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Fear the Con

By Shamus
on Monday Mar 10, 2008
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Fear the Con, a meeting for fans of Fear the Boot to get together and play some tabletop games, took place this past weekend. I’m a long way from St. Louis, but I was really hoping to be able to make it anyway. Sadly, it just wasn’t in the cards for me this year. I was sorry to miss it. The various FTB hosts were there, along with Shawn, my partner in crime. Note to everyone: Sorry I couldn’t make it. Would have been nice to shake hands with you guys.

I’m really enjoying the forum thread with pictures from the con.

A week or so ago someone put up a poll in the Chainmail Bikini forums, asking how many readers also listened to FTB. (Answer: A little better than half.) Now I wonder how that works with this site. How many people that read this site also listen to the FTB podcast? Just wondering.

Comments (36)

  1. Shawn says:

    I’ll have a full write up of The Savage Chainmail Bikini Worlds of Castle Amber on Wednesday. Suffice to say, it was ridiculous and awesome.

  2. Mari says:

    I do all three: read this blog, read Chainmail Bikini, and listen to FtB. Unfortunately Fear the Con was a long way from Texas. Sure sounded fun, though.

  3. Jonny says:

    All three as well.

  4. I listen to Fear the Boot. I came here for the DM of the Rings comic and stayed for the game reviews; I learnt about the podcast on EN World I think, so no connection between the two. And I read the Chainmail Bikini comic as well.

  5. Nick Pitino says:

    I wish I could have made it, hopefully they’ll have another one someday that I can go to.

    Also, I read this blog, I listen to Fear the Boot, and I read Chainmail Bikini.

  6. Phlux says:

    Shawn: Does “castle amber” refer to Roger Zelazny’s Amber Chronicles? If so that would have been probably the most awesomest game ever.

    I highly recommend those books to anyone who is a fan of fantasy with a mild scifi hook (parallel universes). It has its own diceless RPG system. Back in the day it even had a number of online MUSH-type RPGs, one of which I played regularly for a couple years. I don’t know if any are still operational. I kind of doubt it.

  7. Hal says:

    I started here, then started reading Chainmail Bikini after you picked up the new project. After reading that for a while, I started listening to the podcast.

    FtC was a hoot, Shamus. When it takes place next year, you really oughta be there.

    My only complaint is the photography; every picture I’m in, all you can see is the back of my head!

  8. Steve says:

    I read your blog (obviously) and CB, but I’ve podcasts don’t generally appeal to me, so I don’t listen to FtB.

  9. Henebry says:

    I came here for DM of the Rings, stayed for the commentary on various topics, and have been reading Chainmail Bikini. But haven’t really explored the Fear the Boot webpage, and hence haven’t yet discovered the podcast.

    Maybe I’ll check it out. Thx for the pointer.

  10. ReluctantDM says:

    I read the comics and the blog but don’t catch the podcast. Not much into that sort of thing.

  11. hotsauce says:

    I read this blog and Chainmail Bikini, but I don’t listen to the podcast. To be honest, I don’t even know what the rest of the Fear the Boot website is about, having never looked.

  12. Aaron M says:

    I was both an FtB listener and a Twenty-Sided reader long before CB came along. Mostly, I was here for the game commentary rather than the comic, though, which I often suspect puts me in the minority.

  13. Retlor says:

    It was this blog that got me into FTB, when you did that interview last year. And since I also loved DMotR, I read Chainmail Bikini as well.

  14. Jadawin says:

    I found Twenty-sided thanks to DMotR, but enjoy the other posts even more than the comic. I occasionally read CB but don’t enjoy it nearly as much as DMotR. I never listen to podcasts (it’s a waste of time to listen to people talk at a ridiculous multiple of the time I could read what they have to say IMO) so I’ve never listened to FtB.

  15. Jason says:

    Started with FtB, which pointed me to DMotR, which caused me to read Twenty Sided, and then I started reading CB.

  16. asterismW says:

    I read this site and CB at work, but FtB is blocked, and I never think to check it out at home. Plus, I’m not really into podcasts.

  17. whitehelm says:

    I only read CB, and don’t visit any other part of the FtB website.

  18. khorboth says:

    I came onboard with DM of the rings. I listened to the podcast with your interview and sampled a few others at that time. Shortly after CB kicked off, I tried a couple more.

    I found the podcast impossible to follow and therefore utterly useless. I suspect this has much to do with the fact that I can’t tell one voice from the others.

  19. Gabriel says:

    And God said “Let there be Con” and there was Con, and it was…
    Sausage fest.


  20. Taellosse says:

    I read the comic and this blog, but don’t listen to the podcast. I found my way here (and to Chainmail Bikini) from DMotR, which I started reading when it was already close to completion (maybe 2 months before it ended, tops).

  21. Adam says:

    I read your blog and read CB.

    You could say used to listen to FtB. ;)

  22. Leslee says:

    I read your blog.

    Then I visited the Fear the Boot forum to look at the con pictures.

    Then I asked myself…


    In every single one of those pictures, all I see are guys!


  23. Kage says:

    Aw, c’mon! When I looked through the pictures, if we discount the caterers and the lovely door ladies, I counted at LEAST two females in the crowd!

  24. Errol says:

    Started here with the game commentary, stayed for DMotR and blog, started FtB with your interview (which prompted me to look for pocasts in general), read CB.

  25. Dev Null says:

    20-sided: duh.
    CB: yup.
    FtB: nup.

  26. Justin says:

    I found Twenty Sided on slumbering lungfish, and started listening to FtB around the time that you mentioned your interview with them. Having been hooked on DMotR, it was a no brainer that I’d read Chainmail Bikini. My Nerd-itch never goes unscratched now. Also, sorry if that gives anyone nightmares…

  27. ArchU says:

    Shamus, if you’re also wondering who doesn’t listen to FTB… *raises hand*

    Nothing personal, just never got around to doing it. *shrug*

  28. McNutcase says:

    Turned up here after a friend pointed me at DMoTR. Stuck around for the good writing, and liked CB. Finally got around to listening to FtB, and now I’m on the forums there as well.

    And yet I still lack opportunities to game, and FtC was WAY too far for me (and too cold; I’m getting used to 80-degree days over here)

  29. Thom says:

    Read your site almost daily, check the CB site weekly, but never listen to podcasts.

  30. Nazgul says:

    Like some of the others, I came for DMotR, stayed for the D20 blog. I got hooked on CB when it started, but podcasts do not appeal to me.

  31. Chargone says:

    DM of the Rings->20 sided-> Chain-mail Bikini. podcasts just… don’t appeal to me in general. don’t think i’ve ever even really looked at the rest of fear the boot, actually.

  32. Kristin says:

    Read here because of DMotR (stayed for the fun), read CB, don’t listen to FtB because I don’t like podcasts.

  33. Epizootic says:

    I read all 3, though I found the FTB podcast via itunes rather than being linked to the comic.

  34. Zikkurat says:

    Found DMotR via a link in a Lord of the Rings Online forum, stayed for the blog and picked up FtB because of the interview you, Shamus, did.

  35. Tarous Zars says:

    Found DMotR from FTB. Then Stuck on for Twenty Sided and CB.

  36. gottasing says:

    Like many others, I came here first for DMotR, stayed for your blog, then followed your interview to FtB and on to Chainmail Bikini.

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