My mind, it wanders!

July 31, 2009 at 3:47 PM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG)

… The red Honda Civic whooshes past my head, end over end and glances off a cement pillar before plummeting out over the barrier of the roof parking lot and free falls to the street 16 stories below.

That one was close.

The only thing worse then dodging dump trucks are civics, because you know they’re going to be coming fast.Brick isn’t letting up either, no dull commentary or verbal jabs as his ego basks in his hulking mutant form’s brute power. Just silent destruction of large objects with in arms reach. He must have another reason for this little spectacle other then the usual drunken fit, or petty crime. While I was busy ducking the last barrage he seems to have acquired a parking toll booth and is hefting it overhead. With a smirk, he poses for a second….. as if to let me in on a little secret, and unsurprisingly hurls the booth me.

What a douche canoe.

He can be so predictable.

The mostly intact booth flies at me low. I shift to ready a spinning dodge maneuver, and something seems odd about this flimsy improvised projectile. As it comes closer I leave the ground in a horizontal roll above the flying plexiglassed box.

Heh. Chump missed me again.

Halfway through my spin I look down into the tinted depths of the flying booth and to my horror realize this is more akin to a flying coffin. The toll booth worker is still inside! No wonder he used such an uncharacteristically light object, he’s really trying to hurt someone this time! This time he means business! Regardless of Brick’s motives, he needs to be stopped…. And quickly.

Still twisted in the air above the passing booth, I reach for the attached ticket dispenser with one hand. As my trajectory jolts to follow the booth I realize I was never intended to dodge this ball. It’s now a game of catch. The weight of the toll booth caries it’s occupant and me crashing over the barrier, hot on the trail of the red Civic. With my free hand I grab the gnarled and bent remains of the barrier’s hand railing as I tumble over end of the booth and brace for impact. When the booth clears the barrier and tumbles over me looking for the ground, it’s all I can do to keep my grip, as it feels like my arms are being torn out of their sockets.

I can’t hold this kind of weight.

For the first time in my life I actually wish I WAS Brick.

Muscles start to give and tear and I suddenly lose feeling in my hands.

I look down……16 stories down.

The Civic looks even worse then it did before with it’s gaudy aftermarket spoiler. A popping sound rattles through my back and I see my numb hand quiver. The greasy, overweight, middle aged man laying unconscious in the booth does nothing to encourage, as I notice the empty box of Duncan Donuts fall out the opened booth window.

……the least he could have done was eat a lighter lunch.

Lately, my thoughts concerning RPGing have been drifting off into scenarios such as the above. Not sure why, not sure when this started, but I seem incapable of writing the next leg of adventure for the Fantasy campaign while these thoughts are bouncing around in my noggin (any of you out there who have gamed with me before should find my lack of consistency unsurprising).

So I am thinking about tossing together a one shot Super Heroes game. It will, of course, be recorded and posted here for your listening displeasure, but I thought I’d also post to see what our readers/listeners would like to hear next. Now having said that, I’ll probably go off and chose whatever the heck I want anyways, but it is still nice to know how you all feel about it.

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Quiz: What kind of player are you?

July 31, 2009 at 7:20 AM (GURPS, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , )

So I was reading along Stargazer’s World (a nifty RPG blog here), and saw a quiz he found and decided to give it a shot myself.

You Scored as Storyteller

You're more inclined toward the role playing side of the equation and less interested in numbers or experience points. You're quick to compromise if you can help move the story forward, and get bored when the game slows down for a long planning session. You want to play out a story that moves like it's orchestrated by a skilled novelist or film director.

Storyteller
92%
Tactician
83%
Method Actor
75%
Specialist
67%
Butt-Kicker
50%
Power Gamer
42%
Casual Gamer
33%

Considering my grandiose, over the top, overly complex story ideas (which fall completely and wholly flat), Im not surprised. Maybe you’ll agree once my space campain starts up in two weeks (It’s uh.. Going… Well?)?

I’m curious to see if maybe they meant “Munchkin” when saying “Power Gamer” 😉 I totally put Moegreeb in that catergory 😉

-Jarvis/Bernard

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Podcast #22 – Dwarf Quest

July 30, 2009 at 6:43 AM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , )

Now available; Podcast #22!

Critical Failure: Fantasy Setting – 22 (Dwarf Quest)

Joeleth, Ramfist and Osborne travel into the night with a posse of mountain dwarves! What will our hill dwarf do should this band of mountain dwellers decide to turn on them? Well.. Drink of course! Sean Connery continues to rear his manly head….

As always, our podcasts are presented in OGG format!

