Archive for May, 2008

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Cast : Rob, Mike, & Matt
Intro Music
: “Haters” by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Outro Music : “Position” by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic : First Sessions

01:30 : Roleplaying Public Radio (RPPR)
03:00 :
Heineken
03:10 :
Guinness
03:45 :
Battlestar Galactica
03:50 :
Dresden Files
04:00 :
Mass Effect
05:50 :
Mike’s Mass Effect campaign wiki on Obsidian Portal
09:45 :
Burn Notice, Supernatural
10:05 :
Assassin’s Creed
10:30 :
The Dark Knight
10:50 :
Iron Man
12:05 :
ScreenVision
13:15 :
Forbidden Kingdom
13:50 :
The Avengers (Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Captain America)
14:20 :
Dexter’s Laboratory, Justice Friends
14:40 :
Edward Norton
17:00 :
Shia LaBeouf
17:15 :
Transformers, Constantine
17:40 :
Hitman
18:25 :
Savage Worlds
19:45 :
Dethklok
20:30 :
The Mall of America
21:55 :
Marvel Zombies
22:00 :
The Hamiltons, After Dark Horror Festival
22:20 :
Suspect Zero
22:50 :
Slither
23:00 :
Tsui Hark’s Vampire Hunters
24:55 :
Heroes
27:10 :
Jason Bourne
27:55 :
The Sum of All Fears, Tom Clancy
28:35 :
Harrison Ford
28:45 :
Ben Affleck
28:50 :
Patriot Games, The Hunt for Red October
29:30 :
John Clark
30:50 :
Children of Men
31:40 :
The Prestige
32:35 :
A Farewell to Arms
32:50 :
The Mod Squad
33:10 :
Tears of the Sun
33:20 :
The Score
33:40 :
TiVo
34:25 :
16 Blocks
34:30 :
Master and Commander
34:35 :
Eisenhorn
36:10 :
Mortfiles
39:15 :
Street Fighter: The Movie
39:40 :
Monster Rancher
40:25 :
Digimon
40:35 :
Something Awful
41:35 :
Urban Dead
45:30 :
Topic discussion begins. The Bear Swarm cast discusses common issues and ideas for first gaming sessions
46:30 :
Fear the Boot, Yog Radio, Sons of Kryos, The Butcher Block, Dragon’s Landing Inn
51:10 :
Aunt Jemima (no, seriously)
55:30 :
We all start coughing here, and then we leave the room for like 5 minutes. Rob sped it up to cut the time down, and it sounds really freaky.
01:03:25 :
Shadowrun
01:06:35 :
Legend of the Five Rings
01:08:20 :
Living Greyhawk
01:10:30 :
Morrowind and Oblivion

Shoutouts
Mike: John Winchester
Rob: Dethklok
Matt: ZaReason

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Cast : Rob, Mike, Matt, & Beezley
Intro Music
: “Haters” by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Outro Music : “Position: by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic : Character Backstories

01:10 : Official sponsorship! Mega-Games Unlimited
02:00 :
Jolt Cola
02:25 :
Battlestar Galactica
02:40 :
TiVo
02:45 :
Dresden Files
03:20 :
Mass Effect
03:25 :
Earth 2
04:40 :
Dresden Files Audiobooks
04:55 :
James Marsters
05:05 :
WarMachine
06:00 :
Grand Theft Auto IV
06:30 :
Supernatural
08:35 :
Raymond E. Feist
09:50 :
Starship Troopers
12:20 :
Iron Man
12:25 :
Forbidden Kingdom, Street Kings
16:05 :
Shin Chan
20:25 :
Jim Butcher
21:30 :
Gen Con
22:15 :
Stephen King
22:50 :
Harley Davidson
23:15 :
Yamaha
25:05 :
World of Darkness: Innocents
27:05 :
Topic discussion begins. The Bear Swarm cast discusses PC backstories and their importance.
33:15 :
Savage Worlds, Dogs in the Vineyard
42:15 :
All Flesh Must Be Eaten
49:35 :
Group Template from Fear the Boot
01:11:30 :
Skies of Glass

