Deimos! There’s nothing like it! Except Phobos!
The hosts chatter aimlessly about topics! A chat about mind-altering music, Economics as combat skill, and what happened this week in our local HSD campaign!
Audio glitches for the week—host volume continues to be a challenge, but theoretically a solveable one. Corbeau got a little enthusiastic about cropping out silences, so there’s a…claustrophobic quality this week. Live and learn. Tinkering with the format, breaking up some of the non-topical banter and the topic, as the episode length was getting too big for our asteroid!
♃ 1.00 — Let’s meet the hosts!
♃ 1.56 — We’re working on a few different things web page wise, but March and April are a bit tight time-wise—two conventions! If you make it to either Texas Furry Fiesta (March 24-ish) or Havencon (April 28), say hi to us!
3.01 — “The Master’s Voice” is a fun trap for PCs, a hypnotic effect created when Vectors listen to analog recordings of humans singing. Over Tumblr HSD author Pierce Fraser talks about using the effect for recreational purposes. Also, Whines name-drops “His Master’s voice,” the old RCA logo.
♃ 4.45 — Florence Foster Jenkins, the great mistress of outsider music. Meryl Streep’s recent movie was nearly perfect, but the real life individual is really almost fictional herself!
♃ 5.40 — A little background music courtesy of Cab Calloway, “Minnie the Moocher.”
♃ 7.39 — Carl Haber’s 3D scan technique for capturing analog recordings is pretty amazing on its own, and we speculated a bit “off camera” about how it might be a boon to the Master’s Voice remix industry. Well, I did anyway. We got the story a bit off, though in fairness, so did the New York Times, the recording of “Au Clair de la Lune” was by 1860 singer Eduard Leon Scott.
♃ 10.15 — with thanks to Plushie for this week’s topic, which boils down to “can one use Economics in a firefight?” Our answer: not quite. Also, we absolutely kill this joke dead. Poor joke.
♃ 15.04 — Sheriff! Release my buddy!
♃ 30.15 — Back to our every-other-week campaign, a dungeon crawl, and a long conversation about incorporating skill challenges from D&D 4E into your campaign. It’s a great mechanic for gaming out non-combat scenarios.
♃ 42.34 — Unrealistic deaths in space, courtesy of Outland
♃ 43.06 — fun with tokens! The pictures below are from the Responsibility Chart by Melissa & Doug. Accept no substitutes. I guess our copy was an older version, I like ours better. I’ve put up the calendar at work for my appointments.
♃ 46.40 — From the Fate RPG, “Kaiju Incorporated,” a game of cleaning up after giant monster attacks, and “Uranium Chef,” fighting sci-fi chef warfare with kitchen battle mechanics. Fate has the “bizarro sci-fi setting” thing down cold.
♃ 46.52 — and the trailer for the amazing cooking/fighting movie, “God of Cookery.”
♃ 47.15 — more about Ashtaar’s pick, “Horizon Zero Dawn”
♃ 48.06 — Things That Are Awesome in Space: the Trappist One planetary system, seven earthlike worlds around a faded sun. This just screams “RPG Setting.” And their web page is pretty swank, too. Why does an exoplanet system have such great marketing?