Happy Hour: Kickstarter Celebration!

Our Kickstarter has succeeded and many of you are probably wondering what’s going on with that. This episode, Ross Watson, Brandon Gensemer, and Darryl Mott Jr. update you on what’s going on with the Kickstarter fulfillment, the new show coming to the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network, and a lot more!

Our Sponsors

Evil Beagle Games: Bad Dog, Good Games!

Accursed: The dark fantasy RPG setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters!

ChupacabraCon: The best gaming convention in Austin, TX, this January 9-11! Meet Ross Watson, Sean Patrick Fannon, Shane Hensley, Jeff Dee, Cam Banks, Steve Kenson, Robin
D. Laws, Kevin Nunn, Jason Morningstar, Jennifer Rehnay, Darryl Mott Jr, and more! On Sunday, Gamer’s Tavern is taking over the convention with a special Gamer’s Tavern Game Table AND a Gamer’s Tavern recording with many special guests! Tickets are available now!

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Episode 41: Dungeon Crawls, or It Makes Thousands of Julienne Kobolds

Most gamers get their start in a dungeon crawl. Many of the classic modules from the system are dungeon crawls. Why do these style adventures stick with us so much? What makes them so much fun? How can we keep them relevant in the 21st century? Join us to find out everything you need to know about dungeon crawls.

Our Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG: The internet’s largest source for games
Evil Beagle Games: Bad Dog, Good Games
One Degree with Nick: Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

Our Guests

Owen K.C. Stephens

Pathfinder

Green Ronin

Rogue Genius Games

Plunder and Peril

Advanced Bestiary

 

Bryant Smith

Gamer’s Tavern Evil Parties

 

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross)

Shaintar (Ross)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Ross)

Pathfinder (Owen)

Temple of Elemental Evil (Owen)

Cassino (Owen) (Italian Fishing Game)

AFK Tavern

 

Dungeon Crawls

Comicpalooza

Keep on the Borderlands

World’s Largest Dungeon

Dragon’s Delve

Emerald Spire

Underdark

Interview with Gary Gygax from Dungeon 112

Dungeon!

Warhammer Quest

Descent: Journey in the Dark

Castle Ravenloft

Wratch of Ashardalon

Legend of Drizzt

Throne of Bloodstone

Grimtooth’s Traps

In Search of the Unknown

X-Crawl

Undermountain

Tomb of Horrors

Return to the Tomb of Horrors

Draconomicon “Millennium Dragon”

Dragon Magazine 131 “The Chasm Bridge”

Dungeon Magazine 17 “Out of the Ashes”

DNA/DOA

Renraku Arcology Shutdown

Dwarven Forge

Dungeonstone

D&D Miniatures

Paizo Battles

Gale Force 9

True Dungeon

Expedition to Barrier Peaks

 

Our Favorites:

“Millennium Dragon” from Draconomicon (Bryant)

I6 Ravenloft (Owen)

The Temple of Elemental Evil (Darryl)

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Last Call on the Gamer’s Tavern Kickstarter

We’re in the final hours of our Kickstarter and have an update including the announcement that we’ve broken through another stretch goal! We’re going to be adding a new podcast to the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network, thanks to our generous backers! If you haven’t backed us yet, you’ve got mere hours remaining. Go to our Kickstarter page and check out the amazing reward levels (many of which allow you to take part in the show!) and help us unlock one last stretch goal of getting John Kovalic to take over the show as a guest host.

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Gamer’s Tavern Happy Hour: Road Trip

Ross and Sean are on a road trip! Gamer’s Tavern host and producer Ross Watson along with frequent guest Sean Patrick Fannon killed some time on their drive home from RinCon talking about what they did at the convention, how to argue about gaming effectively, the independent game movement, the Death Spiral, and what’s going on with their company, Evil Beagle Games.

Sponsors

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Drive Thru RPG – The largest source of role playing games on the internet!

One Degree with Nick – Gamer’s Tavern editor Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

 

Road Trip

RinCon home page

Chess is not an RPG

Thick as Thieves card game

Shaintar

East Texas University

Artemis Bridge Simulator

Sparticus: A Game of Blood and Treachery

The Forge

Fiasco

Inspectors

Dungeon World

Houses of the Blooded

Reign

Burning Empires

Old School Renaissance

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Project 77

Savage Lankhmar

 

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Episode 40: Gamer Health, or Stop Eating S***ty Foods

Diet? Exercise? On my gaming podcast? It’s more likely than you think. And not nearly as bad as you fear. This episode, we talk about the small lifestyle changes you can make to feel better and game longer!

Our Sponsors

Gamer’s Tavern Kickstarter – Help the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network grow!

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Evil Beagle Games – Publishers of Shaintar, the epic setting for Savage Worlds. Bad dog, good games!

Our Guests

Jake Burgess

Flashover Arts

Hero System

Luc McArthur

Luc’s Flikr Account

Luc’s Facebook Albums

What We’ve Been Playing Lately

 

Hero System (Jake)

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl)

Dystopian Wars (Luke)

X-Wing Miniatures (Luke)

Sentinels of the Multiverse (Luke, Ross)

Warhammer 40K (Luke, Jake, Ross)

 

 

Gamer Health

 

How to Read Nutritional Labels

Darryl’s Blog: The Dreaded Diet

My Fitness Pal app

Zombies! Run! App

Couch to 5K app

Dresden Files RPG

Manitou Incline Hiking Trail

Shaintar

Texas Renaissance Festival (I picked this one because I grew up going to it every year)

NERO Live Action Roleplay

Dagorhir

Amtgard

Society for Creative Anachronism

Episode 37: Live Action Roleplay

My Fitness Pal Forums

Episode 27: Birthright

Darryl’s Cooking Blog

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Happy Hour – Behind the Scenes

Welcome to Gamer’s Tavern Happy Hour, our irregular podcast of mini-shows! This time, Darryl takes you behind the scenes at the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network to tell you how we make the show!

