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.

Episode 86: The Loooooooooooooooooooove Cast

The Love Cast is a little old place where we can get together.

Love Cast, baby.

Hosts: Cass, Courtney, Famous Game Designer Majdi Badri, JOHNKELLY, Todd


Bumper: Chair in your pocket/giant bird

Banter: Chair in your pocket, cont.  JohnKelly doesn’t get a free donut.  Todd is a liar and JohnKelly is a drunk.  Majdi bought Clue.  Star Wars Guess Who.  Star Wars 3D.  Captain EO/Courtney Likes Disney/Disney Hall in 3D/Closet Adventures (we’re on a roll!).   Courtney doesn’t want to be here and thinks Majdi and JohnKelly are assholes (Todd is making this up).   Majdi’s ladyfriend may or may not exist.  Majdi is THE INFEKTOR!  Famous Game Designer Majdi Badri’s next game will be “Dr. Touchem.”  Max Cadwell.  Peter is confused.  Courtney wonders why Courtney has a microphone.  Toddworth.

What did we play this week?
JohnKelly: Nothing, because Matt is stupid.
Famous Game Designer Majdi Badri: Pathfinder
Todd: Sorcerer and Vampire
Courtney: Battleheart
Cass: Nothing (but D&D is coming up)

Topic: Gaming with significant others.

How has Famous Game Designer Majdi Badri tricked his ladyfriends into gaming?
Courtney likes to levelgrind so JohnKelly suggests 316.
Make your significant other comfortable if you want them to game with you.
A spoonful of booze makes the game go down.
Magic + Logic = A whole different game.
Collaborative boardgames.
Nerdy media = nerdy gamers.
Forbidden Island, the game to sucker your significant other into gaming with.
Problems with gaming with a significant other: myth or reality?
Rants:
Courtney and Todd: Your friends suddenly turn conservative when you get old/No grades = no grammar.
JOHNKELLY: Columbia College, Under the Bus.
Cass: Dunkin Donuts doesn’t have turkey sausage, but says it does.  Jerks.
Majdi: No Angry Birds in the dark.

You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright 2011 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 78: World building

Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Lexx, Scott, Majdi, Timo

We sit down to mock each other over the topic of world creation, pregenerated versus emergent worlds, and a host of topics.

Banter: Starro‘s eye. Lexx cheats at Foursquare and made his brothers southern, Majdi is flakeish (and quiet), Oscar the Grouch and Winger, Gwar created 40K, Scenes from the Multiverse.

What we played this week (4:30)
Scott: L5R
Timo: Godlike and Civilization Boardgame
Majdi: Dread, Pathfinder
Lexx: AD&D 2
JOHNKELLY: 3.5

Majdi’s Furry Fantasies and Lexx’s chest hair, the horrible methane smell

Main topic: World Building (7:20)
What prompts you to build a world? (7:50)
Idea or character first (9:10)
Game design and how well defined the world is (11:50)
No such thing as a worldless game (13:50)
Themes are not the same as a world (14:50)
Opportunities with pre-created worlds (15:50)
The significance of characters in the world (17:30)
Theme driven world creation (18:45)
Prep: what role does it take, and how does it work? (20:15)
Getting the setting right matters (25:00)
Having an idea and making it work with D&D (28:00)
Starting from inspiration (29:40)
Design a game from a seed (31:52)
Length of the game (33:53)
Characters and change (36:00)
Genre smashing (37:15)
The balance between predefined and character created: getting good group think (39:08)

Rants (44:27)
Lexx: Sports: THIS is what offends you?
Majdi: Damn you, destructive testers, damn you to heck!
JOHNKELLY: Theatre people should read plays
Scott: Spray-on Tans. No wait, flaky gamers.
Timo: Cell phones are a bunch of bullshit because LEXX WON’T LET ME BE MAYOR.

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 66: Sexuality in Gaming

Hosts: Todd, Reek, Megan, Majdi, Timo

We finally, FINALLY manage to get this episode out. Sheesh. We go long, but it’s a good conversation. Note: Reek’s mic is a bit wonky at the beginning, but we fix it after a few minutes.

