Category Archive: The Blogs
Sep 24 2016
Jun 15 2016
Apr 05 2016
This is a re-posting of the press release over on the Encoded Designs website.
Encoded Designs (designers of Part-Time Gods of Fate, Life and Moon, and Dangerous Space Jail) have teamed up with artist Matt Morrow to create the Character Cache, a collection of characters designed to be used in tabletop RPG gaming. This effort is being supported via a Patreon community. We have recently updated the campaign and are once again looking for supporters.
In the new version of the Character Cache, we have expanded the community input, allowing the patrons to determine what character will be created by voting on the gender, genre, role, and descriptive tags.
Then Matt Morrow illustrates the character pieces while the Encoded Designs team writes a system-neutral description, including how to incorporate this character into your campaign. These write-ups also include hooks for encounters and adventure inspiration, plus tags for quick reference.
The original Patreon campaign allowed the community to vote for the system we would use to stat the character each month. Now, we automatically provide stat blocks for the following games systems each month:
- Fate Core
- Savage Worlds
That makes these NPCs usable at the table for some of the most popular RPG systems in use today.
The Character Cache has some amazing stretch goals to allow the campaign to grow, including art upgrades, additional stat blocks, alternative genre illustrations of the character of the month, and eventually a second character each month.
In order for the Cache to grow and to be an even more amazing GM resource, we need your support. Please come to https://www.patreon.com/encodeddesigns and see samples of the artwork and write-up. If you like what you see, we hope you will pledge your support.
Feb 14 2016
Hello folks. Love is in the air today at house Misdirected as I hang out with this tub of buttered popcorn, if only we could all watch Phil eat it. Any who, it’s the Wizard of Mark here and I’ve been hiding in the basement these past few weeks as Chris and Phil have been looking for me since I keep writing these updates. They don’t know the Wizard of Mark has their back. Or do I. In any case, here’s an update since they’re both busy with their respective ladies.
Since the beginning of February, we’ve released three episodes of the Misdirected Mark Podcast and two of Down with D&D. They’ve been well received and the communities for both MMP and DwD&D have been lively these days plus the chatroom on Tuesday evenings at 8:45 pm Eastern. They don’t listen to the show but they sure do love to talk to each other, I’ve been keeping an eye on the logs which hang around till Monday when Chris replaces the Youtube episode with the current weeks.
Let’s drop some episode links:
Threats from …
Garrett has a new offering in the form of his Threats from Mirkwood campaign which you can watch here and if you want to support him go over to his patreon.
That’s right. It’s coming and Chris and Phil would like you to send them your mic drops and intros introducing yourselves as Chris, Phil, and some ridiculous name for Bob. You can do that by emailing your audio clip to email@example.com.
Also, for Episode 200 there is a special guest in the works and some fun and frivolity with a few references to the past. If you have any favorite past moments from the last four years of podcasting we’d love to hear those too either in text form or audio form via email. Just send the file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Friends in Podcasting Land
Gaming & BS along with She’s a Super Geek have patreon’s going on right now. I think both shows are quite good, G&BS is definitely better than MMP, they even have a better personality except for a stretch of episodes during year two of the MMP. You can catch those Patreon’s here:
The team over at Encoded is still pumping out Character Cache characters and I hear Chris and Phil are writing a GM advice book. It should be interesting and I won’t qualify that interesting. Use your imagination to figure out how I might feel about that. Check out the Character Cache here:
On the D&D front the Mad Wizard Merwin is finishing up his end of a Moonshae Players Guide and then he and Chris will get to work on the next adventure of the Moonshae Island adventures The Five Temples of the Earthmother. You can get the first one here:
Things on the Horizon for MM Productions & Encoded Designs
A T-Shirt and other merchandise store is on the docket as are some 5th edition character cache characters as pay what you want on Drive Thru RPG. There are also two new shows coming to MM Productions: Talkin’ Games with Senda & Phil and an Actual Play show that is still unnamed.
Well that’s all that’s up with MM Productions and the associated friends and shows. I’ll catch you next time.
The Wizard of Mark signing off
Feb 04 2016
Jan 15 2016
Well. It’s been kinda busy around the house misdirected these past 10 days. The DMs Guild went live so Chris and Phil and Shawn and John and Bob and even the newly risen from the dead Tim Jones made a thing and put it up there for people to buy. Podcasts have been coming out a little less rapidly that usual but to make up for that Chris and Phil have been doing other things in the podio world. It’s been kinda crazy so let me tell you about this stuff in a little more detail.
