The Walking Eye Podcast
By Kevin Weiser & Jen J Dixon
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Welcome to the home of The Walking Eye! We are a group of gamers passionate about exploring the myriad new horizons of the gaming industry, whilst engaging in animated discussions about the ins and outs of this glorious hobby. Lately we’ve discovered the paradigm-shattering power of the indie game and it’s reawakened the fire of collaborative creation within us. Each month we’ll release Actual Play sessions of the cutting edge of story gaming. Many of these games have to be seen or played to really grasp, but we all know finding the right mix of players can be a daunting task. Allow us to show you if a game’s right for you and your players. Our intended format is to run 3-5 sessions of actual play followed by a review of the game and when possible an interview of the designer or other involved parties. On weeks that we cant game we’ll try to do a discussion show with topics on RPG Theory and gaming advice.
||ExplicitNumenera Review||The crew talks about their generally positive experiences with Numenera. Relevant Links Numenera Monte Cook Ancient Aliens THACO The Forge Burning Wheel Dungeon World Apocalypse World The Mountain Witch GURPS Torchbearer||7/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNumenera Actual Play Session 5||The thrilling conclusion to our Numenera run. And my, did they run! Relevant Links Numenera In a Wicked Age Eaters of the Dead Vegas Vacation Buffet Scene Pixel Dungeon Galaxy Quest Sci-fi door opening Elysium Genetic Bottleneck -||6/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNumenera Actual Play Session 4||Things heat up inside the mysterious compound at the bottom of the Voil Chasm! Relevant Links Numenera Monte Cook Brave New World Link smashes pots in people's homes Twinkies Yurt Capsule Company in Dragon Ball Z||5/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNumenera Actual Play 3||We continue our journey through the creepy Voil Chasm. - (Note: CJ was quite sick during this recording, but ever the dedicated role player, he did a great job!) Relevant Links Numenera Neo "birth" scene Half Life 2 Terrible Stalker Scream||4/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNumenera Actual Play Session 2||The Iron Wind blows through Stirthal with disastrous consequences, leaving the crew in dire straits! Relevant Links Numenera Rigid Airship Strip mining machine All Hail the Glow Cloud The Colour Out of Space The Hulk catching Iron Man||3/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitNumenera Actual Play 1||Kevin, CJ, Troll and Allegra begin their foray into Monte Cook's Numenera, with complex character sheets and character classes! Relevant Links Numenera Monte Cook Gamma World Planescape Jack Vance Dying Earth Clarke's Third Law||2/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview 32: Meguey Baker on Psi*Run||Kevin and Allegra sit down with Meguey Baker to talk about Psi*Run, Victorian Parlor Games, and myriad other topics! Relevant Links Night Sky Games 1001 Nights Psi*Run Valiant Girls Murderous Ghosts (Audience Participation)||2/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDiscussion 53: Further Discussion of the Gaming Commandments||After our 10 Commandments of Gaming discussion Ron Edwards posted* a great comment asking a whole bunch of questions with some commentary. So we decided to address as many of his questions and comments as we could. Enjoy! -||2/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDiscussion 52: Psi*Run Review||A short but sweet review of Psi*Run. Relevant Links Psi Run Meguey Baker Jason Pitre John Harper "Hands of Blue" in Firefly Agents in The Matrix Jank Cast Marvel Heroic Apocalypse World GURPS - Crunchy Bits -||2/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitPsi*Run Actual Play 2||The thrilling conclusion to our run of Psi*Run! Relevant Links Psi*Run Amber Alert Blink Dog Radio Lab Fistulated Stomach Vivisection Skullcrusher Mountain "Have you seen this boy?" Timecube Homeopathy Willis Tower||1/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitPsi*Run Actual Play 1||We run! A lot! Relevant Links Psi*Run Jankcast Numerology Mortal Combat Big Trouble in Little China The Doubleclicks Google Glass Ingress Myna Bird Magic Murder Bag - Crunchy Bits! -||1/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDiscussion 51: Emergent Story in EVE Online||Jen returns during her brief bit of free time from Grad School to tell us about how she's been keeping sane: EVE Online. We discuss how the complexity and community of the game makes for an immerse experience that produces compelling narratives.