Episode 158: Last Sessions

Hosts: Megan, Scott, Todd, Timo

Important links: During the rants section Megan mentions the terrible death of one of her burlesque peers. A website has been set up to allow people to either provide information about the incident, or to help donate towards a reward for the capture and prosecution of the perpetrator(s). Please do what you can.

Also this upcoming weekend is our Jank on Demand for March. Let us know ahead of time if you’re likely to be running something.

What’d we play? (11:32)

Topic: Last Sessions (24:45)
We had a listener ask

us to talk about the way last sessions play out in-game. The conversation moves to talking about the general flow of stories through play, the inevitability of certain events, and the way that shared control of the story means flying somewhat blind in to fun.

Rants (1:15:27)
Timo: Finally finished the host transfer
Scott: Back to China, once again
Todd: Pedestrians seem to be just asking for it today.
Megan: Please consider donating to Fight for Foxy.

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Episode 157: Franchises and Game

Hosts: Megan, Scott, Allegra, Kevin, Todd, Timo

What’d we play? (12:28)
Jank on Demand: Vesna Thaw, Zombie Cinema, Dungeon World, Monsterhearts, Final Girl
Seasons,

Sentinels of the Multiverse, Borderlands 2 DLC: Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt. X-wing Miniatures, Star wars CCG, Dragon’s Dogma

Topic (30:39)
Kevin and Allegra from the Walking Eye join us to discuss the way the popularity of a franchise influences the conversation around the hobby. We discuss D&D, Star wars and star trek among others, and why people get so intense about these titles.

Rants (1:17:54)
Megan: Tony Packo’s Pickles, beware!
Scott: I now know why the Phantom Menace was bad: poor party interaction.
Allegra: I don’t know how to relax.
Kevin: I have a sad, because they are cancelling Young Justice.
Todd: Why are show crowds so weird of late.
Timo: I’m old! waaaaah! waaaaaaaaaaah!

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Episode 152: Open-Ended versus On-Rails Scenes

Hosts: Todd, Timo, Scott, Megan

What did we play? (6:50)
Dungeon World: Todd, Megan, Timo
Marvel Legendary, Sentinels of the Multiverse: Scott
Star Trek Expeditions:

Megan, Timo

Main Topic: Open-Ended versus On-Rails Scenes (24:55)
When looking at scene framing, there are often times when pre-planning the elements of the scene can take the excitement and enjoyment out of playing those scenes. We talk about how particular types of scenes can demand certain things to happen, and what that means about framing and developing those events.

Rants (58:15)
Timo: I’m a terrible communicator
Scott: After Sandy Hook, I’m done with the Willie Wonka meme
Megan: Public Service announcement: Pregnancy is catching
Todd: Batman Arkham City: You can call a woman something other than bitch.

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!

Episode 149: Not Preplanning

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo, Scott

What did we play? (10:58)
My Life With Master: Timo, Todd, Megan
Durance: Scott, Megan
Marvel Heroic: Scott
Quarriors, Telestrations: Eat poop you cat, Cards Against Humanity, Ascension: Immortal Heroes

Main Topic: No Prep Gaming (30.45)
We’re going to take a few

episodes to really dig in to the idea of “playing to find out what happens.” To start off,we’re talking about not preplanning the game, whether as a player or as a GM.

Rants (1:12:06)
Todd: Terry Cavanaugh IOS games are boss.
Scott: In the past 24 hours, I’ve played 3 games of x-wing miniatures. I may be slightly addicted.
Timo: Craps! Noooo!!
Megan: Game of Thrones is a travelogue for sex addicts.

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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!

Episode 148: Bleed

Hosts: Megan, Timo, Scott

What did we play? (5:38)
My Life with Master: Timo, Megan
D&D Encounters, Magic the Gathering: Megan
Borderlands 2: Scott, Timo
Bull in the China Shop: Scott

Main Topic: Bleed (18:09)
Bleed is a term used to describe when your emotions intermingle with those of your character: When your emotions are affected by the emotions and situation of your character, or when your personal emotions affect those of the character. There are both positives and negatives to this phenomenon that can both interfere with and enhance the experience of play.

NOTE: this episode was severely delayed, so the pimping of the November 2012 Jank on Demand was posted a day after the event. For which, we point all blame on Timo.

Rants (1:05:34)
Scott: I’m spread too thin
Megan: damnable couch!!!
Timo: Time is my enemy

Other Links

Joy pie
Psi*Run
Dustin Hoffman
Call of Cthulhu
Deadlands
A Flower for Mara

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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!

Episode 143: Violence!

