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  1. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 8 :: Home Sweet Homeworld – Part 1

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Characters are shaped by the world in which they’re forged. So it should be no surprise that when we attempted to cement the origin stories of The Lightning Dogs, we found ourselves asking questions about where they came from and what life was like on the homeworld of these evolved canines.

    To help us in answering these big picture questions, we’ve turned to Microscope – an unconventional roleplaying game designed specifically to create histories. We zoom in and out of great moments in dog history, plot the species’ rise from four legs to two, discover fascinating ways that living in humanity’s shadow pushed their civilization to new and unusual places, and uncover the ancient story of The First Lightning Dog. (more…)

  2. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 7 :: Return to the Wasteland

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    It’s time to get down to business and turn all our Wasteland wanderings into serious missions! Cap, Doug, and Tony have each been randomly assigned two Lightning Dogs characters to write bios for – in this episode: Angela, Pierre, and Kid. From these categorical character explorations, we go deeper into backstory than we’d anticipated and closer to unlocking the secrets of the Dogs’ homeworld. We also explore new corners of the ruined Earth: the fate of Middle America and the last rainforest.

    And… perhaps most importantly of all… The Lightning Dogs join the ranks of Ninja Turtles and Sonic the Hedgehog with something no good cartoon series can go without: a trademark food item! What is it? Well, you’d better scarf down this episode and find out! (more…)

  3. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 6 :: Play Dead!

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Join Cap, Tony, and Doug as they elaborate on the Lightning Dogs’ mission to Earth. What did they know and when did they know it?! Venturing to the planet of your gods is not a mission to be taken lightly.

    We also look for inspiration in building the world of The Wasteland – both the expected (classic rock album covers) and the unexpected (apocalypse prophecy). What pop culture characters do the Lightning Dogs take after? When does Glampire show his nefarious hand? And what’s the deal with that “plant guy”, anyway? These and many other mysteries will be mulled over. #Howlnoise (more…)

  4. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 5 :: Never Turn Tail

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Once again we return to The Wasteland – a desolate future Earth where humanity is gone and the mutants that remain are lorded over by the villainous Glampire. The only righteous force left to tame the human world gone awry is the evolution of man’s best friend: The Lightning Dogs! These canine commandos’ shred through the desolate terrain on makeshift hotrods looking for answers in a world gone mad.

    Tune in to hear Cap, Tony, and Doug pitch crazy concepts and debate crazier back stories. You’ve heard us flesh out our heroes, but what about the villains? In this first part of a two-part puppy pile-up we delve into the nefarious alien, Glampire and his grotesque minion Halloween Jack! (more…)

  5. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 4 :: Strike Back

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    The Lightning Dogs crew reconvenes to revisit the world of the Wasteland. Join Cap, Doug, Tony, and Hex as they finalize the characteristics and power set of our final three Lightning Dogs: Narisa, Kane, and Kid. When your physiology is altered by an exploding galactic transit device, all kinds of things can happen!  We explore a ton of possible power sets for these three and even revise some of the powers of the rest of the crew.  With special abilities, the Lightning Dogs seem unstoppable, right?  WRONG! We explore the torched rock once called “Earth” and the freakish minions ruled by Glampire. What lurks in the churning seas and in the farther reaches of the Wasteland? And if there’s any human survivors…what horrors have they become? (more…)

  6. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 3 :: Unleashed

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Our 80s-inspired, action figure-ready, cartoon universe is ever-growing.  When last we checked in with Cap, Doug, Tony, Hex, and Brian, the Lightning Dogs had gained new team members, special powers, and their world expanded – but there’s still more work to do.  In this episode we complete the core Lightning Dogs cast, brainstorm new villains and allies, and attempt to bring the world of the Wasteland to a point from which we can start telling full-fledged Lightning Dogs tales. (more…)

  7. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 2 :: Strike Twice

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Lightning Dogs was conceived by accident, but this follow-up episode… this one’s on purpose! Spurred on by popular demand from fans, Cap, Doug, Tony, Hex, and Brian reconvene to devote an entire episode to developing the concept. Last time, they only scratched the surface – creating the villainous Glampire and two heroes: Dingo and Pierre. There’s a lot of world building to be done, but can lightning strike twice?

    Buckle up, ’cause we’re going to add more dogs to The Pack, build the series’ origin, give our heroes special powers, vehicles, accessories, and much, much more. (more…)

  8. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 1 :: Lightning Strikes

    lightning-dogs-album-artSometimes a great idea is truly like a bolt of lightning. And sometimes, if you’re lucky enough, you can capture the exact moment that it strikes.

    That’s what happened for us one fateful night while recording a podcast – we accidentally launched a concept that derailed the entire show and in no time, our lives. We couldn’t stop talking about our favorite action figures and b-movies, while twisting them into strange creatures, weird adventures, and dog puns – lots of dog puns.

    Enter: The Lightning Dogs an uncanny sci-fi adventure about a pack of anthropomorphic dogs from another world, trapped on a post-apocalyptic Earth. Armed with special powers and their battle-ready vehicles, they combat the evil Glampire’s minions and keep his vampiric reach from extending to the stars. It’s a crazy idea steeped in the glory of 80s and 90s cartoons… and we’re on a quest to turn it into an actual animated series.

    But how does a project evolve from a tangential conversation into a fully-formed world of conflict and characters? And once you have that concept – how can we make this hypothetical show a reality? We don’t know, but we’re going to find out.

    In Lightning Dogs: The Offical Paw’dcast we document our quest every step of the way. In this debut episode join Cap, Tony, Doug, Hex, and Brian for the moment of conception, when a discussion about the state of the animation industry gives way to a life-changing tangent and the creation of The Lightning Dogs. (more…)

  9. Bad Storytellers :: Episode 24 :: The Season-Ender

    bad storytellersBad Storytellers is a podcast about writing and things that are written. Join four friends on the road to becoming professional writers as they unleash new stories on-air, criticize each others’ work, discuss pop culture influences, and conceive on-the-spot trailers for imaginary films.

    In this episode, we discuss the new Ghostbusters film and have a spoiler-free discussion about Stranger Things (with a spoiler-laden discussion tucked safely away at the very end). Liam brings in his revised and much improved first chapter of his story, and Josh turns in his most difficult chapter yet! But that’s not all – we’ve been gifted with two fan submissions for critique!

    Join us as the gang says farewell until next season. We hope to see you all again soon.

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  10. RPG From Scratch :: Episode 3 :: Races

    RPG from scratchEver wanted to create your own tabletop RPG built from everything you love about gaming, while dropping the crap you can’t stand? Listen in as as four homebrew hombres design, test, and rebalance their own RPG From Scratch.

    In this episode, we delve into some light worldbuilding to establish which races will be playable in our fantasy world, how their attributes differ, what kinds of powers they would have, and how they fit into our overarching world.

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