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 questions like “can I just take this initiative system and put it in another game.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this episode Brandon and James talk about how modules and other self contained game content can still be useful in the narrative game scene. They talk about borrowing content from your old D&D modules and to play in Dungeon World. In the later half of the show they make a game module for Masks to help you play a Very Special episode.
In this episode Brandon and James talk about reading new and old games in a way that helps to unmask design choices. James has been reading Cypher and taking notes on how he reads games for the first time knowing that he’ll want to come back and hack the system. Brandon has been contemplating what mechanics he could borrow for his game.
In this episode Brandon and James dig into an old world building conversation they had while trying to extract a moral from it. Reskinning is hacking and thoughtful reskinning can help lead to cool plot hooks, character drama, and maybe even mechanics.
In this episode Brandon and James are joined by John Adamus of game editing, panel-talking, Noir World-creating fame. We’ve been meaning to come back around to talk about how to hack genre into a game system and the release of the Noir World Kickstarter seems as good a time as any. John walks us through his process and oh yeah this episode is almost 2 hours long.
In this episode Brandon and James take their foot off the breaks and shift into overdrive. Starting only with what they had worked out in episode 18 for their racing game they work through the framework for a game that might just might be able to play Speed Racer AND The Fast and the Furious. Buckle up and hold on tight.