Aug 092016
 

On the final episode of Gen Con 2016 we sit down with Jason Bulmahn for the traditional Gen Con interview and discuss the final two days of the con as we drive away from Indianapolis like we owe someone money.
The Underdiscussion team hopes you’ve enjoyed this year’s coverage of the best four days of gaming. We’ll be back next week with a few episodes we managed to get recorded before the con.

Aug 202012
 

Featuring the now Traditional interview with Jason Bulmahn!

Tonight on UnderDiscussion Jeremy Southard of Wastex Games joins us to discuss TheGameCrafter.com, Jeremy’s new game Robot Repair Crew, the awesomeness of meeting up with people at GenCon and the importance of Twitter for connecting with people at the con, QAGS in a Bag, Mongolian Goat Rodeo, Apocalypse World, Drunk & Nerdy, the “Erik Mona Death Stare” and Pathfinder psionics, Brady hating zombies, trying new stuff, the difficulty of finding a Star Wars d6 pick up game, Games on Demand, Dusin’s inability to get into any of the games of School Daze, creating boardgames, Wesley K Hall, and how great a con it’s been.

Feb 272012
 

Recorded all the way back in January, Slacker joined Hooligan, WDR and I to discuss everything geek that we’re looking forward to in 2012. This episode clocks in at just over an hour.

A quick correction, we mentioned Far West, but couldn’t quite remember the name. It is indeed Far West.

Jan 092012
 

Welcome to the first episode of the new year and the third calendar year of the podcast. We start things right with an actual episode this year (instead of the bonus boardgame review like last January) with a full house discussion of WDR’s old school style Pathfinder campaign. Kat, Freebird and Slacker join WDR, Hooligan and myself in discussing house rules, adventures, and fun gamer stories from the campaign. We also pimp the Tome of Horrors Complete from Frog God Games. This Episode clocks in at one hour and nineteen minutes.

Nov 142011
 

This week Kat, Hooligan, Slacker, and Freebird join WDR and myself to discuss, review and play with the new Pathfinder Beginner Box from Paizo. We spend the first fifteen minutes or so is a discussion of the contents of the box, and the adventure starts at around twenty two minutes in. As this is an actual play it’s one of the longer episodes and clocks in at less than two hours.

Nov 112011
 

This week I brave the mind twisting horrors of Xoriat, the evil machinations of the Space Witch, the boring schemes of demons, and the sinister plans of an evil book club.

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The Orb of Xoriat (Eberron: War-Torn, #2)The Orb of Xoriat by Edward Bolme

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fantastic book! It fast paced without feeling rushed and the author did a great job with the fight scenes, vivid descriptions without being unnecessarily gory. I liked the main character, he was a little flat at first but the author developed him well. The book does a good job of explaining only as much as the reader would need without getting bogged down in setting details, but there is alot here for an Eberron fan to make this feel like it couldn’t have taken place in another setting. It was a fun action/adventure and I would gladly recommend it.
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This was the second of the Eberron novels that I read,  and it follows up on a short story from Tales of the Last War (The first Eberron novel I read.) It follows Teron, a monk trained for war and little else, trying to prevent the disaster to come if the title relic were to fall into wrong hands while also trying to find his place in a post Last War world. I think it was one of the better book I’ve read this year and I recommend picking it up if you get the chance.

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Hunt the Space-Witch!: Seven Adventures in Time and SpaceHunt the Space-Witch!: Seven Adventures in Time and Space by Robert Silverberg

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was a little different from what I usually read. I’m not used to the magazine pulp style of Sci-fi stories in the book (as a child of the nineties I’m used to a full length novel). They were interesting tales of adventure and I’d definitively read more from the author if I could find a collection of his stories that were a little more interlinked than the seven in the book.
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It was interesting. I liked the stories that were a little more developed (such as the story that gives this collection it’s name) over the stories that didn’t get a lot of development (like the very first one in the book). I gave it 2 stars because I didn’t hate it, but I also didn’t really like large parts of it.

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Here Be Demons (Demons, #1)Here Be Demons by Esther M. Friesner

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I may be being more harsh on this book than I should be, but I didn’t like this one at all. The point of view shifted without warning, the descriptions got really obtuse in places, I wasn’t able to figure out if the plot was trying to be funny or serious or ironically serious or if it just didn’t care. I would not recommend this one.

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This book was slow, none of the characters were likable, and I’m not ashamed to say that I didn’t finish it. I know that it’s sort of a sin to review a book you didn’t complete, but nothing in the first hundred pages led me to believe that the last hundred or so were going to be any better. I’m glad that I only spent $1 on this at half priced books.

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The Library of ShadowsThe Library of Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book had an interesting premise, and it was executed well enough, but it didn’t really grab me. It’s a decent enough urban fantasy, with secret societies and magic book reading powers and it has an interesting gimmick that I’ll most likely use in a future game, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to say that it was more than just ok. The characters were well written but the pacing felt slow in more than a few places and the book was a touch on the verbose side. I could go into more detail, but I don’t want to spoil it other to say that, due to the premise of the novel, the resolution was sort of corny in my opinion.
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Spoiler alert: The book is about people who read so awesomely they get super powers from it. Not cool super powers, like in Inkheart, but lame super powers, like “really making someone enjoy hearing you read a book” super powers. For what it was (the classic dismissal) it was alright. I didn’t hate it and the characters were written well, but the premise did not light my fire.

Sep 122011
 

On this week’s exciting episode of UnderDiscussion WDR and I are joined by Hooligan, Slacker, Nockergeek, Hida Man, and new guest Jolly Rodgers for a discussion of the d20 system. What d20 is (and what it isn’t), Pathfinder (long time listeners will of course be shocked at that), D&D through the ages (Basic, Advanced, 4e, Gamma World), and the various offshoot games (like Mutants & Masterminds). We also learn that I (8one6) apparently cannot pronounce granularity.

 

This one clocks in at one hour and forty-three minutes.