Weekly Blog Posts

Greetings. I want to let everyone know that after a long hard internal debate, I've decided that we will start posting some blog posts. Right now, we are looking at trying to get one in a week. This will be in addition to our Podcast episodes.

So why you ask are we going to be to doing this? To be truthful, I wanted to do some blogging again. I love doing the podcast but I thought writing a blog post now and again would be fun. I contemplated writing on other people's blogs, but I knew that I would only be able to write maybe one blog entry every week or so. I guess you could say I was worried about screwing someone else over. Then there was the fact that posting on another blog wasn't really helping out the Podcast. So, it seem logical to just do it right here.

Now long time listeners/readers of RPG Circus may note that I've said similar things before. And that is very true. Of course, in the past I was really concerned about if I was going to Post again to the Bone Scroll blog. Which I should admit was an option I considered again this time. It really all came down to what was good for the Podcast. Writing a blog article on RPG Circus every once in while can do nothing but help promote the podcast. Besides there are times that we do topics on the podcast and I'd like to expand something we have said there. Not to mention that sometimes this would be a good places to answer the some email comments we get.

At any rate, you can look forward to at least one blog post per week. Currently, I have at least 8 or 9 topics I want to write about. So that will take us a couple of months at least. As a matter of fact, you can expect the first such blog post sometime later today.

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Season 4 Episode 18 - Modify This!

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 18 of RPG Circus

Episode Topics

  • Who Should Be Bring New People Into the RPG Hobby
  • Modifiers and Scale
  • Maiming a Character

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Season 4 Episode 17 - You got Initative

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 17 of RPG Circus

Episode Topics

  • ENnie Award Winners (and how our predictions stacked up)
  • Initiative
  • Convention Etiquette (or how Jeff likes to Rant)

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Up in the Morning with the Rising GenCon 2012

One of the things I like about waking up early is seeing the city start to creep out of it's slumber. On the first day of GenCon 2012, one also gets to see the Convention Hall slowly come to life. Although I was up at 6am, there were already people there. There were the people that make the convention possible,such as convention hall janitorial staff and some of the GenCon convention staff. While the convention doesn't offically start for a few hours, there were even those that couldn't wait and were already hanging out. To be truthful, some have been there since at least yesterday.

As time passes, more and more people begin to wander the convention center. For me, I get a chance to see what has changed and what has remained the same. The last time I was here was in 2010. Which means at least for me, I haven't been in the areas that they were working on last time.

So what has changed since 2010? Well for one, the vendor hall is on the south side of the convention center. Not that this is news, after all it was there last year. Still it's wierd that the area near the Sky Walks is not crowded anymore, not something that will last long I'm sure. Where the vendor area use to be is where True Dungeon is. I've never done True Dungeon, It's just never been a major priority for me and to be truthful holds little intrest. But like all things, I say if it's your thing go for it. Another change is that almost everything is inside the convention hall this go around. In 2009 and 2010, some of the events were spread over several of the hotels. That's not to say some events are not there, but they are no longer in hotels not connected by skywalks. Which will be a good thing, if the rain they predict comes down. Finally, Will Call was much different this year. There seem to be many Will Call windows. I'm sure this was in response to the issues with Will Call they have had.

Still with all the things that change, much still remains the same. Many of my fellow geeks, gamers, and smart asses have come together to both enjoy and annoy each other. There will be LARPer, Cosplayers, Role-Players, Board Gamers, and other creative people crammed into the convention hall. While we may not understand each others collective hobby sometimes, we are all here under one roof. While we still find the stereo-typical gamer that public tend to think of when you mention gamer, many more are not so typical like there always has been.

Well, the Con awaits me. I will just leave you with this thought for now. As someone who survived the great witch hunt of the 80's, It's nice to be able to go into a restaurant and hear people talking about RPGs in public.

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Season 4 Episode 16 - Heroic Savage GURPS..

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 16 of RPG Circus

Episode Topics

  • GURPS,Savage Worlds, and Hero System Comparison
  • Game Selection for a Convention
  • Difference between a one-shot game and a Campaign game

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Season 4 Episode 15 - And the Winner Will Be...

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 15 of RPG Circus

Episode Topics

  • ENnie Award Predictions 2012

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Season 4 Episode 14 - I Smash It with My +1 Mace

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 14 of RPG Circus
Episode Topics
  • Review of Pathfinder Advanced Race Guide
  • Should Magic Items be part of a PC power level
  • How to handle Discovery of Magic Items
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Season 4 Episode 13 - A Rose By Any Other Name

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 13 of RPG Circus

Episode Topics

  • Virtual Tabletop Software
  • Simple vs Complicated Monsters
  • Character Names

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Season 4 Episode 12 - It hits you in the Arm

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 12 of RPG Circus

Episode Topics

  • Hit Locations and Narrative Combat
  • Ignoring the Math When Creating Content
  • How 3D Printers may change gaming

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Season 4 Episode 11 - Your Prep is Waiting For You

Welcome to Season 4 Episode 11 of RPG Circus
Episode Topics
  • Interview with Phil Vecchione Author of Never Unprepared
  • Our First Impressions of DnDNext
  • Brian's Double Secret Probation News
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