Shoutouts
Matt: Riad
Rob: Brucie Kibbutz
Beezley: Sonic
Mike: Raymond E. Feist

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Cast : Mike, Matt, Rob, Beezley, Jacob, Dan (partial)
Intro Music
: “Haters” by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Outro Music : “Position: by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Topic : Campaign design

00:55 : Meta-Games Unlimited
01:35 :
Murlocs
01:50 :
RPPR
02:10 :
Henry Rollins
03:55 :
Family Guy
05:05 :
WarMachine
05:50 :
Battlestar Galactica
06:40 :
NetFlix
11:10 :
Shin Chan
12:35 :
Urban Dead
13:05 :
Supernatural
13:20 :
Hibachi
14:55 :
Forbidden Kingdom
17:55 :
World of Warcraft
18:10 :
Silver Dollar City
19:10 :
College of the Ozarks
22:00 :
Dresden Files
22:25 :
Mass Effect
22:45 :
Tabula Rasa
23:15 :
Hordes
24:45 :
Assassin’s Creed
26:00 :
Breath of Fire
26:35 :
Lost Odyssey
33:20 :
Eberron
36:20 :
Training Day
36:35 :
Legend of the Five Rings
41:20 :
Fear the Boot and Skies of Glass
46:15 :
Scion
52:15 :
Warhammer 40k and Games Workshop
57:05 :
Dragonlance
57:15 :
Record of Lodoss War
57:35 :
Warlord and AEG
59:35 :
Big Eyes, Small Mouth
01:06:15 :
Sins of a Solar Empire
01:08:00 :
Confrontation – It’s in French, so enjoy
01:20:25 :
Glen’s Deviant Art Gallery
01:22:20 :
Critters

Shoutouts
Jacob: Burn Notice
Beezley: His mom
Rob: The Warriors
Dan: Glen
Matt: Earth 2
Mike: Cities of the Underworld

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Editor’s Note: I WIN!

Cast: Rob, Mike, Matt, Kirk, Jacob
Intro Music
: “Haters” by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Outro Music : “Position: by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Topic :NPCs and their role in gaming

01:05 : Meta-Games Unlimited
02:55 : Dresden Files, specifically Small Favor
03:45 : Battlestar Galactica
04:10 : Mass Effect
04:20 : Jolt Cola
04:30 : Supernatural
05:15 : Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
05:35 : 88 Minutes with Al Pacino
05:50 : Doomsday
06:00 : More covering our asses with TiVo
06:05 : Sins of a Solar Empire
06:40 : World of Darkness
06:45 : Urban Dead
07:05 : Firefox
09:30 : Eberron
09:45 : Ghostbusters 2
12:05 : Chowder
12:10 : Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
12:20 : Cartoon Network
12:25 : Discovery Channel, History Channel, Comedy Central
12:35 : Cops!
13:20 : Reno 911
14:25 : Rob’s Dresden Files game
17:30 : WarMachine
19:15 : Mike drives a 2007 Toyota Yaris. Now the stalkers know.
23:00 : Topic discussion begins. The Bear Swarm cast talks about NPCs and their role in gaming. Again, Mike fails to keep his mouth shut.
27:25 : Rob is referring to monomyth, also called the Hero’s Journey.
44:15 : Faerun

Shoutouts
Jacob: Patricia Briggs
Kirk: Arby’s
Matt: Battlestar Galactica
Rob: Urban Dead
Mike: Megan, Jacob’s wife

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Editor’s Note: Mike writes the show notes. I think his “funny” commentary on our show is a waste of time. If you’re in agreement (or disagreement for that matter) leave a comment on this page (http://www.bearswarm.com/episode-002-we-record-this) to let us know. I managed to steer control of the first couple episodes to a more link-oriented style, but Mike takes direction about as well as a six year old hopped up on Pixy Stix.

