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BG Short for July 27, 2011

July 28, 2011 By: Meg Category: Season 3, Shorts 1 Comment →

The Short for June 13, 2011

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Con Report

Where we’ll be this summer:

  • JiffyCon Boston. We recorded this before we went, but went we did. It was a great time! JiffyCon ForReal is coming up in September!
  • GenCon August 3-7 YAYYYYY GENCON!!
  • DragonCon September 2-5th- Pure Debauchery is expected!

Podcast of the Week:

Game of the Week:

Bully Pulpit:

A new segment modeled on an OpEd, but not optional and probably not educational either

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.

Meg and Josh on Kicked in the Dicebags (Bonus: Collaboration)

June 08, 2009 By: Meg Category: Party, Season 2, Sodes 2 Comments →

Meg and Josh joined the hosts Chris and Jonathan from the newish podcast, Kicked in the Dicebags to talk about:

  • Brief overview of JiffyCon Greenfield on June 6th
  • Is there a “line” when it comes to taste in gaming podcasts?
  • Revisit our “Kicking People Out is a no-no” stance
  • Chris perfectly illustrates why we say this
  • Most people have no balls
  • Feedback we’ve gotten from our 7 Things We Hate episode
  • Enormous respect we have for Sons of Kryos and Paul Tevis
  • How far is too far for each individual show?
  • Meg defines where the line is for Brilliant Gameologists
  • Josh’s opinions on Gaming Networks
  • Meg’s opinions on the “Geek Guys Rule!” show that KitDB did in which the last 20 minutes or so was reacting to the roundtable she joined with Geek Girls Rule Part 1 and Part 2
  • Gaming cons cross as a venue for costumes, minature painting, and kink
  • Women in RPG’s is ok- why so few minorities?
  • BG upcoming Season 3 sneak peak! (Announcement!!)
  • Our porn preferences
  • Lots of masturbation talk
  • Josh, why DO they call it a clam??
  • Justification for making fun of certain groups
  • Is Josh an asshole?
  • DragonCon vs. GenCon
  • Meg can’t go to DragonCon
  • BG panels at GenCon ’09
  • Magical Bum Adventures at GenCon
  • Meeting people face-to-face- do they live up to expectations?
  • No Picture Policy- abandoning for Season 3
  • Josh’s Twitpict and Meg’s Twitpict
  • Music legality

This is simply a repost of Kicked in the Dicebag’s show- if you like the freeform, explicit nature, check them out.

Sode #28: Overdone Payouts (System 05)

November 30, 2008 By: Meg Category: Season 2, Sodes, Strategy Comments Off on Sode #28: Overdone Payouts (System 05)

News:

JiffyCon Lowell/ V3 is almost here! Sign up today! Or visit the event on its Facebook Page!

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.

Icebreaker:

Things we used to like that we overdid

Douchebag of the Week:

The Deflater

Overdone Payouts:

Part of our Jargon Series. Part 2 of 2.

What happens when someone gets their payouts at the expense of others at the table?

GNS Theory: Gamist, Narrativist and Simulationist.

  1. Munchkins
  2. Powergamers
  3. Rigamarole Players
  4. Simulation Turds
  5. Stuck in a Fantasy World

Miscellaney

The upcoming Brilliant Gameologists’ game now includes:

  • Captain Kangaroo
  • The Moose
  • Lee Marvin
  • Fred Rogers
  • Daniel the Cat
  • Lady Elane Fairchild

Chicken wing on swords is a joke from You Look Nice Today‘s Aunt Nancy episode. Hilarious.

Some additional info:

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.

Reminders-

Discuss this episode on our Message Boards in THIS thread!

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

December 6: JiffyCon Lowell/ One Shot Game Day!

