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Episode 009: Michael O'Sullivan on Criminal Element In this episode, I talk to Michael O'Sullivan of Full Motor Productions 
about his heist game, Criminal Element (whose development version is 
currently available as a free download). This is the first show I've done 
from my home and I was very grateful to Michael for coming up to see 
me and talking with me about his game.

This episode is 1:03:51 long and 87.7 MB big.

01:16: CE is a heist movie game that came out of the 24 Hour RPG Design contest
01:38
: Scott McLeod
02:20
: Phil Reed's vs. Monsters and Fred Hicks's PACE
05:00
: Tell us about the (blackjack-based) system
05:48
: Ron Edwards compared the system to Over the Edge
07:00
: Vices, personal weaknesses that create opposition for the crew or
the mission
07:22
: Betting on your hand with Drama Points
08:35
: The Director's (GM's) currency: Meltdown Points, freaking out
according to your Vice
11:00
: Meltdown Points and Tension
11:44: Meltdown and Drama: player currency, not character currency
12:30
: Flashbacking
13:02
: Obligatory Judd Karlman reference
14:30
: Heist (Heat) vs. Caper (Ocean's Eleven)
17:28
: How the mechanics model the drama of these flicks
18:05
: Heist creation before character creation
19:35
: Why did you want to design a game?
19:43
: Obligatory Forge reference
20:01
: The Mountain Witch, Dictionary of Mu, Universalis, Dust Devils,
and Sorcerer
20:27
: Why did you design this game?
22:29
: The spoiler mechanic
23:44
: Other games that came out of CE?
24:32: Ray Winninger's Underground
24:55: Shock:
26:52: Warren Ellis, The Authority, Planetary
27:49: Who did you steal from?
28:25: Obligatory Spirit of the Century reference
30:00: Mozambique Drill
30:29: What got dropped from the game?
31:07: Game Chef
33:21: Playtester feedback
33:56: Intent, Initiation, Execution, and Effect (IIEE)
34:30: Obligatory Dreamation/DexCon (Double Exposure, LLC.) reference
35:09: Star C. Foster Charity Auction funding a scholarship for Star's high
school
35:38: Slouching Towards Bedlam interactive fiction game by Star and
Daniel Ravipinto
36:35: Obligatory Vincent Baker reference
36:54: The Sons of Kryos
38:59: Ashcanning CE? Ryan Macklin
39:06: Misspent Youth
39:44: Know Thyself
40:23: The hardest thing to fix
43:18: The nascent production process of Criminal Element
46:28: Cthulhutech
46:56: How will art be used in the book?
50:16: Paying for/compensating models
51:17: Marketing the game
54:49: What is success for Criminal Element?
56:43: One shot or ongoing?
57:24: Luke, Emily, and Tobias Wrigstad (of Jeepform) at the Indie Game
Designer's Roundtable

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

Direct download: independent-insurgency-009.mp3
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