The climactic conclusion of Enough Room to Die. A campaign six years in development, with 30 episodes in the can, with more episodes unrecorded from years past, if you've made it this far ... we congratulate you!
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In the second new issue of season two, we get all official-like with a sound engineer on staff, so we sound all groovy and stuff. We continue an oldie-but-a-goodie with the Casting Couch when we put the emerald archer himself in the spotlight with Green Arrow. Also returning this episode … Continue reading
Ethan had the chance to sit down with John Rogers, co-creator of the hit TNT television series, Leverage. As it happens, John is an avid gamer, and has done many things in the world of gaming. They had a chance to talk about how Hollywood has influenced his games, and how his games have influenced his work in Hollywood. Oh, and they talked about Catwoman, too.
About John Rogers
John Rogers is a screenwriter, comedian, film producer, and comic book writer. Although born in Worcester, Massachusetts, he attended McGill University in Montreal and is better known publicly as a Canadian writer. While at McGill, he wrote for the school's comedy magazine The Red Herring.
Rogers wrote the first draft of the script for the live-action movie Transformers, released in 2007. He wrote an early screenplay for Catwoman and created the cartoon series Jackie Chan Adventures. He also co-wrote the science fiction adventure film The Core. In 2004 Rogers wrote and executive-produced a television pilot based on the graphic novel Global Frequency. Although the pilot was never aired on network television, it achieved brief notoriety when it was leaked onto the internet and accrued an international fan base. He co-created and serves as executive producer for the TNT TV series, Leverage.
Leverage is an American television drama series on TNT that premiered in December 2008. The series is produced by director/executive producer Dean Devlin's production company Electric Television. Leverage follows a five-person team of professional thieves, computer experts and con artists, headed up by former insurance investigator, Nathan Ford, who use their skills to right corporate and governmental injustices inflicted on common citizens.
Total Running Time on this Episode is 38 minutes.
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There I was, typing this update up on September 1st when it all went dark ...
I've been doing this podcast for almost four years now, and in that time, we've been hosted by the fine guys over at Fist Full of Comics and Games, and then we struck out on our own (mostly due to incorporating and becoming a nonprofit organization) and got hosting with a company called inMotion Hosting.
Their service was said to be good, and their security was top notch ...
So, here's the story on how inMotion Hosting screwed us, hard.
On September 1, 2010, I was working on the site, not an unusual thing. Then ... the site went down, and we got a notice saying that the account holder (i.e., me) needed to contact our host.
Now, this sort of thing had happened before, and it was usually due to some bandwidth spike our site would cause ... something about our traffic and various other things. I followed inMotion's instructions to the letter each time, and installed a caching program on WordPress that was supposed to stop things like that from happening.
Then, several months went by, and not a peep from them. There was the occasional instance where the site was slow, or the site went down, but then it was right back up again.
Well, this time, I got the following e-mail:
It appears as though the WP-Supercache may not have installed properly, as the account was suspended for the same reason it was before. One of our system administrators sent an email in regards to the issue. Please read over and respond to that message to get into contact with a system administration team member.
Alternately, you can call and we can patch you through to a system administrator in regards to the issue.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are open 24/7.
So I went on their 24-hour chat support on their website, and was informed by the gentleman on the other side that I needed to call in. I was beginning to think this situation was rather ridiculous, so I called in ...
After bing on hold for 45 minutes, I was informed that inMotion would look into the site issue, and they would call me back. All the while, I had already sent in a service ticket, sent an e-mail, and all that stuff as well.
Shortly thereafter, I received this e-mail:
This issue is being escalated to a Systems team representative. Our Systems support team will evaluate the issue and notify you of a time frame for resolution dependent on the complexity of the issue. We thank you for your patience.
No big deal. That's what I was told, right? Well, then I got this e-mail:
We have been in communication with you regarding the resource usage of your site, gamershavenpodcast.com. While we have tried to give you some time to resolve the issue, the resources being consumed by the operation of your website are still well outside of what we can safely contain on a shared platform.
As the activity on your site is affecting other customers, we can no longer permit the operation of your site on a shared systems. In order for your account to continue to remain operation in it's current state System Administration has recommended the upgrade of your account to a Essential dedicated plan, which should meet the needs of your site and allow greater flexibility and control over the platform your website operates on.
We will need to hear back from you immediately if you wish to continue hosting your site with us.
You can either respond to this email stating how you would like to proceed, or you may call us, 24x7 at 888-321-HOST(4678) and ask to speak with a System Administrator. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter, and we look forward to hearing from you.
So I looked at their website ... and this dedicated hosting was to cost me a mere $200 a month.
