Radio Active #35: Eberron Music, Vintage Gamer, Geek Activism

Radio Active PodcastThis show features a Radio Active first as I do a game and music review of the same product: Wizards of the Coast’s Sharn: City of Towers for the Eberron campaign setting.

The show has a ton of listener feedback from Radio Active #34, as well as a review of the Vintage Gamer podcast, a discussion of the 95 Theses of Geek Activism and a link to a conversation between two famous geeks: Zack Braff of Scrubs and Garden State fame and Kevin Smith, known for his films Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma.

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Show Notes

  • Intro
    • “Cut to the Chase” track from the rpg sourcebook of the same name.
  • Nuketown News
    • New Comments:
      • Good feedback on the last show – folks liked the Arkham Horror review, and I’m looking to do another one soon. I think they’ll correspond (surprise, surprise) with our monthly board game sessions.
      • Jim from the Vintage Gamer suggested checking out the The Mad Three of Gamer: The Podcasting’s new how-to vlog and  Scott Nielson’s Board Gaming with Scott vlog in which he runs through the rules and pieces of different games on camera.
      • Meanwhile Jason of Random Signal suggested the Durham 3 podcast, which features a group of players who chat about issues in gaming, then pause to play their game, then do a round up afterwards. Sounds like a cool idea
  • Promo: Bear’s Grove Promo
  • Sites of Note
    • The Vintage Gamer
      • Reviews of classic board, card and role-playing games by Jim Van Verth, who’s married to Mur Lafferty of Geek Fu Action Grip. Reviews games such as:
      • The book-vs.-book Ace of Aces
      • The ancient strategy game M.U.L.E.
      • The board game Acquire.
      • The board game Fury of Dracula
  • 95 Theses of Geek Activism
    • Reclaim the term ‘hacker’. If you tinker with electronics, you are a hacker. If you use things in more ways than intended by the manufacturer, you are a hacker. If you build things out of strange, unexpected parts, you are a hacker. Reclaim the term.
    • The true enemy is the line: “If you haven’t done anything wrong, what do you fear?”
    • Treating your customers like criminals- or potential criminals- will turn customers away.
  • Zach Braff interviews Kevin Smith
    • Talk about building a fan base, exploiting the internet.
  • Promo: GOBLIN Gaming Network
  • Game & Music Review: Sharn: City of Towers
    • Eberron is Wizards of the Coast’s pulpy, noir-inspired campaign setting for Dungeosn & Dragons
    • Sharn: City of Towers details the setting’s largest metropolis. It describes over 100 city districts, a dozen new guilds/organizations, loads of NPCs, extensive maps.
    • Good book for anyone running an Ebberon campaign, giving enough information to run a half-dozen campaigns in the city, or to provide a base of operations for a world-spanning one.
    • Also good for DM’s looking for inspiration for their own urban campaigns, or for a resource that they can lift whole locations from. Eberron isn’t so different from normal D&D that the content in this book can’t be used elsewhere with a few tweaks.
    • No index, which is its single greatest fault. All RPG books need indexes! But fortunately you can download the index from Keith Baker’s Web site:
  • Outro