Episode 150: My Life with Master

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo, Joe

What did we play? (14:35)
My Life With Master: Timo, Todd, Megan, Joe
Descent 2, Ascension: Immortal Heroes: Todd
How We Came to Live Here: Joe

Main Topic: My Life with Master (21:30)
We just recently finished playing the game My Life with Master and spend some time talking about it as a great example of a game designed for the “play to find out what

happens” ethos. We talk about some of the content of the game, which includes brutality and sexual violence.

Rants (1:09:40)
Megan: Jingle Belles! Come see the boobs of Christmas!
Joe: A FEMA inspired Christmas lull. Le sigh.
Timo: Borderlands 2 is dangerous to my health
Todd: The drummer’s little boy has turned it ON, bat-wise.

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!

Episode147: Hacking Apocalypse World

Hosts: Todd, Joe, Timo, Phil

What did we play? (4:20)
Swords Without MastersThe City of Coin and Fire
Space Alert
X-Wing Miniatures
How we came to Live Here
Spirit of the Century

Main

Topic: (30.05)
In part 2, we talk about hacking Apocalypse World: What changes have resonated, which seem to miss the mark, and why.

Apocalypse World Hacks
Dungeon World
Monsterhearts
Monster of the Week
Tremulus
Saga of the Icelanders
The Regiment

Rants (1:35:21)
Joe: Why can’t I retire now?
Todd: Damn you windshield.
Phil: Keep making Die Hard movies.
Timo: Having a moustache hasn’t made me a different person, despite what Joe thinks.

Other Links
Dresden Files
Marvel Heroic
Fate
Conan
Legends of Anglerre
Fiasco
Trail of Cthulhu
Buffy
Supernatural
McDaldno – Buried without Ceremony

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 140: Gencon 2012 Wrapup

Hosts: Todd, Timo, Scott,

Joe

Main Topic: Gencon 2012 Wrapup (10:45)
Our annual discussion in the wake of Gencon 2012. Breaking news: It was awesome.

Rants (1:17:33)
Todd: Curse you WebMD for being right!
Joe: Go to a doctor.
Scott: Both books I’m reading are being irritating.
Timo: The problem with having a good Gencon is missing Gencon.

Other Links:
Ironborn
Monster of the Week
Apocalypse World
Monsterhearts
3:16
Fiasco
Games on Demand
How We Came to Live Here
Dog Eat Dog
They Became Flesh
The Play is the Thing
Glitter Guild
Jennisodes
Podge Cast
Walking Eye

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 124: Triggering the Mechanics

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo, Joe

Important Links:
Chicago Game Day
Walking Eye Con

What did

we play (10:20)
Apocalypse World, In a Wicked Age…: Todd, Megan, Joe, Timo
Defenders of the Realm: Timo

Main topic: Triggering the Mechanics (23:00)
Deciding how and when the mechanical aspects of a game should be used can be a complex topic. Even with newer games providing clearer guidelines as to what should trigger mechanics, there’s often a decision to do just that. We hijack this episode with a discussion of how that choice shakes down, and how different games provide different guidance and methodology

Rants (1:09:00)
Timo: I dream of Demon Ninja’s.
Megan: Dear Food, let’s just be friends.
Todd: People, don’t be dicks about religion.

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!

Actual Play: Apocalypse World – The Leviathan

Players: Megan, Todd, Joe, Timo

As promised, content! Perhaps not quite as timely as usual, but that’s because Timo is slow as usual. Still, better late than never, right? Right? Bueller?

We’re currently playing a game of Apocalypse world set on a zeppelin called “The Leviathan,” travelling between locations in an Empire recently risen to power by exploiting the psychic powers of brainers, all under an endless red cloud-cover sky, which is, literally, the psychic maelstrom. This is the third session of that game, showing the rescue of a crew member from the clutches of the Empire and the aftermath.

