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James D’Amato, the world’s foremost Kobold advocate, moved to Chicago in 2010 to train at Second City and iO in the art of improvisational comedy. He now uses that education to introduce new people to role-playing, and teach die-hard Grognards new tricks.

287. Hark! It’s Santa Part 2

Now beset by a mysterious substance known as “snow” or “thicc water” our desert planet cultists must track this phenomenon to its source in order to preserve their way of life.

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Skyjacks: Episode 7

Gable’s battle begins on the deck of The Civility as Jonnit and Travis work to move the cargo out of the bay doors, while Dref and the Captain try to sabotage the rudder.

CONTENT WARNING
Violence
Strong Language

MUSIC
Arne Parrott
Temple Bell Huge” Recorded by Mike Koenig 
“Division” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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EDITING
James D’Amato

INSPIRATION
The Decemberists
Illimat

SYSTEM
Genesys

286. Hark! It’s Santa Part 1

The inhabitants of a strange desert pant full of sentient super cacti and wolves inter bread with salamanders discover a strange sleigh shaped pod that crashed on the surface of their world.

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Episode 2: Implicit Theories of GMing

The Session Zero duo explore the rules and expectations that are often placed upon the person who sits at the head of the gaming table: the gamemaster. 

You can go to the following URLs or research articles to learn about some of the topics discussed in this episode:
Schema: https://www.psychologistworld.com/memory/schema-memory
Schema: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_(psychology)
Implicit Person Theory: https://psychology.iresearchnet.com/industrial-organizational-psychology/leadership-and-management/implicit-theory-of-leadership/
Implicit Person Theory: Chiu, C., Hong, Y., & Dweck, C. S. (1997). Lay dispositionism and implicit theories of personality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73(1), 19-30.

285. Crystal Heart Part 3

The agents of Syn need to gather the last few ingredients quick, because they’re about to experience the deadliest meal prep of their lives.

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Episode: 4 Library Heist

Our group of friends need to get some information, so naturally, they go to a library. Of course, they summon a demon to help get them in.

Editing and original music by Will Lovendahl

Skyjacks: Episode 6

Jonnit and Travis move to spike the cannons on the second level of The Civility, but with the crew sleeping they must take great pains to avoid being caught. Meanwhile, Gable and Dref make their way over for Gable’s decidedly less subtle landing party.

284. Crystal Heart Part 2

The coking contest has begun! Our heroes must race to gather perilous ingredients to make the perfect gumbo. However, they need to watch out for more than just the hazards of the island. They need to watch their competition.

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283. Crystal Heart Part 1

Four adventurers working with the Syn organization show up on a tropical island to participate in a gumbo cooking competition in order to attain secret knowledge. Competition looks stiff though and it seems like EVERYONE wants to cheat.

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Episode 1: Group Dynamics

Steve and Porter discuss one of the fundamental social units within roleplaying: The gaming group and the group’s dynamics, norms, and more.