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POD, Casting, and Podcasts!

I’ve recently taken part in my first podcast. Podcasts are a relatively new experience for me. I’ve never had the chance to participate in one before, so when Brian from Hazard Gaming contacted ORC about participants for his Penny Red podcast I thought I’d have a go. I’m not sure how well I interviewed for Inside the Roleplayers Studio, but at the very least it was an interesting experience for me. It isn’t up on the Penny Red site yet, and I’m not sure if the background noise from the Gaming Hub may have drowned out what I was saying. Brian basically talks to RPGers in towns he visits and incorporates the interview into the Penny Red podcast. Gamers in Edinburgh also can listen to the Nearly Enough Dice podcast at http://nearlyenoughdice.com as well, focussing on groups and events of all kinds – not just RPGs, but boardgames, wargames and other subjects of interest.

That was the other new experience – the Gaming Hub in Tollcross looks pretty good. It has a huge basement, a lot of boardgames, and is going to prove very popular with those playing CCGs, RPGS, wargames, and boardgames! It is also air-conditioned, something that I’m all to grateful for – some gamers are far from fragrant in the summer! The EGH also has decent seating, food, and drink and the tables are perfect for games. There are even small “breakout” tables for overspill books or playing pieces.

During the interview I was asked about the supplement that I’m most looking forward to – right now that’s got to be the next Cthulhutech supplement entitled Burning Horizons. Dealing with space and the lost off-world colonies, it will also feature the Great Race and the war against the Rapine Storm in Australia. Wildfire’s lack of distributor may mean that this has been delayed since last year, and that they may have to offer it as Print on Demand (or POD), which may mean that the book won’t be of such good quality as their current products. During the podcast I mentioned some of the controversy surrounding Cthulhutech, but I’m not sure I did such a bang-up job of clearing things up. The “rape camp” controversy always seems to be focussed upon. The concept is briefly mentioned in the text relating to the inhuman Esoteric Order of Dagon’s Deep One and hybrid members. Cthulhutech is a game of horror, and as we are all too aware such places have existed within human history – in Bosnia most recently and other places. I, along with everyone who have some sense of decency, find the concept abhorrent – it is mentioned in the game, and adds to the horror, that’s all. No game should condone any form of sexual enslavement – CT doesn’t – any GM that allows their players to play through such actions should have their heads examined…

Anyway, moving on. I’m also looking forward to the Judge Dredd movie. It looks like casting for Judge Dredd has been inspired – when they told Karl Urban that Dredd never removes his helmet, Urban replied “We wouldn’t be having this conversation if he did.” Here’s hoping that it works out!