Saturday, October 19, 2013

Whew! The first video podcast is up!



Whew!!!

The first of my podcasts is up; I'll be doing these once a month for people to try and cover things around the Workbench in more detail then I think I can in blog posts. We used the Sony 'Bloggie', which sends the live video to the Internet, and records in half-hour segments. I was sure I'd run out of material, but as usual I ran long due to blathering on and on and on and on...

You get the idea.

Anyway, this first effort is now up on the website for your bemusement:

8 comments:

  1. Very interesting! A good start to the world of podcasts...

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    1. Thank you! Anything you'd like to see me cover?

      yours, chirine

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    2. I am not certain how you could work it, but an example of combat from Qadardalikoi might be interesting... Otherwise, more tales of the biz as seen by a witness and tales of good gaming suit me just fine.

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  2. Nice video! Very interesting comment about Swords and Glory. I do own a set of the rules, but have always found the original Empire of the Petal Throne easier to explain and play. Yes the little mini adventure to start your character in Sword and Glory (separate book to boot) is fun the first time through, but as a core mechanic it wear thin very fast.

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    1. Glad you liked it! Anything you want me to cover in future podcasts?

      Yes, S & G does get 'old'; we mostly ignored the entire miniatures aspect when we playd with Phil, and he very quickly went to the "you roll dice, I'll roll dice" 'mechanics lite' style of play. S & G's must useful aspect is as a mine of information, both in the Sourcebook and in the spell corpora.

      yours, chirine

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    2. Things I am most interested in include the Jakalan underworld (or any underworld) and maps of the southern continent. It has always struck as me a bit ironic that after the Professor spent all that time writing background for the Northern continent, he would drag you off to the Southern continent. However, one of the great charms the old Empire of the Petal Throne of the "you are a barbarian fresh off the boat" was discovering new lands and customs. I suspect in might have been challenging to achieve the same effect with old hand players without dragging them off to a new continent.

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    3. Oops! Wrong button! Reply below!

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  3. Thank you for your questions - I'll answer them for you in the next podcasts.

    I think you are right about why Phil had us going to the southern continent all the time; I also think a very big reason for his doing so was based on his very 'sub-optimal' experiences with the original game group's 'messing up' the story arc and timeline that Phil wanted to use in his novels - specifcally, Tim Cox hitting Princess Ma'in hi Tlakotani with the Eye of Changing Alignment early in the game sessions, and the negative result that this had on Imperial politics. (The Eye got deleted from the playtest copies of EPT right after that, too.) Sending everyone off on epic voyages was a fast and easy way to get (in Phil's phrase) "those pesky players" out of the mainstream and into a side channel was simple self-defense.

    yours, chirine

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