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.

60. How Games Changed Tim & Kristen Devine

Tim & Kristen, longtime friends of the show, are here to talk all about their games, game hacks, and how designing together affected their relationship. We talk a lot about how they change games, but also how games changed them.

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59. Roll20’s Charactermancer with Nolan T Jones

Nolan drops in again with another exciting development at Roll20 – the Charactermancer! We talk about how this tool changes gameplay for new and old players alike, how licensing comes into play, and what we can expect to see in the future. We also chat about community involvement and whats in our Crunchyroll queues, so get ready!

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58. Behind the Masc with Brie Sheldon and Tracy Barnett

Behind the Masc in a game zine looking to re-envision masculinity through the eyes of non-cisgender masculine creators. Brie Sheldon, the project lead, and Tracy Barnett, one of the contributors, join me to talk about what’s in the zine and why it’s so important. Behind the Masc is on Kickstarter right now!

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57. Rebuilding Legacy with Jay Iles

Jay Iles joins us this week to talk about Legacy, a Powered by the Apocalypse game that examines all the ways one might create a legacy as their family rebuilds itself in a strange new world. We chat about his LARP inspired design choices as well as the diverse new scenarios other writers brought to Legacy’s core premise.

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56. The New Velvet Generation

Rich Ranallo and Scott Leaton are here to talk about the evolution of their game Velvet Generation, an RPG about the rock & roll revolution. We discuss how it’s changed over the years and why, and what this revolution looks like in our new modern age.

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55. Learning from Your Own Games with Aleks Samoylov

The Spiral is an original genre-less game system, built to simplify the RPG experience for any story you might want to tell. Parable of the Pit is a Powered by the Apocalypse game without playbooks that puts the ordinary players in a terrifying dungeon from which they must escape. Aleks Samoylov talks about designing both of them, and what each game has taught them about the other.

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54. Earworm with Aaron J Amendola

Are you ready to party? That’s nice, how about this podcast instead. Aaron J Amendola is here to chat about his party game Earworm, which is all about vocalizing your favorite jams for that karaoke bar experience in the comfort of your own home. We talk about the unique aspects of party games and how Earworm’s multiple modes of play increase accessibility, appeal, and cooperation.

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53. Hack the Planet with Fraser Simons

Fraser is back with another cyberpunk adventure, this time a climate-fiction inspired take on Blades in the Dark. We talk about the vastly different ways players can interact with the lore and how this cli-fi blend looks at old cyberpunk tropes in a new way.

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52. The Backstory of Tension with Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts joins me for maximum pod-feed confusion, but mainly to talk about her first game, codenamed Tension. Inspired by Dread and romance games like Kagematsu and Hot Guys Making Out, this is a game about the emotional tension in a tricky relationship. We look at the game’s evolution, negotiation an safety mechanics, and learn about alien love.

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51. Pasion de las Pasiones with Brandon Leon-Gambetta

Roughly translated as “the sexiest RPG on your shelf”, Pasion de las Pasiones is the telenovela RPG from Brandon Leon-Gambetta. We talk about: Latinx representation in games, telenovela tropes, statless playbooks, Hugh Jackman, and Pippin the Corgi. (There are tangents.)

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