Episode 184: Forge Midwest Recap!

Hosts: Dr. Boyfriend (Eric), Jenn, Megan, Todd

In this episode, we recap Forge Midwest, talking about the various games people played. Megan is now a LARPer.

Also: Jenn realized she got someone’s name wrong! She wanted to say sorry Kate, she called you Amelia.

Actual Play: Monsterhearts Session 3

Players: Joe, Rob, Timo, Todd

We’re back with Monsterhearts Session 3! Megan was busy for this one, so instead we get some focus on Bastian the Beast.

The Usual Disclaimer: Monsterhearts is a NSFW game. In particular, this session features a sex scene, a scene where a character manipulates someone into having sex with someone else (the sex is off camera), and a scene of some pretty cruel bullying, as well as some language and violence smattered throughout. None of it is particularly graphic, but it’s definitely there. If any of that would be problematic for you, please be forewarned and use your discretion!

Episode 183- Play Aides With Jesse Butler

Hosts: Jesse, Megan, Todd

In this episode, we have Jesse Butler, of Short Order Heroes and Calico Games. We give him a chance to talk about Short Order Heroes, and then we also talk about some of the other play aides we’ve liked, including Roll20.net, Donjon, and Dyson’s Dodecahedron.

Shnotes:

What’d we play?: 6:44
Topic: 19:28
Rants: 54:00

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright under the creative commons license. You can find out more about us at jankcast.com. You can send comments and feedback to feedback@jankcast.com We are sponsored by Chicagoland Games, and encourage you to get in touch with us via our Facebook page, Spooky Outhouse Forum (it’s a little quiet, but we’d love to get it going again), Twitter or Google+. You can also listen to us via Stitcher Radio. Now go out and roll some dice!

Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 2

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Todd

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT CONTENT!

Here is the second session of our Monsterhearts campaign! Whoo! More monstrous teenage behavior, particularly from the regular old human, who is the most monstrous of all! Stupid jerky Longman.

NOTE ONE: As with most Monsterhearts games, this game is definitely NSFW and contains some fairly rated-R content. In particular, this session contains some language, sex, manipulation, and bullying, including adults/parents bullying and insulting teenagers. This session also has some (almost entirely off camera) incest (which won’t surprise you if you listened to the last episode!). If any of this would be particularly offensive or triggering to you, please be forewarned!

NOTE TWO: Right around the 2 hour mark, the furnace in Rob’s basement kicked on for about 20 minutes or so and made things hard to hear. I did my best to work some audio magic to remove the sound of the furnace, but a little bit of the audio was hard to salvage during that time. You can mostly hear everything, but there’s a few points where Joe is a little muffled. Sorry about that. In the future, we will only conduct APs in the most pristine of recording studios (please note: that will not happen. APs will continue to be recorded in basements with Tiki Bars in them).

Episode 182: Role-playing vs. Storytelling

Hosts: Megan, Meg, Todd

This week, we have guest host Meg Baker, game designer and mastermind behind Night Sky Games, to talk about the similarities and differences between role-playing and storytelling. Are they two different things? Are they two sides of the same coin? Should designers be doing more to push one or the other in their game? These questions and more will be pondered.

Quick note: we do the cast via G+ hangouts now, and Meg’s connection was a little tenuous so she’s sometimes a tiny bit warbly sounding, or we have trouble hearing her. You probably won’t notice too much, but just a heads up. Not her fault- just an internet connection thing.

Shnotes:

6:45- What did we play?
13:30- Topic
1:04:25- Rants

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright under the creative commons license. You can find out more about us at jankcast.com. You can send comments and feedback to feedback@jankcast.com We are sponsored by Chicagoland Games, and encourage you to get in touch with us via our Facebook page, Spooky Outhouse Forum (it’s a little quiet, but we’d love to get it going again), Twitter or Google+. You can also listen to us via Stitcher Radio. Now go out and roll some dice!

Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 1

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Todd

This is our first session of Avery McDaldno’s Monsterhearts. We explain the game early on, so if you’re not familiar with it, you’ll get a nice little summary of it.

