Character Creation Cast

Series 24.2 – Visigoths vs Mall Goths with Lucian Kahn [Designer] (Creation Continued)

This is the second episode of our Visigoths vs Mall Goths series, a game where you play time displaced Visigoths in a 90’s mall where, naturally, you are enemies with the mall goths that inhabit said mall. We welcome back a special guest to create characters with us, Lucian Kahn, designer of Visigoths vs Mall Goths, and much more!

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Series 24.1 – Visigoths vs Mall Goths with Lucian Kahn [Designer] (Creation)

This is the first episode of our Visigoths vs Mall Goths series, a game where you play time displaced Visigoths in a 90’s mall where, naturally, you are enemies with the mall goths that inhabit said mall. We welcome a special guest to cover this game with us, Lucian Kahn, designer of Visigoths vs Mall Goths, and much more, and we had a blast recording this series with him!

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Character Evolution Cast E17: AP at Home Part II with Kristine Chester and Marshall Sims

In a follow up to episode 5, we revisit the concepts from actual play podcasts that you can bring to your home table. 

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Series 23.3 – Lancer with Tom Parkinson Morgan and Miguel Lopez [Designers] (Discussion)

In the final episode of our Lancer series, Tom joins us as we learn a little bit about our team, talk about the difficulty of managing a lot of options for customization and learn more about Lancer itself.

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Series 23.2 – Lancer with Tom Parkinson Morgan and Miguel Lopez [Designers] (Creation Continued)

In the second episode of series 23, we’ll be finishing up our opening discussion about Lancer, a tactics based mech combat RPG by Massif Press, with designers Tom Parkinson Morgan and Miguel Lopez! This episode we’ll be creating some amazing characters with Tom and figuring out what sorts of mechs these characters would like to grow in to.

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Series 23.1 – Lancer with Tom Parkinson Morgan and Miguel Lopez [Designers] (Creation)

Welcome to the first episode of 2020 and the first episode of series 23! This series we’ll be covering Lancer, a tactics based mech combat RPG by Massif Press, with designers Tom Parkinson Morgan and Miguel Lopez! This episode we’ll be diving into what the game is about as well as a peek behind the curtain at game design as a whole.

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New Years 2019 Special & ReCast – Character Evolution Cast E06 – Session Zero

This is a special episode of Character Creation ReCast where we spend an extended cold open reminiscing on 2019 and looking forward to 2020. After that, we dive into a bonus ReCast episode where we discuss what makes a good session zero and what sorts of things you need to keep in mind as both a player and a GM to help enhance the experience! We even have our own Session Zero worksheet in the show notes for you to follow along with!

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Announcements:

Play/Test Guest Appearance by Amelia and Ryan:

Garbage of the Five Rings Podcast:

Chimera RPG Twitter:

Ryan’s Itch.io Page:

A Horror Borealis:

Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 – Announcements
  • 00:24:39 – Intro
  • 00:25:20 – Ryan’s favorite part of session zero
  • 00:26:45 – Amelia’s favorite part of session zero
  • 00:27:36 – What is a session zero?
  • 00:29:20 – How does it feel different when you create characters together?
  • 00:32:17 – Building relationships between characters
  • 00:34:03 – Never go adventuring with strangers
  • 00:34:57 – The elevator pitch
  • 00:35:44 – Your inner power gamer
  • 00:36:30 – Say what you want
  • 00:38:05 – Your RPG first date
  • 00:40:00 – Why you should have a session zero
  • 00:41:06 – Safety and saying what you do(n’t) want
  • 00:27:27 – Establishing characters and relationships
  • 00:59:59 – A half-hearted apology to Caleb
  • 01:00:47 – Setting expectations
  • 01:05:05 – Our session zero guide
  • 01:09:30 – Meta game discussions
  • 01:11:54 – GM expectations of players
  • 01:26:18 – Player expectations of GMs
  • 01:29:56 – Safety guide
  • 01:32:54 – You don’t have to explain
  • 01:35:16 – NO MEANS NO (the X Card)
  • 01:39:07 – Soft no and checking in
  • 01:48:04 – Out of game logistics
  • 01:52:09 – Creating characters (or GO LISTEN TO OUR SHOW)
  • 01:55:08 – Let us tell people why session zero is great!
  • 01:58:53 – Closer
  • 02:00:11 – Show Blurb – A Horror Borealis

Transcripts

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ReCast – Character Evolution Cast E03 – 8 Kinds of Fun with Jim McClure

On this final ReCast episode, we delve into the Character Evolution Cast backlog to pull out our interview with Jim McClure, host of the Talking Tabletop podcast, designer of Reflections and Satanic Panic and owner of Third Act Publishing to learn about how the theory of the 8 kinds of fun can help players hone in on their interests and communicate with their GMs for the best play experience.

