Category Archive: Panda’s Talking Games

Panda's Talking Games with Phil and Senda. A short show with Phil of the Misdirected Mark Podcast and Senda of She's a Super Geek as they talk about gaming topics from the campaign vs the one shot perspective.

Dec 26 2016

Panda’s Talking Games – 42: The Answer (to encouraging improv)

Show us how you encourage your players to improv and participate in improv at your table! Phil and Senda answer a listener email, then chat about new year’s gaming resolutions. We also referenced a bunch of things today, so here’s a list of handy links!  Hope you all had wonderful holidays and we’ll see you in the new year! And patrons……there were so many outtakes….so many. Look for the extras. We didn’t have notes.

Panda’s Talking Games 31 – Questions

Panda’s Talking Games 26 – Rainmakers

Rich Roger’s Lady Blackbird with RPG Podcast All-Stars

One Shot: Dialect Part 1

Dec 25 2016

MM Productions Video Christmas Card

Hey Folks. Last thing for this holiday season. We have a video Christmas card for you all. Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Dec 24 2016

MM Productions Holiday Special 2016

Happy Holidays. This is our first network holiday special, well we got as many people involved as we could. It’s full of stories and songs about the Holidays and we hope you enjoy it and your celebrations this holiday season.

Dec 19 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 41 – Missing Players

Show us how you handle empty seats at your table! Senda and Phil tackle the issue of missing players in one shots/convention play vs. campaign play. Some of the issues over lap but of course some don’t! Do you have a creative way of dealing with the empty seat? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or G+.

 

Dec 12 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 40.5 – Waveform Carol

Hi pandas! We admit it — we dropped the ball. Life happened and recording did not. We’ll be back next week with more one shot and campaign (and outtake) goodness, but for this week here is a little waveform carol that we would usually release only to patrons that we’re sharing to thank you all for listening and say Happy Pandadays!

Dec 05 2016

Panda’s Talking Games – 40: Comfort Zone Characters

pandas_talking_games_logo_-_oct_2016-200xEveryone’s got a comfort zone they fall in to with PCs — show us yours!  Phil and Senda talk about their comfort zones, how to mitigate the annoyance of other players when you stick to your comfort zone, and tips for how to break out. There was also a battle of waveform carols. That happened. It was late.

Nov 28 2016

Panda’s Talking Games – 39: Acadecon LIVE

pandas_talking_games_logo_-_oct_2016-200xHey pandas! So last week was Thanksgiving here in the US, and while we thought we had everything planned out so that we would still be on schedule, life came up the only night we could record before holiday travel started. Since we wouldn’t want to miss a week, here is the audio of the live show we did at Acadecon, in panda suits! Patreons already have access to the video to see this, but we’ll be releasing the video to the public also sometime this month. We did a question round up on some things that had been hanging around that we didn’t think we could fill a whole show with, messed up a lot, and this my friends…this is what it sounds like before I put all that stuff at the end.

Enjoy!

 

Nov 21 2016

Panda’s Talking Games – 38: Finding Mr. Right

pandas_talking_games_logo_-_oct_2016-200xShow us how you find the right game for you…you show me yours I’ll show you mine? Phil and Senda talk through key things they currently look for in games, even though it’s an evolving taste. We also talk about a lot of different games on this show. In case you’re looking for them, here are some links in approximate order of mention:

One Last Job: https://gshowitt.itch.io/one-last-job

Dialect: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thornygames/dialect-a-game-about-language-and-how-it-dies (YOU CAN BACK THIS GAME UNTIL 12/9/16 — GET ON IT)

Royal Blood: https://gshowitt.itch.io/royal-blood

Bated Breath: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/195819/Bated-Breath?term=bated+breat&test_epoch=0

All Outta Bubblegum: https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/2h7ezh/saving_all_outta_bubblegum/

Heroine: http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/115174/Heroine

Bluebeard’s Bride: http://www.magpiegames.com/bluebeards-bride/

Loose Threads: (I MISSPOKE THE NAME I’m sorry) http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/196127/Loose-Threads–A-World-of-Adventure-for-Fate-Core?hot60=0&src=hnum

The Witch is Dead: http://imgur.com/a/d8QZe

Lasers and Feelings: http://www.onesevendesign.com/laserfeelings/

Rockerboys and Vending Machines (out now to Patrons — coming soon for everyone else!)

