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Casting Shadows

By Runeslinger
A podcast about roleplaying games from the perspective of experiencing what specific games are like and how we interact with them to create enjoyment~
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Episode 3.5 - Alien RPG series, part 5
Part 5: Playing the Alien...  On our first session, spontaneous improvisation within an understood framework of in-game and meta goals, and getting going even if not feeling 100% ready. This series of blog, vlog, and pod episodes will explore Alien the Roleplaying Game by Free League from the perspective of preparation for horror and improvisation within the framework of Campaign Mode for Colonial Marines.     Links:  Alien the Roleplaying Game - Rules and Actual Play              The Casting Shadows Blog
28:58
September 14, 2021
Episode 3.4 - Alien RPG series, part 4
Part 4: Framing the Alien...  On conceptualizing the process of preparation in the context of who the characters are, what the approach to play is, and how those things intersect with the setting and its genre. This series of blog, vlog, and pod episodes will explore Alien the Roleplaying Game by Free League from the perspective of preparation for horror and improvisation within the framework of Campaign Mode for Colonial Marines.   Links: Alien the Roleplaying Game - Rules and Actual Play 
29:15
September 6, 2021
Episode 3.3 - Alien RPG series, part 3
Part 3: Hearing the Alien...   On description and how it can be approached as a skill for horror gaming. This series of blog, vlog, and pod episodes will explore Alien the Roleplaying Game by Free League from the perspective of preparation for horror and improvisation within the framework of Campaign Mode for Colonial Marines.       Links:   Choice of Voice Where I can be found: Casting Shadows Blog  YouTube Channel: Runeslinger
25:50
September 3, 2021
Episode 3.2 - Alien RPG series, part 2
Part 2: Feeding the Alien - On character and the two modes to enjoy them with in this game. This series of blog, vlog, and pod episodes will explore Alien the Roleplaying Game by Free League from the perspective of preparation for horror and improvisation within the framework of Campaign Mode for Colonial Marines.     Links:   Discomfort, Fear, Terror, and Vast Cosmic Horror, on a dime a day~ On Genre Being Rule Zero Where I can be found: Casting Shadows Blog YouTube Channel: Runeslinger
15:10
September 2, 2021
Episode 3.1 - Alien RPG series, part 1
Part 1: Embracing the Alien - on the choice of a horror game and how to implement it. This series of blog, vlog, and pod episodes will explore Alien the Roleplaying Game by Free League from the perspective of preparation for horror and improvisation within the framework of Campaign Mode for Colonial Marines. Links: 1. Tabletop Talk: Interview with Andrew E.C. Gaska 2. Conscience in Gaming 3. Conscientious Gamers Where I can be found: Casting Shadows Blog YouTube Channel: Runeslinger
17:44
September 1, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 31 - Thank
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Thank. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Thanks for the character of Nightsky Whispers
10:13
August 30, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 30 - Mention
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Mention. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example:  Telling Other Peoples' Tales
14:29
August 29, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 29 - System
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is System. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: 1. Thorough Review of FFG Star Wars Roleplaying 2. Unboxing of the Fallout 2d20 RPG by Modiphius
08:05
August 28, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 28 - Dream
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Dream. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Leagues of Cthulhu - Summons to Alcatraz; part 2  (Triple Ace Games, Ubiquity Roleplaying System)
08:48
August 27, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 26 - Fraction
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Fraction. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Below is a recent and still ongoing chain of video responses proceeding from one observation of play and spreading from there~ Original Video - Prompting RPG Reactions Response 1 - Coherence of Genre and Tone in RPGs Response 2 - On Genre/Tone Coherence Response 3 - Coherency and Prompts Response 4 - Roleplaying Prompts, Coherence with Genre and Tone Response 5 - TTRPG Thoughts  (Immersion)   Response 6 - On Immersion 
10:04
August 26, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 26 - Theory
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Theory. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Star Trek Adventures: To Know the Unknown - Recap of Episode 2 - Siege Perilous
08:55
August 25, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 25 - Tradition
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Tradition. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: All for One - Lights in Darkness Campaign Recaps and Reflections
08:17
August 24, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 24 - Solve
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Solve. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example 1:  A Friend in Need (A mystery where the characters solve things in time!) Example 2: Death, Where Is They Sting? (A mystery where they do not~)
11:49
August 23, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 23 - Memory
For #RPGaDay2021: A memory and a note to remember a game about memories and being memorable. #RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Memory. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: The Beginning of Light, or Darkness?
