Nov 23 2017

Jianghu Hustle #4 – Setting the Stakes; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

This time, we meditate at the peak of Mount Wudan in the hopes that we can learn to hold the Green Destiny in stillness. We’re talking about setting the stakes in wuxia stories through the lens of the all-time masterpiece of the genre, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. How much would you risk for the things you hold dear?

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Nov 20 2017

Cypher Speak Episode 23: We got skills, they’re multiplying

Troy & Darcy talk about how to bring Star Wars to the Cypher System.

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Nov 20 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 84: Indie Panda Jones and the Metatopia of Doom

Part two of our accidental two parter! Senda and Phil talk about the games that they brought to Metatopia, the experiences of those playtests, and gush more about how cool it was! Unfortunately due to continued con drop there are no bonus outtakes today.

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Nov 17 2017

MMP#284 – Converting New Gamers

Chris and Nikki get together for this episode of MMP where they talk about how to get new people into gaming and then how to retain them. They hit the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between.

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1:10 – What’s Going On

10:13 – The Workshop: Converting New Gamers

1:12:22 – The Social Media Depository

Nov 14 2017

H&FotOSR#24 – Edwin Nagy

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Edwin Nagy. They talk Gamehole Con, Extra Life & more. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at  hobbsnfriends@misdirectedmark.com.

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Nov 13 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 83: Indie Panda Jones and the Raiders of Metatopia

Senda and Phil went to Metatopia! It was our first time, so of course we’re talking about it! A LOT! More than we thought! Despite the amount of exclamation points here, we were actually hitting con drop really badly, so there are no Patreon outtakes this week!

We talk about how the convention works, how it’s different, and some highlights of what we saw and played there.

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Nov 11 2017

Advantage to Insight – Mark Merida on The Role Initiative

Advantage to Insight returns with one fan, one insight, and roll them together for the best result! Mark Merida joins the show to talk about his background and experience with organizing events with The Role Initiative and how the organization got started.

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Nov 10 2017

MMP#283 – Hodge Podge & Phil at Metatopia

Hey folks. This week we talk about a little of everything as Phil comes back from Metatopia and Chris decides to get topics to talk about from everywhere. Enjoy and let us know how we’re doing.

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1:56 – What’s Going On

13:58 – The Bar: Hodge Podge

Nov 10 2017

DwD&D#124 – Xanathar’s Guide to Everything DM Stuff

Let’s get down with the the Beholder’s guide on the DM side. Shawn and Chris groove on the DM tools in Xanathar’s Guide to everything. Get down.

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Nov 08 2017

Gnomecast #28 – What Ifs

Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. This episode we have Ang, John, and Avery talking about What Ifs.

Nov 07 2017

H&FofOSR #23 – Kiel Chenier

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Kiel Chenier. They talk Blood in the Chocolate,  Dungeons & Donuts and Extra Life. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at  hobbsnfriends@misdirectedmark.com.

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Nov 06 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 82: The Topics Strike Back

TOPIC ROUND UP PART II! Senda and Phil talk how to give advice to a GM who doesn’t know they need advice and feels on organized play. Also, dinosaur universities.

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Nov 06 2017

Cypher Speak Episode 22: A long time ago, in a podcast far far away…

Troy & Darcy talk about how to bring Star Wars to the Cypher System.

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Nov 05 2017

The Lounge. Bridget and Dragon Bagons

We welcome Bridget Hughes, owner of Wayward Masquerade and creator of Dragon Bagons to the Lounge. She’s here to chat about herself, her dragons, and her other creations all the way from New Zealand. So sit back and enjoy the conversation.

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Nov 03 2017

Jianghu Hustle 3 – Violence as Storytelling

Are you ready to learn everything you can about Kung Fu gaming. Well open your ears, stretch out those limbs, and get ready to have your ears pummled with some high flying kung fu fighting fun. It’s Eli Kurtz and Eric Farmer dropping knowledge all over the place.

Let us know what you think of the show, how to improve it, and where the pair should go in the future.

