Archive for March, 2009

Cast : Rob, Mike, and Artemis
Music : All music used with permission of Ghoultown
– Intro: Mexican Moonshine – Transition: TeKilla – Outro: Train to Nowhere
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  Questions and Answers
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

3:05 : Springfield Gameday
4:25 : Topic Discussion Begins
6:22 : Rifts
6:48 : AD&D
6:59 : Vampire the Masquerade
8:49 : Houses of the Blooded
9:56 : L5R
12:18 : Palladium
12:23 : Fireborn
12:46 : Save against Frostbite
15:10 : Podgecast
42:27 : Dogs in the Vineyard
42:35 : Mousegaurd
45:06 : Battletech
45:42 : Unhallowed Metropolis
46:42 : Dawnforge
47:09 : Burning Wheel
47:43 : Dragon’s Landing Inn
1:07:20 : Rob’s Myspace Page
1:20:10 : Garden State, The Matrix, Star Wars
1:20:28 : Nosferatu, The Ghostbusters, Doomsday
1:20:40 : V for Vendetta, Fallen, The Game
1:21:25 : Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Works of H.P. Lovecraft, A Farewell to Arms
1:21:34 : Book of 5 Rings, Starship Troopers, Catch 22
1:21:47 : Stranger in a Strange Land, A Game of Thrones, John Dies at the End
1:32:36 : Savage Worlds
1:32:38 : World of Darkness
1:35:10 : Dresden Files (TV)

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? Nikala is a Houses of the Blooded character that is loosely based around Nick Fury from Marvel comics. He holds the Ven ideals of what is right and wrong at heart and abhors the hypocrisy in Ven culture.

My Father was murdered while my Mother slept.
My name is Nikala Uvan, The Secret Hope for the Little Family. I live in the lands of Silch with my beautifully clever wife La’Zeta. We have no children but don’t think that topic hasn’t been discussed. I love La’Zeta dearly and I know she only wants what is best for our family. I just don’t have the time to raise a child; I have a promise to keep. Still, she has a point. An heir could be groomed to fulfill my legacy should I fail. Though, I fear that if I am to fail then there is no hope and I can’t bring another life into this corrupted world.
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Cast : Rob, Matt, Artemis, and Jason
Music : All music used with permission of Ghoultown
– Intro: Mexican Moonshine – Transition: TeKilla – Outro: Train to Nowhere
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  Comic Book Movies
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

1:45 : Springfield G.A.M.E. Day
2:00 : Topic Discussion Begins
2:10 : Watchmen
7:20 : Lord of the Rings
9:25 : 300
11:22 : From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V for Vendetta
19:40 : Punisher: War Zone
22:50 : Dr Strange (1978), Captain America (1979)
23:41 : The Incredible Hulk
24:07 : Iron Man
24:39 : The Dark Knight
25:06 : Batman Begins
25:22 : Spiderman
25:42 : Judge Dread (apparently IMBD agrees that there is no Judge Dread movie either that’s what it search returned)
25:42 : Judge Dredd (Next time, try Google. It knew the right spelling.)
25:53 : X-Men
27:45 : Wolverine
29:05 : Ain’t it cool news
38:20 : Batman: the Brave and the Bold
38:34 : Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
38:51 : Office Space
39:10 : Hellboy II
39:55 : Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo
42: 00 : The Batman

Shoutouts

Rob: Star Trek Movies
Matt: Prosthetic Finger USB Thumb Drive
King: Aqua Bats
Artemis: VG Cats

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? Gaston is a goblin inventor from a never-ran World of Warcraft game.  Not much more needs to be said about the character, because he never made it off the cutting room floor.

The Life and Times of Gaston Fizzlesprocket
Gaston was born to Billo Fizzlesprocket and Darla Fizzlesprocket in the underground city of Undermine. Gaston is the latest in a long line of unsuccessful Fizzlesprocket inventors dating back to his great-great Grandfather Lardo Thundersprocket. Lardo was a decent inventor and ended his career in a bang shortly after the creation of the Exploding Swine. Lardo was in stiff competition with the creator of Exploding Sheep and managed to get his version out before the Sheeps ever hit the market. Unfortunitly, while Lardo was giving his speech about the wonders of Exploding Swine, the little bacon maker wondered over to Lardo. Read the rest of this entry »

Cast : Rob, Mike, Paul, Artemis, and Jason
Music : All music used with permission of Ghoultown
– Intro: Mexican Moonshine – Transition: TeKilla & Hang Me High– Outro: Train to Nowhere
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  Character Creation
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

2:48 : Battlestar Galactica
3:33 : Ricki-O
9:15 : Topic Discussion Begins
10:10 : World of Darkness
11:45 : Eberron
16:20 : Hero with 1000 Faces
17:20 : Iron Kingdoms
22:05 : L5R
24:30 : Seven Samurai, Samurai Champloo, Lone Wolf & Cub
26:18 : Amalgam
38:00 : Street Fighter 4
42:37 : Oblivion
42:50 : Fable
42:57 : The Witcher
43:37 : Fallout 3
47:15 : Baldur’s Gate
47:40 : Mass Effect
49:00 : Neverwinter Nights 2
51:31 : A Boy and His Dog
52:02 : Mad Max
53:53 : Azumi
54:22 : The Bride with White Hair

Shoutouts

Rob: Worms
Mike: Gametap
King: Turkey Bowling
Paul: The Name of the Wind
Artemis: 99 Bricks

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? Kor’ell is an evil Minotaur for a very short lived Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition game. His backstory is written in the first person, using simple language. Its a short tale intentionally, its written to be as if Kor’ell himself is telling it over a campfire… likely eating the flesh of his enemies.

