Chris Sniezak

Author's details

Name: Christopher Sniezak
Date registered: February 6, 2012
URL: http://misdirectedmark.com

Latest posts

  1. 102.X – Boiling Point & Base Raiders with Ross Payton and Peter Neilsen — October 1, 2014
  2. 102.X – Steamscapes: Asia with Eric Simon — September 29, 2014
  3. MMP130 – Ken Hite, Garrett Crowe, & AMP Year One — September 27, 2014
  4. DwD&D #6 – Fighter Finished, QCC & AL update, Classed up Storytelling — September 25, 2014
  5. Things Coming in the Future – September 2014 edition — September 18, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. MMP #111 – Atomic Marvel Dice Masters and Fudging Part 2 — 11 comments
  2. A Rant on House Rules — 6 comments
  3. Episode #85 – Fred Hicks and Con on the Cob — 6 comments
  4. Episode #105 – The New GM and Moving Day — 6 comments
  5. MMP#127 – Chattin with Mappin, Mass Effect RPG, & AMP Year One — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 01 2014

102.X – Boiling Point & Base Raiders with Ross Payton and Peter Neilsen

Boiling Point & Base Raiders

Hey Folks. This time on the lounge we have Ross Payton and Peter Neilsen on to talk about Boiling Point, a superhero mini campaign for the Base Raiders RPG. As this is the lounge I also ask them some other questions about publishing, writing, being a lead designer, and what’s up with the new version of Delta Green. Hope you enjoy the show.

Show Notes

Zombies of the World

Road Trip

Pasty McDowel’s Tumbler

Heroes.zone

Delta Green Seminar from GenCon

Lovecraft meets Tradecraft from GenCon

Sep 29 2014

102.X – Steamscapes: Asia with Eric Simon

Steamscapes Asia with Eric Simon

Hey Folks. This week in the lounge we have Eric Simon of Four in Hand games to talk about his Steamscapes: Asia kickstarter, Steampunk, the best gamer wedding I’ve ever heard of, and some dodgy hints at upcoming products from Four in Hand games. I hope you enjoy and go take a look at Steamscapes: Asia. It’s a very cool look at Alt history.

Show Notes

Steamscapes: Asia

Kronocalypse: Savage Worlds Time Travel

The House on the Rock

The Widening Gyre

The Last Parsec

Sawbones

My Brother, My Brother and Me

Sep 27 2014

MMP130 – Ken Hite, Garrett Crowe, & AMP Year One

Ken Hite, Garret Crowe, & AMP Year one

Hey Folks. This week we have Garrett Crowe on to talk about his shows which are coming or already on Misdirected Mark Prodcutions, Threat Detected and Threats from Galifrey. We also have Ken Hite’s Horror in Gaming panel from the Queen City Conquest, and the last part of the AMP Year one review.

Sponsors of this episode: Swarm Core, Seeley & Kane’s, and Dungeoncast

Show Notes

3:16 – News

Lords of Nal Hutta
5th Doctor source book
One Ring: New Edition
Feng Shui 2
Paranoia
Dracula Dossier
What happened at the Queen City Conquest

23:03 – Gameroom

45:14 – Workshop – Horror in Gaming with Ken Hite

1:32:40 – RPG Review: AMP Year one GM Side

1:43:15 – Geekery

Sep 25 2014

DwD&D #6 – Fighter Finished, QCC & AL update, Classed up Storytelling


Fighter finished, QCC & AL update, Storytelling from Class

What is up. We’re back with another episode of Down with D&D and this time we have the Mad Wizard back with us to chat about the rest of the Fighter along with what is up in Adventure League play and how D&D worked out at the Queen City Conquest. The Mad Wizard had to bail on us after that but fear not, we carry on to chat about how a class can inform what your character knows about the world and how you can bring that to the game table. Enjoy and we’ll be back in a fortnight.

Sep 18 2014

Things Coming in the Future – September 2014 edition

Hey Folks. Chris here from the Misdirected Mark Productions. I just wanted to throw info your way on what the next couple of months has in store for the network.

