Modifier

Modifier is an interview show hosted by Meghan Dornbrock all about why and how people change games. Episodes tackle accessibility, homebrews, system conversions, and that Apocalypse World hack you’ve secretly been working on. From the hobbyist to the professional, from house rules to publication, we all have in mind a better way to play. 

Meghan Dornbrock knows that books are true magic, and has a weak spot for storytelling rogue-kings. An artist, animator, and all-around games enthusiast, she’s fascinated by the many different ways there are to tell a good story and is eager to see what’ll come next. Eventually she will die on Mars, but currently she lives in the uncool part of Brooklyn.

One time she made her brother hold a frog and he hasn’t really gotten over it.

47. Exploring New Settings with James Mendez Hodes

What goes into bringing an existing game into a brand new setting? How should you approach writing settings that are unfamiliar to you? James Mendez Hodes talks about all that and a bunch of other cool stuff!

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46. 7th Sea: Khitai with John Wick

7th Sea is a game about being an awesome hero, but there’s more than one way to be a hero. John talks about the Western and Eastern hero archetypes, and how they’ve been working on modifying the existing 7th Sea system to tell new kinds of hero stories.

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45. Get Acquainted with the Unfamiliar Heroes – Part 2

Fay Onyx, the mastermind behind the Unfamiliar Heroes podcast project, and two of its GMs, Anna Murray and Jordan Green, chat about what it’s like to run an actual play with diverse players and characters at the core. This second part of our conversation focuses on mechanics that aim to recreate or facilitate these diverse...

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44. Numenera 2 with Monte Cook

Monte Cook of Monte Cook Games is here to dig into what Numenera 2: Discovery & Destiny is all about. We look at how Numenera & Cypher System’s unique structure allows this new edition to work seamlessly with the one on your shelf right now, and the cool new cyphers coming your way.

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43. Get Acquainted with the Unfamiliar Heroes – Part 1

Fay Onyx, the mastermind behind the Unfamiliar Heroes podcast project, and two of its GMs, Anna Murray and Jordan Green, chat about what it’s like to run an actual play with diverse players and characters at the core. This first part of our conversation focuses on addressing the needs of players, and considering how accessible your game system itself is.

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42. How To Catch Them All with Jonathan Barron’s MajiMonsters

Jonathan Barron joins me to discuss the difficulties of converting the monster-catching genre of video games and TV into a tabletop experience. His game MajiMonsters relies on an original system that tracks a player character as well as multiple unique monsters, all complete with their own skills and abilities to confront this dangerous, fantastic world.

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41. Enter The Dungeon Dome with James D’Amato!!!

The Dungeon Dome is part Dungeons and Dragons, part professional wrestling franchise, all streamed live online for your viewing pleasure. James is here to talk about how he’s building this new type of games entertainment, the stories he’s hoping to tell, and his thoughts on the future of RPGs.

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40. The Spire with Grant Howitt & Chris Taylor

We talk about Grant & Chris’ upcoming game The Spire, which is definitely about a Drow resistance but is also about a bunch of other cool, weird, complex things that I won’t even be able to do justice here. It’s a really fun chat and also: blood witches.

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39. It’s Hannah Shaffer Day!

Break out your baggiest jeans and your tiniest backpack as Hannah Shaffer takes us back to the 90s with her heartwarming one-shot storytelling game about a music store on the brink of disaster – Damn the Man, Save the Music! We talk about the continuing evolution of Questlandia and building a game that’s friendly to new players while maintaining a replayable charm.

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38. A Youth Misspent with Robert Bohl & Kimberley Lam

Misspent Youth, an RPG about punks and friendship, is getting a reprint as well as several new settings and hacks! Author Robert Bohl and hacker Kimberly Lam are here together to talk about what it’s like to tackle a game from both of those angles. Bonus topic: how weird is it to have Wil Wheaton play your game on internet TV?!

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