Marvel Trailer #2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LHxvxdRnYc

Avengers 4 Endgame Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6hldpSTF8

SECRETS of BLACKMOOR: The True History of Dungeons & Dragons Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/secretsofblackmoor/secrets-of-blackmoor-the-true-history-of-dungeons/description

Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard ‘Star Trek’ Series Will Debut at End of 2019, David Nevins Says | The Wrap
https://www.thewrap.com/patrick-stewarts-jean-luc-picard-star-trek-series-will-debut-end-2019-david-nevins-says/

Scientists ate Legos to see how long it takes to poop them out | BGR
https://bgr.com/2018/11/27/lego-head-poop-science-research-pediatrics

Nov 12, 2018

Interview with Rodney Thompson about the new Spectaculars superhero RPG from Scratchpad Publishing! Plus: What's Rodney reading right now? What the heck is Neon City Outlaws? What are the design differences between Dusk City Outlaws and Spectaculars?

Spectaculars RPG Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/481478805/spectaculars

Oct 31, 2018

D&D authors / historians Michael Witwer and Jon Peterson discuss their fantastic new Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History book that’s taking the scene by storm! Plus: RPG news including the unfortunate passing of important figures Greg Stafford and Bruce “Duke” Seifried.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 10/20/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from:
Greg Stafford Speech at the ENnies 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky_X0T-RgBY

Greg Stafford 1948 - 2018
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Stafford
Stafford is most famous as the creator of the fantasy world of Glorantha, but he is also a prolific games designer. He was designer of Pendragon, he was co-designer of the RuneQuest, Ghostbusters, Prince Valiant and HeroQuest role-playing systems, founder of the role-playing game companies Chaosium and Issaries, designer of the White Bear and Red Moon, Nomad Gods, King Arthur’s Knights and Elric board games, and co-designer of the King of Dragon Pass computer game. Stafford considered his Arthurian chivalric role-playing game King Arthur Pendragon (1985) his masterpiece.

Miniatures wargaming, roleplaying and adventure gaming pioneer Duke Seifried has passed away | Tabletop Gaming
https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/historical-games/news/miniatures-wargaming-roleplaying-and-adventure-gaming-pioneer-duke

BRUCE "DUKE" SEIFRIED Obituary | HMGS
https://www.hmgs.org/news/420494/BRUCE-DUKE-SEIFRIED-Obituary.htm

DnDSports - New Competitive 'Dungeons & Dragons' Tournament Announced | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/10/15/dungeons-and-dragons-competitive-tournament-/

The Dreams in Gary’s Basement documentary Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dorksofyore/the-dreams-in-garys-basement-a-documentary-on-gary

Realms Beyond: Ashes of the Fallen on Kickstarter by Ceres Games
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ceresgames/realms-beyond-ashes-of-the-fallen

Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History - "Unboxing" and First Reactions!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr6edzGSsag
What are Shane's first thoughts and reactions to an advance copy of Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History? Hint: he may squee (okay, he *actually* squees at one point and he's a big manly man not known for his squeeing). Make sure to watch the parts with the special edition boxed book and ephemera set!

Oct 13, 2018

Heroic fantasy & science fiction with P. Alexander, the editor and publisher of Cirsova Magazine. It’s not just pulp fiction, but pulp’s definitely in there! PLUS: Geek news, and what surprising book is P. Alexander reading at the moment?

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 10/6/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from Five Minutes With: Iain M Banks
BBC News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvqsDLDsznA

Cirsova Magazine
https://cirsova.wordpress.com/cirsova-magazine/

New Doctor Who season (and new Doctor!)
http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2018/09/new-doctor-who-premieres-sunday-october-7-on-bbc-america

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG Kickstarter update
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/judge-dredd-and-the-worlds-of-2000-ad-roleplaying
Also: Free quickstart rules now available
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/253759

Star Wars: “The Mandalorian” live streaming show
https://www.starwars.com/news/the-mandalorian-revealed