The Misdirected Mark Podcast has been going through some changes. Phil is now in charge of more of the shows operation allowing me to focus on things like growing the audience, advertising, and managing things like the Patreon project and to that we’ve already had our patreon’s who are at certain levels respond with what they’d like to see in the future of the show. There will be a Workshop Segment in October about something called The Magic Circle which if you’d like a preview of that you can watch it right here.

The RPG Review

In October the RPG review will continue as I go through Tremulus from Reality Blurs, an Ax inspired game using the idea’s from the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Sean Preston wanted to get away from the Cthulhu mythos a bit and go for a more traditional Lovecraft feel with this one.

In November the RPG review will be looking at 13th Age. Rob Dorgan has been asking for a while for me to talk about 13th Age and I can finally say November is the month I can get to it. I’ll also be looking into getting Rob Heinsoo, Johnathan Tweet, or both on the show then. Right now there is a kickstarter going on for 13th Age in Glorantha by Rob Heinsoo Games. Check that out here.

In October we will be looking at a bunch of scary things. In the Garage we’ll be taking a look at Doom Tracks and Sanity as as a mechanic. In the Workshop there will be a discussion of the Magic Circle but we’ll also be talking about how to deal with the idea’s of insanity and horror at the game table. We’ll also hit an In-Depth on Eldritch Horror, the board game from Fantasy Flight.

Down with D&D & The TKV Team

Both of these shows will continue to put out episodes bi-weekly of both D&D goodness and dropping Video Game knowledge. The D&D crew will continue it’s adventures and to pour through the players handbook. The format will stay the same with three segments a show and keep to around a 45 minute long show. The TKV Team has informed me they plan on just keepin on with their conversation based format covering their backlogs of games played, news in the industry segments, and opinions on games from a variety of angles from game play to visual aesthetics.

I’d love to hear from you about how we’re doing with our shows and what we might be able to do better to inform and entertain you.

Chris Sniezak
Head of Operations at Misdirected Mark Productions

Sep 18 2014

MMP #129 – Eloy Lasanta, Supers, & Amp Year One

Eloy Lasanta, Supers, & Amp Year One

Hey Folks. This week we’re hurling through time and space to save Garrett Crowe from being Podfaded by Vogons. Unfortunately we run into a complication and end up in Tampa Bay. Fortunately Eloy Lasanta, the sage of the games of the 3rd eye, is there and we get to hang out with him, talk about what’s up with Third Eye Games, announce that Encoded Designs is working on a huge project for Third Eye Games, talk about Supers as a gaming Genre, and I dish on the character side and super powers for AMP Year One. Hope you enjoy. Don’t forget the survey which is closing soon, and game on.

This episode of the Misdirected Mark Podcast is Sponsored by Collectors Inn,  DungeonCast, and Swarm Core.

Note: There was an audio Mix up on my end and some sound effects were not quite where they were supposed to be and I couldn’t go back far enough with ctrl z to fix it. Apologies.

3:20 – Intro

Network

This week on Down with D&D…

Survey Continues

G+ Community needs members

7:26 – Bar

News

Eloy’s Veelog & Part-Time Gods of Fate

Con on the Cob

API Kickstarter coming soon

Dice Master info

‘The End of the World’ RPG

Sentinels of the Multiverse coming to iOS and Android

Crowdfunding

Veranthea Codex

13th Age in Glorantha

Local

The Queen City Conquest

30:07 – Gameroom

  1. Sentinels of the Multiverse
  2. Peggle 2
  3. Star Realms
  4. Eldritch Horror
  5. Minecraft
  6. Savage Elhal
  7. D&D 5e – Spelljammed
  8. A!C – Missed opportunity

43:33 – Workshop: Bringing out Genre: Supers

1:20:28 – RPG Review: AMP Year 1, Week 3, Character/Player

1:29:44 – Geekery

Garfunkle & Oates have a TV show
Dr. Who
Reading Mindjammers the Novel - enjoying it very much
Legend of Kora

 

Sep 13 2014

MMP#128 – IP’s, Star Realms, & AMP Year One

IP’s, Star Realms, and AMP Year One

Hey Folks. This time on the Misdirected Mark Podcast we get in deep on Star Realms, the Ascension meets MtG deck builder, beam captain Mappin aboard for some discussion on IP games, and continue the AMP Year One review. Hope you enjoy and don’t forget about the G+ community and our “Kind of a Big Deal” contest.

