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A journey into the things we love: D&D / RPGs, tabletop games, wargames, video games, comics and comic books, Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, fan films, movies, TV, books, sci-fi, fantasy, more! Hosted by a fellow geek that supports and encourages geeks and our fandoms in all of their various splendor! Come along and get your geek on (or maybe even discover you inner geek)!
 
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Gaming historian Jon Peterson works through the unhappy but fascinating drama of Gary Gygax, Dave Arneson, and TSR to bring us the facts of it all regarding the two most important personalities and the most important company in RPG history. The legal battles over royalties and ownership of Dungeons & Dragons and TSR itself. What is a game, legally?…
 
A cool project to make 3D-printable RPG miniatures from Jeshield’s art. Plus! How did he build his RPG stock art business as the main part of his income? What was the RPG that influenced him to become an artist, and what piece of its art impacted him the most? Straight talk on the financials of the RPG art business. Comparing an artist website vers…
 
Writer and “horror bottomless pit” Mark Pellegrini joins for a great horror movie discussion. Essential found footage movies. What makes found footage different from other types of movies? Horror franchises that forget their roots. Horror films adapted to TV series. Overlooked horror gems in the slasher genre. Analog horror. Halloween Kills, what m…
 
Level Up: Advanced 5th Edition is the new RPG that adds depth and options to your 5E experience but avoids unnecessary complexity! Lots of love for the exploration pillar. Rethinking classes while keeping their core concepts. Meaningful decisions every time you level up. Modular heritage design. The journey can be the adventure. More! The dynamics,…
 
Ed Bickford aka Metal Robot is a tabletop RPG illustrator, syndicated cartoonist, comic book artist, and an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. Ed’s great to talk with and he’s very open in sharing honest thoughts on the hopes and trials of creators in the trenches. The business side of being a professional artist. Your art style finds …
 
Matt Lister aka Cobra Commander joins to talk chiptune music, retrocomputing, and some classic G.I. Joe and Transformers. Trackers, hardware, and sound chips, oh my! What is MIDI (and can MIDI be chiptunes)? PAL, NTSC and electron guns. Atari 2600 game development and racing the beam. Yars’ Revenge had very tricky programming. Behold the Casio XW-P…
 
Tékumel is a deep setting with published fiction, multiple tabletop RPGs, a miniatures wargaming scene, and more. We revisit this fascinating science-fantasy world with Tékumel Foundation president Victor Raymond. Learn how Tékumel and the Empire of the Petal Throne are so much more than just the "first RPG setting published" (and its creator Profe…
 
RPG Designer Julian Bernick on Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth book series and the new Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG setting based on it. Why is it such a cool world to read about and play in? How much influence did The Dying Earth have on Gary Gygax and D&D? Hint: a lot. What was DCC’s design philosophy and what was the thought behind its extra dice typ…
 
Zeb Cook’s RPG design history includes such important highlights as the “Expert” portion of B/X D&D, AD&D 2nd Edition, Oriental Adventures, Planescape, Star Frontiers, and more! He’s also had career highlights in video games including City of Villains, Fallout 2, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Did you know AD&D 2nd Edition had a significant playtest…
 
FASERIP Tactics is the tactical superhero miniatures game based on the rules from the classic TSR Marvel Superheroes RPG. Developer Ned Leeds shares the amazing and incredible feats this game brings to the table! It's monstrous fun, and it's FREE. Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #242 - 6/22/2021 Like what you hear? Support Shane Plays Geek Talk on Pa…
 
The new Awfully Cheerful Engine (ACE) RPG with Russ "Morrus" Morrissey of E.N. Publishing. ACE is an action-comedy RPG inspired by a frightfully cheerful game from the 80s that’s quick and fun to play. Plus: A Level Up Advanced 5E RPG project update. Giant monkeys punching giant lizards. Sketch comedy writing. Sea Monkeys. How to watch Eurovision. …
 
On scarlet sorcery and heroic wings, Phase 4 of the MCU has arrived! What did Shane and friends of the show Richard McBain and William Brackeen think of WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Are they excited for Phase 4 in general? Plus! An overview of everything currently on the MCU’s Phase 4 slate! Tune in, True Believers! Shane Play…
 
After years of denials of its existence, the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League is here! Comedian and friend of the show Michael Brown joins Shane for a deep dive on Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon’s versions of the movie. Is one better than the other? Does it mainly come down to fun vs gravitas? Green Lantern and Aquaman digressions. Mike is a true Aqu…
 
