New Year, New Campaign! – Hexes & Bows Podcast S2E1


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With new dice, new projects, and new cast members, the Hexes & Bows Podcast is ready to surprise attack 2018!

We’re beyond thrilled to be recording and sharing our geeky content with you and cannot thank you enough for your continued support. We sincerely hope the winter holiday season kept you in good spirits and, perhaps, introduced you to new games! We’ve got lots of updates to share in this episode including some details regarding our actual play podcast, a new podcast release schedule, and a brand new cast member!

After the announcements you’ll find an excellent discussion about the impact of playing board games as a child may have impacted our lives as adults, sharing the love of tabletop gaming by introducing the hobby to family, how gamers can be involved with local communities and promote gaming in a positive light, and of course, Overwatch. Because… Overwatch (GO DYNASTY!).

We end the episode with two questions for you, dearest adventurer:

  1. How do you think gaming (tabletop) has influenced your life, especially if you were introduced to the hobby at an early age?
  2. Do you run/host/create tabletop gaming events for your community (after school programs, nursing homes, charity…)? If so, share with us the details!

Thank you so much for helping us make Hexes & Bows in 2017. Your support, kindness, and love of gaming continue to motivate us in improving the show for you. We can’t wait to share all of our new projects with you and we hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy creating them!


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H&B Podcast Episode 008: Did Someone Say Kickstarter?

In this week’s episode of Hexes & Bows Podcast we wrangle up almost the full cast and dive headfirst into Kickstarters we’re super excited for! We also touch on our recent C2E2 adventures, chat about Star Wars roleplaying games (hey, it was May 4th, we had to!), and lay out some plans for the future of Hexes & Bows!

The Clickables

Games Discussed

Star Wars Destiny, Star Wars RPG, Rakuen, Dungeons and Dragons, Overwatch

H&B PODCAST EPISODE 007: Extra Life United!

This episode of Hexes & Bows Podcast steps away from the world of tabletop gaming to discuss the extraordinary charity event known as Extra Life United! Join Gnome and Hansard as they recall their experiences at Coronado Springs Resort in Disney, Orlando, Florida! *Be advised, there is some adult language used after 00:49:00 as the conversation moves away from Extra Life.*

Gnome and Hansard happily share their experiences at Extra Life United 2017. Gnome, a volunteer, and Hansard, a competitor, offer two different viewpoints of this wonderful event that allowed many gamers to take home a chunk of $150,000 for their local children’s hospital through Extra Life!

We also talk about International TableTop Day which is coming up on April 29th, 2017! Let us know in the comments what games you’re playing for this epic day of gaming!

As the conversation continues, special guest Chris from Car Bomb Podcast returns to talk about Squarriors: The Card Game‘s current Kickstarter campaign with Gnome! Get more insight on the campaign, reasons to back, and how to play. STCG is over 200% funded, so definitely support their Kickstarter!

Join us next week as we return to our usual discussions about tabletop and roleplaying games! Thanks for listening!

#fuckyourtea (you’ll get it if you listen to this podcast :P)

The Clickables:

Games Discussed:

Duck Game, Brawlhalla, Nidhogg, Ticket to Ride, Squarriors: TCG, Gangbeasts

Want to help sick and injured kids through Extra Life? Sign up here! Or, support Gnome, Hansard, or Chris‘s Extra Life efforts!

H&B Podcast Episode 004: 50 Shades of Gaming

Today’s Hexes & Bows Podcast episode is a little special.  Mr. and Mrs. Gnome have a solid heart-to-heart conversation about the influence of gaming in a relationship.

There are plenty of ways to get past hurdles in a relationship, but one of the best ways, at least for Joey and Tara, is discovering new board games and other games to play together.  Cooperative games are incredibly important in this geeky couple’s relationship and aided them in building stronger communication skills while deepening their 10 year relationship.

We also go a little deeper into how Dungeons and Dragons offers a deeper connection than other games have and the importance of storytelling and using your imagination.

Let us know what games you enjoy playing with your significant other! We’re always looking for new games to try out!

