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Oct 15, 2021

Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition is the new RPG that adds depth and options to your 5E experience but avoids unnecessary complexity! Lots of love for the exploration pillar. Rethinking classes while keeping their core concepts. Meaningful decisions every time you level up. Modular heritage design. The journey can be the adventure. More! The dynamics, behind the scenes, and fiscal realities of Kickstarter campaigns. Stretch goal economics. Stretch goal fever. The U vs the hockey stick. Kicktraq and other services that “project” Kickstarter campaign totals. Revenue versus profit. Everyone has good ideas, executing a good idea is the hard part.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #248 - 10/15/2021

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Level Up: Advanced 5E RPG on Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/level-up-advanced-5th-edition-a5e

Level Up: Advanced 5E RPG
https://www.levelup5e.com/

EN Publishing
https://enpublishingrpg.com/

Level Up: Advanced 5E RPG Sneak Preview – Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode 238 – 3-19-2021
https://shaneplays.com/level-up-advanced-5e-a5e-sneak-preview-podcast/

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters for 5E – Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode 224 – 7/16/2020
https://shaneplays.com/mythological-figures-maleficent-monsters-5e-dnd-podcast/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Sep 23, 2021

Ed Bickford aka Metal Robot is a tabletop RPG illustrator, syndicated cartoonist, comic book artist, and an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Ed’s great to talk with and he’s very open in sharing honest thoughts on the hopes and trials of creators in the trenches. The business side of being a professional artist. Your art style finds you. Some tips for writers also apply to artists. The current state of mainstream comics. Five Nights at Freddie’s is totally (ok, not really) based on a true story.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #247 - 9/23/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Ed Bickford / Metal Robot on Artstation
https://edbickford.artstation.com/

Ed Bickford / Metal Robot on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ed.bickford.35

Ed Bickford / Metal Robot on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/metal_robot/

Ed Bickford / Metal Robot on Twitter
https://twitter.com/edwinbickford

Ed Bickford / Metal Robot on Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/edwinbickford/

The Phylactery RPG Zine
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/planetxgames/the-phylactery-an-old-school-heroic-fantasy-adventure-zine

Neon Lords of the Toxic Wasteland
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/365656/Neon-Lords-of-the-Toxic-Wasteland-Core-Rulez?affiliate_id=488512

American Chop Suey - Comic Strip
https://www.gocomics.com/american-chop-suey

Birdlander graphic novel
https://www.comixology.com/The-Birdlander/comics-series/93562

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Sep 1, 2021

Matt Lister aka Cobra Commander joins to talk chiptune music, retrocomputing, and some classic G.I. Joe and Transformers. Trackers, hardware, and sound chips, oh my! What is MIDI (and can MIDI be chiptunes)? PAL, NTSC and electron guns. Atari 2600 game development and racing the beam. Yars’ Revenge had very tricky programming. Behold the Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer, aka the Millennium Falcon, and grovel before its amazingness.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #246 - 9/1/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Cobra Commander Chiptunes
https://youtube.com/channel/UCqEk4PpkeoHlK738h83o1Cg

Matt’s Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/cobracommanderrules/

Matt’s Twitter
https://twitter.com/CobraYouFools

Matthew Lister on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2yWikE7D9y14AwYoiPILCT

Matthew Lister Classical Guitar
http://www.matthewlister.com/wordpress/

LSDJ Little Sound DJ - Game Boy music sequencer
https://www.littlesounddj.com/lsd/index.php

FamiTracker - free windows tracker for producing music for the NES/Famicom-systems
http://famitracker.com/

Slocum Tracker - Web based Atari 2600 music tracker
https://www.igorski.nl/apps/slocum-tracker

Arduino - Open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software
https://www.arduino.cc/

GenMDM - MIDI interface for the 16-bit Sega Genesis/Megadrive
https://catskullelectronics.com/products/genmdm

SID-Wizard - Commodore 64 tracker
https://sourceforge.net/projects/sid-wizard/

Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer
https://www.casio-intl.com/asia/en/emi/products/xw-pd1/

Artiphon Instrument 1
https://artiphon.com/pages/instrument1

Matt’s Chiptunes Inspirations
Luc Hash
Pixel Pedant
Chipxel (?)
Defense Mechanism
Kemikziel
Rob Hubbard

Bad Gear - The show about the world's most hated audio tools
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOJVsjPZcE9HxsgPKCxZfAg

MAGFest - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAGFest

Steve Ballmer: Developers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhh_GeBPOhs

MIDI on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIDI

Theremin on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin

1950's SciFi Theremin Music DEMO (Sound Clips Only) JARichardsFilm 720p
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYaT704C7_w

