Wil Wheaton's Valkana


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My next Alchemist will be called Doctor Lobotomy.


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While I'm not a fan of Wheaton for a few reasons, I gotta say he makes for a great GM, and the setting sounds absolutely killer.

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I was mostly meh about him until he started hosting Table Top.

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I actually really like him.


Marc Radle wrote:
I actually really like him.

That beard has got to go. Some people look great in one.

He ain't one of 'em.


I don't think he'd look good without one tbh. Radio's still around for a reason.


My first thought was the same as Jaelithe. He needs to put that horrible beard out of its misery... I am jazzed that Hank Green is going to be in this weekly game video...

DFTBA!


Trekkie90909 wrote:
I don't think he'd look good without one tbh. Radio's still around for a reason.

He has to go neatly trimmed. That thing is unsightly.


Eh, the beard looks fine. All down to personal taste. Some people like it neatly trimmed, some like to look like a lumberjack. I think he's hit the sweet spot between the two extremes.

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I don't think I've seen him sans beard since ST:TNG, but just looking at him, I think he's probably better off WITH the beard.

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How could one dislike Wheton? He's so earnest about his hobbies, each of us nerds should just like that. Besides, he's charismatic and funny. And was in a Stephen King movie.


Lord Snow wrote:
And was in a Stephen King movie.

"Suck my fat one, you cheap dime-store hood."

Still one of the 50 greatest lines in movie history.

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Kthulhu wrote:
I don't think I've seen him sans beard since ST:TNG, but just looking at him, I think he's probably better off WITH the beard.

Here he is with a much smaller beard (plus, there's a lot of funny, great stuff to enjoy as well)

Big Bang Theory - Best of Will Wheaton

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I love Titansgrave. I like it enough to already re-watch episodes 0 & 1 (I'll watch 2 tonight). As for not like Wil, I felt it was a mixed bag. I listened to one of his podcasts and found it hilarious, but at the same time found him cocky as ---, which led me to stop listening.

Even on TableTop he can get on my nerves. But overall I like him.

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Speaking of TableTop ...

Will plays Dragon Age with Chris Hardwick, Kevin Sussman, and Sam Witwer AND Chris Pramas is the GM!

Pretty cool (and funny). Also cool to see the guy that wrote the actual game act as GM.


I actually rather enjoyed the Valkana episodes 0 & 1, and plan to watch the next.

I like him as a GM.

I'm not such a fan of his TableTop series. But - heck! - way to go for him as he gets paid to have fun!


Lord Snow wrote:
How could one dislike Wheton? He's so earnest about his hobbies, each of us nerds should just like that. Besides, he's charismatic and funny. And was in a Stephen King movie.

Well I personally disagreed with him on things involving certain controversies (coughgamergatecough) in the gaming industry.

Others don't like him because they find him to be a self-absorbed and arrogant who panders to the "nerd" culture way too hard.

I personally can't say I exactly see that in him, but the stuff he said about gamers was horribly overgeneralizing and made it seem like he was talking down to us, souring my opinion of him. But that's come and gone and I can't say I don't like the guy nowadays.

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Neongelion wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
How could one dislike Wheton? He's so earnest about his hobbies, each of us nerds should just like that. Besides, he's charismatic and funny. And was in a Stephen King movie.

Well I personally disagreed with him on things involving certain controversies (coughgamergatecough) in the gaming industry.

Others don't like him because they find him to be a self-absorbed and arrogant who panders to the "nerd" culture way too hard.

I personally can't say I exactly see that in him, but the stuff he said about gamers was horribly overgeneralizing and made it seem like he was talking down to us, souring my opinion of him. But that's come and gone and I can't say I don't like the guy nowadays.

Mind if I ask what you are referring to with 'gamergate' and the 'stuff he said about gamers'? I'm not familiar with this ...

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That's actually off topic for this thread and probably isn't something folk need to get into here.


I watched the second episode of this last night with a buddy through a google hangout. It was uncanny how much this group of people sounded and played like our group (over abundances of beer notwithstanding). Man, we laughed steadily for the entire 45 minutes. It was great!

