Tag Archive: Games

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 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 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 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?
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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 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 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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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 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 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

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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1:51 – What’s Going On

18:54 – The Workshop: Games as Art

1:33:41 – The Social Media Depository

Sep 21 2017

H&FotSOR#19 – Carl “Black Powder” Bussler

On this episode Hobbs is joined by Carl “Black Powder” Bussler. They talk Well of Souls, Black Powder Black Magic, and weird west gaming. 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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Sep 21 2017

Jianghu Hustle 1 – The Knight Errant, Five Venoms, Drunken Master 2

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.

Sep 20 2017

MMP#276 – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling

Phil, Chris, Nikki, & Bob talk about game Ennui and what you can do to combat when you’ve just lost that burning desire to play your game.

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Time Stamps

1:14 – What’s Going On

11:10 – The Workshop: Game Ennui

1:11:23 – The Social Media Depository

 

Sep 19 2017

DwD&D 117 – James Introcaso on the Adepts Program and the DM’s Guild

Let’s get down with starting up. This time it’s James Introcaso from The Don’t Split the Podcast Network talking with us about the Adepts Program and the DMs Guild.

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Don’t Split the Podcast Network

The World Builder Blog

The Gith & Eladrin

The Lizard King

Beasts of the Jungle Rot

Encounters in Port Nyanzaru

Cellar of Death

Sep 13 2017

MMP#275 – QCC 2017 Recap

Phil, Chris, Bob, & Nikki talk about their Queen City Conquest 2017 experiences and many of the games they played and ran.

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Dungeon World

Rockalypse

Undying

Urban Shadows

Swords & Wizardry

Lightsabers without Master

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