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Episode 31: Marvel Super Heroes by TSR

Episode 31: Marvel Super Heroes by TSR

Excelsior, True Believers! The Fab Four Halflings take a dive into that first licensed Superhero RPG of the 1980s, the Marvel Super Heroes Roleplaying Game box set by TSR. Published in 1984, it took a few directions that Supers RPGs hadn’t yet tried such as ranks for both attributes and powers, Karma as both XPs and die roll mods, and of course getting statistics for your favorite Marvel heroes. Well, 8 of them anyway. Sit back and...

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Episode 30.5: North Texas RPG Con 2021

Episode 30.5: North Texas RPG Con 2021

Normalcy is usually overrated, but not this time. The 13th North Texas RPG Con is happening June 3-6, 2021 and the goal is a return to normal con-gaming. As ever, BadMike/Satan is here to regale us with details: the food trucks, an open bar and Starbucks, and most of all gaming! Listen as your Halflings find out the skinny on the con, its Virtual track for those stuck at home, and a promise that his brother won’t be wearing speedos...

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Episode 30: Alma Mater by Oracle Games

Episode 30: Alma Mater by Oracle Games

School’s out…of its mind? It sure seems that way as your Four Halflings take a dive into one of the oddest RPGs from the early 1980s; that of Alma Mater. Classes, teachers, social cliques, and other hazards for your freshman PC await you in this episode of the podcast. Oh, and a few tables to roll on. Just a few. No Losers were harmed in the making of this podcast, despite the game’s constant encouragement to do so!...

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Episode 29.5: The Elusive Shift with Jon Peterson

Episode 29.5: The Elusive Shift with Jon Peterson

Friend of the show (and author) Jon Peterson joins the Halflings in a wide-ranging discussion of fanzines, RPG theory, and…oh yeah, his new book from MIT Press called The Elusive Shift. When did Dungeons & Dragons stop being a fantasy wargame and become a roleplaying game? Who contributed to the shift? Did they know what they were doing? Was it a smooth transition, or fraught with controversy? Will we ever stop asking questions...

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Episode 29: Cosmic Encounter by Eon Productions

Episode 29: Cosmic Encounter by Eon Productions

No, it’s not a Spielberg movie. It’s the board game sensation of the 1970s adventure gaming industry, Cosmic Encounter by Eon Productions. A simple yet innovative system lets each of the alien races a player chooses change powers and goals to ensure no two games are the same. Your Fab Four totally normal humans from Earth review the game, how it’s aged, and what inspiration 21st century gamers can find in its mechanics....

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Episode 28: Space Patrol by Gamescience

Episode 28: Space Patrol by Gamescience

Space, the final frontier — or the first, as far as RPG space gaming went. Gamescience’s Space Patrol beat Traveller to the punch in 1977, but was lost in the shuffle of its better known rival’s little black books. But this little game has some good points to consider, even for today’s jaded gamer. Listen in as we cover aliens, planets, a startling lack of starships…and equipment with no cost? No Kzinti were harmed...

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Episode 27: Dresden Files by Evil Hat Productions

Episode 27: Dresden Files by Evil Hat Productions

It’s time for your Fab Four Halflings to accept their fates…FATE Core, that is! We sit down and cover our first FATE game in the guise of The Dresden Files RPG, based on the bestselling book series by Jim Butcher. We learn about Fate Dice, Aspects, and how DM Jim’s questions leave DM Corbett with answers that involve a lot of the word “maybe”. Wizards complaining about fireball ranges, vampires in bowling...

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