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Zero Fortitude: Direct Damage Cast Ep. 18 Live From Gen Con 2014

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Calvin is live this week and joined by Erin Campbell from the Deck Tease podcast.  They discuss the ins and outs of their Gen Con 2014 experience.  You can find Erin every Monday morning over on Gathering Magic.

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Ideology of Madness: Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: God Squad!

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Funnybooks get all religious this week with tons of new books involving heroes battling against the forces of hell! They also chat about the new rumors regarding an Inhumans movie,

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Ideology of Madness: GenCon Journal 2014: Tim’s Thoughts!

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Funnybooks host Tim reports in with his GenCon 2014 experience…. On the road Wednesday at 8am wheels turning towards another Gencon. My last couple had been fun, but I was

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Zero Fortitude: Gen Con 2014 Experienced More Growth

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INDIANAPOLIS (August 19, 2014) Gen Con 2014, completed August 14-17 at the Indiana Convention Center, experienced another year of record attendance numbers and unprecedented growth. For the fourth consecutive year, Gen Con grew by more than 10%. This year, reaching more than 14% year-over-year growth with a weekend turnstile attendance of 184,699 and unique attendance of 56,614. This number surpasses 2013’s previous record of 49,530 unique attendees. Since 2009, Gen Con’s annual attendance has more than doubled.

“Gen Con 2014 is a testament to a more than decade-long relationship between Indianapolis and the game industry, which has culminated in the best attendee experience yet,” said Adrian Swartout, CEO and owner of Gen Con LLC. “Gen Con is a massive yearly adventure that would not be possible without the collaboration and support of our show sponsors, exhibitors, event organizers, volunteers, local business partners, the Indy community, and of course, our attendees.”

Another new record in 2014 also was set for donations to Gen Con’s Official Charity Partner. Gen Con raised more than $40,000 for Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana’s BackSacks program, which provides weekend food to children at-risk for hunger. This donation includes a $20,000 check provided by Mayfair Games’ Cones of Dunshire event, a charitable game played Saturday, August 16 on Georgia Street.

“Since their first show in Indy in 2003, Gen Con has evolved into more than just a great convention for gamers – it’s become a one-of-a-kind cultural event,” said Leonard Hoops, president & CEO of Visit Indy. “The entire Indy hospitality community is proud to host Gen Con and we congratulate their team on yet another record-breaking year.”

Due to Gen Con’s expansion throughout the Indiana Convention Center, the show also featured record numbers of exhibitors (370+) and events (14,000+).

Gen Con 2015 will return to Indianapolis July 30 – August 2, 2015.

About Gen Con

Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction and adventure game convention in North America, Gen Con, The Best Four Days In Gaming!™. Acquired in 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Gen Con 2014 was Co-Sponsored by Mayfair Games, Paizo Publishing, and Wizards of the Coast. For more information, visitwww.gencon.com.

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Ideology of Madness: Star Wars Episode VII Will Probably Disappoint Hardcore Fans

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So, the big, big thing in the Nerdiverse right now is the secrecy and excitement surrounding Star Wars Episode VII.  Fans all over are eating up every breadcrumb that leaks

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Zero Fortitude: Interview with Rob Dougherty

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I was given the chance to interview Rob Dougherty. Yes, THE Rob Dougherty. Magic the Gathering Hall of Famer and CEO of White Wizard, Rob Dougherty.


Bernie: Well lets me start by saying I saw that star realm did great on Fourth of July weekend. Can you share some details?

Rob Dougherty: Star Realms on Android, like the physical version, has been getting great reviews. Our kickstarter backers have been playing the beta for a while, and it is great to see the online community grow with this release. I can’t for the game to go up on iOS so we can bring in even more players.


Bernie: How did you decide to turn a deck building game into a game for mobile devices?

Rob Dougherty: It’s a natural fit. Tablet devices are PERFECT for this type of game.

When I was working on Ascension we found the digital version of that game was incredibly fun on mobile devices and greatly increased the games exposure, resulting in more physical Ascension players. I’m sure the same will hold true for Star Realms.


Bernie: I talked to other game developers and they mentioned that it was a bit difficult working with the Google store so they put out there game on the Apple store first. Did you run into any of those difficulties?

Rob Dougherty: It is harder to do game development on Android because their are so many device types out there. Your game may run great on 95% of them but crash on 5%. iOS is much easier because there are so few device types.

Getting into the Google store, however, is much easier than getting into the Apple store. During the Beta we were working on 4 platforms simultaneously (Android, iOS, PC and Mac) and the game is working well on all of them. So, Googles faster sign up and approval process lead to Star Realms hitting Android before iOS.


