Hosts: Megan, Lexx, Timo, Todd
How better to address the topic of what a hero is than by me (Timo) being a douchebag? Oh, the humanity! We get together to discuss the nature of heroism, and how it applies to characters in gaming.
We don’t banter about hero’s. We also call out the Brilliant Gameologists a couple times as an exercise in completely pointless intellectual one-upmanship.
Main Topic: What is a Hero? (1:14)
The Game Master Show and the male vs female heroic story (1:14)
Breaking that stereotype (3:30)
Intro (finally) (04:20)
Our Dark Sun game (on our wiki pages) (5:00)
Further analysis of Male vs Female (5:45)
Women dressing as men is powerful, men dressing as women is funny (6:25)
Deciding on “the hero” of the game (8:20)
What is a hero (answer: not Megan’s mom) (9:15)
Joseph Campbells definition (11:00)
Lexx: All gaming characters are anti-hero’s (12:05)
Superman: Hero, Batman: Anti-Hero (14:30)
Not everyone is Bilbo. Or Frodo, for that matter. (15:45)
Timo disagrees with Lexx (16:30)
Playing a true hero as a foil/mirror (17:20)
Can you have a flawed hero, not Anti-hero?(19:00)
Hero vs sidekick: our BASH game, 3.5 game(23:20)
Not being a hero but doing heroic things (26:15)
Genre matters: heros within different games (27:35)
Italian westerns vs American westerns (29:40)
D&D and the heros journey (31:10)
Non-heroic behavior breaks heroic games(36:30)
moving the story forward is not the same as heroism (37:30)
Can you be despicable but still a hero? (Little Orphan Annie) (39:30)
Does complex motivation make you at best an anti-hero? (41:00)
Does “hero” mean shit (why not just protagonist/antagonist)? (43:30)
Definition of anti-hero (finally) (44:54)
Dr. Who and Cpt. Jack (heros don’t compromise) (46:10)
Motivation is not enough, what you do matters (50:00)
Children of Earth spoiler (51:50 – 53:05)
Being a hero means being powerful in some way (53:15)
Being a hero in Apocalypse World (our game as an example) (54:40)
Being a hero is having responsibility and living up to it (57:10)
Most heroic things our characters have done (King in Yellow spoiler) (58:20)
Being a hero means succeed or otherwise make a difference (1:00:25)
Follower mechanics (1:02:35)
A hero is only a hero in context (1:03:45)
Birmingham School: Culture is a site of hegemonic struggle (columbus day controversy) (1:05:30)
Full circle: Megan is the Pantless hero! (01:06:50)
What to get from this: push characters to be hero’s (Sorceror‘s kicker) (1:07:40)
Todd: Evanston is a great place to be heroic.
Timo: Pay me or I don’t work.
Lexx: Reality check: RPG’s are cheap.
Megan: Koth of the Hammer
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