57 – Health & Damage in Roleplaying

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Mike, Oren, and Johnathan discuss systems for tracking a character’s health in roleplaying games. They cover why games do or don’t need to track health, and describe a variety of systems for representing damage or otherwise imposing consequences on players. Oren talks about nipples, Mike … read more »

56 – Character Advancement in Roleplaying

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Oren, Mike, and our returning guest Johnathan discuss the pros and cons of different character advancement systems. Leveling up in class based systems, ability point buy systems, and learn by doing systems are all discussed. What is best? Who will win? Listen and find out! Read more »

55 – Pacing Your Stories

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Mike, Oren, and Chris discuss how stories should be paced: the good, the bad, and the infuriatingly slow. They tackle the differences between visual and written media, how to pace a roleplaying game, and end with Chris’ advice for pacing dialogue. Read more »

54 – Creating and Using Factions

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Mike, Chris, and Oren offer tips for depicting factions in stories. They describe how competing groups manifest in real life and list their favorite factions from Star Wars, Star Trek, Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones. Then they debate which Hogwarts houses they’re in. Read more »

53 – Of Points and Views

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Ariel joins Chris and Oren for a discussion about perspective and point of view. They discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different perspectives and common mistakes writers make. Ariel stands up for second person, while Chris and Oren reignite their old debate about multiple points … read more »

52 – The Prime Directive

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Sarah Gould joins Oren and Mike in discussing The Prime Directive, the most sacred law of Starfleet. They debate whether The Prime Directive is wise or moral. Oren questions the practicality of hiding all alien life, Mike describes ethics in anthropology, and Sarah vents about … read more »

51 – Good and Bad Beginnings

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Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss what a good beginning should accomplish. They analyze their favorite and least favorite openings, and describe different opening techniques. Mike raves about military scifi, Chris rants about unnecessary framing devices, and Oren actually defends something from criticism. Read more »

50 – All Things Avatar

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Oren, Mike, and Chris talk just ten minutes after watching The Last Airbender movie. After they all vent about it from their fainting couches, they go on to gush about the comic series. They discuss how the world of Avatar evolves, and review the strengths … read more »

49 – Depictions of Nature

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Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the way wildlife is portrayed in speculative fiction. Since they are never happy, they complain about both vilification and glorification of nature. Oren becomes scared of polar bears, Chris asks for happy swamps, and Mike wears out his welcome with … read more »

48 – Politics in Urban Fantasy

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Mike, Chris, and Oren discuss politics in modern genre settings. They question how Hogwarts is funded, debate government involvement in Buffy, and wonder about the jurisdiction of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read more »

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