Games Discussed

World of Warcraft, Settlers of Catan, Elder Signs, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Darkness, Dead of Winter, Forbidden Island, Once Upon a Time, Descent, Arkham Horror, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, Masquerada, 

Additional Reading

  • Gamer Love by Gnomedic, details games to try out with your love and the importance of sharing a common hobby to help strengthen a relationship

 

H&B Podcast 003: Roll to Seduce the Centaur

Edit: SoundCloud is being silly and stopping the episode at the 50′ mark. We recommend listening to this week’s episode on iTunes or TuneIn! Sorry for any inconvenience!

Another awesome episode of Hexes & Bows is out today! (Be warned, there’s a bit of nsfw language use in this one!)

Fill your ears with the sweet, sultry voices of Gnome, Tim, Hansard, and first time co-host, Tara (aka Mrs. Gnome!). There’s plenty to talk about today, with topics ranging from roleplaying in non-roleplaying games, zombies, zombies, zombies!, and Gnome’s personal favorite topic of late 80s / early 90s childhood board games!

This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight showcases the very cool, very large game by ODAM Publishing called The Shared Dream. Listen to the podcast, see if it interests you, then head to their Kickstarter page and pledge! Act fast, because by the time this posts, the game has only 2 days left (but it’s already been funded!).

Is there a game you’d love to dig up from the attic or repurchase in order to play again? Let us know in the comments!

Games Discussed:

Dead of Winter, Pandemic, ODAM: The Shared Dream, Elder Signs, Lego games, COD, Pretty Pretty Princess, Mall Madness, Parasite Eve, Resident Evil, Zombicide, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings, Vampire the Masquerade, World of Darkness, Dream Phone, Crossfire, Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Perfection, Cards Against Humanity, Lotteria

The Clickables!

*Dear Listener ❤

We apologize for some of the audio and for some conversations stepping over others. We were trying a new thing with the microphones and it did not work out. We’re still learning the game, so thank you kindly for your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,
The Hexes & Bows Podcast Team

P.S. Also, don’t stick metal things in electric things. Don’t do it. We aren’t responsible if you do. -.-

H&B Podcast: Episode 001

It’s here! It’s here! Hexes & Bows finally has a podcast!  Grab some lunch, pop in those earbuds and come hang out with Gnome, Hansard, Tim, and Joe in their very first podcast episode!

Today we discuss our first experiences into the tabletop gaming world, which games we love and hate, and how games influenced our lives growing up.

Games Discussed

Gloom, Star Wars FFG, D&D 5e, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Arkham Horror, Checkers, Chess, Risk, Mastermind, Vampire the Masquerade, VtM: Bloodlines

Cool Stuff Mentioned


What are some games you played growing up? What games do you play now? Let us know in the comments!

Meet the Cast

Podcast Team

17190959_1224222267693352_4483168509959382449_nName: Joey “Gnomedic” Barranco
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
H&B Position: Producer, Writer, Podcaster
Profession: Paramedic, Writer
Favorite Tabletop Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill
Favorite Video Game: Final Fantasy VIII
Favorite Movie: UP!
Favorite Book: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Biography: Gnome is a paramedic, writer, gamer, and geek extraordinaire. He studies Technical Communication and Media Analysis at Arizona State University (and is looking for employment opportunities! *hinthintwinkwink*). When he’s not being a real-life healer, he plays one in various games like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, and more! Gnome also writes videogame reviews for Brutal Gamer and Marooners’ Rock, juggling the rest of his time livestreaming on Twitch, making YouTube videos, running a D&D campaign, and volunteering with Extra Life to raise money for sick and injured kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Interesting Fact: Too tall to be a gnome, too short to be a human.

Follow Gnome on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Twitch | YouTube | Extra Life |

timName: Tim McLaughlin Jr.
Location
: Greenfield, MA, USA
H&B Position: Podcaster
Profession: Audio Engineer, Writer, Artist
Favorite Tabletop Game: Mutans and Masterminds
Favorite Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Favorite Movie: Big Fish
Favorite Music: The Mountain Goats, Josh Garrells
Biography: Webcartoonist, pastor-in-training and thrice-failed church planter, freelance artist/writer, husband, father, and audio engineer. Let’s do this.
Interesting Fact: I can’t wear watches because anything digital or analog that stays consistently close to me dies within a couple days. If I put them away shortly thereafter, though, they generally recover.

