ChupacabraCon 2015: Mace of Power

Ross, Lauren, and Darryl were invited to the amazing ChupacabraCon in Austin, TX. During the recording, game designer Michael Sattron and convention chair Sheena Colbath joined us to talk about this great, intimate convention in the heartland of Texas.

Bandwidth Sponsor: Savage Worlds – Fast! Furious! Fun!

Our sponsors

Drive Thru RPG: The internet’s largest source of digital games

Our Guests

Michael Satran

Michael’s Blog

Michael on Amazon

Blackwyrm Publishing

Sheena Colbath

ChupacabraCon

D3 Adventures

ChupacabraCon 2015 Program

Aaron Allston

Gamer’s Tavern Episode 43: Conventions

Savage Saturday Night

Steve Jackson Men in Black

Emerald Tavern Games & Cafe

Dragon’s Lair

Pair ‘O Dice

GrumpyCelt ‘s YouTube Channel

Fanboy TV

Games We Played

Munchkin

Geek Out

Pinballz

Lasers and Feelings

The Doubleclicks “Lasers and Feelings” video

Dungeons & Dragons

Savage Worlds

Shaintar

Castellan

Random Encounters

Legend of the Five Rings

Tephra

Universal Pool System

20150111_134648

Our Shadows Angeles game (podcast coming soon)

20150110_165539

Game table from Darryl’s first convention game

20150111_124306

The podcast recording room at ChupacabraCon

Share Button

ChupacabraCon Interview: Jeff Dee and Talzhemir Mrr

ChupacabraCon Special Episode

Legendary artist Jeff Dee and Talzhemir Mrr join us to talk about their work reviving the original Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting Tekumel through thier setting Bethrom, Jeff’s legacy as a game artist, their work on Unisystem, their games Quicksilver and Cavemaster, and so much more!

Bandwidth Sponsor: Savage Worlds – Fast! Furious! Fun!

Our Sponsors

AC Lens: Get the glasses or contacts you want at the lowest price, no risk guarantee!

Evil Beagle Games: Producers of the Savage Worlds setting Shaintar. Bad dog, good games!

Our Guests

Jeff Dee

Talzhemir Mrr

Jeff Dee’s DeviantArt

Talzhemir Mrr’s DeviantArt

Unisystem

Quicksilver

Cavemaster

Tekumel

Bethorm

Tekumel Minis

Gamer’s Tavern Game Table: Dungeons & Dragons

Villains & Vigilantes

 

Share Button

Rejected by Cracked: 6 Classic Star Trek Voyages You Didn’t Know Existed

Hi folks, Ross here. I pitched three articles to Cracked last year, and unfortunately, all three bit the dust. Rather than have those ideas go to waste, however, I’m sharing these pitches (basically just sketches for a full article) with all the Gamer’s Tavern fans, one each week.

We start out with the first article I pitched, explaining about some awesome Star Trek stuff out there that may have been overlooked by most Trek fans.


Now that the new JJ Abrams Star Trek films are taking the franchise in a new direction, there’s a lot of Star Trek fans out there–not unlike myself–who are wondering “What happened to the original Star Trek universe?”

Don’t get me wrong; the new films are cool. But there’s definitely a crowd out there who appreciate the “classic” Trek setting and want to see more of that, too. Anyone who is interested in enjoying the classic Trek feel should check out these following six voyages that may have flown under the radar:

#1: Star Trek: Axanar

This project is an independent crowdfunded film that fills in an important event in Star Trek history and involves several well-known sci-fi actors (including Richard Hatch and the guy who played Colonel Tigh from Battlestar Galactica) in major roles. The film already has produced a high-quality trailer (“Prelude to Axanar”).
star-trek-axanar-001

The USS Ares during the Battle of Axanar

From the trailer, it looks like they are going for professional-grade special effects on the spaceship battles. Since Star Trek doesn’t have a lot of big, action-filled fleet actions, this is quite notable. In fact, the entire production focuses on the first major conflict between Starfleet and the Klingon Empire! It has the look and feel of a true Star Trek movie, which is impressive considering its small budget.

star-trek-prelude-to-axanar
Richard Hatch as a Klingon Commander.