Cast : Rob, Mike, Matt, Beezley, & Jacob
Intro Music
: “Haters” by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Outro Music : “Position: by Sore found on www.podsafeaudio.com
Topic : Using Established Settings in Role-Playing

01:30 : Bear Swarm recording, as always, is done at Meta-Games Unlimited in Springfield.
02:40 : The Group Template is an RPG tool available from the guys at Fear the Boot
03:30 : Beezly is playing Oblivion, the poor bastard.
03:55 : Splinter Cell gets dissed… maybe lauded… who knows.
04:05 : Beezly made it to the 3rd disk of Final Fantasy 7 in a day. Hardcore.
04:40 : We cover our asses with TiVo again.
04:55 : Beezly watched like half of Sweeney Todd. Good job.
07:10 : Rob recently saw Street Kings.
07:20 : Rob also went to see a local 80’s tribute band, Machine Gun Symphony.
08:30 : Mike has been playing lots of Sins of a Solar Empire.
09:00 : Mike, Rob, and Jacob all recently finished the newest Dresden Files novel, Small Favor.
09:30 : Jim Butcher sucking-up commences.
10:40 : Life would be sweet if it was more like Ghost in the Shell.
13:10 : Rob got Taco Bell, but has no idea what the hell happened to it.
15:10 : Rob looks like a white Castro in his hat.
16:20 : Rob went to the Borders at the mall to buy My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, because Barnes & Noble didn’t have it.
16:55 : Rob can’t find Many Bloody Returns. Help!
22:00 : New Bear Swarm show format is discussed.
22:35 : Rob comes without the proper music, and tries to do the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly theme with his mouth to cover for it.
23:20 : Show topic is introduced by Matt. Mike can’t keep his mouth shut long enough for Matt to get through it, though.
24:05 : Mike is working on a Mass Effect conversion in the Savage Worlds system, and Rob is working on a Dresden Files game using the World of Darkness.
24:10 : There is a Dresden RPG coming out soon, but Rob is impatient.
25:10 : Obligatory Star Wars RPG discussion. We apologize.
28:40 : Iron Kingdoms is a valid “outside source”
29:15 : Chainmail is from the 70’s.
30:40 : Jacob has used “Iron Worlds” to run games before. Nobody else knows what the hell it is, and neither Mike or Rob can find its existence on the internet. Jacob must be lying.
30:55 : Jacob’s also done Serenity.
31:05 : StarCraft, too. Apparently he loves Sci-Fi.
32:45 : Ghostbusters in the Vineyard. Rob is clever.
34:15 : Matt ran All Flesh Must be Eaten. Once.
35:15 : Mike put the Elric Brothers into his Iron Kingdoms game.
36:15 : Mike also stole like half the cast of Battlestar Galactica for his Mass Effect game. What a hack.
36:45 : Edward James Olmos IS awesome. Any arguments? Didn’t think so.
37:35 : Jacob plays a fair amount of BattleTech.
38:35 : Mike think she talks about this CyberPunk campaign a lot.
38:50 : Sean Bean is cool. He was in Ronin and Equilibrium.
40:10 : Vinny Jones scares us. Rightfully so.
40:30 : Danny Trejo is typecast as hell.
41:45 : Rob based an L5R character on Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
43:40 : Rob ran a game based on a song by She Wants Revenge.
44:55 : Beezly based a character on a Rammstein song.
45:15 : Mike has an idea for a Dogs in the Vineyard town based on a Ludo song.
46:05 : Johnny Cash rules.
50:25 : Jacob has written a couple Knights of the Old Republic-style games.
1:02:40 : Mike is such a nerd that he roleplays ALL THE TIME, even while playing board games like Prince of the City.
01:03:30 : Risk would be a pretty cool way to create a campaign world.
01:04:20 : Monopoly RPG.

Shout Outs
Mike: Real Life webcomic
Matt: Battlestar Galactica
Rob: Guinness and Jagermeister
Jacob: Subway
Beezly: Jim Butcher