"Session Zero" Backlog

Episode 16: Rituals at the Table

July 2nd, 2019

The Session Zero duo delve into what the field of psychology thinks rituals are, what purpose they can serve at the table, and explore some of their own tried and true rituals together. 

Episode 15: Personal Growth & Development

June 18th, 2019

Our characters have taught us all sorts of interesting and useful life skills, like public speaking and picking locks!  Come join Porter and Steve while they discuss personal growth through gaming and explore the ways that we support and scaffold each other towards our developmental goals and values.

Episode 14: Escapism

June 4th, 2019

Escape from your day to day with the the Session Zero duo as we explore the concept of escapism.  Learn about how our imaginary journeys can serve in managing psychological distress and emotional wellbeing as well as being a really good time.

Episode 13: Representations of Mental Illness in Gaming

May 21st, 2019

The Session Zero duo delve into mental illness and its function in game worlds. Join us in thinking a little deeper about the tropes and traditions of our hobby and how they sometimes mimic  people’s lived experience of pain.

Episode 12: Personal Stigma and Gaming

May 7th, 2019

The Session Zero duo explore those awkward feelings of concern and fear of judgment that some tabletop and live action roleplaying gamers feel when interacting with non-gamers. We will dive into the concept of stigma and explore what it’s like to experience the stigma of being a gamer.

Episode 11: Privilege

April 23rd, 2019

Porter and Steve discuss privilege and how it can play out in our imaginary worlds as well as the real one. What role does oppression play in our imaginations? Join us in examining the impact of the statuses we hold on the worlds we build and the characters we make.

Episode 10: Metaphors and Internal Worlds

April 9th, 2019

Porter and Steve explore what types of meaning we can make in our shared, internal, imaginary worlds through the use of symbolic metaphors and analogies. Join us to find out  why gaming can be philosophically true even if it isn’t real.

Episode 9: Bleed, Part 2

March 26th, 2019

Porter & Steve are joined by game developer and conservationist Emily Care Boss in the second half of a two-part interview where they come together to discuss whether bleed is a good or a bad thing, strategies for addressing and mitigating bleed safety, and some positive takeaways they have experienced from their own experiences of … Read more

Episode 8: Bleed, Part 1

March 12th, 2019

Porter & Steve are joined by game developer and conservationist Emily Care Boss in the first of a two-part interview where they come together to discuss the idea of bleed, the different types, how it can manifest, what might be causes of it, and how to go about making characters while taking bleed into consideration.

Episode 7: Emotions

February 26th, 2019

Porter & Steve discuss what the literature says about what emotions are at their core, what their meaning and value can be in the gaming experience, and some useful ways to consider and manage the emotions of yourself and your fellow roleplayer.