Chris Sniezak

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. MMP# 157 – Cyberpunk — May 27, 2015
  2. MMP#156 – Sign here…Social Contracts — May 20, 2015
  3. The Lounge – John Four from Role Playing Tips and Mythic Gods and Monsters — May 19, 2015
  4. DwD&D#15 – Factions — May 19, 2015
  5. MMP#155 – Skill Challenges and the Age of Ultron — May 13, 2015

Most commented posts

  1. MMP #111 – Atomic Marvel Dice Masters and Fudging Part 2 — 11 comments
  2. Episode #105 – The New GM and Moving Day — 6 comments
  3. A Rant on House Rules — 6 comments
  4. Episode #85 – Fred Hicks and Con on the Cob — 6 comments
  5. Introductions to Words from Chris — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

May 27 2015

MMP# 157 – Cyberpunk

Hey folks. This episode we’re getting our cybernetics out and entering the matrix to explore the genre of cyberpunk and then talk about some of the gameable parts of it. We also do our normal stuff in the lounge where we hear some bait & switch stories and we go a little Mad in the Geekery as we talk Fury Road before finishing up with Daredevil.

Time Stamps

1:01 – Network Announcements

9:14 – What’s Going On

17:16 – Game Spotlight

Titan’s of Gaming
6th gun kickstarter

22:39 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

34:37 – Workshop: Cyberpunk

Phil’s 17 year old Cyberpunk thoughts

1:27:04 – Geekery

May 20 2015

MMP#156 – Sign here…Social Contracts

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we’re breaking down the idea of a social contract in the workshop and showing you how we think they work and what they can do for your game. Surrounding that part of the show we hang in the lobby to chat about what’s going on, reveal what is “gifted” to us from the extradimentional social media depository, spotlight some games, and geek out about agents of shield, Night Vale, and other things in the geekery.

Time Stamps

0:30 – Introduction

2:28 – What’s going on

Stormtrooper Bob’s Facebook Page

Play Better Games, Dammit!

10:07 – Game Spotlight

Feng Shui 2

Spirit of 77

15:15 – The Extradimentional Social Media Depository

22:27 – The Workshop – Social Contracts

1:23:04 – The Geekery

The Awkward Turtle

May 19 2015

The Lounge – John Four from Role Playing Tips and Mythic Gods and Monsters

Hey everyone. This time in the lounge I have the venerable Johnn Four from Role Playing Tips – you can click the link on the right bar of the home page to check out RPT – on to talk about his newest book Mythic Gods and Monsters. We also chat a bit about the history of Role Playing Tips and then we chat about all manner of games and gaming stuff. Hope you enjoy because I sure did.

Links

John Large of Red Dice Diaries

May 19 2015

DwD&D#15 – Factions

DownwithD&DHey Folks. Who wants to get down with the D&D factions. Maybe you’re a Harper fan? I know you love those Zentarim. I’m a Lords Alliance guy myself. Well we dish a bit about the factions this week but we dive into how to use them in your games. Hope you enjoy and let us know what you think.

Links

Sage Advice: Feats

Apocrypha Adventure Card Game

 

May 13 2015

MMP#155 – Skill Challenges and the Age of Ultron

Hey Folks. This week we’re back without the technical difficulties. I may have made a deal with some fairies of the Unseelie court to keep us safe. In any case we’re talking feedback, Skill Challenges, hanging in the Gameroom, and then having a drink at the bar to talk about AGE OF ULTRON and Leroy Jenkins.

Time Stamps

0:34 – The Lounge

4:11 – What’s going on
10:24 – Game Spotlight
12:40 – Extra Dimensional Social Media Depository

29:30 – The Gameroom

54:00 – The Garage – Skill Challenges

1:26:03 – The Bar – Age of Ultron

May 08 2015

Classic MMP: Interview with a Gnome episode #10

Hey Folks. Looks like this week we’ve been sabotaged and our audio was not quite up to snuff so I bring you Phils first ever apperance on the Misdirected Mark Podcast: Interview with a Gnome which covers Never Unprepared and other gaming goodness from way back when on episode 10.

May 05 2015

DwD&D#14 – Drow, Is D&D a Storytelling Game, & Mulmaster: Fair or not

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down with some D&D. Well it’s drow to your mother this week as we talk about the tropes of the ebon skinned elves, chat about the Mulmaster and mages issue in organized play, and talk about if D&D Shawn’s conundrum with D&D as a storytelling game. We also hit on some of the more recent offerings from Dungeons and Dragons including Dragon+. In case you were wondering episode 13 is coming eventually. It required some serious editing and some decisions to be made about the content within and I also hear episode 10 is on its way too sometime soon.

