Category Archive: The Misdirected Mark Podcast

The original show of Misdirected Mark Productions. Now where Chris and Phil take mechanics and GMing advice topics to new depths and unexplored avenues. It's all about taking a deeper look at games and how we play them in an effort to have the best gaming experiences possible.

Jan 16 2018

MMP#292 – Proactive and Reactive Gaming

Hey folks. This week Phil is out with a broken arm so the Queen has stepped in to talk about Proactive and Reactive gaming with Bob and Chris. What does that mean? Listen in and find out.

If you’re enjoying what you’re hearing there’s an aftershow that’s 45 minutes long this week. Join our patreon to hear. https://www.patreon.com/mmp

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Time Stamps

3:33 – What’s Going On

20:26 – The Workshop: Proactive and Reactive Gaming

1:19:26 – The Social Media Depository

Jan 09 2018

MMP#291 – Looking back at 2017

Hey Folks. This week Phil, Chris, & Bob talk about our lessons learned from 2017 and how we can be better Gamers and Game Master’s in 2018.

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Time Stamps

3:28 – What’s Going On

22:01 – The Salon: Looking Back at 2017

1:35:06 – The Social Media Depository

Jan 02 2018

MMP#290 – Shopping

Hey Folks. On this episode we’re going to the market to pick up some things. That’s right. We’re talking about shopping as this episode was recorded on Boxing Day. Enjoy the show, let us know how things are going, and back us on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/mmp

Time Stamps

0:50 – What’s Going On

23:28 – The Workshop: Shopping

1:21:10 – The Social Media Depository

Dec 26 2017

MMP#289 – Reading the Tea Leaves

Hey folks. This week we’re talking about Interpretive Mechanics in the garage and we often talk about FFG Star Wars since it’s one of the better examples of that idea in RPGs. Enjoy, let us know how the show is, and back us on Patreon.  https://www.patreon.com/mmp

Time Stamps

1:24 – What’s Going On

24:55 – The Workshop: Evil games

1:10:17 – The Social Media Depository

 

Dec 19 2017

MMP#288 – Eeeeevilllll

Evil? Evil you say? That’s right. We’re talking about evil this week. How to play those kind of games. The positives. The negatives. How to bring your game back from the brink of evilpocalypse. So lets pick up those mic’s and get dark with this thing.

Time Stamps

2:19 – What’s Going On

24:56 – The Workshop: Evil games

1:34:59 – The Social Media Depository

Dec 14 2017

Jianghu Hustle 01: The Knight Errant; Five Venoms; Drunken Master 2

This is a re-post, for exciting Itunes reasons.

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 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.

Dec 14 2017

Jianghu Hustle 05: Western Wuxia with PK Sullivan; The Matrix; John Wick

We jack back into our double-header format for some serious deja vu. No goon is safe and all coppertops are complicit as we explore wuxia motifs in western settings with The Matrix and John Wick. Does wuxia have to take place in a Chinese setting?

The Show: @JianghuHustle

Eric Farmer: @ericmfarmer | dogpoweredvehicle.com

Eli Kurtz: @zapdynamic | mythicgazetteer.com

PK Sullivan: @pk_sullivan | pksullivan.com

Contact us at jianghuhustle@gmail.com

 

The “Lord of the Rings” of Chinese Literature is Finally Being Translated into English

Movies With Mikey: John Wick

Writing Action by John Rogers

All of the Show Notes

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Dec 12 2017

MMP#287 – Table Culture

Hey Folks. This week we’re talking about prep and Phil is really excited to do so. So strap in for this long conversation about ways you could prep your game.

Time Stamps

1:20 – What’s Going On

25:20 – The Workshop: Table Culture

1:45:27 – The Social Media Depository

Dec 04 2017

MMP#286 – Talkin’ Prep

Hey Folks. This week we’re talking about prep and Phil is really excited to do so. So strap in for this long conversation about ways you could prep your game.

Time Stamps

1:46 – What’s Going On

18:13 – The Workshop: Prep

1:45:44 – The Social Media Depository

Nov 26 2017

MMP#285 – Fortune, in the Middle or End

Hey Folks. This week we’re diving into the idea of Fortune. It’s a mechanical idea from the Forge and we’re taking it into the garage to break it down for you.

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Time Stamps

30:12 – What’s Going On

10:13 – The Garage: Fortune

Nov 23 2017

Jianghu Hustle 04: 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?

Eric Farmer: @ericmfarmer | dogpoweredvehicle.com

Eli Kurtz: @zapdynamic | mythicgazetteer.com

Contact us at jianghuhustle@gmail.com

Patrick Explains Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (And Why It’s Great)

All of the Show Notes

A Proud Part of the Misdirected Mark Network

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 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 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 03: Violence as Storytelling; Hero

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

Eric Farmer: @ericmfarmer | dogpoweredvehicle.com

Eli Kurtz: @zapdynamic | mythicgazetteer.com

Contact us at jianghuhustle@gmail.com

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

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 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

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 02: 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

Eric Farmer: @ericmfarmer | dogpoweredvehicle.com

Eli Kurtz: @zapdynamic | mythicgazetteer.com

Contact us at jianghuhustle@gmail.com

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 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

Oct 03 2017

The Lounge with Derek Kamal on Heavy Metal Thunder Mouse

My guest tonight is writer and game designer Derek Kamal from Shoreless Skies Publishing and he’s here to talk about Heavy Metal Thunder Mouse, which is kickstarting right now, along with a few other things about his work and himself.

Links

Sep 27 2017

MMP#277 – Games as Art

Phil, Chris, Nikki, & Bob talk about games as art. First they talk art philosophy, then ways to interpret art, and finally they apply the concepts to games.

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Time Stamps

1:51 – What’s Going On

18:54 – The Workshop: Games as Art

1:33:41 – The Social Media Depository

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