The DMs Guild is the new D&D market place brought to us by One Book Shelf, they’re the folks who run Drive Thru. This market place lets creators put there work up there and utilize a number of art assets, a template, and the Forgotten Realms IP to make things. You don’t need to make Forgotten Realms stuff, the material can also be system agnostic.That leads to a couple things.
I can’t believe they let him back on the show. That guy is…wait, never mind, editorial said I couldn’t say bad things about Mark. Where was I, oh yeah. On the last episode of Down with D&D Mark Knapik came on and let us know a little about the DMs Guild since he helped create the website for it and was involved in business meetings with the folks from the D&D brand, you know, Mike Merals, Chris Lindsay, people like that. It was a good conversation even if I hate that guy.
This is the adventure the guys from Encoded put together in one week for the DMs Guild launch. I can’t wait to see what they do next when they actually take a little bit of time to get the project organized. Chris was giving the adventure to all the people in the Down with D&D community but has since taken down the adventure from that space but is now looking to do a Down with D&D community project for the DMs Guild for charity. Interesting thought. In any case, if you want to check out some preview pages on the adventure and the fly Tim Jones cover here’s the link to the adventures storefront page.
So there were some podcasts released aside from the Down with D&D episode. Episodes 189 and 188 of the Misdirected Mark Podcast were released. 188 was about Narrative Positioning and 189 covered Intraparty Conflict. I hear from 190 they’re talking about grappling as a mechanic. I have no idea how they’re going to make that interesting but they did encumbrance really well so what do I know. Here are the links to those two episodes
Garrett wasn’t to be outdone and released the next part of his Threats of Mirkwood Youtube AP game using the One Ring RPG. The adventurers do a favor for Thranduil, one he wishes no one would have to do.
Chris did another interesting thing and that was get every show their own iTunes feed so if you’re tired of the mega feed you can itunes up and not get the clutter or grab an individual show on whatever podkicker you want.
You’d think I’m done but I’m not. Chris and Phil played their third and final session of Heroine by Josh Jordan with the lovely ladies of She’s a Super Geek, Senda and Emily. They were even nice enough to let Chris be the narrator for part of the game. Then Phil got to narrate the epilogue. It was like and episode of the Oprah show. You get to GM and you get to GM and YOU GET TO GM!!! Felt a little hippyish to me but at least it was funny. You can catch that here
To finally finish this ridiculously long update, which should take a couple more years off my sentence, Jim McClure was gracious enough to let Chris come on his show and talk about himself for like an hour. Lucky for Chris Jim knows how to conduct an interview. I guess I should give Chris a break, he did bare his soul on the internet radio and it was actually pretty compelling. Anyways, if you’d like to go listen to the show that Jim McClure edits – not Jim Meritt Chris, McClure does the audio editing – then I would highly suggest Talking Tabletop.
Jan 05 2016
I know it was the holidays and all but the folks have been busy over at Misdirected Mark Productions and Encoded Designs. Our fearless project manager Phil Vecchione has organized all our project boards on Trello, many words have been wrought, wrote, written by Chris, and the beat keeps going which is why I’m writing this update at 2am. I bet you’re wondering who I am. The post might say it’s Chris but it’s not. I guess you’ll just have to wait to find out. In anycase there were also podcasts loosed in the last several days and some announcements that need to be made.
On the 31st episode of Down with D&D the Mad Wizard Merwin and his trusty apprentice Chris broke down another chapter of the Out of the Abyss Campaign setting. On top of that they covered the newest issue of Dragon +, which they’re calling an Ezine, and reviewed Heroes of Midgard which Shawn liked. That’s saying something by the way.
Misdirected Mark mailed it in for a second week in a row and went way to long with their year in review episode for 2015. Chris told me he promises to get the show back down to around an hour fifteen give or take five minutes. I’d bet take every time. Phil also said he has no desire to try and shorten the show because he’s Phil.
Last in the podcast goodness is Threat Detected with another installment of their actual play of Star Wars Saga, but what’s this? Garrett isn’t running the game? Tony’s at the helm?!? What in Sith and Lightsabers is going on? Strap in and find out. Also check out the part where Tony gives his take on Episode 7: The Force Awakens.
