Happy Holidays from the Gamer’s Haven Podcast – 2016 Edition

While we weren't able to get everyone together to record a formal episode this holiday season, Jeremy and Ethan were able to record some individual segments for your easy-ear-listening pleasure.

Thanks for all your support these last ten years, and we will certainly endeavor to give you more content as time goes on!


Deadlands: The Last Sons Episode 0 – Character Creation

Nestled in the middle of nowhere, Belmont, Nebraska has always been a quiet town. Located along a lonely, forgotten trail heading north into the Sioux Nations, the town boasts a population justs shy of three digits.

Arrogant gunfighters draw shootin’ irons at the slightest provocation. Jayhawkers, Bluebellies, and Rebs murder each other over tiny plots of Kansas soil. Soldiers massacre Indians. Indians butcher miners. Sisters kill brothers, and vice versa. Everyone knows a stranger is never to be trusted. And it isn’t rage that’s the cause of all this fighting—it’s sheer terror.

Featuring the Deadlands: The Last Sons Plot Point Campaign from Pinnacle Entertainment, this podcast features seven cowpokes trying to survive the Weird West in 1880.


Episode 110 – Happy 10th Anniversary

Pawn & Pint Kansas CityWe're back! It's been almost two years for us, but we're taking steps to come back to regular recordings once again. For those of you still with us, thanks for sticking around!
In this episode, we try to get you up to date with what we've all been up to, and what we've been playing. We talk about our new partnership with the Pawn & Pint in Kansas City by talking to Edward Schmalz, propreitor.
From Kickstarters to just plain new and old/new games, we talk a bit about Doomtown Reloaded, Legendary, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival, Dread Pirate, the Fantasy Flight - Games Workshop split, the Pathfinder card game, Season 2 of the Sentinels of the Multiverse PC Game, Jeremy playing in a Pathfinder/5e game, Midwest Gamefest, Jack Chick, having Kids, Noah on Twitch, Mass Effect Andromeda, Elite Dangerous, The Fuelrats, and Star Citizen.
In the Three Parter, Jeremy talks about Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Tome of Beasts 5th Edition, Ethan talks about Die Glocke in the Conspiracy Corner, Nathan reviews  Vintage Games 2.0 by Matt Barton, and Noah talks a bit about the GOG Forgotten Realms Archives.
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Justice City Issue 42 – Back in Time Part 2

The thrilling "Season Finale" for our hereos! Can they save Athens before total destruction? Can they retrieve the mechanism and confront their destiny?

This is the last session of this game for quite some time. We are taking a long break and a new game will begin in January 2012.

Dust 'em off


Justice City Issue 41 – Back in Time Part 1

The heroes travel back in time to retreive the Antikythera Mechanism from the National Archaelogical Museum in Athens. They arrive 24 hours prior to the city being destroyed. Can they retrieve the mechanism in time? More importantly, can they save the city without upsetting the timestream?


Top 10 Tips to Choosing an Online Casino

The world of online gambling has quickly grown from a strange domain to one of the most popular and wide-spread sources of entertainment and earning money. However, its popularity and ease of access has also lead to hundreds of online operators being opened throughout the past decade, often overwhelming players who take their first steps into the online gaming world.

Luckily, living in today’s age you can find a large number of reviewed and tested online casinos with a simple search, as well as plenty of free and helpful advice. However, before you start your search you will need to know what exactly to look for in your casino. With that in mind, here are 10 essential tips to help you with your choice.


#10 Check the Security

Since your online gaming will involve money transactions and leaving private data, like credit card details, home address, name, etc., your casino must first and foremost be a secure gaming venue. The easiest way to check this is to look for a TSL/SSL certificate watermark on the site. This watermark guarantees that the data you leave will be encrypted and safe before being sent out to the server.

# 9 Check the License

Another mark of the quality and reliability of an online casino is its gambling license. The license is normally clearly stated on the home page of the operator, right at the footer (bottom) of the screen.

A gambling license is insurance that the operator has met the regulations and provisions of the licensing authority. These provisions often concern player fairness, security, and keeping enough finances to cover players in cases of bankruptcies.

# 8 Browse through the Game Selection

Of course, one of the most important factors to consider is a casino’s game selection. Almost every casino will offer hundred/s of slot games along with a decent selection of Blackjack, Poker, and Roulette. However, if you want to have a live dealer section, Keno, Bingo, or even Scratch Cards, you will have to check whether the operator has them.

# 7 Check if they are Mobile Ready

This might not be that big of a concern to you now, but think of how you would be spending most of your playing time. If you don’t plan to sit behind a desktop or laptop every time you want to enjoy some quality games, then choose a casino with a good mobile platform.

# 6 Do they Have Tournaments, or Appealing Jackpots?

Before you choose one operator over the other, consider the winning prospects they have. If you are a poker player and are planning on playing tournaments, you will find that not every casino offers them. The same goes for if you are a slot player looking for massive progressive jackpots.