Unbound: http://unboundrpg.com/

Damn the Man, Save the Music: http://makebigthings.com/damn-the-man-save-the-music/

Night’s Black Agents: http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/nights-black-agents/

Hackmaster Basic: http://www.kenzerco.com/hackmaster/

FFG Star Wars: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/#/universe/star-wars

 

 

Nov 14 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 37: Leveling Up Mid Session

pandas_talking_games_logo_-_oct_2016-200xSenda and Phil show us how they handle leveling up characters mid session! It’s not something we’ve done a lot but we tackle it anyway. Why would you plan to level up in the middle of a game session? If you’re going to, what are the best ways to do it without interrupting the flow of the game itself? In more news, I can’t remember the words to the song, we sing a couple extras, and we learn Phil’s college nick name.

Nov 07 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 36: Strix and Bluebeard’s Bride

pandas_talking_games_logo_-_oct_2016-200xWe stalked another game designer! This time we found Strix, on third of the magical matrix behind the current Kickstarter Bluebeard’s Bride. Strix does all the things on the internet and studies games as way more than a hobby. She joins us to talk about Bluebeard’s Bride both as a fairy tale and a game of capital H Horror. We also confused her a lot y singing our opening and closing songs on mic. We gotta get better at not weirding people out, you guys.

Bluebeard’s Bride is on kickstarter until 11/20 and is already way past funded:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1921129910/bluebeards-bride?ref=nav_search

Find Weekly Affirmations on Hyper Rabbit RPG: http://hyperrabbitpowergo.com/

More Strix on http://strixwerks.com

Oct 31 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 35: Flipping One-Shots to Campaigns

pandas_talking_games_logo_-_oct_2016-200xShow us how you flip your one shots in to campaigns! Phil and Senda talk about what happens when you decide to turn your one shot in to a campaign, and what pieces you will need to consider in making the change. Sometimes you never planned to makes this any longer than one game, and sometimes it was like a test run, so we approach this topic from both perspectives. We make promises about future Mon Cal episodes.

The rest of the outtakes are on Patreon for our backers! patreon.com/mmp

 

Oct 24 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 34: One Shots vs. Short One Shots

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you prep for short one shots and….normal one shots? Senda and Phil field a prep and length question about running 1-2 hour one shots vs. more standard 3-4 hour one shots. Phil wears a hoodie and does strange things that crack Senda up with the hood. I have a bad feeling about this. They managed to keep the episode *almost* short, but not the outtakes! Patrons, check out the patron posts on patreon.com/mmp for the extras!

 

Oct 17 2016

Panda’s Talking Games – 33: Problem Players

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you deal with problem players in one shots and campaigns….no one wants to face it but it’s better to have a plan! Some ideas on handling issues for conventions and home campaigns.

PATRONS! There were many MANY outtakes again this week — check out Patreon for the ones that wouldn’t fit. Want to hear more from us, including Senda’s songs and the extra outtakes? Consider backing us on Patreon at http://patreon.com/MMP and thank you for your support!

Panda’s Talking Games 20 Broken Characters: http://misdirectedmark.com/talking-games-twenty-broken-characters/

Misdirected Mark Podcast Safety Redux: http://misdirectedmark.com/mmp225-qcc-recap-safety-redux/

Best Game Ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M60zW_Mfm58

Oct 10 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 32: GRANT HOWITT SPECIAL

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you design awesome one shots! I mean really, Grant, show us how you design those awesome one shots, please? Phil and Senda sit down with game designer Grant Howitt (One Last Job, Unbound, Royal Blood, Warrior Poet, etc. etc. etc.) to pick his brain on some opinions about game design for one shots vs. campaigns.

You can still preorder Unbound here: https://unbound-rpg.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Find more cool stuff from Grant (including all his games) here: http://lookrobot.co.uk/

Oct 03 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 31: Questions

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us your favorite ways to use leading and open questions! Phil and Senda sit down to talk about the difference between the two and do a little workshopping on question construction. Thanks to Rich for the questions about…questions….