The Visual Trick That Makes Yars’ Revenge Work
https://retrovolve.com/the-visual-trick-that-makes-yars-revenge-work/

Matt Barton interviews George Sanger aka "The Fat Man" on Matt Chat
Matt Chat 143: Introducing The Fat Man (George Sanger)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yp2ESjStMbU
Matt Chat 144: The Fat Man Talks Business
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE4AjdWtdnM
Matt Chat 145: Why The Fat Man?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFiSv-z98rY
Matt Chat 147: Wing Commander, Ultima Underworld, and The 7th Guest with The Fat Man
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVDiKGTRTE8
Matt Chat 148: The Fat Man's Topiary Creatures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttno9RAQZOE

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Jul 31, 2021

Tékumel is a deep setting with published fiction, multiple tabletop RPGs, a miniatures wargaming scene, and more. We revisit this fascinating science-fantasy world with Tékumel Foundation president Victor Raymond. Learn how Tékumel and the Empire of the Petal Throne are so much more than just the "first RPG setting published" (and its creator Professor M.A.R. Barker is a fascinating character). Different versions of Tékumel RPG games. What is the important role the Tékumel Foundation plays? Cons with Tékumel gaming. Tékumel has a video game. Some OD&D history. Some love for Elder Scrolls and Morrowind. Shane and Victor have an udderly good time with the bad joke of the week.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #245 - 7/31/2021

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Tékumel: The Empire of the Petal Throne & M.A.R. Barker with Robert Alberti – Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode 232 – 11-13-2020
https://shaneplays.com/tekumel-empire-of-the-petal-throne-mar-barker-robert-alberti-podcast/

Tékumel gaming products at Noble Knight Games:
https://www.nobleknight.com/Search?text=tekumel

Bethorm Tékumel RPG at Jeff Dee’s UNI Games
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/138315/Bethorm-the-Plane-of-Tekumel-RPG?affiliate_id=488512

FATE of Tékumel RPG (forthcoming)
http://fateoftekumel.blogspot.com/

Tékumel Miniatures Sources:
Howard Fielding’s 28mm miniatures
The Tékumel Project
https://thetekumelproject.blogspot.com/
The Tékumel Club (shopping and ordering)
https://thetekumelclub.blogspot.com/
Jeff Dee’s Uni Games Bethorm Paper Minis:
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?keywords=bethorm+paper+minis?affiliate_id=488512

Choice of the Petal Throne - Tékumel Computer Game
https://www.choiceofgames.com/petal-throne/

Dragon #24 (Volume 3 #10) - “Choir Practice at the First Church of Lawful Evil (Orthodox) - The Ramifications of Alignment” Lawrence Schick article on RPG pantheons

Tékumel Discord Server invite
https://discord.gg/v535Q9X4ms

Tékumel Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/16107501733

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Jul 14, 2021

RPG Designer Julian Bernick on Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth book series and the new Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG setting based on it. Why is it such a cool world to read about and play in? How much influence did The Dying Earth have on Gary Gygax and D&D? Hint: a lot. What was DCC’s design philosophy and what was the thought behind its extra dice types? Long-form Lovecraftian poetry. How to say grognard. More!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #244 - 7/14/2021

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SHOW NOTES

DCC Dying Earth Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/devillich/dcc-dying-earth

Jack Vance on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Vance

The Dying Earth on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dying_Earth

"Jack Vance & the D&D Game" by Gary Gygax
https://archive.org/stream/gary_gygax_jack_vance/gary_gygax_jack_vance_djvu.txt

Spellburn: A Podcast about the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
http://spellburn.com/

Nowhere City Nights, Julian's third-party modern noir setting for DCC RPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/186498/Nowhere-City-Nights-DCC-RPG

Castle Bash: A Record of the Most Unfortunate Doings at Castle Bash - As Told by an Unnamed Poet who was Never Seen Again
https://www.amazon.com/Castle-Bash-Record-Unfortunate-Unnamed/dp/0982933584

Appendix N Book Club Podcast
https://appendixnbookclub.com/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Jul 1, 2021

Zeb Cook’s RPG design history includes such important highlights as the “Expert” portion of B/X D&D, AD&D 2nd Edition, Oriental Adventures, Planescape, Star Frontiers, and more! He’s also had career highlights in video games including City of Villains, Fallout 2, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Did you know AD&D 2nd Edition had a significant playtest effort (and why wasn’t the armor class system changed then)? Whose idea was it to have the first wilderness adventure, why were there dinosaurs in The Isle of Dread, and why was it set on an island? Crashing on Gary Gygax’s couch. What strange business venture did TSR make that had Zeb in stitches?

