Archive for February, 2009

What is Backstory Friday? Every Friday there will be a new article showcasing the backstory of characters past and present. Characters range from various settings, systems, players, and writing styles. The whole point is to share our creative works, and potentially the creative works of our listeners. Perhaps one of these characters will inspire other Players or Gamemasters, but primarily they are for entertainment. Enjoy.
Who all can submit backstories? Anyone! Listeners, Fans, Hosts,  YOU! Just shoot any off to Backstory@BearSwarm.com
Who is this character? Cavis was originally named Ato, thats only important when you get to his Tragedy. More importantly is that he’s a Houses of the Blooded character designed to be uncouth and brash. The story is written in the first person and is Ato (Cavis) recounting his life thus far. At the end of his story there is a segement written by the player (Rob in this case) about what he desired Ato’s great tragedy to be.

A Man with Two Names
After my fourth Sister was born, I ran away from my family home. The idea of living in a house with five women and only my father for male company was more then I could handle. Even most of our servants were women! I think even then, at my youngest, the Road called to my Falcon Blood. So, I hid my identity and face to pose as an Unblooded. I ran from Province to Province until I found myself living in a distant Uncle’s land under the tutelage of his Roadmen. As I neared my Spring I lived as the Roadmen did and once my Spring arrived, I become one officially.
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Cast : Rob, Mike, Artemis, Matt, and Jacob
Music : All music used with permission of Ghoultown
– Intro: Mexican Moonshine – Transition: TeKilla – Outro: Train to Nowhere
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  World Building: Whats it like? America
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

5:37 : Cold War: CIA vs KGB
6:45 : Houses of the Blooded
6:52 : Such & Such
8:30 : The Shiva Option
10:05 : Burn Notice
12:50 : Bubba Ho-tep
14:22 : Fallout 3
14:25 : World of Warcraft
15:05 : L5R
16:00 : Battletech
16:12 : Insurrection
16:23 : War of the Spider Queen
16:46 : On a Pale Horse
16:56 : Xanth
17:56 : Dresden Files
20:28 : Eisenhorn
21:38 : Chaos
21:47 : Run Fat Boy Run
21:58 : Minority Report
22:24 : Friday 13th
23:52 : Arrested Development
24:13 : Max Payne
24:56 : Constantine
25:25 : Babylon AD
27:52 : Firefly
29:45 : Topic Discussion Begins

Shoutouts
Artemis: Paul S. Kemp
Matt: Battlestar Galactica Board Game
Mike: Pauley Perrette (Her Chickipedia site)
Rob: Slasher
Trapcast_Jenn: Tacos!

What is Backstory Friday? Every Friday there will be a new article showcasing the backstory of characters past and present. Characters range from various settings, systems, players, and writing styles. The whole point is to share our creative works, and potentially the creative works of our listeners. Perhaps one of these characters will inspire other Players or Gamemasters, but primarily they are for entertainment. Enjoy.
Who all can submit backstories? Anyone! Listeners, Fans, Hosts,  YOU! Just shoot any off to Backstory@BearSwarm.com
Who is this character? Give a brief rundown of your character, what system/setting he’s from and some details that might be relevant to understanding the story.

Tale of a Deathseeker
A family. I had a family once. That was all years ago, a different life back then. I live by the Bushido. As did my father. More or less. It was on his death bed that my father finally confessed his greatest failure. Read the rest of this entry »

Cast : Rob, Mike, Artemis, Jacob, and Jason
Music : “Wrecking Ball” and “In Vain” by 137 found via Music.Podshow.Com
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  Gaming Environments
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

5:18 : Cold War: CIA vs KGB
7:12 : Warmachine
7:42 : Hi Kitnel!
8:39 : L5R
12:57 : Taken
13:09 : TiVO
13:20 : Crusade (online omnibus of Crusade and In Death Ground)
14:00 : Honor Harrington Series
17:36  : Conan Chronicles
18:22 : Wheel of Time
19:34 : R.A. Salvatore
20:32 : Pirates Cove
21:45 : Pandemic
24:17 : Fallout 3
24:20 : Portal
24:34 : Space Empires V
24:50 : Sins of a Solar Empire
28:00 : Houses of the Blooded
28:40 : Our Houses campaign on Obsidian Portal
29:41 : Coraline (movie)
30:08 : Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (movie)
31:42 : Topic Discussion
49:45 : World of Darkness
50:02 : Dungeons and Dragons
50:54 : Star Wars
55:55 : Rifts
56:14 : Fireborn
57:13 : Savage Worlds
1:00:39 : Gen Con
1:00:42 : Fear the Con
Shoutouts
Rob: Arrested Development
Mike: Lupe Fiasco
Artemis: Flapjack
Jacob: Naps
Jason: Midnight Syndicate
Ogre: I hope this is the right espresso machine
Tadcan: theadventuringparty.net

Backstory Friday: Dave

February 13th, 2009 No Comments

What is Backstory Friday? Every Friday there will be a new article showcasing the backstory of characters past and present. Characters range from various settings, systems, players, and writing styles. The whole point is to share our creative works, and potentially the creative works of our listeners. Perhaps one of these characters will inspire other Players or Gamemasters, but primarily they are for entertainment. Enjoy.
Who all can submit backstories? Anyone! Listeners, Fans, Hosts,  YOU! Just shoot any off to Backstory@BearSwarm.com
Who is this character? Dave was a short-lived Scion character and child of Baron Samedi. This was another experiment in writing style by Rob. Everything is written from the perspective of other people and chronicles Dave’s life. He was a fan of how it turned out, but for some reason hasn’t written another backstory like it since. It must have just been to much work.

