BDaB Character Jam 09: The Umerican Survival Guide

Time for another Character Jam! We haven’t done one of these in a while, so we’re excited to be back on the jam. This time around, following up on our previous Fallout-themed episode, we’re taking a drunken crack at making characters for the new-ish “Umerican Survival Guide” RPG, from Shield of Faith Studios. It’s pure gonzo post-apocalyptic mayhem in the style of Thundarr and Korgoth, with some awesomely gruesome references to modern tropes. Enjoy!

HAMMERCRAWL! The Wolves of Zaramund! Part 12: Another Form of Failure

Welcome back to another episode of HAMMERCRAWL! the 100% randomly-generated comedic actual play podcast. After a bit of a break, the Wolves of Zaramund are finally back on the mics with a new adventure! Having given up on the Black Lair of the Vampire Count after suffering a few team losses, the remnants of their team gathers together for another foray into a brand new dungeon: THE PIT OF TENEBROUS WORMS!

BDaB #021: 2019 Plans, and the Portland Burlesque Scene

Kicking off the new year right, we’re back for episode 21 of the podcast! We invited our good friend The Mad Marquis to join us as a special guest as we look ahead to all the biker-y, gamer-y, and drink-y plans we have for the coming year. Afterword, the Marquis gives us insight into the Portland Oregon Burlesque performance scene, and his history of involvement with it. All the while, (some of) our hosts enjoy Jacob’s overly-strong take on a classic Spanish Coffee.

BDaB #020: Ghost Bikes, Keeping the Game Alive, Bar Fights

Hot damn, we made it twenty episodes! This time we’re celebrating with what is probably the beer most commonly brought to every house party in Portland, Full Sail Brewing Company’s “Session” lager! In our Bike Talk segment, we talk about the “ghost bike” phenomenon, and go over some unexpectedly interesting stats on cyclist deaths over the recent years. In our Game Talk segment, we talk about how to keep your game going and your group together through the schedule-destroying times of the late holiday season. In our Bar Talk segment, we talk about bar fights – how to avoid them and how to survive them.

BDaB #019: Chervona! (and also Cats)

This time we have two special guests in the studio, Andre and Alma of the local klesmer-gypsy-punk band Chervona! Our drink of the evening is Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka (aka Żubrówka), a new experience that I (NPC) quite enjoyed – this may even become my new go-to for vodka drinking! In our Bike Talk segment we check in on Xander’s daily frosty commute, and then tell stories of Chervona’s bike-religious drummer. In our Game Talk segment, we kinda forget about games and just tell cat stories. In our Bar Talk segment, we talk about how to survive those holiday parties that you really don’t want to be at. We close out with more discussion of Chervona, and some details of awesome events that are coming up soon!

BDaB #018: All About Accessibility

Welcome back to the show, folks. This episode is all about promoting Accessibility in our favorite hobbies! Poppy (your favorite local Wannabe Wine Snob) brings our drinks of the evening, which are both the White and Red Winemaker’s Cut wines from Copa di Vino, a winemaker we’ve mentioned before in previous episodes. In our Bike segment, we talk about a variety of options available to make motorbiking and bicycling more accessible to those with physical discomfort, limitations, and disabilities. We carry that subject forward into our Gaming segment, discussing a variety of approaches that modern game-makers have taken to make their games more accessible. And again in our Bars segment, we keep the conversation going, discussing how accessibility can inform your approach to getting a good drink in town, as well as the choices you make when working behind the bar.

BDaB #017: Halloweeen Biking Tips, Scary Video Games, Halloween Drinking

It’s spoooOOOoOoOoOOOooky time on Bikers, Dice, and Bars! We decided to be cliche and do our first ever Halloween-themed episode, accompanying our talk with a variety of pumpkin beers from the great Pacific Northwest. In our Bike Talk segment, we talk about how to effectively ride on Halloween, including costume ideas, costume no-nos, and other tips. In our game talk, we talk about techniques for effectively instilling true fear in horror-based video games. In our Bar Talk segment, we share stories of working the industry on Halloween, among other bits of drunken tangential ramblings. Finally, we close out with Jacob’s recent “pumpkin carving” stories.

BDaB #016: Rain Riding, VTTs, and Oktoberfest

For our sixteenth main-program episode, we’re jamming on a fairly massive variety of Oktoberfest-styled beers, about half of which are from the Oregon area and the other half from Germany. In our first segment, Just Jacob guides us through a discussion about safety tips for riding in the coming rain season here in the Pacific Northwest. In our Game Talk segment, NPC tells us about Virtual Tabletops (VTTs), including how they work, what you need, and some of the major options. Finally, in our Bar Talk segment, Poppy educates us on what Oktoberfest is and we all comment on the various drinks we’ve been imbibing throughout the recording.

BDaB Character Jam 08: The Nightmares Underneath

We’re back with another Character Jam episode! In each of these episodes, we record ourselves drunkenly attempting to make characters for a new role-playing game. This time we’re tackling one of my all-time favorite games, “The Nightmares Underneath” by Johnstone Metzger. It’s yet another “retro” style of game – we apparently do a lot of these because they’re pretty simple to go through as a bunch of drunks. Enjoy!