And when Hank Green

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totally snatched the kill for the Alpha Hellion
- oh my gosh, I nearly fell out of my chair.

I'm enjoying this series a lot. It's a great group and they're fun to watch.


Adam Daigle wrote:
That's actually off topic for this thread and probably isn't something folk need to get into here.

Agree 100%. Marc I'd just use Google Fu for that, it's a huge can of hideous, dire worms.

On topic: I really can't wait to get a hold of this "AGE" stuff, especially Titansgrave. I always felt like my homebrew sci-fi/fantasy/post-apoc setting doesn't sit well with Pathfinder, and this system seems much more flexible and rules-lite, which is also right up my alley.

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Neongelion wrote:
Adam Daigle wrote:
That's actually off topic for this thread and probably isn't something folk need to get into here.

Agree 100%. Marc I'd just use Google Fu for that, it's a huge can of hideous, dire worms.

On topic: I really can't wait to get a hold of this "AGE" stuff, especially Titansgrave. I always felt like my homebrew sci-fi/fantasy/post-apoc setting doesn't sit well with Pathfinder, and this system seems much more flexible and rules-lite, which is also right up my alley.

Fair enough! I'll Google it to see what all the kerfuffle is about!

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Neongelion wrote:
Lord Snow wrote:
How could one dislike Wheton? He's so earnest about his hobbies, each of us nerds should just like that. Besides, he's charismatic and funny. And was in a Stephen King movie.

Well I personally disagreed with him on things involving certain controversies (coughgamergatecough) in the gaming industry.

Others don't like him because they find him to be a self-absorbed and arrogant who panders to the "nerd" culture way too hard.

I personally can't say I exactly see that in him, but the stuff he said about gamers was horribly overgeneralizing and made it seem like he was talking down to us, souring my opinion of him. But that's come and gone and I can't say I don't like the guy nowadays.

Well, had I gone around starting to dislike everyone caught on one end or another of the gamer gate fiasco I'd be left without many public figures to like who have anything to do with video gaming.

The thing with Wheton is, I feel he's honest. I mean, actually passionate about roleplaying, board games, and other bits of nerd culture. Sure, he's making a living off of it as a showman - but that just means content (free content, might I add) for me, right?

I don't think Wheton could have got to where he's at without constantly thinking about gaming. He's genuine. I really like that about him. Wish there were more people that are not only as outspoken as he is but only posses the charisma to pull off something that might actually excite someone who isn't into gaming already about the prospect. Certainly this Valkana thing is the best effort I've ever seen.


Then you'll probably enjoy Nimmorgeist. He's jumping on the bandwagon; livestreaming has been around a while, but breaking it up into 30-60 minute 'episodes' makes watching full campaigns actually enjoyable.


Lord Snow wrote:


The thing with Wheton is, I feel he's honest. I mean, actually passionate about roleplaying, board games, and other bits of nerd culture. Sure, he's making a living off of it as a showman - but that just means content (free content, might I add) for me, right?

I don't think Wheton could have got to where he's at without constantly thinking about gaming. He's genuine. I really like that about him. Wish there were more people that are not only as outspoken as he is but only posses the charisma to pull off something that might actually excite someone who isn't into gaming already about the prospect. Certainly this Valkana thing is the best effort I've ever seen.

He can definitely come across as smug or arrogant at times, but I don't dislike him and I definitely agree that he is truly passionate about all these geeky things that he's involved in. I remember coming across his blog years ago, before his recent career resurgence as a geek icon (or maybe early on) and him talking about running D&D for his son and friends. He really is into this stuff, and enjoys sharing it with a larger audience.

I haven't watched Valkana yet, though I'll probably give it a shot since there wasn't a new Critical Role (which is my go to "This is what playing RPGs is about" show) this week.

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Don't forget his column in ... Dungeon mag, wasn't it?


I'm not sure if its intentional or not, but I like the fact that the beer baron kinda looks like Robin Williams to me.

