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Syndication

Episode 005: Epidiah Ravachol on Dread

In this episode, I speak with Epidiah Ravachol of The Impossible Dream about Dread.

 

This episode is 57.5 MB big and 1:02:52 long.

 

Notes:

 

02:02: About the game

02:05: Jenga

10:36: Jenga and horror

12:10: Nervousness about running the game

13:08: When your character's out

17:04: Jenga skill

17:29: Multiple sessions

19:15: "I won a freakin' Ennie!"

20:48: Piratecat

22: Sitting with the bigwigs at the Ennies (Robin D. Laws, Brennan Taylor of Indie Press Revolution)

22:52: Goodman Games

23:18: Atomic Sock Monkey Press

24:12: Playstorming at the Imagination Sweatshop

25:15: Kate's Joint in the Lower East Side

29:21: Emily Care Boss on the Fair Game Blog talking about playstorming Sign In Stranger

31:33: Time & Temp at the Imagination Sweatshop

34:02: Voyagers! TV show

37:04: Spirit of the Century has great advice on running a mystery

38:06: Deprotagonizing and horror

41:23: Most useful feedback from playtesters

44:09: What printer to use?

46:28: shock:

47:02: Marketing

47:49: Vegan implications of game publication

52:13: Actual play post from the Adventures in the Land of 1000 Kings session mentioned

57:35: War Eternal, Eppy's story-gamey Warhammer-like game

58:20: Wasabi tamari popcorn recipe

 

Closing music is Tocatta and Droog by The Hub City Stompers.

Logo courtesy of Daniel Solis: http://danielsolis.com/

Direct download: independent-insurgency-005.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

Episode 004: Meguey Baker on 1001 Nights In this interview, I spoke to Meguey Baker of Night Sky Games on about her game 1001 Nights ( http://www.nightskygames.com/ ).

Some background, in case you didn't know: The Arabian Nights ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_One_Thousand_and_One_Nights ).

I'm trying a new time-stamped show notes thing. I don't know how long my patience will hold out for this, but it's worth a shot I figger.

This show is 1:02:11 long and 56.9 MB big.

00:58 -- About the game,

03:25 -- Priorities and the "fake" character

08:03 -- Genesis of the game

08:25 -- Ralph Mazza's Universalis: http://www.indie-rpgs.com/ramshead/

09:15 -- The requisite Primetime Adventures mention: http://www.dog-eared-designs.com/games.html

10:36 -- 1KN & Iraq & Afghanistan

11:10 -- Setting drifting

13:12 -- Games that came from this game?

15:15 -- Joshua A.C. Newman ( http://glyphpress.com/talk/ ) and Ben Lehman ( http://www.tao-games.com/ )

16:07 -- A ruleset you can memorize

17:41 -- Who did you steal from most?

17:48 -- H.J. Ford ( http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/ford/index.html )

18:16 -- Otherkind ( http://web.archive.org/web/20041209151419/http://www.septemberquestion.org/lumpley/other.html )

18:53 -- What got left behind

20:17 -- Sinbad movies ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_7th_Voyage_of_Sinbad )

20:55 -- Playtesting

21:30 -- Emily Care Boss ( http://www.blackgreengames.com/ )

21:12 -- Writing what you're actually doing

22:27 -- Judd Karlman ( http://judd-sonofbert.livejournal.com/ )

23:59 -- The hardest thing to fix

24:46 -- Rules drifting

29:12 -- How art is used in the book

29:19 -- Coloured Fairy Books ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Lang%27s_Fairy_Books )

31:43 -- Primitive by Kevin Allen Jr. ( http://www.indiepressrevolution.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16198&cat=0&page=1 )

31:54 -- Poison'd ( http://goplaynow.org/?p=14 )

32:11 -- Choosing a shape for the book

34:20 -- "The Wrong Heads on the Wrong Bodies" ( http://books.google.com/books?id=2c2ujuioL38C&pg=PA250&lpg=PA250&dq=%22the+wrong+heads+on+the+wrong+bodies%22+fairy&source=web&ots=Ta1POA-NCk&sig=BpN7c6hc8lTYBn_shEiYUHggniY#PPA251,M1 )

36:44 -- Marketing the game

37:10 -- My Life With Master by Paul Czege ( http://www.halfmeme.com/master.html )

37:44 -- The Forge ( http://indie-rpgs.com/ )

38:26 -- What is success for 1001 Nights?

39:00 -- Nathan Paoletta's Carry: A Game About War ( http://www.hamsterprophetproductions.com/wordpress/?page_id=25 )

41:03 -- Shreyas Sampat ( http://swingpad.com/shreyas/blog/ )

43:18 -- Choosing a printer, Collective Copies ( http://www.collectivecopies.com/cchome.html )

44:20 -- Fred Hicks on different ways to get your game printed ( http://drivingblind.livejournal.com/315530.html )

46:57 -- Three other games?

47:39 -- #1: Twist

49:32 -- #2: Miss Schiffer's School for Young Ladies of Quality

49:48 -- Reverse Engineer Challenge ( http://www.kevinallenjr.com/reverseengineer/reversed.html )

50:24 -- Gibson Girls ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_girl )

52:42 -- Committee For the Exploration of Mysteries ( http://ericjboyddesigns.com/The_Committee.aspx )

53:36 -- #3: Intertwined ( scary and hawt! )

54:24 -- Jeepform ( http://jeepen.org/ )

54:54 -- The Fountain ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fountain_%28film%29 ) Darren Aronofsky ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darren_Aronofsky )

55:30 -- The Time Traveler's Wife ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Time_Traveler%27s_Wife )

56:25 -- Frotteurism ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frotteurism )

Music by The Hub City Stompers: http://www.hubcitystompers.com/

Logo courtesy of Daniel Solis: http://danielsolis.com/
Direct download: independent-insurgency-004.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20am EDT