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 108 – Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition

Episode 107We're back with the original trio talking about the new Dunegons & Dragons 5th Edition.

It's the latest edition of the world's most famous RPG, and we're taking a look at the free basic rules put out by Wizards of the Coast. Jeremy has a lot to say, and Nathan is even optimistic!

In the Three Parter, we discuss a lot of stuff, but Nathan mainly talks about Unepic, a new computer RPG, Jeremy and Ethan talk about Warmachine, and Ethan throws down his opinion on Firefly: The Game and Galactic Strike Force.

Other things we talked about were Divine Divinity: Original Sin, Wasteland 2, Shroud of the Avatar, Minecraft Realms, Blood Bowl, DreadBall, War of Kings, and Juggernaut.

Of course, we also talk about KantCon, which is less than two-weeks away!

Running Time on this Episode is 96 minutes.

About Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edtion Basic Rules

As Mike Mearls explained in Legends & Lore: The Basic Rules for Dungeons & Dragons is a PDF (over 100 pages, in fact) that covers the core of the game. It runs from levels 1 to 20 and covers the cleric, fighter, rogue, and wizard, presenting what we view as the essential subclass for each. It also provides the dwarf, elf, halfling, and human as race options; in addition, the rules contain 120 spells, 5 backgrounds, and character sheets.

About Unepic

Unepic is a combination of platforming and role playing games. There are many hilarious references throughout the game. The game takes place in Harnakon, a huge medieval castle.

It is set in the hardcore NES Style, yet refined with the latest features. This makes Unepic a very unique game.

About Warmachine

WARMACHINE players take on the role of warcasters as they lead their titanic forces into battle. Warcasters possess significant martial prowess of their own as well as having hardened warriors and magical spells to bring to bear. Players collect, assemble, and paint fantastically detailed models representing the varied warriors, machines, and creatures in their armies. WARMACHINE is fully compatible with its feral twin, the monstrous miniatures combat game of HORDES.

About Firefly: The Game

Fire up your engines and full burn out to the edge of the ‘Verse. This fall, Firefly: The Game – Blue Sun expands the game into new territory. A new Board section pushes the ‘Verse outwards, adding new systems to explore and exploit. Navigate this frontier space with an all new Nav Deck. A new Supply Planet offers new Gear to purchase and new Crew to hire. Two new Job Contacts offer new opportunities and unique game-changing challenges while the game’s other Contacts have new Jobs to claim a piece of the Rim for themselves. Two new Leaders present new strategies for players to execute as they focus on three new Story Cards. Two additional Reaver Cutters and new rules for these dangerous savages put the ‘Verse on high alert. Reaver activity is on the rise and your Crew is on the menu!

About Galactic Strike Force

Galactic Strike Force is the tactical, cooperative, space battle, deck building game from the creators of Sentinels of the Multiverse!

In Galactic Strike Force, up to six players each control a member of a rogue Strike Force assembled to struggle against galactic threats that the major powers lack either the motivation or strength to face.


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 ...


Episode 102 – How Many Editions?

We talk a bit about the various editions of D&D, Noah geeks out about his new stack of goodies for Deadlands Noir, Nathan rants on Dragon's Crown, Ethan reviews Day After Ragnarok, and Jeremy takes a look at the special edition reprints of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons from WotC.

We also talk about the news coming out of Gen Con, and give a special message to a long-time listener and friend, Tracy Barnett.


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."


Gamer’s Haven Episode 89 – Freestylin’ On 5th Edition

We all sit down after nearly three months to record our next episode, with some reflection and reservations ... which are thrown out the window with a discussion on the announcement of 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons!  We talk about what we've been doing, and try a new thing with the show ... current events!  So, if you like this episode, please comment and let us know if you want more like it!

In the Three Parter, we really do a Four Parter when Jeremy reviews the Dungeons & Dragons 4th Editon Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild (and a bit about the Faeries book from Bastion Press way back when), Nathan and Becca both talk about Star Wars: The Old Republic, Nathan goes on about Planescape Torment, and Ethan wraps it up with a trifecta of reviews of Sentinels of the Multiverse from Greater Than Games, Martian Dice from Tasty Minstrel Games, and Cards Against Humanity from ... well, Cards Against Humanity.

Finally, we bring things to a close in this extra long episode (making up for lost time) with a few Random Encounters!

As always, please rate and review us on iTunes, comment on posts, head over to the forums and chat with other listeners, or visit our various affiliate stores on Amazon, Noble Knight Games, and RPGNow.

Until next time!

Total running time on this episode is 152 minutes.

About D&D Player's Option: Heroes of the Feywild

Player’s Option: Heroes of the Feywild enables players to weave elements of the Feywild into their existing and future characters, in much the same way thatPlayer’s Option: Heroes of Shadow gave players reasons to explore their characters’ dark connections to the Shadowfell.

This book contains exciting new character builds and options that are thematically rooted to the Feywild, a wild and verdant plane of arcane splendor, full of dangerous and whimsical creatures. Characters who trace their origins or backgrounds to the Feywild gain access to unique feats, powers, and mechanics. The book explores what makes fey-themed characters so fun and distinct.

