Episode 67: What is a hero?

Hosts: Megan, Lexx, Timo, Todd

How better to address the topic of what a hero is than by me (Timo) being a douchebag? Oh, the humanity! We get together to discuss the nature of heroism, and how it applies to characters in gaming.

We don’t banter about hero’s. We also call out the Brilliant Gameologists a couple times as an exercise in completely pointless intellectual one-upmanship.

Main Topic: What is a Hero? (1:14)
The Game Master Show and the male vs female heroic story (1:14)
Breaking that stereotype (3:30)
Intro (finally) (04:20)
Our Dark Sun game (on our wiki pages) (5:00)
Further analysis of Male vs Female (5:45)
Women dressing as men is powerful, men dressing as women is funny (6:25)
Deciding on “the hero” of the game (8:20)
What is a hero (answer: not Megan’s mom) (9:15)
Joseph Campbells definition (11:00)
Lexx: All gaming characters are anti-hero’s (12:05)
Superman: Hero, Batman: Anti-Hero (14:30)
Not everyone is Bilbo. Or Frodo, for that matter. (15:45)
Timo disagrees with Lexx (16:30)
Playing a true hero as a foil/mirror (17:20)
Can you have a flawed hero, not Anti-hero?(19:00)
Hero free-association(21:50)
Hero vs sidekick: our BASH game, 3.5 game(23:20)
Not being a hero but doing heroic things (26:15)
Genre matters: heros within different games (27:35)
Italian westerns vs American westerns (29:40)
D&D and the heros journey (31:10)
Non-heroic behavior breaks heroic games(36:30)
moving the story forward is not the same as heroism (37:30)
Can you be despicable but still a hero? (Little Orphan Annie) (39:30)
Does complex motivation make you at best an anti-hero? (41:00)
Does “hero” mean shit (why not just protagonist/antagonist)? (43:30)
Definition of anti-hero (finally) (44:54)
Dr. Who and Cpt. Jack (heros don’t compromise) (46:10)
Motivation is not enough, what you do matters (50:00)
Children of Earth spoiler (51:50 – 53:05)
Being a hero means being powerful in some way (53:15)
Being a hero in Apocalypse World (our game as an example) (54:40)
Being a hero is having responsibility and living up to it (57:10)
Most heroic things our characters have done (King in Yellow spoiler) (58:20)
Being a hero means succeed or otherwise make a difference (1:00:25)
Follower mechanics (1:02:35)
A hero is only a hero in context (1:03:45)
Birmingham School: Culture is a site of hegemonic struggle (columbus day controversy) (1:05:30)
Full circle: Megan is the Pantless hero! (01:06:50)
What to get from this: push characters to be hero’s (Sorceror‘s kicker) (1:07:40)

Rants (1:10:25)
Todd: Evanston is a great place to be heroic.
Timo: Pay me or I don’t work.
Lexx: Reality check: RPG’s are cheap.
Megan: Koth of the Hammer

Exciting Jank-cast stuff: Fiasco playsets, PARP on October 29th (details soon on Chicagoland games) (1:18:20)

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 63: Playing by the rules vs playing by feel

Hosts: John Kelly, Todd, Timo, Lexx, Scott

In which we discuss our facial hair. top selling herbal viagra Scott is big in China and loves the North. Lexx doesn’t know geography. Todd went to a wedding. JohnKelly is moving. Scott and his gravy-tas. JohnKelly is balding ugly. Timo has been doing martial arts (badly) as long as JohnKelly has been alive. Speaking of gravy, rape, White Fence Farm, Gale Street Inn and gumming the bones. (3:20)

Main Topic: playing by the rules vs playing by feel (11:10)
was very narrow (12:55)
JohnKelly’s theater as an example. (14:30)
Cars and motorcycles (15:50)
Autership of games: (18:00)
AD&D First ed in historical perspective (19:45)
How do you know you’re playing as intended: the Forge, Dust Devils and Ron Edwards (21:00)
The intent of L5R (22:30)
When the designers stated goal isn’t reflected in the mechanics (23:30)
Trust in the author (24:45)
Tweaking a game you’re very familiar with. (28:12)
Creative agenda and how dissonance makes people want to homebrew (29:50)
JP says: you don’t have to switch games because you want to explore. (31:05)
Consumption is creative (33:20)
What do you do when you pick up a game? (35:30)
JohnKelly: is a waste of skin and has nothing to say about Alpha Omega (35:55)
Scott: Character development and stories. More specifically, buzzwords. (38:30)
Lexx: Setting above all. (40:20)
World creation can very different between games (My life with master is ok, In a wicked age is not) (42:45)
Timo: The rules and what they are trying to do. Fluff comes from play. (45:40)
Rules shouldn’t try to be too “real.” Lexx disagrees. (47:25)
Todd: Can this game actualise my idea (can I make Elle Woods?) (48:15)
Finding the right game in which to run a game (50:15)
Fudging the rules to keep the story going (54:20)
Unhallowed metropolis: the rules are burdensome (56:15)
Fluff to disguise the mechanics (57:45)
Different types of zombies (58:45)

