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Joe's Table Podcast

Joe's Table Podcast

By Joe Bush
The Podcast branch of Joe's Table, where Liz and I talk about games, game design, art, creativity, problem solving, roleplaying, fantasy, fiction, tropes, technology, software design, and whatever else comes to mind!
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Opulent Murder Pressure Cooker - Joe's Table Podcast 6
This week, Liz will take you on a behind the scenes look into the worldbuilding for a game she is creating for Joe. Today we are talking about Russian history, bloodsoaked rulers, sneaky mages, weaponized magic, and how to fit it all into a world. Shh, Joe hasn't heard this one, so no spoilers. Subscribe for more episodes! https://anchor.fm/joes-table Check our the blog: https://arcandio.com/ Support us by playing our games! https://voidspiral.com/
25:32
March 2, 2021
Joe's Table Podcast 5: Sparkly Flying Forest Sharks
This week is our 3rd and final week of D&D critiques. Today we're focusing on the social aspects surrounding the D&D ttrpg culture, including advantages of our 1 on 1 roleplaying, deemphasizing higher levels, the avarice of D&D, experience points & the structure of the game, starting at higher level, how it's hard to run 1 on 1 D&D, D&D Beyond, push-button level-up obscure details & diffuses the excitement, playing D&D with guys from Curse, and how we're still coming back to D&D. Subscribe for more episodes! https://anchor.fm/joes-table Check our the blog: https://arcandio.com/ Support us by playing our games! https://voidspiral.com/
31:13
February 23, 2021
Joe's Table Podcast 4: Murderhobo Mechanics
Our D&D criticisms continue this week, in part 2 of 3. Today, we're talking about the actual mechanics of D&D and how they don't fit so well for our narrativist adventures. Today, we're talking the mechanics of D&D, including about rules as adversary, optimization & theorycrafting, optimal paths & false choices, holding actions are a often losing strategy, optimal actions are often meta, D&D runs on might makes right, linear fighters & quadratic wizards, how running D&D is just plain hard, and encounters. Subscribe for more episodes! https://anchor.fm/joes-table Check our the blog: https://arcandio.com/ Support us by playing our games! https://voidspiral.com/
37:59
February 16, 2021
Joe's Table Podcast 3: Shredded Elves and Orcish Wizards
This week, we're starting a flame war, and it's only part 1 of 3! Today we're talking about our criticisms of D&D 5E, and why it isn't the optimal system for our personal roleplaying adventures a lot of the time. We'll cover GNS theory, D&D as primarily a Gamist ttrpg, D&D as the elephant in the room, problematic traditions in D&D, alignment, naming spells after the designers, apparent choice vs optimal choice, optimize or fail, false choices, module troubles, tabletop design & racism, discrimination, and concept limitations. Subscribe for more episodes! https://anchor.fm/joes-table Check our the blog: https://arcandio.com/ Support us by playing our games! https://voidspiral.com/
56:27
February 9, 2021
Joe's Table Podcast 2: Bob the Blacksmith
This week, we're talking about HOW to worldbuild, with tips and tricks for making your worldbuilding actually usable at the table. In this episode, we'll be talking about Wikis, non-linear planning, rolling with unexpected player choices, flexibility, avoiding railroading, planning for allowing player decisions, injecting conflict, the switchboard engine, mining your players for ideas, gluing ideas together, and useful prep lists. Subscribe for more episodes! https://anchor.fm/joes-table Check our the blog: https://arcandio.com/ Support us by playing our games! https://voidspiral.com/
29:40
February 2, 2021
Joe's Table Podcast 1: Space Paranoia
Today, we're going to give you an example of some collaborative worldbuilding by constructing a science fiction world before your very ears. We make it through the rough ideation stage, into some specifics about how the world works, what characters might be like, what groups are active in the world, talk a bit about what major challenges will exist in the world, and finally coin one big bad villain for the game. Subscribe for more episodes! https://anchor.fm/joes-table Check our the blog: https://arcandio.com/ Support us by playing our games! https://voidspiral.com/
01:00:22
January 26, 2021