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November 16, 2008 - Autumn madness

With Mike and Allan.

We’re getting caught up after some computer issues and work related delays, but we’re back on track, so here’s the first of two refugee shows from 2008. Expect an ad or two this show – you have been warned. Some highlights we managed to hit for this episode were:

  • (1:06) Our first discussion of the closure of WizKids, prior to the Catalyst/Piñata bids.

  • (6:59) Upper Deck’s second layoff of 2008, on the same day the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game released.

  • (8:36) Our initial thoughts on the WOW Miniatures Game. Mike draws rules comparison to Car Wars, of all things. Then we talk about several concerns we have for the product’s potential success.

  • (19:31) Mike bemoans his lack of time for playing the latest “new hotnesses” in indie RPGs. He mentions Box Ninja’s 3:16 – Carnage Amongst the Stars, which later ended up in our OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2008. See our Features section at for more goodies.

  • (20:29) Allan brings up the Gen Con/Lucasfilm lawsuit news (it’s been dropped), and the Gen Con charity auction mix-up with the Christian Children’s Fund. Boy, someone at CCF dropped the ball on that one.

  • (24:06) Some random thoughts on how the industry is gearing up for the final sales push of 2008. Get in the black, or go home!

  • (27:11) Currently Playing begins. Allan starts with Monty Python Fluxx (Looney Labs), and general Fluxx discussion ensues. This brings us to a mention of We Didn’t Playtest This At All, and to wondering if a board game equivalent to Fluxx exists. Allan also had his Halloween session of D&D 3.5, and played the demo for Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.

  • (35:45) Having already mentioned 3:16, Mike admits to playing copious amounts of Katamari Damasi and We Love Katamari, as well as World of Goo, and the Magic: The Gathering-like game Spectromancer. With his game group, Mike also got into some Looping Louie, Tannhauser, and others.

  • (40:03) Mike squeezes in some quick thoughts on this year’s Games 100 list. We make fun of its categories, which, admittedly, we have no right to do. This morphs into discussion/lamentation of the state of game magazine publishing, with even online magazine Pyramid having to make adjustments.

  • (44:05) Not content to end there, we talk a bit about what we’re looking forward to. Allan’s hoping to get into some Okko, Senji, and Tomb Raider: Underworld, and still struggles to find willing players for the Maid RPG. Mike’s looking to try some Dirty Secrets, talks about A Flower for Mara, and things degenerate into silliness from there. Mike makes claims that there are no Christmas-themed games, forcing Allan to school him with past reviews from OgreCave’s review section (

Then a quick word from RPGnow and their March Fourth for GM’s Day promotion. Check out the cool deals, and pick up something for your GM to inflict upon you.

Be sure to check out our first annual Screams from the Cave feature for a solid dose of horror-themed reviews and other dark goodies.

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# 2009-03-03 by svenogre |