Backstory Title
Was born in the Talin’uk Plains, parents died in flames and adopted by our Shak’tar (Village ElderShaman) in the name of Baphomet. Trained to become next Shak’tar after Father passes, ten years later fulfilled training. Father told of Baphomet’s master, Tharizdun. Chained God. Destined to raise hoard, release God, lead his Armies, burn the world. Father moves away, left in charge. Many years oversaw village troubles while Zar’teil (War Chieftain) ransacked lands near-by. Lived for twenty more years, continue worshiping Tharizdun with Father while study combat with Zar’teil. Learn to fight enemies, learn to lead my tribe’s hoard, learn to serve Tharizdun.
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Cast : Rob, Mike, Matt, Artemis, and Jason
Music : All music used with permission of Ghoultown
– Intro: Mexican Moonshine – Transition: TeKilla – Outro: Train to Nowhere
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  Review: World of Darkness
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

02:40 : JeffCon 1 information can be found here.
04:00 : Topic discussion comes first this week, and begins here.  The Bear Swarm cast reviews the new World of Darkness core book.
49:20 : Shaun White Snowboarding
50:55 : Street Fighter IV
51:30 : Fallout 3
58:55 : Tom Clancy’s HAWX
1:00:40 : Halo Wars
1:01:20 : Burn Notice
1:02:20 : Supernatural
1:03:10 : The Unit
1:04:20 : ShamWOW versus Zorbeez
1:08:20 : Call of Cthulhu
1:11:15 : Jagermeister
1:11:40 : Cold War: CIA vs. KGB
1:12:05 : Bonanza
1:13:10 : InSpectres
1:15:15 : REGULATORS!  MOUNT UP!

Shoutouts

Rob: JeffCon 1
Mike: Tom Clancy’s HAWX
Matt: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Artemis: Iron Maiden
Jason: Dexter

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? Ul’thor is a character from a short-lived Savage Worlds: Mass Effect game. Having grown tired of characters with tragic backstorys, Rob tried his hand at writing up a character who’s actually had a pretty good life. An understanding of the Mass Effect universe is assumed and we highly reccomend you give the game a play if you haven’t. The other interesting thing about this story is that Rob tried to write it from a 2nd person point of view. It doesn’t always work and was extremly difficult to write, but its a fun read none the less.

First Contact of Ul’thor
When you first step into the 37 you think the hunk of metal and parts sitting in the corner booth is just that, a pile of scrap.

“How odd”, you think to yourself, “That someone would just pile junk in that corner.”

You make your way up to the bar and order your favorite drink. You sit quietly on the stool for a moment before deciding to check out the scrap and see if there is anything worth scrounging from the pile. You make your way over and peer at the mess… Then you see the pile of scrap move.

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Cast : Rob, Mike, Artemis, and Jason (aka King)
Music : All music used with permission of Ghoultown
– Intro: Mexican Moonshine – Transition: TeKilla – Outro: Train to Nowhere
Sponsors : Meta-Games Unlimited
Topic :  Gritty or Heroic
Bear Swarm is a member of Spooky Outhouse Productions.

6:49 : Heroes
8:00 : Incarnations of Immortality
8:07 : The Prince
8:20 : Space Empires V
8:26 : Final Fantasy Tactics
11:00 : Wii Fit
12:32 : Oregon Trail
12:58 : Thule Trail
14:45 : Save against Frostbite
15:18 : Fallout 3
15:19 : Arrested Development
15:35 : Supernatural
15:40 : Burn Notice
15:47 : Neverwinter Nights 2
16:14 : Rambo
17:45 : Streetfighter IV
23:14 : Call of Duty
30:15 : Houses of the Blooded
32:19 : Battletech
32:27 : Warmachine
36:04 : Family Guy
36:45 : Topic Discussion Begins
37:16 : Monty Python
38:13 : John Wayne
42:22 : Clint Eastwood
43:00 : Max Payne
43:26 : Grand Torino
46:20 : L5R
46:47: Savage Worlds
46:58 : 7th Sea
47:37 : World of Darkness
48:13 : Dogs in the Vineyard
49:30 : Blade Runner
49:49 : Tombstone & Deadwood
57:18 – 59:50 : Midnight, All Flesh Must Be Eaten, Terra Primate, Ravenloft, Shadowrun, Sin City, Blade, G.T.A.,
& the Dresden Files
1:00:35 – 1:02:56 : Spirit of the Century, Star Wars, Mutants & Masterminds, Eberron, Forgotten Realms,
& the Justice League
1:03:06 : Firefly
1:03:16 : Alien
1:03:20 : Star Trek
1:04:15 : Babylon 5
1:05:57 : Mousegaurd
1:08:00 : The Road
Shoutouts

Mike: Battles B.C. & Warriors
Artemis: Thermopylae
Appolyon: Necessary Evil
Jason: Snowcrash
Rob: Horror Recognition Guide