Black Diamond Love Letters

Hey peoples! I’ve had a couple of requests now to post the love letters that I wrote for Black Diamond back in… session 2? 3? Who remembers, these days. These aren’t the best I’ve ever written, and when we used them in play I found myself regretting the fact that some of the miss conditions only would have happened had someone missed. With more time, I’d rework them to integrate the miss condition stuff a little closer, maybe make them part of partial miss conditions.

Anyway, Here are the letters. Enjoy!

Hi Lennox,

How you doin’ girl? You’ve had a busy three weeks, that’s for sure. After Goldie let you go off with Wedded, you headed out to the city with him, Foster and a small crew. The trip out was cold, but what happened when you got to the city is what’s really important. Tell me the most memorable thing about the city and then roll +Sharp for me.

On a hit, you came back with something that you wanted. Choose (Sharp 10+ choose 2, 7-9 choose 1) then tell me what it is:
• It’s in working condition.
• It’s easy to carry.
• You know how to use it.
Of course, nothing comes that easy. Choose (Same roll 10+ choose 1, 7-9 choose 2) and I’ll tell you the details of what happened:
• You had to take it from the brainers
• Wedded didn’t make it
• You guys got lost coming back
On a miss, oh man. You found something alright, but it’s not helpful to the holding. You just really, REALLY need to have it, like a burning need, so bad you lied to Foster and the rest to make them think it’s good for the holding. Tell us what it is, tell us what the lie is you used to convince the others it was worth taking, I’ll tell you which of above is true.

Anyway, Foster’s going to tell me a little bit more about what went on otherwise on the trip, but I’m glad you got something out of this little field trip. Let’s hope Foster can get you back safe and sound, and never mind the fact that you keep thinking you can see someone following you way back there. I mean, if what you were seeing is true, then they would have to be completely naked, 10 foot tall, have both breasts and a penis and spend every night screaming at the moon. Which no one else seems to have noticed. And that’s just silly.

Hugs and Kisses,

Your MC

Hi Foster,

Look, I know. You didn’t think you were coming out here: you’ve a kid to look after, and Goldie isn’t exactly untouchable right now, and Rolfball seems on the brink. But here’s the thing: When you were tucking Levi in one night, there was a note under his pillow in Tai’s hand, and all it said is “you need to go,” no signature, nothing else.

So you went, and Wedded lead you out to the city. The trip out, nothing bad, you could probably make it out here again. And once you got there, Lennox found something that should help the holding really good, you already heard about that.

But like you know, anything you want doesn’t come easy. Turns out the brainers that have taken up residence in the city have gone a bit weird around the edges. Well… weirder. Well… a shit ton fucking weirder. Like “taking over the brains of the weak-willed and using them as drones” weird. Like “taking those drones and surgically turning them in to bombs/marauders.” Crazy. You had to shoot H and Abondo because they turned on you while you were helping Lennox get his new toy. And then they all knew your name.

But you got away! Roll +Cool and tell me how cleanly (10+choose 1, 7-9 choose 2):
• You lost about half your crew, some of them going over and some of them killed in

the retreat
• You were surprised by some guy who should have been dead, and he sunk his mouth (now with a complementary set of glass-shard teeth, hooray for brainer surgery!) in to your shoulder. You took 2 harm ap, partly shrapnel in your shoulder, partly whatever is now causing the infection that Lennox just can’t seem to get rid of (he needs you in a quiet, safe, warm place).
• You guys ran out of ammo in the fight: Ever since it’s been clubs, knives and axes.

But here’s the thing: Tai was right. You needed to go. Because otherwise you wouldn’t have followed that girl who looked like Gams (it wasn’t, even though at the moment you could have sworn…) and just before everything went to hell you wouldn’t have seen where the children were being taken in to that heavily fortified old skyscraper.

You wouldn’t have realized that you recognized some of them from Black Diamond.

And you wouldn’t have known just how much protecting Levi really needs.

Hugs and Kisses,

Your MC

Hi Goldie,
What’s up chief? Enjoying the position of power? Foster and Lennox have been gone for a while, they shouldn’t be back for another week. In that time, you’ve managed to set up two new raiding leads: Tum-tum has stood up on one side, and there’s Whimsy on the other. Tum tum knows the lay of the land around here better than anybody, and given that he’s methodical, knows his place and is colder than even the goddamned ice, it’s been better. Plus, you’ve got a gun pointed at his head: Costars is in thick with Tum tum, and on your word he’ll put him in the ground. All you have to do is give him Mirth in return.

Whimsy is the other raid leader, a roly-poly little dude who wears dentures and only has half an ear, but he’s someone recommended to you by Forged, and the one raid he lead so far came back with few survivors and a nice load of goods: hand-made blankets, couple of milking-yaks, and 5 wheels of cheese.

….actually, he might have just gone shopping and whoring with his group in Dumptruck. But since you didn’t have to pay for it, what’s so bad about that?