Time Stamps

0:40 – What’s New in D&D

9:05 – Is D&D a Storytelling Game

29:30 – Mulmaster: Fair or not

39:08 – The Drow

Apr 29 2015

MMP#154 – Jump In or Adding a Player to Your Game

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we called an audible and bring you an episode about adding a new player to your game. There is a lot of coffee inspired missteps in this episode plus a Geekery which includes Star Wars, Daredevil, and podcasts galore. Enjoy and if you do or do not let us know what we did right or wrong. We want to get better.

Time Stamp

3:00 – The Lobby

3:05 – Network Announcements

4:07 – What’s Going On

7:43 Game Spotlight

The Paranet Papers

The Queen City Conquest

11:52 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

20:11 – The Workshop: Jump In – Adding New Players

The Geekery

Podcasts

The Thrilling Adventure Hour

Hollywood Babble On

IGN podcasts

Stuff you Missed in History Class

Welcome to Night Vale

Funnybooks with Aaron and Pauly

Start Up

Apr 28 2015

The Paranet Papers

Paranet papers coverSo Carrie Harris from over at Evil Hat was kind enough to send me over a copy of the Paranet Papers, the next book in their Dresden Files RPG line. As I read through it I thought I’d post my thoughts.

Graphic Design

First off this book, like the others in the series, is beautiful. I’ve been studying graphic design for the last few years and the original Dresden Files book is pretty but the Evil Hat team took it up a notch when they put this one together.

The background pages look like an unlined spiral notebook with some sections as pages pasted in from other sources. It uses a two column layout for the primary information but as in the previous books there’s commentary in the margins, white spaces – and in this book – on sticky notes. Speaking of the commentary, in Volume one & two the commentary didn’t really flow into the text of the book, which to me was fine, I just enjoyed reading it. In this volume it’s more a part of the text. Highlighter is used to point at and color coordinate when and where the reader should go to the commentary. The character stat blocks are on white file folders which is a nice little touch. To finish up the graphic design commentary the book is busy on the page but it’s still easy to follow the different kinds of information resulting in something pleasant to look at and easy to read.

Art

Because of the book representing an unlined spiral bound notebook the art looks pasted, taped, drawn, or paper clipped in and is what you would expect from a Dresden/Evil Hat product. If you don’t know the Hat that means the art is of a high quality and matches each chapter along with the theme of the book over all.

Content

The book is presented as a draft in an unlined spiral notebook written by William Borden of the Alpha’s. Sections written by people other than Will are pasted into the book and have a different look. It’s a clever way to differentiate the sections of the book.

The first two-thirds of the book cover several locations in the Dresdenverse: Las Vegas, Historic Russia, The Neverglades, Las Tierras Rojas, and The Ways Between. The last third has a sections on Spellcasting, Monsters, and NPCs in the Dresdenverse and updates a number of those people from the previous volumes.

I haven’t read the whole thing yet and as I do I’ll be posting more pieces of this review. So far I’ve gotten through Las Vegas which is written from the point of view of Herbert C Plainfield. It tells the story of the city of sin, why it’s like it is from a supernatural perspective, and gives the reader all the problems and NPCs you need to have the foundation of a campaign set in Las Vegas. In brief Vegas has always been a delicate social and criminal ecosystem based on sin and hope. A Red Court Vampire called Dragon helped keep this balance to the purpose of feeding a seal which is keeping some great apocalyptic evil underneath sin city. Harry kills the Red Court, Dragon dies, now the delicate ecosystem is starting to unravel which is not good to say the least.

I’m a good way through the Russia chapter too which is a historical perspective of Russian in 1918. For the Dresden fans out there this section is great because it tells a story of Simon Pietrovich, his involvement with the Russian Tsar’s, Rasputin, and the fallout/trouble it caused Russia in the long run. There are also a series of excerpts of letters between him and Ebenezer McCoy in the section. So good.

Last thing I want to talk about before I end this first part is the commentary in the margins and on the sticky notes throughout the book. The comments are between Karin Murphy, Will Borden, and Waldo Butters. They are great. The characters voices feel right and their commentary is worth the read for a Dresden fan. So after I read another hundred or so pages I’ll let you folks know some more about this book but my first impressions are to give this an A+.

You can pick up the book by clicking here.

Apr 22 2015

MMP#153 – Pinning for the Fjords

iIPNV9aqUYrGsOn this episode of the Misdirected Mark Podcast we get into the latest batch of listener feedback, head over to the gameroom to talk about those things we play, open up the Garage to talk about the mechanics of Death, and. There was something else, Oh yeah. MORE DAREDEVIL!!!