1:02 – Intro

Network News

The Survey Link

12:20 – News

Asmodee and Days of Wonder merging
Game Trayz – http://www.gametrayz.com/
Double Exposure Envoy system

Crowdfunding

Fate Codex issue 4 is out
Oddmall by Andy Hopp
Orc Hospital by Postworld Games
d20Pro Unlimited Virtual Tabletop
Spirit of 77 – Ax game of 70’s adventure
The Sprawl – Ax Cyberpunk!

Local

The Queen City Conquest

Rapid Fires

Robin Laws Feng Shui KS coming Sept 17th
The No Response Response at pelgrane press through Drama System
3EGs is coming out with their 2nd edition of Apocalypse Prevention Inc 
Achtung! Cthulhu the Movie

33:17 – In-Depth – Star Realms

1:06:58 – RPG Review – AMP Year One

1:16:33 – Workshop – IPs with Captain Mappin

2:05:31 – Geekery – Fall TV is coming

Sep 11 2014

DwD&D #5 – Monsters, AL, QCC, Bards, & Eldritch Knights

Monsters, AL, QCC, Bards, & Eldritch Knights

Hey Everyone. We’re back with another episode of Down With D&D for your listening enjoyment and this week we have Alex Swingle back in the house and we also bring in the Mad Wizard Merwin to lay the smack down on us and some knowledge down about Monsters and other things. Hope you enjoy and get down with some D&D.

Sep 04 2014

MMP#127 – Chattin with Mappin, Mass Effect RPG, & AMP Year One

Chattin with Mappin, Mass Effect RPG, and AMP Year One

Hey Folks. We’re here at the house to chat with Captain Mappin who is suited up in his best TNG uniform, ready to tell us all about his very free Mass Effect RPG powered by Fate, and give us some inside stories from the olden days of the gaming industry. We also have our first part of our AMP Year One RPG review covering the setting of the game.

1:36 – Intro: Chatting with Mappin

30:55 – Gameroom

47:25 – Mass Effect RPG

1:25:15 – AMP Year One Review: Setting

1:38:44 – The Geekery

Sep 01 2014

102.X The Lounge – Rob Trimarco, Fortunes Fool, & Pantheon Press

Rob Trimarco, Fortunes Fool & Pantheon Press

Hey Folks. We’re back in the lounge with Rob Trimarco of Pantheon Press to talk about Fortunes Fool, an RPG that uses a Tarot deck for conflict resolution. Check out the kickstarter and if you want a physical copy of Fortunes Fool you can pick on up here.

Pantheon Press on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pantheonpress
twitter: @pantheonpress
The Pantheon Press website: http://www.pantheonpress.com

Aug 30 2014

GenCon Interviews part 2

GenCon interviews 2nd Set

Hey Folks. Sorry it took so long but here’s the second set of interviews from GenCon.

Aug 30 2014

MMP#126: D20 and The War Room

D20 and the War Room

Hey Folks. This time on the Misdirected Mark Podcast Phil is starting to get suspicious of Chris and asking questions Chris doesn’t really have answers for. We also talk about the D20 mechanic in the garage and talk with Lieutenant Dan and Captain Ron in the War Room. I hope you enjoy and don’t forget to take the listener survey. It’s our first one and your chance to help us make the show better.

