By Richard Rogers
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+1 Forward is a show about games using the Apocalypse Engine. We cover these games in play, and talk about the many flavors of games Powered by the Apocalypse. Each episode will have a discussion about mechanics, as well as an example of play.
||CleanAlphas 01 - Robot Cities, Circles of Power, Hydro Hackers||Rach speaks with Melissa Lewis-Gentry, Jason Pitre, and Phil Vecchione about their in-development games! Timecodes Robot Cities (00:44) Circles of Power (07:57) Hydro Hackers (18:39) Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGauntlet Con 2017 - PbtA GMing Panel||For this special episode of +1 Forward, we present the audio from the "PbtA GMing" panel at Gauntlet Con 2017. The panel took place on October 21st. The participants were David LaFreniere, Lowell Francis, Rach Shelkey, and Michael X....||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProactive vs. Reactive MCing||Rach & Rich are talking about reactive MCing vs. proactive MCing. Timecodes Overview (00:36) “The game is a conversation” (04:03) The reactive position (07:47) The proactive position (12:43) Stepping back (17:50) Being engaged (18:55) Closing...||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlackout: A Game of Civil Defence||Rich welcomes Erika Chappell of Newstand Press to talk about Blackout: A Game of Civil Defence! Introduction Erika’s start with AW (00:34) Read a Sitch Restarting a failed campaign (03:20) Open Your Brain - Blackout: A Game of Civil Defence Overview..||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrinciples and Genre||Rich & Rach are talking about MC Principles. Timcodes (00:50) Principles (06:25) Genre and Urban Fantasy (28:31) GM Fiat? (30:37) Highlighting some particularly powerful Principles Links Our website www.gauntlet-rpg.com Our Patreon...||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImpulse Drive||Rich sits down with Adrian Thoen, author of Impulse Drive! Introduction Adrian’s start with PbtA games (00:22) Read a Sitch Improv play (02:00) Open Your Brain - Impulse Drive Overview (10:14) Advantage/Disadvantage (14:10) Other new features...||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPorting the 'Pocalypse||Read a Sitch - Porting the Pocalypse Overview (00:47) The game is a conversation (03:45) Consequences to actions (05:05) Moves snowball (09:55) Countdown Clocks (13:06) Be a fan of the characters (15:48) What do you do? (23:00) Principles (25:45)...||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegacy: Life Among the Ruins 2E||Rich is joined by James Iles from UFO Press Introduction James’s start with PbtA (00:42) Read a Sitch “Splitting the party” (02:52) Open Your Brain - Legacy: Life Among the Ruins 2E Overview (07:53) Playing factions vs playing characters (10:00)..||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Zero||Rich welcomes new co-host, Rach Shelkey! Looking Back at Season 1 Rach’s start with PbtA (00:47) Favorite episodes from Season 1 (02:14) Read a Sitch Porting one PbtA game into another (09:03) Fan playbooks (17:05) Links Ennies Voting...||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Happiest Apocalypse on Earth||Rich welcomes game designer Christopher Grey! Introduction Christopher’s start with PbtA (00:34) Read a Sitch Exchanging harm (02:40) Open Your Brain - The Happiest Apocalypse on Earth Overview (06:44) Character creation (07:34) Wish Upon a Star...||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Veil||Introduction Fraser’s start with PbtA games (00:46) Read a Sitch Using songs to inform your story (03:41) Open Your Brain - The Veil Overview (10:29) States (12:52) The Abyss Stares Back move (16:24) The Apparatus (18:42) Act Under Fire Plus01...||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMASHED||Rich welcomes Mark Plemmons from Brabblemark Press! Introduction Mark’s start with PbtA (00:36) Read a Sitch Bringing a new player into a new campaign (02:59) Open Your Brain - MASHED Overview (09:03) The aftermath of combat (12:00) Medical moves...||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNoir World||Rich welcomes John Adamus to the show! Introduction John’s start with PbtA (00:23) Read a Sitch Subjecting your home group to evolving playtests (04:18) Open Your Brain - Noir World Overview (08:14) GM-less (11:48) Modularity (14:38) Textual support..