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #243 - 7/1/2021

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SHOW NOTES

David Cook (game designer) - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Cook_(game_designer)

David "Zeb" Cook at D&D Lore Wiki
https://dungeonsdragons.fandom.com/wiki/David_%22Zeb%22_Cook

David "Zeb" Cook at RPG Geek
https://rpggeek.com/rpgdesigner/353/david-zeb-cook

David "Zeb" Cook | Board Game Designer | BoardGameGeek
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/353/david-zeb-cook/linkeditems/boardgamedesigner

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Jun 22, 2021

FASERIP Tactics is the tactical superhero miniatures game based on the rules from the classic TSR Marvel Superheroes RPG. Developer Ned Leeds shares the amazing and incredible feats this game brings to the table! It's monstrous fun, and it's FREE.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #242 - 6/22/2021

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SHOW NOTES

FASERIP Tactics 
http://faseriptactics.azurewebsites.net/index.html 

FASERIP Tactics Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1748764718696645

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

May 29, 2021

The new Awfully Cheerful Engine (ACE) RPG with Russ "Morrus" Morrissey of E.N. Publishing. ACE is an action-comedy RPG inspired by a frightfully cheerful game from the 80s that’s quick and fun to play. Plus: A Level Up Advanced 5E RPG project update. Giant monkeys punching giant lizards. Sketch comedy writing. Sea Monkeys. How to watch Eurovision. It's awfully contentful!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #241 - 5/29/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Awfully Cheerful Engine RPG on Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/the-awfully-cheerful-engine-an-rpg-of-action-comedy/

Awfully Cheerful Engine RPG website
https://www.awfullycheerfulengine.com/

Awfully Cheerful Engine RPG Character Builder
https://www.awfullycheerfulengine.com/build-your-hero-1

Level Up: Advanced 5E RPG Sneak Preview – Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode 238 – 3-19-2021
https://shaneplays.com/level-up-advanced-5e-a5e-sneak-preview-podcast/

Sea Monkeys Wikipedia Page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-Monkeys

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

May 21, 2021

On scarlet sorcery and heroic wings, Phase 4 of the MCU has arrived! What did Shane and friends of the show Richard McBain and William Brackeen think of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Are they excited for Phase 4 in general? Plus! An overview of everything currently on the MCU’s Phase 4 slate! Tune in, True Believers!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #240 - 5/21/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Four at Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Cinematic_Universe:_Phase_Four

Marvel Phase 4 Timeline: Here's When Each Movie Will Be Released | The Wrap
https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/marvel-phase-4-timeline-heres-when-each-movie-will-be-released/ar-BB1gjFqo

Marvel’s Reportedly Made Another Offer To John Krasinski For Fantastic Four | We Got This Covered
https://wegotthiscovered.com/movies/marvels-reportedly-offer-john-krasinski-fantastic/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Mar 31, 2021

After years of denials of its existence, the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League is here! Comedian and friend of the show Michael Brown joins Shane for a deep dive on Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s versions of the movie. Is one better than the other? Does it mainly come down to fun vs gravitas? Green Lantern and Aquaman digressions. Mike is a true Aquaman fan. Shane tries and fails to do a ghastly Joker laugh.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #239 - 3/31/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Thank you to the #ReleasetheSnyderCut Movement for raising $500k for suicide prevention
https://afsp.org/story/thank-you-to-the-releasethesnydercut-movement-for-raising-500k-for-suicide-prevention

Why The Snyder Cut of Justice League Isn't Widescreen
https://www.ign.com/articles/zack-snyder-cut-justice-league-widescreen-fullframe

Rotten Tomatoes
Justice League: 40%
Zack Snyder’s Justice League: 73%

Justice League Movie & The State Of The DCEU! – Shane Plays Geek Talk Ep. 125
https://shaneplays.com/justice-league-movie-and-state-of-the-dceu-radio-show-podcast-ep-125/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Mar 19, 2021

Level Up: Advanced Fifth Edition RPG is coming and Russ “Morrus” Morrissey of E.N. Publishing provides a sneak preview! A5E is an expanded version of 5E, adding more depth and options yet still backward compatible with 5E. Among lots of other cool stuff, the exploration pillar gets much love, a revamped heritage and culture system is coming, monster signs appear, and get ready for combat maneuvers! Plus: The Awfully Cheerful Engine RPG. Shane and Russ are excited for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Who would win: Sarah Jessica Parker versus the Justice League. The resurgence of sea shanties.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #238 - 3/19/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition
https://www.levelup5e.com/

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG News
https://www.enworld.org/

