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Bullock Borneoake

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#96028 Houston gaming podcasts - Max's Minions & The Gauntlet

Posted by Bullock Borneoake on 15 May 2015 - 03:15 PM

Well, I'm wondering if you could take a place, like the Berry Center, and divide the rooms up into "genres".  For point of reference, PAX had one MASSIVE room with tons of tables of all sizes that were available for anything.  Check out a game, find an appropriately-sized table, sit down, play.  You could potentially set aside one room for RPGs and spread games over multiple tables.  Put enough distance between each table as to not have everyone drown each other out.  I could potentially see a layout of "rooms" covering:

> RPGs

> Miniatures (Warhammer, etc.)
> Family Table Top Games

> Card games (Magic, etc.)
> Beta Testing (Game designers could showcase their games and run demos)
> LARP, etc.  (One of the big hits at PAX was a pop-up group of people playing Johann Sebastian Joust, My son is in this video shot at PAX in January. It's a hell of a lot of fun.)

What's the thought on panels?  I wouldn't envision inviting celebrities and stuff, but would there be a desire to maybe have a few panels for say, gaming-related discussions like "How to DM", "How to Write a Campaign", "Podcasting 101".... you know, stuff like that.  You could set aside one room for that.

And heaven forbid I suggest actual live-play podcasting. :)


I'm trying to think of other venues that are more central and might accomodate.

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#95981 The Misadventures of Max's Minions - Actual Play Podcast

Posted by Bullock Borneoake on 12 May 2015 - 11:16 PM

Howdy, folks.  So, I found out today that we share a home base with Hal, the great city of Houston.  Hal had mentioned posting our podcast here, so... that's what I'm doing.

We're currently in our second season and just posted our 25th episode.  Speaking of which: http://tinyurl.com/MMoMS02E25



Long story short: five losers found themselves thrown together by fate when they crossed paths with an eccentric, elderly wizard named Maximillian.  When Max's journal was pick-pocketed in plain sight, our would-be-heroes jumped into action and rescued his book.  And thus began a beautiful acquaintanceship.  Max's journal, supposedly, contained information that would cast a ritual to open a portal leading to a maze said to hold incredible treasure.  All Max needed was to recover various artifiacts to cast said ritual.  Enter our lose... er.... Minions.

Since then, the group has found itself faced with a never-ending series of unfortunate events, some of their own making to be honest, while recovering Max's artifacts.

And who are the Minions?

Kildrek - a dwarven cleric with a crisis of faith; a spiritual leader with no diety... no patience... no clue...  There's a lot of things Kildrek is without, come to think of it.

Stasi Xen - a human fighter that believes the best place for a fighter to do their job... is at the rear, usually in retreat, or finding some excuse not to engage the enemy.


Sting - a pixie rogue of questionable morals and suspect motives... you know, like all rogues; a former soldier burdened with survivor's guilt and a seething hatred for all things Drow.

Bullock Borneoake - a human psion; born of a long line of famous treasure hunters who is out to carry on the family tradition... if he can get over his OCD and every phobia known to mankind, that is.


Dog - a human ranger raised by bears and his various ani-pals:  his bear named Bear, his dog named Dog, and his owlbear named Al Bear.  He's one part Tarzan, one part Forrest Gump and a total handful.




There are a host of other characters, NPC, and ne'er-do-wells that have cropped up over the course of our one-plus year long run including:


Red Carl (a.k.a. Hot Carl) - the leader of Clan Carl, a vicious band of were-rats after some of the same artifacts (and, seriously, don't Google "hot carl".  Just... don't.  You're doing it, aren't you?)

TikTok - Ho... er... Red Carl's ettin sidekick

Clydor (a.k.a. Clydesdale) - Max's former apprentice


Madame Pagoda - proprietor of Madam Pagoda's Bathhouse, home of the friendliest hands in Fallcrest


The Grey Company (a.k.a. The Pig Pleasers, The Swine Smilers) - a neo-nationalist group hellbent on resurrecting the lost empire of Nerath... who have sex with pigs, apparently.


Bruno - a very, very unfortunate bard


As you might be able to tell... this isn't exactly a serious podcast.  We have fun.  We go off on non-sequiturs about as much as we fumble... and, boy, do we ever fumble.  A treatise on the brilliance that is the movie Gymkata?  Done.  A philosophical discussion on the virtues of Ronnie James Dio?  Check.  A ten-minute argument about the physics behind a pixie being able to fight while holding a full-sized crown that includes a real-life sword and a full-size cardboard cutout of Loki from The Avengers?  What do you know?  We've got that, too.

We're not going to win any awards.  We're not going to appeal to everyone.  And we're sure as hell not going to set the podcasting world on fire.  But, we do have a rather faithful following and they seem to enjoy the crap out of our show, so we've got that going for us, which is nice.

Hopefully, some of you will enjoy it, too.

And I look forward to becoming an active member here at RPGMP3.  Cheers!

- Nate (Editor/Producer/Bullock Borneoake)


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#95961 Houston gaming podcasts - Max's Minions & The Gauntlet

Posted by Bullock Borneoake on 12 May 2015 - 07:27 AM

I wasn't kidding when I said it'd be a bad idea to volunteer to sit in the same room as our DM, Cameron.  He's an insufferable Brit that actively tries to kill us.  The fact that our podcast made it past two episodes is still a shock to me. :)


Someone at Comicpalooza reached out to us about our podcast back in January, then never followed up after we replied and we got no further response when we contacted their Social Media department in April to inquire about that, so we're figuring they had no interest in promoting or doing anything with us.

Which is fine.  We wouldn't do anything with us either, to be honest.

When the subject first came up, we had no idea what they wanted with us to begin with: doing a "live" version of the podcast, a la Acquisitions, Incorporated, was not something we were prepared to do, nor did we think we could pull it off.  It's amazing how much editing can make you sound entertaining and turn six hours of dreck into three hours of something marginally tolerable. :)

That, and our fan base isn't exactly what we'd call large.  As best I can figure, it's about 1,000 listeners, give or take a 100.  And almost none of them are actually in Houston.  We actually maintain a sizable (and confusing) contingency of fans in the UK and Australia.

I don't know what we'd bring to a convention, but I'm always up for entertaining options.

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