Chris Sniezak

Author's details

Name: Christopher Sniezak
Date registered: February 6, 2012
URL: http://misdirectedmark.com

Latest posts

  1. MMP#284 – Converting New Gamers — November 17, 2017
  2. H&FotOSR#24 – Edwin Nagy — November 14, 2017
  3. MMP#283 – Hodge Podge & Phil at Metatopia — November 10, 2017
  4. DwD&D#124 – Xanathar’s Guide to Everything DM Stuff — November 10, 2017
  5. Gnomecast #28 – What Ifs — November 8, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. MMP #111 – Atomic Marvel Dice Masters and Fudging Part 2 — 11 comments
  2. Episode #85 – Fred Hicks and Con on the Cob — 6 comments
  3. Episode #105 – The New GM and Moving Day — 6 comments
  4. A Rant on House Rules — 6 comments
  5. MMP#127 – Chattin with Mappin, Mass Effect RPG, & AMP Year One — 5 comments

Author's posts listings

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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Time Stamps

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 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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Time Stamps

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 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.

Links

Dragon Bagons Kickstarter

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.

Show Notes

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?
  • CONTACT US

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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Time Stamps

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 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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Time Stamps

1:50 – What’s Going On

20:25 – The Garage: Setting Stakes

1:24:29 – The Social Media Depository

Oct 19 2017

MMP#280 – Character Backgrounds

Phil, Chris, & Bob, talk about Character Backgrounds

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Time Stamps

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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Oct 13 2017

Games People Play: The Grocery Store Game

Desperate times call for bananas.

We’re joined by tabletop game designer Joshua A.C. Newman to talk about…grocery stores! We cover self-checkout machines, queuing theory, toilet paper preferences, and panic attacks in the spaghetti sauce aisle.

Read more at http://gamespeopleplay.libsyn.com/#BiJ6vTksFi6ukCA1.99

Oct 12 2017

Gnomecast 26 – What Elements Make a Good One Shot

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, JT, and Matt, talking about Elements that make for a good One Shot.

Oct 12 2017

DwD&D#120 – Starting Your Campaign

Let’s get down with first adventures and story arcs. Shawn and Chris are talking all about Starting your Campaign with that first session and first story arc. Get Down.

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Oct 12 2017

MMP#279 – Narrative Positioning

Phil, Chris, Bob, and Jason Hobbs of Hobbs & Friends of the OSR are talking about Narrative Positioning.

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Time Stamps

2:19 – What’s Going On

12:30 – The Workshop: Narrative Positioning

1:11:20 – The Social Media Depository

Oct 12 2017

Jianghu Hustle 2 – The Jianghu, Iron Monkey, The Magic Blade

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

Show Notes

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ppX6zdjS89A3BRiws5e2ljc4bI5cIz5I7gZcDcgo8w8/edit?usp=sharing

Oct 09 2017

H&FotOSR#20 – Frank Mentzer

On this episode Hobbs is joined by The Legendary Frank Mentzer. They talk Empryea, TSR, BECMI, and other things. Enjoy the show and let Jason know how we’re doing in the comments below or email us at  hobbsnfriends@misdirectedmark.com.

Show Notes

  • Introduction
    • Introduce Guest of the week  Frank Mentzer(10 minutes)
      • Old TSR Grognard
        • BECMI
        • Temple of Elemental Evil
        • List goes on
      • How do we know each other
        • Cons
      • Weekly gaming briefly
        • Hobbs (Playtesting Whitebox western game)(WWO online)
        • Frank (?)
      • Everything about YOU! (Never Read Rules Cyclopedia)
        • Frank
    • Frank Mentzer (Main topic)(20 minutes)
      • Any new old TSR Stories
      • Empryea/Aquaria
        • The Aesthetic
        • Multiple version compatability
        • Loxley
          • Eldritch Enterprises
          • The Team
        • The Okay from EGG
        • Is the product OSR or containing BECMI stat blocks
        • Haters – anything to say about their reasoning?

 

  • Timeline – 2008?

 

      • Cons
        • Which is the best
          • Why
        • RPG Awards

 

  • State of the OSR (5 Minutes)

 

    • Is the OSR irrelevant
  • Outro (5 Minutes)
    • Patrons (Appreciation)
      • (David Horrocks), (Brian Miller), (Cody Mazza)
    • @hobbsindeed, @osrnhobbs, www.patreon.com/OSRnHobbs
    • hobbsnfriends@misdirectedmark.com
    • Hobbs & Friends of the OSR G+ Community (418)
    • Hobbs & Friends of the OSR is part of the Misdirected Mark Network, media arm of Encoded Designs

Oct 06 2017

Games People Play: The Making Friends Game

Hannah and Alanna talk about the challenges of making new friends as an adult.

Intro Music: Bah! by Okapi

Oct 05 2017

Gnomecast #24 – Jared Rasher

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 Chris talking with the newest gnome Jared Rasher as we get to know him a bit.

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Oct 05 2017

H&FotOSR#21 – Phil “DNA” Vecchione

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Phil “DNA” Vecchione. They talk OSR gaming, DCC, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and a little about how we should go about dealing with each other on the internet. 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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Oct 04 2017

MMP#278 – Roll When?

Phil, Chris,  & Bob talk about when you roll the dice and how does it affect the play of the game.

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Time Stamps

2:44 – What’s Going On

23:24 – The Garage: Roll When

1:34:54 – The Social Media Depository

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