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The Gauntlet Podcast

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Jul 17, 2017

Lowell talks to editor and game designer Amanda Valentine.

Timecodes
Editing (02:00)
Working on licensed games (09:47)
Getting into the RPG editing field (13:53)
Challenging projects (20:19)
Amanda’s favorite projects (21:41)
Creating a supportive environment for young gamers (25:54)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Jul 10, 2017

Jason sits down with Grant Howitt & Chris Taylor from Rowan, Rook & Deckard

The Spire RPG
Overview (02:48)
Themes (04:55)
Mechanics (07:00)
Character classes (12:30)
A setting rich game (23:49)
Kickstarter campaign (27:49)

Giving Me Life
Secret World (35:00)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (36:00)

Links
Gauntlet Con 2017
http://www.gauntlet-rpg.com/gauntlet-con.html

Rowan, Rook, and Deckard
http://rowanrookanddecard.com

Nocturnal Media
https://www.nocturnal-media.com

Jul 3, 2017

Rich and Lowell are joined by Rach Shelkey for this month’s game round-up!

Game Discussion
Velvet Glove (02:26)
Mutant: Year Zero (12:31)
Royal Blood (26:33)

Giving Me Life
Gauntlet Con 2017 Announcement (38:00)
A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (41:07)
Taylor Swift’s 1989 (43:40)
Sailor Moon Celebration 2017 (47:01)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Jun 26, 2017

Misspent Youth
Overview(01:33)
Selling out and narrative damage (03:31)
Roleplaying games as tools for increasing justice (06:37)
The Struggle (12:19)
Structure (19:14)
In-character chatter (23:26)
Kickstarter (26:43)

Giving Me Life
GLOW TV show on Netflix (38:50)
New baby! (41:25)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Jun 19, 2017

Jason speaks with David Schirduan, Grant Howitt, and Andy Millar about their experiences with the 2017 200 Word RPG Challenge, as well as upcoming projects they are each working on.

Conversation with David Schirduan
Overview and history of the 200 Word RPG Challenge (01:00)
The 2017 Challenge (02:30)
Why do this challenge? (05:37)
The format (08:09)
Extra thoughts about the challenge (08:50)
Looking ahead (11:50)
Clink Kickstarter (14:15)
Giving Me Life - Guilty Gear (16:45)

Conversation with Grant Howitt
Mechanical Oryx (18:36)
The constraints of the contest (23:40)
The Spire Kickstarter (28:22)
Giving Me Life - Player Unknown Battlegrounds (35:36)

Conversation with Andy Millar
Route Clearance (41:00)
The constraints of the contest (50:38)
Upcoming projects (55:05)
Giving Me Life - The New Zealand Game Design Scene (58:19)

Links
Clink Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sigilstonepublishing/clink-an-rpg-of-mysterious-drifters-and-risky-coin?ref=nav\_search

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Jun 12, 2017

Lowell talks with Pam Alexander from Evil Hat Productions!

Pam’s gaming background (00:52)
Philosophical differences between DFAE and PbtA (04:10)
Mantles (08:35)
Pam’s start with Dresden RPGs (12:08)
Notes from the alpha test for DFAE (20:21)
Authorial voice (26:54)
Playtesting (33:50)
Pam’s upcoming projects (44:30)

Links

Dresden Files Accelerated 

http://www.evilhat.com/home/dresden-files-accelerated/


Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

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Jun 6, 2017

Timecodes
Camp Nerdly (00:21)
Penguins of Madagascar vs. Cthulhu (02:49)
Archipelago III “The Last of Us” (03:43)
Firebrands (05:38)
Ten Candles (08:58)
PbtA in May (15:45)
Monsterhearts: Mercy Falls (17:14)
Damn the Man! Save the Music! (27:58)
Alas for the Awful Sea! (29:04)

Giving Me Life
Origins 2017 (38:16)
Prepping for a brand-new campaign (39:49)
Codex - Time (41:19)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

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May 29, 2017

Jason sits down with Todd Crapper from Broken Ruler Games!

High Plains Samurai
Overview & setting (00:26)
Gameplay (08:39)
Mechanics (11:30)
Kickstarter details (26:31)

Giving Me Life
Jason D’Angelo’s Daily Apocalypse collection on G+ (34:20)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

May 24, 2017

We're celebrating 100 episodes of The Gauntlet Podcast by answering questions from our d100 Table of Questions! 

To check out the full d100, go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o4K5edMTijkYGtSQgyBkZ9JCFN2MFCq7fVlPjEu7BsU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Thanks for all your support! We couldn't have gotten to 100 episodes without you! 

May 8, 2017

Lowell Francis sits down with Andy Kitkowski from Kotodama Heavy Industries!

