NEW AUDIO: The Unliklies, Part 5

Never actually put the audio in here… so I reblog, this time with the file.

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FINALLY!

I have now put part 5 of the Unliklies up for your consumption and (hopefully) approval. In this episode, the team has to find an alternate route into Castle Grayskull in order to recruit one final member of their team…

TRIVIA [spoilers]:

  • A running gag is Chip bonking someone and saying, “That’s not your catchphrase.” Here a list of stolen ones from this episode:
    • “Who disturbs my slumber?” The Cave of Wonders, Aladdin.
    • “You’ve just taken your first step into a larger world.” Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope.
    • “Let’s get dangerous!” Darkwing Duck.
    • “No way this should have worked.” Dirk Pitt, Sahara.
    • “That name no longer has any meaning for me.” Darth Vader, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
    • “You’ll put your eye out.” Corrupted version of “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid,” a repeated line from A Christmas Story.

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How New is the One Page Dungeon?

The One Page Dungeon, I stated, is a “new” concept to me.

How new?

Well, my introduction to tabletop RPGs came with the board game Hero Quest, a 1990 release by Milton-Bradley in conjunction with Games Workshop. This game came with a Quest Book, which contained a map of the board with symbols to show where to put the various pieces (the doors, the furniture, the enemies, etc). Opened up, the Quest Book was just a little bit larger than an 8-1/2 x 11″ sheet of paper.

The One Page Dungeon, therefore, shouldn’t have been that new to me.

In honor of my introduction to gaming, I thought I would share a simple Quest for the Hero Quest Game System that you can download and play. You will see that it fits neatly on one page.

Download the PDF here.

NEW AUDIO: The Unliklies, Part 5

FINALLY!

I have now put part 5 of the Unliklies up for your consumption and (hopefully) approval. In this episode, the team has to find an alternate route into Castle Grayskull in order to recruit one final member of their team…

TRIVIA [spoilers]:

  • A running gag is Chip bonking someone and saying, “That’s not your catchphrase.” Here a list of stolen ones from this episode:
    • “Who disturbs my slumber?” The Cave of Wonders, Aladdin.
    • “You’ve just taken your first step into a larger world.” Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars: A New Hope.
    • “Let’s get dangerous!” Darkwing Duck.
    • “No way this should have worked.” Dirk Pitt, Sahara.
    • “That name no longer has any meaning for me.” Darth Vader, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
    • “You’ll put your eye out.” Corrupted version of “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid,” a repeated line from A Christmas Story.
  • “Isn’t this where that one horse sank?” is a reference to The Neverending Story, the scene where Atreyu’s horse gives into the Swamp of Sadness and dies.
  • The Legend of Zelda key jingle is requested in the script, but I couldn’t find it for some reason. Instead, I use the found a secret noise.
  • The key in Scareglow’s possession that opens a hidden entrance to Grayskull is from the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. The Classics rendering of Castle Grayskull has a keyhole and the Scareglow figure has a key which fits it.
  • In the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline, many characters have “real names,” and the familiar name is actually a nickname they earn from their powers. Karak Nul is Scareglow’s real name according to his bio card.
  • Though cut from the final product, the script has Dale getting bonked by Chip for saying, “You’ll put your eye out.”

Transcripts for Audio

On the suggestion of a member of the Audio Scriptwriters group on Facebook, I have decided to add transcripts to all of the audio dramas I’m hosting on this site.

It’s an idea that makes sense. After all, search engines don’t index audio files, so why not include a script? Gives me one more chance to be discovered by a random search.

I think what really pushed me over the edge in this decision is my wife’s insistence on having the subtitles turned on whenever we watch a movie. I hated it at first, but now I’m used to it. Given all the “What did that guy just say?” questions I get while playing one of these for my family, I figure this will solve that dilemma.

No way to caption an audio drama… or is there?

This process will take some time, but I have discovered that it is fairly easy to convert a script to an WordPress page. It just takes a bit of patience on my part. So bear with me, and soon all of the episodes will have transcripts!

Fan Fiction: Can it Work for Me?

E.L. James is somewhat of an oddity: she appears to have “made it” as a novelist by writing fan fiction.

I started out by writing fan fiction. When I was in eighth grade, I wrote a sprawling, meandering “novel” (it was something like 50 handwritten loose leaf sheets of paper and it was divided in to four “books”, each shorter than the previous). It was first person, so of course the main character was a self-insert. The “love interest” was the girl I was crushing on at the time, and it was otherwise the plot of the TV series “Captain N: the Game Master.”

That never went anywhere, and I’ve lost the manuscript (thank God; I’m sure I would be mortified that I ever wrote anything like it). I’ve continued to write fan fiction, with my more recent endeavors here. But I’ve never made any money from it.

No one has.

Until E.L. James.

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One Page Dungeon, Part III

In this post, you see that I discovered the magic of the One Page Dungeon, a completely self-contained RPG adventure on a single sheet of paper. What I did then was create a series of interlinked adventures to answer the question: What happens to a god that has no more mortal worshipers? Can it stage a comeback? It crosses over with my interest in philosophy of religion and it gives me an excuse to use the excellent Shrines Map Pack from Paizo Publishing.

It appears that the Old Gods here are trying to make a comeback. If a Chosen of the Old Ones is sacrificed upon a certain altar when the stars are in perfect alignment, the Old Gods will ascend to the heavens again. In the latest installment, the heroes will have track a sage who knows what the alignment is, and how to determine if someone is one of the Chosen.

I love feedback! Please let me know what you think of these adventures in the comments.

Hannah Arendt and Nicholas Cage

CAUTION: This blog post contains spoilers for the movie 8MM. If you plan on seeing this movie (and I don’t see why you’d want to put yourself through that, but it’s your life) then you may want to move on.

I have a serious interest in philosophy. I used to be a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and have a few years worth of their excellent academic journal, Philosophia Christi, sitting on my book shelf. I had a chance to meet William Lane Craig once, though (regrettably) I didn’t get to talk with him. I reacted to that the way normal people react to celebrities.

Anyway, I stumbled into a great series of mini-videos from the channel 8-bit Philosophy, where they use classic NES characters and some original creations to explain bits of philosophy on a popular level. The specific one I want to talk about is What is Evil?

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One Page Dungeon, part II

As stated previously, the One Page Dungeon is a new (to me) concept of trying to fit an entire dungeon on one page. When I bought the outstanding Shrines Map Pack from Paizo Publishing, I had an idea to use several of them in an interlinked campaign arc to answer the burning question: What becomes of the gods who no longer have mortal worshipers? Could they stage a comeback?

Part II of my answer awaits.