2:10 – Intro

4:55 – The Bar

News
Crowdfunding
Local
Quick Hits

22:08 – The Garage – The D20 mechanic

55:05 – The War Room – Dipping, News, and Terrain

1:34:29 – The Geekery

ALS Icebucket Challenge
Plant a Tree for Groot
New Doctor Who

Aug 27 2014

DwD&D #4 – GenCon, Factions, and Magical Classes


GenCon, Factions, and Magical Classes
What is up. We’re back at the game table for another round of Down with D&D. This time we talk about D&D at GenCon, the factions that are used in Adventure’s League play, and the Wizard, Sorcerer, and Warlock. We’re sans the Unstoppable Force, Alex Swingle, due to the internet, pesky tubes and clouds but that’s ok because our very own Regional Admin for the Adventurers League, Cindy Moore, helps me in filling the hole as best as we can. Hope you enjoy.

Aug 22 2014

MMP #125 – The GenCon 2014 Recap show

125 – GenCon2014 Recap

Hey folks. That’s right. I many be a day late but here it is. This weeks show and it’s our GenCon recap. We hang out in the gameroom and talk all about our GenCon experiences over the course of the four days, what we saw that was hot, what was really cool, and how Chris sort of dissed Wil Wheaton on accident. It was totally on accident. He swears.

 

Aug 16 2014

GenCon Panel: Media Tie-In: Story to Game with Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, Steve Long, and Fred Hicks

Media Tie in Story to Game with Correia, Butcher, Hicks, and Long

Aug 15 2014

GenCon 2014 – Evil Hat’s Under the Hat Panel

Evil Hat Panel edited

Because this isn’t as hard as it used to be here’s the Under the Hat panel from Evil Hat where they talk about how Evil Hat does business behind the scenes.

Aug 14 2014

GenCon Day 1 Audio Interviews

Here’s the four brief chats I had with Ken Hite and Robin Laws of Pelgrane Press, Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games, and Bard Talton of Level 99 Games. Enjoy.

GenCon Day 1

Aug 13 2014

MMP #124 – MMP gets ready for GenCon

MMP gets ready for GenCon

Hey Folks. This week we’re packing for GenCon and are looking forward to seeing you or telling you all about the best four days in gaming. I’d write more but gotta get packed. Talk to you all from Indy and beyond.

Bar

News

Players Handbook is out there
The Strange RPG is being delivered and will be for sale soon from MCG.
Evil Hat’s Guide to GenCon
3EG GenCon Schedule
Finding Phil and Chris at GenCon:

GenCon Events: PM Talk, Play Better Games, Dammit, The Harvest, ENnies
Hanging out at the Westin
Phil will be posting on G+
Facebook Group

RPG Podcaster Awards…its a Thing
Fate Mass Effect is out
Tenkar and the Badger

Crowdfunding

Agents of Smerch
Tact-Tiles are backGnome Stew Review
Designers & Dragons

Local

Queen City Games is under construction.
RonCon

Rapid Fires

Ryan Macklin – Success at a cost with Defend
Greater Than Games looking for a Graphic Designer

Gameroom

Phil

  • D&D 5e-  TPK
  • Hillfolk
  • Star Realms
  • Blood Bowl
  • Minecraft

Chris

  • A!C Character Creation and session 1
  • Hillfolk
  • D&D Character Creation session
  • D&D TPK x2
  • Dungeon World didn’t happen but Tony Had a baby. Welcome Lincoln.

Geekery

Guardians of the Galaxy – Just go see it.

 

Aug 13 2014

DwD&D#3 – Inspiration, OP Frequence of Play, & GenCon

DwDnD3 – Inspiration, OP Frequency of Play, and GenCon

Hey Folks. This time on Down with D&D we’re talking about the D&D events going on at GenCon, chat up the Inspiration mechanic, and talk about the structure of the organized play programs, how they seem to be built, and what it means for players and hopefully out in time for your Wednesday GenCon trips.

 Show Notes

Coming soon

Aug 07 2014

MMP #124 – Happy Jacks in the House and other Tangents part 2

Happy Jack in the house and other tangents part 2

Hey Folks. This week we continue our rampage through the show with the guys from Happy Jacks RPG Podcast as we get onto the subject of armor, which Stu breaks out the good stuff to keep his nerves calm, and then make our way to the Geekery for some good old fashioned geeking out since we recorded just after comicon. Feel free to tell us how we’re doing at chris@misdirectedmark.com.

