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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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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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SHOW NOTES

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/

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