Timecodes
The process and challenges of translating games (01:14)
The business of translations (11:27)
Japanese roleplaying game culture (15:07)
Intersections with Western culture (27:00)
Replays (35:19)

Links

Kotodama Heavy Industries
http://kotohi.com

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

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May 1, 2017

Rich, Lowell, and Jason talk about some of the games they have been playing.

Game Discussion
Breakers (00:32)
Cthulhu Dark: Confidential (13:17)
Kuro (23:47)

Giving Me Life
Nintendo Switch (37:51)
Justice League Action (40:40)
World of Darkness for Urban Shadows (43:15)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Apr 24, 2017

Kate and Jason are joined by game designer Emily Care Boss to discuss intimacy in roleplaying games.

Giving Me Bleed
Backstory on the term “bleed” (00:56)
Monsterhearts (02:34)
Monster of the Week (04:32)
Lost in the Rain (07:49)

Intimacy in Roleplaying Games
Overview (09:36)
The Romance Trilogy (10:02)
Managing intimacy at the table (16:04)
Player intimacy (30:44)
The culture of intimacy (42:28)
Odds & ends (4:47)

Giving Me Life
Weekly meetup with friends (57:44)
Codex Miscellany (58:31)
Opening up your own work space (1:00:00)

Links
Buy The Romance Trilogy
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/191871/Romance-Trilogy--BGG010PDF?

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Apr 16, 2017

Jason sits down with Todd from Wheel Tree Press and The Jank Cast to discuss their newest Kickstarter!

The Sword, the Crown, and the Unspeakable Power
Jason fanboys about The Jank Cast (00:31)
Overview (04:47)
Setting creation (06:31)
History of the project (10:35)
Mechanical differences with other PbtA games (15:34)
Playbooks (27:13)
Cinematic gameplay (31:29)
Kickstarter details (36:19)

Giving Me Life
S-Town (43:37)
Cute toddler stuff (46:51)

Links
SCUP Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wheeltreepress/the-sword-the-crown-and-the-unspeakable-power

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Apr 2, 2017

Game Discussion
Wind on the Path (00:41)
7th Sea (09:18)
Impulse Drive (26:17)

Giving Me Life
200 Word RPG Challenge (42:41)
Great British Bake Off (44:15)
Gaming and music (46:30)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Mar 28, 2017

Kate & Jason are joined by Andrew Medeiros to talk about death and grief in gaming.

Giving Me Bleed
The Woodlands (00:58)
The Watch (05:22)
Monsterhearts 2 (09:14)

Topic Discussion
Overview (12:09)
Character death (13:20)
Textual support for meaningful character death (18:54)
Death as a theme in games (23:55)
Setting expectations (27:49)
Building up to character death (29:12)
The influence of Western culture (33:39)
Character suicide (36:14)
Grief (40:21)
Facilitating grief (46:28)
Games that do death & grief well (55:04)

Giving Me Life
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (01:02:15)
Imperial Assault (01:04:55)
Be Here Now (01:06:05)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

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Mar 22, 2017

Lowell sits down with Liz Chaipraditkul to discuss 7th Sea and much more!

Timecodes
Introduction (00:20)
Heroes & Villains (03:34)
The Crescent Empire (15:59)
Orientalism and diversity in RPGs (17:50)
Poetry dueling (!!!) (23:44)
The Monster (24:43)
Witch: Fated Souls (26:23)
Familiars of Terra (30:29)
Sig: Manual of the Primes (32:05)
Cold Shadows (33:00)
Afterlife (33:45)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Mar 14, 2017

This week Jason is joined by Fraser Simons, designer of _The Veil_ RPG!

Discussion
The Veil (00:18)
Cascade (05:53)
What is cyberpunk? (13:13)
After The Veil & Cascade (20:32)
Cascade Kickstarter (21:22)

Giving Me Life
Fall of Magic long con at Dreamation 2017 (26:01)
Consuming Cyberpunk G+ collection (28:49)

Links
The Veil
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/199467/The-Veil-Cyberpunk-Roleplaying-Powered-by-the-Apocalypse?term=the+veil\++fraser+simons&test\_epoch=0

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Mar 7, 2017

Jason, Rich, Lowell, and (for a few minutes) Kate sit down to discuss some of the games they played last month.

Game Discussion
Spirit of ’77 (00:33)
MASHED (15:42)
Gauntlet League Wrestling (24:43)

Giving Me Life
Baseball spring training (37:32)
The Best Picture Oscars snafu (39:12)
What your hero smells like (44:53)
Sherri’s investigation board (47:28)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Feb 27, 2017

Kate & Jason are joined by Avery Alder to discuss violence in roleplaying games.

