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A journey into the things we love: D&D / RPGs, tabletop games, wargames, video games, comics and comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, fan films, movies, TV, books, sci-fi, fantasy, more! Hosted by a fellow geek that supports and encourages geeks and our fandoms in all of their various splendor! Come along and get your geek on (or maybe even discover you inner geek)!
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Sep 25, 2022

Joseph Wolf of Reaper Miniatures talks Dungeon Dwellers, Reaper’s old-school style RPG using modern design. Also: some ReaperCon chat. Joseph has some interesting RPG design highlights, including Forgotten Realms, Deadlands, and Blood of Heroes. Love it or hate it, 5E is very successful at what it does. Which Dungeon Dwellers came first, the minis or the RPG? “Tolkien Orcs” versus “Warhammer Orcs.” Super quick hot takes on Rings of Power. Shane freely admits to and doesn’t apologize for being RPG system promiscuous. Innovation in RPG design is groovy, but you don’t have to innovate just to be cool. 

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #262 - 9/24/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Dungeon Dwellers RPG
https://www.reapermini.com/rpg

ReaperCon
https://reapercon.com/ 

Reaper Miniatures
https://www.reapermini.com/ 

Joseph C. Wolf | RPG Designer | RPGGeek
https://rpggeek.com/rpgdesigner/15228/joseph-c-wolf

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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 9, 2022

Champions superhero RPG co-creator (and HERO Games co-founder) George MacDonald with guest co-host Michael Stewart (Victorious RPG creator; Save For Half and The Crusader podcasts co-host). The origins of Champions from the why, to the playtesting to the launch and beyond. Was the initial reception to Champions disappointing or encouraging? George came out of wargaming and his RPG mechanics reflects that. Did early players prefer to play licensed characters or their own superheroes? Crunchy versus streamlined game mechanics. Estimating the damage between wet and dry avalanches. Why did George decide to do superheroes for his first RPG game genre? The difference in adventure structure between RPG genres (fantasy, cyberpunk, superheroes). Some of the business thinking behind printing a game and creating a company (two different things!). Game distributors dangled the carrot a lot back in the day. The great Hero Games Box Shuffle of the Early Eighties. A speed round of Champions questions for George from Facebook. The pros and cons of wearing a cape. Foxbat’s secret identity REVEALED! What term in sci-fi RPGs has always bugged Shane? A little bit of chat about George’s time in computer games including Pool of Radiance.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #261 - 9/9/2022

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SHOW NOTES

George MacDonald (game designer)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_MacDonald_(game_designer) 

Save For Half Podcast Episode 17: Champions 1st Edition
https://saveforhalf.com/2019/04/23/episode-17-champions-1st-edition/ 

Matt Chat 490: George MacDonald
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyaIyNDaOZw 

World of Supers RPGs Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1605211436420082 

I tried to recreate a comic book using DALL-E and Alan Moore’s script
https://rubikscode.net/2022/08/22/i-tried-to-recreate-a-comic-book-using-dall-e-and-alan-moores-script/ 

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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/

 

Aug 15, 2022

Dafydd Roche of Terrain-Tronics doesn’t just want to make cool terrain, he's helping DMs and GMs bring delight to their players with easy DIY gaming terrain electronics for D&D and other RPGs. Game terrain as part of the storytelling. Theatrical D&D. The no-solder wire wrapping technique is good enough for NASA! Pretty soldering jobs versus ugly soldering jobs. Smart ways to compete with big business as a small business. Shane does his usual thing of getting into the business reality behind the creativity. Terrain-Tronics products are open source. Do horses really go to the glue factory? What chain of events had to happen for many of the inventions and innovations in human history? A minor tangent into casinos, pit bosses, and getting comped.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #260 - 8/15/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Terrain-Tronics website
https://terraintronics.com/ 

Terrain-Tronics on YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/c/TerrainTronics 

Terrain-Tronics on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/terraintronics/ 

“Endor Tree Platform” Lighted Forest Camp Diorama Tutorial - bringing electronics to your build!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOlUe7gGVZM 

Recommended Starter Project - Conwy Castle - Simple 4ch LED Driver
https://www.tindie.com/products/terraintronics/conwy-castle-simple-4ch-led-driver/ 

Tabletop Witchcraft Youtube Channel
*Uses Terrain-Tronics electronics 
https://www.youtube.com/c/TabletopWitchCRAFT 

Nat1 Videos: How to build a BALINS TOMB - BOOK NOOK
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cremnK6is4g 

Adobe Medium - VR 3D Modeling Software
https://www.adobe.com/products/medium.html

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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 17, 2022

Grindhouse cinema with RPG publisher and cinephile Levi Combs. What is Grindhouse, and why is it called that? The market forces that led to the rise of Grindhouse theaters. Gritty movies, violent movies, Foreign movies, exploitation movies, Kung fu movies, BRUCEsploitation movies, more! New York City as a character in movies. Sho'nuff, The Shogun of Harlem can chew scenery on a level with Darth Vader. What’s Levi’s favorite fight scene in any movie, period? Is the first Friday the 13th movie a Grindhouse movie? Plus: The RPG adventures and ‘zines of Planet X Games… hear the call of the Skeleton of the Black Lake and behold the Big Eye Chungus!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #259 - 7/18/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Grindhouse definition from Merriam-Webster:
an often shabby movie theater having continuous showings especially of pornographic or violent films.

