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In this installment of Critical Hit – A Major Spoilers Podcast: This week we dive into the mail bag of awesome questions from our awesome listeners!

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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8 Comments

  1. June 11, 2016 at 6:12 pm — Reply

    This was one of the best mailbags to date. There were a lot of good questions and answers, and not too many questions like “my players are being douche bags, what do I do?” Sometimes the mailbag is more like gamer therapy.

    As for the hate mail, I have a few things to say about it. First off, I’ve never even considered giving up on Critical Hit for sticking with 4th addition. This podcast got me to play D&D for the first time in almost 2 decades, and for a time, I enjoyed playing 4e. When 5e came out, I found I liked it better, so I started a campaign with the new edition and haven’t looked back.

    As for Critical Hit, I listen to this podcast, not for the mechanics, but for the story, the characters, and the people playing. I find it amazing that we’ve been so lucky to have six years of continuous content. I look forward to the wee hours of Saturday morning when I can go out front of my work and pick up wifi so I can download a new episode. I wish it didn’t ever have to end, regardless of what edition is being played.

    Thanks again guys, for ALL of the podcasts on this network.

    • June 11, 2016 at 9:11 pm — Reply

      Thanks Frederick! Have a great weekend!

    • Simonsimonforyou
      June 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm — Reply

      Couldn’t agree more.

      I don’t even like playing 4e. I have nothing against it as a system, it’s just not my cup of tea. But that doesn’t detract from the experience at all.

  2. June 12, 2016 at 1:28 am — Reply

    Matthew, that highly offensive game we played in college was, I believe, Nihilistic Motorcyclists. Players scored points by performing increasingly heinous acts including rape, and the innocence of the target of that action further boosted the point value.

    I think it only took one session before I started to get physically ill.

    http://oldguardgamingaccoutrements.blogspot.com/2010/09/nihilistic-motorcyclists-who-runs.html

    • June 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm — Reply

      Yeah, it was seriously gross and awful. Moreso in retrospect…

  3. June 12, 2016 at 1:35 am — Reply

    Stephen, I played that spy game you’re describing in high school. We called it “Assassins”, but I don’t remember there being formal rules you could purchase. I took out one of the main assassins from a rival team with a “poison” squirt gun. There’s a Wikipedia article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassin_(game)

    • June 12, 2016 at 3:37 pm — Reply

      Someone suggested it was “Killer” from Steve Jackson Games. I can’t find a full and complete guide on it where it talks about building the weapons, but it seems a lot of these games from the early to mid-80s were due in large part to the Cold War, and that one little movie from 1985 called “Gotcha!” I’m going to keep looking (in my spare time) as I think you are all pointing me in the right directions.

      • June 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm — Reply

        Oh, man… Gotcha was so bizarre. I remember loving that movie in high school!

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