Timestamps

0:32 – Lobby

1:54: What’s Going On

9:22: Game Spotlight – QCC Update

11:52: Extradimensional Social Media Depository

20:09 – The Gameroom

34:50 – The Garage: The Mechanics of Death

1:08:54 – The Bar: DAREDEVIL

Apr 20 2015

Lounge with Darren Watts on Envoy, Hero, and Other Things

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey folks. This time in the lounge I have Darren Watts from the Double Exposure Envoy program and other places from the gameosphere to talk about Envoy, Hero Games, and other things surrounding his career as a game designer and publisher.

Links

Double Exposure Envoy

Silverback Press

Legendsmiths

Apr 15 2015

MMP#152 – Labeling GMs

iIPNV9aqUYrGsIt’s a GM round up this week but first we start off in the lobby responding to your feedback, then we get  over to the Workshop to discuss different types of GM’s, and finish up in the Geekery to talk about all the juicy digital downloads this past week. There maybe a Daredevil discussion.

Time Stamps

0:32 – Lobby

1:24 – What’s Going On

5:19 – Game Spotlight – Queen City Conquest Kickstarter

9:15 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

22:29 – Workshop

1:17:29 – Geekery

 Star Wars Digital Downloads

Apr 08 2015

MMP#151 or 1AB – You First, the Initiative Episode

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we have the cattle prod in so I’m watching what I say. Now onto what’s on the show this week. We start off in the lobby catching up and responding to your recent feedback. Then make our way to the Gameroom to discuss what we have been playing lately, and finally we end up in the Garage to have an orderly discussion about Initiative. Enjoy the show and feel free to leave feedback here or in any of internet places we hang out in.

Time Stamps

0:32 – The Lobby

Queen City Conquest Kickstarter Opening Party
Resurgence Brewing Company
1250 Niagara St, Buffalo, NY 14213
April 10th at 7:30 pm

7:36 – Game Spotlight

Phoenix: Dawn Command Kickstarter

One Shot Podcast: Phoenix: Dawn Command

10:37 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

29:33 – The Gameroom

43:54 – The Garage: Initiative

 

 

Apr 01 2015

MMP#150 – The Battle of the Bards

iIPNV9aqUYrGsLet’s get ready to rumbleeeee!!!!!! That’s right. It’s episode 150 and while we start out in the lobby talking about your feedback and a few other gamish and things, some related to Indiana, we eventually head into the backyard for the main event, THE BATTLE OF THE BARDS. After the dust clears from the throw down we stroll over to end our evening relaxing in the Geekery

Time Stamps

0:31 – The Lounge

14:39 – Game Spotlight: Symbaroum

16:58 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

27:03 – The Backyard: The Battle of the Bards

1:21:32 – The Geekery

 

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Mar 31 2015

DwD&D#12 – Creating Adventures

DownwithD&DHey Folks. On this edition of Down with D&D we talk about what’s going on in the world of D&D, a dying wizard who wants to be a lich, trickle down campaign design, and creating an adventure. Hope you enjoy and let us know what we can do better.

Introduction

Topic 1 – M&M&M: The Dying Wizard

Topic 2 – The DM Corner: Campaign World (Alternate Set up)

Topic 3 – The DM Corner: Creating an Adventure (Pg 71 DMG)

Mar 25 2015

MMP#149: How Do I Run This Thing or Learning New Games

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. In this new and buggy episode of the Misdirected Mark Podcast We don or Fezs and catch up with you in the lobby, then we head to the Gameroom to talk about the games we have been playing, and then we head into the Workshop to talk about learning to GM a new game.

Time Stamps

0:21 – Lounge

1:10 – What’s Going On

10:27 – Game Spotlight

  • Fate Core Achievements

Post: https://plus.google.com/+MariusSeebach/posts/B3i8itk36rr

File: https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1J_jx-RPfobafezLpxLjb_YbUCESZebbuQgM0WKPOXjQ/edit?hl=en-US&forcehl=1

  • Bulldogs: Sci-Fi that Kicks Ass on kickstarter right now

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1034531507/bulldogs-fate-core-edition-sci-fi-that-still-kicks?ref=discovery

14:12 – Battle of the Bards — Preview

18:42 – Extradimensional Social Media Depository

29:48 – Gameroom

51:31 – Workshop: Learning To GM A New Game

Based on a Gnome Stew article Phil wrote this week: http://www.gnomestew.com/gming-advice/getting-your-sea-legs/

Mar 19 2015

The Lounge with John Harper on Blades in the Dark

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This time we have John Harper on to talk a bit about himself and his ideas about game design, but mostly about Blades in the Dark, his already wildly successful Kickstarting Role Playing Game. By the way you should back it by clicking on the link

Blades in the Dark

One Seven Designs

Night Witches

Mar 18 2015

MMP#148 – Laws and Sausages or Designing Games

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we start out in the lobby responding to your comments, then we head over to the Lab where we talk about our design process, and end up in the Geekery to discuss, well, Geekery.

