Monster Scale

godzilla move posterGodzilla 2014 stomps its way into theaters and I’m there at the earliest showing I can possibly sneak out to see. The movie is pretty much everything I wanted from the King of Monsters. It’s moody, atmospheric, tense, overwhelming, and destructive on every level. This is very much the Godzilla film I have wanted all my life.

Curt and I take on the CW’s spring season closing. We have quite a lot to say about our hopes and fears for Arrow, The Flash, and Supernatural. Most of the rest of the lineup isn’t on our radar, but there are a few shows that are shaping up to be well worth the ride.

Finally, we look at the issue of disparity of scale in RPGs and discuss the way that different systems handle discrepancies between characters and things that truly outmass them. We look at number-heavy systems like Palladium and the d20 family, lighter fare like Savage Worlds and the D6 System, and a few random others such as DC Adventures and R. Talsorian’s Fuzion. Fate Core is the last one on the list, and we take on a few different ways to handle giant monsters and heavy equipment using variations of the core rules.

A podcast this week wouldn’t be complete without a shameless plug for Opposing Forces, the Kickstarter project funding a tactical manual and bestiary of foes for Fate Core. The first week is drawing to a close, and every person that joins the crowd gets me more excited!

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Godzilla Through the Ages

The new Godzilla film is almost upon us! As the King stomps his way into New York and a confrontation with unidentified Muto opponents, Curt and I touch a little bit on the things the Godzilla franchise has been since its inception. We do a review of “Ecstasy of Order”, a documentary about the Tetris Championship Circuit. And finish things off with a discussion of character creation in Fate, and just how hippy-dippy backwards it seems to a couple of old-school gamers. Still, I think the payoff is worth the flower petals and barefoot guitar playing. Plus, the Kickstarter for Opposing Forces is live! Check it out! Tell your friends!

Watch “Ecstasy of Order” on Crackle

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Gearing Up

OF Logo - smallSummer is upon us! Curt and I are back in the reaction chamber and gearing up for the summer. We’re looking at a wave of summer blockbusters starting with the awesomeness that is Godzilla. We talk for a little bit about the Dean Devlin/Matthew Broderick entry in the franchise. After beating that dead lizard for a while, we switch to Evil Hat’s Fate Core system. I’m prepping to release a book for the system and pushing out a Kickstarter campaign to help fund it. I’ve got some awesome artists signed on to work on the project. Check them out in the show notes! The artwork here is my own little scribbling for concept; Matt Silber is working on proper cover art and logos!

Matt Silber’s online portfolio: Ganarus

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