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TPC 128: In Which We Wank About Wankery

February 20th, 2011 · David · 3 Comments

* Chibi drew a portrait of the Podge hosts from memory here.

* TV talk time! We hit:

  • Community
  • The Walking Dead
  • 30 Rock
  • Parks and Rec
  • Archer
  • Fringe
  • Leverage
  • Hung
  • Deadwood
  • Sopranos
  • Rome
  • Dr. Who
  • Coupling

* White Wolf

* Newbie DM, Daniel Perez and Dragon Age RPG

* A common language to discuss RPGs

* The value of GNS theory

* Pundritry, in all of its forms

* Master the Met is happening again link is here

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  • 1 John B. // Feb 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hi Guys,

    I think that one of the reasons that system comes up with discussions of gaming, has more to do with avoiding “gaming stories”. If we talk about our games and what happened in them, then we are really talking about something that is not common ground with other folks as we all role play differently.

    Also with the comment of DnD 4th ed has no rules for role playing, why does a game need rules to roleplay? I don’t think any of the DnD’s had “roleplaying” rules. Or any other system that comes to mind. This is not to say that there are not problems in the system, but every system has that correct?

    Keep up the great podcast.

    John

  • 2 David // Feb 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Yep, totally agree. The system discussion is an inclusive one. You and I can both read the 4e rulebook, say, and can discuss our individual experiences on common, shared ground with common, shared language.

    You and I cannot discuss the experience I had playing in a game (mostly) with any common ground other *than* the system. Or, arguably gaming at large itself, but that becomes too removed from the point to add value.

    I dig both freeform and ruled role play. Typically, though, I prefer a framework for it without explicit rules or directives. 4th ed is actually a good blend there, just because it lets me decide how silly I want my fantasy heroes to be.

    And don’t be mistaken: I want them silly.

  • 3 jdac // Feb 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hunh, and I thought Luke missspoke when he said “we are the PodgeCats.”

    I went and actually read Ron Edward’s original GNS article, and frankly it was such a slog I’d be surprised if the majority of people who expounded about GNS ever had. Frankly, I never saw what the wankery was about, but I suspect it had to do with gamers being outraged to be told their habits are dysfunctional.

    As an aside, I notice that every podgecast still bears a 2008 copyright date. I wonder if that would insulates you against prior art claims over Iron Tyrants. :p

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