General Questions: Fandible@gmail.com
Hi. Do you recommend ANY current MMOs for roleplaying? I’m missing it since CoH closed.
I too was hurt with the closing of CoH! Angela and I actually roleplayed a lot in that game. We miss the setting of the red side the most!
But enough about us.
There are two current MMOs that I would say are decent in roleplaying. They aren’t perfect, but they do an okay to scratch that occasional itch for me.
1) The first MMO is Champions Online. I’ll just say this here… it isn’t as good as CoH. The graphics are sharp, and some of the powers do work better, but it’s missing a lot of the community. You’ll have to wade through a lot of ‘cyber-hounds’ (AE: People using RP to get cybersex) to find some good stuff. I’ve found -some- success, but there have been a few times where I leave the game annoyed because I couldn’t find anything worth a damn.
2) The second MMO is the Secret World. It’s a very -fun- game. However, it’s new. A lot of the RP you will find is what I call ‘Tavern’ RP. And since you’re all ‘secret society’, it’s hard to meet people and act generally surprised when they reveal they work for a secret society. Gasp! What are the chances! I played Secret World for the game, mostly. The RP is okay, but without a Guild, you’re going to find yourself tired of ordering shots at the bar.
3) I’ll add this without testing it out. I’ve heard good things about Guild Wars. There is a growing community there, and I heard that the devs are giving some love to the Rpers. That said, I can’t tell you if its worth the chance or not.
Sadly, that’s all I got to say on the matter.
Hey, you all should play a game where you make about level 11 characters and split the group up into two teams and pit them against each-other to see who has the last warrior standing.
It’ll be like therapeutic or something…. that’s a good excuse, huh?
Looking for a tabletop roleplaying game to break my wife and some of her friends into roleplaying, give them an introduction. So a simple system with a strong dramatic/cinematic flair any ideas? I was thinking fiasco? which might be too dark? Also maybe Hollow Earth or Spirit of the Century/Fate? The character creation seems… involved?
This is a great question. We’ve decided to actually write an article about the question, and it will be posted on Wednesday this week.
If I could give you guys one tip for improving the real-play podcasts, it would be editing the episodes after recording them (on a computer) to have equalized, evened-out volume-levels. At times some players are very faint while speaking, while others are incredibly loud, and you guys frequently go from whispering to screaming or bellowing laughter and there is no volume to comfortably listen at without missing content or getting one’s ears blown out. Nice work with the worldcrafting and play strategies though!
We’ve actually just received some real radio equipment about two months ago. Are you listening to our older stuff? For the past month/two month, most of our stuff should be better because of the upgrade in equipment. If you are listening to our older stuff, yeah, we hear you on that. That was our number one complaint and we hope to fix it.
Is our new sound better, folks? Or should we try to do more. The last thing we want is to blow people’s ears out.
The new sound is so good I asked Arvandus what you used and ordered us the same mixer. Need to get the upgraded mics.
You soundis excellent but I might try equalising ours, as my voice is picked up well, while we sit Nyx and archive right next to te things and barely hear them!
I am indeed listening to your older stuff and going through your RSS feed of previous games, thanks for the update!
Excellent! We hope you enjoy the games, but admittedly, we do have some volume issues. However, our new stuff is done with new equipment so once you make it through the back log, you’ll find our new sound easier on the ears.
Thanks everyone for suggesting the new equipment! If there is anything else we can do for the site ,tell us!
Sound levels: Yes, on the older stuff, I would occasionally have those eardum destroying moments when the whole crew burst out laughing.
However, no problems at all since the new fandiquipment. Can now also hear some of the quieter things, that would have remained a mystery before.
You guys are truly amazing. Best roleplayers in the history of the world. Jesus is the best GM in the history of the world.
Your shows are better than anything on tv. I’m not even sure how I found you, but I want everyone to know about you. I just searched ‘roleplaying’ in my podcast RSS search and I found your podcasts. I’ve listened to roleplaying/DnD podcasts before but Fandible was something way, way, above those. Your roleplaying and stories are incredible on such a high level of entertainment. The way David can turn fully into a character, without stuttering for a second, and improvising every line as if it was written for theater. The way Billy can make his characters so hilarious that sometimes I’ll burst into laughter on the metro to work, (David, to Barsher (Billy), “I think you’re on to something, Barsher.” then Barsher (Billy) replies, “Yeah, I’m on the ship!”) Complete brilliance.
Daniel and Angela are great roleplayers, as well. Angela always nails the ‘bitchy, murderous female’ character and Daniel is a man of a thousand voices. My favorite being the Doctor, aka, King of the Fairies.