Banter: Break a leg playset, Remember the Wheaton, Recording from the Bowels, House-sitting Scott and the magic slingbox, the Colony (don’t fuck with science), Lexx’s beard must go, Todd is Alan Tudyk and the obsession with facial hair, it doesn’t stink of death down here no more, Todd’s fantasy world and Reeks homosexual power (01:20)

Main Topic: sexuality in gaming (Strong and warm and wild and free) (11:20)
Gender in gaming vs sexuality in gaming (13:00)
Apocalypse world’s character splats (13:45)
S/lay w/me mechanics (14:30)
twosie games (15:55)
asexual or your own sexuality: Ricky the Munchkin (17:30)
Hiding our sexuality (20:00)
Majdi games Twilight (20:50)
relationships in games (22:25)
Sex in Fiasco (25:15)
Playing non-cartoony sex (26:15)
Our sexuality is dangerous/vulnerable part of us (27:20)
Burlesque and being on board for sexuality (28.45)
role-playing out sex, lines and veils (31:05)
Libidinal Economy (32:00)
Sex and intimacy (33:50)
Non-sexual intimacy in Unhallowed Metropolis (36:30)
the sexy chinese android assassin and the sex that Enzo didn’t have (38:00)
Sexual defense mechanisms are OK (41:00)
Getting to know your groups (42:00)
Sexuality in LARP, the Majdi experience(42:35)
Sexuality of villains (Randall Flag in The Stand (45:30)
Reek leaves (53:00)
Knowing Rob: even when you trust someone it doesn’t mean intimacy is easy (53:30)
It’s dumb to not RP sexuality (Kalevala as an example) (55:15)
Gaming as fun escape (57:15)
Meisner: fight or fuck (58:30)
Party play works against sexuality (1:00:00)
People against AW sex moves (1:01:20)
Sex mechanics good and bad (1:03:30)
twosie games allow exploring one relationship (1:07:45)
Kagematsu (1:10:00)

Rants (1:17:35)
Todd: The world is laughing at us all.
Majdi: Chicago likes to trick us
Timo: Taking it in the ass with a Chevy Trailblazer.
Megan: I get hit on as a gamer, but not as a burlesque performer. Wtf?

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.

Review Episode 5: Fiasco of the Chombies.

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Scott, Dave, Majdi

I mean, if you think of it, the Jank Cast kind of is a slow, ongoing fiasco. If we could just make a playset of it, then we could at least produces something meaningful out of this before it self-destructs in tragedy and Schadenfreude. And not only are our casters all reminiscent of the living undead, one of us is even Finnish (even if he can pronounce Z like a damned traitor). So there you go. JankCast. A Gmless event of hijinks and undeath.

Banter: Megan’s evening with Reek aka nerdish Kill, Marry or Fuck. Todd and his haircare, Majdi’s appearance (1:16)

Review: Fiasco (6:15)
Overview of the game mechanics (7:10)
The same playset can create different fiction (example) (9:45)
Quick setup, short game, great fun (11:15)
A good game for beginners and pickup games (12:50)
Fiasco playset wiki (14:40)
The Tilt (15:30)
A dangerous animal (perhaps metaphorical) gets loose. Someone who is innocent is not so innocent. Misplaced love. (18:45)
Great for memorable and interesting stories (21:25)
The Aftermath (22:30)
Sushi-Kebab (His name is Joe. Yeesh, you know we have problems when I’m the one remembering peoples names). (24:20)
Let the fiction flow, being bold, no penalty for being awesome (27:35)
Playing with time, working with the fiction, Memento in Antarctica (29:30)
Making a movie in the game, driven by drama (30:30)
We find some negatives: Operation Zebra Playset (which we forget the name of) (32:45)
The setup can drag and no guidance from the game if you get stuck (33:25)
No way to save a blown game, and learning to mess with time (35:05)
Douchebag factor (36:45)
Long-form Improv (38:00)
Final comments: Just play it. (38:50)

