Saving the Game A Christian podcast about tabletop roleplaying games, collaborative storytelling in RPGs, and other interesting topics

July 24, 2018  
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We reach maximum hosting with not one, not two, but three guests this week! Allen Mowers, Ashley Mowers, and Kyle Stainbrook from the much-loved Min/Max Podcast join us to discuss moral accountability for our in-character choices. After we manage to get through an introduction, we all briefly talk about what we've been playing. Grant plugs our new "oh my gosh what if story" t-shirt, Peter and Jenny plug appearances on City on a Hill Gaming and Bard and Bible, and then we all answer a question from Patreon supporter Richard Lorenz about which fictional character we'd each want to run a game for us.

After reading Scripture, we then dive into this complex issue together: Just how much accountability do we have for the things our characters do in our games? How do we handle bleed, and how do we handle it when our own characters engage matters we aren't fully comfortable with?

We'll wrap up this conversation in Part Two next time, so stay tuned!

Relevant links: STG 111, "Larp and the Psychology of Play (with Dr. Sarah Lynne-Bowman)"; Dr. Sarah Lynne-Bowman's articles on bleed and playing nasty characters; and STG 17, "Lines and Veils".

Scripture: Psalm 7:14-16Matthew 5:21Matthew 13:13Mark 7:14-23

July 10, 2018  
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We're back with another con report! Jenny, Peter, and friend of the show Tyler "Churcher" Denningjoin us to recap Fear the Con 2018, held June 22-23 in Brentwood, MO.

Game rundown:

  • Slot 1 (Jenny as GM; Peter; Tyler) - "SIGN: A GAME ABOUT BEING UNDERSTOOD"
  • Slot 2 (Jenny) - "THE HORRIBLE THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO CHILDREN: MY COUSIN'S WEDDING"
  • Slot 2 (Peter; Tyler) - "DUSK CITY OUTLAWS"
  • Slot 3 (Peter) - "BEYOND THE MOUNTAIN WALL: BEYOND THE WALL SYSTEM"
  • Slot 3 (Tyler as GM; Jenny) - "CHURCHERS KICKSTARTER TRAVELLER GAME!" (The Twitch VOD can be found here. Note that it is very NSFW!)
  • Slot 4 (Tyler) - "[FATE] CAMELOT TRIGGER"
  • Slot 5 (Tyler; Jenny) - "THE SMALL TOWN OF CATTLE SKULL"
  • Slot 5 (Peter) - "LEVERAGE"
  • Slot 6 (Jenny as GM; Peter; Tyler) - "THE DECK OF MANY THINGS"