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Welcome to the Gameable Saturday Morning Podcast, a tabletop RPG podcast in the Gameable Podcast series. We analyze Saturday morning (and other) cartoons for settings, plots, characters, and themes that we can use for tabletop gaming. At the end up each episode, we come to a verdict on the week's series: Is it gameable?
||ExplicitEpisode 60: She-Ra||In the final episode before the Gameable hiatus, Meganbob joins Kris to discuss the characters, settings, and surprisingly compelling storytelling possibilities of 1985’s She-Ra: Princess of Power! Listen to find out who we’d cast as Hordak i||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 59: She-Ra||Before there was Netflix’s fantastic 2018 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, there was 1985’s She-Ra: Princess of Power, which was… also a show. In this episode, MeganBob joins Kris to discuss the campy, magical, ridiculous plots of t||12/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGameable Update||Wondering where M.A.S.K. part 2 is? Here’s a quick update on what’s happening with Gameable. Listen to the update here.||11/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 57: M.A.S.K.||This week, David McBride joins Kris to discuss the classic, toyetic 1980’s cartoon M.A.S.K.! This episode focuses on the show’s bizarre plots, such as the theft of the Statue of Liberty, the abduction of a baby dinosaur, and a cross-country f||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 56: Young Justice||In the second part of our Young Justice coverage, Rich Howard and I talk about our favorite romantic pairings from the show, the dual challenges of creating a superhero “family” and a huge heroic ensemble, the value of time-skips in Young Jus||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGame Night: Young Justice||Rescued from the cutting room floor, it’s 15-or-so minutes of Kris and Rich Howard from Whelmed making tough choices between the characters of Young Justice and the equally-great protagonists of Gargoyles. Check out the episode here!||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 55: Young Justice||This week, Rich Howard of Whelmed joins me to discuss Young Justice! We dig into character-driven plots, open-ended character growth, the perils of using big characters in small and quirky roles, and much more. Check out the episode here!||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS Episode 54: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood||In part 2 of our Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood discuss, we discuss the wide array of PC options in Amestris and beyond, the balance between freeform narration and tactical depth in emulating anime combat, and the bewildering cosmology of the series.||9/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 53: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood||Its anime time once again! In this bonus episode, we discuss the plots (and story) of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, from the straightforward first episode to the series’ baroque climax. Along the way, we discuss player on-boarding, dead end sub||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 52b: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||In part 2 of our discussion about adapting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with RPG rules, Kris and Dr. G go into detail about using the Powered by the Apocalypse system to represent the teenage, mutant, ninja, and turtle aspects of the franchise. Check o||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 52a: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles month concludes (kind of) with a discussion about RPG rules and systems for adapting TMNT, including Palladium’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Other Strangeness. Dr. G, the erstwhile Man of Nerdology, joins Kris to d||7/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 51: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||As TMNT month continues, Claire Mulkerin joins Kris to discuss the tone, themes, and iconic settings of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles across the franchise’s history. Topics include 1980’s New York, black & white & gray morality, and th||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 50: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Our month-long Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series continues with an episode about characters featuring Tom and Rachael Kolar. After a discussion of which turtles we are and which turtles we’d like to be in an RPG, we hash out the point (if any) of||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 49: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Plots]||All month long, we’re discussing the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. This week, Crystal Frasier joins Kris for a fun recap of the show’s first season arc, plus the memorable one-off The Case of the Killer Pizzas. Along the way, we||7/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS Drag Race Discussion feat. Claire Mulkerin||During a recent recording, Kris had an interesting (if off-topic) discussion with Claire Mulkerin about the controversy surrounding RuPaul’s Drag Race. For those following that controversy, here’s our discussion, barely-edited and salvaged fr||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGameable Drag Race (Season 2)||It’s Pride Month, and that means it’s time for Gameable Drag Race! In this bonus episode, characters from all of this year’s Gameable episodes compete in a fantasy season of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Check out the episode here!||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 48: Fireball XL5||In part 2 of our Fireball XL5 discussion, we peel back the show’s shiny 1960’s veneer to discuss its pulp adventure heritage, to question the logic of Space City, and to detail the dystopia simmering all around these happy, Caucasian marionet||6/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 47: Fireball XL5||In this very 60’s episode about Fireball XL5, we discuss rocket ships, square-jawed heroes, and uncomfortable ideology; it’s more fun than it sounds! We discuss formulaic plots, old-school gaming, pulp adventure, and much more. Check out the||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 46: Jem||In our second Jem discussion, we discuss the (mutually exclusive?) joys of playing the Holograms and the Misfits, the importance of the 90’s zeitgeist to the show’s setting, the teme of responsibility vs. selfishness, and more. Plus: Which of||5/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Brilliant and incisive
An instant favorite. Entertaining, insightful, and a spur to every gamer's imagination. The combination of background information about each film, the scene-by-scene analysis, and the discussion of character and narrative structure is powerful. Basically, every gamer and every Disney fan needs to listen to this show from the beginning.
Entertaining, even for non-gamers
This is a truly an excellent podcast for fans of Disney's animated features and the art of storytelling.
The hosts do an amazing job both in researching the films and in breaking down the story elements, insightfully evaluating why they succeed or fail.
The podcast is well structured, well produced technically, and the hosts are easy on the ears (Katrina is especially charming).
On rare occasions the hosts' social ideologies may seem to overwhelm their analysis (at least to those of us of different perspectives) but they are unfailingly thoughtful and worth consideration.
To new listeners I recommend starting with The Black Cauldron episode to really get a good idea of how strong the podcast is.
A True Resource for GMs
If you have ever found yourself watching a movie and trying to break it down into things to steal for your own tabletop sessions, this podcast is for you. I love the examination of storytelling and translation of those elements to game, along with sharp film criticism from the very likable hosts.