Episode 112 – Getting Kids into Games

May 6, 2017

Getting Kids into Games

Recorded at Breakout Con 2017

Presented by Daniel Kwan, Rachel Kahn, Sean Munro and moderator Pieter van Hiel  

We love role-playing games! Regardless of the game system, the storytelling, dice rolling, teamwork, and creative thinking involved in all tabletop RPGs have had a profound impact on our lives. But how do you introduce families and children to the imagination, storytelling, empowerment, and cooperation involved in gaming? Find out how to lay the groundwork for future, more complicated RPG sessions with your kids and family!

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Episode 111 – Being a Great Player

April 29, 2017

Being a Great Player

Recorded at Breakout Con 2017

Presented by Emily Griggs, Jason Pitre, Moyra Turkington and Chris Chung, moderated by Corey Reid.

A great GM can only craft an amazing tabletop RPG experience with the help of great players. A discussion of how to be one of those players, improving the at-table experience for both yourself and everyone else. Includes discussions on roleplaying technique, communal storytelling, and how experienced players can help welcome new players into the hobby.

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Epsiode 109 – Designing Intersectionally

April 1, 2017

Playing and Designing at the Intersections: Creating Good Allyship

Recorded at Metatopia 2015RPG-Design-Panelcast-sml

Presented by Kat Jones, Krista White, Elsa S. Henry & K.N. Granger.

This roundtable will focus on how to design and run games from an intersectional feminist standpoint. We will discuss different ways a game can be intersectional including: mechanics, characters, artwork, and more. Drawing on concrete examples from panelists about their own design process, as well as games that have influenced them, we will offer suggestions for designing intersectional games. We will also give some examples of how to make pre-existing games and systems more intersectional. Topics included in the discussion will be: how to fail forward, how to be a good ally, and how to respectfully write about marginalized groups when coming from a position of privilege

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Episode 106 – Making your First Game

January 22, 2017

Making your First Game

Recorded at Metatopia 2015RPG-Design-Panelcast-sml

Presented by Mark Richardson, John Adamus & Jason Walters.

So, you’ve decided to make your first game. How exciting! Discuss what pitfalls to avoid and what strategies can speed you toward success with designers also making their first game.

Note that Mark’s first game is Headspace, currently available at Indie Press Revolution!

John’s first game, Noir World, is coming to kickstarter soon!

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Episode 104 – Cyber Infiltration Hotsheet

January 8, 2017

Cyber Infiltration Hotsheet: Prepping to GM a Cyberheist

Recorded at Metatopia 2015

Presented by Shane Harsch, Tim Rodriguez & Mark Richardson.

What a cyberpunk GM should consider when prepping a cyberheist to keep the drama at least nominally grounded in reality (watch Mr. Robot before attending)

This is a follow up to Episode 50, the panel on Hacking in RPGs. 

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Episode 103 – Superhero RPGs

December 8, 2016

Superhero Games Across the Multiverse

Recorded at Metatopia 2015

Presented by Dave Chalker, Cam Banks, Darren Watts & Christopher Badell

Superheroes are more popular than ever in the movies and on TV, and there are more games about superheroes than there’s ever been. What makes a superhero game a superhero game? How do you make your superhero game distinct? What are the most important aspects of a superhero game to make it feel heroic?

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Episode 93 – Heartwrenchers: Emotional RPGs

August 31, 2016

Heartwrenchers: Emotional RPGs

Recorded at Gencon 2016

Presented by Jason Pitre, Shoshanna Kessock and Emily Care Boss

The very best roleplaying games will tug on the heart strings during play. Whether the games make you feel love, grief or rage, they make for a memorable play experience. We will discuss these emotion-rich games, and what makes them tick like a broken heart.

Apologies for poor sound quality on this recording.

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Episode 92: Introduction to RPG Publishing

August 20, 2016

Introduction to RPG Publishing

Recorded at Gencon 2016

Presented by Jason Pitre, Shoshanna Kessock and Caleb Stokes

Want to publish a roleplaying game? This panel, sponsored by the Indie Game Developer Network, is here to get started, avoiding the hidden pitfalls. Learn about Kickstarter, budgeting, distribution, printing, and the other black arts of publishing.

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Episode 91 – Intro to RPG Design

August 15, 2016

Introduction to RPG Design

Recorded at Gencon 2016

Presented by Jason Pitre, Dustin Depenning, Emily Care Boss, Shoshanna Kessock

You can design games, and we want to help. This panel, sponsored by the Indie Game Developer Network, is here to get you started by sharing resources and best practices.  Want to find out the basic of game design? We are here to help show you the way.

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Episode 90 – Fictional Cartography v2

August 11, 2016

Fictional Cartography

Recorded at Metatopia 2015RPG-Design-Panelcast-sml

Presented by Mark Richardson & Kenneth Hite

Presented by Mark Richardson & Kenneth Hite. A discussion of map making for use in games. From tools to methodology and creative process. Learn what goes in to bringing life to the maps at the center of our gaming tables!

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