Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Two Bards, One Mic -- Episode 10: Guelph and Back Again

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Description: Canada, Berserkon, Two Rooms, people, places, things, planes, trains and automobiles (and shuttle busses. Lots of shuttle busses. Too many shuttle busses.)

Ep.10 Links:
02:20 Shoutouts
+ Lynnvander Studios (Thomas Gofton)

+ Merc Media (Nick Montgomery)

+ Lots and lots of linkless people thanked!

+ Sleeman Brewery Tour

+ Canadian Tire Money

+ Red Brick Café (Britney)

+ Anchor Bar, Buffalo, NY

+ Edward James Olmos sighting at Chicago Midway

17:00 Berserkon!

+ Cam Banks

+ More linkless people thanked!

+ Bill Cavalier

+ Joanna Gaskell

+ Gordon Lightfoot is a fucking liar

+ Lake Superior Facts

+ Limited Release: Drunk American Edition (dropping soon)

38:05 Rant the first: TSA Boarder (Rick with a silent P)

44:30 Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator

46:30 Rant the Second: SherTrekWars

50:20 Knock at the door (15-second interview with Erin Weathers)

52:40 Test screenings of Gamers3 and more Berserkon

58:30 Rant the Third: WhiteCastle Sliders & ‘Sconin cuisine

1:05:34 Two Rooms (The Confrontational Theater Project)
Two Rooms Trailer:
Two Rooms Tickets (May 30 – June 3) :

+ Neil deGrasse Tyson:
+ Startalk Radio:

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunzagek Gadzhialma*: The Savaged Brown Robe Sessions

Sunzagek Gadzhialma*
*They aim to misbehave

Collecting on a Kickstarter perk, I had the opportunity back in May 2012 to get together with the cast and crew of JourneyQuest (JQ) and members of Pinnacle Entertainment Group (PEG), to play Savage Worlds and the results were… incendiary.

How this all came about

During the JourneyQuest Season 2 Kickstarter campaign, Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE) set up incentives for other organizations to help spread the word about the campaign. One such incentive promised that if PEG could raise enough pledges for the JQ2 Kickstarter, then ZOE would record cast and crew playing the Savage Worlds RPG. Further, the JQ2 fundraising campaign offered a “Brown Robe B” package that included a personal gaming session run by JQ writer/director Matt Vancil again with the cast and crew. Being a fan of both JQ and Savage Worlds, I ‘savaged’ my pledge to the project. To meet both objectives, ZOE combined them into one weekend.

Day One

Clint Black, the Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager for PEG, came in and ran an excellent tutorial adventure set in the JourneyQuest universe with an all-orc cast of Player Characters – continuing the tale of Rilk the Wise, Yart Flayschildren and Grellnock Skullsplitter who are joined by three others of their clan: Drurt, Zeeba and Mooby. His adventure “It Ain’t Easy Being Green” was fantastic, fun, and extremely entertaining.

Participating in this session were: Jesse Lee Keeter as Rilk, Christian Doyle as Yart, Matt Vancil as Grellnock, PEG special guest Cheyenne Wright as Drurt, Aubrey Kehres as Zeeba, and myself as Mooby. 

Day Two

With only the previous day’s tutorial under his belt, Matt Vancil took the helm for the second session and continued the tale of Rilk and company, this time picking up the trail of Glorion the Orcslayer and into the underbelly of the Temple of All Dooms.

Participating in this session were: Jesse Lee Keeter again as Rilk (for the first half of the session), Samara Lerman as Rilk (for the second half), Luke Amundson as Yart, Scott C. Brown as Grellnock, Clint Black as Drurt, Brian Lewis as Zeeba, and myself again as Mooby.

Matt has committed to writing a short story (or possibly a published RPG adventure) about the sessions at some future date, which will become canon in the JQ universe. I’m intentionally not revealing the plot of the sessions so as to not spoil any of his fun or the poetic licenses he may need to take to avoid literally exploding his universe (I did hint a bit about Mooby in some fan fiction).  Ben also recorded pieces of the sessions and a few snippets of those may slip out in the future (such as the post-game discussion on the JQ2 Supporters DVD).

Was it worth it?

Quite honestly, when I committed the pledge I was terrified that I would regret it. All sorts of scenarios popped into my head: I’ve never met them, they’ve never met me -- would this get weird? What if the session was only two-hours? on and on. With these people, I shouldn’t have worried. Matt, Ben, and Clint are professionals and they went above and beyond my expectations, not only making a fan feel welcome, but providing a lasting memory. The same holds for all the people I met -- they truly are a great community.

Finally, what I valued greatly from these sessions was to see a spark of collaboration kindle between PEG and ZOE (technically, between PEG and DG) in what I’m hoping is the start of more. This was the first time the cast and crew played Savage Worlds and they took to it like green to an orc on a cloudless day. 


Thank you to all the Savages who pledge to the JQ2 kickstarter -- your support of both Savage Worlds and JourneyQuest made these sessions possible.

Thank you to Beau Prichard, Tyler Hill, and Taylor Buhrman for Friday morning and afternoon – Glitch is awesome and I cannot wait for the next season to happen.

