Oo! Let’s Make a Game! Episode 7: Life During Wartime


58:34 long & 56.2 MB big

In this episode, Robert Bohl (designer of Misspent Youth) and Joshua A. C. Newman (designer of shock: social science fiction) try out a new way of designing and recording. The show will be going biweekly and Joshua & Rob are going to start doing some design before recording, then discuss it. A great deal of headway is made making up the starting characters and mapping out some of their relationships.

Joshua & Rob’s pre-show work and formal/structured notes written during the episode.

– Joshua & Rob discuss fucking robots and the uncanny valley
– Jenn from Trapcast is happy to “see” us back
– The setup of the protagonists in a pentagram
– Each iteration of the game will have one of the five characters as protagonist
– Matt Wilson’s Primetime Adventures has rules for saying who’s the protagonist on a per-episode basis, and shock: does it on a per-scene basis; Rob presumes that The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Role-playing Game has something to handle a main protagonist with back-ups
– Seth Ben Ezra’s Dirty Secrets also has one main protagonist
Vincent Baker‘s game Synthia
– Emily Care Boss has a game in playtest that adapts Eero Tuovinen’s Zombie Cinema (there’s a Story Games thread post that discusses it very briefly
– Stealing the qualitative fictional rule-setting from Brennan Taylor’s Mortal Coil
– Joshua is reading Not of Woman Born on recommendation from Meguey Baker of Night Sky Games
– Joshua and Rob argue over whether police are just another gang
– A discussion including the film L.A. Confidential and the TV show The Wire
– I spoil the 1991 remake of Cape Fear to make a point

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The intro music is “Gotta Whizz” by Boris the Sprinkler, from the album Mega Anal. The outgoing music is “Life During Wartime” by The Talking Heads.

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