Grindhouse on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindhouse 
According to historian David Church, this theater type was named after the "grind policy", a film-programming strategy dating back to the early 1920s which continuously showed films at cut-rate ticket prices that typically rose over the course of each day.

Grindhouse on Wiktionary:
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/grindhouse 
Perhaps from the grinding or cranking motion employed by early projectionists.
Perhaps from bump and grind (dubious). The term may originally have been used for burlesque houses in the 1940s.

Planet X Games
& The Phylactery ‘zine
https://www.exaltedfuneral.com/collections/planet-x-games 

The 20 Best Grindhouse Movies Ranked | SlashFilm
https://www.slashfilm.com/762166/the-20-best-grindhouse-movies-ranked/ 

Grindhouse Data Base Top 20
https://www.grindhousedatabase.com/index.php/GCDb_Top_20 

Book recommendation
These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World
https://www.amazon.com/These-Fists-Break-Bricks-America/dp/173689160X 

Troll 2 on Tubi
https://tubitv.com/movies/302737/troll-2 

Best Worst Movie (Documentary about Troll 2) on Tubi
https://tubitv.com/movies/475569/best-worst-movie 

Shane's list of Grindhouse favorites:
Night of the Living Dead
Dawn of the Dead
Death Race 2000
Gator Bait
Honorable Mention:
Zombie (for the zombie vs shark fight!)

Levi’s Favorite Grindhouse Movies:
Evil Dead 2
Troll 2
Samurai Cop
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

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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 17, 2022

Thrilling fantasy stories of the swashbuckling duo Mongoose and Meerkat with author Jim Breyfogle. Adventure fiction as opposed to “pulp” fiction (and what exactly does “pulp” mean, anyway). Who is Jim’s number one favorite writer from the past? Shane’s dirty little secret when it comes to Robert E. Howard’s fiction. Robert A. Heinlein was both amazing AND sketchy. Fair Witnesses are cool. The Odyssey Writing Workshop. Some love for CIRSOVA magazine and its publisher P. Alexander.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #258 - 6/17/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Kickstarter for Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat Vol 2: The Heat of the Chase
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cirsova/tales-of-the-mongoose-and-meerkat-the-heat-of-the-chase 

Tales of the Mongoose and Meerkat, Vol 1: Pursuit Without Asking
https://www.amazon.com/Tales-Mongoose-Meerkat-Vol-Pursuit/dp/194931328X 

Jim Breyfogle’s Website
https://jimbreyfogle.wordpress.com/ 

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

Odyssey Writing Workshops
https://www.odysseyworkshop.org/ 

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/

 

May 27, 2022
JAQ: Journey Adventure Quest is the new drafting board game with resource management, cool mechanics, challenging monsters, fun lore, and multiple paths to victory. Jesse Stacy, Tommy Noel and Brandon Beam from Triceratops Games join Shane to talk all about it (and demonstrate some actual play)! Also: Why the name Triceratops, wait until you hear about the artist, shout-outs to favorite board games, reminiscing on the early days of Magic: The Gathering, and of course more.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #257 - 5/27/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Journey Adventure Quest Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/triceratopsgames/journey-adventure-quest

Triceratops Games
https://triceratopsgames.com/

JAQ at Board Game Geek
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/357778/journey-adventure-quest 

Board game shout-outs:
Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War
Mystic Vale
Wingspan
Ankh
Fantastic Factories
Libertalia 
Lords of Waterdeep
Star Trek Expeditions
Ticket to Ride
Small World
Tokaido 
Lost Cities (2 player)
Jaipur (2 player) 

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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 12, 2022

Comics artist (and self-described art hobo) Brian Shearer has worked on such high-profile properties as Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Doctor Who as well as his own creations Gunship Thunderpunch and William the Last. How did Brian become a professional artist? Tips for creators to build an audience online. What’s the line you have to cross on a late crowdfunding project fulfillment before Shane gets annoyed? Working on G.I. Joe pages while with your wife in the delivery room. SDCC and many other big cons aren’t for comics creators and fans anymore. Transformers toy history, and Bob Budiansky and Jim Shooter’s vital contributions to Transformers lore. Some Classic Who and New Who discussion. Favorite entertainment properties from the 80s. Shane was NOT down with the Ghostbusters cartoon that had an ape. 80s anime and those sweet, sweet Star Blazers twisty laser cannons. Catching episodes of Dragon Ball and Ranma 1/2 in Japanese and trying to make sense of it. What’s that certain unique something that Cowboy Bebop has? Favorite breakfast cereals, cereal toys of yore, and Saturday morning cartoons.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #256 - 5/12/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Brian Shearer’s website
https://brian-shearer.com/

