I listened to the first episode of Nerd Poker and bailed pretty quickly. I didn’t know Blaine Capatch before the show, and I just couldn’t listen to him. Of course he eventually became my favorite, though the show did fall completely off the rails when Sarc left it in his (clearly reluctant) hands. I haven’t started the reboot yet, but I’m excited. It feels like an unapologetic swords and sorcery, not trying to put a twist on D&D show.
I really love Friends at the Table, though. As someone who felt like I somehow missed the boat on table top roleplaying in my own life*, I love how deeply Austin digs into his process, his preferences for different games and mechanics, and how they share their conversations from between episodes, and how they’re directing and steering the tone of the game. I liked the Sci Fi series (I’ve just been listening to the feed in order of release dates) though I get completely lost in the world-building sessions, and had to do a lot of tedious re-listening to keep up. I can’t keep factions straight at the planet/system level. The period that they dipped into a dice-pooling system (I’ve been wikipedia-ing this stuff…) I was pretty lost on what was happening with the mechanics, but I think they felt the same way as they swtiched back to a Apocalypse-based system…
I love TAZ for the boisterous, calssic sword and sorcery fun, but I feel like the more Griffin becomes aware of the audience and popularity of the show, the more he’s becoming really self-conscious, and it’s getting a little stiff. I don’t mind a game on rails, and it’s not so much that, as a kind of tensions and stress eighing the show down a bit of late.
I don’t know how a seasoned gamer would react to Film Re-roll, but I’m realy enjoying it. They use GURPS (which is great for me, as It introduces me to yet another system) to RP films, and so far every episode has been really unique and fun. They have a talented rotating cast and they cast parts well. For someone like me, who has a hard time following plots, it makes it relaxing that they are using the skeleton of a well-known movie.
I’ll have to check those other ones out. I have a tab saved on my phone for my google search for “Dogs in the Vineyard Actual Play,” so it’s good to get a reference for a specific one. After Austin mentioned it was one of his favorites, I’ve been wanting to check it out. I find the one-shot podcast feeds a little difficult to find and keep straight, but I have a few saved and waiting for when I run out of the others (I wash a lot of dishes…)
I’ve got a 2yo daughter, and another little girls on the way, so I’ll be falling off too, for sure. I will say, I randomly roll a d6 to decide how things will go for my figure while playing with her toys with her, and she started pulling one out and rolling with me. Totally independently, she rolled a one, and then enacted a critical failure (Diego fell off the coffee table instead of making the jump to the couch.) I couldn’t have been prouder
*I played one-on-one with one friend, but never real campaigns with a group, and only ever D&D1e