The Round Table

  • Saying Goodbye to The Round Table


    If you’re a regular listener to The Round Table podcast, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that we haven’t been releasing new episodes on anything that could be called a “schedule” for several months now. Mick Bradley turned the reigns of the show over to Chris Miller and I, and we (with the help of Mr. Bradley and a number of other very talented people) released what I consider to be two very good episodes: An Introduction to Story Games and British vs. American Television. We (and by “we” I mean “Chris”) had a couple of other episodes planned, but never got around to actually organizing guest appearances and sitting down in front of the microphones to record.

    Yesterday, we at The House of the Harping Monkey decided it was time to throw in the towel and admit that we just didn’t have the time or energy to do the show anymore. Conflicting obligations and a host of other projects (professional and personal) demanded a lot of that time and energy and something had to give eventually. We agreed that, for better or for worse, The Round Table (and also, unfortunately, Misfit Brew) should come to an end.

    We’re getting together tonight to record one final episode, rather than just letting the show fizzle and podfade without an official send off. I’m not sure how long the show will be or what we’ll talk about other than retiring The Round Table, but we all felt it would be best to do one more show and let anyone still subscribed know that there won’t be any more.

  • Podcast: The Round Table – Season 5, Episode 1


    The fifth season of The Round Table kicks off with an introduction to story gaming. Chris Miller and I, still stinging from our less-than-technically-successful attempt at playing Primetime Adventures with Miscellaneous G™, sit down with a panel of story gamers and game designers to discuss just what a story game is and how we as “traditional” gamers could make the transition from dungeon crawls to collaborative storytelling.

    Our esteemed panel includes:

    So if you’ve been living in fear of random monster encounters and wise old men lingering in nondescript taverns, maybe it’s time to change gears a bit; join us at The Round Table and see if story gaming gets your creative gears turning.

  • Podcast: The Round Table – Season 4, Episode 4


    The Round TableEvery couple of weeks or so the planets align 1The particular planets are not important, as long as they’re aligned. And not necessarily with one another. It’s very complicated. and we sit down to record another episode of The Round Table. “We” are, of course, Master of Monkeys, Misfits and Ceremonies, Mick Bradley, Desperadicus Unquietus, Chris Miller, me and—if our audience is incredibly fortunate—someone, anyone else. Sadly, it was just the three of us this time, and the aforementioned audience (assuming one still exists) is doomed to wail and gnash its collective teeth.

    The show is just over an hour long and we discuss a great many things, not the least of which is Mahalo, the no-longer-super-secret project our Mr. Miller has been working on lo these many months. There is also mention of books, movies, RPGs, more super-secret projects, and making holy matrimony safer for all involved parties through the introduction of closed-cell foam padding.

    1 The particular planets are not important, as long as they’re aligned. And not necessarily with one another. It’s very complicated.
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    When you’re done celebrating the First of May, head on over to The House of the Harping Monkey and download the latest episode of The Round Table. Chris Miller is in Los Angeles working on a super-secret project, so it’s just Mick Bradley and me going back and forth across the table about the geeky things that have caught our interest in the last couple of months.

  • Podcast: The Round Table, Episode 04-02


    The Round TableMick Bradley and Julia Sullivan went AWOL recently, leaving Chris Miller and I to record the latest episode of The Round Table. Undaunted, we interviewed Tee Morris, co-author (with Lisa Lee) of MOREVI: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana, co-author (with Evo Terra) of Podcasting for Dummies, author of Billibub Baddings and The Case of the Singing Sword and host of The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy podcast.

    Chris and I also had a discussion about Marvel Comics’ Civil War crossover series and the death of my favorite super hero, Captain America.

    Mick will be back for the next episode, but Julia will likely be absent for much of Season Four as she carves a bloody swath of carnage and destruction across northeast Ohio. In the meantime, give The Round Table a listen, won’t you? For the children?

  • Non Sequitur: Catching Up


    Despite the lack of activity on the web site, it’s been a busy December.

    The important stuff:

    • My father-in-law was laid to rest on Wednesday the 13th at the Kirtland South Cemetery. This cemetery is the resting place of a number of his relatives and contains a very nice Sperry family monument. Coincidentally, my father-in-law’s grave site is next to one of his old friends who was killed in Vietnam when he was just twenty years old.
    • At some point in the past two weeks, the sump pumps in my mother-in-law’s crawlspace failed and the crawlspace flooded. Among the items stored in the crawlspace were all of her Christmas decorations. Fortunately, the family came to the rescue. My brother-in-law, JayHe’s my sister-in-law’s husband. Does that make him my brother-in-law? I don’t know, but that’s what I call him., provided a real live Christmas tree and Laura and I brought all of our Christmas decorations (we hadn’t planned to put them up this year). We spent the day yesterday decorating the tree and eating leftover KFC biscuits.

