Episode 13 : Genres

In this regular episode we discuss genres of role-playing games, why we like particular genres and why certain certain don’t appeal to us.Can we overlook subpar game mechanics if we love the genre, and can we overlook genre if the game mechanics are solid?

Hosts: Carl, Brandon, Andrew, Jason and Todd

Note: We tried something new in this episode and recorded the entire thing using the Zoom H2 microphone set to surround. Let us know what you think!

11 Responses to “Episode 13 : Genres”

  1. Will #

    Always a pleasure listening to you guys.
    On the subject of Sam Smiths… The Yorkshire squares are made out of slate not limestone. Living in Yorkshire it’s what they have on tap down my local!

    January 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm Reply
    • Carl #

      Will, thanks for clarifying that! I really need to get back to England and try some of these beers on tap when they’re fresh. I’m sure the beers would rate higher for us if we lived next door to the pub! =)

      January 31, 2012 at 8:02 pm Reply
  2. Really glad to hear you guys will be running a Savage Worlds game. Is that going to be an Actual Play?

    January 31, 2012 at 11:55 pm Reply
  3. Willj #

    Brandon should really check out the Black Company series by Glen Cook. No elves, tactical battles, and low fantasy heroes up against high fantasy villains. Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and Grey Mouser would be another good series of books for him.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm Reply
    • Carl #

      Excellent suggestion! I agree, the Black Company might be a good match for him. I’ll pass that along!

      February 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm Reply
  4. Ryan #

    you guys should check out :

    unhallowed metropolis – zombie apocalypse in the victorian era + tesla + gasmaks.

    day after ragnarok – the nazis succeed in summoning the world eater snake from norse myth and truman nukes it. the snake falls to earth and destroys half the world.

    savage worlds weird war II – world war II with supernatural stuff.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm Reply
    • Carl #

      Thanks for the suggestions Ryan! I’ve been looking at Day After Ragnarok for awhile now. I may have to pull the trigger.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm Reply
  5. Matt #

    You know, kind of off topic guys, but considering that the new ‘Prelude’ to John Carpenters “The Thing” just hit the shelves I’m surprised you guys haven’t done an homage to the film or the short story “Who Goes There?” yet in your Warhammer RPG or a completely different game play setting.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm Reply
  6. Very interesting discussion. I always find it easier to discuss why I like a genre as opposed to why I don’t, so I sympathize when someone can’t clearly explain why he or she doesn’t like something in particular.

    Also, whenever you’re wondering about firearms in a movie, may I suggest the Internet Movie Firearms Database? (http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Raiders_of_the_lost_ark)

    February 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm Reply
  7. John #

    Great discussion! I’ve loved all of the episodes so far, having only recently found my way to your podcast.

    So, I took some notes, and I think I got all of your criteria down. You would be all over something that has:
    Post apoc
    swashbuckling
    zombies
    werewolves
    choice of modern weapons
    sci-fi weapons, including power armor and giant mecha
    vampires
    high tech
    low, medium or high magic
    super powers
    dragons
    gritty street level or high magic
    plus it’s really easy to barely survive in every game
    and, an element of fascism

    That’s Rifts. You should give it a try. Something for everyone.

    February 26, 2012 at 6:27 am Reply
  8. MJ #

    Just started listening to the podcast and this was the first episode I gave a listen to … completely addicted now. Thanks for a great podcast and having good taste in beer.

    I’m currently playing Pathfinder and I’ve never played Gamma World but I’m sort of looking forward to listening to the game play episodes.

    March 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm Reply

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