Big Irish Vlog – “Pittsburgh, FATE, X-Men, Cleveland Concoction, Shaintar”

Welcome to the Big Irish Vlog of 05/27/2014

* The Pittsburgh Edition
— Carinn and I participated in the awesome wedding of Eric and Lindsay MacCallum. Much fun was had. There may be video evidence of me rapping about their cats…
— The “bachelor party” event turned out to be an ad hoc game of FATE Accelerated, run by the best man Randy Oest, hosted at Daryl Putman’s house, and featuring Daryl as Ferris Bueller, Carinn as Velma Dinkley, the groom-to-be, Eric, as Swamp Thing, and yours truly as Jack Burton, somewhere in a version of hell run by Charles in Charge, trying to rescue the Ghost Busters. It was… awesome. More on FATE Accelerated later.
— Shaintar stalwart Rich Brown treated us to traditional Memorial Day grilled burgers and dogs; a rousing session of Sentinels of the Multiverse (will have to discuss this game on another BIV) followed. I am thrilled to discover he is joining the ranks of the Grey Lanterns and plans to run additional Shaintar: Justice and Life games at Gen Con!
— Pittsburgh has been one pleasant surprise after another. Burgatory, Full Pint Pub, Church Brew Works… Among the greatest pleasant surprises was Piper’s Pub. Holy crap! Food story…

1828 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

* Some Shaintar Adventure Card News

— Had to change some files, somehow the ability to buy print versions got shut off. It’s back on now, so they can be purchased again.
— I will have “Moment of Glory” promo cards available to hand out, starting at Cleveland Concoction this coming weekend. Come ask me for one at a con when you see me!

* Saw “X-Men: Days of Future Past”
— I agree with most of the great commentary already out there. Nicely done, excellent tie-together of the older stuff and the new, with the perfect launch point to go forward. Also, it wasn’t any one single character’s show – a serious effort to craft and execute an ensemble happened here, and Wolverine ~didn’t~ feature as the Do It All Hero, the Rest Are My Sidekicks.
— If you didn’t stay for the after-credits… wow.

* FATE Accelerated
— Having never played FATE before, I was very pleased when Randy offered to run an ad hoc game for us. I was even more pleased to discover just how EASY a task that was with the rules in question.
— Less stressful, more interactive narrative, much easier to grasp than anticipated.
— Possible one of the more perfect system for exactly the situation we were in.
— Still love Savage Worlds and remain loyal to it for the experience I tend to favor for most games.
— I am going to have to explore FATE much further and more deeply, now. I see its influence in Storium – a good thing, I realize – and I see its appeal for a lot of situations. I really would like to play some more, I believe.

Randy’s Write Up
Randy’s FATE SRD Page

* Cleveland Concoction coming up…
— Running the next phase of the Thundering Skies Saga at the show.
— Gene “Rod” Roddenberry is the Guest of Honor, and a ton of other amazing stuff happening!

* Sean’s Pick of the Day – the Web Site
— After a lot of encouragement from various sources, I decided to launch a full site dedicated to aggregating my Picks of the Day, the Big Irish Vlog, and other useful and fun bits of news and interest for RPG fans.
— Darryl Mott, Jr. of “Ain’t It Cool News” and “Gamers Tavern” fame graciously set up the pages to act as the server for it. Michael and Gayle Reick helped me get the tech stuff settled for it.
— Now you can click the link to get all the stuff I am sharing every day that may be of interest to you, including this Vlog. Thanks for the support! Share it around! Send me stuff to share at evilbeaglegames [at] gmail {dawt} com



Sean Patrick Fannon, creator of Shaintar, RPG industry veteran, and Chief Everything of Evil Beagle Games, expounds regularly about stuff he is into and stuff he feels like sharing… which could be pretty much anything.

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