Chris Sniezak

Author's details

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

Latest posts

  1. MMP#162 – Focal Point — July 1, 2015
  2. DwD&D#18 – The Baldman — June 30, 2015
  3. Geekin Out#4 – Rebels and Magic Duels — June 29, 2015
  4. Geekin Out#3 – Blockbusters or Nothing — June 28, 2015
  5. MMP#161 – Religion — June 24, 2015

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 #105 – The New GM and Moving Day — 6 comments
  4. Episode #85 – Fred Hicks and Con on the Cob — 6 comments
  5. MMP#127 – Chattin with Mappin, Mass Effect RPG, & AMP Year One — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

Jul 01 2015

MMP#162 – Focal Point

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week we’re not together. Phil is out in the field this week but we’re still bringing you the show and we’re gonna focus down to a point on Focal Point, the newest offering from Engine Publishing. We also have the Lounge, the Gameroom, a moment of Gaming & BS, and our Cybertek update. Hope you enjoy.

Time Stamps

Not Really Our Sponsors

Not Your Fathers Root Beer
Engine Publishing

7:24 – Game Spotlight

PTGoF Kickstarter

Undying KS

Blue Rose KS

18:15 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

Nathans Thread

29:00 – A Moment of Gaming & BS

33:25 – The Gameroom

Heat by Dave Chalker

Specter Ops Board Game

The Wandering Dragon Virtual Store Tour

57:17 – The Workshop: Focal Point

1:29:55 – Cybertek Update

Note: Vending Machines are deadly

1:39:35 – Project World

Jun 30 2015

DwD&D#18 – The Baldman

DownwithD&DWe get down this time with the Baldman from Baldman games, Dave Christ. He regales us with lore on how conventions work, we get some insider info on organized play from him and Shawn, find out about a lot of the D&D stuff going on at GenCon, and there’s still that what’s new in D&D section that covers Dragon+ and a few articles to come off D&D web site. So turn up your boom box and lets get down.

Jun 29 2015

Geekin Out#4 – Rebels and Magic Duels

Geekin OutOh Emm Gee. We’re back already with the fourth episode of Geekin’ Out and this time we’re chatting up news and there was a spider man announcement, then we take a look at Star Wars Rebels and the Clone Wars cartoon, and finish up with another of Dave’s top ten lists on Magic Duels.

0:39 – The Geekin Out News

15:11 – Rebels and Clone Wars

Clone Wars chronology list

27:47 – Dave’s Highly Subjective Top Ten List: Magic Duels

Jun 28 2015

Geekin Out#3 – Blockbusters or Nothing

Geekin OutOn this episode of Geekin’ Out we talk up a bunch of news and then get into a new segment, Dave’s highly subjective top ten list. Take a listen and let us know what we could do to improve.

0:40 – Geekin’ Out News

28:42 – Dave’s Highly Subjective Top Ten: Creepy Old Men

 

Jun 24 2015

MMP#161 – Religion

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. This week on the Misdirected Mark Podcast Phil pulls out his soap box as we talk about religion in games. But before all the holy rollin’ there will be the Lobby with all the usual suspects, and a cybertek update, before we get to geekin out a bit in the geekery.

Time Stamps

Lobby

3:38 – Network Announcements

8:27 – What’s Going On

15:14 – Game Spotlight

PTGoF Kickstarter

BigBad Con

Sharp Mountain Games

20:07 – A Moment of Gaming & BS

25:34 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

36:53 – The Workshop: Religion in RPGs

1:26:40 – Cybertek Update

1:36:19 – The Geekery

Jun 17 2015

DwD&D#17 – Unearthed Arcana & Errata

DownwithD&DAre you ready to get down with some D&D. We are as we try and groove on the new errata for the PHB and chat up the newest Unearthed Arcana. We hope you enjoy the show and get down with some D&D. Go kill some monsters.

