Episode 168: The Wrath of Con

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Todd

In this episode, we discuss running and playing games at cons. We also shoot the shit for a really long time at the beginning (and I cut out an 8 minute tangent on the Civil War. Seriously).

Relevant info:

14:30- What’d we play?
Megan and Joe: Shooting the Moon
Todd: Sentinels of the Multiverse, Sleeping Dogs

28:15- Topic: Gaming at conventions. With Gencon coming up, we thought we’d have a little discussion about Con gaming, especially since Joe and Todd will be GMs at Games on Demand this year.

1:25:22- Rants:
-Todd- CAR TROUBLE!
-Megan- Dr. Boyfriend presents!
-Joe- I’m a DIY guy!

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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!

Bonus AP: Apocalypse World Part 3

Players: Joe, Megan, Timo, Todd
This is the next session of our AW game as another bonus AP. Enjoy! Or don’t.

A few notes:

1) My buddy Joseph sat in on the game. Sometimes he talks. That’s the extra voice you hear.

2) Last session we named Gams’ watcher “Doghead.” We forgot we did that and named him “Parsley” this session. We stuck with Parsley when we realized this. Oops.

Bonus AP: Next AW Session

Players: Joe, Megan, Timo, Todd

We got some good feedback on the last AP, so we’re going to keep posting more of them. Exciting! If you’re just here for regular, old Janky-content, just hit delete on this and we’ll have a regular episode for you on schedule. Otherwise, enjoy this bonus episode and we’ll keep the AP coming.

Episode 87: Designering

Hosts: Majdi, Timo, Lexx, Joe, Jordan

Capitalizing on the relentless earth-shattering fame of game designer Majdi we talk with him and Joe and Jordan of Level Zero about the games they are working on, as well as some of the processes of developer.

Banter: Rainforest Cafe, designing for suicide, the bottom of the foon change, the myr (amir)? Advertising on magic cards. Timo is very appropriately professional

Main topic: Design (5:20)
Lexx and Timo are just critics: These guys actually make things (bullshit) (5:40)
Joe and Jordan and Level zero games: Node, netgain (6:20)
Transmedia incorporation (10:10)
Octodad: interfacing with the game is the game (14:40)
The future of Octodad: more levels, a steam game, kinecto-dad (18:15)
What surprised you about developing a game (21:12)
Joe: All the communication you won’t be doing (21:35)
Large teams and a bug report system (22:30)
Jordan: You can’t make all of your ideas (Kill your babies) (24:15)
Communicating to the players (25:30)
The game manual (29:20)
What is the fun of the game? (30:30)
the language of games (31:00)
Cheese moves and exploits (34:30)
Octo-Mac (37:15)
Playtesting across different types of games (39:10)
released unfinished (43:30)
Game as entertainment, game as income (45:45)

Rants (52:00)
Joe: A Story is not a game
Jordan: Fuck games of “kill the leader,” especially munchkin
Majdi: I love playtesters. Really I do. Seriously.
Timo: You watch your step, Weiser.

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.