Bernie: Would you say you have set the standard for how to turn a deck building game into a successful mobile game? And do you think other companies will follow your lead?

Rob Dougherty: I think Ascension set the bar a couple years back.

We may have raised the bar a notch or two with Star Realms excellent AI and campaign mode, and that is just the beginning. I’ve got big plans for online tournaments!

I sure hope other companies emulate us. That would mean we are doing things right, and more great games for me to play!

Bernie:  So what is next, an expansion for either the mobile game or the physical one?


Rob Dougherty: Oh, soooo much in the works!

For the physical game we have:

An expansion in the works: Star Realms Crisis.

Reprints of the base game and the Gambit set on the way.

Playmats hitting retail stores in August.

Tournament kits and game day packs for stores.

Card Sleeves, deck boxes and collection boxes in production.


For digital we are working on:

Tournament play.

The Gambit set.

The Crisis expansion.

Chapter 3 of the campaign.

AI improvements.


Bernie:  I play it about once a day on either the tablet or the phone. How often do you play it? Do y’all play it at work?

Rob Dougherty: I play a lot. Multiple times a day on my iPhone (the developer build). Darwin plays on his Ipad constantly (he is level 15 I think).

We play a lot in the office, testing new sets


Bernie: So let’s find out more about you. So what is your official title and how long have you been with the company?

Rob Dougherty: I’m CEO and a co-founder of White Wizard Games. So, I’ve been with the company from day 1.


Bernie: What other games do you play?

Rob Dougherty: Magic, Ascension, SolForge, Titan, Clash of Clans, Euro board games, etc. When I had a more time I played a lot of role playing games. Lots of D&D and Hero System.


Bernie:  Do you do any other things that wouldnt be considered “geeky”?

Rob Dougherty:I think a better question is do I anything that isn’t considered geeky! When you are in the Hall of Fame for a game as geeky as Magic, that is pretty serious geekdom.


Bernie: Will you be going to Gen Con this year?

Rob Dougherty:Yes, We will be sharing a booth with my friends at Stoneblade (makers of Ascension and Solforge)

So if you are at Gen Con this year you might be able to see him or any of the other great people of White Wizard Games. My many thanks again to Rob Dougherty for giving me this opportunity.

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Back Seat Producers: Back Seat Box Office – Two Hundy

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Here it is.. Episode #200. Thank you, Art for taking the time every week to keep the show going. And thank you to our listeners.

Help Support Lilly’s Pediatric Cancer Treatment
Lilly and her family need your help (Brittney’s video)

2. Guardians of the Galaxy
3. Expendables 3
4. The Giver
5. Let’s Be Cops

1. Expendables 3
3. Guardians of the Galaxy
4. The Giver
5. Let’s Be Cops

Art’s House
Jeff, Art: The Trip To Italy
Father Beast: Ragnarok

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Ideology of Madness: Power Rangers is Perfect for Michael Bay

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I know that there’s a legion of anit-Michael Bay people that will be ready to lynch me after what he did to the Transformers movies, but I firmly believe that

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Ideology of Madness: Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie: Thanos Cast!

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Thanos: The Infnity Revelation is here, and Paul and Aron are excited! In this episode, the boys chat about Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and all sorts

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Back Seat Producers: Back Seat Book Club – Book Twenty-Three: Black Dog

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Author: Rachel Neumeier

Published 2014

Strange Chemistry

Plot Summary - Natividad is Pure, one of the rare girls born able to wield magic. Pure magic can protect humans against the supernatural evils they only half-acknowledge–the blood kin or the black dogs. In rare cases–like for Natividad’s father and older brother–Pure magic can help black dogs find the strength to control their dark powers. 

But before Natividad’s mother can finish teaching her magic their enemies find them. Their entire village in the remote hills of Mexico is slaughtered by black dogs. Their parents die protecting them. Natividad and her brothers must flee across a strange country to the only possible shelter: the infamous black dogs of Dimilioc, who have sworn to protect the Pure. 

In the snowy forests of Vermont they are discovered by Ezekiel Korte, despite his youth the strongest black dog at Dimilioc and the appointed pack executioner. Intrigued by Natividad he takes them to Dimilioc instead of killing them.

Now they must pass the tests of the Dimilioc Master. Alejandro must prove he can learn loyalty and control even without his sister’s Pure magic. Natividad’s twin Miguel must prove that an ordinary human can be more than a burden to be protected. And even at Dimilioc a Pure girl like Natividad cannot remain unclaimed to cause fighting and distraction. If she is to stay she must choose a black dog mate. 

