Session Zero

Session Zero is a discussion podcast that seeks to explore the psychology of role-playing. Each episode will feature a new aspect of the experience of role-playing, viewed through the lens of psychology by clinical psychologist Porter Green and industrial-organizational psychologist Steve Discont, They’re doing the thinking, and you get to do the listening.

Porter Green is a clinical psychologist living in Chicago with zer spouse and their three cats. Ze is a long time RPG enthusiast both of the tabletop and digital varieties. Porter loves to learn about people and share their stories, and often writes zer own as well. Currently ze is working on adding more queer shapeshifter novels to the world. “

Steve Discont loves live-action role-playing and tabletop gaming a lot. Like… a lot. He is an industrial-organizational psychology Ph.D candidate, living in Chicago with his wonderful husband who helps to produce this show. When he isn’t gaming, he can be found having strong opinions about hip hop dance styles, fandom communities, and queer issues.

Episode 4: Implicit Theories of Playership

The Session Zero duo discuss what it might mean to be a player at the table, including player expectations, norms, and styles of play.

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Episode 3: Feedback

The Session Zero duo explore the idea of feedback at the table, how to structure it, and the importance and benefits of active communication for the roleplaying group.

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Episode 2: Implicit Theories of GMing

The Session Zero duo explore the rules and expectations that are often placed upon the person who sits at the head of the gaming table: the gamemaster.  You can go to the following URLs or research articles to learn about some of the topics discussed in this episode:Schema: https://www.psychologistworld.com/memory/schema-memorySchema: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_(psychology)Implicit Person Theory: https://psychology.iresearchnet.com/industrial-organizational-psychology/leadership-and-management/implicit-theory-of-leadership/Implicit Person Theory: Chiu, C., Hong,...

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Episode 1: Group Dynamics

Steve and Porter discuss one of the fundamental social units within roleplaying: The gaming group and the group’s dynamics, norms, and more.

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Episode 0: Introductions

Porter and Steve have their own session zero for Session Zero as they introduce themselves, talk about their professional backgrounds, and discuss what roleplaying means to them.

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