Social Issues Archive

Episode 244 - Creating Safety Tools

February 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2019

Presented by Kate Bullock, Camdon Wright, Bronwyn Sperling.

Want to learn how to create safety tools that fit your game and are baked into the mechanics instead of just adding pre-established tools on top? This panel dives into the creative and mechanical process of understanding safety and support and integrating it into your ttrpg designs.

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Episode 243 - Responsible Research

February 1, 2020 @ 10:01 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2019

Presented by Jason Pitre, Misha Bushyager, James Mendez Hodes.

Some of the best games deal with heavy topics and challenging subject matter. Creators who look to design or publish games addressing sensitive subject matter need to do due diligence to reduce the chance their work could do harm. In this panel, we will discuss how creators can ethically do the legwork and research to tackle issues of race, sexuality, identity, and trauma.

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Episode 241 - Nostalgia as a Genre

January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2019

Presented by Shoshanna Kessock, Brian Neff, Doug Levandowski, and Sean Jaffe.

Echoes of the late 20th century are all around us in 2019, especially in pop culture and media. Stranger Things, IT, and Bandersnatch have tapped into a rich vein of nostalgia that has entranced audience and permeated our time. Gaming, especially tabletop gaming, has been depicted as a vital part of 80s culture. In return, game creators are tapping into both the renewed interest in the hobby, and the evocation of nostalgia for this time period. In this panel we'll be exploring this recursive relationship with creators from Kids on Bikes and Rememorex. We’ll talk role playing and nostalgia, how to evoke an authentic sense of a time period, and what has drawn us as creators back to the past.

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Episode 235 - Designing RPGs With Safety Tools Included

December 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh and Alex Roberts.

Let's talk about integrating safety tools into your design process from the foundation. Yes, the x-card is valuable. Let's talk about design that builds the next generation of tools in from the beginning

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Episode 233 - Deconstructing Religion in your Games

November 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Shoshana Kessock, James Mendez Hodes.

Religion has held sway across the world in various forms, and its influence has molded everything from how we live our everyday lives to the laws we make and the entertainment we consume. We will take a look at how real world religious ideologies have impacted the games we create, how they influence the worlds we build, and how we might deconstruct those ideas to approach our games from a different perspective. Specific care will be taken to contrast western ideologies from across the world.

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Episode 232 - Making Your (Alt-)Historical Setting More Inclusive

November 16, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Eric Simon, Shoshana Kessock.

History is more diverse than we think. Whether you're developing settings that are close to real history or highly speculative alt-history, there's always room to expand representation by highlighting real people and experiences. Let's research together in this interactive workshop!

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Episode 225 - Queer Erasure

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Sam Saltiel, Elsa Henry, Avonelle Wing, Eli Eaton.

Queer Erasure: Queerness is not a monolith. Queer game design is not immune to erasure, and by examining the state of currently available and celebrated games (and games) that address queerness, we can explore ways to expand our narratives to include the entire glorious rainbow.

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Episode 216 - Appoaching Allyship from an Intersectional Perspective

July 27, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Julia Ellingboe and Brand Robins.

Approaching Allyship from a Genuinely Intersectional Perspective. There's no formal roadmap to being a "good" ally. It's easy to scratch the surface and stop moving, because you've challenged your own paradigm. That's not enough. Let's brainstorm tools and tactics for guiding allies towards functional engagement.

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Episode 215 - Truth, Survival, and Empowerment in Darker Narratives

July 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Mabel Harper, Avonelle Wing, Misha Bushyager, and Eli Eaton.

A discussion about why some people, specifically members of minority groups, might feel drawn to darker games and survival narratives, and how fiction of this nature both describes reality and can also provide answers, empowerment, and revolutionary verve in a world that is hostile to racial, sexual, ethnic, and gender minorities

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Episode 212 - How to be an Ally

June 29, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Anne Ratchat, Misha Bushyager, James Mendez Hodes, Eli Eaton & Jonaya Kemper with moderation by Jason Pitre

Knowing how to support people is always difficult. When considering different backgrounds and identities, good intentions can backfire. This panel will introduce what to consider when being an ally and some ways to assist in a productive manner.

EDITOR's NOTE: The audio recorder stopped recording 2/3rds of the way into this panel, but the content here is still quite valuable. Enjoy!

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