||1/13/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Explicit10 (12) Gaming Commandments||We come down from the mountain with 10 (12!) gaming commandments. - Update: Listener Urs has created a very nice Google Doc with notes on each of the commandments: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1crApXzGObngTWVXZ1CiD2Dgcq033FkEBBoND5bStc58/edit?||1/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSpace Team Actual Lets Play||Listen as Kevin, Troll, and CJ give you 15 minutes of utter technobabble chaos. We form a pretty decent... SPACE TEAM. Relevant Links Space Team - Crunchy Bits! The Walking Eye Bonus Episode: Let's Play: 15 minutes||12/31/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode: 2013 Video Games||Kevin, Troll, and CJ talk about all the video gamin' they did this year. Relevant Links Dwarf Fortress Skyrim The Stanley Parable Bastion Gone Home Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons No-die Run Anthony Burch Hey Ash Whatcha Playing||12/31/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDanger Patrol Holiday Special||Kevin, Troll, CJ and Allegra take on a very special Crimbo/Christmas episode of DANGER PATROL. Or at least, it starts out that way, but too much danger means there wasn't time to focus on the festivities. Relevant Links Danger Patrol||12/26/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThey Became Flesh Review||Our thoughts on They Became Flesh. We wanted to like this game, but in the end there just wasn't enough there. Relevant Links They Became Flesh Many Waters by Madeline L'Engle In Nomine Gilded Age Paralysis of Choice Fiasco||12/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThey Became Flesh Session 3||The grand finale of our run through of They Became Flesh! Relevant Links They Became Flesh My goodness, my Guinness The Doctor Reverses the Polarity of the Neutron Flow Danger Patrol Jim Jones - Crunchy Bits! -||12/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThey Became Flesh Actual Play Session 2||Session 2 of They Became Flesh. Prophecies are foretold, misunderstandings abound! Relevant Links They Became Flesh The Colour Out of Space The Book of Eli Carnivale Gaiman's Sandman Old Glass Fire Extinguishers Back to the Future III||11/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitThey Became Flesh Actual Play Episode 1||We begin our run of Elizabeth Shoemaker-Sampat and Shreyas Sampat's They Became Flesh. Relevant Links They Became Flesh Nephilim "On the Nose" charades Polaris How We Came to Live Here Dousing Little House on the Prairie Carnivale||11/5/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitGeek Social Fallacies||Kevin, Allegra, CJ, and Troll sit down and have a heart to heart about the 5 Geek Social Fallacies and how, uh, fallacious they are. Relevant Links 5 Geek Social Fallacies "Fake Geek Girl" Revenge of the Nerds EBM TLA Same Page Tool||10/23/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDiscussion 47: Kickstarter||Kevin, Troll, CJ and Allegra sit down to chat about everyone's favorite crowd funding site. Note: This is slightly dated as it was recorded in July, so the projects discussed have closed. Relevant Links Kickstarter The Middle Man||9/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDungeon World Revisted Review||Kevin, CJ, Troll, and Allegra sit down to review the final version of Dungeon World. Spoilers: We liked it, and we have OPINIONS on bonds. Relevant Link Dungeon World Apocalypse World Big Trouble in Little China Burning Wheel Moebius Strip||9/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDungeon World Revisted, Recap of Session IV||And now for something a little different. Due to a technical issue, the last recording of the Dungeon World Revisted AP was lost. So Kevin, CJ, Troll, and Allegra sit down to do a more traditional AP/recap. More character death! More gods! More...