#2: Star Trek Continues

Created by hard-core Star Trek fans, this is an independent series of hour-long episodes available on youtube. Produced by well-known voice actor Vic Mignogna, the Star Trek Continues series aims to capture the feel of the original series with high production values and thought-provoking scripts. Currently, the show has three full-length feature episodes and a handful of smaller vignettes available to watch. So far, the show has garnered quite a bit of (well-earned!) acclaim.

stcont31

So, there’s this “new” Star Trek that features brooding Sherlock Holmes and strange undressing scenes in shuttlecraft—but there may be some of you who are craving something just a bit more like the Star Trek of old.

Well, Vic Mignogna is here for you, in all his shirtless glory. Vic (a very successful voice actor) got together with some of his friends and made some episodes continuing the story of the starship Enterprise, Captain Kirk, Mister Spock, and the rest of that great crew boldly going where no man has gone before.

The show is called Star Trek Continues, and so far it has three glorious episodes. The stories follow up on classic original series stories (such as the one where Kirk met the Greek God Apollo, and no, I’m not making that up), including a very emotional episode about slavery (featuring an awesome appearance by Lou Ferrigno as an Orion Slaver… which gets him painted green!), and an entire episode about the Terran Empire in the Mirror Episode.

stc_fairest_03

The production values are a near-exact match for the original series, from sets to costumes and more, but all done with modern techniques for a high-quality retro experience. Just look at the image of comparing Kirk and Spock from TOS to Star Trek Continues!

side-by-side

Star Trek Continues is pretty fantastic for fans of Classic Star Trek, and they’re busy making even more episodes. Vic’s Kirk manages to get his shirt off and make out with the alien ladies, which is awesome, and there’s Chris Doohan (son of James Doohan) playing Scotty, which is even more awesome. Here’s hoping they eventually get into episodes where they fight cowboys and lose Spock’s brain. Now that would be truly classic!

#3: Star Trek Online

This is a popular MMORPG that is officially licensed by CBS/Paramount to carry on the story of Star Trek forward. The game is set 30 years after Star Trek: Nemesis and features many stars from the Next Generation-era reprising their roles, including Denise Crosby (Tasha Tar and Sela), Michael Dorn (Worf), Tim Russ (Tuvok), and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. Quests and storylines in the MMO touch on nearly every piece of the franchise.

USE-Foundry-Feature-Image

The truly insane part is, this is the official continuation of classic Star Trek! You can have (a fully voiced) Worf as weapons officer on your ship during one mission! You can interact with great storylines from the various Star Trek shows (you get to rescue Tasha Yar and the Enterprise-C from a temporal anomaly at one point).


Influence Table resized

Remember the table from this episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Star Trek Online has a featured storyline to follow up on that episode and show us who was behind that!

#4: Star Trek Remastered

The original series of Star Trek has been remastered with updated special effects and sound. It is available on Netflix for people who want to revisit the show and the episodes that they love with an upgraded experience.

strektos14

Just look at those comparison pictures for how much better the classic show appears on screen! Here’s a quote from an article on shadowlocked.com:

Other more subtle effects have also been added, including redone matte backgrounds of planets which now feature a little more movement and seem a bit more realistic, but without gushing over into Lucas’ “Tatooine” sequence. Most of the time though, the new effects aren’t even noticeable unless you already know about them. The blink in the Gorn’s eye and the replaced cityscape in ‘Arena’ really are so subtle you could swear they were in the original episode all along.

cbscomtos4

#5: Star Trek Renegades

Of Gods and Men was once described as “the most ambitious fan film ever made,” a homage to classic Star Trek featuring tons of actors from the original cast. This project is leading into a pilot for a new series called “Renegades.” It is helmed by Star Trek veteran Tim Russ (Tuvok) and features Walter Koenig reprising his role as Captain Chekov.

 

walter-koenig-star-trek-renegades

Walter Koenig as Chekov! Tim Russ as Tuvok! This is a very ambitious pilot that, if successful, could launch a completely different type of Star Trek series than we’ve ever seen before. The tone of this show seems markedly different (darker and grittier) than most Trek shows, helping it stand out from the others on this list. It’s kind of like the “Battlestar Reboot” of Star Trek.

 

RenCrew

 

The series’ website has this to say about what the show will be like:

Renegades will be a departure from previous Treks – delving into the dark side of the human psyche, pushing our heroes to their limits, forcing them to carry out actions that they never would have as Starfleet officers. The rules have changed, and they realize they might be the last hope to save the Federation.

Star Trek: Renegades will be action oriented, filled with suspense and espionage; all while exploring new worlds, encountering both familiar and new alien species, and boldly going where no Trek has gone before.

