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Another one bites the dust: The Voice of the Revolution podcast is no more

Sadly, Brennan Taylor and the rest of the crew have decided to call it quits.  No specific reason is given aside from wanting to work on future projects, like more material for his Fate-based SF game that came out last year, Bulldogs.  I’m sorry to seehear it go as it was nice hearing about the new products coming out at Indie Press Revolution.

Voice of the Revolution web site

Sorry for the slow updates, illness and travel have taken their toll.

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Monster of the Week RPG at Indie GoGo

I learned of this RPG on episode 122 of the Canon Puncture podcast, and it sounds like a lot of fun.  The author, a New Zealander by the name of Michael Sands, has been working on this for several years and bases it on the Apocalypse World hack.  The game, in short, is your own TV show along the lines of Buffy meets X-Files meets Supernatural meets Hellboy.  Good enough for me!  Episode 123 Rich talks about running MotW and finds it a very different experience than Apocalypse World and the impression that I get is that he thinks it’s a good adaptation with many subtle differences to AW.

If you want in on the beta program, you need to support the Indie Go Go project in the next 40 hours, it closes at 11:59pm Pacific Time Sunday night.  It is funded and will see print, but buying in now gets you additional material, PDFs, and a nice little bump to your karma for doing a good thing

A couple of podcasts about to hit the episode number times a multiple of 100 mark!

The Game’s The Thing recently aired episode 97, an interview with Kenneth Hite about his new game, Night’s Black Agents.  It’s a Gumshoe game and he describes it as Jason Bourne finds out that the Treadstone Corporation is actually run by vampires.  Sounds good to me!  Is there any situation where vampire killing isn’t a good thing?

Pulp Gamer Out of Character just released episode 199!  And I remember when they were in the mid double-digits.  *sigh*  They grow so fast!  Don Dehm and crew are very entertaining and I highly recommend checking them out.

Both episodes have voice feedback phone lines and they use them often on the air.

What the heck is this?!

I’m Wayne West, owner of Spare Brains Games, designer of the Zombie Cafe card game and many other games not yet in production. I’m working on starting a podcast called High Altitude Game Design, this blog is a placeholder until I get that going.

Spare Brains Games is located at http://www.sparebrainsgames.com. Zombie Cafe is available at The Game Depot in Tempe, AZ, and via the mail by contacting me directly. I’m currently working on getting the game illustrated, I’ve retained the services of artist Steve Compton, Steve and I met when we were working at Flying Buffalo back in the early 1980’s, he has done excellent work for Flying Buffalo for decades along with many other projects. The art that I’ve received thus far for Zombie Cafe looks fantastic, I can hardly wait to see the entire project done!

The focus of the podcast will be discussing card game and board game design and reviewing games that have interesting design elements, possibly interviews with their designers. I’ll also talk about interesting design mechanics of role-playing games, but that’s not the priority.

I don’t have a date for when the podcast will go live, I have some research to finish and some equipment to buy first, this blog will be the temporary home for now.

So let’s get on with things!

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