Dave in the style of Rant
I try to make it a point to pop down to New Orleans from time to time and I guess this story starts down there. I remember the night, it was a Saturday and I was in my element. I can’t remember the date but it was somewhere in February… maybe March. Guess it doesn’t much matter now. The point is that was when I met her, she was wearing this black and purple outfit that screamed my own name. Swallowtail coat over a silk vest and slacks, crowned with a big black silk top hat she was practically begging for my attention. Even the platform boots seemed fitting and it wasn’t only a few honeyed words before her and I end up alone in her room. I disappeared in the morning and didn’t think any more about it, its not like she wasn’t one of hundreds that weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

Cast : Rob, Mike, Matt, Artemis, and Jason
Music : “Wrecking Ball” and “In Vain” by 137 found via Music.Podshow.Com
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic : Review: Savage Worlds
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

2:06 : Dragonforce
2:22 : Vote for our new Intro music
3:40 : Stormtrooper armor (This is the 501st we talked about in episode 42)
4:30 : THQ’s Conan
5:41 : A Game of Thrones RPG
6:48 : El Grande
7:50 : Dresden Files
9:19 : Supernatural, & Burn Notice
9:54 : Warmachine
11:10 : Chowder, & Flapjack
12:19 : Jeffery Dean Morgan
12:36 : Watchmen
13:00 : Gentleman Jack
14:28 : Detcord
16:45 : L5R
19:50 :
Quik Dine
21:04 :
Arkham Horror
23:37 :
Battletech
23:47 : The Prestige
25:15 : Topic Discussion Begins
25:25 :
Save Against Frostbite
26:13 : Bea Arthur
28:00 : Savage Worlds
30:30 : Burning Wheel
39:06 : Fallout (This is the Wiki)
45:49 : Houses of the Blooded
50:44 : FATE
57:39 : Vampire: The Requiem

Shoutouts
Rob: Cold War: CIA vs KGB
Mike: Seth Mcfarlane
Artemis: Sluggy Freelance (New Viewer Guide)
Jason: Vandals, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel, & Hellboy in the Chapel of Moloch
Matt: Locke & Key

What is Backstory Friday? Every Friday there will be a new article showcasing the backstory of characters past and present. Characters range from various settings, systems, players, and writing styles. The whole point is to share our creative works, and potentially the creative works of our listeners. Perhaps one of these characters will inspire other Players or Gamemasters, but primarily they are for entertainment. Enjoy.
Who all can submit backstories? Anyone! Listeners, Fans, Hosts,  YOU! Just shoot any off to Backstory@BearSwarm.com
Who is this character? Leto Hurst is Rob’s old character from an Iron Kingdoms game. The GM gave him permission to play a Soulknife with some unique twists to better fit the cannon of Iron Kingdoms. Leto was an Idarian orphan from Sul that ended up being raised by the Cygnarian Military. He showed “magical” potential at a young age and was groomed for Warcaster training. After flunking out, due to a total lack of arcane ability, he ended up working for the  Cygnarian Reconnaissance Service, Cygnar’s spy network, as a black-ops agent. His designation was Hellhound 1-2, “Unseen Harrier” which you’ll see referanced in the story.

From the Mind of Leto Hurst
The train rumbles north towards Corvis and I feel apprehensive. Its only been months since the incident and despite the fact I’ve been busted down and won’t be able to call those kind of shots for awhile, the sicking dread that I’ll cost another man his life hangs heavy in my gut. I stand up and pat Laross on the knee as I make my way over to the cargo door for a breath of fresh air. I grab hold of the oversized leather strap and heave the door open enough to step out onto the ledge. I grip the metal bar on the side of the car and lean into the wind a bit, just enough to ruffle my hair. I glance back in at the other guys sharing this luxury box car ride with me. Most of them are heading to Caspia to repel the new menace thats crawled out of the Marches. There are rumors Realthorne is behind it but I can’t believe that. I’m not sure why but suddenly I wish I would have made a different choice and just enlisted with the rest of these grunts. I’ve got a bad feeling about this new assignment. Read the rest of this entry »

Cast : Rob, Mike, Matt, Artemis, Jacob and Jason
Music : “Wrecking Ball” and “In Vain” by 137 found via Music.Podshow.Com
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic : Setting Scope
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

01:55 : Dark Heresy
02:50 : Powerpuff Girls
03:50 : Arkham Horror
04:35 : Order of the Stick
06:35 : Gran Torino
07:25 : Battlestar Galactica
08:15 : Mouse Guard
10:50 : Supernatural
11:10 : Criss Angel
11:55 : Burn Notice
17:30 : Lock and Key
19:05 : Houses of the Blooded
21:45 : VisionCon
30:20 : Topic discussion begins.  The Bear Swarm cast discusses the pro’s and cons of a localized campaign versus a more global campaign.
01:06:10 : Flash Earth

Shoutouts
Rob: Captain Black’s Sea Doggs
Mike: Logan’s Roadhouse
Artemis: Google Earth
Jacob: BBC