Episode 95: Three men and a baby

Hosts: Todd, Lexx, Scott, JohnKelly

Banter: Tom Selleck was in my stable, Reek was birthed, gilgamesh is an early story about the human condition

What did we play: (7:15)
Todd: Descent, Star Trek Expeditions, Lord of the Rings Card Game, Dresden RPG
Scott: Yggdrasil, Battletech
JohnKelly: Call of Cthulhu Masks of Nyarlethotep,

Main topic: The Human Condition (18:05)
Wikipedia definition (18:30)
An intense and overbearing fear of death (19:55)
Todd’s first explorative experience (23:30)
Stolen inspiration: Scott’s buddhist character (26:10)
Rob and Megan: players who explore via characters (27:30)
Lexx: Playing up realism or the other (28:15)
Diatribe against 300 (29:20)
Dragon Age racism (30:20)
Do you set out to explore the human condition? (33:20)
Layer and sublayer (35:00)
Story and meaning (36:10)
Genre games provide more direction toward meaning (Battlestar Galactica, Usagi Yojimbo) (39:05)
A dearth of positive things in gaming (love, hope, friendship) (40:20)
Massaging the topic: back to good and bad game (44:00)
Reality TV is the fascination with cruelty (46:00)
When it’s not: overcoming the challenges (48:00)
Refusal to submit (49:30)
Positive relationships, metagaming, and life (50:25)
When fantasies come out (53:15)
Learning things about others by accident (54:10)

Rants (57:35)
Lexx: We put up with much worse things in gaming than anywhere else. Why?
JohnKelly: My show is about post-rapture survival
Scott: If your game store offers open gaming, buy

from that store.
Todd: Didn’t have one, so we rant about him instead.

New Fiasco Playset, made by Megan and JohnKelly

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright 2011 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.

2 thoughts on “Episode 95: Three men and a baby

  1. Great Cast guys, it was really interesting.

    @Todd, What system are you guys using for the Dragon Age campaign?

  2. @Tristansaurus-Rex – I agree, an interesting cast. If you listen to it while you’re extremely high however, it really blows your mind. Dragon Age has it’s own boxed set RPG system that goes through levels 1-5. I have to guess that’s what they’re going to be using.

    To the list of movies (Braveheart and 300, was it?) with an overabundance of misplaced American jingoism, I’d like to add Independence Day. The aliens were here to kill us, not colonize us.

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