Modifier

Modifier sits down with designers of all stripes and looks at what it takes to make a great game! With a focus on homebrewing and otherwise modifying existing games to meet your storytelling needs, these interviews dig deep into how changing the rules enables better storytelling. Hosted by Meghan Dornbrock.

76. Quietus with Oli Jeffery

Quietus is a melancholy horror RPG that uses the Blades in the Dark system to tell heart-wrenching narratives in a one-shot. Game designer Oli Jeffery shares how he utilized the system to take full advantage of the genre.

Quietus on Kickstarter

Quietus played on Party of One

Oli on twitter

75. Afterlife: Wandering Souls with Liz Chaipraditkul

In Afterlife: Wandering Souls you play as a Wanderer collecting memories of your life and discovering who you were when you were alive. Liz Chaipraditkul talks about discovering your character over the course of the game and how the mechanics evolved to support this unique and affecting player experience.

Afterlife: Wandering Souls on Kickstarter

Angry Hamster Publishing

Angry Hamster Publishing on Twitter

The Orpheus Protocol with Rob Stith

The Orpheus Protocol is an RPG as well as an actual-play podcast. Creator Rob Stith takes us through the evolution of the game and how running an AP as a living playtest has affected his process.

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73. CAPERS Noir with Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell of Nerdburger Games is here to talk about CAPERS and CAPERS Noir – a superpowered gangster game and its mysterious supplement – that utilize playing cards to enhance the play experience.

CAPERS

CAPERS Noir on Kickstarter

NERBURGERS

Craig on twitter

NerdburgerGames

Nerburger Show

72. Going on a Zine Quest with Aaron King

Aaron King chats about what a zine is and what RPG zines offer to the gamespace. We talk about format, function, and selling out with Kickstarter’s Zine Quest.

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71. Doug Geisler Will Help You Beat the Boss

Long-time union organizer Doug Geisler was trained to help people using role-playing, and now his new role-playing game will train you to organize a labor union so you can Beat the Boss! We talk about learning through narrative and failure.

GET ORGANIZED

Beat the Boss on Kickstarter

Practical Fox

Doug on twitter

70. More Kittens with Cheyenne and Stentor

The Glittercats are BACK with More Kittens! Cheyenne and Stentor take us through all the new new new to be found in this supplement to Laser Kittens – new cards, new playsets, and new kitten games! So much modifying, where do we start?

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Worldbuilding Through Character Creation with Aaron and Jeff

Hosts Aaron Catano-Saez and Jeff Stormer of All My Fantasy Children are here to celebrate their addition to the network and to have a real NICE chat about how they build the world of Fantasy one character at a time.

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68. Design and Redesign with Jason Morningstar

Jason Morningstar is here to talk about Fiasco In A Box, among many many other things. We chat about redesigning your own work versus redesigning that of someone else, as well as how to know when it might be time to pass the reigns. We talk about game formats, zero-prep RPGs, and social responsibility in game design.

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67. Aviv & Eran’s Crystal Heart (A Savage Worlds Setting)

Aviv & Eran, the team behind webcomic Up to Four Players, are here to talk about their original Savage Worlds setting: Crystal Heart. We talk about their creative process, with game writing and comic drawing acting as supports and influences for the other, and about the emotional range of stories that Crystal Heart with Savage Worlds allows players to tell.

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