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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/

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