#5 See What Payment Methods They offer

Most casinos will offer a number of standard payment and withdrawal methods, yet some can be very restrictive in this respect.  Choose carefully before you settle on one payment service or a casino, because you might also end up paying higher transaction fees.

# 4 Check Bonuses and Promotions

Some of the most exciting offers for any player are bonuses and promotions. The most standard bonus offer is the welcome bonus, which is normally a 100-200% match on your first deposit, as well as another three-four consecutive matching bonuses. However, some casinos will run even more promotions that this and offer anything from free spin offers, cash prizes, etc. So, if you want to stay well-rewarded, look for a casino with the best offers.

# 3Browse through the Playthrough Requirements

Since they offer free bonuses, the casinos will normally attach a set of Playthrough terms that you have to meet before you can cash out your bonus money + deposit. Some casinos will require that you wager 20x your deposit+bonus, while others will go to 35, or even more. That’s why if you don’t want to be stuck in an endless quest of meeting requirements, read through their bonus terms before you join.

# 2 Check for Customer Service

Customer service is essential to any online service, especially casinos, because things like playthrough errors, payment delays and similar stressful experiences can happen. If they do, though, you will be better off with a casino that has multiple support channels like chats, e-mails, phone lines, etc.

# 1 Check for their Reputation

And finally, one of the most important things to check is a casino’s reputation. The easiest way to do this is to go online and check for that casino’s reviews from trusted websites and existing/former customers. Both reviews and testimonials can often give you a clear picture of how fair a casino is, but also how good are they at resolving problems.



Biggest Online Casino Jackpots to Play Today

When it comes to playing casino games, there are normally two types of people. The first is players who play skill-based games that bring solid profits for those more experienced. On the other hand, the second type is people who play fortune games which, if unyieldingly and strategically pursued, can bring massive payouts that can change lifes within the hour.

In the world of online casinos, the most massive payout games that you can find are progressive slot games, the most popular of which are easily available through many online casinos that can be found on review authorities like CasinoShorts.com - tested online casinos, and the like. And when we say massive, we really mean it. Don’t believe it? Just check out the following list of biggest jackpots today and you’ll see the real “magnitude” of online slot games.


#7   Mega Fortune Dreams Mega (NetEnt) - € 2,666,941

Mega Fortune Dreams is a popular progressive slot game made by leading game developer NetEnt. The Mega Fortune Dreams Mega jackpot is currently at the € 2.6 million mark, which is more than half of its biggest recorded win. There have been 13 winners of the jackpot so far, the last one reaching € 4,008,729 a month and a half ago.

#6  The Winnings of OZ (AshGaming) - £ 2,396,608

The Winnings of Oz slot game might not ring a familiar bell in your mind, but the slot’s theme and symbolism will surely struck a note of nostalgia in you. This slot game is filled with visuals and bonus levels derived from the Wizard of Oz, with the highest payouts only available when you face Oz in a final bonus round. So far, the largest payout was recorded in August 2015, in the amount of £632,342.

#5The Big One Collosal Cash (Party Gaming) - $3,807,535

As its name suggests, this jackpot currently offers colossal amounts of cash to anyone lucky enough to score it. The interesting thing about this jackpot is that it’s not exclusive to one game only, but can be won through either the winter-themed Snow Busines slot game by Party Gaming, or the fruit-themed Melon Madness. So far, the biggest payout was $7,525,831 in March 2013, while the jackpot has been won 8 times, around every 43 weeks, on average.

#4 Aladdin’s Lamp (GTech Interactive) - €3,421,221

An aptly named jackpot, Aladdin’s Lamp is one of GTech’s most basic games when it comes to graphics and features, yet it can quickly turn your casino experience in a rags-to-riches story, just like with its title character. However, to win the jackpot, you will have to wager the highest amount (€15) and have three Aladdins land on your active payline. Thus far, there have been no recorded winnings of the €15 jackpot, but you never know when the next lucky winner will arrive.


# 3 Mega Fortune Mega (NetEnt) - €3,617,964

If you’re looking for a Jackpot that has changed so many lives throughout its existence, the first thing you should do is take a look at this NetEnt slot. The Mega Fortune is a 5-reeled, 25-payline game where the bonus level will let you have a shot at three different jackpots: Rapid, Major, and Mega, depending on your wagers. So far, the Mega jackpot has been won 33 times, with 11 weeks in between winnings, on average, while the biggest payout was a whopping €17,860,868 in January, 2013.

# 2 Mega Moolah Mega (Microgaming) - $ 4,929,528

If you’ve ever looked for online jackpots, you’ve must have stumbled upon Microgaming’s Mega Moolah jackpot, which can be found in some of the most sought after slots of today - the Mega Moolah series slots.  The Mega Moolah Mega jackpot can be found in the slots’ bonus level and it is a combination of four jackpots: Mini, Minor, Major, and Mega. So far the jackpot has been won 28 times, with the highest payout being £13,212,882 in 2015, while the last was in August 2016.

