Episode 84: Anthropomorphic Gaming (aka The Janksters Get Furry!)

We talk about anthropomorphic gaming, i.e. playing non-humans. Lexx and Scott say I’m going to link a bunch of stuff in the show notes, but there’s no way I’m doing a google search for “squid chair” to link it. My gmail adds would be CRAZY after that.

Hosts: Ben, Lexx, Megan, Rob, Scott

Show notes:

Bumper: Canadians.

Banter: Putting unpleasantness behind us. SuckerPunch is dumb, but pretty. Feed your head! I should sue SuckerPunch. Sounds good to me. Squids. Autotuning. Happy birthday Nathan Fillion.

Topic: Anthropomorphic gaming. Like, serious non-humans.

Question one: Sex. Obviously.
Sentient free willed beings that want GOOOOOOOOLD!!!!!
Archetypes or arbitrary types? Are non-human characters just a focus on one aspect of humanity?
We’re still dealing with things that are mostly human.
Human/animal hybrids.
Isn’t this just what roleplaying is?
What’s interesting about this: we can explore the dualism of humanity. Rational/animal.
Was Whitewolf was going for this conflict in Werewolf?
Rob likes to play characters that have an animalistic side because he likes to role-play something that isn’t him.
Dawg the RPG: Canine Compulsion rules.
Lexx is rigid. Ben is open to the secrets of the universe.
Watership Down, the cartoon.
“A strange desire for carrots and sex, not necessarily in that order.”
Rob puts his book learnin’ to good use: KAFKA!
JANK CAST: MAKIN’ IT UP!
Sorcerer = What Kafka could be.
The danger of playing an alienated character.
Act out because you have an interesting character, not because you want to be transgressive for the sake of transgression.
The sociology of animals.
Inevitably, dolphins come up.
Ratten!

Rants:
Ben: Manly commercials think men are stupid and women are harpies. This seems incorrect.
Scott: The circle of death.
Rob: Sykpe group video blew it.
Lexx: Furries.
Megan: Everyone at the fest got the flu.

Also: Megan will perform nerd themed burlesque at GenCon. Woot.

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.

Episode 83: Comics and Gaming, in honor of C2E2

Hosts: Charles, JOHNKELLY, Scott, Todd

Notes:

(I’m super busy getting ready for a conference, so I don’t have time to add links to all the fun stuff in the show notes. If something sounds cool, you’re going to have to google it!)

Bumper: Fuck Timo, and Fuck That Game Too.

Banter: Todd’s neighbors bring the funk. Scott’s back from China and he brought show and tell! IHOP has fried chicken and waffles. Sweet. Halal KFC leads to CHICKENGEDDON! Sweet Chinese mugs. We’re not sexist here on the Jank Cast. We get our Pocky on. TROLLJERGEN!!! The Windy City Burlesque Fest: Megan brings the boobs to Chicagoland. Coming attractions on the Jank: THE CAST OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE BOOBS! Kids these days. Majdi is a celebrity and is, hence, too good for us now.

What did we play?
JK: D&D and Stratego
Scott: Wrath of Ashardalon
Todd: Lady Blackbird, Serenity, Zombie Cinema
Charles: Lady Blackbird, Zombie Cinema, Dresden Files

Main Topic: As part of our Media and Gaming series: COMIC BOOKS!
Scott talks about C2E2
Scott claims that Corey Glover from Living Colour is Danny Glover’s son. He isn’t. But it’s a sweet rumor, so just keep telling everyone he is. Either way, click here for awesomeness.
Scott’s definition of a perfect woman.
What can comic book storytelling teach us about

gaming?
It’s a discrete story.
We’re going to talk about Batman. A lot.
Comic books can give visuals but also text description.
What’s so Civil about War anyway?
They have a very complicated world with lots of characters.
Our Valued Customers
We can use them as inspiration for how to plot a game.
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud: Aspect to Aspect Storytelling.
The arrangement of panels on a page is a part of storytelling.
Locke and Key
Usagi Yojimbo: Telling a story just with visuals.
Blah Blah Blah: our new game.
Don’t attack Superman’s strengths, attack his weaknesses.
Who is the Villain?
Favorite superhero systems to play. Suggestions:
Godlike/Wild Talents
BASH
Mutants and Masterminds
Capes
Mutant City Blues
Marvel Superheroes
Aberrant
Heroes Unlimited
How do you balance a superhero system? Should you even bother? JohnKelly says maybe. Todd says no, just skip the realism and balance and go right to outcomes.
Todd says “Captain Marvel” but means “Wonderman.”
We complain about some of the superhero posters on the wall of Chicagoland Games.

