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GAMING: CINEMA AND SORCERY at GenCon 2016

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessOne last look back at the greatness that was GenCon 2016! Over the course of the weekend, a number of folks tweeted themselves perusing copies of Scott and Arnold’s new book, CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM, and herewith we present a montage of all those stalwart adventurers as they pored over the pages of this one-of-a-kind tome! Following that – if ye be brave enough – are all the original tweets embedded below!

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GAMING: G2V at GenCon 2016 – Post-Convention Round-Up [TONS OF PHOTOS]

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avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessWell, GenCon 2016 is in the history books and the G2V Guys are both home in their respective cities on opposite sides of the country, but we’re bringing you this last special audio round-up of their final day at the show as well as their thoughts on the convention as a whole. Below you’ll also find some last looks at the many things they saw on the convention floor and some pics from their final CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM book signing at the Green Ronin booth! And stay tuned, because posting soon will be the Doctor of the Dead’s travelogue to Evans City Cemetery and the Living Dead Museum!

This guy was greeting visitors outside the hall. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This guy was greeting visitors outside the hall.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This Sentinel looks so tired. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This Sentinel looks so tired.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Found him! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Found him!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This is a game we can't refuse! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This is a game we can’t refuse!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The Survive the Horde table display. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The Survive the Horde table display.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It did seem a bit harder to find many zombie and apocalypse-themed games this year, but they were there if you looked hard enough. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It did seem a bit harder to find many zombie and apocalypse-themed games this year, but they were there if you looked hard enough.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Another zombie card game, sitting alongside a game that looks equally intriguing. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Another zombie card game, sitting alongside a game that looks equally intriguing.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A look at the huge Twilight Creations ZOMBIES!!! game case full o' fun!  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A look at the huge Twilight Creations ZOMBIES!!! game case full o’ fun!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Mmm, bite-sized brains (seriously though, don't eat those). Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Mmm, bite-sized brains (seriously though, don’t eat those).
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The zombie superhero RPG, with writing by friend of the G2V Guys, Tony Kenealy! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The zombie superhero RPG, with writing by friend of the G2V Guys, Tony Kenealy!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Everything is awesome!  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Everything is awesome!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The picture really doesn't do this stunning ocean-like display table justice. Amazing stuff. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The picture really doesn’t do this stunning ocean-like display table justice. Amazing stuff.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were so many 50th anniversary STAR TREK games, here's just a glimpse of one of them! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were so many 50th anniversary STAR TREK games, here’s just a glimpse of one of them!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Look at all those TNG-era D'deridex class Romulan warbirds! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Look at all those TNG-era D’deridex class Romulan warbirds!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Long-time G2V and DOCTOR OF THE DEAD supporter Bryan Spellman showed up to get a signed CINEMA AND SORCERY! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Long-time G2V and DOCTOR OF THE DEAD supporter Bryan Spellman showed up to get a signed CINEMA AND SORCERY!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Nick Seidler of the RED WHITE AND WHO team joins the guys! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Nick Seidler of the RED WHITE AND WHO team joins the guys!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Green Ronin's Donna Prior came over for a quick pic with the guys! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Green Ronin’s Donna Prior came over for a quick pic with the guys!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The scavenger hunt flyer from Hyper RPG that featured CINEMA AND SORCERY! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The scavenger hunt flyer from Hyper RPG that featured CINEMA AND SORCERY!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A close-up of that flyer. A bear??? Sounds dangerous! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A close-up of that flyer. A bear??? Sounds dangerous!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Eric and Brandon of Geekline415 stopped by to pick up some books!  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Eric and Brandon of Geekline415 stopped by to pick up some books!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
We have a winner! Angela picked up the sword ice pops in our signing giveaway.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
We have a winner! Angela picked up the sword ice pops in our signing giveaway.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

GAMING: G2V at GenCon 2016 – Saturday Round-Up

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avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessAs we prepare to head into the last day of GenCon 2016, the G2V Guys bring you this special audio round-up of all the activity they’ve seen at the show so far, including a conversation recorded by the guys Saturday, as well as an interview with SURVIVE THE HORDE‘s Evan Johnson, recorded Friday on the floor of the con!

Below, you can also see some pictures from the day’s big CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM book signing at the Green Ronin booth (#1421), and much more besides! And read on for info on where to find the guys tomorrow!

The big moment has arrived!  Photo by Scott Alan Woodard
The big moment has arrived!
Photo by Scott Alan Woodard
Two happy authors with their elegant tome! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Two happy authors with their elegant tome!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Scott puts his moniker on the title page of CINEMA AND SORCERY. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Scott puts his moniker on the title page of CINEMA AND SORCERY.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Arnold and Scott are visited at their signing by Geek & Sundry's Ivan Van Norman, also of Outbreak: Undead fame! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Arnold and Scott are visited at their signing by Geek & Sundry’s Ivan Van Norman, also of Outbreak: Undead fame!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Watch out, it's the astonishing Ant-Man! Or a reasonable facsimile. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Watch out, it’s the astonishing Ant-Man! Or a reasonable facsimile.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
When at GenCon, resistance is futile! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
When at GenCon, resistance is futile!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Coasters and a magnet from Dapper Devil, and a zombie card game from Asmodee! Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg
Coasters and a magnet from Dapper Devil, and a zombie card game from Asmodee!
Photo by Arnold T. Blumberg

For those of you that are actually at the con, Scott and Arnold will be back tomorrow at 2pm for one last signing of CINEMA AND SORCERY, so come by the Green Ronin booth (map below) to see them and get a signed book!

