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

Actual Play: Masks Part 3

Players: Jenn, Joe, Megan, Scott, Timo

We’ve been a bit slow because Todd has been moving back to Illinois. Hooray! But he’s settled now, so we’re going to get back to getting you that sweet, sweet content.

Here is the third installment/second plot based episode of our AP of Masks. Enjoy!

Episode 224: We Spin a Yarn [Insert Other Knitting Puns Here]

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Sarah, Tania, Todd

In this cast, we discuss HEROES OF YARNIA, the KRPG (Knitting RPG) with its creator Tania Richter as well as Sarah Richardson who is playing, along with Megan and Jenn. Todd asks total basic questions as a non-knitter. We also contemplate what else could be gamified like this.

Here’s a link if you want to check the game out:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/yarn-quest-2017—heroes-of-yarnia-rpg-mkal

Episode 223: Gaming Style (Todd Hates Pandas)

Hosts: Jenn, Megan, Todd

In this episode, we discuss a recent quiz on board gaming styles. It turns into us talking about the degree to which we like and dislike conflict at the table under different circumstances.

Links-

The quiz in question:
https://apps.quanticfoundry.com/lab/tabletop/

Epimas, with TIME CELLIST! in the comfort bundle:
https://epimas.wordpress.com/

Episode 221: Language in Games II

Hosts: Jenn, Kathryn, Todd

A few years ago, Todd, Evan, and Rob talked about language in games. You can listen to that cast here:

http://jankcast.com/archives/2602

We decided to return to the topic because Kathryn Hymes has been working on some really cool language-based games and we wanted to get her thoughts on the intersection of language and gaming.

You can find Kathryn’s design work here:

http://www.thornygames.com/

Enjoy!

Episode 218: Twosie Games

Hosts: Jenn, Joe, Josh, Scott, Todd

If you’ve been following our twosie AP series, we’re capping it off this week with a cast on twosie games featuring Josh Jordan.

3:55- What’d we play?
17:35- Topic
46:39- Rants

We also end on name dropping our new patron! IF you’d like to support us, you can do so at https://www.patreon.com/jankcast.

Sorry this took a little longer than anticipated- Josh’s audio was a bit wonky and I had to spend a wee bit extra time cleaning it up. As such, slight delay.

Enjoy!

Actual Play: 183 Days and The Sky is Grey and You Are Distressed

Players: Jenn, Todd

We return to our twosie AP series with two twosies! Jenn and Todd play two short games about relationships and feelings: 183 Days and The Sky is Grey and You are Distressed.

183 Days starts at 5:00 minutes.
The Sky is Grey… starts at 49:30.

NOTE 1: THESE GAMES CAN BE SPOILERED AT LEAST ON SOME LEVEL. So before you listen, think about whether or not you want some of the structure and events of the game revealed to you!

NOTE 2: The sound for 183 days isn’t that great. We recorded it in a hotel room at Forge Midwest. Sorry about that! Y

You want these games? Here you go:

183 Days: http://www.drivethrucards.com/product/144510/183-Days
The Sky is Grey…: http://www.rpgnow.com/product/170182/The-sky-is-gray-and-you-are-distressed