Episode 12: Sunk Costs 102

In this episode Brandon and James discuss the secret game James has been working on. They’ll talk about when to hack and when to walk away from a system even if you’ve put a lot of time into it and it really hurts because you’ve written so much and it just isn’t working and I’m …

Episode 11: A Thousand and One Friends

In this episode Brandon and James resume the discussion of abnormal numbers of players at the table with a talk on large groups of players.  We discuss multiple groups, multiple GMs, and other configurations for fitting more people at the table.   Games mentions in this episode: Noir World Pasion de los Pasiones D&D Urban …

Episode 10: Party of None ft Jeff Stormer

In this episode Brandon and James are joined by guest host Jeff Stormer of the Party of One podcast to talk about playing games with fewer than the standard number of players. They even attempt (and succeed with flying colors) in tackling the seemingly impossible task of a 0 player game. Games mentions in this …

Episode 09: From Hack to Playtest: Luchadoratón!

In this episode Brandon and James share their experience hacking Lasers and Feelings. Talking about creating a game in a rather obscure setting and then taking that game through playtesting and into polishing.  This episode also marks the official alpha release of Luchadoratón the game of luchadors, mice, and incredible glory.   Resources Luchadoratón: Alpha …

Episode 08: Hack Your Table.

In this episode Brandon and James step away from the table and explore playing in weird places. James reaches out to reddit to hear about the strange places they’ve played games and Brandon plays some games in the water.   Games mentions in this episode: Ribbon Drive Out of Dodge Millennial Apartment Hunters Sherpa RPG …

Episode 07 : Games Within Games

In this episode Brandon and James talk about the three ways that James likes to mash games together. You don’t always have to hack games together, sometimes you just mash them into each other and hope for the best. Notes Camelot Harmonic Mixing Chart Resources The Good Old Fashioned Tasty SH&R Signature Blend Genre Bacon …

Episode 06: Hack Your Prep

  In this episode Brandon and James step back and talk about rethinking the way game masters prepare for games. “Prep don’t plan” is the mantra of the episode. We talk a little about how Brandon is prepping for his upcoming livestream and how James likes to use other games to do his prep for …

Episode 05: Genre Bake In or Genre Bacon

In this episode Brandon and James discuss the topic how much games have a genre baked into the mechanics and if that makes them harder or easier to hack. They discuss the broader topic of what makes a game harder or more rewarding to hack.   Resources   Games mentions in this episode: Masks: A …

Episode 04: El Pasión de Stop, Hack & Roll

Episode 04 – El Pasion de Stop, Hack & Roll   In this episode Brandon and James discuss their Powered by the Apocalypse hack/telenovela inspired game tentatively titled Pasión de los Pasiónes.     Notes Jane the Virgin/Juana la Virgen Ugly Betty/Yo Soy Betty La Fea Lucha Underground   Additional Note: Brandon swept right past …

Episode 03: Overwatch Overhaul

In this episode Brandon and James take a break from playing Overwatch to talk about how they’d bring it to the table. The conversation touches on storyboard gaming, how faithfully to simulate matches, and lots of talk about legos. Notes We felt the need to mention as a disclaimer that we spend this entire episode …