Episode 213 - Eat, Drink, and be Merry

• July 6th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Kristen Roberts and Jennifer Gutterman

Eat, Drink & Be Merry: Developing Cultural Touchstones for Immersive World Building".  Building dynamic worlds for your game is not just about swords, guns and magic. Much of what gives our world it's depth and richness is rooted in environment and evolving cultural traditions. Using examples like native cuisines, holidays, and slang terminology, this workshop will focus on how to develop setting-specific cultural touchstones that are relatable for your audience without being derivative or anachronistic. Incorporating these details into your game design not only creates a more immersive environment for your players, but also helps to build community and bring people together in real life. Join our workshop, bring your setting concepts, and learn about how to add and emphasize these important socio-cultural concepts in your world building and game design


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Episode 212 - How to be an Ally

• June 29th, 2019

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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Episode 211 - Diversity at the Table

• June 22nd, 2019

Recorded at Breakout 2019

Presented by Daniel Kwan, Agatha Cheng, Amar, Kienna S. and James Mendez Hodes with moderation by Daniel Kwan.

How do we make our games and tables more inclusive? How do we make our stories more interesting and diverse? Join the Asians Represent! podcast crew as they discuss and answer these questions.

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Episode 210 - What’s Off Limits for Games?

• June 15th, 2019

Recorded at Breakout 2019

Presented by Nicole Winchester, Mo Turkington, Misha Bushyager, Sharang Biswas & Jonaya Kemper with moderation by Jason Pitre

Different individuals, communities, countries, and cultures have different ideas about what LARPs and roleplaying games should and should not address, and as gaming communities interact on and offline these ideas often come into conflict. What is acceptable in a game, and who gets to make that decision? How do we have productive and compassionate conversations about these issues? Are there things that games are not equipped to address, or are we limiting games by limiting their subjects?

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Episode 209 - Let Go of the Reins

• June 8th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Tracy Gibbons, James D'Amato, Bianca Zelda, Daniel Kwan with moderation by Victoria Rogers

You don't need to prep for hours to run a fun game that everyone will enjoy. GMing doesn't have to be a daunting experience. This panel will talk about ways to let go of the reins and give everyone at the table a chance to collaborate and create the story together.

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Episode 208 - GM Masterclass

• June 1st, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Chris Spivey, Robin Laws, James Mendez Hodes, with moderation by Corey Reid

Bring your thorniest GMing problems to our doughty panel, in a Q & A event focused on practical solutions to dilemmas both classic and new

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Episode 207 - Online Games

• May 25th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Stephanie Bryant, Harlan Guthrie, Jo Fallak with moderation by Jennifer Adcock

An overview and discussion of virtual tabletops for playing tabletop games online, remotely as well as with an at-table device. Features to expect, different playstyles, etc.

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Episode 206 - Running Convention Games

• May 18th, 2019

Recorded at Breakout 2019

Presented by Camdon Wright, Angela Murray and Chris Spivey, with moderation by Senda Linaugh

Let’s face it, some games are just better for cons than others! This panel of experts will discuss what makes a game a good pick for a con. What kind of mechanics work best? What kind of stories? How do you stay on time? How do you invest your players quickly in your game? All this and your questions!

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Episode 205 - Larp 101

• May 11th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Anne Ratchet Nicole Winchester, Moyra Turkington and Jonaya Kemper

Have you always wanted to play LARPs at Breakout or out in the ‘real world’? Or are you wary of LARP and want your questions answered about this embodied form of play? Come on by to learn more about the different kinds of LARP, how to decide if a LARP is for you, how to tell if a LARP is safer space and more! We’ll also discuss our experiences with LARP as creators and players, offer examples of LARP from ‘black-box’ indie larps to rustic boffer campaigns to elaborate ‘blockbuster’ adventures, and talk about some LARPs you can play (or buy) at Breakout! 

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Episode 204 - Creating Engaging Characters

• May 4th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Emily Griggs, Camdon Wright, Sharang Biswas, & Cat Ramen

Most great stories start with great characters, and the stories told around a game table are no exception. A discussion about creating player characters that will engage everyone in the table, and help tell amazing stories that everyone will enjoy.

Panelists: Emily Griggs, Camdon Wright, Sharang Biswas, Cat Ramen
Moderator: Emily Griggs

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Episode 203 - Designing Asian Themes in Board and Roleplaying Games

• April 27th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by James Mendez Hodes, Sharang Biswas, Agatha Cheng. Moderated by Daniel Kwan  Regrets from Banana Chan 

Are you interested in how Asian cultures can inspire games and game design? Are you curious about Asian portrayal in games? Join us for a panel discussion about these topics as experienced Asian TTRPG, LARP, and board game designers discuss cultural and historical themes. We will talk through examples that we’ve seen, the differences between Asian American and overseas Asian perspectives, and the impact of thoughtful representation and why it matters.

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Episode 202 - What Art can do for your Game

• April 20th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Shel Khan & Emily Griggs, with moderation by Jonathan Lavallee

A breakdown of how the art you include in your RPG book contributes to your RPG as a marketing technique, as education and information for your GM, and as permission and inspiration for players.