#6: Star Trek Phase 2

An independent webseries first launched in 2003, this show intends to produce new episodes of classic Star Trek. Much like Star Trek Continues, this program attempts to capture the feel of the original series and bridging the gap between the first show and the motion picture. (At the time of this posting, the US website is down, so here’s the UK/Germany site)

stp2-jt

Unlike the other entries on this list, Phase II has no celebrities helping out, it is entirely a fan-made production. Check out the pictures of the production values, and you’ll see it’s quite impressive for an amateur project!

Kitumba-CC-03-630x354

The series’ home site describes it thusly:

Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II is an award-winning independent webseries that produces new episodes of Classic Star Trek. Continuing the fourth and fifth seasons of the original series, we film the untold stories of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Captain Kirk, and his crew with the intention of filling in the missing years of the original five year mission, and bridging the gap to Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

Share Button

Game Table D&D Ep 3: Dwarven Trap Detector

Welcome to the Gamer’s Tavern playthrough of the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set! The party found the wagon of their patron, Gildar Rockseeker and Sildar Hallwinter, raided by goblins. Now they take the fight to their home ground!

Episode One

Episode Two

Darryl Mott Jr: Dungeonmaster

Ross Watson: Morgan

Sean Patrick Fannon: Jovis

Andrea Perez: Bellianne

Gary Dowling: Magni

Sponsors

Drive Thru RPG: The internet’s largest source for gaming resources

Evil Beagle Games: Makers of Shaintar. Bad dog, good games!

Gary’s Doodles

Map1

And Spoilers

Map3The Wolves
map5The pool of water is angry

map2No, they’re not ropers! Not yet anyway…
map4The bridge became a music box?map6The cuddly little bugbear Clarg and the wizard-wolf

Share Button

Episode 44: The Sixth World of Shadowrun, or Everything’s Fine Here, How Are You?

The year is 2050. Or 2053 or 2060 or 2070 or 2075 depending on the edition. This is the Sixth World, where megacorporations dominate a world where magic has returned and technology has advanced beyond our wildest imagination. This episode, we talk about the campaign setting of Shadowrun with a special musical appearance from Opti from the Neo-Anarchist Podcast.

Our Sponsers

Audible - Over 150,000 audio books from every genre, get a book FREE with our special offer!

Drive Thru RPG – Your number one source for games online

Evil Beagle Games – The publishers of Shaintar, the epic fantasy setting for Savage Worlds. Check out their newest book, Malakar Dominion! Bad dog, good games!

Our Guests

Rusty Zimmerman

Shadowrun Novella: Neat

Elven Blood

Way of the Adept

Satellite Reign

Steve “Bull” Ratkovich

Catalyst Game Labs

Shadowrun Missions

Shadowrun Missions Facebook

 

What We’ve Been Playing

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross)

Tsuro (Darryl)

Shadows of Brimstone (Darryl, Bull)

Shadowrun (Bull)

Eclipse Phase (Rusty)

Smash Up (Rusty)

Vampire: The Masquerade (Rusty)

Shadowrun Crossfire (Bull)

Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shadows (Bull)

Star Trek Online (Ross, Bull)

Birthright (Ross) (link goes to our episode on Birthright)

Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut (Ross)

Champions (Ross)

The Sixth World

Steven Tinner

Nigel Findley

Universal Brotherhood

Bug City

Renraku Arcology Shutdown

Brainscan

GE Commercial – The Kid Who Beeps

Portfolio of a Dragon: Dunkelzahn’s Secrets

Ancient History’s Annotated Will

Super Tuesday

Tir Tairngire

Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall

Germany Sourcebook

Shadows of Europe

Year of the Comet

Cybertechnology

War!

One Book to Learn about Shadowrun

Shadowrun 1st Edition Rulebook (Rusty)

Into the Shadows (Bull)

Seattle Sourcebook (Bull)

Shadowbeat (Bull)

Sixth World Almanac (Darryl)

2XS (Darryl)

Street Samurai Catalog (Ross)

For further listening on Shadowrun

The Arcology Podcast

Neo-Anarchist Podcast

Critical Glitch

Hidden Grid

Share Button

ChupacabraCon Bound

A quick update on the schedule and what we’re doing this weekend for ChupacabraCon!

Share Button

Game Table D&D Ep 2: Is There Something on My Face?