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Thoughts from the Cap’n

July 29, 2009 at 9:19 AM (Uncategorized)

Listening back over the podcast, I feel I owe our listenership some sort of apology for our lack of focus … and an actual story line. Between laughing fits, poor accents and weak dramatic descriptions I did actually have a good a good bit of fun however and if nothing else gained more experience as a subpar GM.
That said, chatting last night with an old friend (ZenJedi), after listening to the podcasts he brought it to my attention that according to the old official RPG Gamer classification (http://dragon.facetieux.free.fr/jdr/Munchkin.htm), all three of my players seemed to fall into the “Loonie” classification. Interesting.
He also said that when it comes to getting them into a story line it’s like coaxing a fat kid wearing water wings clutching his mommy in the kiddie pool  to dive for pennies in the deep end.
No….. he didn’t actually say that… ..but maybe he should have?

Actually, in all honesty, I am glad they have mostly tottled along my story trails quite agreeably, while throwing in amusing twists to keep things interesting. All in all well done fellows!
Game on.

CptClyde

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A note on accents

July 28, 2009 at 2:21 PM (Uncategorized)

As some of you might have noticed, Jo’eth has had corrected speech therapy since his earlier podcast adventures.
Some of you might have wondered when on earth did he have time for such a time-expensive activity. The answer: Screw you. As annoying as that voice was for you to listen to it was 10 times worse for me to be constantly doing it. It started up as a joke between the GM and myself. A kind of “Hey wouldn’t it be really funny if you’re guy was skilled, mysterious, and completely unintelligable?” We then spent the next 3 days laughing like idiots about it.
But the novelty wore off. Quickly. So, there we have it. I had a few extra char points to spend and annoying trait that I wanted to buy off slightly. Connery is pretty much the only voice I can even partly imitate so it seemed natural. Good for me. Hope you enjoyed.

– moegreeb

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The MP3 Stream is now available!

July 27, 2009 at 6:56 AM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , , , )

So, after a little testing, we have the new MP3 based stream up and running:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/CriticalFailure-TheGurpsPodcastmp3

Currently we have the entire 1st adventure (Moegreeb’s) up and ready for listening. Additionally, this one will allow you to connect via iTunes!

I will go back through all the earlier posts and eventually update them to include the link for the new sister podcast, in addition to the OGG podcast. Hopefully in a few days I will have the podcast XML updated to include every session currently in our library, just like the OGG podcast.

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and support; you’ve all be great!

Jarvis

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Podcast #21 – Special Guest Sean Connery

July 27, 2009 at 6:47 AM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , , , )

Now available; Podcast #21!

Critical Failure: Fantasy Setting – 21 (Special Guest Sean Connery)

Joeleth suddenly learned the value of scottish speach therapy and takes on the mannerisms of the greatest man alive! The trio makes their way towards the outpost, all so our dwarf can get his drink on!

As always, our podcasts are presented in OGG format!

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Podcast #20 – Ressurection

July 22, 2009 at 6:52 AM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , )

Now available; Podcast #20!

Critical Failure: Fantasy Setting – 20 (Ressurection)

Osborn revives a small messenger who appears to have known Killgore. The halflife earns himself a man-crush, who is completely unaware his delivery was pocked by the iritable Cleric.

As always, our podcasts are presented in OGG format!

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Coming Soon: An MP3 Podcast Stream!

July 21, 2009 at 8:50 AM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , )

So, I think it is time to close off our old poll. The results were clear (2:1 for an MP3 based stream in addition to the OGG stream), and work is underway to get it up and running.

I’ve converted all our raw recordings into MP3, and I just need to now upload everything (~500 megs worth) and create a new feedburner stream. I’ll be contacting RPGPodcasts (and likely RPGBloggers) to inform them of the alternate stream.

However, MP3 is certainly showing it’s age. To get comparable filesize, I’ve had to fiddle with the quality settings. The MP3 stream will be considered a LoFi stream, however this is still quite listenable.

Expect the MP3 stream to be posted here Monday; updated elsewhere as they have time.

Jarvis

(And you’ll be able to subscribe via iTunes, woo?)

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Podcast #19 – Dwarf Crush!

July 20, 2009 at 6:42 AM (GURPS, podcast, Roleplaying, RPG) (, , , )

Now available; Podcast #19!

Critical Failure: Fantasy Setting – 19 (Dwarf Crush!)

Yanking the bodies from a snakes mouth is harder than it looks; just as Ramfist! Headbutting a snake can really leave one with a bad hangover.

As always, our podcasts are presented in OGG format!

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