Episode 73: Futuristic Gaming

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Mike, Lexx, Scott, Timo

We meander on and about the topic of games and gaming set in the future. It takes us a hell of a long time, but we eventually get to the topic. We then lose that topic in time and space, but we get it back eventually. The conversation get’s a little confused and nebulous at times, but we try to make some sense of the topic let alone our own blather.

Banter: Timo has large ears and had a mullet (which leads to more on hair), Blood on the mic, Megan is emasculating us every time, Timo’s sweater has accessory problems, we have a big board now, different measures of distance, the dice roll, rolling behind the screen (and we draw the lines yet again for no reason), why doesn’t anyone want to kick JohnKelly in the nuts, Pro-champion, John Kelly and Elijah, we get compassionate about the homeless, space-hobo’s, new segment: Where did Mike sleep last night (1:02)

Main topic: Futuristic Gaming (16:54)
Futuristic tropes (The prog rock album) (17:15)
Games that start “x time from right now:” Remember Tomorrow, Bliss Stage (19:10)
We degrade back to blather: this time being mean to kids and how bullying helps make people better. (21:50)
Topic returns: talking about class structure through futuristic settings (30:45)
Being able to deal with our societal discomforts via a fictional medium (33:35)
Talking about now by making a particular point stark (Todd is a fictional racist) (36:04)
Ron Edwards Justifiers game (38:50)
Future games from the 80’s are the ones doing well now (Shadowrun, post-apocalyptic settings, blade runner) (39:50)
Established and nostalgic (41:35)
Characteristics of the future as seen from different decades (Star Trek) (43:20)
The future doesn’t last: Bro’s in space (44:44)
Transhumanism: Eugenics onwards (47:05)
Horror is fear of the unknown, Science fiction can be fear of the known (and hope as the counter) (48:50)
Prevalence of “organic == human” (50:05)
Freemarket as a counter example (45:45)
Futuristic games as the future without commentary (53:15)
Game/setting design: asking the question and not answering it (54:25)
We finally get around to explaining what Freemarket actually is (55:10)
What is meant by unanswered questions (we disagree) (58:00)
How this works with defined settings (Shock, Freemarket, Misspent Youth) (01:03:05)
Recent futuristic games: Dark Heresy, Eclipse Phase, Cthulhu tech (01:06:20)
Advancing epochs in game settings (Fireborn, Wild Talents and Godlike), the Trinity Universe (01:07:45)
Psionics (01:09:45)
Sci-fi versus future fantasy (Lexx’s beard) (01:10:28)
Buckets get kicked (01:13:13)
Star Wars as an example (01:14:48)
Why the fuck do we need a definition? (01:17:02)
We try to make a point. I’m not sure we do (01:21:34)

Rants
Scott: Bringing the nephew in to the RPG fold.
Lexx: Delay mechanics are fucking stupid.
Mike: Our modern military is scarily effective.
Megan: Don’t bullshit me, if you don’t want to see my show then just tell me.
Todd: Seriously, Jank Cast, just shut the hell up.
Timo: Just can’t follow Todd up.

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 72: Janksgiving for all.

Hosts: Megan, Timo, Todd, JohnKelly

Hello all you mad listening fools. This weeks podcast is filled with irreverent humour and madness, plus some occasionally begrudging thanks and good cheer. As such, no show notes, just enjoy the chaos.

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: Jank-tastic Anniversary

Episode Fifty: Jank-tastic Anniversary

While this is one of our normal episodes it does not follow our normal format. This is little to no discussion this episode. We wanted to take a week to celebrate reaching 50 episodes so we invited members of our community here at Chicagoland Games to join in on the podcast. That being said, if this is your first time listening to the Jank Cast, please go back and listen to one of our previous episodes, as this is not a good example of our normal content.