08:37
August 23, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 22 - Substitute
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Substitute. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Broken Compass Part 2 of 3: Ravagers of the Frost Giants' Tomb
06:43
August 21, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 21 - Challenge
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Challenge.  READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead.   Example: The Veil: Cold is the New Warm - Session 7 (Annotated; PbtA, Cyberpunk)
10:08
August 20, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 20 - Ally
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Ally. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example:  Homecoming - A Tale of Revenge; Session 3 (Mythras)
14:35
August 19, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 19 - Theme
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Duel. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example:   Star Trek Adventures Recaps of the Diplomatic Mission of the USS Crow to the Beta Quadrant
09:01
August 18, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 18 - Duel
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Duel. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: All for One - Regime Diabolique (Ubiquity, Triple Ace Games) -Measure of a Man
10:55
August 17, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 17 - Nemesis
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Nemesis. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: All for One - Regime Diabolique (Ubiquity, Triple Ace Games) - Margot
08:08
August 16, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 16 - Move
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Move. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example:  Circle of Hands - Venture 2: Oaths and Oathbreakers
15:23
August 15, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 15 - Supplement
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Supplement. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Mythras Combat Cards!
12:12
August 14, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 14 - Limits
Please accept my apologies for the reduced audio quality of this installment. Ironically, scheduling had me in situations where I had even less control than usual over my surroundings. #RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Limits. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: Legacy of Destruction Part 1: Forgotten Son (FFG Star Wars Roleplaying, Annotated and Abridged version)
14:22
August 13, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 13 - DOOM
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is DOOM. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: The Veil - Cold is the New Hot Campaign with rotating GMs (PbtA, Session 2)
10:02
August 12, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 12 - Consensus
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Consensus. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: All for One - Regime Diabolique - Lights in Darkness Campaign with rotating GMs (Ubiquity, playlist)
09:39
August 11, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 11 - Heavy
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Heavy. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Examples: Toward Heavy:  Homecoming Playlist (Mythras, d100) Toward Light: Cold is the New Hot - The Veil Playlist (PbtA)
09:49
August 10, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 10 - Conscience
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Conscience. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Examples: Death, Where Is Thy Sting?
06:55
August 9, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 9 - Medium
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Medium. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Examples: The Porkchop Express and the Convoy of Liberty
10:41
August 8, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 8 - Stream
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Stream. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Examples: Seeking a Dao of Play [Playlist of 4 videos]
08:07
August 8, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 7 - Small
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is SMALL. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Examples: 1. Leagues of Cthulhu (Triple Ace Games) - A Summons to Alcatraz 2. Small Stories - It's story time from the World of Darkness with your host~
09:30
August 6, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 6 - Chase
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is chase. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Example: The Mystique of Call of Cthulhu 4th Edition
12:58
August 5, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 5 - Gamble
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" Boyd, which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is gamble.   READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead.   Examples of Play: Leagues of Adventure: The Sky Is No Limit - How the Might Have...
09:02
August 4, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 4 - Weapon
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Weapon. READ this entry (with bonus material?) on the Casting Shadows Blog Actual Play Example: Edge of the Empire - The Seeds of Reckoning, pt 14
09:47
August 3, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 3 - Image
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Image.   READ the response on the Casting Shadows Blog instead Example of Play:  1. Mythras:  Homecoming - A Tale of Revenge
15:12
August 2, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 2 - Plan
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Plan. READ the Casting Shadows Blog instead. Examples of Play: 1. Age of Rebellion 2. Broken Compass
12:28
August 1, 2021
#RPGaDay2021 - Day 1 - Scenario
#RPGaDay is the brainchild of David "Autocratik" Chapman (Dr. Who RPG, WILD RPG, etc) and co-hosted by Anthony "Runeslinger" which for the past 8 years has been striving to help frame the month of August as a scene of positivity and sharing about Roleplaying Games. Each of the 31 days of August has its own prompt to serve as a spark of praise about this hobby we who have made it a part of our lives would like to share. The prompt for today is Scenario. Read this entry (with bonus material?) on the Casting Shadows Blog: https://wp.me/pTI80-2ZV Actual Play Example 1: https://youtu.be/axkQfwoiwKE      Podcast Version: https://anchor.fm/runeslinger/episodes/Episode-6-Sky-Riders-and-the-Mist-Pirates---A-Venus-Chronicles-Serial-ekp4b9 Actual Play Example 2: https://youtu.be/TOmTRhik7wA
13:12
August 1, 2021
Episode 12: On Playing on Multiple Levels
Using Star Trek Adventures as a point of reference, this episode looks at stepping a way from the skill of making judgement calls without oversight (using fiat) and toward the enjoyment which arises from the use of tools which challenge how and when you can interact with the objective truths of the campaign~
16:30
January 4, 2021
Episode 11: On Playing Proactively
Building on a blog post from 2011, this episode looks at three barriers that can be overcome to clear the road for more proactive play. 