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Timestamps:

  • 00:00:00 – Announcements
  • 00:03:26 – Introductions
  • 00:05:58 – The highest art form known to mankind
  • 00:07:06 – Jim’s most satisfying project so far
  • 00:10:24 – Jim’s favorite part of creating
  • 00:12:16 – Did you think we weren’t going to talk about L5R???
  • 00:18:09 – Jim’s types of fun
  • 00:19:16 – What is “The 8 Kinds of Fun?”
  • 00:23:35 – How can players use this theory to further their own experience?
  • 00:25:31 – “My D&D looks nothing like yours”
  • 00:28:18 – What if your game isn’t engaging your kind of fun?
  • 00:30:54 – A description of each type of fun
  • 00:31:31 – 1 Sensation
  • 00:33:39 – 2 Fantasy
  • 00:35:36 – 3 Narrative
  • 00:42:21 – 4 Challenge
  • 00:45:36 – It’s okay if that type isn’t your favorite!
  • 00:48:05 – 5 Fellowship
  • 00:50:28 – 6 Expression
  • 00:52:28 – 7 Discovery
  • 00:53:58 – Mountain Tuna!!!
  • 00:56:26 – 8 Submission
  • 01:02:57 – Ryan and Amelia speculate about their types of fun
  • 01:06:45 – Player Examples
  • 01:08:39 – Amelia can’t understand playing nice
  • 01:12:33 – Ryan can’t understand why you wouldn’t
  • 01:14:28 – How having these terms can change the conversation
  • 01:16:29 – How to know what your type of fun is
  • 01:18:47 – The 8 kinds of fun in character creation
  • 01:21:57 – HAVE A SESSION ZERO
  • 01:23:24 – Do RPGs do certain kinds of fun better?
  • 01:25:11 – How can players bring in additional types?
  • 01:30:49 – A little more advice…
  • 01:34:33 – Amelia tells Jim what’s what
  • 01:35:35 – Plugs
  • 01:39:15 – Show Closer
  • 01:40:22 – Network Plug: Design Doc

Transcripts

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ReCast – Series 2.3 – MASKS with Brandon James and Elsbeth [Protean City Comics] (Discussion)

On this special Character Creation ReCast episode, we’re going all the way back to the beginning! This episode was originally released with the launch of our podcast back in April, 2018, and our guests were the GMs from Protean City Comics where we learned about MASKS: A New Generation and learned a lot about PbtA and how important it is to be able to see yourself in a game.

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ReCast – Series 19.3 – InSpectres with Chris Foster

For this special Character Creation ReCast episode, we’re highlighting the third part of our small games series, where Amelia and Ryan were joined by Chris Foster of the Play/Test podcast to talk about InSpectres, a game about a ghost hunting start up. This episode stands well on its own, too, with creation and discussion fit into a single episode!

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Guests:

Chris Foster @Eyolo

Play/Test Podcast @playtestpod

Timestamps:

00:00:00 – Announcements

00:03:07 – Introductions

00:06:20 – What’s in a game?

00:09:48 – Let’s make some people!

00:11:46 – Naming the characters

00:13:31 – John Longfellow 

00:14:12 – Ainsley Wright

00:14:54 – Jackie Smith

00:15:23 – Assigning skill dice 

00:18:20 – Picking a talent 

00:21:52 – Let’s make a franchise!

00:22:23 – How big is the franchise?

00:24:23 – Main office or start-up?

00:25:03 – Where are you located?

00:26:39 – Who runs the show?

00:25:55 – Who funds this?

00:27:03 – Amenities 

00:29:43 – Gear

00:36:49 – Transportation

00:39:29 – Specialty

00:46:00 – Franchise dice 

00:48:41 – D20 for your thoughts

00:52:44 – Are characters fleshed out?

00:56:21 – Flaws?

00:57:45 – What does character creation tell us about the game? 

00:58:30 – Fan Fic Time!

01:02:31 – Plugs

01:03:28 – Episode Closer

01:04:54 – Show Blurbs

01:05:43 – Outtakes

Transcripts

Music:

Opening: Meditation Impromptu 03 (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Calming/Meditation_Impromptu_03) by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)

Clip 1: Play/Test podcast theme song (https://playtest.pub) by Matt Lee (https://twitter.com/NiceWizardMusic)

Clip 2: “Epic Unease” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) from https://filmmusic.io License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Main Theme: Hero (Remix) (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/Principal_Photography_1493/11_Hero_Remix) by Steve Combs (http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Steve_Combs/)

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InSpectres

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