Buy Heroes of the Feywild from Amazon.com or Noble Knight Games

About Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic, abbreviated as TOR or SWTOR, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game based in the Star Wars universe. Developed by BioWare Austin and a supplemental team at BioWare Edmonton, the game was first announced on October 21, 2008, at an invitation-only press event. The video game was released for the Microsoft Windows platform on December 20, 2011 in North America and part of Europe. Early access to the game began one week before release, on December 13, 2011, for those who had pre-ordered the game online; access opened in "waves" based on pre-order date.

Although BioWare has not disclosed development costs, industry leaders and financial analysts have estimated it to be between $125 million and $200 million. If accurate, this would make it the most expensive video game ever developed.

Buy Star Wars: The Old Republic from Amazon.com

About Planescape Torment

Planescape: Torment is a computer role-playing video game developed for Windows by Black Isle Studios and released on December 12, 1999 by Interplay Entertainment. It takes place in Planescape, an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (AD&Dfantasy campaign setting. The game's engine is a modified version of theInfinity Engine, which was also used for BioWare's Baldur's Gate, a previous AD&D game set in the Forgotten Realms.

Planescape: Torment is primarily story-driven; combat is given less prominence than in most contemporary role-playing games. The protagonist, known as The Nameless One, is an immortal who has lived many lives but has forgotten all about them, even forgetting his own name. The game focuses on his journey throughout the city of Sigil and other planes to reclaim his memories of these previous lives. Several characters in the game may join The Nameless One on his journey, and most of these characters have encountered him in the past.

The game was not a significant commercial success but received widespread critical praise and has since become a cult classic. It was lauded for its immersive dialogue, for the dark and relatively obscure Planescape setting, and for the protagonist's unique persona, which shirked many characteristics of traditional role-playing games. It was considered by many video game journalists to be the best role-playing game (RPG) of 1999, and continues to receive attention long after its release.

Buy Planescape Torment from Amazon.com or (more reasonably, and with much more stability) download it from GOG!

About Sentinels of the Multiverse

Sentinels of the Multiverse is 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.

Buy Sentinels of the Multiverse from Amazon.com, Noble Knight Games, or directly from Greater Than Games themselves!

About Martian Dice

Your mission, Martians, is to swoop down on the pathetic denizens of the primitive planet “Earth”, and to scoop up as many of the inhabitants as you can manage. We are interested in samples of the Chicken, Cow, and Human populations, so that we can determine which of them is actually in charge. The Earthlings might manage to put up a feeble defense, but surely nothing that a small taste of your Death Rays can’t handle. Make Mars proud... be the first Martian to fill your abduction quota!

Buy Martian Dice from Amazon.com or Noble Knight Games.

About Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people.

Unlike most of the party games you've played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable and awkward as you and your friends.

The game is simple. Each round, one player asks a question from a Black Card, and everyone else answers with their funniest White Card.

Cards Against Humanity is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike license - that means you can use and remix the game for free, but you can't sell it.


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 – 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 83 – Finding Religion

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Lamentations of the Flame Princess

In this episode, we sit down and talk some religion ... in your game, that is.  We talk about how you can use religion, both as an abstract, and as a direct motivator, including religious organizations.  We touch on using religion in a fantasy setting, and in a contemporary or futuristic setting.  In the Three Parter, Nathan reviews Lamentations of the Flame Princess, while Jeremy has a rant on his latest bout with AT&T, and Ethan gives us a shameless plug.

Total Running Time on this Episode is 104 minutes.

About Lamentations of the Flame Princess

Beyond the borders of civilization, beyond the influence of manipulating politicians, greedy merchants, iron-handed clergy, and the broken masses that toil for their benefit, the ruins of ancient civilizations call to those bold enough, and desperate enough, to escape the oppression of mundane life. Treasure and glory await those courageous enough to wrest it from the darkness. But the danger is great, for lurking in the forgotten shadows are forces far more corrupt than even civilization. The price for freedom might be paid in souls.

Buy Lamentations of the Flame Princess from RPGNow

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Episode 81 – House Rules

Product Review: Monster Vault for D&D Essentials

In this episode, we try out some new theme music courtesy of TheLoneGunman.  Please let us know if you like it or not, as it is a grand experiment!

On to the meat of the episode, we all talk about implementing house rules in your game, and talk a bit about the house rules we've run into, and even the house rules we use ourselves.

In the Three Parter, Jeremy takes a look at the D&D Essentials Monster Vault, while Nathan talks a bit about what he's into, and Ethan wraps things up with a spot of news that he found entertaining.

Total running time of this episode is 93 minutes.

About D&D Essentials Monster Vault

This essential product for Dungeon Masters collects the most iconic monsters of the Dungeons & Dragons world in one handy box and presents all-new variants, including new spins on such beloved monsters as dragons, orcs, and vampires. The monsters described herein are designed to be easy for Dungeon Masters to use and fun for players to fight. In addition to combat statistics, each monster entry comes with story information to help DMs incorporate the monsters into their adventures and campaigns.

Buy Monster Vault from the Gamer's Haven Amazon Store ($19.79)

Buy Monster Vault from Noble Knight Games ($21.56)

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