Gunship Thunderpunch Indiegogo On Demand Link
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gunship-thunderpunch-book-2-synthwave-album/x/19012395#/ 

Brian’s YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/BrianShearer 

William the Last 
https://williamthelast.com  

Bob Budiansky at the Transformers Wiki
https://tfwiki.net/wiki/Bob_Budiansky 

50 Greatest Cereal Box Prizes
https://www.mrbreakfast.com/list.asp?id=6

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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/

Apr 15, 2022

RPG designer Bruce Nesmith discusses his career as a TSR veteran (Ravenloft 2E, Gamma World 4E, Dragonlance), Elder Scrolls Skyrim lead designer, and now novelist. Bruce’s first day at TSR was an experience, to say the least. What does he consider his biggest achievement while at TSR? Bruce’s opinion of TSR under Gary Gygax versus Lorraine Williams and what he considers TSR’s “glory days”. What was his job description as lead designer on The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim? Why did Oblivion have a big celebrity but Skyrim didn’t? Bruce was years ahead of the game when it came to his revamp of the Armor Class system for Gamma World 4E. What do you do when you want to play D&D but you don’t have the rules? You invent it, including simulating the d20 with d6s. Writing for games versus writing prose. Bruce’s Loki in his novel Mischief Maker is not the MCU Loki. Shane laments the lack of a werecow in TSR publications.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #255 - 4/15/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Bruce Nesmith on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Nesmith 

Bruce's novel "Mischief Maker"  
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092CJPX2Q/ 

Me And Steve Talk RPGs Episode 75: Bruce Nesmith
https://meandsteverpg.podbean.com/e/75-bruce-nesmith/ 

I’m A Werecow 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqmtQR6MA-0

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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 25, 2022

RPG designers John Kennedy (Star Trek Adventures, Stargate 5E) and Sharene "Madfishmonger" Gilchrist (Capers, Vast Kaviya) join to talk their new Staged Heroism RPG: A Comedic RPG of Super-Heroics, Super-Villainy, and Failure at its Best inspired by shows like The Venture Bros. Plus: Designing not to fail forward, but to embrace the fail. The Roger Rabbit style of gameplay. Flashback scenes as a game mechanic. Venomous monarch butterflies. Where did Sharene get her nickname? Cops raiding a Vampire LARP session. The design philosophy behind Star Trek Adventures. John gets a no-prize. Everyone is entirely too amused by the Burger King Kids Club.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #254 - 3/25/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Staged Heroism on Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1582756696/staged-heroism/ 

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

The Venture Bros.
https://venturebrothers.fandom.com/wiki/The_Venture_Bros.

Changeling: The Dreaming
https://whitewolf.fandom.com/wiki/Changeling:_The_Dreaming 

NFL SuperPro
https://marvel.fandom.com/wiki/NFL_Superpro_Vol_1_1 

Burger King Kids Club
https://kidsmeal.fandom.com/wiki/Burger_King_Kids_Club 

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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 11, 2022
Comics writer Paul Kupperberg is the very definition of prolific! He has written 1,400 comics over 4 decades, wrote for and was the editor of the Weekly World News, wrote Mad Libs, and is still staying busy writing books and novels. Paul’s credits include the Doom Patrol, Peacemaker, Vigilante, and the first comic book miniseries (1979’s World of Krypton), as well as being the writer who killed Archie (after simultaneously marrying him off to both Betty AND Veronica).
Also: In the real world, superheroes would be NUTS. The willing suspension of disbelief versus the art style. What Archie means to Paul. Target audiences for comic books over different eras. Does Paul prefer the JSA or JLA? Armchair quarterbacking by comics fans.The challenges of continuity in serialized fiction over time (with some insight behind Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl and Wonder Tot). Which classic silver age DC comics issues didn’t have a number on the cover, and why? One positive early benefit of the direct market in the comics industry. What was the first comics miniseries (and why was it a last-minute thing)? What did James Gunn think of Paul’s version of Peacemaker? Which comics character has Paul had the strongest fan feedback to? What does he consider his strongest sustained comics work? What’s the one comics character he would love to return to? More!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #253 - 3/11/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Paul Kupperberg on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kupperberg 

Paul Kupperberg: My 13 Favorite Comic Book Stories I’ve Written | 13th Dimension, Comics, Creators, Culture
https://13thdimension.com/paul-kupperberg-my-13-favorite-comic-book-stories-ive-written/ 