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I like the System, Wil Wheaton and the Stars.

... I dislike the PCs. Too Chaotic Neutral/True Neutral for my taste

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To be fair, despite the Alignment they list most PCs act Chaotic Neutral.

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I love Lemley ... both her character and her player ...

Also loved the Avatar: The Last Airbender reference in Chapter 3.


Episode 3 was great! Starting to get into deeper stuff, now that they have leveled up. Looking forward to Epis 4!

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I've tried to find out about the Titansgrave rpg game system and when it will be available to havent been able to. Anyone know when/if this game system will be made public?


I love the art direction of this. Huge respect for the artist perfectly capturing these scenes.

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Jacob Saltband wrote:
I've tried to find out about the Titansgrave rpg game system and when it will be available to havent been able to. Anyone know when/if this game system will be made public?

As is said all over the Titansgrave sites it uses the Fantasy AGE system by Green Ronin which is currently in Pre-Order. If you order from GR themselves you can get the PDF for $5.

The Titansgrave book is also available for Pre-Order.

$29.99 for the Core book and $24.99 for Titansgrave.


I've finally gotten around to watching this, and I've found I can enjoy it as a podcast. I'm planning on stealing a couple of techniques Will Wheaton uses in it in my own GMing.

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I am really enjoying both the series and the book. I'd love to see some meatier world-setting information from either, but I know Green Ronin was working under a tight deadline to get it out by GenCon. The art is absolutely top-notch!


Cool to hear. He has always seemed like a nice guy--and his wife has class.


Andrew Betts wrote:
Jacob Saltband wrote:
I've tried to find out about the Titansgrave rpg game system and when it will be available to havent been able to. Anyone know when/if this game system will be made public?

As is said all over the Titansgrave sites it uses the Fantasy AGE system by Green Ronin which is currently in Pre-Order. If you order from GR themselves you can get the PDF for $5.

The Titansgrave book is also available for Pre-Order.

$29.99 for the Core book and $24.99 for Titansgrave.

Or if PDF copies are fine then they're available on DriveThruRPG already.

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Bluenose wrote:
Andrew Betts wrote:
Jacob Saltband wrote:
I've tried to find out about the Titansgrave rpg game system and when it will be available to havent been able to. Anyone know when/if this game system will be made public?

As is said all over the Titansgrave sites it uses the Fantasy AGE system by Green Ronin which is currently in Pre-Order. If you order from GR themselves you can get the PDF for $5.

The Titansgrave book is also available for Pre-Order.

$29.99 for the Core book and $24.99 for Titansgrave.

Or if PDF copies are fine then they're available on DriveThruRPG already.

Well I should say if you order the Hard Copies from GR and pick up the $5 PDFs you get the PDF immediately.

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And dear lord epic finale!!


Crystal Frasier wrote:
I am really enjoying both the series and the book. I'd love to see some meatier world-setting information from either, but I know Green Ronin was working under a tight deadline to get it out by GenCon. The art is absolutely top-notch!

The book is out? Do you know if Paizo will be selling it on the website?

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The PDF is out. Evidently the pre-order for the HC of both Fantasy AGE and Titansgrave have sold out.


Speaking of Wil and RPGs, both he and Will Friedle will be guest-playing on Critical Role tonight over on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel.

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Kalshane wrote:
Speaking of Wil and RPGs, both he and Will Friedle will be guest-playing on Critical Role tonight over on the Geek and Sundry Twitch channel.

Nice, I'm way behind on Critical Role, but I'll get to see it eventually. Since it takes me 2-3 days to watch an episode and I'm somewhere around 6 ... yeah


I watched about an hour before I had to go bed. Wil was playing a grumpy dwarf fighter and Will a grumpy human cleric.

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Man, I've been watching these and I REALLY am digging them. Will is a very good GM, the 4 players have really grown on my, as have their characters, and I'm actually finding myself looking forward to each new 'episode'

If you haven't checked these out yet, you really should!

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