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INTRO

  • ELI: “Hello, welcome to Jianghu Hustle! I’m here with my co-host, Eric Farmer.
  • ERIC: And I’m here with my co-host, Eli Kurtz. Today, we’re talking about violence as communication through the lens of the movie Hero.( …)
  • DETAILS ABOUT THE MOVIE
    • 2002
    • Director:  Zhang Yimou
    • Writer: Feng Li, Bin Yang, Zhang Yimou
    • Cinematography: Christopher Doyle
  • BANTER/CHAT ABOUT THE MOVIE
    • Summary
  • RESEARCH: Hero
    • My Theory Which is Mine
      • In wuxia, a fight is constructed of story beats that communicate to
        • The audience
        • The characters
      • Wuxia stories inhabits the limits of its fictional space/setting
        • Hero is a good and bad example of this
        • Extremely explicit
    • We’ve been tricked. There’s no fighting in this movie!
      • Violence isn’t violence/violence is still violence
      • Competence (Sky vs. Soldiers) & (Nameless vs. Sky)
        • Fights with a sheathed weapon!
        • Escalation: 1, 2, 4
        • A conceit of wuxia (Scale): if a knight errant is a better fighter than another, the other will never beat them unless the situation changes dramatically.
        • Hope/Fear Cycle
          • Literal/Fictional positioning
        • This fight is a cheat!
          • Recontextualizing past events
          • In every timeline, Flying Snow kills Broken Sword
      • Emotional Conflict (Moon vs. Flying Snow)
        • Moon is outmatched. She demonstrates her emotional trauma of the betrayals she’s experienced: her unrequited love trampled, the death of that love by the hands of another
          • It clearly makes her sloppy and she’s not as talented as Flying Snow.
        • The Turn: the hair cut. The possibility of Moon winning is still impossible, but Flying Snow changes her goal from avoidance to confrontation.
          • Her anger and sadness at her own actions gets to be released onto Moon.
        • Experience regret beats innocent rage.
      • True Communication of Spirit (Broken Sword vs. The King)
        • The scale of the Jianghu
        • The fighting styles match, demonstrating a similarity in spirit.
          • When the swords meet, and the death blow is possible.
          • The literal barriers (the cloth falls) are also figurative
        • This exchange reads strangely to Western audiences.
          • Like Luke fighting Vader and realizing that the Empire is a good idea.
    • The End of the Jianghu
      • Tiānxià (天下) which literally means “Under heaven”
      • Revisionist Westerns: The End of the Gunslinger
  • GAMEABLE IDEAS
    • Wrestling isn’t Wrestling
    • Themes & Signifiers
      • Colors, Candles, Music
    • Triangles
      • Broken Sword, Flying Snow, Moon – Literal Love Triangle
      • Flying Snow, Broken Sword, Nameless – Also Love Triangle, but a Conflict in vision
      • Nameless, Broken Sword, The King- Enemies Sharing a Vision
      • Broken Sword, Flying Snow, The King- Wisdom vs. Decorum
    • Recontextualizing
      • Letting the players have that authority
    • Complicated structure, simple plots
  • STEALING AS ART
    • Apocalypse World
      • NPC-PC-NPC triangles
    • Swords Without Master
      • Phases
    • Microscope
      • Recontextualizing
      • Black/White tones
  • COMMENTS
    • PK Sullivan:
      • The show does have me thinking about the parallels between wuxia and superheroes. Thoughts aren’t coherent yet but they’re there.
      • How do you push the conflicting obligations and beliefs of a xia to create drama in a game? Such as personal honor vs. following orders.
    • Todd Crapper: Are there any non-wuxia films like The Raid that would fit the genre?
      • Answer: let’s be clear: wuxia is more about story than action.
    • Todd Zircher
      • More of a statement that a question, but the only RPG that I know of that uses violence as communication is Amber Diceless.  In Amber, every character is a master of warfare by human standards.  Crossing swords is one way to read another character and get a measure of their power level.
    • JJ Lanza
      • How does martial style relate to the communication? For example, crane vs. snake? Or sword vs.spear? Is there a lingua franca?
    • Phil Vecchione
      • Can you discuss the kinds of story beats in a fight…how the fight goes back and forth. Beats that reveal information, beats that display characteristics, etc.
    • Per Folmer
      • I’d love to hear your opinion about the way they use weightlessness and what they mean to portray through that.
    • Avi Waksberg
      • What makes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon so good?
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Nov 02 2017

MMP#282 – Spotlight

Phil, Chris, & Bob, talk about spotlight, sharing it, giving it, moving it, what it means, the whole damn light fixture.

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1:49 – What’s Going On

23:07 – The Garage: Setting Stakes

1:09:43 – The Social Media Depository

Nov 02 2017

DwD&D#123 – The Mechanics of Campaigns

Let’s get down with the rules we can use and how to mod them for campaigns. Shawn and Chris groove on downtime and more in this episode. Get down.

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Oct 30 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 81: A New Topic (Round Up)

It’s time for our yearly topic round up! Sometimes, there are topics we can’t quite wrap our brains around in to our format for whatever reason., but we don’t want to leave those poor topics out alone in the cold….no! We save them up for our topic round up. In today’s episode, Phil and Senda talk Story momentum, appropriating ideas from other media, and more! Also, Ditch Lilies trivia aka improv developing the fake history of our favorite fake band, what is up with the Simon says, and the secret dual file past of this episode.

WE WILL BE AT METATOPIA! Come find us and say hi if you will too!

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Oct 27 2017

Gnomecast #27 – Halloween Games

Welcome to the Gnomecast, the Gnome Stew’s tabletop gaming advice podcast. Here we talk with the other gnomes about gaming things to avoid becoming part of the stew. So I guess we’d better be good. This episode we have Ang, Senda, and the newest gnome Taylor, talking about Halloween games.

Oct 26 2017

DwD&D#122 – Endings

Let’s get down with the end of the Campaign. Shawn and Chris dish hard on how to wrap things up. Get down.

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Oct 26 2017

MMP#281 – Setting Stakes

Phil, Chris, & Bob, talk about setting stakes in games in the Garage. The Social Media Depository goes into another conversation about We Can Do Better.

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1:50 – What’s Going On

20:25 – The Garage: Setting Stakes

1:24:29 – The Social Media Depository

Oct 23 2017

Cypher Speak Episode 21: Dinosaurs are a Girl’s Best Friend

Troy & Darcy talk about the amazing new companion rules in Predation.

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Oct 23 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 80: A Human by Any Other Name

Show us how you handle human like and inhuman species at your table! Phil and Senda talk cultural extrapolation when we share many features (like opposable thumbs) and when we don’t (literally made of eyes). Also, the Ditch Lilies, fish faces, and I sense the impending twitter explosion.

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Oct 19 2017

MMP#280 – Character Backgrounds

Phil, Chris, & Bob, talk about Character Backgrounds

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2:10 – What’s Going On

15:08 – The Workshop: Narrative Positioning

1:10:27 – The Social Media Depository

Oct 18 2017

DwD&D#121 – The Middles of Campaign

Let’s get down with the Middles of Campaigns. Shawn and Chris are talking all about what to do with your 2nd acts and how to keep things going. Get Down.

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