Don’t forget, our Kickstarter is still going strong, so make sure to donate now!

Microphones

Plantronics Audio 655 USB Multimedia Headset – This headset is comfortable and very high quality when recording through Skype. If you’re starting out or want to go all-USB, this is a good place to start.

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount – This is the microphone Darryl currently uses. You’ll be making use of the Noise Reduction effect in Audacity a lot to get rid of the background noise, but it’s the best sound you’re going to get for under $100.

Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone – This is one of the two microphones we’re looking to moving toward. It’s one of the best dynamic vocal microphones you’re going to find unless you want to step up to high-end studio equipment in the $1200-1500 range. This is the microphone used by Nerdist.

Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone – This is the other beauty and runs neck and neck with the Shure SM7 in terms of quality. It requires a few more accessories like a shockmount and pop filter, but it has a rich bass sound. This is the microphone used by This Week in Tech.

Digital Recorders

Zoom R16 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface – This is our main recorder and one of the only pieces of equipment I’m not looking to replace. It can record up to 8 channels live, the built-in stereo microphones sound pretty damn good, and while it’s pricey, I’ve only had one issue with it ever. It can last about an hour on the eight AA batteries, so plan ahead if you’re doing a long recording session!

Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder – The H4N is the recorder I’m wanting to put in Ross’s hands for recording at conventions. It can record two channels at once, using either the built-in stereo microphones or the two combo inputs at the base. If you’re not going multitrack for editing or if you’re just recording you and one other person, this will save you about $200 over the Zoom R16. Even if you upgrade later, you’ll still make use of this for its portability.

Note: Tascam also makes some very good digital recorders, but I’ve never used one so I can’t personally testify to them.

Mixer

BEHRINGER EURORACK UB2442FX-PRO – The mixer currently used by the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network, there’s nothing really wrong with it per se, but it is an older model and missing a lot of the features we need. The one I bought was also used, having spent a decade or so in service at a church before it came to us. It sounds great when it’s working, but it’s requiring a lot more percussive maintenance than I’d like.

BEHRINGER XENYX X2442USB – Drool. This is what I’m wanting to upgrade to. It’s basically the new model of the other mixer with a slightly more portable design that takes up less space and will be easier to haul around to conventions. It also has a lot more features and, since we’ll be buying new this time, shouldn’t have the same fiddly problems.

Software

While the Zoom R16 comes with a limited version of the professional (and expensive) software Cubase, I still recommend sticking with the completely free open-source multiplatform Audacity. It’s powerful, has a lot of options, is pretty easy to use once you pick up the few tricks, has a great network for support and instruction, and, again, it’s completely free.

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Kickstarter Update #2

Our second Kickstarter update is live! We’ve hit our second stretch goal, are just $271 away from our third (where Chris Avellone takes over the show), and are 11 backers away from our second Secret Room stretch goal!

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Reddit AMA

Darryl Mott Jr. (owner, producer, and engineer of the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network, co-host of the Gamer’s Tavern, and GM of the Gamer’s Tavern Game Table: Dungeons & Dragons) and Brandon Gensemer (frequent Gamer’s Tavern guest, player of Dragoon in the Gamer’s Tavern Game Table: Mutants & Masterminds, and GM of the Gamer’s Tavern Game Table: Shadowrun) will be participating in an AMA on Reddit! Hop on over and ask us anything! Whether it’s about production of the podcast, running the Kickstarter, GMing a game, video game design (for Brandon), how the gaming press works (for Darryl), or anything else you can think of!

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Game Table DC Adventures Ep 2, Pt 1: Legwork…

Batman is dead. The Caped Crusader has perished in an explosion caused by The Joker. With a void in Gotham City, new heroes must rise up to keep the city safe as it tears itself apart from violence and crime renewed in a world without the Dark Knight.

This series of Game Table is played using DC Adventures powered by Mutants & Masterminds 3rd Edition.

Our Sponsors

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The Players

The GM for this season of Game Table is Kat9

Ross Watson plays The Knave

Brandon Gensemer plays Dragoon

Goodtwin plays The Fireman

Summer plays Jeramiah

All characters not explicitely created for this recording are owned by and or trademarked by DC Comics. Audio clips are from Batman: The Animated Series, owned by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros Animation. Game presentation is owned by Green Ronin Pubblishing. The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network has no relationship with DC Comics, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros Animation, or Green Ronin Publishing, and those companies neither endorse nor are affiliated with the Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network in any official capacity whatsoever.
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Game Table D&D Ep 1: Trouble on the Road

The players are hired to guard a wagon on the way from Neverwinter to Phandalin. But what do they do when they find trouble on the road? We’re playing the Starter Set of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons!

Our Sponsor

The Gamer’s Tavern Podcast Network Kickstarter – Donate now to ensure the highest quality shows and more from the Gamer’s Tavern!

One Degree with Nick – Gamer’s Tavern editor Nick Jaworski interviews the world, one degree of separation at a time

Our Players

Darryl Mott Jr.: Dungeonmaster

Ross Watson: Morgan, Human Fighter

Sean Patrick Fannon: Jovis, Elf Cleric

Andrea Perez: Beliane, Dwarf Cleric

Gary Dowling: Magni, Dwarf Fighter

How Can You Play?

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Basic Dungeons & Dragons

Music Credits:

Theme Song: “Fake Reality” by Melodic in Fusion

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