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-Killer's off for the night, so Jen and Bio play Scrabble
-Although they play pretty lax with the rules, gameplay is pretty tame, until...
-...the name of Harambe is invoked (may peace be upon him)
-Killer's off for the night, so Jen and Bio play Scrabble
-Although they play pretty lax with the rules, gameplay is pretty tame, until...
-...the name of Harambe is invoked (may peace be upon him)
#105
RCM On Tap - Episode 105
-Killer's off for the night, so Jen and Bio play Scrabble
-Although they play pretty lax with the rules, gameplay is pretty tame, until...
-...the name of Harambe is invoked (may peace be upon him)
#104
RCM On Tap - Episode 104
-HI VAMPY!
-We try to circumvent numerous technical difficulties and near-Baroness-induced-catastrophes
-PUPPY PR0N!
#103
RCM On Tap - Episode 103
-Tap Team invites some of the other RCM staff over for some Tee K.O.!
-AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A RIVAL PARTY!
#102
RCM On Tap - Episode 102
-It's Friday the 13th. Bear that in mind when watching this episode.
-Bio is broadcasting in Japanese movie style, and Baroness tries to quit
-What, in gameplay, can drive you crazy in five minutes or less?
#101
RCM On Tap - Episode 101
-The Tap team introduces Bio to Superfight! It goes about as well as you'd expect.
#100
RCM On Tap - Episode 100
-The Tap Team celebrates 100 episodes by revisiting great moments in On Tap history
#99
RCM On Tap - Episode 99
-Santa returns to On Tap and immediately regrets giving up drinking
-Chat petitions Santa for job placement and career advancement opportunities
-Jen and Hax read How the Grinch Stole Christmas
#98
RCM On Tap - Episode 98
-Angie and Brandon from Cleveland's A Christmas Story House and Museum stop by to talk movies, Christmas, and the fruition of a dream. -Chat recasts Bio in the role of Ralphie and Killer casts himself as Randy. Jen is quietly entertained by the thought of Killer trying to fold himself into the kitchen cupboard. -The group discusses best gifts given, interesting Christmas traditions, and what Christmas movie we wouldn't mind being stuck in.
#97
RCM On Tap - Episode 97
-Velvet stops by to hang out and talk about her new project, RCM Reality House!
-Chat is definitely in the spirit(s) tonight as the team gives the Magic Hat questions a holiday twist
-RCM Films production of Sigh Hard, starring Killer McCoy, is def gonna be a thing
#96
RCM On Tap - Episode 96
Woman_Scorned graces the Fourth Chair to talk old-school games!
Jen has to model the Stay Puft suit mid-show and we learn why she is not a runner
The Magic Hat keeps spitting out questions that are killing our buzz
#150
The Ghost in the Podcast - Episode 150
- Mic issue in first 5 minutes
- Last of Us 2 Announced
- Rampage: The Movie
- HG Wells Ghost story
- And more!
#95
RCM On Tap - Episode 95
-It's Porksgiving once again!
-Killer surprises all with his dish
-What are we thankful for?
#94
RCM On Tap - Episode 94
-Bio has returned!!!!
-In a shocking twist, Baron's and Varyar's respective couches take over chat. We're still not sure how they were able to type, but they are as articulate as we'd expect them to be.
-Why Risk would be even more amazing with DLC
#93
RCM On Tap - Episode 93
-Juho from 8BitMenu.com joins the fourth chair to talk recipes inspired by video games
-Bio wins the gender-neutral Miss America talent competition
-What would be your theme song?
#92
RCM On Tap - Episode 92
-Killer has the moderator seat for this breaking news bulletin, but reporter Bio has been missing for three days or weeks (depending on who you ask)
-Varyar totally Chris Hansens Baron
-And now...DAUGHTER OF WOLFIE!
#91
RCM On Tap - Episode 91
-This is Halloween! Jen is dressed as Birthday Cat from BL2, Killer is dressed as Frank Farmer from The Bodyguard, and Bio is dressed as...Bio.
-The Magic Hat plays a trick by FINALLY tossing out an Asterisk question...on a night we don't have a Fourth Chair guest.
-But a treat shows up in chat...Princess Candeye!
#149
The Ghost in the Podcast - Episode 149
- Halloween and the ghost hunting special recap
- Some ghost hunting evidence/using the ovilus on the show
- A lochness monster type creature possibly discovered in Alaska?
- Creepy Clowns getting outlawed
- And more!
- ghostinthepodcast@rivalcastmedia, @ghostinthecast
#90
RCM On Tap - Episode 90
-Rxysurfchic joins the crew in Fourth Chair to talk about her origins as a streamer and how she got to her dream job at Alienware
-The Magic Hat returns!
-Rxy's cat also guest-stars
#148
The Ghost in the Podcast - Episode 148
- Tales of our ghost hunting adventures
- Special announcement for Halloween
- Ghost Ship appears on Lake Superior
- Outbreak of the Clowns
- ghostinthepodcast@rivalcastmedia, @ghostinthecast
#89
RCM On Tap - Episode 89
-INcontrol of the Evil Geniuses stops by Fourth Chair, much to Varyar's unbridled glee
-Thoughts on the future of RTS
-Why Korean BBQ is the best, and favorite experiences from world travels
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Fiction section updated, most things working again
Feb 19th
So...yeah.
For those who have been asking about the fan fics, the next installments of Rogue Agent (the third book in the series) will be going up soon. Jen's been on writing sabbatical for a while to get a lot of other behind the scenes stuff together, but new chapters of Agent as well as her blog The Accidental Podcaster will be going up soon. In the meantime, since some (read: all) of the navigational links in the first stories got fubar'd, we've gone in and updated the links and the chapter indices for both Da Bark Lurd (book 1) and Agents of Arachnos (book 2).
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Tenpai: My Unlikely Encounter With Mahjong
Feb 6th
As someone who seems to always be a part of too many fandoms, has too many interests, and not enough time to tend to them all, I find it interesting when some of these aspects find a way to connect to each other.
Watching anime is one of my favorite pastimes and I am currently watching an anime series called Saki. The show follows a high school mahjong club as they prepare and compete to attend the national mahjong tournament1. After reaching a little over the halfway point of the first season, I concluded that it might be a good idea to get a sense of what is going on during the game. So, I began my research. The first important bit of information that I came across was that mahjong is not a super popular game outside of Asia; most people don't recognize that there is a difference between the solitaire games (like the one I played as a kid) and the real game of mahjong that is presented in the anime. Solitaire mahjong is a matching game, while mahjong is played with four people and is similar to gin rummy. Each player has thirteen tiles and the goal is to come up with as many pairs, runs, three of a kind, or four of a kind with the thirteen tiles that they have in conjunction with the fourteenth tile that they draw2. There are also three types of mahjong: Chinese, Japanese, and American.
In all three varieties of mahjong, there are four players and the game begins by rolling dice to determine which wind each player will play. The player with the highest number sits as the East wind and will be the dealer, followed by the South, North, and West winds, and the game moves counter-clockwise. After this simple start to the game, the rules vary depending on the type of mahjong being played. In the Chinese3 and Japanese versions of the game, each player picks up and discards a tile each hand with the goal of obtaining a winning hand with all 14 tiles, however, Japanese4 mahjong also uses riichi sticks that are used for bets and scoring. The American version uses a card of standard hand, has more tiles, and includes joker tiles. The game also begins with the "charleston," which is the passing of three unwanted tiles from one player to another5. Each version of mahjong also has different point systems, which makes the game even more complicated.
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