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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

27 Dec
2010

Monkeys Took My Jetpack Feedback Show (December 20, 2010)

Not a whole lot to say about this. Here it is, our first feedback show.

One thing: In our haste to get the feedback read and have time to create characters and play a game (which ultimately didn’t work out, by the way–shame on us), we were a bit remiss in thanking people for their feedback. So let me take this opportunity to thank each one of you for your feedback. And since I fear I might forget someone, just imagine I mentioned you by name and accept our thanks for taking the time to comment on our show in email or in the forum.

We also discuss future plans for our gaming, and discuss a bit out of this awesome gaming book: Play Unsafe.

Back to regular gaming next week. Hope you all had a great WhatyoucallaholidaybetweenNovember27thandDecember30th, and have a Happy New Year as well.

20 Dec
2010

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #5: The Chris-mas Adventure, Part 1

HO HO HO! MERRRRRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

Okay, okay, to those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, think of it as a celebration of the state of mind which is embodied by the notion of peace on Earth and good will toward men. Er … and women. Umm … except with Santa Claus thrown in … Oh, to heck with political correctness! I’m an unapologetic Christmas-centric human being, and if people have nothing better to do with their lives than to get offended by that, then there are plenty of other podcasts which may suit their delicate sensibilities much better. Yes, I said it.

But enough about that.

This week not only marks our Christmas adventure, but game night happened to fall on Chris’s birthday, so he got to pick our game, and he chose to continue Zorcerer of Zo, and asked me to run it with the Christmas theme. You can judge for yourself whether or not that was a good decision on his part. But enough rambling from me. Here’s the download link. Enjoy.

Cast:
BLINDGEEK: GM
CHRIS: Thomas Quinn
JOSH: Listen and find out!
NIKKI: Princess Zephyr
PAT: Hickory & Dickory

Links In This Issue:
Really, other than the link to the game, none. Amazing, huh?

12 Dec
2010

Monkeys Took My Jetpack #4: Stop Dragon My Heart Around

Here we are again with another go-‘round with the Gregarious Gamers! In this issue, we’re back to the Zantabulous Land of Zo, where we conclude the 2(3)-part adventure we started (continued) last week (two weeks ago). Confused? Don’t be. Just listen to last week’s issue, and all will become clear.

CAST:
JOSH: GM
BLINDGEEK: Figgis the Newt (Figgis Newton)
CHRIS: Thomas Quinn (incorrectly named in my opening dialogue; sorry, Chris)
NIKKI: Princess Zephyr (Much too royal for a mere parenthetical!)
PAT: Hickery & Dickery (What *is* it with dwarves coming across princesses in these stories, anyway?)

Links Pertaining to This Issue:
Zorcerer of Zo – The game we find ourselves playing in this issue
Decoder Ring Theater – An amazingly good and pulpy audio-drama podcast you owe it to yourself to check out
Tri Tac Games Podcast – A podcast put out by the company responsible for Fringeworthy and other awesome games, and who we call friend
Flingshot Flying Monkey – An inaugural-podcast/early-Christmas present from Mrs. BlindGeek, and MTMJ’s new unofficial mascot
Hex Games Holiday bundles – Spread a bunch of holiday cheer–with these games, some pretzels, and a whole lot of beer!
Zombiality – A link of EXTREME IMPORTANCE!, but you’ll have to listen to this issue to find out why!

Promos Played In This Issue:
Disney Indiana
All Games Considered
Brunch with the Brits

Also, keep your ears open for details about a small but fun contest we’re running … and also, stick around at the end for a wee surprise … a sort of DVD extra, if you will.

Enjoy the issue … and thanks for listening.