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A journey into the things we love: D&D / RPGs, tabletop games, wargames, video games, comics and comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, fan films, movies, TV, books, sci-fi, fantasy, more! Hosted by a fellow geek that supports and encourages geeks and our fandoms in all of their various splendor! Come along and get your geek on (or maybe even discover you inner geek)!

Shane Plays Geek Talk Shane Stacks

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A journey into the things we love: D&D / RPGs, tabletop games, wargames, video games, comics and comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, fan films, movies, TV, books, sci-fi, fantasy, more! Hosted by a fellow geek that supports and encourages geeks and our fandoms in all of their various splendor! Come along and get your geek on (or maybe even discover you inner geek)!

    OSRIC & The OSR with Allan T. Grohe Jr. - Episode 264- 11/30/2022

    OSRIC & The OSR with Allan T. Grohe Jr. - Episode 264- 11/30/2022

    RPG developer and publisher Allan T. Grohe Jr. (aka "grodog") joins to talk AD&D retroclone OSRIC, the OSR, Black Blade Publishing, John Eric Holmes, and RPG goodness in general. Allan LOVES him some Greyhawk. The skills he learned tracking down early information on Greyhawk helped lead to his main non-RPG career. How active is the current AD&D 1E and/or OSRIC scene? What is Allan’s definition of OSR, and does he feel it’s important? The legal importance of OSRIC to the OSR community. ‘zines are often lauded, but at one time Dragon magazine was a sort of “D&D website” in its day as well. Watching an RPG project happen behind the scenes. Shane offers a mild defense of rules lawyers. “Vanilla” fantasy is not a derogatory term. Cthulhu and Delta Green. Look, just hit Cthulhu with a boat. Shane has figured out Lovecraft’s indescribable color. Thunderdome match: Strongheart versus Warduke.

    Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #264 - 11/30/2022
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    SHOW NOTES
    OSRIC: First Edition Fantasy Roleplaying Game
    https://osricrpg.com/ 
    Black Blade Publishing
    https://www.facebook.com/BlackBladePublishing/
    THE 1001 TREASURES OF BLACK BLADE PUBLISHING AND GOODMAN GAMES: GARY CON 2018 REPORT, PART II
    https://www.blackgate.com/2018/03/13/the-1001-treasures-of-black-blade-publishing-and-goodman-games-gary-con-2018-report-part-ii/ 
    Allan at Greyhawk Online
    https://greyhawkonline.com/greyhawkwiki/Allan_Grohe
    D&D Retroclones List
    http://taxidermicowlbear.weebly.com/dd-retroclones.html 
    Single Volume Edition of OD&D by Greyharp
    https://friendorfoe.com/d/ODD%20Single%20Volume.pdf 
    Fight On! Magazine
    https://fightonmagazine.com/
    Knockspell Magazine
    https://grodog.blogspot.com/2017/05/knockspell-magazine-master-index.html
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    Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
    Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

    • 2 hr 4 min
    The Valley Out Of Time & Skeeter Green Productions - Episode 263 - 10/19/2022

    The Valley Out Of Time & Skeeter Green Productions - Episode 263 - 10/19/2022

    Skeeter Green joins to talk RPGs, Skeeter Green Productions, the Independent Publishers Union of small RPG publishers, and his new Kickstarter. The Valley Out of Time is a series of 'zine-sized RPG adventures borrowing heavily from classic dinosaur art, books, and movies (think Frazetta and Harryhausen). Tips and advice for small RPG publishers from Skeeter’s seminar series with Zach Glazar. The chances of making a living working in the RPG industry full-time. Defining success. RPG authors versus developers versus editors versus designers. The correct way to pronounce “bulette” according to Tim Kask. The secret origin of the name Skeeter. Favorite sitcoms of the past. Rob Zombie’s movies. NASA probing asteroids.

    Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #263 - 10/19/2022
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    SHOW NOTES
    Kickstarter: The Valley Out of Time for S&W DCC MCC Part 5&6 FINAL! from Skeeter Green Productions
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/science-wizard/the-valley-out-of-time-for-sandw-dcc-mcc-5e-part-5and6-final 
    Skeeter Green Productions
    https://www.skeetergreenproductions.com/ 
    Skeeter Green Productions on DriveThruRPG
    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/12902/Skeeter-Green-Productions 
    Independent Publishers Union
    https://www.hyperborea.tv/ipu.html 
    A NASA Spacecraft Is About to Collide With an Asteroid. Watch Live Here | Science Alert
    https://www.sciencealert.com/a-nasa-spacecraft-will-collide-with-an-asteroid-on-monday-watch-live-here 
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    Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
    Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/
     

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Reaper's Dungeon Dwellers RPG with Joseph Wolf - Episode 262 - 9/24/2022

    Reaper's Dungeon Dwellers RPG with Joseph Wolf - Episode 262 - 9/24/2022

    Joseph Wolf of Reaper Miniatures talks Dungeon Dwellers, Reaper’s old-school style RPG using modern design. Also: some ReaperCon chat. Joseph has some interesting RPG design highlights, including Forgotten Realms, Deadlands, and Blood of Heroes. Love it or hate it, 5E is very successful at what it does. Which Dungeon Dwellers came first, the minis or the RPG? “Tolkien Orcs” versus “Warhammer Orcs.” Super quick hot takes on Rings of Power. Shane freely admits to and doesn’t apologize for being RPG system promiscuous. Innovation in RPG design is groovy, but you don’t have to innovate just to be cool. 

    Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #262 - 9/24/2022
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    SHOW NOTES
    Dungeon Dwellers RPG
    https://www.reapermini.com/rpg
    ReaperCon
    https://reapercon.com/ 
    Reaper Miniatures
    https://www.reapermini.com/ 
    Joseph C. Wolf | RPG Designer | RPGGeek
    https://rpggeek.com/rpgdesigner/15228/joseph-c-wolf
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    Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
    Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Champions RPG with George MacDonald - Episode 261 - 9/9/2022

    Champions RPG with George MacDonald - Episode 261 - 9/9/2022

    Champions superhero RPG co-creator (and HERO Games co-founder) George MacDonald with guest co-host Michael Stewart (Victorious RPG creator; Save For Half and The Crusader podcasts co-host). The origins of Champions from the why, to the playtesting to the launch and beyond. Was the initial reception to Champions disappointing or encouraging? George came out of wargaming and his RPG mechanics reflects that. Did early players prefer to play licensed characters or their own superheroes? Crunchy versus streamlined game mechanics. Estimating the damage between wet and dry avalanches. Why did George decide to do superheroes for his first RPG game genre? The difference in adventure structure between RPG genres (fantasy, cyberpunk, superheroes). Some of the business thinking behind printing a game and creating a company (two different things!). Game distributors dangled the carrot a lot back in the day. The great Hero Games Box Shuffle of the Early Eighties. A speed round of Champions questions for George from Facebook. The pros and cons of wearing a cape. Foxbat’s secret identity REVEALED! What term in sci-fi RPGs has always bugged Shane? A little bit of chat about George’s time in computer games including Pool of Radiance.

    Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #261 - 9/9/2022
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    SHOW NOTES
    George MacDonald (game designer)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_MacDonald_(game_designer) 
    Save For Half Podcast Episode 17: Champions 1st Edition
    https://saveforhalf.com/2019/04/23/episode-17-champions-1st-edition/ 
    Matt Chat 490: George MacDonald
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyaIyNDaOZw 
    World of Supers RPGs Facebook Group
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1605211436420082 
    I tried to recreate a comic book using DALL-E and Alan Moore’s script
    https://rubikscode.net/2022/08/22/i-tried-to-recreate-a-comic-book-using-dall-e-and-alan-moores-script/ 
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    Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
    Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/
     

    • 2 hr 5 min
    Terrain-Tronics: DIY Gaming Terrain Electronics - Episode 260 - 8/15/2022

    Terrain-Tronics: DIY Gaming Terrain Electronics - Episode 260 - 8/15/2022

    Dafydd Roche of Terrain-Tronics doesn’t just want to make cool terrain, he's helping DMs and GMs bring delight to their players with easy DIY gaming terrain electronics for D&D and other RPGs. Game terrain as part of the storytelling. Theatrical D&D. The no-solder wire wrapping technique is good enough for NASA! Pretty soldering jobs versus ugly soldering jobs. Smart ways to compete with big business as a small business. Shane does his usual thing of getting into the business reality behind the creativity. Terrain-Tronics products are open source. Do horses really go to the glue factory? What chain of events had to happen for many of the inventions and innovations in human history? A minor tangent into casinos, pit bosses, and getting comped.

    Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #260 - 8/15/2022
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    Humble Bundle
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    SHOW NOTES
    Terrain-Tronics website
    https://terraintronics.com/ 
    Terrain-Tronics on YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/c/TerrainTronics 
    Terrain-Tronics on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/terraintronics/ 
    “Endor Tree Platform” Lighted Forest Camp Diorama Tutorial - bringing electronics to your build!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOlUe7gGVZM 
    Recommended Starter Project - Conwy Castle - Simple 4ch LED Driver
    https://www.tindie.com/products/terraintronics/conwy-castle-simple-4ch-led-driver/ 
    Tabletop Witchcraft Youtube Channel
    *Uses Terrain-Tronics electronics 
    https://www.youtube.com/c/TabletopWitchCRAFT 
    Nat1 Videos: How to build a BALINS TOMB - BOOK NOOK
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cremnK6is4g 
    Adobe Medium - VR 3D Modeling Software
    https://www.adobe.com/products/medium.html
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    Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
    Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/
     

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Grindhouse Cinema With Levi Combs of Planet X Games - Episode 259 - 7/18/2022

    Grindhouse Cinema With Levi Combs of Planet X Games - Episode 259 - 7/18/2022

    Grindhouse cinema with RPG publisher and cinephile Levi Combs. What is Grindhouse, and why is it called that? The market forces that led to the rise of Grindhouse theaters. Gritty movies, violent movies, Foreign movies, exploitation movies, Kung fu movies, BRUCEsploitation movies, more! New York City as a character in movies. Sho'nuff, The Shogun of Harlem can chew scenery on a level with Darth Vader. What’s Levi’s favorite fight scene in any movie, period? Is the first Friday the 13th movie a Grindhouse movie? Plus: The RPG adventures and ‘zines of Planet X Games… hear the call of the Skeleton of the Black Lake and behold the Big Eye Chungus!

    Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #259 - 7/18/2022
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    Hey, you! Yeah, you! Buy cool stuff, support Shane Plays Geek Talk with these affiliate links!
    Humble Bundle
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    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?affiliate_id=488512
    SHOW NOTES
    Grindhouse definition from Merriam-Webster:
    an often shabby movie theater having continuous showings especially of pornographic or violent films.
    Grindhouse on Wikipedia:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindhouse 
    According to historian David Church, this theater type was named after the "grind policy", a film-programming strategy dating back to the early 1920s which continuously showed films at cut-rate ticket prices that typically rose over the course of each day.
    Grindhouse on Wiktionary:
    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/grindhouse 
    Perhaps from the grinding or cranking motion employed by early projectionists.
    Perhaps from bump and grind (dubious). The term may originally have been used for burlesque houses in the 1940s.
    Planet X Games
    & The Phylactery ‘zine
    https://www.exaltedfuneral.com/collections/planet-x-games 
    The 20 Best Grindhouse Movies Ranked | SlashFilm
    https://www.slashfilm.com/762166/the-20-best-grindhouse-movies-ranked/ 
    Grindhouse Data Base Top 20
    https://www.grindhousedatabase.com/index.php/GCDb_Top_20 
    Book recommendation
    These Fists Break Bricks: How Kung Fu Movies Swept America and Changed the World
    https://www.amazon.com/These-Fists-Break-Bricks-America/dp/173689160X 
    Troll 2 on Tubi
    https://tubitv.com/movies/302737/troll-2 
    Best Worst Movie (Documentary about Troll 2) on Tubi
    https://tubitv.com/movies/475569/best-worst-movie 
    Shane's list of Grindhouse favorites:
    Night of the Living Dead
    Dawn of the Dead
    Death Race 2000
    Gator Bait
    Honorable Mention:
    Zombie (for the zombie vs shark fight!)
    Levi’s Favorite Grindhouse Movies:
    Evil Dead 2
    Troll 2
    Samurai Cop
    Killer Klowns from Outer Space
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    Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
    Shane's book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
    https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/
     

    • 1 hr 18 min

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