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Episode 402: Too Soon?

May 01, 2012 By: Meg Category: Season 4, Sodes 1 Comment →

Too Soon? Too Soon to joke about deaths? Too Soon to loudy interject our real family into an episode (’cause the baby, the toddler, and the dog interjected in this episode a LOT)? Or Too Soon to actually put out another episode?

While you are pondering, take the Podcast Listener Survey! Now! And put in complementary comments about our fine features!

http://rpgpolls.com/fill/survey/2012-RPG-Podcast-Listener-Survey

 

Segments Include:

TeeeeamWork!!!

Chewing

People Died

Grinds My Gears

  • What do you think of the phrase Dime a Dozen?

RPGs as Kid’s Shows

  • Wonderpets is either brilliant or brilliantly horrible. And no one is voting for the former
  • It reminds us of Burning Wheel
  • What Kid’s Shows remind you of RPGs? Or vice versa?

The Culture War

  • Based on the Book
  • Are you Progressive or Orthodoxy?

Drinkin’

  • Should you drink at the game table?
Other Questions
  • What do you think of our interstitials? What should we go with?
  • Are you pro or con Ming Ming?
  • Do you like our new format? Psych, I don’t care what you say, we’re doin’ it.

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BG Short April 31, 2011

April 30, 2011 By: Meg Category: Season 3, Shorts, Sodes Comments Off on BG Short April 31, 2011

The Short for April 31 (aka May 2), 2011

Joining us this episode is Glenn, the honorary 4th Gameologists, from Dandy Scotch Brawlers.  Also joining us is the pug in the background- drink every time you hear his nails click clacking on the floor! And yes, we know there wasn’t an April 31st, but we want an episode per month, so now there is!

Where We’ve Been:

Them Brits know how to do weddings

  • PaxEast was pretty cool
  • Anime Boston was administratively enlightening

In Our Game

Podcast of the Week:

Game of the Week:

Question of the Week

  • What was your gaming gluttony of choice back when you could eat that crap?
  • Post on our FB Discussions or twitter us!

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJoshor Zeke at brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

BGShort Feb 14, 2011

February 14, 2011 By: Meg Category: News 3 Comments →

The Short for February 14th, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Where We Be:

  • Where we’ve been
  • Excuse-a-sode
  • Vegas and Podcast-a-Con was awesome!!
  • Come on Sons of Kryos, let us listen!

In Game:

  • Our Burning Wheel Game died a natural death
  • Check out us talking about it:
  • Meg got burned by Luke Crane
  • We’re starting a new Burning Wheel Game

Podcast of the Week:

Hot Game of the Week:

Question of the Week

  • What was your best Valentine’s Day gift- given or received?
  • Post on our FB Discussions or twitter us!

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zekeat brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

BG-Bonus-Meg’s BW Recap

January 26, 2011 By: Meg Category: Party, Season 3, Sodes Comments Off on BG-Bonus-Meg’s BW Recap

We’re still recovering from holidays, so in the meantime, check out Meg talking about the BG’s Burning Wheel game on The Podge Cast.

No Thank You!

This is NOT a Brilliant Gameologists episode, but rather a “party” episode wherein we appear on other people’s shows.  So don’t start here, but take a listen in prep for our post-holiday return!

http://podgecast.com/archives/tpc-119-the-burning-fellowship-player

Hint: Meg doesn’t like Burning Wheel very much!

There is some discussion of this episode at The Spookyouthouse Forums

BGShort-November 22, 2010

November 29, 2010 By: Meg Category: Season 3, Shorts, Sodes 3 Comments →

The Short for November 22, 2010 (yeah, late, oh well)

Take a listen!

Where We Be:

  • PlayDate: is still scheduled for December 11th, 2010!  Make your plans now!
  • Thanksgiving plans and traditions

Our Game

  • Set up for our Burning Wheel game!

Podcast of the Week:

Hot Game of the Week:

Question of the Week

Contact us!

  1. Leave a comment here for this episode
  2. Post on our boards: Brilliantgameologists.com/boards
  3. Email the 3 of us at gm@brilliantgameologists.com (or individually: MegJosh or Zekeat brilliantgameologists.com)
  4. Twitter: @bg_meg@bg_josh@bg_zeke or our news feed, @bg_podcast
  5. Visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/brilliantgameologists
  6. Call us and leave a message (click to see message suggestions) (206) 424-4751
  7. Say hi in person- check out the schedule of where we’ll be appearing under the News Category of our website.

This episode, like all of our episodes, is “Not Safe For Work.” Use headphones or at least look around a bit and see if your co-workers can hear.

Geek Girls Roundtable #2 (Bonus: Collaboration)

February 09, 2009 By: Meg Category: Party, Season 2, Sodes 1 Comment →

We will be back to our reguarly scheduled posting very very soon- we have 3 extremely “crunchy” episodes in the pipeline that we hope you’ll love.  Just a lot of travel and personal crap going on right now that is delaying our normal schedule.  But soon!  Very soon!