Moving on to announcements. With the coming new year Down with D&D has decided to go with a weekly format where Shawn and his padawan Chris will release on Thursdays from now on. You’ll probably see these updates on Mondays but I make no promises. Chris can yell all he wants about being consistent with this but he’s not the boss of me. I also hear he’s working on rebuilding the website but I wouldn’t hold my breath. That last thing isn’t an announcement, it’s just me complaining about how Chris isn’t capable of redesigning the thing with any kind of proficiency. Heck. Every time he tries to mess with the RSS feed he breaks something. That guy. Well, anyways. I hope you’re all up to date and feel free to go back the Character Cache. Those Encoded folks know how to make some cool stuff.
Go play some games ya’ll
The Wizard of Mark
Dec 23 2015
Hey Folks. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to write an update. Chris gave me this terrible cold and I was dead for seven days. Then I awoke and found there was Star Wars in the world and to complete the holiday miracle, it didn’t suck. So with that wondrous news on our door step lets take a look at what’s been going on with Misdirected Mark Productions.
It looks like Chris and Phil are mailing it in at the end of the month, it is the holiday season after all, with a Star Wars The Force Awakens view like episode. They geeked in an outward direction with Bob and the Gril Friday herself Jessie. Chris told me the episode is full of spoilers. He also told me to go see the movie if you haven’t. I did. It was pretty darn good.
On Down with D&D Chris and Shawn get positively fungal and groove on the grove. That’s Neverlight Grove which is chapter five of Out of the Abyss. There’s a Zuggtmoy sighting that has all the Lovecraft feels you could hope for and Myconid culture abounds. The pair also talk about that old black magic, which is the topic of the most recent Unearthed Arcana, and cover the new stuff in D&D.
The pair also wanted me to let you know there’s now a G+ community just for Down with D&D and if they get to 100 members by January 1st they’ll give away a free adventure to everyone in the community. That’s some awfully nice holiday cheer they’re spreading. You can get there and join up by clicking on the following link.
On episode 186 of the Misdirected Mark Podcast the boys brought in one of the four horseman of the gaming apocalypse. I’m pretty sure he’s what killed me and made this late. Regardless pestilence is Steve Helt and he joins the boys to talk about going from gamer to game maker and his path while Phil and Chris tell their tale. After that they chatted about Star Wars Memories in the EDSMD and finished up talking about some podcasts.
On the TKVTeam podcast Karol was at Disney World and Tim dropped a lovely filler show. It was part book reading and experimental audio from one of the current cannon Star Wars novels. Tim’s elocution is quite good. He then chats a little about the November NPDs, they were shockingly positive, and how there are too many games hitting the market to reasonably keep up with.
Chris also dropped a post about She’s a Super Geek since he and Phil are the current group of players on the show right now for the sorta holiday special. They played Heroine by Josh Jordan with Senda and Emily but instead of just giving the link Chris complied a list of fourty fact facts that Emily Tweeted about Senda. It was pretty funny. You can check those out and find a link to the show with the following link.
On Geekin Out Chris and Jessie got together to talk mid season finales. The pair chatted about Agents of SHIELD, Flash, and Arrow. There were some pretty epic moments but I’m more of a Dr. Who guy. Hey Jessie, Chris, when are you gonna talk some Dr. Who. The Season already ended and the Christmas special is about to happen. Call your self Geekin out and you’re not even talking Who, what kinda geeks are you?
Garret and The Company of the Whiskey Drinking Bear continues their quest. This is the video AP of the One Ring that Garrett and some of his Patrons are recording. This is episode six of that story and they pick up the action attempting to heal Ankle Biter Legelaven of the dreaded petty dwarf curse. Then the Company has their first Fellowship phase. Throrr woos King Dain’s daughter, and Otbert falls in love with a Dale engineer. Then, the group petitions the King Under the Mountain for help retrieving the Marsh Dwellers’ treasure. If you’d like to watch this episode or find some of the other episodes click the link below.
Well that was a lot to catch up on. On a personal note I’d like to say Happy Holidays to everyone out there from everyone at Misdirected Mark Productions and I’ll talk to you next week if I’m not dead again. I hear pestilence might stop by for Christmas. I told him it was ok to just send a card but you never know with horsemen of the apocalypse. They can be unpredictable at time.
