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21 Feb
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #11: Shattered

Hi, gang. Here we are again, with another fun-filled issue! This time, we resume right where we left off at the end of ISsue #10, with Princess Zephyr, Thomas Quinn, Hickory and Jarrod Stanwick trying to determine the fate of Dickory. To say more would be to spoil things, so I shan’t.

Due to your Friendly Neighborhood Podcast Editor trying to make a shortcut in adding vocal effects such as reverb, some of the reverb in this issue is … well … overdone. You’ll know it when you hear it. I caught the fact that it wasn’t working and adapted, but I was not able to go back and change the stuff I’d already done. I only mention it to avoid the feedback alerting me to the fact that would no doubt flood our forums if I *hadn’t* mentioned it. I love constructive criticism, but I”m already aware of it. My apologies. Don’t worry, the dialog is understandable; it’s just more like they’re in a weird dreamscape than a cathedral. My bad. And as I said, it does get worked out.

Enough reading. Time to listen. Enjoy!

CAST
JOSH: GM
BLINDGEEK: Jarrod Stanwick
CHRIS: THomas Quinn, the big ol’ grumpy talking bear
NIKKI: Princess Zephyr
PAT: Hickory

LINKS IN THIS ISSUE:
Zorcerer of Zo
Actual People, Actual Play
Dresden Files RPG
Spirit of the Century
Meddling Kids
Poisoning Pigeons in the Park – Tom Lehrer
Sonic Legends: A Prosperous Tavern

16 Feb
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack Feedback Show #3

So here’s the thing: We all sat down as a group and said, “Hmmm … we ended last time on such a great high of listener adrenaline … what could we do this week to really piss them off?” The answer? Make ‘em wait another week for the resolution of the cliffhanger. Bwahahahahahaaaaah!!

No, seriously, it was not a planned thing. I was out of town and thought I’d have easy internet access in the apartment I was utilizing. As it turned out, the internet was down until the final day of my stay … but I thought it was a problem on my end. God love this group of wonderful people I’ve come to know and call dear friends, they tried to get me connected, even checking to see if they had any Skype credits to call my cell phone, but such was not to be. So it was decided to just do a feedback show and call it a day.

Rest assured, though, the Zo story will resume next week with Issue #11.

What’s that you say? You want to actually *download* the feedback show? Oh! Silly me! Sorry. Grab it here.

LINKS IN THIS ISSUE:
Atomic Sock Monkey Games (makers of ZoZ, S7S, and other awesome games)
Questers of the Middle Realms
Ennie Awards
Origins
Gencon
Indie Press Revolution
DriveThruRPG

Enjoy.

5 Feb
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #10: Fitting Inn

In a bit of a hurry, so I’m dashing this off. Apologies for the abruptness, especially on our first double-digit issue, but I really want to get this posted before I leave for my band’s gig. Anyway, it’s our 10th issue, it’s more Zo, and if you all enjoy it a tenth as much as we enjoyed playing it, then all is right with the world.

CAST
JOSH: GM
BLINDGEEK: Jarrod Stanwick
CHRIS: Thomas Quinn, the Big Ol’ Grumpy Talking Bear
NIKKI: Princess Zephyr
PAT: Hickory & Dickory

I know, I know, I could just type Thomas Quinn, but I kinda love the fact that he has that title attached to his name.

LINKS IN THIS ISSUE:
Later. God, I’m getting flakey on the show notes front! *Sigh*

(I gotcher back! – Josh)

Zorcerer of Zo
Buffy RPG (Cinematic Unisystem)
Star Frontiers
Barbarians of Lemuria
Dresden Files RPG
Pandemic
Ravenloft Board Game
Wings of War

And if you dug the ambient music heard in the background of the scenes in the bar, you owe it to yourself and your gaming group to check out Sonic Legends, particularly a track called Prosperous Tavern. These tracks can take your physical tabletop games to the next level, and are very highly recommended.

31 Jan
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #9: A New Kid In Town

Well, here’s where we test the dedication of our fans, because if you can listen to this issue and make it to the end without screaming or breaking something due to sheer frustration, you deserve a medal for bravery, to say nothing of the respect and admiration of all of us. Due to a SNAFU involving Audio Hijack Pro, a re-install, and a forgetful (or at the very least, nonthinking) BlindGeek, all but the first ten minutes of this issue were overlaid with static and white noise. Despite attempts to clean it up, it still left us with a barely-listenable game session. I almost didn’t post it at all, but it contained a lot of feedback that deserved to be heard, and a new character was introduced. It’s a great session, if you can overlook the horrible audio quality.

CAST
JOSH: GM
BLINDGEEK: Jarrod Stanwick
CHRIS: Thomas Quinn, the big ol’ grumpy talking bear
NIKKI: Princess Zephyr
PAT: Hickory and Dickory

LINKS IN THIS ISSUE
Too disgusted with it to care. LOL Trust me, folks, we’ll be back up to speed for Issue #10. This was just one of those “Aw, crap!” moments in life. Ya just gotta slog through it and move on. My apologies.

27 Jan
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #8: A Shady Bizness Afoot

Holy crap, the wait is over! It’s finally here!!! Our second session of Funkadelic Frankenstein on the Mean Streets of Monstertown. It’s late in coming, but I hope you find it worth the wait.

Our search for the dealers in the monster-drug Shade continues, and as seems to always be the case with the Prometheus Jones Detective Agency, mayhem and chaos follow in our footsteps, you dig? Enjoy, and as always, we look forward to your comments on this blog, and on the forums as well.