Welcome to the Gamer’s Tavern playthrough of the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set! The party found the wagon of their patron, Gildar Rockseeker and Sildar Hallwinter, raided by goblins. Now they take the fight to their home ground! If they can track them down, that is.

Episode One

Darryl Mott Jr: Dungeonmaster

Ross Watson: Morgan

Sean Patrick Fannon: Jovis

Andrea Perez: Bellianne

Gary Dowling: Magni

Sponsors:

Drive Thru RPG: The internet’s largest source for gaming resources

Evil Beagle Games: Makers of Shaintar. Bad dog, good games!

Share Button

Shadowrun Podcast New Year Special from The Arcology Podcast

The Arcology Podcast ran their second annual New Year special with several Shadowrun podcasters, including Darryl Mott Jr. (owner, producer, and engineer of the Gamer’s Tavern) and Brandon Gensemer (producer of the Gamer’s Tavern Game Table: Shadowrun)! We make a few announcements about the future of Gamer’s Tavern as we talk about what happened in Shadowrun in 2014 and what’s coming in 2015! With their permission, we bring the show to you! Make sure to check out our fellow Shadowrun podcasters.

The Arcology Podcast

Neo-Anarchist Podcast

Critical Glitch

Hidden Grid (Yes, they’re coming back!)

Share Button

Episode 43: Conventions, or a Peek Behind the Curtain

Want to see how conventions work? Maybe you want to start your on con? We have the best gaming conventions in the country, both big and small, to answer your questions about starting a convention!

Our Sponsors

Accursed: A dark fantasy setting for Savage Worlds where you play the monsters

Audible: The internet’s largest source for audio books, get a free trial now!

Evil Beagle Games: Bad Dog, Good Game

Our Guests

Sheena Colbath

ChupacabraCon

iVerse Media

Joe Charles

Comicpalooza

Comicpalooza Games

Hackmaster

Ed Doolittle

Note: Due to an audio issue, we lost the first part of Ed’s Gaming Character Sheet. You can find out more about what Ed does at:

Denver Gaming Association (hosts of TactiCon and GhengisCon)

RoleplayDNA Podcast

What We’ve Been Playing

Dungeons & Dragons (Darryl, Ross)

Munchkin Panic (Darryl)

Shadows of Brimstone (Darryl)

Star Wars: Edge of the Empire (Joe, Sheena)

Dungeons & Dragons Online (Joe)

Star Wars Commander (Joe)

Dungeon Crawl Classics (Ed)

Conspiracy X (Sheena)

Diablo 3 (Sheena)

Heartstone (Sheena)

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Ross)

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Savage Worlds (Ross)

Widening Gyre (Ross)

Cyberpunk 2020 (Ross, Ed)

Gaming Conventions

Gamer’s Tavern: Convention Survival Guide Part 1

Gamer’s Tavern: Convention Survival Guide Part 2

Gamer’s Tavern: Comicpalooza

Gamer’s Tavern: Gen Con

Rocky Mountain Savages

Warhorn Gaming Registration

The Ballpit Convention

Find a Convention Near You

Game Convention Central

Pathfinder Society Events (Note: This includes in-store games as well as conventions)

D&D Adventure League (Note: They currently only list in-store play, but will soon add convention support.)

Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix Events

Warhammer 40K Tournament Listings

Catalyst Demo Team (Shadowrun and BattleTech)

Share Button

Episode 42: D&D 5th Edition, or Bringing Back the Fun

You wanted to know what we thought, well here it is. Our opinion of the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. What’s to love, what’s to hate, and what’s to compare endlessly to Pathfinder; we cover it all!

Our Sponsors

ChupacabraCon – Join the Gamer’s Tavern at the greatest gaming convention in Austin!

Evil Beagle Games – Bad dog, good games.

Drive Thru RPG - The largest source of games online.

Accursed RPG – The game where you play the monsters fighting evil.

Our Guests

Sean Patrick Fannon

Shaintar

Evil Beagle Games

Fantasy Roleplaying Gamer’s Bible

 

What We’ve Been Playing

D&D (Darryl, Ross, and Sean) See below for links

Star Trek Online (Ross)

Borderlands 2 (Ross and Sean)

Dungeons & Dragons

D&D Basic

Starter Set

Player’s Handbook

Monster Manual

Dungeonmaster’s Guide

Adventure Leauge

Codename: Morningstar

Share Button
Hosted By Arvixe