Keyboard Drop. I’m Out.
Dec 15 2015
Hey Folks, Chris here. Phil and I were fortunate enough to be invited onto the She’s a Super Geek podcast to play Heroine by Josh Jordan and those episodes started coming out today. Instead of just a link to the episode page, which I will be providing, Emily put out a post on twitter. She’s @TheCraftyDM on the T and here’s the tweet.
- @IdellaMithlynnd was cast on the first season of Project Runway but decided it was beneath her.
- Chuck Norris once met @IdellaMithlynnd & referred to her as “that cool chick in the corner” later.
- @IdellaMithlynnd will physically harm you if you give her an oatmeal raisin cookie instead of chocolate chip.
- @IdellaMithlynnd knows how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. She refuses to tell.
- The @TheDoubleclicks song “Wonder” is actually about @IdellaMithlynnd.
- @IdellaMithlynnd holds the world’s only honorary PhD for baking.
- The new Star Wars movie is based on a fanfic @IdellaMithlynnd wrote in the 7th grade.
- @IdellaMithlynnd is the president of her local Polar Bear club.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has in fact caught all 1,042 pokemon.
- @IdellaMithlynnd is #3 on Betty White’s speed dial.
- @IdellaMithlynnd made an indestructible gingerbread house 2 years ago. Her cat still won’t go into the room where it’s kept.
- Video didn’t kill the radio star. @IdellaMithlynnd did, but she’s got a great lawyer.
- @IdellaMithlynnd knows how to say “I hate your turtle” in over a dozen languages.
- @IdellaMithlynnd let the dogs out.
- @IdellaMithlynnd doesn’t play the harp.
- @IdellaMithlynnd promises me there’s no secret archive for @sasgeekpodcast.
- @IdellaMithlynnd ‘s favorite TV show is Deal or No Deal.
- @IdellaMithlynnd is a recruiter for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has left a d20 at the top of every mountain in Central America.
- @IdellaMithlynnd taught her son Elvish and Goblin (because you never know when you’ll need Goblin).
- @IdellaMithlynnd makes necklaces out of the tears of her players after she GMs a game.
- @IdellaMithlynnd had to destroy the only copy of her first novel because people started levitating after reading it.
- @Wizards_DnD based their description of chaotic alignment off @IdellaMithlynnd ‘s bachelorette party.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has been asked to play Buffy in the upcoming movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Life after High School.
- @IdellaMithlynnd owns 1/5 of the go-kart racing centers in America.
- @IdellaMithlynnd is NASA’s on call IT service.
- @IdellaMithlynnd was Jessie’s girl.
- No one goes tromping around wearing boots like @IdellaMithlynnd.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has never played Minecraft because she lived it.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has been mistaken for Idina Menzel enough times that she just says “yes” & signs autographs.
- @IdellaMithlynnd ‘s cat Legolas is an actual descendant of the real Legolas. Beautiful hair that family.
- @IdellaMithlynnd met JK Rowling on a train once. They had a nice chat over tea.
- @IdellaMithlynnd can recite both the Iliad and the Odyssey in classic Greek from memory.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has counted to infinity.
- @IdellaMithlynnd has an entire room in her house dedicated to steampunk technology. All it does is make toast.
- @IdellaMithlynnd studied abroad in college in Themyscira.
- “Revenge is a dish best served at 237 degrees” -@IdellaMithlynnd.
- @IdellaMithlynnd ‘s legal middle name is Paraglider.
- @IdellaMithlynnd made the business cards used by @JPsoFLY ‘s PC Tryst Valentine in the Campaign Podcast.
- @IdellaMithlynnd can speak to pandas but has a terrible human accent.
Feel free to click on the image of the tweet above and like it so we can get more cool fake Senda facts and you can catch the lovely ladies of She’s a Super Geek over at sasgeek.com to pick up the first episode of Heroine: Snowland by clicking on the link. You know, the one that’s highlighted in some color other than the normal text color.
Mic Drop. I’m Out.
Dec 10 2015
Hi everyone. Update guy here. Sorry i missed a few weeks with updates but holidays and such. In any case the last week has been pretty busy here at MM Productions. Lets see what we got going on.
On Geekin’ Out Chris was AWOL this week as The Girl Friday Jessie takes the reins of the show. To help her Bob, “The Eyes” of the MMP and Encoded Designs, joins her to Geek Out about some of the awesome things that happened during the Fall TV week of November 30th in geekdom.
