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Episode 24: Doin’ it on the table!

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In this, RPR’s final episode of Season 1, James, Samantha, and Nate chat about table top role playing games! We discuss what we are playing, and suggest a couple of games we really love. Samantha also reveals that she is over 100 years old, and James reveals that he is a wizard, maybe. Nate’s audio had some issues on this recording, so apologies in advance for any crackling that you may hear.

Titles talked about in this episode include:

Pathfinder
Dungeon World
Powered by the Apocalypse
The Sprawl
The Fate System
Savage Worlds
Microscope
The Kingdom
Fiasco

Also check out Friends at the Table for an actual play of a bunch of the games we talked about tonight. Also for some crazy good worldbuilding and stories. And then tweet all the feels to @thekebabylon because she really wants to talk to you about them!
The Giant Robot of Rocket Punch Radio can only be fueled by the ratings and subscriptions of faithful listeners like yourself. Hit us up on iTunes and Tunein and keep the fight going! You can join the official Rocket Punch community on Facebook on the Grown-Ass Geeks group.

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Nate: @BladeofCreation
Allayne: @HeyAlliOops
Kurt: @kspaz13

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Episode 22: Videogames of 2016 Here We Come!

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Join the pilots as we chat round the RPR Watercooler about video games – ones we’re playing, and ones we’re looking forward to in the new year. Did we remember to talk about your favorite? Tweet us @rocketpunchrdo to let us know what we missed!

If you haven’t seen, we do Twitch streaming every Tuesday night at about 7:30, 8:00PM EST. Subscribe to our Twitch channel for updates when we go live.

The Rocket Punch Ultrabot can only be fueled by the ratings and subscriptions of faithful listeners like yourself. Hit us up on iTunes and Tunein and keep the fight going! You can join the official Rocket Punch community on Facebook on the Grown-Ass Geeks group.

Follow these crazy bastards:
Rocket Punch Radio: @RocketpunchRDO
James: @JpatrickAuthor
Samantha: @thekebabylon
Nate: @BladeofCreation
Allayne: @HeyAlliOops
Kurt: @kspaz13

If you want to ask us a question in private you can email us at rocketpunchradio@gmail.com

Rocket Punch Radio Episode 21: Year Behind Year Ahead

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So, it turned out that 2015 was a pretty bang up year! The RPR pilots and crew reflect on this past year and spend a lot of time talking about the year ahead in movies! Talking points include Star Wars (again), Travel Advice, and unexpectedly great videogames of 2015. We also predict the future and let you know what movies are going to be great in the coming year. This extra long episode is our late gift to you, to chase those post holiday doldrums away!
The Rocket Punch Ultrabot can only be fueled by the ratings and subscriptions of faithful listeners like yourself. Hit us up on iTunes and Tunein and keep the fight going! You can join the official Rocket Punch community on Facebook on the Grown-Ass Geeks group.

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Rocket Punch Radio: @RocketpunchRDO
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Samantha: @thekebabylon
Nate: @BladeofCreation
Allayne: @HeyAlliOops
Kurt: @kspaz13

If you want to ask us a question in private you can email us at rocketpunchradio@gmail.com

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Rocket Punch Radio Episode 19: RPR Trivia Quiz Night!

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The Pilots celebrate Thanksgiving and Ruth’s return with a fun trivia night. Each pilot picked a topic that was pertinent to their interest and concocted five questions. Who won? You’ll have to listen to find out!
Keep an eye on your feed for next week when RPR Book Club continues with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. James’ short story Dragonfly Shadow is now available in The Dragon Lord’s Library from 18th Wall. Check it out today!

The Giant Robot of Rocket Punch Radio can only be fueled by the ratings and subscriptions of faithful listeners like yourself. Hit us up on iTunes and Tunein and keep the fight going! You can join the official Rocket Punch community on Facebook on the Grown-Ass Geeks group.

