Design Doc

28. When No One Is the GM, Everyone Is

Questlandia 2 is a campaign game with no Game Master. Without a designated person in the GM role, that responsibility must be distributed among all players. We talk about how the Junk Poets can support every player as a great GM.

Design Doc intro/outro theme song: written by Pat King.

Some examples of the Junk Poet sheets mentioned in the episode:

Investigator booklet cover
Investigator booklet interior
Mischief-Maker cover
Mischief-Maker interior
Gardener cover

27. The UltraLux Bait-and-Switch

Questlandia 2 has been delayed. Now, we’re releasing an entirely different RPG first. We talk about, and try not to apologize for, how timelines and business have to adapt to design difficulties.

Design Doc intro/outro theme: by Pat King

26. Your Kickstarter Questions (Mostly) Answered

We’re answering listener questions about running a Kickstarter!

25. Okay, Let’s Redesign Noirlandia

We try redesigning Noirlandia, one of our other roleplaying games, in one hour!

24. We Still Don’t Know Who the Junk Poets Are

Who are the Junk Poets and what do they add to Questlandia? We go over what we know, what’s still missing, and how they could make a GMless game easier to play!

23. Finding the Game’s Emotional Core

We’ve finished the first two playtests of Questlandia and something is still missing. In this episode we talk about how to hone in on the emotional core of the game. What stories does this game want to tell and how do we make sure it tells them?

22. Playtesting Progress Part 2: The Spinning Mountain

After playtesting Questlandia’s new kingdom and character creation, it’s time to test some scenes! Bartholomew the anxious city planner and Quincy the cast out justice-bringer will have to make some hard choices. Choices that begin with a cat and end with a geological anomaly.

Intro/Outro theme music – by Pat King

21. Playtesting Progress Part 1: Knotty Business

Welcome to Kingdom Knot, where our people keep vigil over the void at the edge of the world. Something has emerged from that void—a creature for which we have no words, of which we have no memory. For now, we will call it…a “cat.”

Music credits:

20. Make-Believe History

Alanna Shaffer joins us to talk about how, even when telling made-up stories, we can be aware of biases in the way we think about history.

19. Whoops, It’s a Dystopia

Why are our worlds turning out so horrible? We talk about how the framing for worldbuilding can exaggerate a society to cartoonish levels.