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Episode 041: On Bottom

May 11th, 2009 · 4 Comments

* Congratulations Bear Swarm, you’re a year old! How did that happen?

* V3 is June 6th (V3 location information will appear at the end of our episodes beginning with episode 42)

* Last week’s contest Google doc form is here (click the link). We also clarify evolutionary items.

* Campaign Design, the Bottom Up approach. You can find an outline, and actual notes on the Plus 1 page.

* What beginning steps mirror the Top Down approach.

* Character generation and the character theme

* Establishing conflict

* The Character Domino Effect

* Adventure (non-character) focused Bottom Up design

* The Fog of War

* All podcasters are liars, except for 3/4 of the PodgeCast

* A SECOND CONTEST! Go ahead and click here to open the form and submit.

* Matt goes insane


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Episode 040: On Top

May 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

* Luke writes a column on Ideology of Madness: The Wizard Sleeve

* Ideology also had their Week of Mice with Weapons

* Donate your old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers

* Deadliest Warrior and other cool TV shows. Adam kept calling it Ultimate Warrior, which is a crappy show. This is the actual show Deadliest Warrior.

* Luke needs playtesters for “Project MG.” Email him at

* Joe was a guest host on Kicked in the Dicebags: Episode 5

* Adam is going to record a bonus video to show you how to “double record” if you’re looking for alternative recording methods

* Campaign Design, the Top Down approach. You can find an outline, and actual notes on the Plus 1 page.

* Pre-Planning Phase

* The Three Pillars of System Selection

* Pre-Player Phase (PPP or P3)

* Scope Your Game

* Evolutionary Items (like a Monkey Trial)

* The Fun Cooker

* Themes

* Organizations and our inherent nature to group

* Conflict

* Character Generation and Player Input

* Why (and why not) to plan your first show

* Why (and why not) to use box text

* Matt’s campaign document is on the Plus 1 page in the Episode Resources

* Scoping this discussion

* Announcing…THE CONTEST! You can enter here.


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Episode 036: Ninja Warriors of the Vodkapocalypse

March 30th, 2009 · 6 Comments

*Joe is sick – send him retroactive good vibes

*Special Guest Host: Jenn from The Trapcast.

*Our second Live episode is recording on 3/31. Come join us online! You can find the live episode here.

*Adam cites his funniest moment in podcast courtesy of Downunder Gamers

*Adam challenges us to build a setting in thirty minutes and brags how easy it is

*Listen as too many cooks prove Adam wrong.

*Joe’s true destiny

*We find out we just inadvertently played the first part of a Primetime Adventures game.


*Silent, but taco


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Episode 014: Uncle Jimbone and the Case of the Disappearing Host

October 20th, 2008 · 4 Comments

*Archon recap

*Are published settings crap?

*What makes a setting good?

*Convincing the yonkels

*Matt becomes the center of a deep mystery and a foul conspiracy

*Joe gets teleported in the Hodge.  Seriously.


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