On The Misdirected Mark Podcast Chris & Phil week we’re here to talk about all things geek in the Salon, which has a bumper that is a little too long. Sorry, Chris said he’ll fix that. They cover games, TV, Movie trailers, and other things going on in their lives that are nerdish. They also hit up the EDSMD and round up some podcasts. Chris is looking for some feed back so let him and Phil know what you think of the show.
On the TKV Team Podcast Karol and Tim took a Toronto day-trip to a “winter” BitBazaar event held at the Canadian Videogame Awards. They give a new batch of reactions to indie games and talking about some new gadgets they’ve picked up over the Black Friday season, then Karol and Tim dive a bit into new Playstation VR news out of last week’s PSX event.
There may even be some dark secrets. And sibilance.
On a personal note I think this is an excellent episode especially if you’re into video games and hearing about events and titles you wouldn’t normally be able to hear about. Give it a listen.
Down with D&D gots down with The Sword Coast Adventures Guide, the newer Stuff in D&D, and special guest Garrett Crowe. Garrett was on to talk about the MST3K kickstarter and the adventurers he is writing to go with it. He’s also doing it just to be awesome, not out of any monetary incentive. If you’re wondering about Out of the Abyss content fear not, Chris and Shawn said they’ll get back to it next time.
Speaking of Garrett, on Threats From Gallifrey, Savage Tim gave advice for running Savage Worlds for 24 hours straight… coordinating a monthly Savage Worlds minicon… Stone and a Hard Place… Pinnacle Entertainment’s Black Friday sale… and his memories Mystery Science Theater 3000. Rob and Tony talk about epic campaign conclusions. Garrett started a new segment about gaming and mental health and he talks about his MST3K Kickstarter Incentive.
I feel Threats From Gallifrey is a wonderful show people should be listening to. Garrett has done a wonderful job assembling people to provide the experience of being at a convention talking with other gamers who are excited about games.
There we go. Until next week this is update guy signing off. Go play some games and listen to some podcasts.
Dec 08 2015
I can’t stay quite anymore. I’m in love with what’s happening on TV these days. Specifically about what’s going on over on Supergirl right now. There will be spoilers so stop reading if you don’t want them. This should also be known. I love this stuff. It’s irrational. I can’t actually tell if it’s good or not. I just know I like it a lot because of how much I love comic book stories and I’m honestly more of a DC guy than a Marvel guy, I just tend to like characters other than Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman more than the rest. Ok. Disclaimer over.
The Martian Manhunter J’onn J’onzz showed up on Supergirl episode 7, “Human for a Day”, an episode which had two stories going on. One which dealt with the Solar Flare Supergirl let out in episode 6 when she fought the Red Tornado and then lost her powers, that’s a side effect of the Solar Flare, and the second which resolved the story of why Hank Henshaw lied to Alex Danvers about her father, Jeremiah Danvers, and his death. Lets tackle the second story first.
Hank lied because Hank and Jeremiah were part of a team hunting down an alien, not one of the Fort Roz prisoners but another one, one that happened to be the Martian Manhunter. Jeremiah sacrificed himself to save J’onn J’onzz and then J’onn promised he’d take care of his family, especially Alex. He then assumed the identity of Hank Henshaw and made good on his promise. This blew my mind because in the comics Hank Henshaw is Cyborg Superman so I wasn’t expecting the bait and switch reveal. Great job team DC TV. By the way this all played out while Jemm was running lose in the DEO facility which should of been the clue that Hank Henshaw wasn’t cyborg superman but The Martian Manhunter since they have some history in comic with each other.
The first story was really nice too. I love any story which shows being a hero isn’t about the powers you have but who you are so they take the time to explore Kara without her powers, make her appreciate what its like to be human, both in feeling powerless and then showing that true power or being a true hero is about standing up and doing what’s right. She puts her life on the line as Supergirl without powers to stop a mugging with a gun in her face and the best bluff/inspiring be a better human speech I’ve hear in a while. They also keep making Kat Grant more and more likable which I find to be rather impressive.
