Gamer’s Haven Podcast

Rebooted – A Quick Catchup

CircularLogoWe've been out of commission for a while now, and we're endeavoring to get back to it.

With that, we've added some functionality to the website, including a chat function, forums, and social groups and activities as well. We're expanding our coverage to include more news, reviews, and we're starting to look at video games as well. We're trying to make this website a stopping point for gamers of all kinds, whether they get their fun from the tabletop, the video screen, or both!

In this episode, Ethan, Nathan, and Jeremy talk about what they've been doing the last few months - and get into some of what they want to accomplish with the show from this point out. Expect a lot of new and cool stuff as the weeks progress.

In the meantime, please take your time to play around with the new bells and whistles on the website!

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Episode 107 – After Dark

Recorded a while ago and Ethan forgot to post this ... ah, the busy life.

Ethan, Jeremy, and Noah test some new equipment and talk about what they've been up to.

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Episode 105 – After Dark

No, you're not seeing things. Jeremy and Ethan decided to get an episode out the door while Nathan and Noah weren't available. So, this being the landmark episode where they didn't have Nathan around, Ethan and Jeremy talked about all kinds of things that would likely make Nathan mad ...


Gamer’s Haven Episode 90 – News, Reviews, and More 5th Edition

No, we're not dead, just busy.

We tackle this episode with some more freestylin' and hit up some news, reviews, and chat a bit more about 5th edition.  It's an aimless episode, but we needed to get together to record, and it's been two months ... life has been busy.

In the Three Parter, Jeremy reviews the new D&D supplement, Player's Option: Heroes of the Elemental Chaos, Ethan takes a look at the new DC Adventures/Mutants & Masterminds book, Heroes & Villains Vol. 2, while Nathan (and Ethan and Jeremy) talk a bit about What They're Into ...

We wrap things up with a few Random Encounters!

Running Time on this Episode is 137 minutes.

About D&D Player's Option: Heroes of the Elemental Chaos

Masters of fire and earth. Lords of air and water. This tome is the definitive sourcebook for creating and playing characters with ties to the Elemental Chaos and the primordial beings that dwell there. It shows how the elements can influence heroes of the natural world and presents elemental-themed character options for players.

In addition to discussing elemental power and presenting new character themes with strong story hooks, this book includes new class builds -- including the elementalist and the sha'ir -- and new feats and paragon paths designed to tie existing characters more closely to the Elemental Chaos.

About DC Adventures Heroes & Villains Vol. 2

The DC Universe features a dazzling array of characters who have thrilled readers for generations. The two-volume Heroes & Villains set details more than 500 of those characters for use in your DC Adventures games, all featuring character stats fully compatible with the award-winningMutants & Masterminds RPG. Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. 1 left off, covering characters from the League of Assassins and Legion of Super-Heroes to Zatanna and Zauriel. With Heroes & Villains in-hand, you will never lack for characters to use in your game, from heroic guest-stars and villainous foes to heroes suitable as ready-to-play characters. You'll also have a comprehensive guide for modeling your own DC characters based on existing examples along with a collection of animals and monsters useful for mimics and shapechangers. It's the comprehensive guide to the heroes and villains of the DC Universe no fan should be without!


One Shots – Traveller: Twilight Sector – Along for the Ride

Ethan, Nathan, Jeremy, Becca, and Chris were treated to a game run by the fine guys at Terra/Sol Games, Mike Cross and Chris Stevens.  Terra/Sol Games is, of course, the publishers of Twilight Sector, a setting for Mongoose Publishing's Traveller.

"You are all employees of Currie Pharmaceuticals. A large multi steller nation drug company. You are members of a field trial team in some way, researchers, security, ship crew, management. You are meeting the Mistress of Orion, one of the city sized mega ships in the setting called Dreadnoughts so you can piggyback to your jump off location a system 8 parsecs distant called Absolute Zero. In Traveller terms this ship is huge, it is about 1.2 million dtons big. These ships can traveller further faster than smaller ships like the one assigned to your team the Hunter's Princess.

