Tag Archive: Senda

Feb 20 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 50: Loot, I am your Father

Show us how you handle none XP rewards and advancement! Phil and Senda talk about narrative and mechanical rewards in one shots and campaigns. Also there is a deep dive on…candy corn and donuts? What does it sound like to speak in capital letters? All this and more on today’s episode of PANDA’s TALKING GAMES!

 

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Senda: @idellamithlynnd and Phil: @DNAphil

Feb 13 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 49: Romance is in the air

Show us how you handle romance in one shots and campaigns! Phil and Senda talk about the story arc of romance and how to use it in both types of games. I couldn’t get the Doubleclicks Will They or Won’t They out of her head (so it’s linked below) and Phil made fun of my sneeze face.

Check out the Doubleclicks at http://www.thedoubleclicks.com! They are fantastic and deserve your ears.

 

 

 

 

Feb 06 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 48: Gender

Show us how you play a character of a different gender? Phil and Senda have an awkward conversation about trying to filter societal gender constructs in to some kind of advice for playing NPCs of a different gender than your own.

This was an extremely difficult topic for us to tackle. We’re pretty sure there are people out there who could do this topic with more poise and grace than we did. Inevitably in any discussion of gender we have to acknowledge that gender is a construct of our society, and so anything we throw out is an implant of how we currently live. With that in mind we attempted to be as careful as possible with this topic since it’s very delicate. If you have things to add or the perspective of another gender identity to throw at us in terms of portraying in game, you know where to find us: @pandastalkgames on twitter or panda(at)misdirectedmark.com. Finally, the moral of the story is and always will be: play characters, not genders. 

We also learned that Phil speaks hairball.

Jan 30 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 47: Thoughts on Gaming with your Significant Other

Show us how you handle gaming with your significant other! What if they’ve never played a game before, but want to try? What if they’re an old hand? What if Phil gets really excited about the Scholastic book fair and we end up talking about ice cream?

Super sorry to jystdave and everyone out there who actually knows the shanty; listening back I realized I did the chorus utterly wrong. Someday I’ll have to do it as a fully produced song and fix it, just to make it up to you. Until that day…..well, just know that I was actually going to re-record it but I ran out of time.

Jan 23 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 46: Low Level Games

Show us how you run low level one shots and campaigns! What kind of games do lower power characters create and play in?

Also, murder bears and a deep dive on sewing with grass, ponchos as military gear, and Tuam. Patreon backers can find their extra outtakes at patreon.com/mmp.

Jan 17 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 45: Players and Genres

Show us how you deal with players who don’t play to genre! Phil and Senda talk about the reasons people play against genre, and how to handle each of those situations in one shots and campaigns. Then they talked about….closets?

Jan 09 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 44: Debriefs

Phil and Senda show us how they handle debriefs in their one shots and campaigns! We also talk about debriefs and conventions, make professional cat noises (very professional), and fail to start the show several times.

Jan 02 2017

Panda’s Talking Games – 43: The X Card

Show us how you handle the X Card at your table. We talk basic safety and lessons we’ve learned from personal experience.  We managed to keep it short and sweet despite many failed attempts at words.

Other good sources for X Card commentary include:

MMP 225: QCC Recap and Safety Redux

SASG 39: Royal Blood: The Chariot

 

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 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 15 2016

Gnomecast #4 – Make Your NPCs Flawed

Welcome to the Gnomecast where we talk with gnomes about gnome things and avoid becoming part of the stew. This might be mandatory to avoid being volunteered as ingredients for the stew. Today we have Senda, Matt, and myself, Chris to talk about making your NPCs flawed.

Links

Make Your NPCs Flawed

The University of Michigan Has News for D&D 4th Edition Players

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

Nov 03 2016

Gnomecast #1 – Approaches to Continuity

casticon2Hello Gnomes and fans of gnomes. This is episode numero uno of the GNOMECAST, where gnomes talk about gnomes and try to avoid getting thrown in the pot for other gnomes to eat. I, your humble host Chris, has “recruited” fellow gnomes Phil & Senda to join me on this inaugural episode. Hopefully we avoid the pot.

Today we’re talking about Approaches to Continuity by John Fredricks. Check out the original link just before you read this.

The Gnomecast is a joint effort of Misdirected Mark Productions and The Gnome Stew.

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!

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.

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