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Shane Plays Geek Talk

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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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/

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