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Hasbrothers – The Last of the Witwiccans Part 2

Boom, Hasbrothers back again with that epic giant robot battling action you all love.  We continue the hype train down the track with the writing disaster that is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  This garbled mess of a movie was in many ways objectively worse than the first and yet somehow made more money overall.  Enjoy.

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Hasbrothers – The Last of the Witwiccans Part 1

As per previous decree, we have decided to take the show in a new direction. Welcome to the Last of the Witwiccans, a subcast of the Hasbrothers. In this series, we will discuss at length Hasbro’s multimillion dollar toy commercial franchise and the impact it has had on us and the world at whole.

Shia Lebouf saying “no” a lot

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Correction on Only War

There was a small posting error in the last episode of Severan Dominate.  Please redownload that episode and find the previous one posted up this week.  Our apologies.

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Herding Cats: Ludonarrative Dissonance at Gen Con 2017

This is a crosspost from our sister show Ugly Talk!  Go subscribe if you haven’t already.

This is a panel from Gen Con 2017. Travis talks about Ludonarrative Dissonance (Fludonarrative discobiscuits if you’re hungry).

If you’ve been in the video game blog-o-sphere at some point, you have heard of LND (I’m not typing out the entire word you can’t make me). But is it necessarily the pejorative term as its become in video game circles. Listen to this panel from Gen Con that gives the answer: NO. Most of all if anything LND is a feature most Tabletop GMs and Players are intimately familiar with, but haven’t realized there was a term for. As such, listen in, learn a thing (maybe), and speak up if you have questions. Welcome to Herding Cats: Ludonarrative Dissonance and Players. (Dammit you tricked me into writing the full things again…)

Do you want to take part in a playtest of Gobblin’: The Goblin RPG? Send an email to thedrunkandtheugly@gmail.com

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Carrotia Live Play and Review

You can watch a video of our live play at Gen Con 2017 here!

At the end of Gen Con 2016, we were contacted by Mage Company Games asking if we would review one of their games.  We said yes and took them up on their offer to receive a free copy of Carrotia in exchange for doing a review.  In June of 2017 we finally received the game, and during Gen Con 2017 Matt, James, Travis, Kevin, and friend of the show Clayton played it during off-time at the convention.  You can listen to our first impressions and our actual live attempts to understand the rules and finally play the game.

Our collective takes in summary:

  • We found the game incredibly chaotic and incredibly complicated for what it’s trying to achieve.
    • The need for multiple timers as well as limited turns and access to pieces in order to build the requisite mazes was hectic and unintuitive.
    • The deterministic nature of moving through the pathways towards the exit once the maze was constucted was fairly dull.
    • The random birds placed on the board and their effects led to some level of strategizing, but ultimately the birds didn’t pose much threat as they continually just ran into walls.
    • The rabbit abilities are wildly varied and unbalanced.
    • Neither the main rules nor the errata rules we were sent had any hard or firm victory condition.
  • We were impressed by the level of production value that went into the game and the amount of custom pieces that came with it.
    • We love the art style the game goes for.  We may have picked this game more or less because of the box art.
    • The tiles and player cards are sturdy and well-constructed.
    • Every bird has a custom die that makes it easy to see which one is moving where.
    • 3 hourglasses of differing lengths was intriguing even if ultimately it was pointless.

Despite the high production values and lovely art, we would not recommend this game.  It’s rated for ages 8 and up and we as a group of twentysomething adults were confused and frustrated by its rules, and ultimately we didn’t feel like we had any control over what happened.

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