Rants:
JohnKelly: Have you seen this Majdi?
Scott: Future trains!
Charles: Most positive rant ever.
Todd: Wonder Woman is having a rough time

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.

Episode Twenty One: ?

Episode Twenty One: ?
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, J.P., Dylan, Lexx, Ben

Question Contest Answers!!!
We answer questions from our first contest.

Rants
Ben: Shut up
JOHNKELLY: Microwaves
J.P.: Belief
Lexx: Yuzong Vong
Dylan: Why I gotta be intelligent?

The Jank Cast is copyright 2009. Feel Free to use our content in any non-commercial way. All our music is by Streetlight Manifesto, Visit their website at Streetlightmanifesto.com. Send Feedback & Comments to feedback@jankcast.com Now go out and roll some dice.

Episode Eleven: You suck, I’ll edit in a name later…fuck

Episode Eleven: You suck, I’ll edit in a name later…fuck

It’s here…

Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Lexx, Timo, JP, Ben
Coming “live” from the dark, evil basement
Ben’s D.C. Adventures
Congrats to Tom
Main Topic: Bad DMs
Storming the Wizard’s Tower
Sorcerer
Rants
Timo: His little sissy girly fear of spiders
JP: A letter to Mr. Vincent D. Baker
Ben: Gamesterbation
JOHNKELLY: Timo. And his shirt.
Lexx: To all the PCs.

It’s gone…

The Jank Cast is copyright 2009. Feel Free to use our content in any non-commercial way. Our intro and outro music is favorite song by MU330 which we found on the Podsafe Music Network. Send feedback and comments to feedback@jankcast.com and as always we are sponsored by Chicagoland Games located at 5550 N. Broadway Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Contact them at 773 728 3656 or visit their website and forums at www.chicagolandgames.com. Now go out and roll some dice! (We know you want to)

Episode Three: Revenge of the Cast

Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Lexx, Ben, Reek,
Sponsor: Chicagoland Games

Monsterapoclapse

Star Wars Miniatures

Black Cadillacs

Our Contest E-mail: feeback@jankcast.com

Review: Agracola

Board game geek

Arkham Horror

Main Topic: Sexuality in Gaming

Dead Ale Wives, 8-Bit Theatre

Book of Erotic Fantasy

Rants
John Kelly: NPH
Reek: Nicknames
Lexx: Goodbye to Ben
Ben: A Moving Speech

Intro/Outro
Music from Podsafe Network, “Favorite Show” by MU330

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Episode Two: Attack of the Cast

Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Lexx, Ben, Dylan (Jawa!), Reek, JP (Voice in the background/God)
Sponsor: Chicagoland Games
Shout outs to Store Regulars: Doug, Woody, Jessica (Evil
Gamer Girl), Autumn, Mike (PRO CHAMPION), Timo

JP’s Phone #1

Shout out to the Silver Dollar Tavern in Highwood, Illinois

West Side Story

Chicago Tribune

Review Topic: Battlestar Galactica the Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games

Lee Adama, still a bitch

Arkham Horror

JP’s Phone #2

BSG Spoilers at 21:00

Main Topic: Character Backstory

World of Darkness

Burning Wheel

Dogs in the Vineyard

Rants
Ben: Facebook Friends
Dylan: “Sexting”
Lexx: Pathological Lying Gamers
John: The Watchmen
Reek: Reek’s Wedding

Ending with the Jawa purr

Intro/Outro
Music from Podsafe Network, “Favorite Show” by MU330

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Episode One: The Phantom Cast

It’s Comin’

Hosts: John (JOHNKELLY), Lexx, Ben, Dylan (Jawa), JP (the voice in the background)

The Meaning of Jank (with philosophy by Lexx)
Special Thanks to:  Adam from the Podge Cast, Backseat Producers, and the Man Cast
Fear the Boot
Bear Swarm
Atomic Array
Brilliant Gameologists
RPPR
Yog-Soggoth
Talking Boxing
Chicagoland Games plug #1
Review Topic: 4E D&D Power Cards
Emma’s Character Sheets
Lexx is married. Meg is embarrassed.
Main Topic: Defend your favorite RPG
Lexx: Call of Cthulhu
Dylan: Burning Wheel
Chicagoland Games Plug #2
Chicagoland Games Plug #3
John: Dogs in the Vineyard
Ben: Star Wars Saga Edition
Dawn of Defiance Module *Spoilers*

Rants:
Dylan: Gamer Etiquette
Ben: PC DMs
Lexx: Star Wars Miniatures: 40 mini sets
John: Lee Adama

Remember kids, it’s comin…

Intro/Outro Music from Podsafe Network, “Forbidden” by Fight

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