Nerd Words Episode 135

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In this episode, we dish on the real Storytellers Secrets - the nightmares of storytelling/running a game. We’ve all had them and we’ve all been there. We go deep on some of the worst times we’ve had doing one of the things we love the most. In this episode, we also give a review for “Madison by Night,” a supplement for Vampire: the Masquerade.
If you came for the review only, skip ahead to 38:00 to get right to it!


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Madison By Night
By Bill Bodden

"It is said that Madison is 94 square miles surrounded by reality. Honestly, though, the reality out there isn't much better than what we have in here."

  -- Chopper, Nosferatu and Keeper of Information for the Baron of Madison

Click here to purchase this title from Storyteller’s Vault

Click here to purchase this title from Storyteller’s Vault

Part supply depot, part library, and part fast-food joint, Madison is a one-stop shop for Anarchs looking to take over a piece of ground to call their own.

With a small permanent population of Kindred, Madison is easy to overlook but for one thing: they supply or directly support over half of the Anarch insurgencies on the North American continent.

Madison by Night includes:

  • A brief history of Madison, Wisconsin, from the early days of European immigrants and the arrival of the first Kindred to the Anarch take-over in the 1960s.

  • A listing of some of the more important Kindred-related sites in the Madison area

  • An overview of the Anarch Kindred who currently call Madison home.

Nerd Words Episode 103

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Welcome once more, you rapscallions, to another episode of Nerd Words. We are joined in the Nerd Sanctum by the grand 'caster, Jeff. ADDITIONALLY, scoundrels, we are joined by the preeminent Nerd Words associate, Katastroph3 (AKA, Chris). 
We talk about the perils of vaguely being popular, personalities and Werewolf: the Forsaken. This is a rather self-indulgent episode. 
Bumper: The Knife - The Captain


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Nerd Words Episode 99

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In this episode, we discuss the history of our storytelling, as well as our strategies when... storytelling. Thanks to Nathaniel Starr for the email and question that spurned this episode: 

"So I've been reading the books and one thing the storyteller guides recommend is that you detail the city that you will be playing in. So my question is how would you go about that? The books are fairly general in what they want you to do to accomplish this. They mention mood, setting, and theme. They also talk about how you should outline the non-player characters in the city and get a rough understanding of what mortal institutions are being influenced by vampires. 

But short of writing my own Las Vegas by Night book what have you found to be the best way to do this? What are some of the things you've done in the past? Do you have any tips for city design? Are there any musts or must nots? I don't want to overdo it and spend all my free time detailing the insides of casinos and stating out every pit boss, but I want the city to feel real and lived in for my players. Any advice would be much appreciated."


Nerd Words Episode 96

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In this episode, we discuss the Storytellers Handbook, Storytelling and telling stories. It's a wild ride. Many things happen. Laughing occurs. 


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Nerd Words Episode 64

In this episode, we talk Vampire: the Masquerade storytelling, Clan Nosferatu, LARP and our worst experiences as storytellers. Also, if you are looking to pick up some new books, please use our affiliate link on our website! 

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Nerds Words Episode 7

In this episode, we talk about everything from Elder Scrolls: Online, "General Butt Naked", Dragon Ball Z, Sports Games, Xbox Live, cellphones, Oregon Trail and a bunch more. My bro Bob, Chance, and new guest, Brandon have a long-form discussion on all things video games and much more. I also recorded a new intro for the shows done from home, like this one.  

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Images upon which these were based sourced from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fluffgar/3884409938/ 
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In this episode, we discuss the art of storytelling, talk about our favorite games to run and B.S. about gaming and "Punching the Horse".  We discuss Vampire: The Masquerade, LARP, convention games and more. 

From Wikipedia -
"Vampire: The Masquerade is a role-playing game (RPG) created by Mark Rein-Hagen and released in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing as the first of several Storyteller System games for its World of Darkness setting line. It's set in a fictionalized "gothic-punk" version of the modern world, where players assume the roles of vampires, who are referred to as "Kindred", and deal with their night-to-night struggles against their own bestial natures, vampire hunters and each other."

Nerd Words: Gen Con Edition

Robert Batton

Robert Batton

Well, the best 4 days in gaming have come and gone, once again. In this edition of Nerd Words, I sit down with my roommate, Bob, and discuss all the fun that I missed this year. Most of the conversation involves the City of Glass World of Darkness gaming troupe. Special thanks to all the people I missed this year, as well as the Staff of City of Glass. You know who you are. 

Also, update the Facebook page! That shit's way out of date!  

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Nerd Words Episode 2

Chance Gibboney

Chance Gibboney

In this episode, Lee is absent, so my buddy Chance sits in. We ramble about table-top gaming, LARP, fantasy novels, video games and more. At the end of the podcast, I talk about some audio that Lee recorded before his vacation. I'll upload that audio later.  

Until then, enjoy the podcast and let us know what you think. 

Thanks for listening. Leave comments with suggestions, criticism or compliments!