ConBravo Special with Mark Meer

At the end of July, our Terrible Warriors Mike Dodd, Steve Saylor and Scotty Bordas got together at ConBravo, a Con about everything geek, in Hamilton Ontario. They sat down with Voice Actor Mark Meer, most commonly known as Commander Shepherd in the hit video game series "Mass Effect" to play as a special team sent to the future to "borrow" secrets and bring them back to our time! About Mark Meer:

markmeerMark Meer is a Canadian actor, writer and improvisor, based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is internationally known for his role in the Mass Effect series, in which he stars as the voice of the male version of the player character, Commander Shepard.  His voice is featured in a number of other games from BioWare including Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of AmnBaldur's Gate II: Throne of BhaalJade EmpireNeverwinter Nights: Hordes of the UnderdarkDragon Age: OriginsDragon Age: Origins – Awakening, and Dragon Age II.  Meer is a core company member of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning live improvised soap opera Die-Nasty, and is a performer and writer on CBC Radio's sketch comedy programThe Irrelevant Show, APTN's CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, and Super Channel's Tiny Plastic Men.

Star Wars with Kyle Hebert, Jason Trost

Back in June, our Terrible Warriors Steve Saylor and Julian Spillane ventured out to Los Angeles, a wretched hive of scum and villainy.  They got together with Actor, Filmmaker Jason Trost and Voice Actor Kyle Hebert to travel to a Galaxy Far Far Away. About Kyle Hebert:

Kyle was one of the few people who knew what he wanted to be as a youth and actually achieved it. In high school and at the University of North Texas, he was a DJ for the school radio stations. Not long after graduation, he worked his way thru many radio formats and eventually found a home on Disney Radio. Better known as "Squeege" to his radio audience, Kyle entertains his young audience with wacky character voices and crazy antics. Over the last decade he pursued his other great interest, Voice Acting. At Funimation, he voiced many characters including teenage Gohan of Dragonball-Z fame. This has propelled him into celebrity status in the Anime world with world appearances and web sites devoted to his work. Most recently Kyle added his Voice to the Blood Rayne 2 video game.

About Jason Trost:

Jason is an Actor, Writer and Director of such hit indie films "The FP" and "All Superheros Must Die"  According to Toronto After Dark's Peter Kuplowsky states, "Trost demonstrates a remarkable charisma that sneaks up on you amidst the small, but strong cast that includes Lucas Till (Havok from X-Men: First Class) and a scenery-chewing James Remar (Dexter), the grinning villain at the centre of this superhero horror flick."  He currently lives and is working in Los Angeles on several film projects.  He was recently seen in the Seth Rogan comedy "This Is The End".

Paranoia XP

Start Date: June 15th, 2013End Date: July 13th, 2013 Total Episodes: 4 + Debrief

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About Paranoia XP:

Paranoia_25th_Anniversary_Troubleshooters_EditionParanoia (also styled as PARANOIA) is a dystopian science-fiction tabletop role-playing game originally designed and written by Greg Costikyan, Dan Gelber, and Eric Goldberg, and first published in 1984 by West End Games. Since 2004 the game has been published under licence by Mongoose Publishing. The game won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Rules of 1984 and was inducted into the Origins Awards Hall of Fame in 2007.

The game's main setting is an immense and futuristic city called Alpha Complex, which is controlled by The Computer, a civil service AI construct (a literal realization of the "Influencing Machine" that some schizophrenics fear). The Computer serves as the game's principal antagonist, and fears a number of threats to its 'perfect' society, such as The Outdoors, mutants, and secret societies (especially Communists). To deal with these threats, The Computer employs Troubleshooters, whose job is to go out, find trouble, and shoot it. Player characters are usually Troubleshooters, although later game supplements have allowed the players to take on other roles.

The player characters frequently receive mission instructions from the Computer that are incomprehensible, self-contradictory, or obviously fatal if adhered to, and side-missions which conflict the main mission. They are issued equipment that is uniformly dangerous, faulty or "experimental" (i.e. almost certainly dangerous and faulty). Additionally, each player character is generally an unregistered mutant and a secret society member, and has a hidden agenda separate from the group's goals, often involving stealing from or killing teammates. Thus, missions often turn into a comedy of errors, as everyone on the team seeks to double-cross everyone else while keeping their own secrets. The game's manual encourages suspicion between players, offering several tips on how to make the gameplay as paranoid as possible.

Every player's character is assigned six clones, known as a "six-pack," which are used to replace the preceding clone upon his or her death. The game lacks a conventional health system; most wounds the player characters can suffer are assumed to be fatal. As a result, Paranoia allows characters to be routinely killed, yet the player can continue instead of leaving the game. This easy spending of clones tends to lead to frequent firefights, gruesome slapstick, and the horrible yet humorous demise of most if not all of the player character's clone family. Additional clones can be purchased if one gains sufficient favour with the Computer.

The Paranoia rulebook is unusual in a number of ways; demonstrating any knowledge of the rules is forbidden, and most of the rulebook is written in an easy, conversational tone that often makes fun of the players and their characters, while occasionally taking digs at other notable role-playing games.

The Matrix: Deletion

Start Date: May 11th, 2013End Date: June 8th, 2013 Total Episodes: 4 + Debrief

The Toronto Crew returns feeling a lot like Alice as they jack into "The Matrix" using a fan-made System based on the West End Games Star Wars d6 System. Tune in as Justin Ecock, Julian Spillane, Erika Szabo, Cassie Chui and for the first time as GM, Steve Saylor will see how deep that Rabbit Hole goes.

About The Matrix d6 Classic System:

This is a role-playing game based on the world of the movies of The Matrix trilogy. This is a downloadable version of the game that was originally posted on the web at http://thematrixfreerpg.tripod.com/.

There are two versions of this game available on the site: The first, The Matrix RPG D6 Classic, is a direct adaptation of the Star Wars Second Edition Revised and Expanded Rules (now out of print) published by West End Games. The second, The Matrix D6 Legend, is a success- based system founded on the rules laid out in West End Games' DC Universe.

Pendragon

Start Date:  April 6th, 2013End Date: May 4th, 2013 Total Episodes:  4 + Debrief

Big Mike, Mike Dodd, Tom White and Scotty Bordas jump into the Arthurian Legend and play within the Pendragon World.

About Pendragon:

Pendragon, or King Arthur Pendragon, is a role-playing game (RPG) in which players take the role of knights performing chivalric deeds in the tradition of Arthurian legend. It was originally written by Greg Stafford and published by Chaosium, then was acquired by Green Knight Publishing, who in turn passed on the rights to White Wolf, Inc. in 2004. White Wolf sold the game to Stewart Wieck in 2009. Wieck formed Nocturnal Media, which has since updated and reissued the 5th edition originally published by White Wolf.

The rules system of Pendragon is most notable for its system of personality traits and passions that both control and represent the character's behavior. Otherwise, it uses fairly traditional game mechanics for normal play, based to some degree on the Basic Role-Playing (BRP) system,[4] but also has a set of charts and tables for determining what happens to a character's family in between adventures. The characters' ability scores are based on BRP standard, but skills are resolved using d20, rather than d100.