Now lets take a second to list what I just mentioned here:
- Martian Manhunter
- Red Tornado – I didn’t mention that episode 6 had T.O. Morrow
- Solar Flare
So in the last two episodes we’ve had two Justice Leaguers, The Martian Manhunter and Red Tornado, a Solar Flare power sighting, a Red Saturnine in Jemm, and I didn’t even mention that Maxwell Lord is in this show and is probably some kind of big bad this season. These are deep cuts that appeal to us nerds who are looking for them. The show also has a presentation to it that I think is universal. All kinds of people are enjoying it for a variety of reasons. Its gotten not just better with the special effects but might be better than The Flash, and that show is killing it all around. The acting is pretty darn good to great. It’s got a fantastic look to it, and it’s fun, emotional, and action packed. Everything I want in a super hero comic book TV show. Heck, everything I want in a super hero comic book. It looks like the ratings numbers are backing that up too since Supergirl went from 13 episodes this season to a full 20. Oh yeah. I hope they had some plans for those extra seven episodes because I want them to keep this pace of reveals, twists, along with character beats, and plot beats every couple of episodes. It’s working and if Flash and Arrow are any indication, it should keep working.
Well now that I’m done gushing about the show I suggest you go and watch it. I’m not sure if you’ll see another one of these anytime soon but you never know. Hasta and go watch some TV. It’s a great time to do it.
Nov 20 2015
Hey folks. Here’s your MM roundup for the week of Nov 20th.
On the 28th episode of Down with D&D Shawn & Chris delve into the City of Blades, the 4th chapter of the Out of the Abyss campaign book, and they give all the help they can on this expansive chapter. They said to tell you to groove on. Groove on and go kill some monsters.
The TKVTeam talks about the Syracuse visit to RetroGameCon, gripes about seller decorum, and expound on a few tidbits from the first Nintendo Direct since Iwata’s passing. As a bonus, Karol does a dramatic reading of message board swill for your listening pleasure for the intro. Stay far, far away or tune in. Either way you’re not safe.
On episode 182 of the Misdirected Mark Podcast Chris has Sean P. Kelley as a co host from Gaming & BS since Phil is out of town. He joins the show to dispense some knowledge about the Module in gaming and along the way they do a little social media from an extra dimension and a chat about some podcasts. So strap in for this episode of Rocker boy and Vending Machines or Misdirected BS or Gaming and MS or…you get it. You’re smart.
Note: There is some echoing here and there on the episode. Sorry about that.
Well there you go folks. If you’d like to help out the network with costs and such you can donate via paypal from the link on the website, buy a t-shirt from our store which can be accessed via the website, or go back our patreon for the character cache. Those who get in on the cache this month and are already patrons will get a couple of head shot characters that might not be available ever again.
Nov 12 2015
So what has happened this past week on Misdirected Mark Productions. Lets get into it.
On the Misdirected Mark Podcast we find out what’s been going on with Phil and Chris, talk about Relic Hunters, discuss a bit of social media, and then cut the ribbon on the Salon where they discuss: games they have been playing, media they have been consuming, and other things going on with the hosts.
Over on the TKV Team Podcast Karol and Tim cover Halo 5, Zelda Triforce Adventures, and a surprise little crowdfunding goodie called Indivisible. A good week in the wind-up to the holidays as they scrutinize the myriad USB connectors and that’s only a taste of what’s to come.
Only three episodes this week but in other news the Character Cache patreon November preview is out. I’ll include it here. I also know those who’ve jumped into the patreon last month and those who get in on it this month will get some extra head shot characters with short descriptions. Ok, here’s the link & preview:
Nov 05 2015
Hey Folks. We had a lot of stuff going on this week at Misdirected Mark Productions so without further ado here’s the round up.
On the 180th episode of the Misdirected Mark Podcast we’re talking about frameworks as in adventure or scenario frameworks. We also hit up the EDSMD and talk about a few podcasts and might I add the show is even shorter than previous. Let us know what you think and if we should keep on with our trend.
TKVTeam episode 54 is a stand-in show, but we’ll be back with full discussions on topics like the outcome of the Sony Paris event, No Man’s Sky’s surprisingly reasonable release date, Halo 5 editorial reactions, Lego Infinity, Yokai Watch, and deeply personal calls for help masked as sarcasm.
Are. You. Readdyyyyyyy to get Down with some D&D. On Episode 27 we’re getting a little bit wet in the Darklake as we explore chapter three of Out of the Abyss. We’re also going over what’s new in D&D and the most recent Dragon+. Hope you enjoy and feel free to send us some feedback.
