Episode 34: Signal Lights

In this episode Brandon and James talk an odd kind of hack designed to bridge the gap between two games. Specifically they chat about James’s game Signal Light, a hack of Microscope designed to build a setting for Masks: A New Generation.   Notes The next episode will be a break from our standard episodes. …

Episode 33: Fronts and Backroom Deals

In this episode Brandon and James ramble about play by post games, but eventually get on point talking about nation states, kingly moves, and other faction tier movings and shakings. We talk about different tools and hacks you could use to either play a realistic world history, or have one ready for a game you’re …

Episode 32: Iron Chef Game Design

In this episode Brandon and James reveal today’s special ingredient. It’s Special Ingredients! They chat about the Game Chef 2017 game jam and the games they did or did not submit to it. Starting with Game Chef and move on to talking about what a Stop, Hack, and Roll game jam would look like.   …

Episode 31: Scoping out Microscope

In this episode Brandon and James talk about the game Microscope by Ben Robbins and a few different hacks of the game they’ve considered writing. We low-key hype a new show we’re really seriously working on and make a lot of bad Inception jokes. Notes This episode got a little weird. I’m sorry. It was …

Episode 30: Initializing Initiative

In this episode Brandon and James talk about the action order economy and how games handle the very practical issue of dealing with sequence that events happen. They touch on structures for making sure every player gets the spotlight, but also making sure it makes sense for the character mechanically. Finally they ask the big …

Episode 29: Reflecting on a Fiasco

In this episode Brandon and James talk about the Fiasco, the game they agreed to prep for, as well as Reflections, the game James read by accident. Then in a twist ending, James plans for a topic without telling Brandon anything. This is a good one. Games mentions in this episode: Reflections Fiasco Tweet at …

Episode 28: Encouraging Incentivization

In this episode Brandon and James chat about incentive structures in games. James proposes a taxonomy for mechanical incentives and Brandon, a trained behaviorist, pokes a lot of holes in that theory. They come around to a solid conclusion.   Notes Here is the original Incentives Reddit thread James was reading. Between when we recorded …

Episode 27: The Show: The Game

In this episode Brandon and James follow up the previous episode by talking about James’s new mission: create a tv show creation game – tentatively called “CW The Show The Game”. They walk through the work James did in the last two weeks and develop the game even further.   Notes We can announce now …

Episode 26: Spectator Sport

In this episode Brandon and James talk about if we really need to have random number generators as a resolution mechanic. Could you replace dice with a live studio audience? James accidentally stumbles backwards into a table larp with an audience ratings mechanic. Games mentions in this episode: Apocalypse World Dread Numenera Tweet at us …