The Player Characters:

-Timo is playing a Savvyhead named Tai, a young woman who grew up on the Leviathan.
-Joe is playing a Maestro’D named Rose, who is currently trying to stir up animosity against her brainer daughter Gams (an NPC).
-Megan is playing Goldie, a chopper who heads up a lost-boys-esque gang of young rouges on gliders.

Important NPCs include:

-Gams, Rose’s brainer daughter who helps run the ship (see above).
-Captain Foster, the young captain of the Leviathan.
-Rolfball, her first mate, a charming and friendly young man.
-Carna, Thuy, and Pamming, Tai’s mechanic crew.
-Princie, a soldier for the Empire (the Empire is called “Six Flags” and their soldiers are called “Grays”) who has been pressganged by the Leviathan.
-8Track and Toodles, a father and daughter team who are muscle on the ship.

We’re also using a wiki to keep our information about the game so far, you can look up details here, if you want to know more about NPCs, the world, etc.

Something to listen for: we decide to do this session using a series of flashbacks and it winds up being an interesting experiment because things in the “past” that happen can’t mess with what happens in the “future,” which we have already established, but the tricksy rolls weren’t always helping out with that.

Interestingly enough, Apocalypse World provides a pretty ready-made solution to deal with such things (since the MC makes “moves” there’s nothing saying that what happens when a character blows a roll has to be physical damage to them: I can always do something bad that’s not physical damage using one of the other moves that’s not “trade harm for harm”) BUT the events around it do show both the difficulty and the payoff of imposing certain narrative conventions on gaming. Fun!

Episode 77: Born Again Gamers

Hosts: Megan, Joe, Todd, Scott, JOHNKELLY

This cast we talk about the returners, the prodigals, the once-and-now-again: Born again gamers. There’s a whole subsection of gamers who gamed once upon a when, disappeared, and returned back to the hobby. We talk about being a born again gamer and what brings people back to the game.

Banter: Back on topic, Crazy Joe and the Sound of Cooking, why not punch a fire?, a little about the real Joe.

What we played this week (6:50)
Godlike (Todd, Megan)
Civilization Boardgame (Megan)
Descent (Scott)
Call of Cthulhu (Scott)
Dawg (Scott, Todd, Megan)
Serenity (Todd)
Forbidden Island (Todd)
Defenders of the Realm (Todd)
S/lay W/me (Joe)

Main topic: Born again Gamers (14:55)
Times away: Todd (8) Megan (15) Joe (10)
Megan: Theatre stole my soul, but I dun took it back (16:50)
Listening to podcasts from the middle ages got me back in (Critical Hits, Major Spoilers) (18:30)
(Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, The Elfish Gene) (21:45)
Joe: Paying off the student loans, frustration with the games. (24:30)
Finding new games that sounded more better (25:44)
Todd was broked! (27:00)
Video games showed me the path back (31:15)
Losing your group can be the death knell (34:20)
Scott: breaking in to a new game group (36:00)
Revisiting the books (37:22)
JOHNKELLY interrupts(40:00)
Joe’s presidency (40:15)
The addiction creeps up on you. (41:00)
Gamer Missionaries (42:35)
Todd gets all sociological, and then shuts JOHNKELLY the fuck down (DAMN!) (43:32)
Todd is embarrassed by his shows (44:50)
If I’m not going to game now, then when? (Scott is no longer

the oldest on the cast!) (46:00)
Sociology thing: Identity used to come from more stable things (36:40)
Giving yourself permission to be nerdy (48:55)
Identity is what you’re in to, not so much the things you do (50:00)
Adults of leisure (52:45)
The bubbling! (54:20)
When I grow up: not such a hot idea anymore (55:35)
This is across hobbies (ravelry, Stich it!) (58:30)
Trying to stay near the game (1:01:30)

Rants (01:03:43)
JOHNKELLY: Cityscape is one of the best 3.5 books ever
Scott: Mechwarrior is ridiculously crunchy (but my fun is solid)
Todd: The Godlike you touch me in weird places
Megan: Epic Win is the best thing EVER.
Joe: There are too many good games.

RETURN OF THE BUBBLING!!!! (01:12:15)

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.