Review: Zombie Cinema (39:50)
Eero Tuovinen (40:25)
Italians love zombies (41:55)
It comes in a VHS box: Presentation and rules (43:15)
Character creation (43:40)
Default setting: right here (46:00)
Scene framing and conflict (47:20)
The board (48:30)
Nothing happens without inter-character conflicts (50:00)
Death is satisfying (53:40)
Play sympathetic characters to survive: the sacrifice mechanic (55:10)
When everyone dies together (56:15)
Conflict mechanic means less susceptible to douchebaggery (58:30)
Forcing you out of your conflict zone (1:00:20)
Good for learning to frame conflict (1:01:30)
Provides/pushes towards conflicts , narrator is specified (1:02:20)
Game encourages PvP (1:04:30)
Being the zombie (1:04:55)
Last thoughts: Great replay value (1:07:50)
Finally: Microwave. That’s right, we went there. (1:10:19)

Episode 64: GMless Games

Episode 64: GMless Games
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Rob, Majdi, Scott, Todd, Timo, Megan

Hello darkness my old friend. . .
Megan laughing
Todd’s freaking chart!
Examples: Fiasco, Shock, Polaris, Grey Ranks, Hell for Leather, The Shab-Al-Hiri Roach

Rants
Scott: Stories from the L: Check your fly
Majdi: Geese and Sparrows
Rob: The Warriors
JOHNKELLY: Jared Cole, this is for you
Megan: JOHNKELLY is dumb
Timo: clomid effect on men GMs don’t hold a story together
Todd: Swear in front of your kids

Wait for it…

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 62: Secrets in Gaming

Episode 62: Secrets in Gaming Hosts: Timo, Scott, Majdi, Megan I think Timo is trying to tone down the creepy. . . instead he’s creepier. Megan’s Show How did they end up talking about being naked in public bathrooms? God there is a lot of poop talk. . . Main Topic: Secrets in gaming Don’t listen to the Walking Eye Mist + Fire = Smoke Steal away Jordan BASH! Unhallowed Metropolis Rants Scott: PSA: Fuck Me Ray Bradbury Majdi: The L or EL Megan: Playing someone else’s character Timo: Theory from the Closet You have been listening to The Jank Cast, copyright 2010 under buy download Upgrade to Windows 7 Pro 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.

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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 58: Gaming Social Graces

Episode 58: Gaming Social Graces
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Scott, Megan, Majdi, Reek, Todd

Hello, delicious friends! A little note to tell you that your episode is being delivered by Timo this week, because John Kelly might in fact be a punk ass-chump (note the hyphenation). The scientific study has only now received it’s funding, so we won’t expect a definitive answer for another few years, but I think we all know what’s going to be confirmed.

Regardless, your show notes will be a little haphazard so that we might get the aural abuse out to you a little faster. Enjoy!

No crying in gaming (the fat kid)
The new theme song
False start
Deodorant commercials
And we’re off (real intro)
Mortal Kombat teaser
Shameless plugs
Sending invites on Facebook
Drunken Reek
Main Topic: gamer social graces
Fatbeard and the Febreeze
The tell-tale stench
Gameboy denied
tusslin’ at the LARP
Tales from the Southland: trailer gamin’
John Kelly: put away the internet
the 80’s controversy and the Elfish Gene
Little Ricky
Majdi misuses the word svelte
Gamers aren’t nice
Social Hobby, and the Pig Roast
Getting in to the game
Investment in Character death
Ritual demarcation from normal time (maaaagical!)
Well actually (rules lawyering stopping the game)
A kid enters the store, and West Side story rears it’s ugly head
Character creation and min-maxing

Rants
Majdi: The universe is a giant game.
Reek waffles and havers through to a rant in the end.
Megan: Don’t be a dick about booking burlesque shows with me.
Todd: 1) Seattle 2) Banana pudding (this get’s a little … odd)
Scott: The happy little pig, and how he was consumed.
JOHNKELLY: Fails, then talks about being on the train.

Burlesque Bingo
Playground Theater
3209 North Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60657
July 17th

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 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.