In the meantime- check out Part 2 of the Geek Girls Rule Roundtable.  Not as structured as part 1, but Meg announces a “secret”…  wait for it… wait for it…

Reposted from Mickey’s site.  Enjoy!

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Geek Girls Rule! Podcast 9, Part II – Attack of the Girl Gaming Podcasters

Attack of the Girl Gaming Podcasters – The final chapter.

Kristin of This Modern Death, Meg from the Brilliant Gameologists, Jenn from the Trapcast and myself finish our conversation from Part I.

Gamestorm:  http://www.gamestorm.org/
Confessions of a Part-time Sorceress
Magic the Gathering
Wizards of the Coast
Burning Wheel
Prime Time Adventures
Ryan Macklin
GenCon
Babeland
Valerie Strangiato
Charlie’s Kids Evolution Map
Skepticality
Skepchick
Pharyngula
DragonCon
Bad Astronomer
George Hrab
Twitter
Design Toscano

Geek Girls Roundtable (Bonus: Collaboration)

February 05, 2009 By: Meg Category: Party, Season 2, Sodes Comments Off on Geek Girls Roundtable (Bonus: Collaboration)

Because I’m so horribly late getting our new episodes out, here’s a show that I (Meg) am featured on to tide you over.

Mickey from the podcast “Geek Girls Rule” had me, Kristen from This Modern Death and Jenn from TrapCast on to talk about Gaming Girl Sterotypes.  We recorded over skype, so excuse the quality, but it was a blast to nerd up with some other ladies.

This is just a repost of Mickey’s show.

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Geek Girls Rule! Podcast #9 Part I – Attack of the Girl Gaming Podcasters

Ok, so this is part one of the Girl Gaming Podcasters Podcast hosted on Geek Girls Rule!  Kristin from “This Modern Death,” Meg from “The Brilliant Gameologists” and Jenn from “The Trap Cast” joined me via Skype for over two hours of giggling chaos.

In this half of the podcast, we discuss how we got into gaming, bad gamer girl stereotypes, the health of my hedgehog Wash and other critters, and what we’re currently playing, as well as pimping our separate podcasts.

Brilliant Gameologists – Meg
This Modern Death – Kristin
The Trap Cast – Jenn

Dungeons & Dragons
Little Fears
Grimm
Unhallowed Metropolis
GURPS
Warhammer
Burning Wheel (don’t let the front page fool you)
Shadowrun
Faery’s Tale
Bad Female Gamer Archetypes
Bad Male Gamer Archetypes

Sode #31: Venues– The Comfort-Focus Axis (Setting 06)

December 29, 2008 By: Meg Category: Casual, Season 2, Sodes 2 Comments →

Warm-Up:

Each time we record, we watch a video or find a picture to get us in the mood for the episode. It doesn’t always have anything to do with the episode, but frames our minds, so we’re going to share so you can be appropriately framed as well.

Curious Cow says Moo?

Icebreaker:

Strange places we’ve gamed:

  • Josh had fun in the blackout party!
  • Zeke played in a schoolbus.
  • Meg played at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico.

The Grid:

Meg's original artwork

Miscellaney

  1. The answer to last episode’s trivia question is contained! Think you know the answer to this week’s? Post on the thread about this episode here.
  2. A challenge to next to V3 event. Many will enter. One will win.
  3. Submit your board game fanfic to GM@BrilliantGameologists.com!

Reminders-

Discuss this episode on our Message Boards in THIS thread!

Warning: This episode is tagged Explicit. It is intended for adult audiences.

Sode #26: Gender Bending and Playing What You Ain’t (Player 04)

November 04, 2008 By: Meg Category: Diplomacy, Season 2, Sodes 1 Comment →

Happy Election Day!

Only a couple of days!

JiffyCon is this Saturday!! Enjoy new, indie games and play with the Gameologists! www.jiffycon.com

Warm-Up:

Each time we record, we watch a video or find a picture to get us in the mood for the episode. It doesn’t always have anything to do with the episode, but frames our minds, so we’re going to share so you can be appropriately framed as well.

We’ve been watching a lot of Saturday Night Live clips…

Dudes playing chicks/ Playing something you ain’t:

  1. Don’t be a douche
  2. Be Sensitive
  3. Just be the character
  4. Don’t have it be the only interesting aspect of the character
  5. Don’t constantly talk about being a _____
  6. Sex is not the only decision a girl makes

Playing a girl- something different:

  • Mother
  • Old Lady
  • Maiden
  • Historical game stereotype
  • Intrepid Girl Reporter
  • Empty Nester

Other things you ain’t:

  • Gays/ Straights
  • Philosophically or ethically different
  • Kids
  • The “Other”
  • Crazy
  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Bromance

Getting Into Character:

  • Stanislavski’s System
    • What is your character’s goal?
    • Aspects of the character?
    • Use your memory “bag”
  • Change your voice:
    • Pitch
    • Tone
    • Volume
    • Speed/ Pacing
    • Sayings
    • Laugh

Shout-Outs:

Geek Girls Rule

  • After we recorded and called Mickey etc. out for not putting out a show, they went and did. So yes, there is a more recent episode now.