November 29, 2008 By: Meg Category: News 1 Comment →

December 6th: JiffyCon/ V3: One Shot Game Day Trolley

JiffyCon Lowell, combined with Veni, Vidi, Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed) is a chance to come and play a new game with other cool folks- including of course, us! The JiffyCon side will feature one shots of indie games- some published, some not, and the Game Day side will feature some more popular traditional games that you haven’t had a chance to try. There will also be a Board Game Corner so you can be introduced to new and exciting board games you’ve never even heard of!

Where: Middlesex Community College- Lowell Campus

When: December 6, 2008

  • 9:00-10:00 Registration and Game Sign up (when they are full, they’re full!)
  • 10:00-1:00 Game Session #1
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch
  • 2:00-5:00 Game Session #2
  • 5:00-6:00 Prizes, recap, hang out, plan for the after party!
  • 6:00-? Hang out with the Gameologists!

Specials!

  • Lunch is included
  • Everyone will be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes provided by Myriad Games in Salem, NH.
  • Free copies of a special, new, quarterly newsletter will be given to all attendees!

RPG Games Scheduled so far:

Other Tabletop Games in the Board Game Corner (run by BG Meg):

  • Race for the Galaxy
  • Stone Age
  • Pillars of the Earth
  • Thurns and Taxis
  • Vegas Showdown
  • Ticket to Ride
  • Card Games include: Bohnanza, Citadels, Guillotine, Gloom, and Bang
  • Classics include: Carcassone, Risk, Settlers of Catan
  • Too many more to list!

GM’s Still Sought! Games we’d like to see run include:

  • Burning Wheel (one of the published adventures)
  • Shock
  • Dread
  • Savage Worlds

GM’s get in 1/2 price! Let us know your ideas!

To Register:

  • $10 if you register in advance (Thursday Dec. 4th or before) or $15 at the door. There is no limit to how many people we can host!
  • RSPV “Yes!” on the Event’s Facebook Page or
  • Email Meg at Meg (at) brilliantgameologists.com

Children’s Track

  • If there are 3 or more children (3-11) attending (with their parent or guardian!) we will have a children’s track led by a first aid/ CPR certified teacher. Must know by Wed December 3rd!
  • Cost: Children pay normal admission which will cover the cost of the child care provider.

Any questions?

Email Meg at meg (at) brilliantgameologists.com or post on our forums HERE

Meet the Gameologists!

November 16, 2008 By: Meg Category: News Comments Off on Meet the Gameologists!

The Brilliant Gameologists will be at two upcoming con events- come and hang out!

November 22nd: New England Fan Experience

Brilliant Gameologists are presenting two panels at NEFE and will be hanging from the Friday night through Saturday night at the con hotel. If you are going, make sure you stop by and say hi!

Where: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, MA

When: November 21-23, 2008

Panels:

10:00 A.M. WILLIAM DAWES B: A Salon on Gameology

8:00 P.M. THOMAS PAYNE A: 7 Words You Can’t Say While Gaming

Check out the full schedule!

December 6th: JiffyCon/ V3: One Shot Game Day

JiffyCon Lowell was rescheduled for December 6 and is now combined with Veni, Vidi, Venatus (I came, I saw, I gamed) led by the PodgeCast. A chance to come and play a new game with other cool folks- including of course, us! The JiffyCon side will feature one shots of indie games- some published, some not, and the Game Day side will feature some more popular traditional games that you haven’t had a chance to try- perhaps some Burning Wheel or 4th Edition D&D for example. There will also be a Board Game Corner so you can be introduced to new and exciting board games you’ve never even heard of! This event is proudly supported by Myriad Games in Salem, NH.

Where: Middlesex Community College- Lowell Campus

When: December 6, 9:00 am to Question Mark!

Sode #24: Rule 0 (System 03)

October 13, 2008 By: Meg Category: Season 2, Sodes, Strategy 3 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.

News:

  • Couple of days left for the Secret Code Contest! Get your entries in by October 17th!
  • We make an apology of sorts for one of the items listed in the “7 Things We Hate” episode.
  • JiffyCon! We meant to have a news item about this and … oops. But at least it’s written! JiffyCon is almost here- we’re still looking for another GM or two, specializing in little known or Indie Games, and of course would love to see anyone who can make it to come! We’ll help you… nay… guarantee you’ll have a good time!

