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Now displaying: February, 2019
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!

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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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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.

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!
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 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.
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.

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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

 

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