Reminders-

We put show updates and random goodies on Meg’s Twitter. Don’t miss out!

Email us at GM@BrilliantGameologists.com

Discuss this episode on our Message Boards in THIS thread!

Warning: This episode is tagged Explicit and is Not Work Safe. It is intended for adult audiences.

Sode #16: Peritextual Elements of RPGs (Meta04)

June 22, 2008 By: Meg Category: Season 2, Sodes, Strategy 1 Comment →

Nerd Up!

In this episode we look at the peritextual elements of quite a few books– all of the things that aren’t the content– and how they relate to the feel of the book and our impressions about it.

The links all show example pictures to help illustrate the point.  There are a few still to come, but this is a pretty comprehensive list as is!  Some of the pictures are from the publisher and some I took myself.

Size and Shape

D&D 4th Edition- The standard in gaming. Hardcover, 8.5×11 inches. 4th Edition’s difference is that the 3 books come in a handy-dandy sleeve.

Hero 5th Edition Revised– The same shape as D&D but text-book thick.

Burning Wheel– 5×7 and softcover. Still has same number of pages as D&D, but they are mini pages. Makes the book much more portable.

Savage Worlds: Explorer’s Edition– Also softcover, but a bit longer and wider than Burning Wheel (which means neat, orderly shelving will be screwy).

Star Wars Saga– A square. Made to fit on bookstore’s shelves.

Covers

Rifts- Pretty picture, shows action, clear title, publisher, and author, and of course, boobies.

Paranoia XP– comical, funny, bright colors and the back cover entirely in the style of Paranoia. Draws in new people but also provides a callback to previous players.

The Savage World of Solomon Kane– Only a few words, but great illustration and the glossy and matte finish make Meg happy.

Cover opened to see front and back together

Dread– Extremely simple but sets the stage beautifully. A bloody thumbprint? What’s not to love?

Burning Wheel– Red on Red. Hard to see, confusing, boring. Doesn’t say anything about the game.

The Trail of Cthulhu – Green on green, but spooky, mysterious

GURPS: Alpha Century– cover of book is cover of Sid Meier’s video game. Good marketing if you like the video game (which we did).

Front Matter

First few pages of a book before the content actually starts. Can include publication information, credits, acknowledgments, table of contents, and introduction

  • Pastedown- the page pasted to the inside of the cover (hardcover only)
  • Flyleaf- the page opposite the pastedown

Spirit of the Century– has fun with the credits

Grimm– Pastedown and Flyleaf are at least red. Introduction WAY too long (download full introduction).

Deadlands Reloaded– Personal acknowledgments, Font in table of contents very appropriate and there is “white space” so text doesn’t feel claustrophobic. Introduction is a old-timely newspaper format. Back Cover

Dark Heresy, Warhammer 40,000– Pastedown and Flyleaf show an illustration of a star map

Borders:

Are illustrations confined in a border to make it feel like you are looking as an voyeur, or do the touch the edge of the page to draw you in?

  • Bleed- when the illustration touches the edge of a page
  • Full Bleed- when all illustrations touch all edges

Deadlands Reloaded full bleed

d20 Future– Standard. Page number in border (on side)

GURPS- Transhuman Space- Dark border with white boxes with text. Dark borders give it a space theme.

Grimm (download of first chapter)– Very appropriate, very approprite. Page numbers in spider body and intricate

Expeditious Retreat: Magical Society of Ecology and Culture and Savage Worlds Explorer’s Edition– Old timey paper feel to border.

Interesting Content

Cyberspace. Almost whole book in table or chart. Lower corner of each page gives extra material to book in terms of a year-by-year timeline.

Nightbane– Very first thing in book is a warning to prevent claims of Satanism.

Earthdawn– All peritextual elements completely vanilla (written in 1995) except two full pages of punch-out cardstock cards.

Illustrations

Pictures in books should show you things you may play, things you may fight or goals or ideas you may have as well as set the stage for the book. The feel also needs to be consistent throughout. The media used can change, but don’t mix styles!

D&D 4th Edition– Player’s Handbook has detailed pictures of the types of characters you are going to play (Person), the Dungeon Master’s Guide shows places you will go (Place), and the Monster Manual shows the things you are going to fight (Things).

Mutants and Masterminds– Very comic book feel to illustrations, some complete with speech bubbles. Very consistent throughout.

Dark Heresy, Warhammer 40,000– Extremely detailed, dark, gritty illustrations.

Riftsalmost entirely black and white inking. Art very evocative of the world, but not enough of it and the color plates in the middle of the book don’t match.

SerenityBeautiful cover, but almost all of “illustrations” are screen caps from the movie. Says not, “We’re trying to adapt the movie” but “We’re trying to make the movie.” Borders are good except top of every page says “Serenity the Role Playing Game”. Seems too self-congratulatory and constantly reminds us it is “official“.

Star Wars Saga– nice mix of screencaps and illustrations, but again, too much of a mix of styles.


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