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GAMING: Making Saving Throws with Producer Dom Zook

avatar-scottwoodardsav·ing throw (sā′vĭng thrō)
n.
1. In DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, a saving throw is an attempt to resist a spell, a trap, a poison, a disease, or a similar threat through the roll of a d20.

2. A group of players and GMs who, through a shared passion of RPGs and filmmaking, have banded together to create RPG content that we as fans would want to see.

The last few years have proven to be quite the renaissance for tabletop roleplaying games! While Wizards of the Coast stumbled a bit with the fourth edition of DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (although I still think it’s a solid design, but YMMV), the latest iteration of the game has proven to be a stupendous success, currently ranked as the best-selling RPG on the market and outselling former juggernaut PATHFINDER (Paizo Publishing) by a wide margin!

As an off-shoot of this terrific hobby, a number of sites, blogs, webseries, and live-streaming game channels have popped up, and truly one of the best is the SAVING THROW SHOW created by filmmaker and gamer Dom Zook. We recently caught up with Dom to find out more about SAVING THROW and what they have in store for the upcoming GenCon 2016 event in Indianapolis, Indiana!

G2V: Dom, I know you’re busy as all get -ut prepping for GenCon, but thanks for taking some time out to chat with us. Can you give us a little history of SAVING THROW? When and how did it all come together?
Dom Zook: SAVING THROW began in 2013 when Tyler Rhoades, Ben Dunn, and I began playing D&D again. As Ben had never played before, and Tyler and I were a few years from our heyday, we went searching for some cohesive tutorials online. Nothing really fit the bill, so we decided to produce our own! First, we made eight episodes of a PATHFINDER tutorial covering the basics. From there we began playing in livestreamed games, playing everything from PATHFINDER to D&D, CALL OF CTHULHU, and STAR WARS. Now we stream five days a week on Twitch and YouTube, with more shows being added all the time!

Can you share any plans for the future of SAVING THROW?
We’re very excited to announce a new series starting Saturday, August 6th at 5pm PDT, exploring the brand new PHOENIX DAWN COMMAND game by veteran designer Keith (GLOOM, EBERRON) Baker. We’ll also be producing an exclusive tutorial series of this system. We’re looking to expand our slate of shows to add more tutorial content and really get back to our roots. Additionally, we’re releasing an album of songs that Amy Vorpahl has written and produced with the help of amazing musician Maxi Morales out of Brazil. Lots of the classic songs from BARKY’S BRIGADE will be on the album. That’s hitting this Fall!

If you had unlimited resources, what would you love to do with SAVING THROW? And if that means a BARKY’S BRIGADE feature film, what would be your dream cast (and I guess we’ll just assume that Amy would be playing the part of Arqe Barky)?
Oh man! When Tyler, Ben, and I initially concepted SAVING THROW, our intention was to edit together the final gameplay into a live-action event with interspersed scripted dialogue to tie things together. I’d still love to go back and tell the BARKY’S story that way. As for casting a movie, I can’t imagine anyone other than our players playing their own characters, but a part of me would love to see Christophe Waltz as Udo Meinhardt!

That’s one casting choice I think we could all get behind! So what is the current schedule for SAVING THROW and where can people watch?
The whole schedule can be found online, or just log in to our Twitch channel to see this week’s line-up and to watch! We also stream to YouTube, so there are a number of ways to catch us!

You guys have some big plans for this year’s GenCon; can you tell us more about them?
This is the largest contingent of Saving Throwers that we’ve sent to GenCon. Not only will I be there, but Tom Lommel (GM of Monday Night DUNGEON FIGHT, and Udo Meinhardt from BARKY’S BRIGADE), Amy Vorpahl (Arqe Barky herself), Tyler Rhoades (Jopper Grow from BARKY’S and producer), Gaurav Gulati (Ruckus P. Fizzlebottom from BARKY’S, Grango from NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS and editor extraordinaire), GM Mason McDaniel (GM of BARKY’S BRIGADE), Shawn Graham (GM of our DARK SUN series, and Donovan Belter from BARKY’S), and Ben Dunn (Thad from BLACK BAG, and host of our PATHFINDER tutorial) will all be there as well!

13653191_1156411381090023_1601904507932852572_oWe’ll also be playing in a live recorded BARKY’S BRIGADE show on Saturday at 6pm in the Westin Grand Ballroom V. It will be similar to our livestreamed shows; in this version, the audience will be able to influence our game! We’ll be giving out tokens and sheets of paper that will play a very important part in the game, and you can get official Barky Bucks (designed by @d20monkey), which you can exchange for tokens! Basically we’re bringing the normal stream show to an IRL audience. It’s going to be a blast, and you can buy tickets for only $2! Steal. 

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Thank you so much, Dom, and best of luck with SAVING THROW! We look forward to meeting up with the whole gang at GenCon!
See you there!

Find SAVING THROW on Twitter and Facebook!

GAMING: GENCON 2016 Signing and Survival Guides

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessWe’re on our way! In just four days we’ll be seeing you all at the biggest gaming convention in the nation, GenCon, and signing copies of our brand-new Green Ronin book, CINEMA AND SORCERY: THE COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO FANTASY FILM! Details on that below, but wait, there’s more!

If you’re getting ready to head to Indianapolis for GenCon 2016, check out these incredible old-school checklists/survival guides created by the very talented Brandon Kruse!

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We love these things, and we know we’ll be using them! Also, be sure to check out Brandon’s blog, D&D Doodle!

Now about that CINEMA AND SORCERY signing. Find us at the Green Ronin/Geek & Sundry booth 1421 on Saturday at 2pm for a chat and a signed book! Map to the booth below…”join us!”

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