With Lyal unavailable to record this week, Chris and Wayne talk about something they do almost constantly: intra-party fighting. We discuss player vs. player conflicts, both in games designed to pit the characters against each other and in games where they’re expected to act as a team. We use The Hunger Games (which Chris finally found the time to watch) and The Avengers as our running examples. While we try not to give away any big secrets, there may be a few minor spoilers for these movies in the episode.
With Chris unavailable to record this week, Wayne and Lyal talk about one of their favorite TV shows (and one that Chris refuses to watch), True Blood. Instead of focusing on character archetypes as we’ve done in other TV related episodes, we talk about the lessons we’ve learned from five seasons of True Blood and how you can apply them to your games.
Our third installment of Magic is focuses on real-life magicians; entertainers, illusionists, and escapologists like Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and Criss Angel. This may appear to be a strange topic for a series that usually assumes that magic is “real”, but hopefully we manage to conjure up some interesting ideas of how to use these consummate performers in your games.
Wayne starts the episode off with another rant against D&D Next. Chris joins in the discussion, but Lyal obviously wishes he could just waggle his fingers, say a few magical words and make the pair of them disappear.
We were absolutely crushed to learn that Margaret Weis Productions have canceled their Marvel line. The licensing costs were high, as you would imagine, and turned out to be too steep. If you don’t have one of the books in this line, we encourage you to get one.
While we’re sad to see the Marvel flavour go, it was the Cortex Plus Heroic system that really grabbed us. Hopefully, we’ll see a few generic genre books coming out from MWP using the Heroic system. In the meantime, we’re looking forward to their Heroic fantasy rules in the soon to be released Cortex Plus Hacker’s Guide.
You’d think that the most contrived literary device around would not make for gaming magic, but that doesn’t stop the Idle Red Hands (A.K.A. the thickest guys on the Net) from trying to figure out how to make it work. Do we succeed? Well, at some point, you may wish that a god would come down to give us a hand, and Chris repeatedly tries to slip in examples of Chekov’s gun. (His sleight of hand provided the inspiration for our next episode.) However, by the end, the answer to whether or not a deus ex machina has any place at your gaming table is firmly answered.
So a Ghoul, a Ghost, and a Frankenstein’s monster walk into a high school classroom…
No, seriously. With Lyal unable to record this week due to a lost voice (imagine that), we’re bringing you another Idle Red Hands first: an actual play of Joe McDaldno’s Monsterhearts game, which is being MCed for us by Chris. This is actually our third session of the game, though we recap the previous session’s events to bring both our new player, Alan, and our listeners up to speed on what’s happened in the story so far.
As we have a new player joining us (and a few regular players with short memories), we do go over some of the game’s rules and mechanics. Though not in any coherent way. This recording isn’t meant to teach people how to play Monsterhearts; it’s more of an example of what happens during a session of the game. If you’d like to though, you can download the Player Reference Sheet and MC Reference Sheet to follow along with what’s going on behind the scenes.
Please be aware that this episode is largely uncut and unedited, and contains both adult language and adult situations. Listener discretion is advised.
And as promised, here are our awesome character portraits:
Images obtained from the Dreamstime stock photography site.
In this installment of Rogues, we discuss hackers and…
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****All your base are belong to us.****
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