Indie Talks Episode 53 – Calliope Games

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Sep 252014
 

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I’m chatting with Ray, Cassidy and Chris about Calliope’s catalog, game design and the industry as a whole! Calliope Games has already earned their industry chops and they’ve got some fantastic things for you now and in the near future. Check out Roll For It! Deluxe, and some great news about their forthcoming Titans series.

I’ve launched my Extra Life campaign! I’m out to raise $2500 for children’s hospitals, and Team Troll is out to raise more!

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links.

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks Episode 52 – Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games returns

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Aug 062014
 

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Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games comes back to the podcast with so many games, if you were to decimate his 2014 lineup, he’d still have nine titles left! We talk a bit about scheduling games from production to street date and what a miracle that can be and a few other industry tidbits. We also go over Stronghold’s upcoming catalog which includes some really juicy games, from Space Cadets expansions on all fronts, through Among the Stars and Core Worlds, to an excellent trick taking game, several nicely weighted Euros and a reprint of the amazing looking Medina. There’s a bit of discussion on the upcoming Vlaada Chvatil game Pictomania and of course, we talk beer. Catch up to Stronghold on Twitter and Facebook as well.

In other news – I’ve launched my Extra Life campaign! I’m out to raise $3500 for children’s hospitals, and Team Troll is out to raise more! I’ve reached out to publishers to support this event, and Stephen of Stronghold Games jumped right in! They’ve got 10 new games on the way this year – and have just launched their pre-orders for many of these titles. Stephen not only donated several games to give away during our events but also made a cash donation to the cause! Thanks!

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links.

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks Episode 51 – Ed Baraf and Lift Off

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Jul 302014
 

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This episode of Indie Talks is brought to you by Stronghold Games.

Ed and I talk about Liftoff – Get me off this Planet! The new board game being Kickstarted right now! We go into game design, running a good Kickstarter campaign, shoot down the rabbit hole of Kickstarter and your local game shop, hop back up and then go into great detail about Liftoff – and why it’s a game you’ll want to back. Liftoff has a few things going for it that set it apart from other worker placement (or worker evacuation) games. A set time for the game being my favorite – when the world explodes, the world explodes and that game is over. It also has cute little aliens, and lots of replay ability thanks to a modular board.

Find out more on the Liftoff Facebook page.

In other news – I’ve launched my Extra Life campaign! I’m out to raise $3500 for children’s hospitals, and Team Troll is out to raise more! I’ve reached out to publishers to support this event, and Stephen of Stronghold Games jumped right in! They’ve got 10 new games on the way this year – and have just launched their pre-orders for many of these titles. Stephen not only donated several games to give away during our events but also made a cash donation to the cause! Thanks!

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links.

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks Episode 50 – Dennis Hoyle of Bellwether Games

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Jul 082014
 

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Holy cow! 50 episodes! That’s quite a boundary to have reached and it’s a little hard to believe I’ve been doing this for over 2 years now. To celebrate, I have the pleasure of interviewing Dennis Hoyle of Bellwether Games! Their first Kickstarter, Antidote is kicking butt and already over 130% funded and closing in on the first stretch goal rapidly. So join us as we talk about forming a game publishing company, winning awards and kickstarting your way to an excellent card game. Learn more about Bellwether Games on Facebook and check out the Antidote Facebook page too!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I’ve officially launched my Extra Life campaign! Last year I raised over $3200 for children’s hospitals around the country. My team, Team Troll raised over $6500! This year I’ve set my personal goal at $3500 and I’m already on my away. Please consider donating, every single dollar counts and all donations are tax deductible. 100% of your money goes to children’s hospitals.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links.

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 6

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Jul 042014
 

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In this episode, we encounter a troupe of dancing mystical midgets, acquire their bowl of extraordinary power and find out why mom always said not to play ball in the house. Someone has the audacity to try and ambush us using trees. Our mage comes <—-> that close to joining our once deceased kobold, and then we wander into a city and paint it red.