||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Warren||Rich is joined by Marshall Miller of Fine Mess Games! Introduction Marshall’s start with PbtA games (00:33) Read a Sitch PbtA PbP (01:58) Open Your Brain - The Warren Overview (07:44) Making the rabbits unique (09:56) Retire move (11:10) Panic...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorld Wide Wrestling||Rich is joined by Nathan Paoletta of NDP Design! Introduction Nathan’s start with PbtA games (00:35) Read a Sitch Handling drop-in/drop-out play (02:56) Open Your Brain - World Wide Wrestling Overview (07:09) The Imaginary Viewing Audience (10:16)...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeadspace||Rich welcomes Mark Richardson of Green Hat Designs! Introduction Mark’s start with PbtA games (00:23) Read a Sitch Sustaining long-term play (01:23) Open Your Brain - Headspace Overview (09:39) Art direction & philosophy (13:28) Act Under Fire...||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPigsmoke||Rich welcomes Chris Longhurst from Certain Death Publishing! Introduction Chris’s start with PbtA (00:26) Read a Sitch The feeling of “doing it wrong” (01:54) Open Your Brain - Pigsmoke Overview (09:11) Advantage & Disadvantage (11:05)...||1/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCity of Judas||Rich is joined by Davide Pignedoli! Introduction Davide’s start with PbtA (00:23) Read a Sitch Following the Agendas & Principles (01:37) Open Your Brain - City of Judas Overview (06:35) Advantage die (10:37) Counters & Conditions (12:35)...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNo Country for Old Kobolds||Rich welcomes Steve Wallace to the show! Introduction Steve’s start with Apocalypse World (00:28) Read a Sitch World creation in a Con game (01:58) Open Your Brain - No Country for Old Kobolds Overview (06:43) Some differences with AW (09:10) F**k...||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSpirit of 77||Rich sits down with David Kizzia from Monkeyfun Studios! Introduction David’s start with Apocalypse World (00:28) Read a Sitch Designing adventures for PbtA games (02:04) Open Your Brain - Spirit of 77 Overview (07:13) Some differences with...||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonsterhearts 2||Rich is joined by Avery Alder from Buried Without Ceremony! Introduction Avery’s start with Apocalypse World (00:28) Read a Sitch Managing emotional bleed (03:22) Open Your Brain - Monsterhearts 2 Overview (15:22) Turn Someone On (19:53) Pulling...||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBluebeard's Bride||Rich welcomes Marissa Kelly & Sarah Richardson from Magpie Games! Read a Sitch When and how to trigger moves (00:47) Open Your Brain - Bluebeard’s Bride Overview (04:21) Some differences with Apocalypse World (06:01) Shiver From Fear move...||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMasks||This week, Rich is joined by Brendan Conway from Magpie Games! Introduction Brendan’s start with AW (00:38) Read a Sitch Juggling the spotlight (01:55) Open Your Brain - Masks Overview (10:02) Shifting labels (13:11) Team (17:35) Intent vs action...||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLegend of the Elements||Rich welcomes Max Hervieux of the Logbook Project. Introduction Max’s start with Apocalypse World (00:24) Read a Sitch Named villains vs. mooks (01:09) Open Your Brain - Legend of the Elements Overview (04:40) Chakras & Chi (05:40) Tags &...||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpyllion||Introduction Marissa’s start with Apocalypse World (00:23) Read a Sitch Running one-shots (01:21) Open Your Brain - Epyllion Overview (07:10) Differences with Apocalypse World (07:46) Moon Magic move (08:39) Suitability for younger players (10:24)...||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAction Movie World||Rich is joined by Ian Williams of Flatland Games. Introduction Ian’s start with Apocalypse World (00:22) Read a Sitch The idea of initiative in Apocalypse World (02:50) Open Your Brain - Action Movie World Overview (09:06) Mechanical differences...