Barefoottourguide’s Threat Detected Episode 71 Star Wars Trial of the Spirit is a very personal episode. Not only do we ramp up the horror already present in Echoes of the Jedi, but we discuss the horror in real life of mental disease, plus incorporating elements of horror into your own gaming sessions.
Oct 29 2015
Hey Folks. It’s been a slower week here at the Mark as I lovingly call Misdirected Mark Productions. Only two episodes out this week since we missed some Geekin’ Out last week but don’t worry. We already recorded next weeks episode and it’ll be out on Monday. For this week though:
On episode 53 of the TKV Team Podcast Karol and Tim recount the Buffalo Game Space Spooktacular 2015 and the opening weekend for the Strong Museum of Play’s Nintendo 30th Anniversary exhibit in Rochester. They also talk about basement storage, oxygenation, and cover-letter etiquette.
On episode 179 of the MM Podcast Mark Richardson, the creator of Headspace, joined Phil and myself to talk about the game and the kickstarter but before that we announced our segment naming contest winner, did that diamond spitting Social media depository thing, and chatted a little about some podcasts.
Aside from that the Patreon is at $94 dollars for the Character Cache and we’d love to hit that $100 dollar mark so we can put out the color line art. Regardless the black and white line art is awesome looking all on it’s own. If you’re interested please check out the patreon here:
I also write for Johnn Four’s Role Playing Tips. A wonderful GMing blog that you can check out over here or subscribe and get the newsletter delivered right into your inbox. I mention this because I’m going to be writing a number of articles on Space Opera in the coming months and I’m really excited because Star Wars is coming. So for anyone who is interested in running a Space Opera or Star Wars esque game sign up or just wait for me to let you know when my posts drop.
Ok. That’s all for this week. Until next play some amazing games and Happy Halloween.
Oct 21 2015
Hey Folks. Here’s all the shows we’ve put out in the last week.
On the TKV Team Podcast Tim goes out of his way to spoil the story in Halo 5 for himself, Karol walks us through some of the new Yoshi’s Woolly world and Disney Infinity 3.0, and we have some surprisingly positive impressions of the new Guitar Hero Live, after getting some time with three songs we’ve never even heard of before the game’s impending release. Pick it up at the link below
On Geekin’ Out Jessie and Chris talk Arrow, Flash, and Marvel’s Agents of Shield. Once again check it out via the link below.
On down with some D&D Shawn and Chris get into Out of the Abyss, the second chapter about wandering the underdark, the Runic Scribe and Rune Magic, and The Tome of Beasts Kickstarter. Same deal as above
Finally on the Misdirected Mark Podcast Chris and special guest Co-host Eloy Lasanta talk about second editions of games and the Ninja Crusade Kickstarter.
Oct 14 2015
Lot’s of episodes were released this week on MMP so here’s your podcast recap.
Game designer Natalia KN Granger joined me to talk about her games, LARP, and Read A Loud text adventures.
Down with D&D
Myself and the Mad Wizard Merwin chat about prestige classes and the first chapter of Out of the Abyss.
Me and my girl Friday Jessie chat about Arrow, Flash, and Agents of Shield.
The TKV Team Podcast
The TKV Team gets going about the Star Wars Battle Front Beta, Disney Infinity 3.0, and confuse 90’s-era science fiction titles.
The Misdirected Mark Podcast
The podcasters for hire (that’s a heroes for hire reference) talk about player agency after getting into the extra dimentional social media depository.
The Threats from Mirkwood
Garret’s Patreon has funded to the point where he’s running games for people on line, recording them, and posting them. Right now they’re playing the One Ring and there 3rd episode is the most recent post.
Apr 28 2015
So 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.
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.
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.
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.
Feb 23 2015
So 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.
Jan 26 2015
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A TKV-Team half-cast special, culled from test-audio during an extended mic filter test on some new equipment in a new recording setting. Topics ranging from the Halo Master Chief Collection to how old Leonardo DiCaprio really looks, all set to a (mostly silent) background of Wolf of Wall Street. Bonus asides on arcade machine ownership and airline terrorism in the 1970s.
A “gaming” podcast, mostly in name, for your aural pleasure. As you can imagine, recent changes have necessitated format changes, so feedback and/or recommendations are particularly encouraged.