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Episode 201 - Board Game Design Basics

• April 13th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Allysha Tulk, Nikki Valens, Shannon McDowell and moderated by Daryl Andrews

Common practices and workflow when designing games, including the basic expectations, and the basic assumptions of design work. Notes, playtesting, knowing your audience and art will all be discussed as we walk through what it is like to build a Boardgame.

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Episode 200 - Publishing on a Tight Budget

• April 6th, 2019

Recorded at BreakoutCon 2019

Presented by Todd Crapper, Tim Rodriguez, Cheyenne Grimes with moderation by Bronwyn Friesen

Not everyone has access to thousands of dollars or the benefit of a successful Kickstarter under their belt. Many indie publishers start off with financial difficulties, including poverty, but are driven to create new and exciting games. This panel looks to provide some "tips and tricks" for creating games on a tight budget or with no funds at all.

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Episode 199 - Horror Mechanics

• March 30th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Anne Ratchat, Kenneth Hite, Elsa Henry, Julia Ellingboe, Jabari Weathers

Horror Mechanics (For More Than Just Horror)"In the genre of horror, game designers and writers have developed an arsenal of tools specifically to disempower the characters in their worlds. These mechanics are assumed one-trick ponies but can also serve as useful mechanics for empowering play as well when understood. The goal of this panel is to break down why specific horror mechanics work and how to use them effectively, regardless of genre.

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Episode 198 - Choice Mechanics

• March 23rd, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Anne Ratchat, Rob Donoghue

In each game, players make choices starting character design/assignment. How does a designer balance creating meaningful decisions while balancing choice paralysis? How does the feel of the game change by increasing and decreasing choices available?

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Episode 197 - You Need a Business Partner!

• March 16th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward.

When turning your board game idea into a board game company, the first step is sorting out the logistics. Unless you have a burning desire to deal with accountants, spreadsheets, corporate structures, and The Joy of Taxes, you need a business partner. Nicole Perry and Peter Hayward are business partners; listen to them discuss how they split tasks, make sure that everything is covered, and the unexpected benefits of working closely with a partner. 

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Episode 196 - So you want to be a Podcaster!

• March 9th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Philip Vecchione, Senda Linaugh, Monica Speca.

Podcasting is the new blogging. Fame, fortune, influence. Or...software glitches, audience-building, busy cohosts. Let's talk about the complications and joys of being a podcaster in a roundtable format.

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Episode 195 - Ask a Marketing Expert

• March 2nd, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by: Beth Rimmels, Mike Roberts & Mandy Perry.

Learn the answers to your specific marketing & promotion questions from the experts. Beth Rimmels & Mike Roberts work for a digital marketing agency and are experts in social media marketing and SEO (how people find you on Google). Mandy Perry is an expert in tumblr marketing who just wrapped their first highly successful Kickstarter. This interactive workshop will also include live analysis of web sites as time allows. Bring your questions and learn how to get the word out about your product and establish a professional presence online. 

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Episode 194 - Love like a Bomb

• February 23rd, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Kate Beaman-Martinez and Jonaya Kemper

"Love Like A Bomb". We're going to examine some evolving wisdom about balanced, healthy intimate relationships and apply it to group dynamics. In this case, we're going to talk about how the concept of "love bombing" applies to gaming communities.

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Episode 193 - Intersectional Feminism

• February 16th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Julia Ellingboe, Moyra Turkington, Jonaya Kemper, and Misha Bushyager.

"Intersectional Feminism: Game Design That Tackles Topics that Matter". Designing historical games is complicated, especially when we're telling the stories of people who are often forgotten. How do we handle those stories without accidentally perpetuating or compounding existing damage?

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Episode 192 - Metaphorical Games

• February 9th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Jason Pitre, Mark Diaz Truman, Kate Bullock

Games are art, and can explore challenging subject material. It can often be useful to use fictional metaphors to recontextualize these difficult topics and make them easier to to examine with a layer of emotional distance. On this panel, the speakers will explore how and when to use metaphors in your game design, and the pitfalls to avoid.

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Episode 191 - We Want to Sign your Game

• February 2nd, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Nicole Perry, Peter Hayward, & Curt Covert.

Every publisher is looking for the next big hit. Every time they sit down with you, they want your game to be that hit. Here are some simple tips to making games that publishers are excited to sign.

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Episode 190 - Success Through Iteration

• January 26th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by Jay Treat, Mark Richardson.

How much do you change your game between tests? Which way do you change it? How do you evaluate playtester feedback and suggestions against your design goals? When do you stop tweaking or abandon a path? Iteration is the key to success not just in a single project but in your design career. Let's talk about how, how to do that better, and what not to do.

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Episode 189 - Expanding Fantasy

• January 19th, 2019

Recorded at Metatopia 2018

Presented by DC

Participate in a discussion about expanding the narrative fantasies applied to tabletop RPGs. The standard "set" of explored backgrounds and settings are not only old, but also fundamentally structured around a singular perspective. Inspecting the foundation of our fiction allows us to better understand the values or pitfalls of those choices, and how they may affect who decides to, or not to, join us at our table

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