Follow Tim on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Twitch | SoundCloud| Extra Life |
Tim’s Web Comic: Fatebound | Redbubble | Tumblr 

joeName: Joe “DaddyGamer” Siemsen
Location
: Minneapolis, MN, USA
H&B Position: Podcaster
Profession: Freelance Video Editor, Animation & Motion Graphics
Favorite Tabletop Game: Star Wars FFG, LotR CG, MTG, D&D
Favorite Video Game: Uncharted 4, Mass Effect 2, Chrono Trigger, Legend of Dragoon, LoZ Twilight Princess, Final Fantasy IX
Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Book: Kingskiller Chronicles
Biography: In a moment of particular brilliance realized that he could combine all of his major passions into one! Locking himself away in the den he went to work. Almost breaking under the pressure of self criticism he was finished… Thus Daddy Gamer was born! Aside from that I make videos while trying to manage a family, I seem to be doing alright so far.
Interesting Fact: I lost 4 baby teeth in the 8th grade

Follow Joe on social media: Twitter YouTube | Facebook |

16864216_10154461472208434_241830407975789077_nName:”The Hansard”
Location
: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
H&B Position: Podcaster
Profession: Aspiring Super Villain
Favorite Tabletop Game: Mansions of Madness
Favorite Video Game: Chrono Trigger
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Favorite Book: Dune
Biography: Canadian, tea drinker, aspiring super villain.
Interesting Fact: Hansard probably is an NPC.

Follow Hansard on social media: Twitter | Twitch |


D&D Team

IMG_9268Name: Joey “Gnome” Barranco
H&B Position: Dungeon Master, Teak

Info: Gnome guides his fellow roleplayers through epic adventures across the realm of Faerun of the Forgotten Realms.  The party began their story with the D&D 5e Starter Kit campaign, Lost Mines of Phandelver. After successfully completing the official adventure, the story continues in an alternate version of Neverwinter where anything is possible for the adventurers. Gnome also plays the lovable Teak, a mute, gnome druid of unknown origin who befriended Taliel months prior to their adventure in Phandalin. He often serves as the party’s off-tank and main healer, though, his methods may be a little… out there.

18360550_10154654273867843_1674794285_nName: Tony (Trout Knight)
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
H&B Position: Roleplayer, Beard Enthusiast.
Character: Grohl Thundermaw, Half-Goliath Fighter
Profession: Operator
Favorite Tabletop Game: Ticket to Ride. 10′ to Kill
Favorite Video Game: Final Fantasy VII
Favorite Movie: Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Book: The Last Command
Biography: In a wrestling match nobody bites like Tony
For there’s no one as burly and brawny
As you see I’ve got biceps to spare
Not a bit of him’s scraggly or scrawny
No one hits like Tony
Matches wits like Tony

My, what a guy, Tony!

Tony is an old school gamer and second to none nerd. Despite working full time and part time in school, that doesn’t stop him from one of his passions which in tabletop gaming. Like may others, he is a recovering World of Warcraft addict that could relapse at any time :D. Most of his gaming now consists of The Witcher III and Overwatch.
Interesting Fact: The nickname Trout Knight was bestowed upon Tony and he wear this title with pride.

Follow Tony on social media: Instagram

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Name:  Tara
Location:  An enchanted glass sphere
H&B Position: Roleplayer, Podcaster
Character: Taliel Anestacia, Wood Elf Ranger
Profession: Medical Biller
Favorite Tabletop Game: Pandemic
Favorite Video Game: Legends of Dragoon/Overwatch
Favorite Movie: Practical Magic
Favorite Book: Anita Blake series
BiographyTara’s geekdom started with a Harlequin Romance novel about a Fairy Queen, her personal character designs, RP via Rhy’Din on AOL (omg), creative writing, sketching/art and solo video gaming. This expanded into becoming a Marvel fangirl, Dark Horse enthusiast, and DC Comics’ side-chick which eventually lead to the rabbit hole known as World of Warcraft and the idea of MMOs. Still a solo gamer at heart she’s happy to share in the geeky world of nerdisms with others in the community.
Interesting Fact: Can’t play Crash Bandicoot without Janet Jackson’s 1997 The Velvet Rope CD playing.
Name: Chrissy Deluge

Location: Chicago, IL
H&B Position: Roleplayer
Character: Makaria, Tiefling Sorceress
Profession: EMT
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Past Cast Members: Cody Kohl as Jelal, Devon Kohl as Enzo, Crash Neubauer as Ricochet