Follow these crazy bastards:
Rocket Punch Radio: @RocketpunchRDO
James: @JpatrickAuthor
Samantha: @thekebabylon
Nate: @BladeofCreation
Allayne: @HeyAlliOops
Kurt: @kspaz13

If you want to ask us a question in private you can email us at rocketpunchradio@gmail.com

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Randomizers, New Saviors of Classic Gaming?

Back in 1987 I got a NES and I really loved the NES but the first game that really captured my attention was the Legend of Zelda. Since we only had a few games my mom would rent games from our local independent strip mall video store. (I don’t remember the name.) The Legend of Zelda was the first game I wanted to rent two times in a row, and my mom said “If you like it that much we’ll just buy it.” Thus starting an multi system obsession.

But we’ve all played the Original and the 2nd quest, so what’s left? There is a version of the original (NES) Legend of Zelda where people have randomized the items locations.  (As well as entirely new quests made this way.) How did no one tell me about this?

I’ve watched a couple videos of people playing this game and I got to say I need more roms of classic games altered. Anything that has item collection and exploration elements. This seems to me like the ultimate mix of nostalgia and surprises. So far I’ve found that there is a Zelda and a Super Metroid Randomizer.

It seems as those these were originally created to breath new life into games for speed runners and completionits, who needed a new challenge, you can actually find races between speed runners trying to finish the game, but not knowing which items you’ll get.

Sorry this is a short post but this is a warning to stay tuned for streaming of these on twitch as I am going to need to play these.

My Week with the Steam Controller

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The box is not blurry in real life

First a little background. I bought the Steam Controller on September 20th. I then had to wait, patiently playing Rocket League (which came free) until my controller arrived last Tuesday (November 10th).

 

One thing I think I can say is this: the worst part about this whole experience has been the waiting. But not to be over shadowed, the second worst part has been learning how to play Rocket League, and then having to relearn it with a new controller after I’m used to playing it with my wired X-box 360 controller. Negative transfer is kicking my ass.

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If you prefer a wired experience it plugs in with a standard Micro-USB.

Ultimately, the question of ‘should I, personally, buy a Steam Controller?’ boils down to two questions:

  1. “Are you really excited about playing mouse and keyboard games on your TV?”
  2. “Are you willing to retrain your muscle memory to learn a new controller?”

If you answered no to either of these questions, you’re probably better off  sticking with what  you’re used to. In fact, I would suggest Rock Candy’s knockoff Xbox 360 controller if you want something cheap and good.  (It’s a bit small side which might not make it ideal for those people with large hands, but that also makes it a great fit for some more compact dudes and lady gamers like my wife who have slighter digits. Plus they come in a couple colors, which my wife tells me is very exciting. You can find them for $20, I’ve ssen them at Target and Gamestop)

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This is the battery case and the extra two triggers.

However, if you answered yes,  here’s the good news: After a week I can tell you yes this controller can play keyboard and mouse games adequately. In the last week I have used it to play Rocket LeagueThey Bleed Pixels, and Torchlight 2. Three very different games resulting in three very different experiences.

The feature to download someone else’s controller setup for Torchlight 2 worked well – the only negative thing I can say about playing Torchlight with the controller is using the haptic feedback for this was as frustrating as using a touch-pad for the first time; I felt clumsy and slow. Once I started getting more mana and powers though I needed to be less precise and I started getting used to the pads a little more.

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Banana for scale.

They Bleed Pixels is almost identical to playing it on a 360 controller. Platformers seem mostly unchanged between my two controllers. The Steam controller maybe feels a little looser, however again this could just be negative transfer I have been playing PC games on a 360 controller since Christmas 2012.

Rocket League reinforced the difference in the two controllers having to relearn hand placement as the Steam Controllers ABXY buttons and joystick are lower and more towards the middle. My muscle memory kept trying to tell me my hands were in the wrong place. But eventually I adjusted.

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For the love of Gaben, Steam.