Due to some technical difficulties this episode was recorded extraordinarily late, which means the outtakes were prolific. Patrons can access the rest of the outtakes that didn’t fit on the MMP Patreon page: patreon.com/mmp!

Oct 02 2016

PSA – ITunes modifications

MM Mini LogoWe have two ITunes feeds for the Misdirected Mark Productions Mega Feed. We’re shutting the one down which has more reviews. If you get the show via ITunes, or your podcatcher is referring from ITunes, just go pick up the other feed. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Chris Sniezak

Sep 26 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 30: Burn Out

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you avoid hitting GM burn out! Phil and Senda talk about the different ways we tend to burn out running one shots vs. campaigns, some common strategies to avoid hitting burn out, and quick advice on what to do if you are burned out. The Spoon Theory in terms of emotional energy comes up a lot, so here’s a link in case you’re unfamiliar with it:

http://www.butyoudontlooksick.com/articles/written-by-christine/the-spoon-theory/

Don’t miss a very special wave form theatre starring Mr. Phil V., only in our outtakes!

Golden Griffon Games

Look, Robot — Look, we’ll just give you the complete list of all Grant Howitt’s games. Okay? Okay. Good. There are many I haven’t even played yet but of course I want to. Desperately. Use some of these one shots to combat burn out. Especially the ones that should only be played while drinking.

Sep 19 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 29: NPCs Prepped Vs. on the Fly

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you handle prepped NPCs vs. on the fly NPCs! Phil and Senda wrangle some thoughts on how to create characters with appropriate depth in both cases, some useful tools and approaches to creating on the fly, and things to consider when you’re planning in advance. Phil threatens to do the show with no outtakes to prove a point and it’s terrible and Senda talks him out of it.

Sep 12 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 28: Evil Games

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you run evil games! Phil and Senda talk about how to try to get an evil game off the ground and how to keep it going. Then we outtake about music.

THIS EPISODE IS EXPLICIT! You have been warned.

Sep 05 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 27: Good Campaigns

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you run games with specific good alignment constraints! In part one of a two part special on running Good aligned and Bad aligned campaigns, Phil and Senda talk about good campaigns and how to handle them uniquely.

 

Aug 29 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 26: Rainmakers

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show me how to handle and cultivate rainmakers at your game table! Senda and Phil take a stab at how to cultivate, spot, control, and be the rainmaker at a game table. And folks, it’s the B show. There are outtakes galore. Phil might have been worried we didn’t have enough. He might have made sure there were more. Guess who writes the show notes? THAT’S RIGHT! I can say whatever I want! People can so spell my twitter handle! And Troy — your daughter is adorable. Thank you for the audio!

Hear more from Troy and Darcy on their new podcast, Cypher Speak: kinda like Talking Games except less Giggles and more cypher awesomeness. As usual, we also talked about One Last Job and Dungeon World.

 

Aug 22 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 25: Switching Game Prep

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you switch up your prep between campaigns and one shots! What are the challenges when
you’re most accustomed to one form over the other?

Phil and Senda manage to make ONE QUARTER OF THE SHOW outtakes!

Aug 15 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 24: Teaching Games to New Players

Talking Games Logo 200x200Show us how you teach games to new players!  This topic was partially covered by episodes 11: Gateway Games and Adherence to Rules, so we’re covering some pieces we may not have discussed previously. Hear how Phil and Senda both fell in to the hobby, and how old Phil is!

Buffalo Fate Corps

 

Aug 11 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 23: Music

Show us how you use music in your games! Senda and Phil talk music for background, engagement, and inspiration.

….And we may have had some trouble recording the intro. LA!

Thank you so much for your patience with this episode. We’ll be back on to a normal schedule next week.

http://www.twostepsfromhell.com/

Aug 02 2016

Panda’s Talking Games 22: GEN CON

Talking Games Logo 200x200Gen KAAAAAAAHHHHHNNNNNN!

Show us how you do your conventions! Senda and Phil break up the usual pattern a little to talk about attending Gen Con as a newb and an old hat. We’ve got our plans, tips on convention going in general, and managed to avoid an all night discussion of bags and mollies.

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