A quick note: Monsterhearts is a pretty R-rated game, so let me definitely say that this is NSFW and there is some antisocial behavior portrayed in our game (as with most games of MH!). This session is fairly tame compared to some coming up, but I do want to mention a few things. In particular, in this session, we have some sexist language and implications (a character explaining how to pick up girls to his younger brother) as well as some content discussing racism (no slurs or anything like that, but we discuss how the racism of the town we live in affects one of the few black teenagers at the school). This, along with some violence, bullying, and sex. So if any of this would be triggering for you, be warned in advance.

Please refer to our interview with Avery for a discussion on the politics of Monsterhearts if that would be interesting to you and help you put some of the anti-social, kids-being-kind-of-crappy themes of Monsterhearts in a context.

Episode 181: Collaborative World Building

Hosts: Jason, Timo, Todd

First off, we’ve been nominated for a Golden Geek! Whoo-hoo! Voting closes today (February 17, 2014) so if you can, go vote. Thanks!

This week, we have on Jason Pitre, designer of The Spark, to talk about collective world building. He also runs us through a demo of how The Spark handles collective world building.

Shnotes:

8:04- What’d we play?
14:47- Topic
1:09:55- Rants

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright under the creative commons license. You can find out more about us at jankcast.com. You can send comments and feedback to feedback@jankcast.com We are sponsored by Chicagoland Games, and encourage you to get in touch with us via our Facebook page, Spooky Outhouse Forum (it’s a little quiet, but we’d love to get it going again), Twitter or Google+. You can also listen to us via Stitcher Radio. Now go out and roll some dice!

Episode 180: What Have You Learned From Games You Didn’t Enjoy?

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Scott, Todd

Recently, Joe and Megan played Burning Wheel and didn’t enjoy it very much. We thought this might be a nice opportunity to take a look at what we’ve learned from playing games we didn’t have a good time with. This can be about ourselves as gamers, about game design, and about the social interaction surrounding gaming.

A very important note: we say this in the episode but we want to make sure we highlight it. We are NOT, repeat NOT, saying that these games are bad, and we are even less saying that YOU are bad if you like the games we didn’t enjoy. We recognize that different people want different things out of gaming and that, therefore, our experiences of these games represent just that: our own experiences. As such, don’t think that we’re saying YOU shouldn’t play these games, like these games, etc. They are games that don’t do what WE want games to do.

Shnotes:

3:25- what’d we play
19:40- topic start
1:10:50- Rants (or, in this case, anti-rants to bring the positivity up)
-Megan: Plugging stuff again! Glitter Guild at C2E2 in April! Thirfty Thrills! Donate to it!
-Scott: going to visit my wife and hoping to game in China.
-Joe: I missed Todd. I mean, who WOULDN’T?
-Todd: My cats love me.

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright under the creative commons license. You can find out more about us at jankcast.com. You can send comments and feedback to feedback@jankcast.com We are sponsored by Chicagoland Games, and encourage you to get in touch with us via our Facebook page, Spooky Outhouse Forum (it’s a little quiet, but we’d love to get it going again), Twitter or Google+. You can also listen to us via Stitcher Radio. Now go out and roll some dice!

Actual Play: Our Last Best Hope, Part II

Players: Joe, Rob, Timo, Todd

…And we finish up our Our Last Best Hope game. Spoilers: it gets rough!

Episode 179: Choice (or lack thereof) in Video Games

Hosts: Megan, Timo, Todd

In this episode, we talk about how video game topics allow you to create story and feel connected to your character given their pre-programmed nature. We also talk about what tabletop games/gamers can glean from this.

Shnotes!
9:40- What’d we play
17:10- Topic
1:01:08- Rants
-Megan- Plugging stuff! Glitter Guild at C2E2 in April! Get on it! Thirfty Thrills! Donate!
-Timo- I will save money this year, dammit!
-Todd- Pregnant zombies line the halls! Scary!

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright under the creative commons license. You can find out more about us at jankcast.com. You can send comments and feedback to feedback@jankcast.com We are sponsored by Chicagoland Games, and encourage you to get in touch with us via our Facebook page, Spooky Outhouse Forum (it’s a little quiet, but we’d love to get it going again), Twitter or Google+. You can also listen to us via Stitcher Radio. Now go out and roll some dice!