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Podcast
https://morrus.podbean.com/

Allies & Adversaries: NPCs for D&D 5th Edition Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/allies-and-adversaries-npcs-for-dandd-5th-edition

WOIN RPG: What’s O.L.D. is N.E.W.
http://www.woinrpg.com/

Judge Dredd and the Worlds of 2000 AD RPG
https://www.worldsof2000adrpg.com/

Understanding the D&D DMs Guild & 5th Edition SRD / OGL
https://shaneplays.com/understanding-the-dms-guild-5th-edition-srd-ogl/

Why The Snyder Cut of Justice League Isn't Widescreen
https://www.ign.com/articles/zack-snyder-cut-justice-league-widescreen-fullframe

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Feb 23, 2021

It’s a veritable cavalcade of geeky news goodness! All Your Base 20th anniversary, WandaVision, Chinese CRPGs, The Burning Crusade for WoW Classic, McDonalds Pokemon scalper frenzy, Babylon 5, Red Dwarf, Day of the Dead TV series, Batman: The Animated Series, Godzilla vs Kong, The Snyder Cut, Fan buyout of DC Comics?, Spawn expanded comics universe, Dragonlance, puppet D&D and more! Plus: Shane rants a bit about DC Comics and event based comics in general. Press play!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #237 - 2/21/2021

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SHOW NOTES

An anniversary for great justice: Remembering “All Your Base” 20 years later | Ars Technica
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/get-ready-to-feel-old-the-all-your-base-music-video-turns-20-today/

All Your Base Are Belong To Us (Original)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fvTxv46ano

Mission Control Live: NASA Lands Perseverance Mars Rover (clean feed)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPrbJ63qUc4

Chinese open-world RPG rockets to the top of Steam with over 170,000 concurrent players | PC Gamer
https://www.pcgamer.com/chinese-open-world-rpg-rockets-to-the-top-of-steam-with-over-170000-concurrent-players/

World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic Confirmed For 2021 Release | Gamespot
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/world-of-warcraft-burning-crusade-classic-confirmed-for-2021-release/1100-6487843/

RPG Codex GOTY 2020: Results & Cool Graphs | RPG Codex
https://rpgcodex.net/article.php?id=11612

Nox Archaist
https://www.6502workshop.com/p/nox-archaist.html

The CRPG Book Project by Felipe Pepe
https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643

McDonald's Happy Meal Offers Pokémon Cards in Celebration of 25th Anniversary | Hypebeast
https://hypebeast.com/2021/2/mcdonalds-pokemon-trading-cards-happy-meal-25-anniverary-celebration-announcement

McDonald's 'Strongly Encouraging' Restaurants to Prevent Happy Meal Pokemon Card Scalping | IGN
https://www.ign.com/articles/mcdonalds-strongly-encouraging-restaurants-to-prevent-happy-meal-pokemon-card-scalping

'Babylon 5' finally gets remastered and is now available to rent or buy online | Space.com
https://www.space.com/babylon-5-remastered-streaming-amazon-itunes-hbo-max

Legal row puts future of Red Dwarf at risk | Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/02/04/47778/legal_row_puts_future_of_red_dwarf_at_risk

Syfy’s ‘Day of the Dead’ Series Will Have Some Ties to George Romero’s Original Classic | Bloody Disgusting
https://bloody-disgusting.com/exclusives/3648804/syfys-day-dead-series-will-ties-george-romeros-original-classic-exclusive/

Solid rumor? Batman: The Animated Series Sequel Reportedly In The Works For HBO Max | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/tv-shows/news/batman-the-animated-series-sequel-hbo-max/

Godzilla Vs. Kong Is Already Breaking Records For Warner Bros - CINEMABLEND
https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2562094/godzilla-vs-kong-is-already-breaking-records-for-warner-bros

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sU6JGZAxv4

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Remastered to Be Released in IMAX Theaters | ComicBook.com
https://comicbook.com/movies/news/lord-of-the-rings-imax-release-anniversary-details-theaters/

Kickstarter: Preserve JRR Tolkien’s Former Home as a Public Writing Haven
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2126005107/preserve-jrr-tolkiens-former-home-as-a-public-writing-haven

SCOOP: DC Comics Buyout In The Works From Fans With Lots Of Money | Bleeding Cool
https://bleedingcool.com/comics/dc-comics-buyout-in-the-works-from-fans-with-lots-of-money/

DC Announces Batman '89 and Superman '78 Digital First Series | CBR
https://www.cbr.com/dc-batman-89-superman-78-digital-first/

