Hey all, PCR here. Reading Hatton’s blog last week as he took a walk down memory lane with some video game accessories got me waxing nostalgic as well, and this week I wanted to speak on some of my favorite Table Top RPGs from back in the day. So, without further ado, grab your sheet and your dice, and let’s roll….
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition – Still my favorite version of D&D as it’s what I spent the majority of my D&D time playing. I don’t begrudge folks their 5th ed and their D20 systems, but for me, this was something special. More streamlined than 1st ed, some great new spells and categories.. to me it just had a great, smooth feel to it. Had I the books, I would love to get into a 2nd Ed group to this day.
Mutants & Masterminds – My first foray into the d20 system came from M&M, and I have to say, I loved this system from Green Ronin. The rules were polished enough that combat was easy to jump into without feeling overly bogged down, and the creation was flexible enough that everything pretty much made sense. I’ve played RIFTS and GURPS and such, and while you can come up with anything your heart imagines in those systems, sometimes it just feels “Huh… sure.. ok…”, but in M&M it all felt like it made more sense. The closest a Super Hero RPG has been for me since the original “Marvel Super Heroes”. Speaking of…
Marvel Super Heroes – I still love this system, even with all its flaws. Loved the FASERIP chart, loved the d100 system.. my friends and I would spend countless hours just doing Battle Royal games…setting a timer for 5 minutes per person, having so many points to spend and just the Ultimate Powers Book to make a character, grab a random map, and off we go.
It’s a five week month! That means you get EXTRA SOMETHINGS!
We’re getting ready for our October Spooktacular episodes, so we headed into the vault and got you an episode that you have never ever ever heard.. we’ve discussed toys before, but we are talking about some of the toys that really were our gateway to other things.
So settle in with your Pet Rock, pet your Sea Monkeys lovingly, and make our logo with your Lite Brite… it’s time to toy it up!
Okay, here we go!
We roll down stairs, roll better in pairs,
We’ve come to hijack your brain…
Whether it’s a slinky or a log, the boys are back and they brought alllll their toys with them, and unlike that little shit Denny across the street who’s parents got him the knock-off Gobots that don’t actually transform into anything, we’ve come to share!
So what were the things that you fondly remember as the toys of your youth? The dolls, figures, projects, and games that you occasionally see on listicles and go, ‘AWW MAN, I HAD THOSE!’ and then find out that the piece you remember fondly sticking up your nose is now worth a cool grand in mint condition.
So be careful not to step on a Lego…
Ok, here we go!
The Somethings know some people.
I mean, we’ve been around the world long enough to have collected a small and powerful group of friends… or at least people who keep cashing the check.
This week we have the honor and distinction to talking with friend and game designer Andy Parks of Quixotic games about his new Kickstarter, Dungeon Alliance.
Do you like board games? Do you like dungeons? Do you like beans? Do you like George Wendt?
Well two out of four of those are featured prominently in this episode.
Our music today deserves a plug too.. as Hatton discovered it, and it’s badass:
RichaadEB (ft. Josiah McDaniel)
Okay, here we go:
It’s a race, it’s a chase, hurry up and feed your face!
Ok, so that’s the best I can do to tie this episode to Thanksgiving. The Somethings are coming to you with another nerd passion that has in recent years entered a golden age, board games! Some folks stopped playing games when they were little kids, but guess what, those people are boring. We’ve been rolling dice for a long time and we want to talk about some of our favorite old games, new games, and the universe of boardgaming that is close to our hearts. So grab your Meeple, you’ll Boggle at the Monopoly we have! You Catan’t miss it!
Throughout the show we make mention of friends of the show, Quixotic Games and we wanted to point out their games in case you want to check them out:
From the Somethings to all of you – Happy Thanksgiving!
Our parents might have suggested that video games are a passing fad, but as most of us know, they have become the premier entertainment du jour for many, and the Somethings are no different. Over the years we have all collected unending amount of time wasting bleepblorp machines, so why not stroll down video gaming memory lane with the boys as they talk console games.
Now, you might remember we talked COIN-OPs.. and one day we’ll talk COMPUTER.. but this is all about 8 bit 16 bit 32 bit PUNCH! From NES to PS3, and everything in between.
Console Games coming atcha!
SHALL. WE. PLAY. A. GAME.
Two Podcasters Need Food Badly!
BODY BLOW BODY BLOW…. UUuuuuuUPPERCUT!
That’s right, the Somethings are going back to a time where you would put quarters on the screen to tell people you were next. A time when people stood in front of screens and dropped crazy amounts of money to have lights and sounds blare into their face while they tried to get a plumber to find some dame in a castle. Crazy right? Thankfully we’ve evolved wayyyy past that.
Welcome to our episode about old school coin operated arcade games!
PS: You can find us on iTunes too!