29:23
December 7, 2020
Episode 10: On 'Story'
What does it mean to participate in a roleplaying game? Is it 'to play a character?' or 'to tell a story?' or is it 'to play a character in a story?' Something else? This episode looks at that word 'story' and poses some questions on play, our intentions, and how our actions - intentional or not - shape the outcomes and limit what outcomes are even possible~
19:21
November 11, 2020
Episode 9: Corruption and 'You'
Based loosely on a blog post from November of 2010 called Corruption - the other white meat, this episode explores notions of character change, largely through the example of moral corruption. The concept is connected to games like Pendragon, the old World of Darkness series (particularly Vampire and Wraith), and to Leagues of Gothic Horror and its meaner cousin Leagues of Cthulhu. This episode builds on notions expressed in the preceding two episodes (Episode 7: On Facilitating Fear and Episode 8: Can I Play SANs Madness...?) UPDATE: August 3, 2021 - A voice message and my response has been added to this episode as a special bonus!
33:57
October 26, 2020
Episode 8: Can I Play SANs Madness?
Not all games choose to reinforce frightening or horrific elements with mechanisms of play. In some games, to do so would interfere with the smooth operation of both system and player imagination of the characters appropriate to the fiction such games produce. Some games, however, can be enhanced with the inclusion, from a roleplaying perspective, of such fears and how the characters face them. With a brief look at Leagues of Gothic Horror and Leagues of Cthulhu for contrast, this 8th episode of the Casting Shadows podcast takes a deep look at the characters of Triple Ace Games' All for One: Regime Diabolique and the role fear and horror can have on play~
35:51
October 20, 2020
Episode 7: On Facilitating Fear
Broaching the subject of roleplaying games focused on emotional reactions of self-protection, we take some broad examples such as Call of Cthulhu and FFG's Star Wars Roleplaying to get things going. We look at two shades of this disquieting emotion: Horror and Fear. We look at how our two example games invoke it mechanically, and what we as players can do to facilitate more than a hat tip to the reaction the character is experiencing. This episode covers a lot of ground, digs up a few graves, kicks in a few doors, and perhaps opens some old books that should stay closed, but all of that is being done in the spirit of sharing how we actually play~
48:13
October 19, 2020
Episode 6: Sky Riders and the Mist Pirates - A Venus Chronicles Serial
Have you ever been suddenly contacted in the middle of your night to play a game? My friends have grown to expect such things. What follows in this episode is an Actual Play recording from June of 2019 where I thrust two trusting and clever players into the toxic mists of an alien world in the role of Venusian Lancers - bearers of the Lancers' Lightning Blades and famed Riders in the Sky! Come with me now to an age of danger, betrayal, and high-flying adventure, in a Venus that never was, but should have been~
01:54:49
October 8, 2020
Episode 5: On "What is a Roleplaying Game?!"
Like the previous episodes so far, this was drawn from thoughts from the distant past, but which have not been shared widely and publicly until now. That's right, the release date of both the article and podcast are the same - October 7th 2020 - but reaching back in time to the mid-eighties and a small town where playing an RPG was pretty much the only good thing. 
24:28
October 7, 2020
Episode 4: On Cracking Open the Skull of Evil
This practical post of three specific tips for villains in an RPG was originally posted in response to a blog Carnival prompt on 'How to think like a villain.' Using examples from Actual Play which are accessible on the written blog, this post lays out simple means of getting into the heads of characters in your setting and seeing where that takes you in terms of villainy~
27:09
October 7, 2020
Episode 3: On Genre being Rule 0
This post relates an idea which appeared in written and video form in 2013, as an expression of earlier and less specific ideas. Genre is Rule 0 is a set of posts which have proven to be of more use and be more relevant to my RPG conversations than almost anything else. As such, I think it is a good idea to include in the introductory posts of this podcast. Also, taking a cue from Ron Edwards, I reclaim some preferred jargon from the discard pile and reconnect this functional piece of theory with an ambiguous but possibly helpful term: idiom. I still feel that it will confuse some, but it will help others, and that is ultimately what matters to me. 
30:40
October 7, 2020
Episode 2: On Character Poisoning
This is the second of five introductory episodes. On a notion put forward in 2011 on the written blog, this episode examines both the post and the idea of character poisoning. This is a look at a potential source of dissatisfaction in play, rooted in unintentional conflict between system, setting, fellow players, and/or the character concept~
16:07
October 7, 2020
Episode 1: On Premature Imagination
In this first of five introductory episodes to this podcast, 2010 meets 2020 as an early but somewhat important post from the written blog is shared with commentary. The post deals generally with culture of play and the difference between rules and procedure, while going into specifics on an effect of going against a necessary order of operations in play, and an influence on our imagination~
20:45
October 7, 2020
October 6, 2020
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October 6, 2020