Icebreaker:

  • Josh went to Providence Anime Conference and rubs it in our face. Won some cool (and sexy) prizes including one for being voted “Biggest Whore”

Douchebag of the Week:

  • The Sycophant

Main Topic:

Rule Zero

  • Rule 0 etymology and definition
  • Oberoni Fallacy
  • House Rules used to mean:
    • Game Design
    • Modding
    • World Building
    • House Rules
  • Corner Cases
  • Fudging Rolls
  • GM= God?
  • Cows… From… Space!

Commercial Break

The Brilliant Gameologists’ Message Boards are sure to cure whatever ails you!  Did you know we have areas for:

Almost better than Porn!

Random Plugs:

Oberoni Fallacy- as originally stated:

Originally posted by Oberoni on the D&D general board July 23, 2002:

This my my take on the issue

Let’s say Bob the board member makes the assertion:

“There is an inconsistency/loophole/mechanics issue with Rule X.”

Several correct replies can be given:

  • “I agree, there is an inconsistency/loophole/mechanics issue with Rule X.”
  • “I agree, and it is easily solvable by changing the following part of Rule X.”
  • “I disagree, you’ve merely misinterpreted part of Rule X. If you reread this part of Rule X, you will see there is no inconsistency/loophole/mechanics issue.”

Okay, I hope you’re with me so far.
There is, however, an incorrect reply:

  • “There is no inconsistency/loophole/mechanics issue with Rule X, because you can always Rule 0 the inconsistency/loophole/mechanics issue.

Now, this incorrect reply does not in truth agree with or dispute the original statement in any way, shape, or form.

It actually contradicts itself–the first part of the statement says there is no problem, while the last part proposes a generic fix to the “non-problem.”

It doesn’t follow the rules of debate and discussion, and thus should never be used.

Simple enough.

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 #17: Gaming at Cons (Bonus 02)

June 30, 2008 By: Meg Category: Casual, Season 2, Sodes Comments Off on Sode #17: Gaming at Cons (Bonus 02)

This is a Bonus Episode which is fancy talk for “The dogs ate the shownotes so we can’t do our normal episode so we totally wung this”.

Is wung a word? Winged?

In this episode we discuss Gaming at Conventions. Well, that and a LOT of just banter. (This is what we’re like when we are just hanging out but this time happened to have a mic capturing it all. And only Josh had been drinking! Also, the dog did actually chew through Meg’s headphone cord so the whole experience was fairly surreal and much less organized.)

NEWS ITEM: Brilliant Gameologists chosen to lead GenCon seminars

PROMO: (A real one!) Gamers in the Press- Blogs, Podcasts, and Print Seminars (http://www.pulpgamer.com/gencon/)

Discussion Topics:

Games we played at JiffyCon:

  • It’s Complicated

    • Story/ Pass-the-stick game where everyone has an internal struggle and some visible manifestation.
  • Traveller
    • Old-school. Terrible system but Zeke had a ton of fun regardless.
  • Caper: A Game of Pros and Cons
    • Pull off a criminal caper. Josh’s group tried to steal Jerry Seinfield’s cars.
  • Misspent Youth
    • Meg’s dream game. Dystopian young-adult type scenarios. Game involves building the world. The Ashcan version will be available at GenCon at the Play Collective booth. The early non-official review gives this a 3 on our scale.
  • Red Sky A.M.

    • Play Space Marines and their loved-ones back home.

Just Announced!

The Gameologists will help organize JiffyCon Lowell– November 8, 2008 @ Middlesex Community College, Lowell, MA.

Other stuff from this Train-Wreck:

Wrong Hole Montage

Independent Insurgency Podcast from Rob Bohl

Discuss this episode on our message boards!


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