Episode 168: The Wrath of Con

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Todd

In this episode, we discuss running and playing games at cons. We also shoot the shit for a really long time at the beginning (and I cut out an 8 minute tangent on the Civil War. Seriously).

Relevant info:

14:30- What’d we play?
Megan and Joe: Shooting the Moon
Todd: Sentinels of the Multiverse, Sleeping Dogs

28:15- Topic: Gaming at conventions. With Gencon coming up, we thought we’d have a little discussion about Con gaming, especially since Joe and Todd will be GMs at Games on Demand this year.

1:25:22- Rants:
-Todd- CAR TROUBLE!
-Megan- Dr. Boyfriend presents!
-Joe- I’m a DIY guy!

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Episode 161: Reflecting On/Discussing Games

Hosts: Megan, Timo, Todd

What’d We Play? (9:20)
Megan- Just Dance 4
Timo- Uncharted 3, The Walking Dead
Todd- Ascension, Dungeon World

Topic: Reflecting on your game (23:20)
We discuss the benefits of discussing your games and reflecting on them at various points between and during sessions.

Rants/Plugs (1:18:44)
Jank on Demand is happening this month!
We’ll be at Forge Midwest!
Timo- What’s up with the burbs?
Megan- BEHOLD! THE VORTEX!
Todd- Smooth McGroove is relevant to your interests.

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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 154: Making Decisions in the Moment

Hosts: Todd, Megan, Timo

What did we play? (2:00)
Bachannal: Timo, Megan
Fiasco: Megan
Mountain Witch: Timo
Time Cellist: Todd, Megan

Main Topic: Making Decisions in the Moment (25:40)
One of our listeners asked us to talk about improvisation a little bit.

It’s a topic we’ve covered before, but it got us thinking about how we make decisions and react when we’re playing games and not deciding ahead of time what’s going to happen.

Rants (1:12:43)
Timo: Ted is kind of rapey.
Todd: Mean nerds are the worst.
Megan: The etiquette of door holding is weird.

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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 153: Awkward and Uncomfortable

Hosts: Joe, Megan, Rob, Timo, Todd

What did we play? (3:33)
Bachannal: Joe, Rob, Todd, Megan
Descent 2: Todd
Borderlands 2: Megan, Todd, Timo
Uncharted 2, Seasons: Timo
Bioshock: Rob
Mass Effect 1: Joe
D&D Lair Assault: Megan

Main Topic: Awkward and Uncomfortable (14:02)
Of late we have been playing in some awkward and uncomfortable fictional space, and loving it. We spend the cast talking about how we do that and what we find rewarding about being in that space.

Rants (1:37:25)
Rob: Academia is just terrible.
Megan: I have turned in to a catty bitch, and it’s pretty good living.
Todd: Shoutout to Canon Puncture and RPGCrosstalk.
Timo: Glad my job is over, and man I love my company
Joe: Now that my husband is back, my mood is so much better.

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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 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.

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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!

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!

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!