Introduction (00:12)

Giving Me Bleed
Dream Askew (00:56)
Fiasco (04:08)
Monsterhearts 2 (07:43)

Discussion - Violence in Roleplaying Games
Overview (11:15)
Escalating stakes & climax (12:16)
Why do roleplaying games often default to violence? (19:07)
Power fantasy (22:06)
Making space for something other than violence (24:51)
“Combat System” (35:48)

Giving Me Life
Sourdough starter (44:41)
Michael Flynn losing his job (47:58)
Trudeau & Trump (49:08)

Links
Cold Shadows Kickstarter
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gallantknightgames/cold-shadows-narrative-espionage-roleplaying

Buried Without Ceremony

https://buriedwithoutceremony.com

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Feb 20, 2017

Lowell sits down with science fiction writer Cat Rambo to discuss her experiences in the early days of the hobby, her work with the Science Fiction Writers of America, and more!

Timecodes
The Grimtooth story (00:55)
Being a woman in the early days of the hobby (02:08)
Tough experiences at the table (07:33)
The Satanic Panic angle (11:47)
Representation & justification for bad behavior (13:35)
Moving beyond D&D (18:14)
The convention scene (21:05)
Call of Cthulhu bridal party (!!!) (25:21)
Emerald City Comic Con (26:40)
Admitting game writers to SFWA (29:37)


Links
Cat’s Patreon
https://www.patreon.com/catrambo

The SFWA
http://www.sfwa.org

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Feb 12, 2017

Jason is joined by Anna Kreider to talk about The Watch!

The Watch
Introduction (00:13)
Overview of The Watch (01:04)
Mechanics & design goals (01:51)
Clans (07:20)
An atypical story (10:26)
Kickstarter (12:28)

Giving Me Life
Dreamation 2017 (17:04)
The joy of swimming lessons (18:58)

Links
Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Cold Shadows KS
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gallantknightgames/cold-shadows-narrative-espionage-roleplaying

Feb 7, 2017

Rich, Kate, Lowell, Steve & Jason gather ‘round the hearth for our monthly gaming recap!

Game Discussion
Monsterhearts 2 (00:37)
The Woodlands (09:44)
Shooting the Moon (16:28)
Apocalypse World 2E (20:32)
Chill 3E (30:45)

Giving Me Life
The Women’s March (46:03)
The airport protests (47:19)
MH2 PbP (48:30)
Dragon Quest Builders & Miss Multiconsole (50:34)
Fowler’s projects (52:09)

Links
Cold Shadows KS
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gallantknightgames/cold-shadows-narrative-espionage-roleplaying

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Feb 1, 2017

Lowell is joined by Will Patterson to discuss gaming with kids!

Timecodes
Will’s gaming roots (00:28)
Why game with kids? (01:32)
Tips for playing with small kids (06:29)
Challenges & advantages of different RPG systems (12:14)
Character death & tone (15:01)
Hacking PbtA for kids (19:19)
Running for kids vs running for adults (20:25)
Playing The Sundered Land with a three-year-old (22:16)
World of Dreams (24:19)
Letting the kids GM (28:01)
Some final thoughts (31:28)

Links
Article about executive function
https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/blogs/expert-corner/2016/05/30/the-batman-effect-what-my-research-shows-about-pretend-play-and-executive-functioning

Will’s game, World of Dreams
https://plus.google.com/100395114003715336076/posts/aLQYEtJntn5

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Jan 23, 2017

Jason welcomes Oli Jeffery to the show!

Discussion
Introduction (00:13)
Little Grey Cells (03:02)
Codex (16:00)
Clicks & Hums & Sirens & the Sun (22:23)

Giving Me Life
Our Nintendo Switch Slack channel (25:48)
Gaming with the family (27:15)

Links
Sigil Stone on DriveThru
http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/8026/Sigil-Stone-Publishing?term=sigil+stone&test\_epoch=0

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

Jan 16, 2017

Kate & Jason are joined by Stephen Dewey of Cavalry Games! 

What have you been bleeding?
Overview of segment (02:25)
Jason (03:33)
Kate (06:03)
Stephen (07:00)

Main Discussion - Facilitating Emotional Play
Overview (09:50)
Setting the emotional agenda (12:06)
Creating space for emotional play during the session (21:42)
Understanding how emotion is evoked in a game’s mechanics or setting (28:55)
Validation as a tool for facilitating emotional play (41:04)
Facilitating emotional play as a player (49:17)
A preview of the next topic: defaulting to violence (57:39)

Giving Me Life
The Witness (01:00:30)
Prepping for a new campaign (01:04:26)
Getting my partner into Stranger Things (01:05:34)
Chihuly exhibit & Nausicaa (01:07:00)

Links
Follow Stephen on Twitter @shiftyginger
Support Stephen on Patreon: patreon.com/stephendewey
Stephen’s website: cavalrygames.com

Kate’s blog: bluestockings.ca

Our website
www.gauntlet-rpg.com

Our Patreon
patreon.com/gauntlet

Follow us on Twitter @GauntletRPG

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