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#1 Hamfeast

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 03:46 AM

Greetings fellow Dungeoneers! Perpetual lurker here finally making himself known. I realized today this this is roundabout the 6th anniversary of when I first stumbled upon the old site, so I figured it was past time I introduced myself. After all, nearly an entire edition of D&D has come and gone and I've made nary a peep!

 

I'm 28 years old and currently residing in southern California, originally from the frigid wastes of Minnesota. I found RPGMP3 in the summer of 2008 when I had my first foray into tabletop gaming: trying to GM a game of 4th edition for a group of total beginners. Actual play recordings seemed much more rare back then, and this site was an absolute godsend. I quickly gobbled up all of the 4th edition podcast recordings and never really stopped listening. Hal, your GMing was a real inspiration for me. It taught me what DMing looks sounds like, and helped give me the confidence to do wacky voices in front of my friends, both in front of and behind the DM screen.

 

Since then I've enjoyed many games from the RPGMP3 crew (Tomb of Haggemoth, Rolemaster, etc) and also from other awesome groups like the Pantless Gamers (World of Tropis).

 

The campaign I started never made it past a few sessions because of a few unfortunate breakups amongst my players. But between that first real-life gaming experience, those that followed, and those I've been able vicariously share with many of this site's amazing contributers, a lifelong love of roleplaying has been born.

 

In terms of actual play, I have since gone on to be a part of three different 4th edition campaigns, two Pathfinder campaigns, and am hoping to eventually find a group to play 5th edition with (since moving, I have been unable to find a solid group).

 

I have played a down-on-his-luck drunken halfling pirate in search of a crew in Dark Sun, an elven wizard with a flair for the performance arts, and a Dwarven paladin (my namesake, Hamfeast) touched by the storm god and looking to expand the family pig business between bouts of tavern running, monster slaying, and day saving.

 

I've also tried GMing again recently, though I don't know that my ambition and my actual creativity/skill level will ever truly intersect. TBD.

 

Regardless, RPGMP3 has been there through it all. Its characters have made me laugh (the eulogy scene in the first episode of Carrion Crown comes to mind, and everything Ragnar Hellstrom ever did/said), the GMs have delighted, instructed, and intimidated me (so much talent and creativity here!), and the community has always seemed like a beacon of (relative ;) ) civility. And so for all the joy the site, it's uploaders, and its patrons have brought me, I say a hearty thank you!

 

See you on the forums.

 

~Hamfeast~

 

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#2 Pencil-Monkey

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:04 AM

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@Daniel is gonna be immensely chuffed to discover he's got another fan. :) By the way, who drew that dwarf portrait you're using as an avatar - presumably, it's Hamfeast himself? Hal is always looking for more people to draw character portraits of his PCs and NPCs, you know... ;)

In terms of actual play, I have since gone on to be a part of three different 4th edition campaigns, two Pathfinder campaigns, and am hoping to eventually find a group to play 5th edition with (since moving, I have been unable to find a solid group).


Psst... @Lockhart is offering to run some Patrons-only online games, you might want to check it out. ;)

Regardless, RPGMP3 has been there through it all. Its characters have made me laugh (the eulogy scene in the first episode of Carrion Crown comes to mind, and everything Ragnar Hellstrom ever did/said)


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[...] the community has always seemed like a beacon of (relative ;) ) civility.


You mean, the forums are a beacon, in the sense that once you clap eyes on 'em, you instinctively try to blink and flinch away? ;)
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#3 Hamfeast

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:58 AM

OK, this is the part where I find out my lack of forum use has resulted in a distinct lack of knowledge regarding post coding. That said I'll muddle through best as I can. :)

 

 

Daniel is gonna be immensely chuffed to discover he's got another fan

Seriously talented dude. His epic narration style of GMing is something I have aspired to but never remotely achieved (it's hard to pull that off when running games with impatient people who just want to hit things). His NPCs are always decidedly well-acted. I remember specifically a King of the Fey-type character in one of his games as being a highlight (forgive me, that's going back a few years). And, as a guy who dabbles in sound, I've always been a fan of his post-production (reverbs, sound effects). A+ presentation all around.

