Standard Action Season 3!

The release date for Standard Action Season 3 has been announced!  On November 18th the official public release of the KickStarter backed third season of Standard Action will finally be available!  No more sitting at home playing with kobold puppets and pretending Fernando and Edda are there with you.  Now you’ll be able to see the real thing once again with a whole new season unleashed upon the web.  Well, I guess you’ll still be able to play with your kobold puppets, but the point is you can now do it while you watch Season 3 of Standard Action!  Best of all if you are a backer you will be getting early access to all of the episodes.

You can go to standardaction.com for more information about this great web series.  You can also listen to our podcast with Rob and Joanna about the show and the KickStarter from last year.  Last but not least you can read the full contents of the press release below.

Press Release:

Standard Action has a release date for Season 3… and it’s November 18th, 2014!

Back in 2013, the award-winning fantasy-comedy webseries Standard Action blew their Season 3 Kickstarter out of the water. They tripled their funding goal, and promised to deliver six episodes to continue the story of Edda, Wendy, Martin and Fernando as they delved deeper into the plot threatening their homeland.

Earlier this year, they followed up their success by sweeping LAWebfest, picking up awards for Sound Design, Score, Cinematography and Direction. Then in July, they leaked that they will, in fact, be releasing an even BIGGER season, with more episodes than expected!

As promised during their fundraising campaign, those who supported the show during the Kickstarter will be getting access to Season 3 episodes before the rest of the world. For the rest of us, November 18th is the day!

Check out Standard Action’s first two seasons at www.standardaction.com.

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A new Standard in Web Comics

Remember the Standard Action KickStarter we told you about not too long ago?  Or perhaps you remember Matt and Danny speaking with Joanna and Rob about it during a podcast episode?  One of the many great things coming from the Standard Action folks is a new web comic in which some of the backers from the KickStarter will actually be featured!  The comic will become a reality this Friday July   5th when the first three pages are released to the public.  After that the plan is to release a new comic on a Monday/Thursday schedule.  The comic promises to expand on characters that show up briefly within the show and to explain how they “­fit into the greater world that is the Standard Action land of Redstork”.  We can also look forward to finding out how those cannibal halflings managed to put a severe beat-down on the PCs as well many other stories.

The comic is produced by Thunder Frog Studios and will be viewable on the Standard Action website.

What do you think about the Standard Action Webcomic?  Let us know in the comments below.

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KickStarting: Standard Action Season 3

In recent years there has been steady growth in the area of quality Gaming related Web Series.  Shows such as The Guild have really helped to bring this phenomenon to the fore of public awareness and helped other shows get more traction and viewership.  Now one such show, Standard Action, is looking to KickStarter to help fund their third season.  The initial ask for this KickStarter is $12,000 to help them produce two 10 minute episodes for season three.  If they are able to get more money then they will expand the season to more and more episodes as well as fun extras for backers such as motivational posters.

What is great about a KickStarter like this where the main goal is to continue a project or a show is that there is already a wealth of existing material to look over.  If you haven’t heard of or seen this show yet I would encourage you to go give it a try now.  The characters are funny, quirky and above all relatable.  And who doesn’t love a female elven barbarian or a half-halfling bard?sa_motivation

The Standard Action brand is also expanding beyond its web series roots to create a card game and a comic book series, both of which can be obtained by backing the KickStarter.  If you are interested you can even back at a level where you can have a character in the card game or comic as well as getting a copy!  There are also fun rewards such as getting a personalized sound clip from one of the cast to use for your ring tone or what-have-you or even a short video clip to wow your friends.  If you are a fan of the show there are also add-ons that let you get DVD copies of season 1 and season 2.  Each DVD is a $20 add-on or you can opt for the $25 special edition which includes commentaries, outtakes and behind the scenes videos.

It’s fun to see a well thought out KickStarter take shape and it looks like many hours went into this one before it was released to the public.  So go check out the KickStarter, watch the first 2 seasons of the show, and decide for yourself if this is something that deserves a third season.  I think you’ll agree that it does and hopefully you’ll decide to help make it happen.

#054 Victor Varnado Interview

In this week’s episode we talk with the director of Realm of LARP, Victor Varnado about Season 1 of his Web Show, how it came about and what the future might hold for Realm of LARP and this multi-talented director/actor/comedian/everything!

We appreciate any and all 5-star reviews on iTunes and likes on Facebook. Tell your friends about the show and send any comments, questions or ideas to podcast@goblinbeat.com

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Review: Psience Web Series

Psience is a new web series coming out today.  From the press release:

Get ready to be spellbound by Psience, an exciting sci-fi mystery series (http://psiencetv.org) where Big Brother meets Harry Potter. This new WEB series is set in an Orwellian world where young 20-something sorcerers or psientists, as they are called, hone their magic skills in The Co-op, a secret community in the heart of a large urban centre.

The Good

This is a very intriguing idea and the use of the words psionics and science together to form psience is smart.  The show does a good job of incorporating both fields.  For an all-around theme for a webcast show, I was very interested in seeing what this was all about!

The Bad/Ugly

There are  random ominous tones and random pauses by the actors that give the feeling of a horror movie.  I was actually expecting Jack the Ripper to jump out from behind a closed-door and start murdering people…didn’t happen.  The over-use of the seemingly made up word “deiche”, if that’s how it’s spelled, is confusing.  I found myself wondering if this is the Canadian version of the word “douche”, the majority of the audience will be clueless as to what deiche means, or at least I am.

I only watched the first issue entitled “Don’t Snoop” so most of my comments are very issue 1 centric and some of the problems I saw could be resolved in later issues.  That being said, the show moves painfully slow.  The acting is what you expect from a web show, especially one that is only just getting started, not great but better than my little brother reading it in monotone.

Conclusion

This show is a very cool idea.  The Co-op full of houses with innumerable doors that require the right key to get inside is very interesting.  Plenty of shows that go on to be great have bumpy starts and this could certainly end up falling into that category, we’ll just have to wait and see.  For now though I lost interest and probably won’t go back to Psience unless someone I trust can convince me that it gets better later on and is worth my time to watch again.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Felicia Day in Dragon Age: Redemption

Felicia Day Dragon Age Redemption

In case you haven’t heard of Felicia Day, you should take a look at several of the things she’s been in.  You might remember her from Buffy as Vi if you were a fan of that show.  Otherwise you might know her from the hit web series created by Joss Whedon, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog as Penny.  If you call yourself any flavor of  geek you have to watch this at least once.  Another very popular web series written by and starring Day is The Guild.  It follows the hilarious pursuits of a fictional MMORPG guild whose members all live close to each other (a “local” guild).  Again, if you are any species of geek you have to watch The Guild.  Especially if you play any sort of MMORPG you’ll be able to relate to the comedy immediately. I’ve caught myself cackling from time to time when watching the later episodes with tons of cameos from big names like Stan Lee, Nathan Fillian, and Kevin Sorbo of the 90’s Hercules TV show fame.

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Journey Quest

I have a fairly long commute (just over an hour) so I end up listening to a good number of podcasts in order to help pass the time.  Earlier this week I was listening to the Haste, the Obsidian Portal podcast where they mentioned a couple of web series, one of which was Journey Quest.  I hadn’t heard of Journey Quest before but I had heard of the group that created it, Dead Gentlemen Productions, because of The Gamers and The Gamers: Dorkness Rising.  I enjoyed both of the movies, even buying the DVD of The Gamers so that I could show it to all of my gaming friends.  The podcast I was listening to described Journey Quest as being fairly similar to the movies and as soon as I got a chance I went ahead and watched the first season of the show. Continue reading “Journey Quest”