||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMonster of the Week||Introduction Michael’s start with Apocalypse World (0:23) Read a Sitch Snowballing moves (01:32) Night Witches (04:41) Open Your Brain Overview (08:05) Luck and other key differences with Apocalypse World (09:40) Use Magic (13:33) Resurrection...||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitVelvet Glove||This week, Rich welcomes Sarah Richardson from Magpie Games! Warning: this episode has some mild adult content. Introduction Sarah’s start with Apocalypse World (00:27) Read a Sitch Making memorable NPCs (02:10) Open Your Brain - Velvet Glove...||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitNight Witches||Rich is joined by Jason Morningstar from Bully Pulpit Games. Introduction Jason’s start with Apocalypse World (00:24) Read a Sitch Exploring gendered moves in Sagas of the Icelanders (02:07) Open Your Brain - Night Witches Overview (06:47) Marks...||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Sprawl||Rich is joined by Hamish Cameron, author of The Sprawl! Introduction Hamish’s introduction with PbtA (00:28) Read a Sitch The power of XP rewards (01:42) Open Your Brain - The Sprawl Overview (04:20) Can I play an orc? (04:58) Influences (05:24)...||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUncharted Worlds||Rich welcomes Sean Gomes, the creator of Uncharted Worlds! Introduction Sean’s gateway to PbtA (00:36) Read a Sitch Trusting players with narrative authority (01:56) Open Your Brain - Uncharted Worlds Overview (05:38) Sandbox PbtA...||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe 'Hood||Introduction How James got his start with PbtA (00:25) Read a Sitch “To do it, do it” (02:29) Open Your Brain - The ‘Hood Overview (09:06) Harm (11:16) Heat (12:50) The Heat to XP connection (16:12) Act Under Fire Easy like Sunday morning...||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSagas of the Icelanders||Introduction Gregor’s start with PbtA games (00:22) Read a Sitch Combat in Apocalypse World (00:54) Open Your Brain - Sagas of the Icelanders Overview (06:00) The role of gender in the game (08:41) Distinction between male and female moves (12:30)...||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThreadbare RPG||Intro Stephanie’s start with PbtA (00:25) Editor’s note: Hamish’s goblin game is not available quite yet. We’ll update this space when it is. Read a Sitch How to handle a 6- (01:27) Open Your Brain - Threadbare RPG Overview (08:32) Leveling in..||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUrban Shadows||This week, Rich is joined by Mark Diaz Truman from Magpie Games! Introduction Mark’s early experiences with Apocalypse World (00:32) Read a Sitch Successfully MC’ing a player-versus-player situation (04:43) Open Your Brain - Urban Shadows Overview..||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitApocalypse World (2nd Edition)||In our first episode of +1 Forward, Rich is joined by Meg Baker to talk Apocalypse World (2E)! Read a Sitch Sex moves (01:37) Dealing with reset Hx in the fiction (05:12) Open Your Brain - Apocalypse World (2E) Release date goals...||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
+1 Great Podcast!
An excellent addition to any game podcast collection, +1 Forward is an indepth look into the meat of a game, combining both the game creator and a knowledgeable host. If you're curious about a game, it's definitely worth listening to it's +1 podcast both for a look into what it's about, as well as how it plays.
Covers PbtA games themselves but some general game design as well
Over the last years I've learned to love many Powered by the Apocalypse (PbtA) games at various game conventions. Dungeon World is my favorite, and covered in amazingly great detail in the Discern Realities podcast, a podcast in the same family as this one, produced by The Gauntlet. This podcast is the best one in bringing new and old PbtA games to me. I love that the designers are interviewed and give insight into the way they designed and thought about mechanics and gameplay, and that almost every episode ends in a little bite-sized actual play, where we get to hear the system being used and run by the designers themselves. Highly recommended if you like PbtA games and also are into game design at any level.
Quality material to put in your earholes.