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.

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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50. Going on an Expedition with Todd Medema

Expedition is an RPG system that combines cards and a mobile app (all free, all open-source) to streamline the RPG experience, allowing you to play the way you want to. Built to be modded, Todd shares the strengths and challenges of playing the Expedition way, and may be just the project you were looking for!
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49. #280rpg

John Harness got 280 characters on twitter before it was the norm, and decided to turn it into a game design challenge. Paul Czege answered the call. We talk about the challenge, what we can learn from small games, and take a look at the amazing contributions.

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48. The Many Forms of Iron Edda with Tracy Barnett

Iron Edda is a game that exists across several systems and has a second edition in the works, and Tracy Barnett joins us to talk about how it got that way. We discuss what makes something an Iron Edda game, what different systems bring to the fiction, and where it’s headed next.

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