2:30 – Gameroom Continued

  • Stork doesn’t like Numenera

13:29 – The Garage – All About Armor

1:13:30 – The Geekery

Afterlife with Archie

Grammar Girl does not like Word Crimes

First picture of new Wonder Woman

New Wonder Woman costume reminiscent of the costume my wife did for Rainfall

Mad Max Trailer

Green Arrow Season 3 – Ra’s Al Ghul and Oracle.

Walking Dead Season 5 teaser- is the series losing its appeal?

Aug 01 2014

MMP #123 – Happy Jacks is in the House, also Armor and Other Tangents Part 1

Happy Jacks are in the House also Armor and Other Tangents Pt1

Hey Folks. This week the Happy Jacks gentlemen, and I use the term loosely, come on over to the Misdirected Mark house to drink our beer, tangent our show, and make us laugh a ton. We get to RPG stuff in this episode and many other things. I hope you enjoy and feel free to leave feedback at chris@misdirectedmark.com.

Sponsors – Collectors Inn

2:52 – Intro

31:50 – Bar

News

 Crowdfunding

 Local

  • Collectors Inn: Everyone is Dead they’ll be resurrected soon.
  • Gateway 2014

Rapid Fires

1:14:08 – Gameroom

Phil

D&D 5e
Airy Peaks
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Savage Elhal
Fate of Elhal play testing
Minecraft

Chris

D&D 5e
Airy Peaks
Snappy Card Game
Ascension Realms Unraveled
Marvel Dice Masters
Alhambra
Sentinels of the Multiverse

Stu

Legend of the Five Rings campaign
Moment of Truth conspiracy game
Mongoose Traveler Star Wars

End Part 1

 

 

Jul 30 2014

DwD&D #2 – Breaking D&D is Bad and Backgrounds, Bonds & Flaws

Breaking D&D is Bad and Backgrounds, Bonds & Flaws

Hey Folks. This week Swingle is in the house with Cindy and we chat up some news, Co-operative D&D, and Backgrounds, Bonds, and Flaws. Please send us feedback at chris@misdirectedmark.com.

News

Co-Operative D&D

Backgrounds, Bonds, and Flaws

 

Jul 24 2014

MMP #122 – Tsunami Con and Character Development

Tsunami Con and Character Development

image001Hey Folks. This we we have Erik Carl riding into the Misdirected Mark on the most marvelous Prismatic Tsunami to chat with us about his convention Tsunami Con and character development in games in our workshop, don’t mind the bloody chains in the corner. So I hope you enjoy this longer show and let us know what you’re thinking and feeling. I meant about the show. If you want to tell us how you’re feeling and what you’re just thinking in general feel free. We might even give our thoughts on your feelings.

Show Notes

1:27 – Intro – Erik Carl from Metagamers Anonymous and Prismatic Tsunami

10:55 – Bar

News

Rapid Fires

23:28 – TsunamiCon 2014

55:53 – Gameroom

Erik

  1. Zeitgeist
  2. Sentinels of The Multiverse Enhanced Card Game (2nd Edition)
  3. Once Upon A Time, 3rd Edition

Phil

  1. The Hood
  2. Savage Elhal
  3. Lords of Waterdeep
  4. Fiasco – Channel 6
  5. CoD – Modern Warfare 2
  6. Star Realms
  7. Minecraft – Xbox 360

Chris

  1. Mario Kart 8 – Nintendo Wii U
  2. Ascension Chronicle Of The Godslayer
  3. Summoner Wars Master Set

1:17:17 – Workshop – GMing Character Development scenes

1:59:33 – Geekery

Captain Carl’s Tuesday Night Blues Band

Weird Al – Word Crimes

Thor is now a woman

Jul 18 2014

D&D – Inspiration

So Drew Smith, the MMP’s secret weapon, mentioned he liked the Inspiration mechanic and I wanted to talk about it with you guys a little more. I’m a fan of it but for those who haven’t read it I’ll throw it up here.