Time Stamps

0:32 – The Lounge

1:09 – Gaming Spotlight

Blades in the Dark

5:29 – What’s Going On

11:57 – Social Media Depository

35:41 – The Lab: Designing Games

1:19:55 – The Geekery

Mar 16 2015

DwD&D#11 – Organized Play, Writing Tests, Campaign Set Up, & Big Bads

Hey Folks. We’re back with some more Down with D&D, yeah you know me and this time we’re chatting about what’s up with organized play, the design test for the open call for writers, campaign set up from the DMG, and some Big Bads you might use in your campaign. Hope you enjoy and let us know.

Note: Sorry about some of the sound stuff. I’ll clean that up for the next recording.

Topic 1 – Organized Play and Writing Tests

Topic 2 – Mastering Dungeons: Campaign Set Up (Pg 25-26 in the DMG)

Topic 3 – Minions, Monsters & Masterminds: Big Bad’s

Chart on pg 74 with ideas in DMG for villains

Chart on Pg 94 – 97 in DMG for villains motivations and methods.

  • Dragons
  • Aberrations
  • Undead Hordes
  • Overlords

Mar 11 2015

MMP#147 – How do you like your Stakes?

Hey Folks. This week we hang out in the lobby and talk about your feedback, then we roll on into the game  room to talk about what we have been playing, and then we up the stakes in the combination Workshop/Garage to talk about…um…stakes.  Really Phil? Why do I let you write these things.

Time Stamps

0:31 – Lobby

1:10 – What’s Going On

8:47 – Game Spotlight

Blades in the Dark

12:30 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

28:17 – Gameroom

47:37 – Workshop/Garage: Stakes

Mar 04 2015

MMP#146 – The Geek Connection (Chase Mechanics)

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we hang out in the lobby to hit on a variety of things, then we race to the Garage to talk about Chase mechanics, and then we end our chase in the Geekery.

0:31 – Lobby

What’s Going On

8:35 – Gaming Spotlight

AMP Year 2 Kickstarter is going on right now

Gaming & BS

14:29 – Extradimensional Social Media Depository

29:17 – The Garage: Chases

56:58 – Geekery

Feb 25 2015

MMP#145 – Spotlight Please

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we hang out in the lobby getting caught up, then we head over to the Gameroom and talk about what we have been playing recently, and then we end the night in the Workshop where we put the spotlight on a different type of game balance.

Time Stamps

0:32 – The Lobby

 6:21 – Gaming Spotlight

The Golden Geek Awards

IGDN Bag of Holding

13:27 – Social Media Depository

World War Cthulhu Teaser Trailer

1 of 7 rod pieces?

27:20 – The Gameroom

40:18 – The Workshop: The Spotlight

Feb 23 2015

Things you may have missed for the week of Feb 16th 2015

iIPNV9aqUYrGsSo lets just recap what happened on Misdirected Mark Productions last week. First we had Down with D&D #9 all about the Monk and putting some story into your leveling. Second there was a TKV Team show about the horrors of retail. Third we had the MM Podcast chatting about interpersonal and Knowledge skills. Fourth and finally we had an Episode of Threats from Galifrey covering news, character death, and a round table on how to do some Lord of the Rings and make it feel like Middle Earth. Man were we busy.

Shows List

DwD&D #9
TKV Team #17
MMP #144
Threats from Galifrey: Middle Earth Edition pt. 1
Threats from Galifrey: Middle Earth Edition pt. 2

 

Feb 18 2015

MMP#144 – Knowledge & Interpersonal Skills

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. We’re back this week to talk about Knowledge and Interpersonal skills. We also hang out in the Lab to talk about Tyvir’s Teachings. Wondering what that means? Well listen and find out.

Time Stamp

0:33 – Lounge

What’s Going On

Game of the Week: XCom the Boardgame

Extradimentional Social Media Depository

21:30 – The Garage: Knowledge and Interpersonal Skills

57:13- The Lab: Tyvir’s Teachings

 

Feb 16 2015

DwDD#09 – The Monk, The Awkward & The Leveling

DownwithD&DWho’s down with D&D. That’s right. We’re back or at least back with an episode recorded before our holiday hiatus. Today we get down about the Monk and turning leveling into a part of the story. Hope you enjoy.

1:58 – Topic 1 & 2 – The Monk

34:55 – Topic 3 – Turning Leveling into Story

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