 

By the way, who drew that dwarf portrait you're using as an avatar - presumably, it's Hamfeast himself? Hal is always looking for more people to draw character portraits of his PCs and NPCs, you know... ;)

 

All credit to my amazing, talented girlfriend. That is, indeed, Hamfeast in the flesh ink, along with his trusty sidekick Willace (a gnome bard who he immediately fell in love with, hired, and commissioned a dwarf saddle for). I, sadly, cannot even draw stick figures with any proficiencty. I have been looking to learn, as its something I've always thought I'd enjoy. She's got a waccom (sp?) tablet that sits next to the computer taunting me. One of these days I may just pick it up. I promise not to disgrace any of Hal's characters with my lack of skill, at least for the time being.

 

 

Psst... @Lockhart is offering to run some Patrons-only online games, you might want to check it out. ;)

That would be a blast! I actually just became a patron after writing that nostalgia-fueled introduction (or will be, once the e-check clears). Thanks for the heads up! :D



 


 

You mean, the forums are a beacon, in the sense that once you clap eyes on 'em, you instinctively try to blink and flinch away? ;)

 

 

 

More like a beacon that draws you in just long enough that the *cue jazz music* "smooth sound of RPGMP3.com" begins to wash over you.

 

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By then, it's pointless to resist. You must...dungeon on... :laugh:

 

 

Thanks for the warm welcome, Pencil-Monkey. :)


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:53 AM

Seriously talented dude. His epic narration style of GMing is something I have aspired to but never remotely achieved (it's hard to pull that off when running games with impatient people who just want to hit things). His NPCs are always decidedly well-acted. I remember specifically a King of the Fey-type character in one of his games as being a highlight (forgive me, that's going back a few years). And, as a guy who dabbles in sound, I've always been a fan of his post-production (reverbs, sound effects). A+ presentation all around.


Whoa! Watch out, dude. If you keep praising Danny like that, his head is going t-

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...Too late. :P

(Incidentally, if you're a fan of great audio post-production, you should definitely check out the sci-fi audio drama Edict Zero FIS. I started listening to it after @ross from the BAGgers on this site recommended it, and it's absolutely amazing. Jack Kincaid, the driving force behind the podcast, does a fantastic job of using subtle effects and audio tricks to create a super-immersive listening experience - and it certainly doesn't hurt that the story is captivating, with great characters and a wondeful balance between suspense, comedy and horror. It's doubly interesting if you ever check out the BAGgies' Runepunk campaign, since Ross based his character on Captain Socrates from the Edict Zero series.)

If you prefer to stick to RPG AP podcasts, Monkeys Took My Jetpack put a lot of effort into their audio-editing post-production, as well. It's great fun to listen to their podcasts, and get the added thrill of sound effects and background music to enhance the experience. BJB (from this site's Whartson Hall Gamers) is a fan of MTMJetpack, as well, and if you've listened to some of the Whartsies' classic campaigns, you'll know they've got a skill for making impressive audio intros, as well. (Ironically, their slogan seems to be: "We'll fix it in post", and then they don't.) ;)
 

Willace (a gnome bard who he immediately fell in love with, hired, and commissioned a dwarf saddle for).


Sounds like you've been reading Knights of the Dinner Table, or at least Critical Miss magazine. :)
 

I, sadly, cannot even draw stick figures with any proficiencty.


*Cough* the dreaded @Hal syndrome *Cough cough* ;)
 

More like a beacon that draws you in just long enough that the *cue jazz music* "smooth sound of RPGMP3.com" begins to wash over you.

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By then, it's pointless to resist. You must...dungeon on... :laugh:


See? There we go with the Whartson Hall Gamers again, and their amazing skill at making schmoozy background music for 70s porn great podcast intros! ;)


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:22 AM

So that brings our total fan-base to... *checks chalkboard* ...six!  Ahaha!  We're finally famous!