# 1 Hall of Gods Mega (NetEnt) - €5,274,907

A jackpot that will literally place you among gods, the Hall of Gods Mega is NetEnt’s current highest paying jackpot. The Mega Jackpot can be won in the bonus level of this mythological 5-reel, 20 payline slot, and it is a combination of three jackpots: Mega, Midi, and Mini. The jackpot has been won every 27 weeks, on average, and thus far there have been 11 winners, the luckiest taking home €7,820,888 in April 2015, while the last one won € 1.6million approximately 7 months ago.



Biggest Gaming and Gambling Countries in the World

Gambling has always been a popular past time of different nations throughout the world, regardless of the economic standard of the country or the average income. And with the advance of modern technology, gaming has become even more popular as it turned into one of the most practical ways of earning money without even having to leave your home.

This free availability of everything from quality gaming venues to reviews and ratings detailed at CasinoShortList.org and similar authorities, have turned gaming into one of the most massive sources of entertainment and earning today. But not all nations enjoy it the same. Some just game so much that they’ve been on the forefronts of the gaming industry for decades.


United States

The United States have long been famous for their gambling habits, but did you know that US gamers made up for 41% of the world’s gaming and gambling market last year?

According to a statistic report from 2015, the US was the leading country when it came to gambling revenue, with the entire casino industry earning $71.1 billion in that year alone. This finding only confirmed the trend that of a previous study from 2013, when it was found that US citizens have lost more money on gambling than any other nation in the world, or close to $119 billion, to be more precise.

Since most online casinos restrict US citizens, most of the gambling was done in regional, tribal and Nevada casinos, while the most popular games played were slot machines.


Despite its relatively low population of 24 million, Australia has always held a spot on the top gambling countries list. This well-earned reputation is mostly due to the popularity of gambling machines, which just like in the US can be found in many places, including clubs and bars.

In 2013 alone, Australia achieved an annual GGY (Gross Gambling Yield) of $20.2 million, and according to a 2014 report, around $10 billion (or 50% of it) was spent of pokies (slots). This shouldn’t be surprising at all, considering that Australia has long been famous for being a leader in pokie (slot) density in the world, with over 200,000 pokies currently operating in the country.

When you add all these numbers and the fact that the H2 Gambling Capital report found that Australians lost more on gambling per capita than any other country in the world ($1.600), you end up with a serious gaming nation.



Gambling is officially illegal in China, except for the Hong District where the different laws have been regulating and permitting certain forms of it since the 1970s. The largest percentage of gambling activities is operated by the Honk Kong Jockey Club - a horse betting operator that saw a GGY of $3.5 million in 2013.

This number may not be that large when you compare it to other countries, but it is a massive one when you consider the GGY per capita. According to a report from the Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, the Honk Kong Jockey Club had the second largest GGY per capita in 2013 (485), being outnumbered only by the entire territory of Australia.


It’s hard to imagine the Mediterranean nation as a gambling paradise in Europe, yet all the statistics and reports from the past ten year says so. However, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the first European casino, the Ridotto, was established in Italy, in 1638.

According to a Statista report from 2015, Italy took the lead when it comes to gambling in Europe, with a staggering €18 million in GGY - even more than the UK. The massive popularity of gambling in Italy is mostly due to the easing of restrictions by the Italian Government,  which sent the country into a slot mania and made it the sixth country in the world by loss per capita ($517) in 2013.


Canada is one of the most prosperous countries for the gambling industry, mostly because each province sets its own regulations, which are often quite beneficial to gaming providers.

In 2013, Canada found its way on the third spot according to its Gross Gaming Yield, with the entire industry generating $16.2 million in revenue, or 464 GGY per capita. Similar conclusions were reached by previous reports which placed Canadians on the 4th place in the world according to their gambling loss per capita, which was $568. Most of these wagers were spent in sport betting and poker, while the most popular gambling cities were Ontario and Quebec.


Justice City Issue 40 – Cluster

The heroes do battle with their old enemies, F.O.E., and meet some new faces of the Fraternal Order of Evil.  Then, in order to save countless lives, the heroes must face the colossal Dakuwanga! Then ... a surprise visit from a timely individual prepares the heroes for what could be their greatest achievement ... or their worst defeat.


Just B.E. Episode 1 – Meet Beth and Ethan

Beth and Ethan go over who they are and how they met, and begin their chronicle of their relationship.

Just B.E. is a podcast meant to chronicle the lives and memories of Ethan and Beth Parker. If anyone gets anything from this show, be it entertainment or an interesting story, just know that it was made with the intention of having a living record of their stories, experiences, and lives for their loves ones - from their grandparents, brothers, sisters, and their children.

As the show progresses, Just B.E. will expand to include other family members and friends who wish to share their stories, whether it pertains to Bethany and Ethan or not.

We all have stories, and we want to make sure their voices are heard.

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