CAST:
JOSH: GM
BLINDGEEK: Prometheus Jones, the Funkadelic Frankenstein
CHRIS: Jerome, the badass vampire
NIKKI: Bridey Steinenfrank, Monster Wrestler Extraordinaire
PAT: Betty, the oh-so-hot Deep One with a heart of gold

LINKS IN THIS ISSUE:
Show notes forthcoming. I just want to get this posted.

25 Jan
2011

A Quick Apology

Hello, everyone. Just thought I’d take a moment to let you know that there will indeed be a new MTMJ this week. I know, I know, I’m late. I thought it might be ready on Sunday, and then I thought it might be ready on Monday, and now it’s Tuesday, and I’m still working on it. But it’s going to be posted, either tonight or tomorrow. I apologize. It’s been my goal to keep this podcast coming out on a consistent date, and I’ll continue to strive toward that goal overall. Alas, my wife’s back has come on dreadfully cranky, and took a sudden turn from cranky to downright pissed off on Saturday, so I’ve been taking care of her and going with her to hospital and such. Unfortunately, when things go as planned, Saturday is a huge editing day for me. I got next to none done this past Saturday, and it’s kind of snowballed. Rest assured, though, that I’m not slacking off in my duties; I just need to accept the fact that I may not be able to be spot-on with my scheduled releases all the time. Due to the nature of this podcast, and the fact that I enjoy the “current” aspect of our podcast, we don’t have the luxury of getting back-episodes ready. Kinda sucks, but that’s the way the dice roll.

Anyway, I appreciate your patience and understanding while I try to play catchup. I’ll get MTMJ#8 out as soon as possible. Promise.

20 Jan
2011

New Promo Uploaded

Just a little something I cooked up while I should’ve been editing MTMJ#8. It’s yet another podcast promo. Feel free to use and/or share with other people you know whose podcasts you enjoy. The more we can get these things circulated, the bigger our community will grow, and the less cranky your Friendly Neighborhood BlindGeek will be. Thanks, and enjoy.

17 Jan
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #7: The Chris-mas Adventure, Part 2

Well, this seems to be the month of possible finalities. Last week, we had what will probably be the final feedback show, and this week, we post the second part of what may be the final holiday special as we currently know them. This is not to say holiday-themed gaming will not occur; it’s just … well, you’ll have to listen to the episode and learn for yourself. As always, your comments both here and on our forums are welcome.

CAST:
BLINDGEEK: GM
CHRIS: Thomas Quinn, the big ol’ grumpy talking bear
JOSH: The Blunderbear
NIKKI: Princess Zephyr
PAT: Hickory & Dickory

LINKS IN THIS ISSUE:
In case you were either not paying attention during the first part of this adventure, or have just been debating whether to purchase this game and are hoping we’ll make it easy for you by providing a convenient link, here’s the link to the PDF version of the game we’re playing: The Zorcerer of Zo.

Enjoy the issue … and Merry Christmas.

9 Jan
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack Feedback Show (January 3, 2011)

Welcome to this, the second (and possibly final) Feedback Show. Activities during my vacation were altered in such a way that I was home during game time, so I decided to jump on Skype and hang out with my friends before Taco Time. We had two weeks’ worth of feedback to catch up on, and we dove right in with gusto. We also chose the winner of the Name That Monkey contest, so stick around till the end, because the winner gets announced. It’s a revelation you won’t want to miss!

I beg your pardon as you listen to this issue. I was using my computer’s built-in microphone, and there are some … er … intresting quality peccadilloes which rear their ugly heads. I hope you won’t mind, and I hope you find our solution to the feedback conundrum acceptable. Write all you want. We’ll certainly respond to everything, even if we don’t read it all on the podcast itself. This we promise! The community that has been created here is of the utmost importance to us.

Links In This ISsue:
Cartoon Action Hour – Season 2
Plinket’s Star Wars Movie Reviews
Gutter Skypes – where you can find M-Force Session 1 and the Western Fiasco game.
A Dirty World
Fiasco

3 Jan
2011

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #6: A Shady Bizness At Hand

Hello, and Happy New Year! Sure, it’s January 3rd, but hey, there’s a lot of year left to be happy, so lateness notwithstanding, my good wishes still apply.

This week, Josh found himself incredibly ill, and therefore unable to game with us … which meant that we could not continue the Chris-mas Adventure, as was our original plan. We’re all happy to report that Josh is feeling much better. I’d gone through some rather depressing incidents that day myself, and so just wasn’t feeling inspired to run anything … which meant we left the door open for something which should have been presented long ago, but has been sitting in limbo for almost a year. It is with great pleasure and about damn time that we give you …

FUNKADELIC FRANKENSTEIN ON THE MEAN STREETS OF MONSTERTOWN!!!!!

True, this is only the first session, but other sessions shall follow as time (and lack of games) permits. Actually, I won’t be able to game for our next session, so unless the gang can finagle a means of recording their Skype session, we may be bringing you FFOTMSOM#2 as next week’s podcast. Time will tell. In the meantime, enjoy this offering. We sure did.

Links In This issue:
Lots. We bantered like *crazy* here.

First, the game links:
Funkadelic Frankenstein on the Mean Streets of Monstertown
QAGS Second Edition
And in case you just want the rules without paying for them (though you miss a *lot*) …
QAGS QIK Start Rules

And now, on to our banter-inspired links…
This Way to the Egress
Coyote Run
The Steampunk Trilogy, Paul Di Filippo
The Difference Engine, William Gibson
Rasputina
Wish You Were Here (Rasputina Cover)
Boneshaker, Cherie Priest
WhiteChapel Gods, S.M. Peters
Court of the Air, Stephen Hunt
Mars and Venus At War
’45: The Psychobilly Retropocalypse
’45 Double Feature
Paul Vogt Mrs. Garrett impersonation
Babysitter Barbie