Todd McFarlane Announces Spawn's Universe, Launching 4 New Comics | Bleeding Cool
https://bleedingcool.com/comics/todd-mcfarlane-spawns-universe-new-comics-comicspro/

Here's That Official Dragonlance Novels Announcement, Featuring Classic Characters & An Old Logo! | Morrus’s Unofficial Tabletop RPG News
https://www.enworld.org/threads/heres-that-official-dragonlance-novels-announcement-featuring-classic-characters-an-old-logo.677842/

Dungeons & Dragons and Puppets Come Together in Stuff of Legends | Comic Book.com
https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-stuff-of-legends-puppets-jovenshire/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Jan 18, 2021

It’s the fifth annual team-up with Arkansas talk radio legend Dave Elswick for our Most Anticipated Geek Movies of 2021! What made the cut? How did our picks from last year hold up? Dave and Shane’s thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984. Dave’s theory on The Empire Strikes Back. Ed and Elizabeth Warren. Dave thinks Shane looks like Jerry Garcia. Press Play!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #236 - 1/18/2021

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Dec 22, 2020

Jon Peterson discusses The Elusive Shift, his newest in-depth book about role-playing game history. The importance of fanzines to the hobby and researching its history. Where did the term “role-playing game” come from? The history of “roll-playing” vs “role-playing”. Letting the dice tell the story vs GM fudging. Some dice history. Platonic solids and the nature of reality. What was Gary Gygax’s design reason for saving throws? The three types of wargamers. A D&D cookbook. Orc bacon. Bonus bad jokes.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #235 - 12/22/2020

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SHOW NOTES

The Elusive Shift: How Role-Playing Games Forged Their Identity
https://www.amazon.com/Elusive-Shift-Role-Playing-Identity-Histories/dp/0262044641/ 

Fanzines beget blogs by Roger Ebert
https://www.rogerebert.com/roger-ebert/fanzines-beget-blogs

Playing at the World: Identifying the Dice of the 1970s
https://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2020/02/identifying-dice-of-1970s.html 

Playing at the World Episode #2: Identifying 1970s Dice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yqt3A1bpoYA 

Lee Gold on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Gold

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Dec 11, 2020

Who are Frog God Games? The current state of OSR RPG gaming and some OSR history. Recommendations on trying out OSR games. North Texas RPG Con. Large cons versus intimate cons. Con special guest invitation criteria. Economics of RPG conventions. Economics of the RPG industry. RPG archaeology. Tavern brawls. A cool story about a lost piece of D&D and Gary Gygax history. Michael “Bad Mike” Badolato and Carl Heyl join.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #234 - 12/11/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Frog God Games
https://www.froggodgames.com/

Swords & Wizardry RPG
https://www.froggodgames.com/product-category/product-lines/swords-wizardry-2/

OSRIC
https://osricrpg.com/

Blueholme
https://dreamscapedesign.net/products/

Labyrinth Lord
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/64332/Labyrinth-Lord-Revised-Edition

Basic Fantasy
https://www.basicfantasy.org/

Castles & Crusades
https://www.trolllord.com/indexnew.html

Dungeon Crawl Classics
https://goodman-games.com/dungeon-crawl-classics-rpg/

B/X D&D
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/110274/DD-Basic-Set-Rulebook-B-X-ed-Basic

North Texas RPG Con
https://ntrpgcon.com/

Talking Crit podcast
https://anchor.fm/erik-stiene

Save or Die podcast
http://saveordie.info/

The Crusader podcast
https://crusaderpodcast.com/

Victorious RPG & North Texas RPG Con! – Episode 188 – Shane Plays Geek Talk
https://shaneplays.com/victorious-rpg-north-texas-rpg-con/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Nov 25, 2020

Asunder is the dark fantasy RPG (powered by the Shadow of the Demon Lord system) set in a dying world with no metal where humans have transformed plants and insects into living weapons. Adam Lawson and Robert J. Schwalb join to discuss! How long is the average tabletop RPG campaign (the answer may surprise you)? What’s it like to make an RPG for the first time compared to what you THINK it will be like? The “Dread to GURPS” scale of RPG crunch. Shane has one of Robert’s sweaty custom leather wristbands.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #233 - 11/25/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Asunder: A Dark Fantasy RPG on Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/failedsuperhero/asunder

Asunder RPG Quickstart Rules
https://www.dropbox.com/s/45tdekcmh75ag8t/Asunder_QSG.pdf

ASUNDER: Gaia's Judgement - "Blister Socket" Ep #1 | TTRPG Liveplay
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBfluW5HgOw

Shadow of the Demon Lord RPG
https://schwalbentertainment.com/shadow-of-the-demon-lord/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Nov 13, 2020

