Episode 78: World building

Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Lexx, Scott, Majdi, Timo

We sit down to mock each other over the topic of world creation, pregenerated versus emergent worlds, and a host of topics.

Banter: Starro‘s eye. Lexx cheats at Foursquare and made his brothers southern, Majdi is flakeish (and quiet), Oscar the Grouch and Winger, Gwar created 40K, Scenes from the Multiverse.

What we played this week (4:30)
Scott: L5R
Timo: Godlike and Civilization Boardgame
Majdi: Dread, Pathfinder
Lexx: AD&D 2
JOHNKELLY: 3.5

Majdi’s Furry Fantasies and Lexx’s chest hair, the horrible methane smell

Main topic: World Building (7:20)
What prompts you to build a world? (7:50)
Idea or character first (9:10)
Game design and how well defined the world is (11:50)
No such thing as a worldless game (13:50)
Themes are not the same as a world (14:50)
Opportunities with pre-created worlds (15:50)
The significance of characters in the world (17:30)
Theme driven world creation (18:45)
Prep: what role does it take, and how does it work? (20:15)
Getting the setting right matters (25:00)
Having an idea and making it work with D&D (28:00)
Starting from inspiration (29:40)
Design a game from a seed (31:52)
Length of the game (33:53)
Characters and change (36:00)
Genre smashing (37:15)
The balance between predefined and character created: getting good group think (39:08)

Rants (44:27)
Lexx: Sports: THIS is what offends you?
Majdi: Damn you, destructive testers, damn you to heck!
JOHNKELLY: Theatre people should read plays
Scott: Spray-on Tans. No wait, flaky gamers.
Timo: Cell phones are a bunch of bullshit because LEXX WON’T LET ME BE MAYOR.

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright 2010 under the creative commons license. You can find out more about us at jankcast.com. All the music in the show is from the song, “Jank is a Dork Word” written and recorded by Todd and is used with his permission. You can send comments and feedback to feedback@jankcast.com Again, we are sponsored by Chicagoland Games, and this is JOHNKELLY reminding you to support your local gaming store. Now go out and roll some dice.

3 thoughts on “Episode 78: World building

  1. Is it bad that I can’t identify all of the Jank Casters depicted above? Is it just me? My best guess is, left to right, Lexx, Timo, Scott, Reek, ?, Megan, Todd, JOHNKELLY.

  2. Ahh, that makes sense.. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Majdi, thanks for the correction. The artist deserves credit for a great job on that, by the way.. Darth Lexx alone is worth the price of admission!