Have a Post Apocalyptic Valentine's Day

We’ve got some content coming your way this week including a new episode featuring Timo and Scott chatting about their respective gaming perspectives (did I really just write that?) and our second to last installment of the AW AP.

In the meantime, though, new listener Graeme has sent us a Valentine’s day card he made in honor of the AW AP we’ve been

doing. We find it charming and wanted to share it with you all.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Awwwww. Now THAT’S love.

Thanks, Graeme!

This Week's Episode: TURDUCKEN!

So remember how in the AP I said that we’d have a new cast this week? The Turducken monster got in the way. Oops. We will, however, have some AW AP this week and definitely get you a new episode next week.

So in lieu of an episdoe, I give you THIS!

That’s kind of like an episode. Right?

Female Fronted, Nerd-Oriented, Power Metal! Strap In.

So now for something completely different, I’m doing yet another round-up of nerdy metal. This time it’s nerdy power metal bands with ladies rocking the vox. Places that aren’t American are producing amazing bands like this in droves, all of a sudden, and I wanted to direct the attention of folks who might be interested in

that direction.

Don’t ask me why none of these bands are American. Women seem to be way more likely to be in metal bands in places that aren’t America. We’re jerks, I guess.

So here we go:

1) Unleash the Archers, “Dawn of Ages”

These guys and gal are Canadian, which explains a lot about this video. This was seriously my favorite album to come out last year. It’s so mindblowing that my mind was blown. Tons of fun, and this video rules. If you only check out one of these band’s albums, it’s this one. This is also that last time on this list that self-aware irony will make an appearance, so enjoy it while it lasts.

2) Battle Beast,”Enter the Metal World”

See what I mean about irony? Irony in metal is all over North America, but its penetration into South America, Europe, and Asia has been much slower. Japanese metal is so unironic that they actually make up for some of American metal’s over-irony. But I digress. This girl’s voice is so tough I think she could actually mow your lawn with her mind. If her voice were a game mechanic it would be a critical hit. The band is pretty cheesy in that wonderful Euro-metal way, but if you’re into that or can get beyond it, the album is pretty fun. I’d also like to point out that this band makes me feel SUPER old. They all look like they’re about 15. Likewise, I have no basis for comparison, here, because I’ve never seen them standing next to anyone but each other, but when I watch this video I feel like they’re all about 5’2, like it’s a band of lovable hobbits. Am I crazy? Is that weird? This video also has a crazy budget, so here’s to hoping they keep pumping out sweet sci-fi videos like this.

3) Ancient Bards, “The Birth of Evil”

EHHHHH! Power metal from Italy! Molto bene! This album is really good, and they have a new album that’s really good too. This video totally feels like someone’s class project, though. In fact, I hope it was someone’s class project. I would have given them an A for awesome. Also- I give a 100% chance that Ancient Bards totally rock those outfits at the Ren Faire every year. Also- these folks definitely win the virtuosity award here. Check out the bass solo at 2:30 or so. Holy crap.

Edit: Here’s something off their new record that actually has a budget.

4) ElvenStorm, “Witchhammer”

And now, France. I haven’t given this album as full of a listen yet as the other ones, but I like what I hear. They also mean some totally non-ironic business. Since you can’t see them, I’ll link to their Metal Encyclopedia page. Sleeveless jean jacket + hightops = THE REAL DEAL! Additionally, that is the exact girl that I would have fallen instantly in love with when I was 17 but never actually worked up the courage to talk to because she’s so scary and metal looking.

So there you have it. Hopefully you found something to enjoy here. If not, we’ll be back with normal content that isn’t this sort of thing soon enough.

Ridiculous Fantasy-Metal Video-Off

Okay. So here are two recent fantasy-themed metal videos by two very different metal bands, both of whom I really like.

Exhibit A: Polish purveyors of power metal Pathfinder:

Comments: Whoa, budget. Nice almost lesbian kiss for the fan-service portion of the video. Nice windmill headbanging. How much does this band shred? This band actually has lines in their songs like “Humans, Dwarves and Elves, establish here the united kingdom.” Are they named after the RPG? One can only hope. Mascara budget was through the roof. And, last but not least… TO BE CONTINUED!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS TO GIRL IN WHITE!!!!

Exhibit B: America’s own kings of Sabbath-worship, The Sword:

Comments: I’m glad The Sword continues to embrace how 70s they are. Holy shit… I just realized they’re the heroes in their own video trilogy. That’s pretty ballsy considering they just look like a bunch of stoner dudes. Whoa, less budget. I can’t decide how I feel about the fact that this video is mostly just them wandering around nonchalantly stabbing witches. I think we need a showdown between the scantily clad evil women in this video and the scantily clad evil women in the other video. The red screen thing looked pretty cool. Obi-Wan Kenobi has really let himself go, apparently.

While I find both videos to be so ridiculous as to be almost beyond parody, I still can’t

stop watching and loving them. Discuss.

Why do we care?

So something has been striking me lately with regard to gaming: we care a lot. I’m saying this because in both of the games I’m currently GMing, there has been much discussion of system, setting, gaming philosophy, character, plot, and other things (including

a contract which was drafted for the fictional members of a fictional pirate crew to sign, one of whom refused to because it didn’t seem like something his fictional character would do.

Why do we care about the minutiae of these fictional characters and worlds so much? Why wouldn’t we, for example, always take the path of least resistance and do the easiest thing. Why do we sometimes do what’s hard or what’s conflictual, instead of just going with the flow, for the sake of making these fictional people and worlds consistent and realistic to us? This is an open question for me, because I do it too, and I’m not 100% sure why. So what do you think. Why do we care?

Gaming Via Skype?

Anyone else done this? Tonight, a buddy of ours couldn’t make our Serenity game (snowpocalypse has him pinned down on the other side of the

city!) so we skyped him in.

I was a bit worried, but it totally worked. Like, 100%. In fact, it was kind of cool because the way the story shook out, he was in a totally different place than the other characters and was communicating with them via a comm link.

So have other people had good experiences with this?

An entrepreneurial opportunity…

Do you like games? Do you like noodles? Do you have a couple of hundred thousand dollars to kick around? Well we’re looking to open a restaurant/gaming house called custom essays uk “House of Games and Noodles,” and this is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor. You give us a bunch of money, hire a staff to cook delicious noodles, and run the business. We maintain a majority holding in the business so we make a bunch of money, and spend all our time eating and gaming there. You can’t lose!

On top of that, we’re also looking for a few million dollars to open the “Realms of the Forgotten Retirement Home for Gamers,” a retirement community for gamers 65 and up. Same deal as above: you pony up a bunch of money,

hire a competent staff, and run the retirement home. As we age up, we retire there and reap the benefits.

These opportunities are just waiting for you to throw money at them. So ask yourself: don’t you want to support our leisure? Don’t you?