||9/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitGen Con 2013||Kevin, CJ, and Allegra talk about their GenCon 2013 experience, along with special guest Sean. Troll was also in attendance, but sadly he got sick right before we left. All in all, it was a great GenCon! Relevant Links Gen Con Tron Recognizer||8/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDungeon World Revisited, Session III||This session shows us just how bad CJ's luck can get! Relevant Links Dungeon World Pitfall Atari Lodestone Die Hard II Naked Tai Chi - Crunch Bits! The Walking Eye Podcast: Dungeon World Revisited Session 2: 1 Hour 50 Minutes||8/12/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDungeon World Revisited Session II||Troll, Kevin, Allegra, and CJ sit down for the second Dungeon World session and explore their Bronze Age style world. The team faces dangers from the mundane to the downright creepy. Relevant Links Dungeon World Dr. Mrs. The Monarch||7/30/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode: CONvergence 2013||Kevin, Troll, Allegra, and CJ talk about their experience at CONvergence 2013. Yay cons! Relevant Links CONvergence Skepchickcon Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer Bridget Landry Firefly RPG Best RPGs you've never heard of Ticket to Ride||7/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDungeon World (again!) Session 1||Adam and Sage timed the release of a major update to the Red Book version of Dungeon World very well. The same day as our review, they put out an update that basically fixed every issue we had! That was actually several updates ago,||7/16/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitArchetypes Vs. Cliches||Kevin, Troll, CJ, and Allegra talk about archetypes and how playing them straight and turning them on their heads benefits gaming style. Bunny trails abound as we discussed authors, game designers, and other nerdy media that play with archetypes and in...||7/9/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitCultural Appropriation and Gaming||Kevin sat down with Megan and Todd from the JankCast, Clyde Rhoer and Victor Raymond to talk about cultural appropriation and its impact on gaming. What is it, why is it wrong, and how can we approach these topics?||6/25/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview 31: Ryan Macklin on Mythender||Kevin and Allegra chat with the always entertaining Ryan Macklin about his baby Mythender. Relevant Links Mythender Ryan Macklin Paizo Onyx Path Technocracy Marvel RPG Burning Wheel - Crunchy Bits! -||6/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMythender Review||We discuss our experiences with Mythender, and give it a generally positive review. Relevant Links Mythender Ryan Macklin Elizabeth Sampat Random Kindness Encounter The Amazing Screw-On Head Nietzsche Arkham Horror Durance||6/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitForge Midwest 2013 Recap||Kevin recaps his adventures at Forge Midwest with those of us that were left behind. Lots of gaming was done, and listen for an additional bit of review of our views on Mythender. Relevant Links Forge Midwest OSR The Quiet Year Tekumel||5/10/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMythender Actual Play 4||Our final session of Mythender has us hunting down the now-mythified Catastrophe! Relevant Links Mythender screaming goats D&D cartoon three point landing the little death minecraft Corvids Big Trouble in Little China Marvel RPG||4/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMythender Actual Play Session 3||The Mythenders take on the mighty Thor, God of Thunder! \m/ Relevant Links Mythender Levelator Katamari Torchwood Miracle Day Big Trouble in Little China Mjolnir Captain Marvel The Monarch "I smote his ruin upon the mountainside"||3/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitComics Cast #36: December 2012 and January 2013||The Comics Cast is back with a two-month mega-episode, and we take the opportunity to go into more depth about some ongoing stories. For Dan, that means all Spider-Man all the time. Meanwhile, in what could be a sign of impending apocalypse,||2/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMythender Actual Play Session 2||Session two of Mythender has the crew slaughtering thrice-hundred Einherjar! \m/ MYTHENDER \m/ Relevant Links Mythender Ryan Macklin Skyrim Einherjar Ravenloft Bacchanal Deadlands Knights of the Round Blood Rayne Uwe Boll||2/18/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitMythender Actual Play Session 1||Kevin, Troll, CJ and Allegra sit down to make some Mythenders, and come away with Mama Chaos, Daddy War, and Little Baby Death... Relevant Links Mythender Ryan Macklin Random Kindness Encounter Elizabeth Sampat American Gods||1/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitD&D Next||Kevin talks with CJ and Troll about the various versions of D&D and describes some of the changes he saw in a recent play test of D&DNext, as they're calling 5th edition nowadays. Relevant Links D&D Next Pathfinder Shadowrun Paizo||1/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode: Video Games of 2012||Kevin, CJ, and Troll talk about the fantastic year 2012 was for fans of video games. We gush about the great variety of games that came out this year, large and small. Relevant Links Adventure Adventure "duck" Easter Eggs Ready Player One||1/7/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitComics Cast #35: November 2012||2012 is almost over, and the Comics Cast slips under the wire with our recap of November's releases. While CJ is left at a loss for words by Invincible, Dan has to deal with something he long considered impossible: a load of really good X-books! -||12/31/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview 30: Joe McDaldno||Kevin and Allegra sit down with Joe McDaldno and discuss the genesis of Monsterhearts, including a good discussion about The Ghost. Relevant Links - Monsterhearts My Life with Master Jank Cast Gothic Melodrama The Quiet Year Perfect RPG||12/25/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview 29-B: Victor Raymond and Ron Edwards Part 2||Part two of our discussion with Victor and Ron about the early days of gaming, identity politics, and the similarities between the OSR and The Forge. Enjoy! Also: having trouble finding a few of the names mentioned in this episode.||12/18/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitInterview 29-A: Victor Raymond and Ron Edwards Part 1||Kevin brings in his old friend Victor, who's now a active member of the Old School Renaissance to talk to Ron Edwards about the early days of tabletop gaming and the similarities between The Forge and the OSR. These two had a lot to talk about,||12/11/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitDiscussion 40: Monster Hearts Review||Kevin, Allegra, CJ, and Dan discuss Monster Hearts. Overall we had a very positive experience with the game, and spend most of our time discussing its particular take on the Apocalypse World system: Strings, Social PVP, and the like. Enjoy!||12/3/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus Episode: #1ReasonWhy Twitter Phenomenon||Kevin, Allegra, CJ, and Dan chat about the #1ReasonWhy hashtag, and why it's important to talk about the issues keeping women from being part of game design. Relevant Links #1reasonwhy hashtag 1reasonwhy -- Now a website so people can submit a...||11/30/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitFire Update: Thank You All!||Kevin wanted to say thanks to everyone who gave their support, both emotional and financial, in the wake of the fire that destroyed the apartment he and Jen shared. While they are slowly getting back on their feet, anything helps.||11/29/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitComics Cast #34: October 2012||October in the New52 give us ghost dogs and giant gorillas, and the end of a masquerade that boldly forges its own continuity. Meanwhile, Dan delves into Marvel's extended Now, as villains are reborn, teams are shuffled and creators ride off into the ...||11/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
Actual play group that makes you feel a part of them.
The members of The Walking Eye are typical gamers who let you in on their actual play and discussions of roleplaying games. They have a chemistry that makes you feel a part of the group and instead of just hitting highlights of their game sessions they give you the whole event as it happened, broken down into a set of episodes. Each game they play is then followed by a discussion of how they think it went. Their format is great for getting a feel of the game they are playing, seeing both the pros and cons of each system. The Walking Eye is well worth listening to if you like actual play and new indie games.
My favorite role-playing podcast.
Now, I listen to a lot of RPG podcasts, and this is certainly my favorite. It strikes a perfect balance between being conversational and funny and offering genuine insight. There's also a sort of unabashed emotional honesty to the way the hosts respond to the games they play (which have, so far, been exactly the sort of games I'm interested in). I get the sense that these people really care about this stuff, and that's awesome. They also do a wonderful job of using the podcast to explore ideas rather simply soapbox their own pre-defined opinions. All in all, three thumbs up.
I like this show, a lot. The people on it our fun and interesting. The games they cover are ones I'm very interested in. If you're interested in one of the games they cover, go listen to the episodes on that game and you won't be disappointed.