Tékumel: The Empire of the Petal Throne is known as the first published tabletop RPG setting, but began long before that in Professor M. A. R. Barker’s imagination. It’s a rich and exciting world matched by a fascinating creator! Bob Alberti (Tékumel expert, author, and friend of Professor Barker) tells us all about this important part of RPG history.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #232 - 11/13/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Professor M. A. R. Barker on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._A._R._Barker

Tékumel: The World of the Petal Throne
https://www.tekumel.com/

The Tékumel Foundation
http://www.tekumelfoundation.org/

Béthorm: The Plane of Tékumel (the current official RPG rules)
http://bethorm.com/shop

Tékumel Game Systems
https://www.tekumel.com/gaming_officialrules.html

Mitlanyál
Bob’s book with Professor Barker about Tékumel’s religion and deities
https://www.tekumel.com/gaming_rulesMIT.html

Matt Chat 457: Bob Alberti on Scepter of Goth and Gopher
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm0LleLJ4Wk&t=9s

Vilification Tennis
https://vilificationtennis.com/

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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Nov 2, 2020

The unproduced final episode of the 80s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon now exists thanks to superfans Ryan Nead and Marshall Hubbard and is receiving widespread praise! What was involved? How long did it take? Why did they do it? Why do they love the D&D cartoon so much? Is it an energy bow, a lightning bow, or a plasma bow? The final episode in other media. Ryan has a DeLorean.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #231 - 11/2/2020

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Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon Requiem IMDB Credits
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13213426/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1

Michael Reeves Requiem script
https://frpnet.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dungeons-and-dragons-requiem.pdf

Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon Renault Commercial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmCTtom62HM

Requiem final episode audio drama
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4WFXW-BzPk

Requiem Fan-made Portuguese Comic
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18479552-dungeons-and-dragons

AD&D Forgotten Realms Comic: The Grand Tour (features the cartoon characters as adults)
https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/The_Grand_Tour

Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon TV Series Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DnDCartoon

HitFilm Express Video Editor
https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

Autodesk Sketchbook
https://sketchbook.com/


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
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Oct 23, 2020

Writer, director, and producer Adam Lawson (Snakes on a Plane, Escape the Night, The Eighth, TableTop) joins to talk The Kill Journal, a horror graphic novel about survivors of supernatural slashers who band together to get revenge. Which version of Michael Meyers is the most frightening? Michael vs Jason. What does Adam think of “newer” horror movies? Ed and Lorraine Warren. RPGs as spectator entertainment.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #230 - 10/23/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Halloween

Topic Notes:

The Kill Journal on Indiegogo:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-kill-journal/x/19012395#/

Adam Lawson IMDB page:
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2286969/

Ed and Lorraine Warren on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_and_Lorraine_Warren


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Sep 30, 2020

The hugely popular Inktober drawing challenge with creator Jake Parker. When did Inktober start and how large has it grown? What are people saying about how Inktober has helped them? Advice from Don Bluth. How do you say Mignola? Shane wants to be a cartoonist.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #229 - 9/30/2020

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Podcast Zinger is from Guardians of the Galaxy

Topic Notes:

Jake’s website:
https://www.mrjakeparker.com/

Inktober
https://inktober.com/

Jake Parker on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jake_Parker


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
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Sep 25, 2020

Good Strong Hands RPG (“A darkly whimsical game about saving your fantastical world”) with indie developer Craig Campbell of NerdBurger Games. RPGs gone virtual. The importance of cons to the RPG industry. How is RPG design like architecture? Sad scenes in geek movies. The butter burger.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #228 - 9/25/2020

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Podcast Zinger is from The Black Hole

Topic Notes:

NerdBurger Games
https://www.nerdburgergames.com/

Good Strong Hands Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1582756696/good-strong-hands-rpg?ref=5xgy12

Nerdburger Games Discord Community:
https://discord.com/invite/BRXGCyw


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Sep 20, 2020

10 playful sketches chock full of D&D and RPG mirth and good-natured skewering, written by Shane Stacks and performed and edited by the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast crew (Russ Morrissey, Peter Coffey and Darryl Mott)! Sketches include comparing sanity check fails, “invisible” bank robbers, a certain gazebo, the lack of variety in the post-apocalypse, having cows in dungeons, GMs saying yes, quiz show initiative, and more!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #227 - 9/20/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG News
https://www.enworld.org/

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

RPG Sketches:

Now THAT'S What I Call a Sanity Check!
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #35: Sci-Fi Games with Ed Jowett
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/34-sci-fi-games-with-ed-jowett/