Rants (1:00:35)
JohnKelly: Wil Wheaton please pimp us out.
Todd: 30,000 feet, and no one’s worried?
Timo: Meatmarket the game.
Lexx: RPGA has taught me how to love gaming again.
Scott: Dark Sun almost made me buy 4th Ed.

Once again, JohnKelly really isn’t funny. This time he admitted it (1:09:25)

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 61: GenCon 2010

Episode 61: GenCon 2010
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Scott, Timo, Lexx, Megan with a special message from Todd

Megan’s First GenCon
Lexx’s Tenth GenCon
Timo’s Seventh GenCon

Lots and lots of mentioning of games/stuff that we played and/or bought at GenCon.
Including: Misspent Youth, Fiasco, HoboCon, Free Market, Iron Tyrants, The Adventure Burner,
PARP: Photo Action Role-Playing
The Embassy Suites
Games On Demand
The Chicken Sandwiches!
Rob Justice was not seen by Megan. What the fuck Rob?
Lexx throws podcasters under the bus.
We realize that Wil Wheaton is more powerful than us.
Felicia Day is awesome.

Todd speaks about GenCon

Rants
Timo: Dice Stealing / Hexatube
Scott: Fiasco & Glomping
JOHNKELLY: the MSG at the Cajin Grill
Megan: I go to GenCon to game

Congrats to Derek!

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 59: Race in Gaming

Episode 59: Race in Gaming
Hosts: Scott, Vak, Majdi, Lexx, Megan, Timo

Possibly one of the more serious conversations we had. Which we at times address with a bunch of juvenile and offensive humour, but hey, that’s what we term “quality” around here. We had some problems with Vak and Majdi’s mike, so their levels are pretty low.

Megan’s Father and the Really Weird Food!
Main Topic: Race in gaming
Warning of Asshole-dom and racial identification
Being a minority in gaming: Conventions, Belegarth
Gaming came from middle-aged white suburban historians
Racism in Video Games
L5R
Robert E. Howard and Conan
Tolkien and other ideas that gaming was based on
“Gaming would be different if made by black guys”
race IN games
The Table of Hatred
Avoidance of racism in games
Shadowrun is an exception
Race is not necessarily something people want to talk about
Steal Away Jordan
Call of Cthulhu
race in historical versus fantasy settings
Dark Elves
Getting Shifty in Games, letting something “slip”
Superficiality and Bigotry: being white and playing minorities
Improv rule: play it big, or don’t play it at all.
Playing your own race/heritage.
What if someone is actually being racist at the table
Being overly polite

Rants
Lexx: Why aren’t there more Indian Villains.
Megan: Being single in your 30’s is like Zombieland.
Timo: Enough with the Nostalgia
Vak: Timo, your childhood is dead
Scott: Beware the dice witch!
Majdi: The future train

Angel Eyes Record Release (Todd’s Concert)
Ronny’s
2101 N. California
21+ Show
July 23 (Bar at 9/Music at 10)

Little Shop of Horrors (JOHNKELLY’s Show)
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
July 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 August 1
Friday/Saturdays: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
Sundays: Doors at 11:30 am, Show at Noon
Tickets: $12
(773) 282-8844, ext. 277

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 57: Historical Gaming

Episode 57: Historical Gaming
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Timo, Lexx, Scott, Megan, Juan

The Under-boob discussion
The LOST Jank Cast Episodes
Stone Mountain
Main Topic: Historical Gaming
Colonial Gothic
God Like
Cold City/Hot War
Unhallowed Metropolis
Black Cadalics

Rants
JOHNKELLY: Little Shop of Horrors (more details bellow)
Timo: A War Zone
Lexx: Congratulations Twilight
Scott: Steve the FNG
Megan: Eowyn’s Challenge
Juan: Festia Mexicana!

