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Episode 32 – That Sounds Like an App!

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Alienware Steam Machine
Alienware Steam Machine

We’re back! We fell down the SummerHole for a few weeks, but we’re recording again and should be back in the groove for a good long time. This week we gab about three fun-sized topics:

  • Steam Machines: Valve announced for-real hardware available for purchase this fall. This is big news for PC gaming, and may have a long-term influence on console gaming as well.
  • Castle Panic: Paul and Rob have enjoyed this cooperative tower defense board game, and you might, too!
  • SimCity BuildIt: The SimCity franchise goes free-to-play with this iOS/Android app. Mary built her city on rock and roll.
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Party Game Night at Raygun Lounge: Recap

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Last Friday night’s inaugural Party Game Night at Raygun Lounge was a delight. Paul is suffering from mummy rot, but he still managed to drag his non-infectious carcass up the hill to hang out for a bit. Mary and I helped an enthusiastic high school kid named Braden with his AP Econ project, which is a lovely steampunk-ish card game called Top Hats & Monocles. It’s in the early stages still, but he’s got some neat mechanics and an interestingly dark take on the global economy. E.g.: Cards like “Underpaid workers,” which boost profits magnificently while making the players feel funny inside. A+, kid.

And then we closed out the night with a raucous, if not exactly bawdy, game of Slash with surprise celebrity guest Jonathan Tweet. I would have taken pictures, but I was afraid Paul’s image wouldn’t show up on my camera.

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Rob made a pro DM’s chest hurt

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Photo credit: Rob Heinsoo
Photo credit: Rob Heinsoo
Paul and Rob playtested 13th Age in Glorantha last week and had a great time. Rob’s a big fan of the setting, and jumped at the chance to play a trickster. He decided to go all-in as a hapless idiot possessed of the fierce delusion that he is actually a powerful Humakti Death Lord. Our DM, Rob Heinsoo, said that “made me laugh so hard it hurt my chest.” Mission accomplished!

We’ll report more when we get the all-clear from the designers, but they’re still keeping hard info under wraps. We can say this: 13th Age in Glorantha marries rules to setting almost perfectly. It’s going to be great.

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Rob Heinsoo’s new zombie is hilarious

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Last Friday, Friend of the Hole and 13th Age designer Rob Heinsoo posted one of the funniest monster write-ups I’ve ever seen–and I read through quite a few old April Fools’ editions of Dragon back in the day. He calls them Coin Zombies, and dropping loot is an integral part of their attack routine. Even if you don’t know 13th Age rules, check it out just to see the method behind the madness.

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Episode 17 – Slash: Fanfic Meets Apples to Apples

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Slash: Romance without Boundaries
Slash: Romance without Boundaries

Mary had the great good fortune to play Slash: Romance without Boundaries, a new card game that applies the glorious tradition of fanfic to a play format reminiscent of Apples to Apples. It’s naughty good fun, and Mary tells all.

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Slash: Romance Without Boundaries!

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TableSpreadThis past week I had the pleasure of playing Slash: Romance Without Boundaries with members of the cast of Slash: Burlesque Romance Without Boundaries, including the professor of nerdlesque herself, Jo Jo Silletto. We met for an evening of lovely beverages, bawdy humor, and light, nerdy competition at Raygun Lounge (game store/play space and friend of the Nerdhole).

Slash (the game) works a lot like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. Every card contains a character from (mostly nerdy) fiction/pop culture/tv/film, along with their gender, source, and a short description. When it’s your turn, you pick a card from your hand and ask the other players to pick a partner for your character. And that’s pretty much it. If you’re playing “casual fling” then everyone just turns their cards in upside down and you pick your favorite. If you’re playing “hardcore” then you’ll ask the other players to convince you of their choice with a sweet story or torrid tale. (This is really the best way to play.)

For example I had a card featuring Bob and Linda Belcher of Bob’s Burgers, who were looking for a third. Although there was a compelling case for Princess Peach I couldn’t deny that the Belchers would most likely hit it off with Liz Lemon, probably just doin’ it while Liz ate burgers and watched. And that’s how you play Slash.

At the moment, the whimsical card game is entirely sold out. If you want to purchase your own copy of Slash, the only way to do that is to attend Slash, the nerdlesque event, where you can also purchase the special expansion pack made just for the event! Or—if you can’t make the event or wait for the game to come back into print—you can print your own copy from Slash‘s web site.

Slash: Burlesque Romance Without Boundaries takes place on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Re-Bar in Seattle.

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Episode 15 – All Roads Lead to Azeroth

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This episode is a nerd trope buffet, featuring:

  • Mini-reviews of a couple of lovely mobile apps
  • A hopeless stab at defining the word “game”
  • Social justice worriers
  • Gratuitous WoW references
  • 1d4+1 kobold caterers

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Mad Men’s Rich Sommer Is a Tabletop Gamer!

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This interview is a few years old, but I found it delightful that Rich Sommer is obsessed with board games. (I was also excited to find out that he went to school in my hometown of Cleveland, and I remember the store he mentions.)

In other news, the whole Speakeasy series is delightful, you might also want to check out Paul F. Thompkins’s interviews with Summer Glau, Nathan Fillion, Seth Green, John Hodgman, Tricia Helfer, James Urbaniak, Steven Yeun, Chris Hardwick, Clark Gregg, as well as many, many non-nerd-adjacent stars.

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Episode 13 – “I love all shitty vampire things!”

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We are back from our long holiday break / sick leave, with a hilariously delayed episode we recorded just before Xmas, in which we reveal a bunch of gift-related spoilers. The episode is now extremely safe for loved ones to listen to (well, as much as ever, anyway).

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The new Ms. Marvel is SO GOOD.
The new Ms. Marvel is SO GOOD.
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