Level Up: Advanced Fifth Edition RPG is coming and Russ “Morrus” Morrissey of E.N. Publishing provides a sneak preview! A5E is an expanded version of 5E, adding more depth and options yet still backward compatible with 5E. Among lots of other cool stuff, the exploration pillar gets much love, a revamped heritage and culture system is coming, monste…
 
It’s a veritable cavalcade of geeky news goodness! All Your Base 20th anniversary, WandaVision, Chinese CRPGs, The Burning Crusade for WoW Classic, McDonalds Pokemon scalper frenzy, Babylon 5, Red Dwarf, Day of the Dead TV series, Batman: The Animated Series, Godzilla vs Kong, The Snyder Cut, Fan buyout of DC Comics?, Spawn expanded comics universe…
 
It’s the fifth annual team-up with Arkansas talk radio legend Dave Elswick for our Most Anticipated Geek Movies of 2021! What made the cut? How did our picks from last year hold up? Dave and Shane’s thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984. Dave’s theory on The Empire Strikes Back. Ed and Elizabeth Warren. Dave thinks Shane looks like Jerry Garcia. Press Play…
 
Jon Peterson discusses The Elusive Shift, his newest in-depth book about role-playing game history. The importance of fanzines to the hobby and researching its history. Where did the term “role-playing game” come from? The history of “roll-playing” vs “role-playing”. Letting the dice tell the story vs GM fudging. Some dice history. Platonic solids …
 
Who are Frog God Games? The current state of OSR RPG gaming and some OSR history. Recommendations on trying out OSR games. North Texas RPG Con. Large cons versus intimate cons. Con special guest invitation criteria. Economics of RPG conventions. Economics of the RPG industry. RPG archaeology. Tavern brawls. A cool story about a lost piece of D&D an…
 
Asunder is the dark fantasy RPG (powered by the Shadow of the Demon Lord system) set in a dying world with no metal where humans have transformed plants and insects into living weapons. Adam Lawson and Robert J. Schwalb join to discuss! How long is the average tabletop RPG campaign (the answer may surprise you)? What’s it like to make an RPG for th…
 
Tékumel: The Empire of the Petal Throne is known as the first published tabletop RPG setting, but began long before that in Professor M. A. R. Barker’s imagination. It’s a rich and exciting world matched by a fascinating creator! Bob Alberti (Tékumel expert, author, and friend of Professor Barker) tells us all about this important part of RPG histo…
 
The unproduced final episode of the 80s Dungeons & Dragons cartoon now exists thanks to superfans Ryan Nead and Marshall Hubbard and is receiving widespread praise! What was involved? How long did it take? Why did they do it? Why do they love the D&D cartoon so much? Is it an energy bow, a lightning bow, or a plasma bow? The final episode in other …
 
Writer, director, and producer Adam Lawson (Snakes on a Plane, Escape the Night, The Eighth, TableTop) joins to talk The Kill Journal, a horror graphic novel about survivors of supernatural slashers who band together to get revenge. Which version of Michael Meyers is the most frightening? Michael vs Jason. What does Adam think of “newer” horror mov…
 
The hugely popular Inktober drawing challenge with creator Jake Parker. When did Inktober start and how large has it grown? What are people saying about how Inktober has helped them? Advice from Don Bluth. How do you say Mignola? Shane wants to be a cartoonist. Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #229 - 9/30/2020 Like what you hear? Support Shane Plays G…
 
Good Strong Hands RPG (“A darkly whimsical game about saving your fantastical world”) with indie developer Craig Campbell of NerdBurger Games. RPGs gone virtual. The importance of cons to the RPG industry. How is RPG design like architecture? Sad scenes in geek movies. The butter burger. Shane Plays Geek Talk Episode #228 - 9/25/2020 Like what you …
 
10 playful sketches chock full of D&D and RPG mirth and good-natured skewering, written by Shane Stacks and performed and edited by the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast crew (Russ Morrissey, Peter Coffey and Darryl Mott)! Sketches include comparing sanity check fails, “invisible” bank robbers, a certain gazebo, the lack of variety in th…
 
Darklands! The cult classic open-world RPG from 1992 that lets you adventure in the Holy Roman Empire during the 15th century… or rather, 15th Century Europe as people believed it to be at the time! Darklands broke a lot of CRPG ground, still has fans, and influenced games like Baldur’s Gate and the Elder Scrolls. Fellow fans Matt Wirkkala and Keit…
 
UFO reports are increasing rapidly and the official discussion of UFOs keeps flying higher with everyone from U.S. Senators to UFO lobbyists to the previous lead singer of Blink-182 pushing for answers. Lots of UFO news. Some space news. Art Bell trivia. Trump quotes about UFOs. Mars is being noisy. Are stars disappearing in droves? What does Kurt …
 
Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters for 5th Edition with Russ Morrissey and Mike Myler. A veritable cornucopia of real life and legendary figures for your game! Hair fuses. American mythology. Knights joust a lot. Jesus as a stat block? The real Peter Pan is kind of creepy. Ra Ra Rasputin. Cryptids. Skunk Apes. Numenera comes to D&D. The Far…
 
Producer, writer, and director Aaron B. Koontz of Paper Street Pictures talks horror movies and the new horror-comedy anthology Scare Package. The financial realities of the film industry. The project management aspect of filmmaking and the necessity of crazy instant decisions. Making credits cool. Chasing your dreams. Working with John Bloom (Joe …
 
Shane has made no secret that he’s been disappointed with recent Star Trek offerings. Now he revisits Star Trek Discovery and takes a look at Picard with returning guest Brent Bristow to find out what he thinks now! Also: they sink their teeth into a little Dark Shadows chat. Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 5/30/20…
 
RPG historian and filmmaker Griffith "Griff" Morgan returns for a follow-up show on Secrets of Blackmoor: The True History of D&D now that the documentary has been released. Dave Arneson, the Blackmoor Bunch and Gary Gygax. Shane is a nerd when it comes to RPG-related fiction. Early game balance. Griff demonstrates some really excellent and atmosph…
 
Shane’s advice and tips for DMs / GMs, plus a foolproof method for knowing whether you’re good at it. A different take on rules lawyers. Fantasy races and alignment discussion. Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/25/2020 Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also …
 
Tom Hise (the GM for Shane’s Villains & Vigilantes / Mighty Protectors superhero RPG campaign) joins to share about running a rich tabletop RPG by EMAIL. He’s done it for 10 years. Also: why Tom loves V&V and their mutual love for Astro City. Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/18/2020 Shane Plays airs on Saturdays a…
 
Comics writer (Batman & The Outsiders, American Carnage) and screenwriter (Ash vs Evil Dead, Titans) Bryan Edward Hill joins to talk his work, videogames in the pandemic, being a creator and still enjoying other people’s creations, respectful online dialogue, Miami Vice, his movie Zone 414, and more... including a special appearance by his Batman v…
 
Ed Greenwood and Alex Kammer discuss The Border Kingdoms, their new Adventurers League compatible Forgotten Realms sourcebook. A preview of two new character backgrounds. How the Forgotten Realms has grown over time and become a unifying D&D setting. Ed’s original Forgotten Realms map. Paperclipomancy. Podcast version of the live Shane Plays Geek T…
 
The competitive fighting game scene with Arkansas Fighting Game Network coordinator Maxx and friend of the show / competitive gamer Nicholas aka Swiggs. What’s it about all about? What are the most popular competitive fighting games? How the heck do you get started? Can you win money?? Plus: what the heck is Yoshimitsu? Tune in, baby, TUNE IN! Podc…
 
The always interesting Doug TenNapel joins to talk: Bigfoot Bill 2 Finger of Poseidon. Earthworm Jim. Guns. Tolkien vs Star Wars. Tolkien vs Sanderson. Moby Dick. A great steak vs a really good steak vs burgers. People with opposing beliefs can still love and work with each other. Note: This podcast version has more content than the radio broadcast…
 
James M. Ward on The Starship Warden, Metamorphosis Alpha (the first Sci-Fi RPG), Gamma World and his newer projects GiantLands and Forgotten Ruin. James’s history playing and designing tabletop RPGs. Who was the “biker” that got him into the hobby, and in what unexpected place did they meet? What is James’s favorite mutant power, what book was an …
 
SKALD: Against the Black Priory retro-style CRPG with one-man dev team Al of Scape-IT. What is SKALD? How is Al developing a true old school style game in a modern engine like Unity? Tabletop RPG gaming influence on the CRPG dev process. Not every game has to be 100 hours long. Shane’s favorite RPG fumble result ever. Yes, Norway is in Europe. Rest…
 
Shooting the bull on the new Disney+ hit The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda, the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Rogue One and STOP MESSING WITH HAN SHOOTING FIRST aaaargh. Shane falsely accuses Mark of liking Holtzmann. Originally broadcast on the 12/6/2019 Dave Elswick Show on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on…
 
Comics artist and Allegiance Arts founder Mitch Breitweiser joins to talk comics and Allegiance's upcoming blockbuster books! MAJOR news items on comic books coming to a HUGE retailer! How did the comics industry get to the low state it's in now? The Diamond problem and the plight of the comic book owner. Plus: Favorite Thanksgiving dishes and The …
 
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