Asmodee Digital’s Board Games Are Coming to Nintendo Switch
http://gameosity.com/2018/09/14/asmodee-digitals-board-games-are-coming-to-nintendo-switch/

Brian Fargo trolls the Twitterverse
“I happen to know who is working on BG3 ”
https://twitter.com/BrianFargo/status/1047967566168174592

 

Sep 25, 2018

Russ Morrissey AKA Morrus of EN World joins to talk his new Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD RPG and related Kickstarter campaign. PLUS! Do dice pool systems have to be crunchy? PLUS! We play a modified version of Our Favorite Game in all the World from the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast. PLUS! Where did the term soccer come from? PLUS! Deleted scenes. AND! Don’t miss our Judge Dredd “I am the Law!” impressions (or it’s an Iso-Cube for you, citizen).

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 9/22/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
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Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
http://kryptonradio.com/

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Myeloma UK (in honor of Morrus’s mother)
https://www.myeloma.org.uk/
Myeloma is a cancer of the white blood cells

Judge Dredd and the Worlds of 2000 AD Kickstarter launches September 25
https://www.worldsof2000adrpg.com/

Trailer for Judge Dredd The Worlds of 2000 AD Tabletop RPG
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBhaw0lebMM

Judge Dredd & The Worlds of 2000 AD episode of Morrus’s podcast
(lots of great info on the lore and the game)
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/11-judge-dredd-the-worlds-of-2000ad/

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk (Morrus’ podcast)
https://morrus.podbean.com/

Podcast zinger is from
Pat Mills: "Judge Dredd's a character we love to hate"
Going Underground (RT UK)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlU33uPcFKw
Pat Mills is best known for creating 2000 AD and playing a major part in the development of Judge Dredd. He has been called "the godfather of British comics".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Mills

Morrus and Peter’s Our Favorite Game in all the World (slightly modified):

Children of the Fall
In Children of the Fall, 3-5 players play as the survivors of an apocalypse that has turned all the adults on the planet into evil, bloodthirsty savages known as the fallen. It is a GMless story game.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/children-of-the-fall/x/19012395#/

Devil's Run Roleplaying Game 2d20 & Savage Worlds
Post-apocalyptic roleplaying in a Savage World of motoring mayhem. Choose a side. Fight. Survive.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/devil-s-run-roleplaying-game-2d20-savage-worlds/x/19012395#/

Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells - Tabletop RPG
A Rules Light Star & Sorcery Role Playing Game with an Old School Spirit.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-blades-cosmic-spells-tabletop-rpg/x/19012395#/

 

 

Sep 20, 2018

Scarologist John Burton and actor Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Weird Science, The Evil Within) join to talk creating professional hauntings, the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival, and the creepy practical effects of The Evil Within movie.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 9/15/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
Support Shane Plays Radio on Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/shaneplays

Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
http://kryptonradio.com/

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival
https://hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com/

Theater of Horror
https://hotspringshorrorfilmfestival.com/theater-of-horror

The Evil Within movie
https://www.amazon.com/Evil-Within-Frederick-Koehler/dp/B06W2L5JZP/

Michael Berryman on IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0077720/

Troll Lord Games Kickstarter through October 5:
Classic Castles & Crusades Boxed Sets & Digest Books
A special collector's set of Castles & Crusades! Digest versions of all the books and a special edition box set of the complete game.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/676918054/classic-castles-and-crusades-boxed-sets-and-digest

Podcast zinger is from “Save the Cat” examples
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MRY6BP0EpE

NEWS ITEMS

No news items this week

Sep 13, 2018

Tabletop RPG designer (and editor of the EN World EN5ider) Mike Myler returns to discuss Kickstarter persistence, not letting your supporters down and his revamped Mists of Akuma Imperial Matchmaker / Trade War campaign! Can RPG adventures reliably crowdfund? PLUS: RPG news, D&D 5E data science, and Shane’s in hot water with Muffin AGAIN.

