It finally happened! Erika and I finally got to talk magical girls and record it as an episode!! Her game Five Across the Heart is both a rad game about punk mahous and an excellent study of the evolution of an RPG. Come hang out with us in this episode that is definitely not a ploy by the Negaverse to siphon all your mahou shoujo excitement. WINK.
This is one of those episodes where we talk about a game and a Kickstarter, yes, but more than that we talk about the process of creation itself. John Adamus, known in part for his tweetstorms of encouragement to creators, gets really deep with how Noir World came to be and how it changed over its 70+ iterations.
Or, The One Where We Go Full Dragon Age Fancast. Listen, it’s a transformation that’s been happening slowly for a while now, I feel like. Maybe it’s a new segment? Anyway, COMPANION’S TALE IS KICKSTARTING! Laura and I chat about her excellent new storytelling game at Dreamation 2017, among other tangents (about companions) (that you can kiss).
John Harness, veteran middle-grade game-runner and force behind the Facebook page “RPGs for Kids” joins us to talk about…running games for kids! We talk about games as education as well as fun, and how to approach running for the younger players in your life.
Several months ago Jim, Alex, and Meghan talk about birthdays, game conventions, acceptable forms of sweet potato, and SO MANY GAMES. SO many games. Did you know we like games? We’ll tell you about ALL OF THEM.
Heroes, it has been a HECK of a year, and we’re going out with a bang. J Michael Bestul gives us some hot tips on how to get the most out of modding 13th Age, which is a pretty rad system to begin with. Plus, a little waxing nostalgic in the intro and not one but TWO hidden kitties! Don’t ever say we never gave you nothing.
We’re taking a look at hacking deck-builder card games this week, specifically Crptozoic’s Cerberus Engine system, with card-game aficionado / hostage Dan Enders. Dan also wrote micro RPG card game The Bite, so this one is just ALL about cards and feeling bad.
Sig is a multiplanar fantasy setting for Jason Pitre’s game Spark, and is a fantastic example of mechanics supporting and reinforcing setting. But, how do you do that thing? Luckily Jason has some experience crafting mechanics that evoke experience and promote setting, so we talk all about it, and his upcoming Sig kickstarter too!
Am I allowed to just issue an open invitation like that? Am I going to get kicked out now? Shoot. Don’t tell anyone I told you, okay? Oh good. Since we’re cool now, Keith Baker is here to tell us all about Illimat, and what it was like to create a game from a bunch of components that had already been carefully designed.
This week we get deep, discussing the role of culture in games and how to approach modifying that part of the fiction. Quinn Wilson, GM of Swallows of the South and noted Guy Fieri enthusiast, leads the way.