Let’s find out how things have been while they were gone, hrm? Make me a cool roll to show me just how you much you’ve managed to keep it together here, especially in light of the whole Roflball thing. 10+, choose 2, 7-9 choose 1:
• Pamming managed to rework one of the gliders so that it runs on gas. It’s loud when running, but it means you can scout further out and see more of what’s going on in the surrounding areas. More raiding and better defense, all that jazz.
• New group of people came in from the cold, willing to trade service for safety and warmth. Tell me what skill they offer you that you need, and what you’ve got over them.
• Wicker has word of a really juicy target, something bigger and better than anything else. It’s candy from a baby: Tell me what you need, and I’ll tell you what it is.
On a miss, well, wow, on a miss, choose one:
• Mill is dead, her throat ripped out, her eyes pulled from their sockets, and her ribcage left open and dripping in to her favourite plants. Levi, who she was looking after, missing.
• You know how Roflball had been cheating on you all these years? Well, not really. I mean, you thought he was, but it turns out he never actually went through with it: Last minute he always turned back. So he never actually broke faith with you. You found out by talking with Foster about it from Levi, who said he had heard his mom and Rofl. And he just found out about Frost: you slipped up, and he came upon you and frost at it like rabbits in your quarters.
Neither is pretty, but the choice is yours. Best of luck!
Hugs and Kisses,
Your MC

Hi Frost,

That thing with Parcher! Man, that was really awesome. By now you’ve heard about Goldie’s deal, so that’ll tell you a little of your situation. But beyond that, I’ve got something of a deal for you.

I want to get to know you more! I feel like we haven’t really connected, y’know? So here’s the deal: Tell me three people (named or not) you cannot do without in the holding. Choose the reason why from the list below, and tell me a little more:

• You love them
• They know something you have to find out
• You desperately need to protect them
• They’re blood to you
• They know something about you, and the only way to stop it from coming up is to keep them safe
• You saw them in a true dream
• They remind you of someone you can’t let go of
• They are part of why you really came here
• If they go, things will get much much worse.
• They’ve seen your true face
• Sex with them is… unimaginable.
• Because they honestly don’t want anything from you
• Because before they die badly, they need to know exactly why they deserve it.
• Because they love you.

Now that that’s been sorted, here’s my end of the bargain: you get 3 hold. Spend that hold to have someone just dead: call it fate, call it happenstance, call it Parcher getting goddamned jealous and just up and killing them. Whatever it is, right there, right then, you name an NPC and they die, no questions asked.

So what do you say, friend? Do we have a deal?

Hugs and Kisses,

Your MC.

Episode 158: Last Sessions

Hosts: Megan, Scott, Todd, Timo

Important links: During the rants section Megan mentions the terrible death of one of her burlesque peers. A website has been set up to allow people to either provide information about the incident, or to help donate towards a reward for the capture and prosecution of the perpetrator(s). Please do what you can.

Also this upcoming weekend is our Jank on Demand for March. Let us know ahead of time if you’re likely to be running something.

What’d we play? (11:32)

Topic: Last Sessions (24:45)
We had a listener ask

us to talk about the way last sessions play out in-game. The conversation moves to talking about the general flow of stories through play, the inevitability of certain events, and the way that shared control of the story means flying somewhat blind in to fun.

Rants (1:15:27)
Timo: Finally finished the host transfer
Scott: Back to China, once again
Todd: Pedestrians seem to be just asking for it today.
Megan: Please consider donating to Fight for Foxy.

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

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Episode 157: Franchises and Game

Hosts: Megan, Scott, Allegra, Kevin, Todd, Timo

What’d we play? (12:28)
Jank on Demand: Vesna Thaw, Zombie Cinema, Dungeon World, Monsterhearts, Final Girl
Seasons,

Sentinels of the Multiverse, Borderlands 2 DLC: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. X-wing Miniatures, Star wars CCG, Dragon’s Dogma

Topic (30:39)
Kevin and Allegra from the Walking Eye join us to discuss the way the popularity of a franchise influences the conversation around the hobby. We discuss D&D, Star wars and star trek among others, and why people get so intense about these titles.

Rants (1:17:54)
Megan: Tony Packo’s Pickles, beware!
Scott: I now know why the Phantom Menace was bad: poor party interaction.
Allegra: I don’t know how to relax.
Kevin: I have a sad, because they are cancelling Young Justice.
Todd: Why are show crowds so weird of late.
Timo: I’m old! waaaaah! waaaaaaaaaaah!

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 154: Making Decisions in the Moment

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo

What did we play? (2:00)
Bachannal: Timo, Megan
Fiasco: Megan
Mountain Witch: Timo
Time Cellist: Todd, Megan

Main Topic: Making Decisions in the Moment (25:40)
One of our listeners asked us to talk about improvisation a little bit.

It’s a topic we’ve covered before, but it got us thinking about how we make decisions and react when we’re playing games and not deciding ahead of time what’s going to happen.

Rants (1:12:43)
Timo: Ted is kind of rapey.
Todd: Mean nerds are the worst.
Megan: The etiquette of door holding is weird.

