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Episode 27: John Stavropoulos and Jim Sullivan on MonkeyDome In this design episode, I talk to John Stavropoulos and Jim Sullivan of the Imagination Sweatshop (ISS) and NerdNYC about their new playstormed gamein-a-jiffy for JiffyCon Greenfield June 09, MonkeyDome. MonkeyDome was a vast collaboration including Jim, John, Emily Care Boss (of Black and Green Games), Jason Keeley, Epidiah Ravachol, and Terry Romero. It's a game where you see-saw between incredibly grim and really wacky moments in a post-apocalyptic nightmare, and it's available for free on the ISS website.

WARNING: The Independent Insurgency is an "explicit" podcast.

This episode is 56.2 MB big and 1:01:20 long.

00:59: I interviewed Eppy in the last episode about playstorming and MonkeyDome came up
01:17: What's the game about?
02:46: The game was designed in (almost less than) a week!
08:11: The difference between funny and zany.
10:22: Playable as an ongoing game?
12:06: The mechanics
19:52: What it means to learn a lesson
21:02: Endgame
25:14: The GameBlaster's Tools: The Fuel and the Fire
26:03: World creation and what the characters do in the game
29:02: Other games you came up with?
30:20: Jim mentions a game idea that's a lot like Jason Morningstar's Fiasco (which he talked about on Canon Puncture #66)
31:20: Who did you steal from?
32:07: John is always inspired by Eppy's game Dread
34:00: What had to be dropped that you liked?
34:44: The hardest thing to fix
35:24: Playtesting
36:43: Trial and Terror is the prior game-in-a-Jiffy for JiffyCon game
38:13: Division of labor and editing
43:06: The ISS used a site called A.nnotate which lets you upload a fully-laid-out document that others browse through and comment on
44:06: What the art (by Scott LeMien and John) is used for
47:11: Luke Crane loves John's flow chart
48:05: Why this form factor?
48:41: Marketing
50:21: Branding and credit
51:24: Defining success
53:46: Selling the game
56:58: The next JiffyCon may be paired with MaulCon

The closing song is Skins Don't Cry by The Hub City Stompers

Logo courtesy of Daniel Solis: http://danielsolis.com/
Direct download: independent-insurgency-027.mp3
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Episode 26: TTMN: Epidiah Ravachol on Playstorming In this Talk To Me Now episode, I speak with Epidiah Ravachol, writer of the best horror game I know of, Dread about a style of game design which is a combination of playtesting and brainstorming that he and some friends engage in (and, arguably, invented) called playstorming.

This episode is 23.4 MB big and 25:34 long.

00:35: We're at the home of Joshua A. C. Newman
01:34: Playstorming developed between bouts of making hate with Jim Sullivan
02:40: The first game playstormed (kinda) was Time and Temp
03:49: The gamebearer
05:36: Games in a Jiffy for JiffyCon: Trial and Terror and MonkeyDome
09:30: Techniques for successful playstorming?
12:06: What do people get wrong about playstorming?
13:00: The pitfalls of playstorming
14:55: Joshua joins us, opening the door to discussing his game in development, Xenon:
16:06: A list of games that have had some level of playstorming
18:09: Jason Keeley and John Stavropolous are seminal members of the Imagination Sweatshop, the group that they created to do playstorming

The outgoing song on this episode is Fuel by Ani DiFranco from the album Little Plastic Castles.

Logo courtesy of Daniel Solis: http://danielsolis.com/
Direct download: independent-insurgency-026.mp3
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