Senda 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.
Category Archive: Panda’s Talking Games
Nov 07 2016
We 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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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
Sep 26 2016
Show 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:
Don’t miss a very special wave form theatre starring Mr. Phil V., only in our outtakes!
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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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
Show 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!
Aug 11 2016
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.
Aug 02 2016
Jul 25 2016
Show me how you get your players to really engage with our villains! On this week’s Talking Games, Phil and Senda are talking through their techniques to get players to really hate hate hate those evil doers. Do you have any favorite tricks to getting players jazzed about your villains?
Some slight technical difficulties with this recording session means our audio is not up to our normal standard. Please forgive us! It won’t happen again!
Jul 18 2016
Show me how you deal with broken characters at your table! Phil and Senda talk through different ways to avoid and resolve broken characters at your game table in this week’s episode of Talking Games AKA Panda. Don’t forget to send us your #tableselfies and any topics you’d like to hear us talk about for our list!
And friends — if anyone can find a link to the song Phil is talking about hit us up and we’ll add it to the show notes here!
Jul 11 2016
Show me watcha use for gaming inspiration! On today’s episode Senda and Phil are talking about what inspires their one shots and campaigns. And there is a new waveform song! Don’t forget to tag your #tableselfies, and reach out to us @dnaphil and @idellamithlynnd to drop us a topic you’d like us to discuss.
Jul 04 2016
Show me watcha got when it comes to getting players to fill out your games. That’s what Senda and Phil are chatting about on this installment of TG AKA Panda. So strap in and enjoy and feel free to send us your #tableselfies and topics you’d like to hear talked about on one shots and campaigns.
Jun 27 2016
Show me whatcha got when it comes to playing games in brief. Senda and Phil have the answers on this weeks Talking Games. One Last Job. One Last Job. One Last Job. One Last Job. One Last Job. Listen to the show and you’ll get the joke.
Jun 13 2016