 

Jun 17 2015

MMP#160 – Modern Fantasy with Special Guest Host Eloy Lasanta

iIPNV9aqUYrGs3eglogo1Hey Folks. This week we’re joined at the House Misdirected by the sage of the 3rd Eye, Eloy Lasanta, who will help us break down Modern Fantasy. We also spend some time in the Lounge and over in the game room. So I hope you enjoy this Philess episode and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Episode 160 is sponsored by Third Eye Games

Time Stamps

3:26 – What’s Going On

Indie Syndicate

Apocalypse Prevention Inc. 2

9:37 – Game Spotlight

Part-Time Gods of Fate Kickstarter

Titansgrave: Ashes of Valkana

Character Folio from Darktheater.net

16:41 – Extradimentional Media Depository

34:43 – A Moment of Gaming & BS

37:37 – The Gameroom

53:45 – Cybertek Update

59:25 – The Workshop: Modern Fantasy

 

Jun 14 2015

Geeking Out #2 – DC, Marvel, and Other Things

Geekin OutHey Folks. On this episode of Geekin Out it’s Chris and Jessie talking about a variety of DC and Marvel items and a few other entertainment news items.  Hope you enjoy and let us know what you’d like to hear about.

Jun 10 2015

MMP#159 – Flexible Magic Systems

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey Folks. It’s a flexible episode this week as we magic up some segments for you starting in the lobby, then we go to the garage to talk about flexible magic, and end up in the geekery. Hope you enjoy and let us know what your thinking about the show these days, good and bad. We always want to improve.

Time Stamps

Lobby

1:08 – What’s Going On

9:05 – Game Spotlight

TsunamiCon Kickstarter

Apocalypse Prevention Incorporated 2nd Edition on Drive Thru RPG

Epic Card Game Kickstarter

19:24 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

33:35 – Garage: Flexible Magic Systems

1:21:41 – Cybertek Update

1:31:31 – Geekery

Armada by Ernest Cline

The Wicked + The Divine

Kung Fury

The Sixth Gun

Jun 04 2015

GO#1 – Mad Max and Kung Fury

iIPNV9aqUYrGsWhat is up!? This is the first episode and second attempt at Geekin Out, The newest addition to the Misdirected Mark line up. What are we about? Geeky TV and Movies and maybe a little bit more. This is a round table show and you never know who might show up. This week we have the Tangent Twins in the house to talk about Mad Max and Kung Fury. We also have our corners where Dave talks Supernatural, Chris loves on Penny Dreadful, and Kate gets a little tangenty. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and let us know what you think as we geek out.

Jun 03 2015

MMP#158 – Part-Time Gods of Fate and Cybertek

iIPNV9aqUYrGsHey folks. This week we’re gonna talk about Part-Time Gods of Fate which is currently on kickstarter and has reached its first funding goal. We’re also gonna do the lounge stuff we normally do and a quick aside on Cybertek, the newest game we’re working on. We also have some time in the gameroom to talk about what we’ve been playing lately. I hope you enjoy and let us know what you thought of the show.

Time Stamps

The Lobby

0:58 – What’s Going On

Gamerstable RPG Podcast

4:22 – Game Spotlight

Worlds in Peril

Tsunamicon Kickstarter

Mikey Mason

Silver Cake Spray

11:27 – Extradimentional Social Media Depository

28:23 – The Cybertek moment

33:40 – The Gameroom

52:40 – The Laboratory: Part-Time Gods of Fate

Jun 02 2015

DwD&D#16 – Politics and Genies

DownwithD&DYou ready to get down with D&D. I know I am but this time we’re gonna see what up with The Man as they rule on high from their senates and castles in the sky as we get political with definitions and gameable provisions. After we’ll see how much of a wish will get made as the Djinni and Efreet make their play on this episode of Down with D&D.

Time Stamps

The beginning – Introductions

Part-Time Gods of Fate Kickstarter

1:33 – What’s New in D&D

Recounting Encounters Podcast RSS feed

14:43 – Politics in D&D

37:48 – The Efreet and Djinni

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

 

 

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