A Speculative Fictionero – Interview with Michael R. Underwood, Part One

Join me for part one of an interview with author Michael R. Underwood, Speculative Fictionero.  I get to talk to him about his writing career, how it started and how it has so closely meshed with his love of roleplaying games. 

Michael can be found out the following links.  Make sure to check out his Patreon for some great content on writing and publishing!

A very recent Scum and Villainy One-Shot Mike ran on Twitch
Hearts of Wulin RPG on Twitch – http://twitch.tv/arvaneleron.

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If you have any comments, questions or would like to be interviewed on the show, please email me at naturalgeekery@gmail.com

You can also find me on Twitter – @NaturalGeekery and @Coyoteguy

Intro and Outro Music – Nomadic Sunset by Alexander Nakarada
Thank you, Alexander, for providing some awesome free music!

 

Trust at the Table

Let’s talk about trust around the RPG game table and working with your other players.  This is a subject that is very dear to me.  Join me as I go on a ramble about the process of gaming “flow.”

Blog post that I used as my trail markers for this episode – The Contracts on the Table.

If you have any comments, questions or would like to be interviewed on the show, please email me at naturalgeekery@gmail.com 

You can also find me on Twitter – @NaturalGeekery and @Coyoteguy

Intro and Outro Music – Nomadic Sunset by Alexander Nakarada
Thank you, Alexander, for providing some awesome free music!

The Agency of Choice – Interview with Daniel McDeavitt (Part 2)

Part Two of an interview where I talk with close friend Daniel McDeavitt.  We dive into his DM experience, expectations around the gaming table and events within our home game – Critical Role based – Tales of the Take!

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The Announcement: Episode 1 of the Brand New Natural Geekery Podcast

As teased last week, here is the announcement I’ve been waiting to reveal.  I’m joining the ranks and launching my own ship into the great podcast sea!

I am incredibly excited about this and I hope you enjoy it. I have a lot of plans in place and this will be receiving all of my attention in the weeks and months to come.

Subscriptions will be working in the next few weeks and when they do it should be available on all the major directories, including Apple and Google podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, IHeartRadio and Tunein/Alexa.

If you like this I encourage you to share on social media and spread the word. It will help a great deal. Feel free to leave a comment here, on the podcast page or on my email – naturalgeekery@gmail.com

Look for Episode 2 next Tuesday, July 23rd!

There and Back Again

It’s been a little quiet around here lately.  My apologies for that.  My time away was necessitated by a change in my employment.  The transition from old to new office space ended up taking many more “spoons” then I had planned.  Then, the following two months were pretty hectic and tiring in the new job as I had transitioned during the busiest and, some would say, worst time to do so.  However,  they say still waters run deep.  Although things were quiet here they were NOT quiet inside my head and with my thoughts about my goals for what I wanted to have happen here.

The time away gave me chance to think and re-assess a few things.  I managed to begin putting some creative pieces together and those pieces were part of a project which, at one point, had been planned for this space .  I just thought they would be further “down the road.”  Suddenly, I realized that “further down the road” was actually much more possible then I had, at first, realized.  The universe, always conspiring to prove me wrong in my hesitations, saw fit to gift me with some much needed equipment to confirm things.  This sealed the deal and made me more excited, adding fuel to my scheming.

Long story short?  Yes, I’ve been pretty busy over the last few months but I’ll be having an announcement next week.  The blog will be here and I have every intention in moving forward with the random map, the occasional advice/commentary post, etc.   If anything, this space will be getting a nice level up.

I’m excited to introduce the next phase on Tuesday evening, July 16th.  It will be here and on Twitter.  Thanks for coming along with me this far and I’m hoping that you will continue to join me in the next leg of the journey!

 

Map Creation with Rory Story Cubes – Part 2

Be sure to read Part 1 which covers what you need and the initial idea.

Follow the link above if you’re not sure what I’m talking about here.  The short version?  I’m using Rory Story Cubes to create a fantasy map at random.

Here is a detailed write-up of the process I used to generate a map with 7 rolls. I used all three of my Story Cubes sets and simply grabbed the cubes randomly from the pile. The amount varied on each roll from 8 to 3 Cubes.

I started with a blank piece of watercolor paper. I use the thicker paper for mapping in case I want to lay some watercolors down on a later date. You should use whatever you like or have laying around. (My first test runs were on lined notebook paper!) For this run, I threw in two coastlines on the Eastern and Western sides of the map and then started rolling Cubes!

Round 1

My first round was with 6 Cubes. After the roll, only 4 were still on the paper. I rolled, from left to right, a tower, a city or a temple, a set of scales and a pot of gold.

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