RPG’s are once more becoming big business like we haven’t seen since the eighties. Is that due to the rise of the nerd? Or are people lamenting that the current tech generation has failed; delivering only shinier and shinier graphics while stripping back in area’s like story and game play? Or is it simply because there are now more than ever, since D&D toppled due to it’s own hubris in the switch from 3.5 to 4, allowing floods of games to reach the market; from slight modifications of old systems to games promising to deliver on the promise of hit television shows, movies and comic book lines.
Truth be told I don’t know; but I do know where they fall down. Yes you get to sit round a table with your friends eating funyuns and drinking mountain dew. Though that means actually getting your friends together and for long enough to play the campaign. This also means one of you setting up a fun, engaging tale for the others to play. So how do we overcome these challenges? We simply watch others as let’s plays have come to the land of the pen and paper role playing game. But I won’t be talking about that hit role playing let’s play, nor that one, or even that one. Instead I will be going all the way back to 2008 for……………………………………………………………………..
What happens when you fall through a portal to fantastical realm of dragons within dungeons, thrones and games for their control and a world famous barbarian who wants you dead for stealing his name. Why host a talk show of course; a talk show like………………………………………….
Geek History Lesson is a podcast that typically takes one character, group or construct from pop culture and reads the wiki page to you for about an hour. Hosted by a guy described as the Jar-Jar Binks of podcasting the series occasionally tries something a bit different.
One such episode allowed the two presenters to pitch their own X-Men team. Now they laid down the ground rules and so now, with nothing better to blog about I decided to try my own.
So I present to you the ‘Best X-men Team’?
Well for a start off it’s not an hour, it’s safe to say it’s more humorous than thrilling though it is an adventure and it is a podcast so it’s half right.
When people first mention Welcome to Night Vale shows such as Eerie Indiana or X-files are often thrown around as a basis for newbies to understand what they are letting themselves in for. Now this isn’t a completely strange comparison but it doesn’t quite do the show justice, as it feels more like somebodies turned them up to eleven, gotten completely smashed and tried to read them back to you. You see’ Night Vale’ has supernatural threats and conspiracies like others have bake sales and car jackings. Regularly Night Vale will have such experiences so far past the point of understanding that Fox Mulder would be forced to hide under the covers and weep gently to himself, in fact often the only sane response is to “say nothing and drink to forget” a motto for the show both inside and out. Continue reading