Biggest and somewhat nitpicky complaint: Seriously Steam can you not hide pieces of the controller in the bottom of the box in a another unmarked dark black box under the main packaging? I might have thrown that away if I hadn’t read the packing list. The other odd issue I had was that the batteries in the handles wiggled free of the housing and caused me to think that my controller had broke within a few days of it’s delivery. Luckily that was not the case, and hopefully this was just a one off type of thing as I could see this being a problem with prolonged game play if it’s a constant issue.

Final thoughts? There is a definite and somewhat frustrating learning curve, but I think you have that with any new controller. This one being so different that others before it, it’s not very surprising that there would be a bit more of a “breaking in” period. In the long run I think it will be a great controller, I don’t think it’s going to set the world on fire.

I wish I could either love or hate this controller, but as it stands it’s a solution to a niche problem, so if your not looking to play all your PC games on a couch and with a controller, you probably don’t need this controller. However if this is a problem you have then this controller will be the solution and an excellent investment.

Rocket Punch Radio Episode 18: Twitches Get Stitches

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This week the pilots discuss techinque for streaming on http://www.twitch.tv from their own experiences as fledgling streamers. Along the way we also touch on how the Extra-Life drive went for 2015, and James first hours in Fallout 4. We would love to hear your own best practices for streaming on Twitch. Leave a comment in our liner notes or hit us up on Twitter or in the Grown-Ass Geeks facebook group to join the conversation. We’ll pick one listener to read his or her comments on the podcast next week.

You can follow our Twitch channel here.

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Nate: @BladeofCreation
Allayne: @AhoyAlliOops
Kurt: @Kspaz13

If you want to ask us a question in private you can email us at rocketpunchradio@gmail.com

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New Deus Ex: Mankind Divided trailer shows off Jensen’s new toys

The gents at Eidos have revealed a brand new gameplay and story trailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Within you’ll get to see an array of new weapons, from built in plasma weapons to something that appears to be some kind of sonic device. It also sounds like Adam Jensen’s voice actor, Elias Toufexis, has gotten a better grasp of the character. He still sounds like the Jensen of the first game but I detected more hints of subtle emotion. It doesn’t help that he sounds less like a stereotypical ten-packs-a-day-smoking-badass (if marginally).

Eidos seems to have been listening to our reactions to our reactions to Human Revolution and took action on them. Even if this game keeps the obnoxiously awful boss fights, it has the potential to be the best game in a storied franchise. I look forward to its February 2016 release.

Rocket Punch Radio Episode 14: Chasing the Dragon*Con!

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Without Ruth, Jay, or Nate the remaining pilots get really sappy. Samantha and James share the mic to talk about their experiences at Dragon*Con 2015 and to sing the praises of the people they’ve encountered. Featured in the discussion are the lovely people of @Dragonconpodtrack as well as a whole host of writers and other wonderful folk. We also briefly got misty eyed over the games that got us into gaming, and mildly sniffly about trading beers.

Dragon*Con was an incredibly wonderful experience, and if you are in the nerd community it is very much worth your while to dip your toes in and meet the wonderful people you’ll find there. Several of us here at RPR have been to many conventions over many many years, and we can say that we’ve never really been to a convention that was open and friendly as D*Con.

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Rocket Punch Radio Episode 11: That’s My Jam!

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In episode eleven the pilots do the impossible, think the unthinkable. We forget the risk and take the fall – if that’s what you want then it’s worth it all. We pierce the heavens with our drills and kick logic to the curb! We also apparently kick Nate to the curb. Sorry, bro. We ❤ you. srsly.

The time has come. After literally tens of hours, we must intervene for Nate’s safety. He has an addiction, and that addiction’s name is clicker games. We’re here for you, buddy. We can get through this together.

Don’t forget to check out Samantha and James’ Extra-Life drive. 100% of proceeds go directly to help a child in need at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Every dollar helps.

Our Extra-Life 2015 team

View our roster and click on the Arc*Aid team mate you’d like to donate to.

Featured music in this podcast is Magic Mountain (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0