Paul’s books on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Kupperberg/e/B004FRSDCG 

Paul Kupperberg’s Website
https://www.paulkupperberg.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/

Feb 4, 2022

Stephen Chenault aka the Troll Lord of Castle & Crusades publisher Troll Lord Game joins to talk about what’s new with C&C and some wise principles he uses to run TLG that have helped them tremendously while other companies have encountered severe disruption during COVID. Plus: Steve has to do daily battle with Skynet for sales. The perfect timing of the emergence of crowdfunding for TTRPG companies. Steve’s honesty when asked if he’s ever considered giving up. Dissecting the current massive popularity of RPGs. What is Steve’s favorite monster, and why is it the Gibbering Mouther? How did Troll Lord Games get its name? Some comic book industry discussion. Tribute to David Middleton aka The Digital Dungeon Master. 

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #252 - 2/4/2022

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SHOW NOTES

Troll Lord Games: The Current State of Affairs
https://trolldens.blogspot.com/2021/11/troll-lord-games-current-state-of.html 

Castles & Crusades Players Handbook 7th Printing - Free (Digital Version)
https://www.trolllord.com/tlgstore/#!/Players-Handbook-7th-Pr-FREE-Digital/p/89198209/category=24093125 

Troll Lord Games Continues to Leave a Mark | The Parallax Blog
https://theparallaxview.blog/2022/01/31/troll-lord-games-continues-to-leave-a-mark-ttrpg/ 

DAVID MIDDLETON, The DIGITAL Dungeon Master 1973 - 2021 - "THANK YOU, DAVE!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZqmxrfcUmc

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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 19, 2021

A cool project to make 3D-printable RPG miniatures from Jeshield’s art. Plus! How did he build his RPG stock art business as the main part of his income? What was the RPG that influenced him to become an artist, and what piece of its art impacted him the most? Straight talk on the financials of the RPG art business. Comparing an artist website versus Patreon vs DriveThruRPG. The importance of a rate sheet. Beware the mighty werefrog!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #251 - 11/19/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Uncommon Monstrosities: 3D Printable Miniatures for your Tabletop Gaming Experience
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/uncommon-monstrosities

Jeshields | Stock Art for the RPG Industry
https://jeshields.com/

Jeshields - RPG Stock Art Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/jeshields

Jeshields on DriveThruRPG
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/7868/Jeshields

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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 9, 2021

Gaming historian Jon Peterson works through the unhappy but fascinating drama of Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, and TSR to bring us the facts of it all regarding the two most important personalities and the most important company in RPG history. The legal battles over royalties and ownership of Dungeons & Dragons and TSR itself. What is a game, legally? The Eggbert Incident and its effect on TSR’s financials. Inflated number reporting and lavish expenditures. Gary Gygax walks into the ambush at Sheridan Springs thinking he has all the bullets. Lorraine Williams’s impact on financials by the numbers. Arneson’s last day at TSR. What discovery surprised Jon during his research? Some Sam Witwer love. More!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #250 - 11/9/2021

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SHOW NOTES

Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons
https://www.amazon.com/Game-Wizards-Dungeons-Dragons-Histories/dp/0262542951/

The Ambush at Sheridan Springs: How Gary Gygax Lost Control of Dungeons & Dragons
https://medium.com/@increment/the-ambush-at-sheridan-springs-3a29d07f6836

Game Wizards: TSR Financials
http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2021/09/game-wizards-tsr-financials.html

Game Wizards: TSR Staffing
https://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2021/09/game-wizards-tsr-staffing.html

Game Wizards: D&D Development Timeline
https://playingattheworld.blogspot.com/2021/10/game-wizards-d-development-timeline.html

Trying to Be Kind Podcast (they are working through The Elusive Shift by Jon)
https://tryingtobekind.podbean.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/

Oct 27, 2021

Writer and “horror bottomless pit” Mark Pellegrini joins for a great horror movie discussion. Essential found footage movies. What makes found footage different from other types of movies? Horror franchises that forget their roots. Horror films adapted to TV series. Overlooked horror gems in the slasher genre. Analog horror. Halloween Kills, what makes Michael Myers scary, and how the Halloween franchise went way off the rails before the 2018 restart. The Burning versus Friday the 13th versus Sleepaway Camp. What’s the deal with the hockey mask in the Alone in the Dark movie from 1982? Romero’s zombie rules and social commentary. Heck, let’s throw in a little J-Horror, too. Mark’s writing and comics work including Kamen America and Black Hops. Bad Homer Simpson Jokes.

Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #249 - 10/27/2021

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The Found Footage Movie List (Mostly Horror)
https://shaneplays.com/found-footage-horror-movie-list/

What is Analog Horror?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An1OJXIMCTo

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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/

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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SHOW NOTES

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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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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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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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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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
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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/

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