Thank you to the all-star players: Cheyenne Wright, Christian Doyle, Jesse Lee Keeter, Aubrey Kehres, Brian Lewis, Samara Lerman, Luke Amundson and Scott C. Brown.

Thank you to DTwenty Games (now Card Advantage Games) for the use of their spectacular venue and hospitality.

Thank you to my wife for agreeing to let me go on this little journey.

And my most sincere gratitude to Clint Black, Shane Hensley (for sending Clint), Ben Dobyns and Matt Vancil for organizing this and truly cranking the fun dial to 11. Well done, guys, well done. 

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Two Bards, One Mic -- Episode 09: All Things Great and Small

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Description: Catching up with Andy post Idaho - Pre Canada, Bender tells all, recap, and salutations from Andy.

Ep.09 Links:
+ Encouragement from Glorion

+ Ron Jeremy as the Hedgehog
(I am not posting that link – LMG)

+ In Bruges (2008)
“Alcoves” (poor quality clip):

+ Ottawa Comiccon

+ GenCon

+ Rude Mechanical

+ And At’s Hamlet

+ Leavenworth, Washington
Gratuitous Leavenworth Tourism Ad -

+The Confrontational Theater Project
Two Rooms Trailer:
Two Rooms Tickets (May 30 – June 3, 2013) :

+ Black Magic Cinema Camera

27:15 - The Bryan Bender Blend
+Bryan Bender

+ Pulmonary Embolism

+ The Importance of Being Earnest
Lakewood Playhouse (June 14 – July 14, 2013):
(Longish) Teaser Trailer:

+ 39 Steps
Bellevue Civic Theatre (Sept 13-21, 2013):
Renton Civic Theatre (Sep 27 – Oct 12, 2013):

Monday, May 6, 2013

Two Bards, One Mic -- Episode 08: Theatre Of The Mind

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Description: Beau Sits in this week with Scott in Andy's absence. Week in review, Iron Man, Theater, Theatre, Frakin' Epic, Mini Orgasms

Ep.08 Links:
03:30 – Beau & Scott’s week
+ The Confrontational Theater Project

+ Two Rooms

+ Seattle Theater Readers

+ A champaign jelloshot recipe

+ Gamefront Walkthroughs

+ Rude Mechanical

+ Chris Ewick’s Boffer Sword Parties by the Game Matrix

+ Unidentified Flying Assholes

19:25 Movie Talk
+ Ironman 3

+ Happy Birthday Todd Downing

+ Transformers

+ Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

+ Trailer for Thor: The Dark World

29:08 Theater divergence (movies of plays)
+ Proof

+ Doubt

+ Woman in Black

+ Amadeus

+ Hurlyburly

+ Rabbit Hole

+ One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

45:40 – Frakin’ Epic RPG
No links yet, but it’s 90% done and a ‘jumpstart’ pre-order will be forthcoming!

+ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Two Bards, One Mic -- Episode 07: Dude, You have Tissues

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Description: More Moores, Chicago, End of an Era, Voodoo Magic, Drive-by Beauing, and some new tunes.

Ep.07 Links:
+ Intro Song by Randall Marsh
+ Clarissa Explains It All:
+ Sam riff:

+ Scott’s shout out to Pixel Vixens -

+ C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) -

0:03:12 Interview with Sarah MooreWriter/Producer/Actor of Gamer Chick
+ Gamer Chick:
+ GenCon -
+ Gamers3 -
+ Eclectic Theater -
+ Gamer Chick’s Successful Kickstarter -
+ Ingenue by Karmic Courage Productions -
+ Aiden 5 -
+ ZoeCon1 -

0:21:00 Interview with Jeff Moore
Director of Photography/Former Editor/Post-production Supervisor/Sound Smith/Director of Gamer Chick

+ Canon EOS Rebel T2i:
+ Top Billing Card Game published by Third Eye Games, written by Jeff Moore and Eloy Lasanta -
+ Top Billing via RPGNow -,-The-Movie-Making...

0:34:50 – Moore puns! and C2E2 name drops
+ Dave Acosta -
+ The Good the Bad and the Bounty -
+ Sam Huntington, actor (Fan Boys, Detroit Rock City) -
+ Jeff Carlisle, artist -
+ Kill Vampire Lincoln Production -
+ Matt Shivers - @Doc_Shiv

0:45:00 Andy’s week (while Scott was at C2E2)+ Elgoodtimes Productions (And At)
+ Freefly Systems -
+ MoVI:
+ Rude Mechanical -
+ 3DO Zelda Game w/no Link. Couldn’t find this reference ☹
Perhaps thinking Phillips CD-I Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon or Zelda’s Adventure?

0:57:30 Chicago Podcast Folk+ The Medium Bus Podcast -
twitter: @themediumbus
+ CinemaJaw Podcast -
+ w/Anne K. Brady : @Bradierthanthou

0:59:22 – Beau Prichard Interruption 

As always:
+ Neil deGrasse Tyson:
+ Startalk Radio: