Squideye and The Bitter Guy
The Gamut of Geekery in a Canadian Vein


"4 and change"

Continuing from last episode: one last Great War tidbit.  A bunch of things related to the number 4 (the square root of 16, which is how many episodes this is), and also things changing.  Nobody was hurt this time, because time may change me, but I can't change the rules of fourth edition D&D.


- Wraith: The Great War (best roleplayer!)

  • other White Wolf historical settings for the Old World of Darkness
  • also Apocalypse versus Forsaken -- topical, people!
  • Justin's Great War GenCon experience

- D&D 4 Essentials

  • Heroes of the Fallen Lands, Forgotten Kingdoms, and... rules
  • "Red Box vs. Unearthed Arcana"
  • And then the ACTUAL new Red Box
  • What do you need for D&D?
  • Rules compendium is really all you need for game except character generator
  • Player books include all basic rules and equipment
  • DM set is weird, and so is the dice box -- for tiles buy frickin' tiles, for dice buy the red box, and for a straight DMG, why not get DMG 1 and 2, probably as cheap as the new box anyway and full of Robin Laws goodness

- Ravenloft: "Is it bigger than a Red Box?"

  • a complete game, great components, just a d20, a zillion minis
  • modular, like Descent or Space Hulk, but with a Dracolich
  • Incursion is another grid-tactics boardgame, which we may review later.

- Gamma World: "Why are we even talking about this?! Why aren't we PLAYING?!"

  • Some pent-up nerd rage: omitted mention of the White Wolf version
  • Though it's up for debate -- "...including versions based on d20?"
  • Basically 4e but more gonzo!
  • Brad Murray's review: http://www.vsca.ca/halfjack/?p=757
  • Might be more enjoyable than our GaryCon Tomb of Horrors 3.5E adventure

- iPhone 4: "iPhone, do this!"

  • Voice activation is pretty good, power is better
  • Tim Sullivan of Without Software - awesome iOS developer: http://withoutsoftware.com/

- Season 4 of Venture Brothers

  • Hasn't aired in Canada yet
  • It will make you grow a blonde mullet.

- Something about change

  • Also Heroscape being discontinued.


Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-11-30.mp3
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"Remember, Remember"

Recorded the day after Guy Fawkes day.  It's now 2 years since we first conceptualized the podcast with a pad of paper at Free Times Cafe after the Queen's Park Remembrance Day ceremony in 2008.  So we'll talk about World War One, which some people claim was "great".  Usually we claim nobody was hurt, but in World War One, many people died.

- Remembrance day, and the First World War:

- XBox Live Arcade and the First World War:

  • Toy Soldiers - the trial is great, the game's a slog
  • Snoopy Flying Ace - just plain super duper great

- Televised British Comedy and the First World War:

- Board Games about Being a Flying Ace:

- Movies it's okay... d'oh

Direct download: squideye-bitterguy-2010-11-10.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:58am EDT