On today’s episode we sit down with Alex Roberts to discuss character creation and much more in regards to Star Crossed!

Timestamps:

00:00:00 – Announcements

00:03:45 – Reintroductions

00:07:24 – D20 for your thoughts?

00:07:46 – How did Alex get into RPGs?

00:12:10 – Alex’s personal character creation process

00:14:45 – How does Star Crossed compare to other systems for character creation?

00:22:30 – What did Alex need to have in this game for character creation?

00:26:36 – How does the process lead to immersion?

00:30:58 – How do we think our scenarios for our couples would play out?

00:38:22 – How does this game handle character development?

00:41:56 – Take it up a level!

00:42:16 – Intensity and the concept of bleed

00:48:22 – Decompressing during and after an intense game

00:51:40 – What sorts of things can be learned from this game?

01:01:32 – What did Alex learn from making this game?

01:04:06 – Alex’s advice to get the most from Star Crossed

01:05:31 – Why should people give this game a try?

01:08:57 – Episode Closer

01:12:52 – Outtakes

Guests and Projects:

Alex Roberts: [@muscularpikachu](https://twitter.com/muscularpikachu)

Backstory Podcast

[@backstorycast](https://twitter.com/backstorycast)

Bully Pulpit Games

[www.bullypulpitgames.com](http://www.bullypulpitgames.com)

Dialect by Thorny Games

[www.thornygames.com/dialect-rpg/](http://www.thornygames.com/dialect-rpg/)

Threadbear by Stephanie Bryant

[www.drivethrurpg.com/product/215255/Threadbare-RPG](http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/215255/Threadbare-RPG)

Sig: The City Between by Genesis of Legend

[www.genesisoflegend.com/products/sig/](http://www.genesisoflegend.com/products/sig/)

Game systems discussed in this episode:

Star Crossed! by Bully Pulpit Games

Kickstarter: [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bullypulpitgames/star-crossed-the-two-player-game-of-forbidden-love](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bullypulpitgames/star-crossed-the-two-player-game-of-forbidden-love)

Other Games Mentioned as inspiration for Star Crossed!:

Dread by Impossible Dream ([amazon](https://amzn.to/2JLkwR3)) ([website](https://dreadthegame.wordpress.com/about-dread-the-game/))

Kagematsu by Cream Alien Games ([website](https://sites.google.com/site/creamaliengames/Home/kagematsu-the-rpg))

Hot Guys Making Out by Tao Games ([drivethru](http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/156244/Hot-Guys-Making-Out)) ([website](http://www.tao-games.com/hot-guys-making-out/))

Breaking the Ice by Black and Green Games ([drivethru](http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/80426/Breaking-the-Ice)) ([website – romance trilogy](http://www.blackgreengames.com/shop/romancetrilogy))

Fiasco by Bully Pulpit Games ([amazon](https://amzn.to/2vb8Aoq)) ([drivethru](http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/78548/Fiasco)) ([website](http://bullypulpitgames.com/games/fiasco/))

Character Inspired Mix Tapes:

Amelia and Ryan’s Couple

Spotify Playlist: [https://open.spotify.com/user/verovladamir/playlist/7nguieqg9s4h9CqQMNifHp?si=aFX7r4HdTpaLO80McU5kbQ](https://open.spotify.com/user/verovladamir/playlist/7nguieqg9s4h9CqQMNifHp?si=aFX7r4HdTpaLO80McU5kbQ)

YouTube Playlist: [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQvSCMCGGkKn12lcNm8I3thhTK2MFvPt](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQvSCMCGGkKn12lcNm8I3thhTK2MFvPt)

Ryan and Alex’s Couple

Spotify Playlist: [https://open.spotify.com/user/verovladamir/playlist/1fiectTQbuKO4d1gXOhiFd?si=WarEhAgHRUymPn4Cad94AQ](https://open.spotify.com/user/verovladamir/playlist/1fiectTQbuKO4d1gXOhiFd?si=WarEhAgHRUymPn4Cad94AQ)

YouTube Playlist: [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQvSCMCGGkLN3LhyGuLoBP9bMyNgJCNi](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQvSCMCGGkLN3LhyGuLoBP9bMyNgJCNi)

Alex and Amelia’s Couple

Spotify Playlist: [https://open.spotify.com/user/verovladamir/playlist/5GLObBcZZxfRMjAoH8Tg3n?si=tWr0fDgPRpytAK3yVTfP-A](https://open.spotify.com/user/verovladamir/playlist/5GLObBcZZxfRMjAoH8Tg3n?si=tWr0fDgPRpytAK3yVTfP-A)

YouTube Playlist: [https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQvSCMCGGkIb1bw9OiDjDpX9ty-l8b7t](https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQvSCMCGGkIb1bw9OiDjDpX9ty-l8b7t)

Character sheets for this episode:
[https://blockpartypodcastnetwork.squarespace.com/completed-characters/2018/4/23/series-32-characters-star-crossed-with-alex-roberts](https://blockpartypodcastnetwork.squarespace.com/completed-characters/2018/4/23/series-32-characters-star-crossed-with-alex-roberts)

Music:

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

Clip 1: [Autumn Day](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Calming/Autumn_Day) by [Kevin MacLeod](http://incompetech.com)

Clip 2: [Backstory podcast](https://twitter.com/backstorycast) opening theme

Clip 3: [Sovereign Quarter](http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Calming/Sovereign_Quarter) by [Kevin MacLeod](http://incompetech.com)

Clip 4: [Delicate Frost by Winter Solstice](https://artlist.io/) used in the [Star Crossed Kickstarter](https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bullypulpitgames/star-crossed-the-two-player-game-of-forbidden-love) video created by [@banana\_chan\_vid](https://twitter.com/banana_chan_vid)

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/)

Our Podcast:

Character Creation Cast: [@CreationCast](https://twitter.com/CreationCast)

Amelia Antrim: [@gingerreckoning](https://twitter.com/gingerreckoning)

Ryan Boelter: [@lordneptune](https://twitter.com/lordneptune)

Our Website: [http://www.charactercreationcast.com](http://charactercreationcast.com)

About the Author
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. Follow her on twitter or on her website.

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