Being that I can't pull $200 out of thin air, I cancelled my service, and began to switch things over to GoDaddy.com, who told me plainly that they could handle the site without problems, and, thus far, they have been doing a fine job.
So, for those of you who may be shopping around for webhosting ... don't touch inMotion Hosting with a 10-foot pole, 50-feet of rope (hemp or silk), or even crampons. Yes. Even crampons. According to them, "Unlimited Bandwidth" translates to "Unlimited until we say it's too much and then we will want to charge you $200 a month to make it really unlimited."
Anyway now that I've gotten that out of my system ... here's the update I was typing up two weeks ago when this whole thing began ...
Welcome to another release-filled month here at the Gamer's Haven! We have a lot going on right now!
I hope everyone enjoyed our plethora of Gen Con releases, and hope that everyone is checking out the Troll in the Corner for some great text reviews and material!
As usual, RPGNow has sent us a promotional code for this month, good through October 5th. You can use this code to get 20% off any products from the following publishers:
- Goodman Games
- Inner City Games Designs
- Palladium Books
- Pinnacle Entertainment
- Erisian Entertainment
- Generic Universe Publishing
- Holistic Design
- Kallisti Press
- LPJ Design
- Palladium Books
- Rogue Games, Inc
- RPG Objects
- Savage Mojo
- Highmoon Games
Just enter the code HotAugustGames2010 to get the discount, and be sure to use our affiliate link to help support us!
On the interview front, we have several interviews lined up for this month, including and upcoming discussion with John Rogers, creator of the Leverage television show and an avid gamer.
Ethan is also hard at work trying to set up an interview with Jim Butcher, creator and author of the Dresden Files series of novels. He can't promise anything, but he's being very tenacious.
We've also got some reviews forthcoming on several titles, including Outbreak Undead, Doctor Who: Adventures Across Time and Space, and others.
Speaking of reviews, we're also going to start a new podcast series of Play/Reviews beginning with an Actual Play Session of Atomic Highway, followed by a roundtable review of the game. We should be doing things like this every month, so stay tuned!
Gamer’s Haven Special Edition: An Interview with Ivan Van Norman, Chris De La Rosa, and Robert Watts
In this episode, Ethan sits down with Ivan Van Norman, Chris De La Rosa, and Robert Watts from Hunters Books and Apparel, the company and minds that bring you Outbreak Undead. In the interview, they backgrounds, history, inception, and the design challenges behind this innovative new RPG.
About Outbreak Undead
“Outbreak: Undead” is a Zombie Survival Simulation RPG that is not only fun, but an essential step in surviving the Undead. We at Hunters Books have provided the most dramatic, effective, and above all realistic means in which to (safely) simulate the events of a zombie uprising and try your chances at survival!
Interested in getting Outbreak Undead into your friendly local gaming store? Contact them!
Here's a look at the superb layout and design you'll find in Outbreak Undead. This book is very cool!
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About Ivan Van Norman
Ivan is a businessman and a coordinator with a passion for the entertainment industry. With a B.F.A in film production at Chapman University, his experience in raising funds for short films has given him a foundation upon which to start his career. Since graduation, he has worked in every field of the entertainment industry from public relations at Traction PR to post production at Dreamworks Animation. He is a veteran of the convention circuit, working and attending large conventions such as Comic-Con, E3, GDC and GenCon. He has provided a corporate presence for clients such as Atari, Commodore, Ninja Bee and the Russian software mega-distributor 1C at these conventions. Now a developer on Outbreak: Undead, Ivan has found a project that makes use of his varied areas of expertise in gaming, promotion and producing. He is an alumni of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
About Chris De La Rosa
Christopher De La Rosa graduated with a BA in Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California, with continuing education at Columbia College for supplemental courses in Business Management and Marketing. Christopher has worked for the past two years as a Graphic Designer and Marketing Coordinator for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. He also worked in development for nearly 5 years on a television adaptation of Hunters: Exile (now property of Hunters Books) with Aspect Studios. He is the lead designer of Outbreak: Undead, bringing his background in psychological research as well as years of game design and graphic design to the table. He is an alumni of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity.
About Robert Watts
Robert Watts is a graduate of Chapman University with a B.F.A. in Film Production and a Minor in Honors - Zombiology, which involved an in-depth study of the popular culture and mythos behind zombie lore. This gives him an extensive knowledge of the subject matter that he puts to use on the development team of Outbreak: Undead. After writing, producing and directing films for four years, he spent two years at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment as an assistant to a motion picture talent agent. He currently works for Heroes and Villains Entertainment and on Outbreak: Undead. He has been an avid gamer all his life, and enjoys both playing and designing them, and is intimately aware of the market’s current trends and developments, being at the forefront of development in the film, literary and gaming industries. He is an alumni of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
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