    The other stuff:

    • The Round Table has been put on hiatus through January. I suspect we’ll be recording some stuff for International World Creation Month in January, but we won’t be doing a full-fledged round table discussion until February.
    • Speaking of International World Creation Month, I’ll be collaborating with game designer and fellow podcaster Sam Chupp on the world of Yesterday’s Tomorrow in January. We’re using Google Docs for our collaboration tool and Sam has already outlined some very cool stuff.
    • On December 1st, Chris Miller and I put together an audio trailer for J.C. Hutchins’ 7th Son trilogy. Interested parties can listen to it here. Note: Contains some mild language.
    • Speaking of audio shenanigans, Chris, Julia and I also recently did a promo for Leann Mabry’s excellent podcast, Tag in the Seam. Listen to it here. This one doesn’t contain objectionable language (though I suppose that’s entirely subjective), but I think I was channeling the Brawny Man when we were recording.
    • I’ve received a few early Christmas gifts, including a Sudoku Cube, the first and second seasons of The Family Guy on DVD, Marvel Ultimate Alliance for the Xbox and a book containing 365 recipes for soup and stew.
  • Podcast: The Round Table Season 3, Episode 4


    The Round TableOn the newest episode of The Round Table, we say hello to some new Monkey patrons, go Around the Table to see what’s been locking in our geeky auxiliary, and discuss the craft of storytelling and world-building.

    Do I need to tell you to download the episode or subscribe to the feed? I didn’t think so.

    Download the show. (1:00:48)
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  • Non Sequitur: The Superhero Quiz


    My co-hosts over at The Round Table have all taken the superhero quiz and posted the results in their personal blogs (except for Julia, who is a mystery even unto herself), so I figured it was high time I followed suit.

    Before I get to my own results, let’s have a look at my co-hosts’. Mick Bradley is Spider-Man, though I tend to think of him as a kinder, gentler Green Arrow. Chris Miller is Batman, and any smartass comment I have about that would be superfluous at this point.

    I should point out that there are some obvious gaps in the possibilities (no Captain America, no Matter-Eater Lad), but I’m not at all surprised to discover my own alter ego…

  • Podcast: The Round Table, Season 3, Episode 3


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    Due to some incompetent conjuring on the part of the wizard, Weirdbeard, the episode of The Round Table that appeared in late September took place outside of our normal time-space continuum. Those who tuned into the aberrant transmission found that the regular hosts had been replaced by Dan, Chad, Dawn and Adam from the Fear the Boot podcast.

    Rest assured that the appropriate counterspell has been cast (podcastus returnum!) and all has been set to right.

    In fact, when the Cleveland contingent of The Round Table returned to our proper place, we found some shiny new recording equipment waiting for us! Where before Chris, Julia and I huddled around Chris’ MacBook like rain-drenched Scouts ’round a tiny campfire, we now record in style at the gloriously appointed Erie Vista Studio! We each have our own Audio-Technica DR-VX1 dynamic microphone on a sleek, black boom stand, all three of which are plugged into a shiny new Behringer Eurorack 1002 mixer.

    What better way to break in the new equipment than by recording a brand new episode of The Round Table? This time out, we talked to podcaster, game designer and New York Times bestselling author, Tracy Hickman. Tracy is the co-creator of the Dragonlance RPG setting, co-author (with Margaret Weis) of nearly a dozen Dragonlance novels, and author of The Immortals, which is now available at Tracy and his wife, Laura, co-authored the Bronze Canticles trilogy and co-host the Dragonhearth podcast.

    The episode clocks in at nearly two hours and includes not only our discussion with Tracy, but response to listener feedback, the latest geeky recommendations from all four hosts and assorted tomfoolery.

    Download the show. (01:50:03)
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  • Podcast: The Round Table, Season 3, Episode 1


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    The new season of The Round Table podcast focuses on building worlds for fiction and role-playing games. The season will consist of a series of discussions with authors, world creators and gaming enthusiasts, all leading up to International World Creation Month (IntWoCreMo for short) in January 2007.

    Episode one is an introduction to the new season; Mick and Chris comment on their experiences at GenCon, we respond to listener feedback (including some discussion about Snakes on a Plane), outline our plans for the podcast in the upcoming months, and then dive right into a discussion about different approaches to world creation with guest co-host Julia.

    If you haven’t listened to The Round Table in the past, this episode is an excellent opportunity to start, as it represents a reboot of sorts; an opportunity to take the show in an exciting new direction while still keeping the mythic themes that are the heart of the Harping Monkey.

    Download Season 3, Episode 1.
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