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 153: Awkward and Uncomfortable

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Todd

What did we play? (3:33)
Bachannal: Joe, Rob, Todd, Megan
Descent 2: Todd
Borderlands 2: Megan, Todd, Timo
Uncharted 2, Seasons: Timo
Bioshock: Rob
Mass Effect 1: Joe
D&D Lair Assault: Megan

Main Topic: Awkward and Uncomfortable (14:02)
Of late we have been playing in some awkward and uncomfortable fictional space, and loving it. We spend the cast talking about how we do that and what we find rewarding about being in that space.

Rants (1:37:25)
Rob: Academia is just terrible.
Megan: I have turned in to a catty bitch, and it’s pretty good living.
Todd: Shoutout to Canon Puncture and RPGCrosstalk.
Timo: Glad my job is over, and man I love my company
Joe: Now that my husband is back, my mood is so much better.

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 152: Open-Ended versus On-Rails Scenes

Hosts: Todd, Timo, Scott, Megan

What did we play? (6:50)
Dungeon World: Todd, Megan, Timo
Marvel Legendary, Sentinels of the Multiverse: Scott
Star Trek Expeditions:

Megan, Timo

Main Topic: Open-Ended versus On-Rails Scenes (24:55)
When looking at scene framing, there are often times when pre-planning the elements of the scene can take the excitement and enjoyment out of playing those scenes. We talk about how particular types of scenes can demand certain things to happen, and what that means about framing and developing those events.

Rants (58:15)
Timo: I’m a terrible communicator
Scott: After Sandy Hook, I’m done with the Willie Wonka meme
Megan: Public Service announcement: Pregnancy is catching
Todd: Batman Arkham City: You can call a woman something other than bitch.

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 150: My Life with Master

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo, Joe

What did we play? (14:35)
My Life With Master: Timo, Todd, Megan, Joe
Descent 2, Ascension: Immortal Heroes: Todd
How We Came to Live Here: Joe

Main Topic: My Life with Master (21:30)
We just recently finished playing the game My Life with Master and spend some time talking about it as a great example of a game designed for the “play to find out what

happens” ethos. We talk about some of the content of the game, which includes brutality and sexual violence.

Rants (1:09:40)
Megan: Jingle Belles! Come see the boobs of Christmas!
Joe: A FEMA inspired Christmas lull. Le sigh.
Timo: Borderlands 2 is dangerous to my health
Todd: The drummer’s little boy has turned it ON, bat-wise.

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 149: Not Preplanning

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo, Scott

What did we play? (10:58)
My Life With Master: Timo, Todd, Megan
Durance: Scott, Megan
Marvel Heroic: Scott
Quarriors, Telestrations: Eat poop you cat, Cards Against Humanity, Ascension: Immortal Heroes

Main Topic: No Prep Gaming (30.45)
We’re going to take a few

episodes to really dig in to the idea of “playing to find out what happens.” To start off,we’re talking about not preplanning the game, whether as a player or as a GM.

Rants (1:12:06)
Todd: Terry Cavanaugh IOS games are boss.
Scott: In the past 24 hours, I’ve played 3 games of x-wing miniatures. I may be slightly addicted.
Timo: Craps! Noooo!!
Megan: Game of Thrones is a travelogue for sex addicts.

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 148: Bleed

Hosts: Megan, Timo, Scott

What did we play? (5:38)
My Life with Master: Timo, Megan
D&D Encounters, Magic the Gathering: Megan
Borderlands 2: Scott, Timo
Bull in the China Shop: Scott

Main Topic: Bleed (18:09)
Bleed is a term used to describe when your emotions intermingle with those of your character: When your emotions are affected by the emotions and situation of your character, or when your personal emotions affect those of the character. There are both positives and negatives to this phenomenon that can both interfere with and enhance the experience of play.

NOTE: this episode was severely delayed, so the pimping of the November 2012 Jank on Demand was posted a day after the event. For which, we point all blame on Timo.

Rants (1:05:34)
Scott: I’m spread too thin
Megan: damnable couch!!!
Timo: Time is my enemy

Other Links

Joy pie
Psi*Run
Dustin Hoffman
Call of Cthulhu
Deadlands
A Flower for Mara

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!

Migration (mostly) finished!

Hey guys! This is Timo, just want to give everyone the latest heads up.

It’s taking the better part of a week to get the migration completed, in more than a little part due to the fact that I have never migrated a server before. We’re mostly done now: It’s taking a while to transfer over all the mp3’s for the old episodes, so some of the old episodes are currently unavailable (right now, that’s everything between 31-100).

Other than that, I believe everything to be in good working order, but I have not had a chance to test out the feeds for new episodes. That said, episode 148 is in the can, I’m going to try to take some time today or tomorrow to prep show notes and get it up and running. I believe that stitcher, Itunes and our RSS feeds should all update appropriately.

please let us know as soon as possible if something looks amiss! I’m a complete novice at this work, so being told where I overlook

something is much appreciated.

Either respond to this message, or email at feedback@jankcast.com would work!

Thanks for you patience with the interruption, hopefully we’ll get back to some regularity sometime soon!