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Episode 008: Brennan Taylor on Mortal Coil In this episode, I speak with Brennan Taylor of Galileo Games about his game,
Mortal Coil. As Brennan is also a co-owner of Indie Press Revolution, we also discuss a
bit about how that business works and what implications there are for him as a client and
owner of IPR.

 

This episode is 78.2 MB big and 56:55 long.

01:08: Tell us about the game
02:09: Originally a World of Darkness hack
03:51: Why this title?
04:04: The CRPG, Darklands
04:36: The title, Nine Inch Nails, and horror
06:02: The grungy exuberance of Flaming Taft
06:37: Magic that feels magical
07:52: The Price of introducing magical facts
09:11: "I'm a Neil Gaiman fan"
09:31: The bidding system in the game
09:38: A stronger GM than many indie players are used to
10:27: Polaris
11:36: Players' major powers to introduce facts
12:37: Problems in the game
13:29: Second edition
14:54: Who did you steal from the most?
15:02: Primetime Adventures
16:12: Things you had to let go of
17:15: The fruits of playtesting
17:49: The NYC RPG Playtest group with Thor Olavsrud, Mayuran, et al.
18:16: Judd Karlman
20:44: The new game, How We Came To Live Here
22:49: The hardest thing to fix
24:38: Making an economy work
24:25: (Lack of) game balance in Mortal Coil
27:00: Deciding what printer to use
27:31: Alphagraphics, buy-outers of RPI
28:16: Costs of production
30:00: Indie Press Revolution
34:16: How do you use art? Jennifer Rodgers
34:40: Bulldogs!
36:27: Clinton R. Nixon, Dresden Files RPG
37:58: The trifecta of cock, Mortal Coil, The Dictionary of Mu, and It Was a Mutual Decision
38:14: Keith Senkowski
39:29: Layout
41:26: What doesn't work in the book?
45:46: Why this form factor?
46:10: Dogs in the Vineyard and Burning Wheel
46:50: The new Star Wars game
47:06: Fred and Rob of Evil Hat
47:59: Marketing
49:24: Paul Tevis, the other half of The Voice of the Revolution
56:10: DexCon and Dreamation (Double Exposure)
51:33: Defining success for Mortal Coil
53:56: How Mortal Coil saved my life

 

Closing music is WTFIU? by the Hub City Stompers
Logo courtesy of Daniel Solis: http://danielsolis.com/

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