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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Radio Active #78: Wii Have a Winner

by Ken Newquist / June 2, 2009

On this episode of Nuketown Radio Active colds stalk the Newquist household, I geek out about some computer upgrades, and I return to the World of Warcraft.

In Netheads I look at the Bard of Valiant, an RPG blog and Saga-Edition, a fan web site dedicated to Star Wars: Saga Edition RPG. Finally, I round out the podcast with a look at four cool games for the Nintendo Wii.

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Show Notes

  • Nuketown News
    • Gloop Invades the Newquist Household
      • One, two punch: first colds, then stomach bug.
    • Podcasts Archives Fixed!

      • Khephren (coming in from Yog sothoth) reported a problem with the show archives that prevented episodes 13 to about 32 from being downloadable has been fixed.
    • Computer Upgrades: I spent some of my hard earned freelance cash (remember all those reviews last fall/winter?) on some upgades for my MacBook Pro and home office.
      • LACIE 320 GB Rugged Hard Drive
      • Dell 22" HD LCD monitor
    • Return to World of Warcraft

      • I'm back in World of Warcraft after 3 years away. And Zilanderan was right there waiting for me.
      • Having a blast playing with my gaming group.
  • Promo: Serving Worlds by John Mierau
  • Netheads
    • Bard of Valiant
      • RPG gaming blog that spends a goodly amount of time talking about science fiction (which, as a newbie scifi gm, I appreciate greatly).
      • Recent posts include "Prophesy", "A Dark Earth" science fiction campaign setting, random scifi encounter with a killer garden.
    • The Star Wars Saga Editon RPG Databank

      • Includes conversions from earlier editions, new rules (e.g. Jedi and Sith holocrons), NPC write-ups, feat and talent indexes (though I wish they'd identifty which book they came from in their master lists) and much more.
  • Promo: The Secret Lair
  • Game Review: Wii Games
    • Animal Crossing: City Folk
      • More of the same; if you've played the DS version there's not a lot new here. There's a new city to visit, 20% more furniture, but game play remains the same.
    • Cooking Mama: International Kitchen
      • Complete various recipes to make virtual meals. Very Japanese, but StarGirl likes it.
    • The Force Unleashed
      • The graphics may not be as good as the 360, but you can use the Wiimote as a lightsaber. 'nuff said.
    • Outdoor Life Adventure Challenge
      • Comes with a floor mat (a la Dance Dance Revolution?) that you can use to control the onscreen actions. Games include running, jumping, mine cart races, tunnel sliding. A big hit in our house.
  • Outro
Audio icon NuRA-2009-05-31.mp324.72 MB


Finally got caught up after going through the archives...took a while!

Anyway, you were talking about things to do to keep the kids entertained, My nephews have just got to that age when I felt I could inroduce them to tabletop RPG's.

I wan't sure they'd like it, and it would mean pulling them away from the Xbox and DVD's. But they really took to it, and can't wait to play again (they are aged 10 and 9).
They got the whole character sheet/stat thing straight away, I guess japanese RPG's on the DS have trained them for that. The thing they took a while to grasp was playing a role, rather than just rolling dice. The lack of a board confused them as well (to much games workshop Talisman, I think!). So, yeah, I guess I can judge it a success, and I was surprised by it. I guess I thought they'd find it old fashioned, but the fact they could do and say anything really made it for them I think.

Thanks! Everyone's mostly human now, which is a nice change from a hellish spring. :) Hopefully we stay that way (where's a redwood I can knock on?)

I think that 9-10 is the perfect age to introduce kids to RPGs; I think it's about when I started playing, and it's a good transitional time. Still playing with toys, but starting to get interested in other stuff, and with attention spans long enough to really get into the game (at least for an hour or two).

I'm still itching to try an RPG with my daughter -- especailly Risus -- but I think she's still a bit young. I don't know -- maybe we'll try it one rainy date this summer. :)


Glad the Bard helps you out. It's always good to get feedback :)

Good luck with your Star Wars game!