Jun 222014

This week we chat with author Hans Cummings about his latest book Zack Jackson & The Hives of Valtra

Update: On his website Hans had a couple of things he wanted to add:

I spoke about how part of my inspiration for Zack Jackson was Star Trek and the optimistic view of the future it has. I wanted to write about a future I felt was cool and would actually want to live in. A big part of the Zack Jackson universe is the wide-spread acceptance of, well, just about everything. I make an effort to show how diverse and interesting life and people are, and if a character doesn’t understand or is just being exposed to something for the first time, I use it as an opportunity for character growth. I’ve found that to refrain from beating readers over the head with a message of acceptance and diversity, the best thing to do is just mention such things briefly and have the characters accept it without a word, as though it is the most natural thing. After all, diversity is natural and we should be accepting of it because that is the way things should be.

May 222014

On this catch-up episode of UnderDiscussion Brady and Dustin discuss a local Sci-fi/Fantasy con we’ll be running games at called ConQuesT, we subtly slip in a mention of our seminar at Gen Con (So You Want to Start a Podcast), briefly touch on the latest D&D news, segway into talking about Adventurer, Conqueror, King, Dustin isn’t fair to Numenera, and a brief jab at Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Apr 022014

Unchecked America: A chilling Counterfactual History Setting

What if the bombs weren’t ready in time? What if the generals got their wish? What if colonialism never ended?
What of Russia hadn’t been an issue for the US after World War 2.
This week we discuss an alternate universe of Art Deco-Punk post-war horror where (spoiler alert) the US doesn’t end up as the good guy.

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Mar 242014

Dungeon design in draft format! This week on UnderDiscussion Kat and Tim join us to draft a dungeon. From locations and minions all the way up to the boss and the shiny rewards inside.
After the draft we each detail how we’d run our drafted creations. With Pulp Fantasy, cyberpunk, traditional fantasy, and Lovecraftian steampunk horror we come up with something for everyone!