How on Earth did Wizards think an MSRP of $49.95 for each of their core rule books was a good idea? D&D Next hasn’t even really been established as a decent system and folks aren’t going to drop $150 on the big three to try something new. The free basic download doesn’t really help. Sigh.
by Gabriel Casazzone
Superheros, like Dungeon Masters, come from all walks of life. Some are born, others are made, and some, simply rise to the occasion. Whether they are natural story tellers, taught themselves how to play, or it is just their turn to run the game; these people are those who sit behind the screen and sustain this epic game of fantasy and imagination. They, like superheros, have the world(s) at their fingertips, and in the wise words of Uncle Ben, “with great power, comes great responsibility.”
So I actually have an excuse for a lack of content on the site. No it isn’t the 6 podcasts I haven’t posted or the article I’ve not edited. After a WordPress update, the site got bombarded with spammers. I needed to take some time to address that on the back end. Fortunately, I’ve installed a new version of WordPress and so far the spam is down.
On a funnier note, I often get spam messages about how to increase my web traffic. A recent Japanese spammer sent me this:
You can increase traffic to you web sites by 3000 visits each day by use this amazing and dangerous internet searching tool.
Amazing and Dangerous?
I’m tempted to respond to it… just in case it’s like an internet bomb or something fun. “You don’t like my web site? Internet bomb comin’ at ya!”
One can dream.
OK, I’ve gotten behind on posts from Awesome Con and podcasts. Sorry everyone!
Here’s a teaser to look forward to…
Conversations with Ron Glass and Jewel Staite about Firefly (SPOILERS ABOUND if you haven’t seen Serenity!) including Jewel’s vision of Kaylee’s “Mr. Right” and Ron’s prolific hair.
Conversations with Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche (Pinky and the Brain amongst many, many other voices) including Orson Welles losing it and why cocaine and the Simpsons don’t mix. (BTW: LaMarche gave me my new favorite saying, “From the depths of your great ignorance, what do you want?”)
A discussion with Carey Elwes and what it’s like to go drinking with Andre the Giant.
And much, much more…
Lot’s to post this week. More Operation: “Stab It!” podcasts, reflections and stories from Awesome Con, and a few surprises.
Tomorrow look forward to my discussion with Sean Astin about differences in Hobbits as seen by different directors/authors and the actor’s fears about accepting the role.
An admission of DM failure at technology and being down one player does not distract (much) from the further delving of our fearless (sorta) gang.
It’s been a while since I’ve had an update to the site and wanted to let folks know that the Operation: “Stab It!” podcasts will be returning this week. I’ve got 5 raw sessions to “polish” and post. The main reason for the delay was a screw up (mine) that led to 3 hours of sessions with no DM vocal track.
Hopefully after this, we’ll be back on to publishing these more regularly.
Thanks for your patience.
an article by Gabriel Casazzone
The original table top role playing game, Dungeons and Dragons, has captured the susceptible minds of the creative, the imaginative and the dreamers, since the 1970′s. This world wide phenomena has for generations, had parents suspiciously watch their children don their cloaks to slunk off to the basement, dice, paper and pencil in hand. This disease has been spread as if in the very air to all, giving no mercy. All walks of life have come to sit down for a game, most likely nervous, or up for a good laugh, to leave 6 hours later, shake the Cheetos off their now wrinkled shirt, wipe the grime out of their eyes and quickly ask, “so, this time again next week!?” This new affliction has spread at a lethal rate, darting from youth to youth, and as statistics state, has even been passed down from the infected spouses to their offspring. As the game has grown, more and more have been called to the roleplaying service, which has caused many concerned friends and family to wonder, “Why?”