But, first, they must all survive the looming battle

Quick Thoughts:

  • No plot.
  • Structure; do it better.
  • World building; do it.
  • Gratuitous Spanish mixed with made up fantasy setting terminology. No context cues for either.
  • 105 pages and then no…
  • for no one.

Recorded: 06/27/14

Next time: American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

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Zero Fortitude: Moon Knight No 6: Spectre

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mk6The sixth issue of Moon Knight brings to an end the run of Ellis, Shalvey, and Bellaire on this book. The creative team is being replaced by Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood. I am unfamiliar with any of these two’s worker so I have no idea what direction they will be taking the book. I have enjoyed Moon Knight in this new incarnation and am going to give them a shot in the hopes that they too will surprise me with the direction that they take Moon Knight.

In this issue of Moon Knight, We are taken back to the first case that Marc Spector tackled upon his return to the city. The main difference is that our point of view has changed. This time we follow the perspective of a regular beat cop that was at the scene of the crime. We get an intimate look into who this person is and what drives him forward in the story. We are shown a man who is consistently put down for not meeting the expectations of those around him. His view of himself and the world becomes warped over time by his inability to see himself in any way as a failure.

This police officer becomes obsessed with Moon Knight and begins his descent into villainy as he tries to discover what makes this person so special. As he pushes forward, he learns that Moon Knight works alone and that this is obviously something that he can do. Then he will be special and will be loved and treated well. He decides that he will become the Black Spectre, one of Moon Knights old foes. He begins this new phase of his life by killing his wife and then taking hostages to gain the attention of the man he will replace.

This is where the plan falls apart. His well laid plans fail to execute properly and he fails to take out his target. He ends up killing his hostages and his last bomb ends up injuring himself and never threatens Moon Knight. The final scene is where he confesses that he just wanted to be special. He just wanted to be loved. Moon Knight explains that this is where they differed. Moon Knight doesn’t want to be loved and this is why he wins.

Once again Ellis and Shalvey deliver a powerful story. Through the perspective of the villain, we are given insight into the personality of out hero, and it isn’t pretty. Moon Knight does a job and he does it well. This does not make him someone who should be emulated or worshiped. What we get is a hero that is needed but not necessarily wanted and this is interesting perspective. Ellis does an excellent job with this issue. Where the prior books have been light on dialogue, this one is brimming with conversation. He shows that he is just as good with human interactions as he is with a nearly silent protagonist. Shalvey’s art is, as always superlative. He captures the desperation of our villain and portrays it well on the page.

All in all, this is an excellent end to this creative teams run on Moon Knight. I loved this issue and have my fingers crossed that they next one lives up to the expectations that I have from these last six issues.

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Ideology of Madness: Gen Con 2014: My Schedule

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Gen Con! It is only two days away! Can you tell I’m excited? I will be arriving at the convention on Wednesday and getting all settled in for 4 days

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Back Seat Producers: BSP Episode 327: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

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Join the gang as they discuss the 2013 film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer.

  • Directed by Tom Tykwer
  • Written by Andrew Birkin, Bernd Eichinger, Tom Tykwer
  • Starring Ben Whishaw, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Rickman

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is the highly stylized murder story from Tom Tykwer, German director who broke into international prominence with Run Lola Run and most recently co-directed Cloud Atlas. It’s slow, historical, and is a movie primarily about odor which is a trifecta of problems not dealt with by other movies. On this, we can give it credit for originality. On accounts of quality or watchability, reviews were mixed. Perfume tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, an 18th century man born into poverty in Paris who learns he has an amazing sense of smell. Strange things happen but, eventually, he starts killing people. A lof of people. That’s where it gets weird.

Worth noting:

  • Life finds a way. Dr. Malcolm was right, dammit. People bang in subzero temperatures.
  • Jolie likes this movie because the ending pays off hardcore.
  • Tony disagrees for some reason and has some crackpot theory that it’s a fairy tale. You know, where a lot of people get murdered.
  • Find out, if you want to, what all the head butting talk is all about.
  • “I’m pooping and I have no escape route.” The wasp is coming for you.
  • If you’re not slutty for George Clooney, you’re slutty for Cheech Marin.
  • I’m a dragon.
  • Jolie talks all about the big move to Seattle.
  • If you don’t like the show notes, blame the ghost of Kurt Cobain.

Featured in this episode:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Jolie
  • David

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Ideology of Madness: Knights of Reignsborough: Season 3 Sandboxing, Part 1

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At the end of Season Two, the world was changed.  In this episode, we sandbox what those changes mean to the setting and to the characters we have gotten to

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Zero Fortitude: Roundtable 4 UFOs & Aliens

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Hosts : Bernie,Michael,Jacob, and Miri

Topic : We talk about UFOs and Aliens


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