Podcast Episode 26 – A Year of Sky Bear

Can you believe it has been a year of the Sky Bear Games Podcast? Today in the podcast episode we cover a few good memories, as well as two recent events we attended: a hui at Kura Rēhia and the Auckland Indie Game Showcase.

The episode can be found here.

Links for places/people/games mentioned in the episode:
Kura Rēhia: https://www.facebook.com/kura.rehia/
Indie Game Showcase: https://techweek.co.nz/whats-on/2021/indie-game-showcase-142/
Kaupapa: https://speak.maori.nz/products/kaupapa
Hohi 1816: https://hohi1816.nz/
Her Jentle Hi-ness Prototype: https://skybeargames.itch.io/her-jentle-hi-ness
Frame of Mind: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1485250/Frame_of_Mind/
Ten Thousand Coins: https://www.tenthousandcoins.com/
Namtran-105: https://namtran-105.itch.io/
Scorpion Engine for Amiga: https://www.facebook.com/scorpionengine/
Bundle Buddies: https://twitter.com/bundle_buddies?lang=en
Pokemon Time Capsule: https://pokemontimecapsule.wordpress.com/

Podcast Episode 23: Our recap of the NZ Games Festival

Today we break down Claire’s experience at the NZ Games Festival, with all the workshops and talks, and how it felt to win the Pav for Excellence in Narrative! Listen to the episode here: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44594024

Note: I forgot to say one name in the podcast because I launched too quickly into the content of the talk, which was Tana Tanoi whose talk was Life in Three Dimensions, about spaces being lived in through the actions players could take.

Also I refer to Rose as the artist and Dave as the proofreader when I mention them at the Pavs, but to clarify, those were their roles on Wonderland Nights. They are even more talented in their full careers! Rose Northey is an illustrator and poet amongst many other things, and Dave Agnew is an editor as well as being a great roleplayer.

Podcast Episode 22 – Ravenloft Again!

With a new 5th edition Ravenloft book coming out next month, we thought it was high time we did another Ravenloft episode. This time we go deep on the metaplot of Ravenloft during it’s main run in 2nd edition, and give our Top 5 adventures/supplements that can still be found on DriveThruRPG, though the Top 5 sort of turns into a Top 20, sorta. SPOILERS, like ALLLLLL the way through the episode! If you think you’re going to be a player in any of these 2nd edition metaplot events ever, maybe skip this episode.

Also sorry about the recording quality. I really messed up with the recording this time, but with some Audacity magic I was able to make it somewhat listenable. Sorry for it being a bit sub-quality though.

Here is the episode!

Podcast Episode 20: Asian Creativity in the Wake of Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

We had our friend Benjamin Teh around for a social visit, but given the events of the last week, it turned into an impromptu podcast episode: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/44011021

In this episode, we discuss Asian Creativity with Benjamin Teh, in the wake of the Atlanta shootings in March 2021.

Please note regarding the list of names: The version of the news story that Ben found and read misspelled the first name of Delaina Yaun. The story also misspelled Xiaojie Tan’s last name based on information provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. The story was also updated to include full and correct names for Yong Ae Yue, Hyun Jung Grant and Soon Chung Park.

Here is a charity to donate to to support the Asian American community in Georgia during this difficult time: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/support-georgias-asian-american-community/

Here is another charity cause to donate to from artist Shaun Yu Yong Jian: https://fortifystr.myshopify.com/products/standard-postcard

Here is the Spinoff’s article about Anti-Asian hate in New Zealand: https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/22-03-2021/anti-asian-hate-and-violence-is-not-confined-to-america-it-is-right-here-in-nz-too/

Recommendations made in the episode:

Golden Threads can be purchased and downloaded at: https://allanxia.itch.io/golden-threads

Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall is available here: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/338920/Jiangshi-Blood-in-the-Banquet-Hall

Asians Represent podcast can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/aznsrepresent/featured

More info about Ten Thousand Coins can be found here: https://www.tenthousandcoins.com/

The Islands of Sina Una is available here: https://hitpointpress.com/the-islands-of-sina-una-campaign-pdf/

You can find the Dumplings and Dragons podcast, hosted by our friend and guest Benjamin Teh, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoRRuYeg0Eqbu9vsl2TYfWg

We’re on the Bundle Buddies podcast!

After two months of trying and failing to record, including multiple lockdowns stopping us from recording, we’re finally here. I met Alex and Eric from the Bundle Buddies podcast when they followed @SkyBearGamesNZ on twitter and sent them an email saying I was a creator of one of the games in the bundle they were reviewing (if you weren’t here or don’t remember, it was the Itch.io Bundle for Racial Justice and Equality) and I would love to talk to them on either/both of our podcasts.

As you might remember, our SBG podcast episode with them came out in January, but there was a problem with the recording of our episode on their side, and with two lockdowns in Auckland meaning we were stuck with our toddler who is faaaaaar too noisy to record around, it took us around two months to actually finally wrap the episode.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know these guys over the course of the two months, and I’ve listened to every episode of their podcast so far. Even if you don’t own the bundle I think it’s still worth it for some hilarrious moments and good recommendations both for indie games in th bundle, and gaming nostalgia from them and their guests. You can check it out here: https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-9d387-fdc56b