D6G Episode 18: Serenity RPG reviewed & interview with designer

In Episode 18 the D6G crew puts on their brown coats and discuss the Serenity RPG in detail, after giving an overview of the concept of Role Playing Games for folks who've never had the pleasure of trying them.

But that's not all.  We also get to interview Jamie Chambers, of Margaret Weis Productions (yes, the Margaret Weis from Dragonlance).  Jamie designed the Serenity RPG, and developed their upcoming Cortex game system, the same system used for their Battlestar Galactica RPG.  We have a nice long chat with Jamie about how he got involed in the industry, what it's like to design these games, and what future products are coming out.

All that and our usual 'not too horrible' humor, with features such as:

- When Wives Attack
- Rapid Fire
- The Hollywood Minute
- Contests
- & More

If you'd like to discuss the show with us and others in our forum thread: click here.

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Links Mentioned this episode:

Craig's Serenity Campaign Summary: Part I, Part II

Owen's Website: www.OwenStaton.com

PaintedFigs.com Contest Rules

Direct download: D6GEpisode18.mp3
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Here are the rules for the Paintedfigs.com contest.   Listen to the show to here what the current prize Paintedfigs.com is giving away.  Oh yes, it's a great one!

What We're Giving Away

New, excellently painted minis from the world's leading fantasy painting service, with three years experience and 20 full time staff. These will be custom painted and assembled to your needs. (Listen to the D6 Generation to hear what the current prize is! - Russ)


To be eligible, a D6Gen listener needs to send an email to D6Generation@paintedfigs.com .  We will use your email to contact you once a month regarding news and offers at paintedfigs.com. We won't spam you, and you can opt out with a single, painless, click.

As long as you are our email list, you will be automatically considered for all our giveaways on the show.


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Bio: Russ Wakelin

One of the challenges of being brought up in a military family is that you have to get used to moving a lot.  This leads to two things: 1) You tend to become very close with your family and need to find ways to have fun with each other and 2) You need to figure out ways to make friends quickly.

The first issue was overcome in our family with games.  We had family game nights frequently with a wide variety of classic family games (Chess, Backgammon, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Risk, etc.) and some less common but very fun games. (Yacht Race, Carrier Strike, Chopper Strike, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Game)

The second issue was overcome with the help of the first.  John (my brother) and I soon discovered that we could make many new friends quickly by either getting involved with gaming groups, or starting one if it didn't already exist.   Of course these gaming groups evolved beyond family games into some of the meatier types of games such as RPG's (D&D,
Traveler, Star Frontiers) and war games (Axis and Allies, Shogun, Fortress America, Broadsides and Boarding Parties, Starfleet Battles, Battletech, etc.)

Thus, gaming became a fundamental tool that my brother and I have always used,
not only to entertain ourselves and our families, but also to meet new people, make new lifelong friends, and share thoughts and ideas with likeminded folks around the world.   We were fortunate enough to discover this when we were young as we literally moved around the world with our family.

Despite the early lesson, I am still amazed at how gaming can so easily bring people together from different geographies and cultures.  This was reinforced for me when I started the DakkaDakka.com website in the late 90's.  This little website designed to let local players keep track of league scores and show off their army pictures to each other was attracting visitors from around the world.   The site was so popular that it eventually led to a family run game store with a focus on providing a place to socialize and play.  The whole adventure with the Dakka Dakka website and store led to a many great friendships that I cherish to this day. 

Eventually it was time to have a family and my priorities shifted.  Nicole (my wife), John, and I decided it was time to sell the store, and eventually I sold the website as well.  But my love for games has never dwindled, especially now that my daughters are becoming old enough to begin to discover the wonder of games.   It also turned out to be difficult for me to stop sharing my love of gaming with others, which is one of the reasons that The D6 Generation was born.

Today I enjoy the challenge of balancing my family life, job, and gaming.  The D6 Generation allows me to share how I go about that balancing act with others, but more importantly, it keeps me in touch with one of my favorite lessons of childhood: Gaming brings people together from around the world. 


Thanks for listening & happy gaming,

Russ Wakelin

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Troy intvited me in on This Week in Wargaming's round table discussion about Warhammer Online and Space Marines.

You can check out the episode here by clicking here.

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D6G Episode 17: Monsterpocalypse detailed Review and Raef's Round Table

In Episode 17* the D6G crew dives in deep with Monsterpocalypse, covering the game with a detailed review.   After that we have another "Raef's Round Table" with topics ranging from Raef finally playing Warhammer Online, Space Marines, and Craig's Halloween game ideas.

All that and our usual 'not too horrible' humor, with features such as:

- When Wives Attack
- Rapid Fire
- The Hollywood Minute
- Contests
- & More

If you'd like to discuss the show with us and others in our forum thread: click here.

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*Now with more Welshmen.  Owen's website: www.OwenStaton.com
Direct download: D6GEpisode17.mp3
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Bio: Raef Granger

[Note: Raef was a founding host of the D6 Generation but has since moved on from the show.  He still contributes via The Hollywood Minute segment and occasional guest spots in the third chair.]‚Äč

I was instantly hooked into miniature wargaming when, as a 12 year old boy, my family took my brother and meto Gettysburg, PA.  While there we were in a store, and I saw a 3D terraintable with Confederate and Union Soldiers displayed on the board.  I thought it was yet another diorama, but nooooo the shopkeep assured me it was in fact, wait for it, a miniature game.   I was instantly hooked, although did not play my first miniature game until I met Craig and Russ and the gang in 1995ish.  The game was 40k.  Of course, having grown up on RPG's and Computer games goes without saying all the way back the Nintendo systems and D&D.  And of course comics became a love of mine at the same time as D&D.  Having collected all of the original Todd McFarlane comics, just 'cause I was a kid reading comics, is a proud achievement of mine.

Now I try to insulate myself from the powerful mind force that Russ both consciously and unconsciously projects into my brain in regards to different games.  I love collecting, modeling,
painting and playing.  I often say that for these reason, miniature wargaming is the perfect hobby for me.  It lets me collect when I am in that mood, it lets me play and socialize when I am in that mood, and it lets me read and create when I am in that mood.  Perfect! 

I am new to the MMO scene having started with LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online), gravitated to WoW, and now am enjoying the freedom of WAR. (Warhammer Online).  For the first time in my life, I will actually be playing PC games on a gaming Rig (DogHouse Systems).  I also enjoy my xbox 360 and enjoy the stealth action adventure game
s the best, think Bioshock and Thief, and Splinter Cell before it went weird.

I am
generally a happy person who views the world as the glass is half full, and enjoy the different roles I have in life as: Friend, Lawyer, Husband, Father, Gamer, and Podcast Host.

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