Barricade Bessie
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #66: Top 20 Dungeons & Dragons Villains
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/66-top-20-dungeons-dragons-villains/

The Gazebo's Tale or Gazebo and the Dread Eric
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #44: U2 Danger at Dunwater
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/44-ghosts-of-u2-danger-at-dunwater/

The original Eric & the Dread Gazebo story that inspired this sketch:
https://web.archive.org/web/20080804140516/http://www.dreadgazebo.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=8

Invisible Bank Robber
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #82: Top RPG Podcasts of 2019
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/82-top-rpg-podcasts-of-2019/

The story that inspired this sketch:
https://factualfacts.com/a-man-tried-to-rob-a-bank-after-paying-500-to-a-wizard-to-make-him-invisible/

The Ultimate Pool of Might and Wizardry
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #69: Dungeons & Desktops with Shane Stacks and Matt Barton
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/69-dungeons-desktops-with-shane-stacks-and-matt-barton/

Quiz Show Initiative
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #100: Our 100th Episode with Guests Shane Stacks and Darryl Mott
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/100-our-100th-episode-with-guests-shane-stacks-and-darryl-mott/

Grabnar's End
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #107: Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters with Mike Myler
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/107-mythological-figures-maleficent-monsters-with-mike-myler/

Would a Giant Cockroach Hurt Once in a While?
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #48: Exploring Saltmarsh Finale: The Styes
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/48-exploring-saltmarsh-finale-the-styes/

Horsing Around
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #85: Top RPG Podcasts of 2019
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/85-capers-with-craig-campbell/

Star Wars Backstory
From Morrus's Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk #103: Fantastic Lairs with James Introcaso
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/103-fantastic-lairs-with-james-introcaso/


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Aug 22, 2020

Darklands! The cult classic open-world RPG from 1992 that lets you adventure in the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century… or rather, 15th Century Europe as people believed it to be at the time! Darklands broke a lot of CRPG ground, still has fans, and influenced games like Baldur’s Gate and the Elder Scrolls. Fellow fans Matt Wirkkala and Keith Hiorns join.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #226 - 8/22/2020

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Podcast Zinger is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Topic Notes:

Arnold Hendrick, creator of influential '90s RPG Darklands, has died | PC Gamer
https://www.pcgamer.com/arnold-hendrick-creator-of-influential-90s-rpg-darklands-has-died/
(Aged 69)

Darklands on GOG
https://www.gog.com/game/darklands

Darklands on Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/327930/Darklands/

Darklands FAQ 3.0
http://www.darklands.net/faq/faq.shtml

Matt Wirkkala’s Darklands Site
http://darklands.net/index.shtml

Darklands Group on Groups.io
https://groups.io/g/darklands

Matt Chat 77: Darklands
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQLLW3ApIcY

Matt Chat 78: Arnold Hendrick Interview Pt. 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I30dzwiNxLk

Matt Chat 78: Interview with Arnold Hendrick Pt. 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZClSiClBuQ

Matt Chat 78: Interview with Arnold Hendrick Pt. 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIlsepGUW30

CRPG Addict’s List of Games Played
(look for Darklands multi-part entry)
http://crpgaddict.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_3.html

Todd Howard quote: "The main inspiration for The Elder Scrolls comes from games like Ultima Underworld, Darklands, and Legends of Valour. And of course, D&D.; The whole idea was to do a grand RPG, where you could do pretty much whatever you wanted."
Source: http://planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=159095 via Archive.org’s Wayback Machine https://web.archive.org/web/20120808185406/http://planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/fullstory.php?id=159095

Darklands has a new publisher -- Ziggurat?
https://steamcommunity.com/app/327930/discussions/0/1754646299859536640/

BOMBSHELL: Original Darklands source material at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY
https://groups.io/g/darklands/message/9724?p=,,,20,0,0,0::relevance,,ziggurat,20,2,0,72417865

Historia Ludens: The Playing Historian
(academic book with some Darklands content, inspired in part by the game and the Darklands FAQ)
https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429345616


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Aug 14, 2020

UFO reports are increasing rapidly and the official discussion of UFOs keeps flying higher with everyone from U.S. Senators to UFO lobbyists to the previous lead singer of Blink-182 pushing for answers. Lots of UFO news. Some space news. Art Bell trivia. Trump quotes about UFOs. Mars is being noisy. Are stars disappearing in droves? What does Kurt Russell have to do with the Phoenix Lights?