"You are on your way to a planet called Edge which is a fringer backwater world with a population of only 82,000. There Currie does a lot of it's field trials away from the prying eyes of competitors and regulators. When you get there you are to conduct the field trials for a new psionc drug currently simply labeled Psion - C."


One Shots – D&D Holiday Game 2011

Utilizing OSRIC, Jeremy runs his semi-annual holiday-themed game for some of his regular players!

Happy Holidays everyone!


Gamer’s Haven Episode 88 – Greater Than Games and Sentinels of the Multiverse

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Sentinels of the Multiverse

Ethan, Nathan, and Jeremy were able to sit down with Christopher Badell, Adam Rebottaro, and Paul Bender, otherwise known as Greater Than Games, creators and publishers of Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative superhero card game and talk game design, development, and exactly what constitutes a superhero game.

It's a fun discussion, and Chris, Adam, and Paul were great sports.  As soon as we are able to, we will be posting a review of Sentinels of the Multiverse (who, by the way, are sponsoring us this month).  In the discussion, things get a bit long-winded, and Jeremy and Nathan try to get GTG to commit to a Canadian Crusaders expansion of the SotM game.

Plus, here's some art from the upcoming Rook City expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse provided exclusively for the Gamer's Haven Podcast!

Driving Mantis is exclusive artwork from the upcoming Sentinels of the Multiverse expansion set, Rook City!

Driving Mantis is exclusive artwork from the upcoming Sentinels of the Multiverse expansion set, Rook City!

In the Three Parter, Ethan has a not-so-shameless plug in asking listeners to donate to St. Jude's Children's Charity in the name of KantCon, Nathan reviews the new Batman: Arkham City video game on the X-Box and PS3 (and PC), and Jeremy talks a bit about what he's into.

Things are wrapped up in this episode with some Random Encounters.

Total running time on this episode is 110 minutes.

About Greater Than Games & Sentinels of the Multiverse

Greater Than Games, LLC, aka >G, is all about making the games that we have always wanted to play.  We love playing games, and we love our ridiculous process of game creation.  The most important thing to us is making the sorts of games we want to play available to everyone.

Our first product here at >G is Sentinels of the Multiverse, a cooperative card game in which 3 to 5 players control a team of super powered heroes battling a dastardly villain.  Sentinels of the Multiverse, or SotM, provides players with an innovative, streamlined game play experience that is easy to learn but requires strategic, team-based thinking.  The game comes with ten different heroes, allowing players to build myriad hero teams and find new ways to challenge the villains.  There are four different villains, each with unique mechanics and challenges, and four dynamic environments in which the battles take place.  This flexibility adds enormous replay value and ensures that no two SotM games will play the same.

About Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios. It is the sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum, based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. The game was released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The game was officially announced during the 2009 Spike Video Game Awards and was released worldwide for consoles, beginning in North America on October 18, 2011, with the PC version scheduled for November. A Wii U version is set to release in 2012.

Arkham City was scripted by veteran comic book author Paul Dini, who also scripted Arkham Asylum. It features a main plot and side-missions that develop their own sub-plots. The main storyline revolves around Batman's imprisonment in Arkham City, a sprawling new super-prison five times bigger than the original asylum and enclosing a wide variety of industrial districts, iconic locations and Gotham City landmarks. He must now stop mishaps occurring around this chaotic enclosure, mainly caused by his arch-nemesis The Joker. The game has received universal critical acclaim, making it one of the highest rated video games released in 2011.

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One Shots – Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Some Rocks and Stuff Part 1

Ethan and Jeremy had the chance to sit in on an ongoing Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay campaign as guest stars.  This is part 1 of their adventure.

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One Shots – D&D 4th Edition Dark Sun: It’s Always Sunny in Athas

In this redux of a KantCon game session, Ethan, Nathan, and Jeremy and some others get the chance to finally play some Dark Sun!

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Gamer’s Haven Episode 85 – KantCon 2011 Awards Ceremony

As with last year, Jeremy and Ethan take to the podium to dole out the awards for KantCon 2011!

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