Angel Eyes Record Release (Todd’s Concert)
Ronny’s
2101 N. California
21+ Show
July 24 (Bar at 9/Music at 10)

Little Shop of Horrors (JOHNKELLY’s Show)
5900 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL
July 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 August 1
Friday/Saturdays: Doors at 7 pm, Show at 7:30 pm
Sundays: Doors at 11:30 am, Show at Noon
Tickets: $12
(773) 282-8844, ext. 277

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 56: Pulling your weight

Episode 56: Pulling your weight
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Todd, Megan, Lexx

Lots of banter including:Dentist, Orcus, Comic Shop stories, bad audio, food stories, Google SketchUp, Let me Google that for you

Main Topic: Pulling your weight within a group
Mechanical vs. Backstory
Spirit of the Century
BASH

Rants
Todd: The Dunkin Donuts Breakfast Sandwich
JOHNKELLY: Thursday is an important day
Lexx: GW: Really?
Megan: Kittens = Old Feeling

Go see Todd’s band

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 55: PvP -Special Edition-

Episode 55: PvP -Special Edition-
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Majdi, Lexx, Scott, Vak, Reek

Happy Birthday Reek (hurray!)
Thanks Jason
Reek caused the apocalypse/the scene from the first Ghostbusters
Main Topic: Player vs. Player combat
JOHNKELLY can’t host episodes
Lexx, the word is Gank not Yank

Rants
JOHNKELLY: Raid. Mud. Water. Fuck you Reek.
Majdi: Tumblin’ Dice!
Lexx: Player Egos
Scott: What would I have got?
Vak: Why is there no save point in life?
Reek: Welcome to my Life.

Questions for Gaming Gods

This week’s question is for Geoff Johns

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 Fifty Four: Interesting NPCs -Special Edition-

Episode Fifty Four: NPCs -Special Edition-
Hosts: Timo, Todd, Scott, Megan, Lexx

Free RPG day
SciFan
Main Topic: Interesting NPCs
What we like in NPCs
Player Created NPCs
The World Chicken & The Goblin Baby

Rants
Megan: Netbooks in the store
Scott: Dragon Ages
Todd: Bar Trickery
Timo: Facebook, It’s not you, it’s me
Reek: (Where the fuck did he come from?) Fuck you Todd!

For Jolly Blackburn, Who is the better role-player Brian or Harry Dresden?

Send your questions and answers for/from gaming gods to feedback@jankcast.com

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 Fifity Two: Backstory -Special Edition-

Episode Fifty Two: Backstory -Special Edition-
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Majdi, Scott, Megan, Todd, Lexx, Timo

If you are listening to this, then it might mean that you are trying to listen to Episode Two of the Jank Cast. However, we have replaced the first six episodes with episodes fifty-one through fifty-six in order to give a better example what our podcast is actually like. If you would like to listen to Episode Two of the Jank Cast, click the following link: www.jankcast.com/episodes/tjc_2.mp3

Todd isn’t interesting this week.
Megan is now a core host: Yay!
Creepshow, Yeti in a box
Main Topic: Character Backstory
Lexx has bad puns
Outside Influence from the GM
Names
Changing backstories
The “Old School” Backstory
Derivative Backstory

Rants
JOHNKELLY: Columbia University on Michigan
Majdi: Battle Ball
Scott: $750 deck
Megan: “Hey, wanna trade?”
Todd: Old Age
Timo: Jedi vs. Sith
Lexx: Dice…and poo

Questions for Gaming Gods
Dear Harry Dresden,
Who is your last character?

Send your questions and answers for/from gaming gods to feedback@jankcast.com

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 Fifty-One: Defend Your Game -Special Edition-

Episode Fifty-One: Defend Your Game -Special Edition-
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Majdi, Lexx, Scott, Megan, Timo

If you are listening to this, then it might mean that you are trying to listen to Episode One of the Jank Cast. However, we have replaced the first six episodes with episodes fifty-one through fifty-six in order to give a better example what our podcast is actually like. If you would like to listen to Episode One of the Jank Cast, click the following link: www.jankcast.com/episodes/tjc_1.mp3

The Podge Cast/R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio
Steve the F.N.G. (Fucking New Guy)
Rob from Bear Swarm
Dave the Purple Hat Guy
Main Topic: Defend Your Favorite Game
Majdi’s Game: White Wolf
Timo’s Game: Dogs in the Vineyard
Megan’s Game: Dungeons and Dragons
Scott’s Game: Legend of the Five Rings
Lexx’s Game: Call of Cthulhu
JOHNKELLY’s Game: FATE System (blog entry about it)

Rants
Majdi: Rules Adherence
Lexx: Con Kidnapping
Scott: Furry Suit with nobody in it
Megan: Balloon Animals
Timo: Majdi is wrong
JOHNKELLY: Adventure!

Questions for Gaming Gods:

Dear, Ed Greenwood
Who would win in a fight: Yoda or Elminster?

If you want your questions to your gaming gods answered send them to Feedback@jankcast.com

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.