By Rai Witter Cole, Monica Speca
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A deeper look at the play experience and the finer details of running and writing tabletop games.
||ExplicitTips for Running Long Campaigns||What do you plan for? How detailed should your notes be? How do you stay committed? Long Campaigns: How Do? Lucky for us, Monica has quite a lot of experience running the serial epics, and she has some tips and advice for GMs who want to up their...||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOur Favorite Systems||Monica and Rai take a break from complaining to talk about things they like. Specifically, the systems they like, and why. It may surprise you to learn that they like Powered by the Apocalypse games. Also discussed: playing chicken as feminist praxis,..||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWhat's Real When We Play Pretend? Diegesis and Writing Games||Some stuff in your game is more real than other stuff. What does that even mean? Why talk about it? If we don't want to get mired in what exactly "sorcery points" are to our bombshell tiefling sorcerers, then we have to talk about diegesis. Also, it...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Preview of Diegesis: What's Real When We Play Pretend||Hello listeners! We Ran Out Of Space For The Month! To tide everyone over until June rolls around, here is a preview for episode 7, wherein we talk about the concept of diegesis and how it applies to writing game rules and setting. If you're as...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDealing With Garbage Players||We've met them. Heard the legends. Sometimes, we've BECOME them. How do you identify disruptive players—garbage people, if you will—and how do you deal with them without losing your game to discomfort, bad vibes, or the dreaded Missing Stair?...||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGames and the Art of Railroading||Who would've thought train tracks could conjure so much hate? Today we're talking about railroading, and why it's not such a big deal—why it is, in fact, necessary and useful for running games. We're also making doe-eyes at Apocalypse World for what..||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBuilding Player Engagement and Trust||Episode 3—er, 5—is a misophobic nightmare, and we apologize about that. It was an adventure just to recover it, frankly. This week, we're talking about player engagement and trust, how to earn these nebulous things, and why they're important to...||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWar Stories, Vol I||Welcome to episode 4, where Monica and Rai wax nostalgic about some hilarious roleplaying game events from their past (coughstinkwizardcough). Apologies to anybody who recognizes themselves. Unless you were a jerk. Then we're not sorry. You can find...||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHouse Rules, the Gateway Drug to Game Design||Welcome back! Today we're talking about how house rules and game design are two peas in the same pod as well as why you should house rule, when you should house rule, and how you should house rule. We also accidentally create the greatest D&D...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGMing 101: How to Prepare For and Run a Tabletop Game||For our pilot episode, we chose to break the ice with an introduction to running your first game: what to bring, how to do the thing, and why even do it at all. Get used to our mellifluous voices and the number of times we can reference Exalted in a...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Good times with the trashwizards
I’m here for the war stories of former games and these gals do not disappoint. Hilarious and informative, perfect 5 OT of 7