Inspiration is a rule the Dungeon Master can use to reward you for playing your character in a way that’s true to his or her personality traits, ideal, bond, and flaw. By using inspiration, you can draw on your personality trait of compassion for the downtrodden to give you an edge in negotiating with the Beggar Prince. Or inspiration can let you call on your bond to the defense of your home village to push past the effect of a spell that has been laid on you.

Gaining Inspiration
Your DM can choose to give you inspiration for a variety of reasons. Typically, DM’s award it when you play out your personality traits, give in to the drawbacks presented by a flaw or bond, and otherwise portray your character in a compelling way. Your DM will tell you how you can earn inspiration in the game.

You either have inspiration or you don’t – you can’t stockpile mulltiple “inspirations” for later use.

Additionally, if you have inspiration, you can reward another player for good roleplaying, clever thinking, or simply doing something exciting in the game. When another player character does something that really contributes to the story in a fun and interesting way, you can give up your inspiration to give that character inspiration

Now I want to look at what this does a little bit. “Inspiration is a reward for roleplaying.

I can get behind that. I like games that push people to play towards their characters, both the positive and negative aspects of them. I’m a fan of games like Fate and Cortex+. Savage Worlds has the benny which can be implemented this way which is cool. Other games have this too, so not original, but I’m more interested in playability than originality, so I think the idea is a positive one.

Your DM will tell you how you can earn inspiration in the game.

I like this. This means a conversation must be had to determine what is going to be important to the game. It provides modularity and customization. The thing I like less about it is it says “the DM will tell you”. I think, and would suggest to the people playing, that you should collectively decide what will garner inspiration at your table.

You either have inspiration or you don’t – you can’t stockpile mulltiple “inspirations” for later use.

Awesome. That means people should use it and then work towards gaining it again. In play this should mean that Roleplaying will move to the forefront because there is a tangible reward for doing it and the reward doesn’t suck and yet is not “game breaking”

Additionally, if you have inspiration, you can reward another player for good roleplaying, clever thinking, or simply doing something exciting in the game

Awesome once again. It’s a mechanic that encourages us to not just be engaged in the game but to help engage others in what is happening at the table. It looks like a simple mechanic but it could be a powerful tool for play for all the players at the table (I’m including the DM as a player here)

In total I’m a pretty big fan of the Inspiration mechanic and can’t wait to see how it works at the table. It should help promote a storytelling environment and make the bits on your character sheet come to the forefront more often. More important, if you don’t want it in your game just leave it out. That’s what this new version of D&D is all about. So those are my thoughts on Inspiration. What are yours?

We’re having a discussion over on the Misdirected Mark Facebook page about this right now. Want to be a part of it. Just come on over and ask to join the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/271946122876896/730597237011780/?notif_t=like

 

Jul 17 2014

MMP #121 – Chris and Phil Throw down about Story, Drama, and Emergence

MMP #121 – Chris and Phil Throw down about Story, Drama, and Emergence

Lets get ready to Rumble! That’s right, everything seemed right in the house of Misdirected Mark and then they broke out Story, Drama, and Emergence and the battle was on. In their first disagreement on the air Chris and Phil throw down hard. Catch it all inside this weeks episode of The Misdirected Mark Podcast.

Sponsors – Collectors Inn

0:47 – Intro

4:05 – Bar

News

The 2014 Ennies Nominations are out

Local

Collectors Inn and the M15 release plus so much more

Rapid Fires

Engine Publishing is now selling all 5 books on their Online store.
Unframed hard copies are showing up for those who pre-ordered.

58:19 – Garage

Drama vs Story vs Emergence

1:39:40 – Geekery

Phil
Minecraft PE 0.9 releases tons of new features.
The Strain aired on Fx on Sunday

Chris
Taste of Buffalo
Epic Rap Battles of History: Season 3 Finale

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