Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ep.10 Mouse Guard Actual Play Review

In this episode I review Mouse Guard by Luke Crane and David Peterson in the audio version of the classic review.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Ep.9 Trail of Cthulhu/Gumshoe Read-through Review

Trail of Cthulhu reviewed, the first game I think of when I hear the word investigation. It updates the well-loved Call of Cthulhu to a more modern-style game system. This is an audio version of the previous review posted to the blog.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

News: WaRP, Dominion, TableTop, Classic Reviews

Hello Everyone, it's been a busy week, but there are some really neat things going on out there in cyberspace.

Close on the heels of the 13th age announcement, another Jonathan Tweet-related news item just began circulating. Atlas Games has announced that Over the Edge by Jonathan Tweet and Robin Laws will be released to an Open Gaming License. Over the Edge has inspired a ton of indy games since its release, and remains an awesome system and setting.

Have you played Dominion? Some of you may have just laughed out loud at that question. It's a bit hard not to, given its status as a Barnes and Noble board-game section mainstay. What's neat is there is an online website where you can play with others, without the need to harangue your friends and loved ones into another game. The art is sparse, but the game-play is spot-on. Check it out at

There is a new episode of TableTop where they play another classic, Settlers of Catan. It's awesome stuff guys, and I really hope they start to work in things like Mouse Guard, Fiasco, or maybe a D&D 4e board-game. I think the coolest part of the show is all the nerd guests who are very successful and positive role models.

To help get the highest quality audio, A Game of Whit's will soon be upgrading its audio equipment. Once we're set up, expect less tin-can in the podcast, especially in Actual Play recordings. I'll also continue to re-record classic reviews in the podcast format, for those who prefer my dulcet tones to a screen.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ep.8 Sess.3 Necessary Evil Savage Worlds Reboot Chargen

In this session we decide to return to the Savage Worlds system for the remainder of the campaign. We rebuild our characters for when we'll pick up the game, a few months after the breakout from Penitentiary Prime.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ep.7 Sess.2 Necessary Evil with Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

An actual play recording of our second session of Necessary Evil using the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying basic game. The might of the V'sori security pitted against them, can our heroes find their way to freedom. Fierce new allies join them, but will it be enough? Show Audio

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ep.6 Sess.1 Necessary Evil with Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

An actual play recording of our first session of Necessary Evil using the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying basic game. Can our hapless villains fulfill the demands of their mysterious benefactor, and still manage to save their own hides? What happened to their world while they've been locked away in Penitentiary Prime?

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

News: 13th Age and Tabletop

There are some very cool things that have come up on the Horizon that have me excited.

The first is 13th Age, a game being authored by Jonathan Tweet (Ars Magica, Over the Edge, and 3e) and Rob Heinsoo (4e, Dreamblade, Three-Dragon Ante). This is basically a fantasy game with old-school sensibilities in its tone, and given the people involved, it will be right to my taste. The art on their page ( looks very neat and I look forward to hearing more in the coming weeks!

The second is the newest addition to the YouTube Geek and Sundry channel (a.k.a. Felicia Day and Friend's YouTube), which is the Wil Wheaton hosted TableTop. This is essentially a godsend as it is a normal (well mostly normal) show about geeky boardgames (and I hope one day RPGs) where the fact that everyone on the show being a gamer is not a joke (I'm looking at you Big Bang Theory). These are well dressed, well mannered individuals who don't live in their mothers' basements but enjoy gaming. I might be making a mountain of a molehill here, but shows like this give me hope that the gaming industry will live a good long time.

Be sure to check these out!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Ep.5 Mistborn Read-through Review

The Mistborn Adventure Game reviewed, an excellent narrative-focused game which serves equally well as something new for hardened gamers or as an introductory game. Now in audio form for those who prefer to hear my mellifluous vocals.

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Ep.4 Lovecraftian Shorts Read-through Review

In this episode I review Felbrigg Herriot's Lovecraftian Shorts, a light, GM-less narrative focused game that nicely emulates Lovecraft's fiction.

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Lovecraftian Shorts - Read-through Review

I'd like to discuss another small press game this time, Felbrigg Herriot's Lovecraftian Shorts. Increasingly some of the best ideas from indie games have found their way into more mainstream role-playing games, so seeing new stuff constantly coming out all the time is exciting. Lovecraftian Shorts is aptly named, its a light game with the same tightly written prose as Death Bringers (check out the review if you haven't yet). It aims to emulate the Cosmicist tales of H.P. Lovecraft, with a nice splash of pulp sensibilities. It accomplishes this through a heavy narrative focus in the mechanics and in the tight adventures it promotes. It has a style reminiscent of role-playing game Baron Munchhausen crossed with Fiasco.

The core mechanic of the game involves a strict turn rotation in which

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Ep.3 Deadlands: The Flood Actual Play Review

In this episode I review the Deadlands Plot-point campaign, The Flood, based on our long-running campaign.

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Deadlands: The Flood - Actual Play Review

Saddle up Greenhorns! This time I wanted to review the Deadlands Plot Point Campaign, The Flood. This supplement served as an excellent source for a long-standing campaign in our gaming group, so I'm glad to be able to share my experiences from actual play in the review. As I step through the review of the product, I'll also tell you a bit about our experiences during our campaign.

For those of you less familiar with Deadlands, it is essentially a Western game, mixed with equal parts horror and monster-hunting. In the alternate history of this