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #225 - 8/14/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Topic Notes:

The Art of Talk book on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Talk-Bell/dp/1879706776

Art Bell Tribute: UFOs & Other Weirdness! – Episode 186 – Shane Plays Geek Talk
https://shaneplays.com/art-bell-tribute-ufo-weird-news-podcast/

Marine Plankton Found On Surface Of International Space Station | IFLScience
https://www.iflscience.com/space/marine-plankton-found-surface-international-space-station/amp.html

A Stellar Mystery: How Could 100 Stars Just Vanish? | Air & Space By Dirk Schulze-Makuch
https://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/stellar-mystery-how-could-100-stars-just-vanish-180973821/

Nasa releases 'peculiar' recordings from surface of Mars | The Independent by Anthony Cuthbertson
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-mars-recordings-audio-space-listen-a9138376.html

Mars launch: NASA sends Perseverance rover to space | CNN By Ashley Strickland
https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/30/world/mars-perseverance-rover-launch-scn/index.html

Kurt Russell Is the Pilot Who Reported Phoenix Lights UFO Sighting | Movieweb by Ryan Scott
https://movieweb.com/kurt-russell-pilot-reported-phoenix-lights-ufo-sighting/

'Fleet Of UFOs' Hovering Over Arizona Captured On Video | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/fleet-of-ufos-arizona-sighting-video/

Alien-Hunter Spots UFO Flying Near Erupting Volcano In Live Cam Video | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/ufo-flying-erupting-volcano-alien-hunter-sighting/

UFO Spotted On NASA Live Stream Video Outside The International Space Station Is ‘Absolutely Real’ | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/ufo-nasa-stream-international-space-station/

UFO Expert Claims ISS Video Is ‘100% Proof’ NASA, Russia Know Aliens Visit The Space Station | BroBible
https://brobible.com/culture/article/iss-video-proof-aliens-space-station/

UFO sightings triple in New York City in 2019 | NY Post
https://nypost.com/2020/01/04/ufo-sightings-triple-in-new-york-city-in-2019/

UFO videos are footage of real 'unidentified' objects, US Navy acknowledges | Fox News By Chris Ciaccia
https://www.foxnews.com/tech/ufo-videos-real-navy-acknowledges

The Pentagon just released a video of a Tic-Tac-shaped UFO. The Navy pilot who recorded it says he doesn't want to be associated with aliens | Business Insider by Aria Bendix
https://www.businessinsider.com/navy-pilot-tic-tac-ufo-interview-aliens-2019-12

UFO Lobbyists Are Trying to Get the Truth From Congress, and They're Winning | Vice By MJ Banias
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyz8x3/there-are-ufo-lobbyists-in-dc-and-lawmakers-are-apparently-listening

No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public | The New York Times By Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/politics/pentagon-ufo-harry-reid-navy.html

Pentagon UFO unit to publicly release some findings after ex-official says ‘off-world vehicle' found | Independent Gino Spocchia
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/ufo-pentagon-statement-findings-vehicle-research-a9636481.html

Pentagon to launch task force to investigate UFO sightings | CNN
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/13/politics/pentagon-ufo-task-force/index.html

British 'X-Files' of UFO sightings is going public | LiveScience By Mindy Weisberger
https://www.livescience.com/uk-ufo-reports-soon-released.html

Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Reveals He Believes There Is Alien Life Out There In Space | BroBible by Paul Sacca
https://brobible.com/culture/article/apollo-11-astronaut-aliens-michael-collins-twitter/


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Jul 16, 2020

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters for 5th Edition with Russ Morrissey and Mike Myler. A veritable cornucopia of real life and legendary figures for your game! Hair fuses. American mythology. Knights joust a lot. Jesus as a stat block? The real Peter Pan is kind of creepy. Ra Ra Rasputin. Cryptids. Skunk Apes. Numenera comes to D&D. The Far Side is back (kind of). Hudson the ASBOdog.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #224 - 7/16/2020

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from The Skunk Ape Hunter | Skunk Ape (Discovery YouTube Channel)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZviC4cOjuk

Topic Notes:

Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters for 5th Edition Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enworld/mythological-figures-and-maleficent-monsters

Converting Historical & Mythological Figures to D&D! – Episode 182 – Shane Plays Geek Talk
https://shaneplays.com/podcast-dnd-genghis-khan-merlin-mythological-historical-figures/

Monte Cook’s Numenera setting comes to 5e with Beneath the Monolith | EN World
https://www.enworld.org/threads/monte-cook%E2%80%99s-numenera-setting-comes-to-5e-with-beneath-the-monolith.673164/

The Far Side returns after 25 years, and it’s all digital | The Verge
https://www.theverge.com/21317458/far-side-new-comics-creator-gary-larson-25-years-digital-tablet


Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition

Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

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