 

Welcome back to the forums, Hamfeast.  Recently we rebooted our Tropis stuff, check our Murder at Sturmhalf, its pretty decent stuff that I'm sure you'll enjoy. :)


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 06:53 AM

Welcome back to the forums, Hamfeast.  Recently we rebooted our Tropis stuff, check our Murder at Sturmhalf, its pretty decent stuff that I'm sure you'll enjoy. :)


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 07:29 AM

Welcome welcome :)

 

What an awesome intro post :)

 

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 05:01 PM

(Incidentally, if you're a fan of great audio post-production, you should definitely check out the sci-fi audio drama Edict Zero FIS. I started listening to it after @ross from the BAGgers on this site recommended it, and it's absolutely amazing. Jack Kincaid, the driving force behind the podcast, does a fantastic job of using subtle effects and audio tricks to create a super-immersive listening experience - and it certainly doesn't hurt that the story is captivating, with great characters and a wondeful balance between suspense, comedy and horror. It's doubly interesting if you ever check out the BAGgies' Runepunk campaign, since Ross based his character on Captain Socrates from the Edict Zero series.)

If you prefer to stick to RPG AP podcasts, Monkeys Took My Jetpack put a lot of effort into their audio-editing post-production, as well. It's great fun to listen to their podcasts, and get the added thrill of sound effects and background music to enhance the experience. BJB (from this site's Whartson Hall Gamers) is a fan of MTMJetpack, as well, and if you've listened to some of the Whartsies' classic campaigns, you'll know they've got a skill for making impressive audio intros, as well. (Ironically, their slogan seems to be: "We'll fix it in post", and then they don't.) ;)

Those sound great! I'll definitely bookmark those and add them to my queue of things to check out. At the moment, I'm working my way through the Shattered Star sessions. I also just started listening to the Pretend Wizards' stuff based on your reccomendation in another thread. I'm completely hooked after one episode. I can tell those are going to be SO much fun to listen to. Roleplay-centric games heavy on shenanigans are definitely my favorite.

 

Sounds like you've been reading Knights of the Dinner Table, or at least Critical Miss magazine. :)

 

Ha! Some very practical advice in there, but that seems like such a cold, businesslike relationship. Whereas Hamfeast would have died before letting harm befall his beloved Willace. If he were to read something like that, I can't help but think he'd break into song. Maybe an old dwarven ballad. Something like...

 

 

So that brings our total fan-base to... *checks chalkboard* ...six!  Ahaha!  We're finally famous!

 

Welcome back to the forums, Hamfeast.  Recently we rebooted our Tropis stuff, check our Murder at Sturmhalf, its pretty decent stuff that I'm sure you'll enjoy. :)

 

Thanks, Daniel! I'll definitely be sure to check that out. And six of us will make for a cozy convention one day :P

 

Welcome welcome :)

 

What an awesome intro post :)

 

Hal :hal:

 

Thanks! Good to be here!


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:45 PM

Welcome fellow Tropis lover!

 

And allow me to add my compliments on a great intro post as well.


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:19 AM

Roleplay-centric games heavy on shenanigans


Or, as it's referred to in the podcasting business: "Fandible". ;)

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 03:47 AM

Welcome fellow Tropis lover!

 

And allow me to add my compliments on a great intro post as well.

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Or, as it's referred to in the podcasting business: "Fandible". ;)

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I see they have a few podcasts over there. Any you would reccomend in specifically? Are any particularly shenaniganny shenanigous shenanigarian whimsical?


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Posted 10 July 2014 - 04:30 AM

I see they have a few podcasts over there. Any you would reccomend in specifically? Are any particularly shenaniganny shenanigous shenanigarian whimsical?


I probably shouldn't plug too many of their very fine podcasts, since I tend to get a little over-excited, but the short answer is: Everything. :)

Long answer:

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:01 AM

I probably shouldn't plug too many of their very fine podcasts, since I tend to get a little over-excited, but the short answer is: Everything. :)

Long answer:

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Thanks for the very thorough response!  :)  Non-fantasy roleplaying is something I've never delved into much, despite being quite a sci-fi/genre fan in other mediums. I'm overdue to give some a listen, and now I have a good place to start! Those sound like a lot of fun. Between Shattered Star, Mines of Phandelver, Pretend Wizards, new Tropis, and now this, I am probably set on listening material until Christmas at least. I'm thrilled, but my poor little hard drive would like to have words with you, dude. ;)


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 02:14 AM

I am probably set on listening material until Christmas at least. I'm thrilled, but my poor little hard drive would like to have words with you, dude. ;)


Ooh, I'm sure there's room for a little YGGernaut: InSpectres one-shot, and maybe the follow-up episode. Oh, and the Halloween special with a slightly different group of gamers. They're some of the finest audio on this site, and wafer-thin!

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