Hosts: Megan, Todd, Timo, Scott

What did we play (00:00)
Apocalypse World
Monsterhearts
Star Wars D6
Final Girl
Descent 2
Ascension: Immortal Heroes
Netrunner
X-wing

Main Topic: Violence! (25:15)
Violence is a common part of RPG’s and other gaming. We talk about the role it has in our play, what we think it’s about and what it brings to the games we play.

Other Links:
D&D
Palladium
In a Wicked Age
Polaris
Kagematsu
Hell4Leather
Annalise
Cannibal Holocaust
This Film is Not Yet Rated

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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!

Episode 142: The Good Gamer Thing

Hosts: Timo, Scott, Todd, Megan

The gamer-iest wedding ever! (5:09)

What did we play (13:00)
Lords of Vegas
Glory of Rome
Descent 2
Lords of Waterdeep
D Day Dice
Ascension: Immortal Heroes
Netrunner
On Mighty Thews

Main Topic: The Good Gamer Thing(25:10)
During Gencon, Timo ran in to an interesting thing: people

sitting down to games at Games on Demand and stating “I’m not good at this.” It sparks a discussion between us of what the “Good Gamer” mentality is all about, and what role it actually plays in groups and games.

Other Links:
Freemarket
Arkham Horror
Nazgul
Defenders of the Realm
Fiasco
Apoclaypse World
Tabletop
How We Came to Live Here
The Walking Eye
Steal Away Jordan
Dog Eat Dog
Bully Pulpit – Gamer Improv
Jank on Demand

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!

Episode 138: The Modern Fantasy Genre

Hosts: Timo, Scott, Megan

What did we play (3:10)
Jank on Demand: Fiasco, Trail of Cthulhu, Burning Wheel, Dogs in the Vineyard, Inspectres, Final Girl, Tsuro
Annalise – Megan, Timo
Encounters – Megan
Kingdom Builder, Ora & Labora – Scott

Main Topic: The Modern Fantasy Genre (20:50)
Modern Fantasy brings forth two competing things, what is familiar and what is fantastical. The blending of these two things is achieved in a number of different ways and comes with some issues around believability and realism.

Rants (55:53)
Megan: The tonsils
Scott: China broke me with Eggplant
Timo: Bering Sea Gold

Other Links:
Burke’s
Nazgul
Glitter Guild
Brimstone Drawing
True Blood
Ghostbusters
Audible
Firefly
Shadowrun
Neverwhere
Small Gods
American Gods
Spycraft

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

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Episode 135: The Fantasy Genre

Hosts: Megan, Scott, Todd, Timo

What did we play (12:46)
The Shadow of Yesterday: Megan, Scott, Todd
Magic: The Gathering: Megan, Scott
D&D Encounters: Megan
Defenders of the Realm, Apocalypse World, Kingdom of Amalur: Todd
Battletech, Malifaux: Scott
Diablo 3: Timo

Main Topic: The Fantasy Genre (23:16)
In the first of a new series exploring different genre’s, we try to take a critical look at what makes fantasy fantasy. Beyond the base of D&D, what makes something a fantasy setting, what are the themes and concept that make it up, what games exist (surprise, a lot!) and what do we want out of those games?

Rants (1:05:45)
Todd: Boo canker sore, I say unto thee boo!
Megan: Phone alarm clock
Scott: Look after myself
Timo: These mugs, they disturb me yo.

Other Links:
The Leather Museum
Museum of Holography
Ripley’s Believe it or

not
House on the Rock
Precious Moments Museum
Magic Mike
Spirit of the Century
Step Up 2 The Streets
200 Cigarettes
American Heritage
Mares of Thrace
Star Wars
Joseph Campbell
Book of Jhereg
Theft of Swords
On Mighty Thews
Lamentations of the Flame Prince
Legend of the Five Rings
Dungeon World
Heroquest
Hero’s Banner
Burning Wheel
Fireborn
Runequest
Book of Erotic Fantasy
Game of Thrones
Lords of Waterdeep

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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!

Episode 132: Currency

Hosts: Megan, Todd, Timo, Scott

What did we play
Scott, Todd, Timo: The Shadow of Yesterday
Ascension, Cards against Humanity: Todd
Malifaux: Scott

Main topic: Currency
There’s a term used for describing how the different parts of a rpg interact with each other, currency. We take some time muddling around with that term trying to really grok the underlying idea, as well as discuss the interactions that we see in different games and how we respond to them.

Other Links
Stitch-it!
Solar System
Kingdom of Amalur
Assassin’s Creed: Revelation
Dungeon Defenders
El Shaddai
Hell4Leather
Mist-Robed Gate
D&D: 3rd, 4th editions
Lacuna
Annalise
Zombie Cinema
Apocalypse World
Please-Bird Shirt.

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!