Lip smacking highlights:

  • The party discover magical, chanting little people
  • And promptly start a small religious war.
  • The party discovers a magical bowl of intense power and meaning.
  • The party discovers why it’s not a good idea to use a magical bowl of intense power and meaning as a shield.
  • Someone drops a tree on the party.
  • Then the party finds a way into a city, and buys all the supplies.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 4

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Jun 202014
 

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Welcome to our fourth full session of Actual Play Old School RPG!  Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs, unmade beds and thousands of doors using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition.

In this episode, we encounter more orcs than you can shake a pointed stick at.  We uncover a potential enemy in a human who appears to be scheming with those same orcs.  We also uncover a lot of beds, finding out just what orcs do in there.  Our GM was viciously attacked by an 8 lb. house cat.  Lastly, we meet our match in a human/orc mixed group who manage to kill one of our own, which caused us to get rich.

Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard and food collector) and Heretofor Unamed (3rd level Assassin and lover of large, pointy things).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage, recently deceased).

Jenn: Echo (3rd level Human Warlock and potentially evil fireball slinger).

The oscar award winning moments

  • The party kill a significant percentage of the Orc population.
  • But leave the kitchen staff alone, in case They’re feeling peckish.
  • The party find out that human/orc relations are deteriorating except between several, special friends.
  • The Kobold finds yet another secret door.
  • The party discovers a graveyard in a sub-dungeon, after fighting off a band of walking dead.
  • The Kobold meets his maker.
  • They all get rich.
  • The party collects the largest bits of the Kobold in preparation for Episode 5.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks Episode 49 – Teale Fristoe and Shadow Throne

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Jun 162014
 

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In glorious episode 49 I’m chatting with Teale Fristoe of Nothing Sacred Games about their newest project: Shadow Throne. It looks to be a super-fun card game that employs two of my favorite things! Card drafting and backstabbing. Who wouldn’t like that? You can find Shadow Throne on Kickstarter right now through June 27 (’14) so go out and back it!

 

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

Indie Talks – OSAP Episode 3

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Jun 132014
 

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Welcome to our third full session of Actual Play Old School RPG! Join our team of intrepid adventurers as they take on Orcs and Ogres using Palladium’s Fantasy RPG, 1st Edition.

In this episode, we get jumped by a pig. With a stinger! Then we talk a bunch of highly trained, heavily armed troops in to letting us scout for them. In our scouting mission, we kill giant wolves with knives, open a bunch of doors and accidentally bypass the majority of the dungeon.
Our team

Scott: GM

Ben: Hamish Snozzle (3rd level Elf Wizard) and Heretofor Unamed (2nd level Assassin, almost good creeper).

Dan: Mukkluk (3rd level Kobold Mind Mage and Pole arm Tosser).

Jenn: Echo (Human Warlock and Not-worg impaler).

The check mix

  • The party was assaulted by some sort of pig/scorpion hybrid.  We won.
  • We stood aside as 60 armed knights rode past.  They talked to us and somehow we ended up richer, and walking 50 kilometers to reconnoiter a keep.
  • Before they reached the keep, they got jumped by orcs riding wolves.  The warlock casts her first spell of the game, and then impales several wolves with sharp, pointy things.
  • The spellcasters level up.  Fireball becomes an option.
  • They open doors.
  • They then bypass a good chunk of the dungeon thus giving our GM fits.

Like what you hear? Support the podcast through Patreon! $2 a month from you allows me to create a lot more content, get more great guests and improve the quality of the show!

We would love to get your feedback about our show! Contact me with comments: ben@trollitc.com, follow me on twitter @trollitc, and also check us out on iTunes! Hell, you can even catch us on Stitcher.  While you’re at it, there’s the Indie Talks Facebook page and the Indie Talks Google+ page. MySpace…well, I won’t go there if you wont. Please do rate this podcast on iTunes, and leave feedback through any of these links!

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.