Hosts: Scott, JOHNKELLY, Lexx, I hate you all (Timo), JOHNKELLY (Majdi), Nate, Megan, Dylan, Rick, Reek, Vak, Steven, Pro-Champion (Mike), Woody, Mr. Johnson like the cock (Nico), Ryan

(Rant) Rob Justice: The Jank Cast
Majdi is the bear singer
Timo is not a Harry Potter fan
(Rant) Megan: Get a Girl/Rob Justice
Megan slaps Dylan
Dylan’s excuse for flinching
(Rant) Ben: The Jank Cast
IT’S THREE FORTY-FIVE
(Rant) Nate: Kevin Weiser
(Rant) Kevin Weiser: The Jank Cast
(Rant) JOHNKELLY & Lexx: Kevin!
Megan gets paid to slap Dylan
Hungry Hungry Hippos!
Getting Recognized
(Rant) Rick: Lexx/4th Edition/3 Hot Chicks
Exalted is not the best RPG in the world
(Rant) Reek: Interrupted
JOHNKELLY does not have a giant Eagle
JOHNKELLY is fucking awesome dude!
JOHNKELLY is actually John Kelly
(Rant) JOHNKELLY: The Curtain of Reek
(Rant) Reek: JOHNKELLY
(Rant) Vak: JOHNKELLY fails at life/The Jank Cast has No Minorities
(Rant) Adam/David, Paul, Rob from The Podge Cast: The Jank Cast/Fisting
(Rant) Dylan: Clarify!
Go listen to Bear Swarm!
(Rant) Dylan: I got hit by a car
What kind of car is JOHNKELLY?
(Rant) JOHNKELLY: Mike, this is all an intervention
(Rant) Pro-Champion: “Fuck the Police!”
(Rant) Nico: Not in a battle, Can’t win the game! & The Deer Fucking Game
(Rant) Steve: Lexx, play games with me!
(Rant) Dylan: Solution to Lexx
(Rant) Ryan: There is cool shit in the basement!

Rant Section
Oh wait, we lied…
(Rant) Jer: The Jank Cast
And we are removing our first 6 Episodes

Rant Section
Like there is any difference
Dylan: Grammar
Majdi: I have never stayed up an entire day
Timo: Goddamn Teenagers
Scott: Bear Swarm!
Lexx: Lexx’s demands
Reek: RESPECT ME

What we all appreciate about Reek:
Scott: Coke
Timo: You gotta pretty mouth
Majdi: “eeeeee”
Dylan: Lexx
JOHNKELLY: Fine fashion sense/Creepiness/”eeeeee”/You keep things real
Lexx: Sinestro

JOHNKELLY: I hate you all

Majdi, welcome to the fold.

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 Five: Second Chance

Episode Twenty Five: Second Chance
Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Timo, Dylan, Lexx, Mike the Pro-Champion

Our quality this episode is pretty bad beacuse our mixer broke. Please forgive us, it’ll be better by next episode with any luck.

Buy our new T-Shirts or Beer Stein! Or buy the expensive one so we can buy bling!

Hero Lab Contest: Send in a backstory for either a Fantasy, Sci-Fi or Anthrophormiphic to win a copy of Hero Lab. 1000 word maximum. Contest ends: 11/22

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Main Topic: Player Second Chances

We discuss player second chance, or points that players can spend to “bend” the rules of the game.

Spirit of the Century

Burning Wheel

Cortex

Rants
Lexx: General Zod
Dylan: Nobel Prize (send hate mail to dylan@jankcast.com)
Timo: Waldo
JOHNKELLY: Why am I surrounded by crazy people?

Episode Seven: The Pro-Cast

Episode Seven: The Pro-Cast

Hosts: JOHNKELLY, Matt aka Overlord Vak, Timo, Autumn, Mike aka Pro-Champion, Lexx

First Topic: Meeting Gamers

The Tale of the Pro-Champion

Meg, please don’t hurt Timo.

Main Topic: Horror in Role-Playing

Examples of Horror RPGs: Call of Cthulhu, World of Darkness, Don”t Rest Your Head, Dread, Little Fears

Midnight Syndicate

Mulan

Dawg! The RPG in Knights of the Dinner Table #150

Run J.P. run!

Favorite Horror Films: In the Mouth of Madness, From Beyond, Candy Man, The Ring, The Village, Scream, House of 1000 Corpses, Re-Animator

Rants

JOHNKELLY: Free Music (Give it to me!)

Vak: Pokemon the RPG

Timo: Donnie Darko

Autumn: Job Hunting

Pro-Champion: Marvel is better than DC

Lexx: Gamer Stank

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 at 5505 N. Broadway Ave. in Chicago Illinois, call them at 773 728 3656 or visit their website, www.chicagolandgames.com