Episode 235: BFF! and Gaming Parents

Hosts: Jenn, Ross, Teri, Todd

In this episode, we have Ross Cowman from Heart of the Deernicorn games and his mom Teri on to talk about their currently kickstarting game BFF! They discuss what it’s like to design with your parent, as well as provide some insight into how to make games that are about the small moments.

A link to the kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rosscowman/bff-the-rpg-of-girlhood-friendship-and-adventure

Also! Here’s the current link for this year’s Big Bad Con, if you want to help get Jenn there! http://www.bigbadcon.com/kickstarter/

Episode 234: The Care and Nurturing of Small Cons

Hosts: Joe, Kelly, Megan, Tim, Willow

Recorded at Forge Midwest, Joe and Megan are joined by esteemed guests Tim Jensen and Willow Palecek, who put on Forge Midwest, and Kelly Vanda, who runs Minnloco, to talk about the ins and outs of running a small convention.

Episode 233: Blurring the Boundary Between Serious and Lighthearted

Hosts: Elizabeth, Todd

We have on Elizabeth Chaipraditkul of Angry Hamster Publishing to talk about her new game, kickstarting now, Familiars of Terra, as well as to discuss what makes a game serious or lighthearted, and how there is some ambiguity between the two poles.

Relevant links:

Kickstarter for Familiars of Terra: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1568822309/familiars-of-terra-a-tabletop-roleplaying-game

Angry Hamster: https://www.angryhamsterpublishing.com/

Episode 232: New Agenda Publishing on Diversity in Gaming

Hosts: Eloy, Jenn, Jerry, Misha, Todd

Jenn and Todd sit down with Eloy, Misha, and Jerry of New Agenda Publishing, a new gaming company aimed at promoting diversity in gaming and mentoring and publishing designers from underrepresented groups. We have a wide ranging conversation that dives into racism in gaming, the ins and outs of publishing, and oatmeal. Enjoy!

Episode 231: All Girl Punk Podcast

Hosts: Alex, Banana, Jenn

Jenn welcomes Banana Chan and Alex Roberts to talk about what they’ve been playing and making lately, including their trips to Big Bad Con and Metatopia. Also, everyone is sick, so Todd had the joy of editing out everyone’s sneezes and sniffles and coughs.

Find out more about what Alex does: http://www.helloalexroberts.com/

Find out more about what Banana does: http://gameandacurry.com/

Episode 230: Gencon 2017 Discussion

Hosts: Jason, Jenn, Todd

We have on guy-you’ve-probably-never-heard-of-just-kidding-you-love-his-work Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games to talk with Jenn and Todd about Gencon 2017. We discuss a number of games including Limbo, Let’s be Dinosaurs, Poutine, Circles of Power, and more.

Also, Jason gives out the first ever Academy of Roleplaying Game Arts & Sciences (ARPGAS) technical awards:

Best game mechanic – Tabletop

The Beast, Aleksandra Sontowska and Kamil Węgrzynowicz

The Beast’s epistolatory format, leveraging a span of 21 days to help you tell yourself a really dirty story

Best game mechanic – larp

The Tribes, Janan Adawi, Sari Abdo, Majd Hamouri, Mohamad Rabah, Shadi Sader, Shadi Zatara, Tamara Nasar, Amer Kurdi, Loai Misleh

In The Tribes, conflicts are resolved through synchronized dance-offs. The most precise dancing team wins.

Best metatechnique for live action play

The Lookdown, invented by Johanna Kohljonen and Trine Lise Lindahl

A safety calibration mechanic that is intuitive, flexible and elegant