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 9/8/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
Support Shane Plays Radio on Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/shaneplays

Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
http://kryptonradio.com/

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from Marianne Trench's CYBERPUNK documentary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxbZq8Zmd88

Mike's Kickstarter: Eastern Fantasy Adventures for D&D 5e and SotDL
2 hardcover adventures in the Mists of Akuma campaign setting: the (finished) Trade War AP & the Imperial Matchmaker mega adventure!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/verantheacodex/eastern-fantasy-adventures-for-dandd-5e-and-sotdl

NEWS ITEMS

There’s “probably, likely” going to be a Cyberpunk 2077 tabletop RPG | vg247.com
https://www.vg247.com/2018/09/04/cyberpunk-2077-pen-paper-tabletop-rpg/

d20datascience: Data science investigations into the mechanics of the world's greatest role playing game | cyberscribe on github
https://github.com/cyberscribe/d20datascience

 

Sep 6, 2018

Shane makes a splash and hosts himself as a panel of one while touching on several borders of the comic book industry. Are you on the same page with his thoughts? Topics covered include comics sales numbers, new comic book distribution venues, how comics distribution has changed over the decades (and is it a good thing), ComicsGate and more! Plus: A TOTALLY 100% AUTHENTIC banter session with Zach.


Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 9/1/2018


Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!


Like what you hear?
Support Shane Plays Radio on Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/shaneplays


Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
http://kryptonradio.com/


Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.


SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from  the 1960’s Batman TV show.


NEWS ITEMS

Diamond Announces Top Sales for July 2018 | Comics Spectrum
https://comicspectrumnews.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/diamond-announces-top-sales-for-july-2018/

GameStop Explains How and Why It’s Going to Start Selling Comic Books | i09
https://io9.gizmodo.com/gamestop-explains-how-and-why-it-s-going-to-start-selli-1827109559

 

 

Aug 30, 2018

It’s a journey into the weird unknown as we talk the Uncharted Regions audio drama & Weird Geek News with the one and only master geek Neal Hallford! What Star Trek actor did was just lined up for an Uncharted Regions episode??? What sci-fi actress has already recorded one??? Plus! Is Shane a Greaser or a Soc??? All this and more to delight your ears!

Podcast version of the live Shane Plays geek talk radio show from 8/25/2018

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://1011fmtheanswer.com. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Like what you hear?
Support Shane Plays Radio on Patreon!
https://www.patreon.com/shaneplays

Shane Plays is carried on Krypton Radio!
Krypton Radio is SciFi for your Wifi.
http://kryptonradio.com/

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on YouTube, SoundCloud, iTunes, Google Play Music, Podbean, Stitcher (and other fine, fine podcast directories) after the live show.

SHOW NOTES

Podcast zinger is from the Outsiders movie (1983)
Note: The poem Ponyboy recites to Johnny is 'Nothing Gold Can Stay' by Robert Frost

NEWS ITEMS

Bear wanders inside Stanley Hotel (“The Overlook Hotel” from The Shining) in Estes Park, Colorado | FOX31 KDVR
https://www.facebook.com/fox31denver/videos/514021109011888/

Mark Hamill Secretly Cosplayed At This Year’s Comic-Con, Posing With Unwitting Fans In Numerous Photos | UPROXX
https://uproxx.com/hitfix/mark-hamill-comic-con-cosplay/

Return of the Jedi Falcon and tie fighter attack deleted scene on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wPjTrgvGG0

NES Isn't Pronounced 'N.E.S.' | lifehacker
https://lifehacker.com/nes-isnt-pronounced-n-e-s-1828130155

GUEST: NEAL HALLFORD / UNCHARTED REGIONS

Beyond all we know, beyond all we believe lie the Uncharted Regions: Thirteen classic audio dramas that take you into the realms of Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Horror, and Mystery produced by Neal and Jana Hallford of Swords & Circuitry Studios.

Uncharted Regions:
https://www.unchartedregions.com/

Uncharted Regions on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/UnchartedRegions

NPR (KBPS) interview with Neal and Jana Hallford and full Uncharted Regions pilot episode:
https://www.kpbs.org/news/2017/sep/21/podcast-episode-126-horrible-imaginings-and-unchar/

 

 

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