The State of Smiling Jack’s Bar and Grill

smJ_round_logo_color1400I start this blog post off with an admission, I haven’t played a Savage Worlds game since Labor Day weekend. Let that settle in for a little bit.

The truth of the matter is I haven’t had much time to game at all. Nor have I had time to record or edit podcasts. What’s happened? Well fellow Savage let me tell you.

In August I was told I would be getting a promotion at work. This was wonderful news, as I always aspire to evolve in my career and this was the next step for me. Shortly after that my wife and I decided it was time to move into a new house, so we began the process of getting our old home ready to sell. Then life sensed I wasn’t juggling enough, my Mother was hospitalized with a serious illness, which a month later would claim her life.

Any of the three items would individually keep most people busy enough, having to wade through all three was a steel hardening experience. And as a co-host, producer, and editor of Smiling Jack’s it meant I had zero time to work on the podcast. I’m not going to say sorry for the fact that my life hit some rough seas, but rather ask that you wait just a little longer for the show to get back on its feet.

The Savage Mommy and I are now planning our next recording time, which will hopefully be soon. The good news is I am in a new house that has a great place to record in. But I am still moving in and the recording gear is still in boxes, so I need a little more time to get things settled.

We are also looking for a new co-host to take Doug’s empty seat at the microphone. Also we are looking at providing some more actual play shows, I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoy recording them.

So dear Savages, stay tuned for some more Smiling Jack’s. I’m planning on 2015 to be quite the year for us.

Keep it savage

-Justin

Live From GenCon 2014 Part 2

smJ_round_logo_color1400The Savage Mommy got some more interviews while at GenCon. He interviewed:

Bill Keyes

Matthew Hansen

Vicki Beaver

Ross Watson and John Dunn

Eric Simon

Will Herman

Live From GenCon 2014 Part 1

smJ_round_logo_color1400The Savage Mommy was at GenCon2014 and this is the audio he captured at the Savage Worlds panel. Just after that finishes up you will hear Chris’ interview with Shane Hensley and Clint Black. There will be more Savage interviews coming in part 2.

Actual Play: Day After Ragnarok Part 2

SJBG_AlbumCover_300And now, the epic conclusion to Smiling Jack’s Bar and Grill Actual Play of Day After Ragnarok.

Actual Play: Day After Ragnarok Part 1

smJ_round_logo_color1400The Smiling Jack crew and some friends play The Day After Ragnarok. Enjoy!

Special: Review of Unframed

Chris sits down with Ed and Derek from RoleplayDNA to give you their review and thoughts of Engine Publishings newest book Unframed: The Art of Improvisation for Game Masters.

Episode 25: Mix and Mash

smJ_round_logo_color1400We recap our Savage Worlds experiences since our last show, Chris brings up a potential issue with a new player in his group, Savage World’s News: Plugged Nickel Card Kickstarter, Interface Zero 2.0 is for sale, and Pinnacle releases. We comment on Doug’s RPG addiction, Could you give up gaming for an extended time, Gamers Giving: Spring Giving charity event, Rocky Mountain Savages, Tell us about your Savage Worlds gaming community, Using the Adventure Deck, mixing and mashing up settings, Doug announces the setting he will use for the next Actual Play recording, and what setting would you play if you had taken a long break from gaming?

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Episode 24: So Many Savages

SJBG_AlbumCover_300Just before GenghisCon 2014 got started we got the rare opportunity to talk to a lot of Savage Worlds people. The cast sat down with: Sean Patrick Fannon, Shawn Gore, Bill Keyes, Eloy Lasanta, Michael Surbrook, and Ross Watson to record a SJBG super episode!

Episode 23: Shane and Clint Plus RoC Thoughts

smJ_round_logo_color1400Shane Hensley and Clint Black talk to Chris and Justin about the new Science Fiction and Super Powers Companions. Then you will hear the episode we recorded to talk about what we thought about the Realms of Cthulhu actual play game. Enjoy this episode that we have filled with Savage goodness!

Actual Play: Realms of Cthulhu

smJ_round_logo_color1400Here is our holiday themed AP game of Realms of Cthulhu. Enjoy and happy holidays!