And where would Fandible be without Jesus Rodriguez, the main GM? His stories feel like American literature coming to life, being improvised and written in front of our eyes, as the roleplayers hold tight and try to ride along on Jesus’s crazy rides. Jesus never skips a beat, both in tongue and mind. I’ve never seen a GM so easily handle any situation, being able to improvise and shift the story without feeling like he’s making shit up. Or maybe he’s not? Maybe Jesus is a psychic and his worlds exist somewhere in the universe, and he’s just reaching into the far galaxy and making it appear that these podcasts are, in fact, stories when they are actually, in fact, real places that Jesus can telekinesisly visit while he GMs.
But that’s crazy talk.
Point is, Fandible is amazing. You guys should advertise on reddit or something so more people can hear about you. You guys deserve it.
Thank you Lord Byron’s Stableboy, you just made my day. To hear such praise both makes me happy and makes me extremely worried you guys will discover I have taken the memories of a much more talented man. Soon, I will have to take a new form and flee. Perhaps a poet…. a murder poet..
Seriously though, Thanks.
Hey Fandible! Just wanted to stop by and give you a few platonic pats on the back for consistently keeping me entertained week after week. I work nights and when I get home Friday night/Saturday morning, the first thing I do is download the latest episode, crawl in bed and laugh myself to sleep. Sometimes I don’t make it all the way through an episode before the dreamworld beckons me, but I always pick up where I last left off the following night. You guys are a solid group, and not just fellow gamers, but also as a group of friends. So thank you for sharing your gaming nights with us, and I hope for nothing but success for you guys. Stay gold.
Thanks for being a fan JaredFromTacoma. I hope your dreams are full of pulp adventures, warhammer orks, and morally bankrupt shadowrunners. 🙂
I’ve been listening to you guys for a long while now and was curious if I could throw some games your way for you to maybe play? Cuz I’m sure you don’t get those all the time.
The first is the old Ghostbusters International from West End Games.
The other would be the new The Undergound: A Sam and Fuzzy RPG based off the sam and fuzzy comic. Its in Kickstarter now, but its looking like it will be very neat.
Just some suggestions. I look forward to whatever you guys play in the future. Keep up the good work.
I’ve been listening to you guys since last year and have enjoyed every thing you all have produced. There have been many memorable quotes and rpg systems/books that I now play, that I need to thank you for.
I am the host of an up and coming actual play rpg radio show for my college’s station and I’ve been looking to up the quality of its audio. I was wondering what microphones, sound mixer/board, and what editing software do you use for your podcast.
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Give us a day or two to see what we have. Jesus was the tech expert of the group and found the stuff. Or was gifted the stuff… one of those things!
I can say this – We use Audacity as an editing program. It’s a free program that does a lot. It’s a great bit of software! We’ve been discussing moving to another program but we aren’t sure we’d get more bang for our buck with a new program or not. Anyone out there have a suggestion if we try new audio editing programs?
Your mixer was a behringer 1024usb last I heard 🙂
Less certain on the mics but we use behringer c1’s
Please note… C1s are fragile, one of ours needs replacing after I brought it to work and someone knocked it.
I should read more… Mr Ed and the Technical Penguin are both musicians and it was they who suggested we use audacity. It’s pretty much their go to…
Hey! I just got caught up on your DnD 5e podcast, and after your complaints on the prevalence of magic I wanted to make a suggestion. I’m a big fan of Fantasy Craft from Crafty Games, which is a really solid dnd-like that does a lot to fix the caster-martial balance and which offers a huge pile of effective non-magical options. Technically, the way the rules on Campaign Qualities work mean you can’t play an arcane or divine caster unless the GM specifically allows those options, although in most groups I think it plays out more that you can unless the GM mechanically disallows it– but the point is the system is designed to be very playable without magical assistance. If you guys are interested in another fantasy-ish game, I strongly recommend this one.
I wanted to reach out to you to see if itâ€™s possible to advertise on your podcast. Iâ€™ll give you a short introduction and if you have any additional questions, please let me know!
ZodiacEmpires is based out of Cleveland, OH. We have created a campaign setting for D&D: Pathfinder and 5e. We have an active Kickstarter for the printing of the book. We are also working on Leyline Chronicles, our be all end all piece of campaign tracking software.
As I said, we are looking for possible advertisement, and would really appreciate any avenues to do so. If you have time and youâ€™re interested, please check out our website and our Kickstarter linked below. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Thank you for your time,
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