Interview with Jeff Barber on Blue Planet: Recontact

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeff Barber at GenCon to chat about the new version of Blue Planet he is working on! We talk about the changes in the new version, the inspiration behind it, and the long history. You can playtest it now by getting a copy on DriveThru!

You can find Jeff on Twitter, at Biohazard Games, and at Gallant Knight Games.


Review: Improv for Gamers

Something that has always stuck with me is the observation that tabletop gaming is a rather unique medium because it is the player, a single person, that is simultaneously the creator, performer and the audience. These are a lot of hats to wear, and usually people don’t wear them all equally as well. What’s more, advice for gamers typically focuses on creation, such as design and use of mechanics or audience, appreciation and criticism, rather than performance. Often, the act of…well…acting as your character has been something that players either brought with them to the table or set aside like all those optional rules at the end of the chapter. I think this is because the sort of comfort with improvisation is something a lot of people see as an innate characteristic or something that requires a great deal of study and refinement to master. Fortunately, there is a resource to help demystify this practice that was once usually the practice of drama students and LARPers. In Improv for Gamers, Karen Twelves provides the reader with an inviting, approachable and fun way to see how you can bring characters to life.

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Shadow of the Century

Framed for crimes they didn’t commit, an unlikely team comes together to fight against evil, clear their names, and dramatically walk away from explosions.

GM: Aser
Players: Jonn, Kim, Megan, and Nyssa.
System: Shadow of the Century

Special thanks to our Agent+ patrons: Ben, Bernie, Chris, Denise, Eric, Fandible, John, Jonn, LordTentacle, Nyssa, Patrick, Slacker Initiative, Stuart, Terryann, and Tom.

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Neo Western” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Interview with Shane Ivey, Dennis Detwiller, and Scott Glancy of Arc Dream Publishing

This year at GenCon we had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with the creators of one of our favorite games. We chatted with Shane Ivey, Dennis Detwiller, and Scott Glancy about Delta Green, the horrors of Frontier Airlines, get rich quick schemes, and the stories behind one of the best games available! 


GenCon 2019 Wrap Up

We harassed people on discord to chat with us about their time at GenCon and were generally pretty silly. We forgot to cover a bunch of cool things we did (some of which will show up as interviews later this week) and cool people we met, but I hope you enjoy hearing what we enjoyed!
 
Thanks to Tom and Kim for joining us!
 
(Please do let us know if you hated this so we can figure out if this is a thing worth doing more often)


Lady Blackbird 4: The Pirate King

Back on their way to the Remnants to find Uriah Flint, Natasha reveals a totally surprising* secret about her identity.

*No one was surprised

GM: Aser
Players: Brian, Jonn, Kim, Megan, and Nyssa.
System: Lady Blackbird

Special thanks to our Agent+ patrons: Ben, Bernie, Chris, Denise, Eric, Fandible, John, Jonn, LordTentacle, Nyssa, Patrick, Slacker Initiative, Stuart, Terryann, and Tom.

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Call to Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Lady Blackbird 3: The Arena

It turns out that gladiatorial combat can be really dangerous, especially when magic is involved. Luckily, the most powerful magician around is in the party. Also, someone’s staging a coup.

GM: Aser
Players: Brian, Jonn, Kim, Megan, and Nyssa.
System: Lady Blackbird

Special thanks to our Agent+ patrons: Ben, Bernie, Chris, Denise, Eric, Fandible, John, Jonn, LordTentacle, Nyssa, Patrick, Slacker Initiative, Stuart, Terryann, and Tom.

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Call to Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Lady Blackbird 2: Night Port

The crew escape to a wretched hive of scum and villainy that has the added bonus of being in perpetual darkness. They need money, fuel and refuge. The only thing they’re not short of his bad options, and assholes from their past who’ve all conveniently popped up to settle accounts.

GM: Aser
Players: Brian, Jonn, Kim, Megan, and Nyssa.
System: Lady Blackbird

Special thanks to our Agent+ patrons: Ben, Bernie, Chris, Denise, Eric, Fandible, John, Jonn, LordTentacle, Nyssa, Patrick, Slacker Initiative, Stuart, Terryann, and Tom.

If you’re looking for more thrilling adventures in space, check out our good friends on Fandible Soloshot!

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Call to Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Review: Shadow of the Century

The very first example of Fate in play I ever heard was an absolutely over-the-top pulp melee recorded by Role Playing Public Radio. It’s hard to believe how long ago that was. Unfortunately, we’ve never managed to sit down and record any games of this work that’s cast such a long shadow, if you’ll pardon the pun, across the tabletop gaming landscape. We’ve played a lot of Fate over the years though, and loved it every time. So, it was with a fair measure of excitement and trepidation that we greeted the announcement of Shadow of the Century. Now, having sat down with the book and put a few hours into some very gonzo gameplay, I can say that the excitement was totally justified, and I think this game is a worthy descendant that captures an entirely new genre while remaining true to The Spirit of the Century.

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Lady Blackbird 1: The Hand of Sorrow

It seems like this game was written for a TRF crew. The best evidence for this is that the adventure starts with them already locked in the brig.

GM: Aser
Players: Brian, Jonn, Kim, Megan, and Nyssa.
System: Lady Blackbird

Special thanks to our Agent+ patrons: Ben, Bernie, Chris, Denise, Eric, Fandible, John, Jonn, LordTentacle, Nyssa, Patrick, Slacker Initiative, Stuart, Terryann, and Tom.

Music from https://filmmusic.io
“Call to Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)