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Bored Ghost

A storytelling podcast that uses games to drive the stories. We play a variety of games, from Indy Published Collaborative Storytelling games to traditional Role-Playing Games, all with the intent to tell a cohesive and finite story in about two episodes.
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May 22, 2019

"When the light turns green, you go. When the light turns red, you stop. But what do you do when the light turns blue with orange and lavender spots?" 
— Shel Silverstein (A Light in the Attic)

 

The streets and canals of Amsterdam run red, and it isn't a trick of the light.

To learn more about how Follow is played check out our primer episode.

The Setting:

Modern-Day Amsterdam, a red light district street abutting a Canal.

The Killer:

Slugs from outer space.

The Characters:

Lars the laughing conspiracy theorist.

Geoff the MBA student.

Becka the sorority president.

Maud the miraculous mail-carrier.

Bunz the Carefree Riverboat Captain.

Isabel the social worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Lisa the sarcastic comedian.

Brad Jorgenson the arrogant architect.

Olsen the hairy canal dweller.

Bran the impotent bag man.

Horace the plucky street cat.

Danielle the high powered attorney.

Kirsten the girl who loves doing mushrooms.

Steve the shy effeminate tennis player.

Uve the German astrophysicist. 

THE FINAL GIRL:

Yanel the innocent escort.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find Chris on twitter @manapot_studios 

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

May 15, 2019

"The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes, and with a smile that Judas in hell might be proud of."
— Bram Stoker (Dracula)

The streets and canals of Amsterdam run red, and it isn't a trick of the light.

To learn more about how Follow is played check out our primer episode.

The Setting:

Modern-Day Amsterdam, a red light district street abutting a Canal.

The Killer:

Slugs from outer space.

The Characters:

Lars the laughing conspiracy theorist.

Geoff the MBA student.

Becka the sorority president.

Maud the miraculous mail-carrier.

Bunz the Carefree Riverboat Captain.

Isabel the social worker who goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Lisa the sarcastic comedian.

Brad Jorgenson the arrogant architect.

Olsen the hairy canal dweller.

Yanel the innocent escort.

Bran the impotent bag man.

Horace the plucky street cat.

Danielle the high powered attorney.

Kirsten the girl who loves doing mushrooms.

Steve the shy effeminate tennis player.

Uve the German astrophysicist.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find Chris on twitter @manapot_studios

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

May 8, 2019

“There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. That they may have been the architects of the Great Pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria, or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man, who even now fight to survive somewhere beyond the heavens." - Battlestar Galactica 1978

A handful of colony ships fly from a despoiled Earth seeking a new home. Other colony ships fled the dying homeworld, but as far as these ships know they are all that is left.

Last Fleet is a game by Black Armada games. In the current state it is Powered By The Apocalypse. As of our recording it is in playtesting. Josh Fox provided us a copy to run through. Please check out Black Armada for more of their well-designed games.

The Characters:

• Tank - Scorpio (Ken Breese) - An engineer on the ship, in charge of prepping the defense mechs.

 

• Jake Oxnard - Aquarius (Richard Ruane) - Officer and Advocate in charge of fleet personnel related incidents and investigations.

 

Find Richard on twitter @Arr_Roo find out more about the convention he works on Gauntlet Con. He contributes to the Gauntlet's Codex magazine learn more one twitter @GauntletRPG

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

May 1, 2019

“Living creatures, if nothing else, have the right to life. It is their only truly precious possession, and the stealing of life is a wicked theft”
― Jack Vance, Mazirian the Magician

A handful of colony ships fly from a despoiled Earth seeking a new home. Other colony ships fled the dying homeworld, but as far as these ships know they are all that is left.

Last Fleet is a game by Black Armada games. In the current state it is Powered By The Apocalypse. As of our recording it is in playtesting. Josh Fox provided us a copy to run through. Please check out Black Armada for more of their well-designed games.

The Characters:

• Tank - Scorpio (Ken Breese) - An engineer on the ship, in charge of prepping the defense mechs.

• Jake Oxnard - Aquarius (Richard Ruane) - Officer and Advocate in charge of fleet personnel related incidents and investigations.

Find Richard on twitter @Arr_Roo find out more about the convention he works on Gauntlet Con. He contributes to the Gauntlet's Codex magazine learn more one twitter @GauntletRPG

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

Apr 24, 2019

“Helena: Will they be happier when they can feel pain?
Dr. Gall: On the contrary. But they will be technically more perfect.”
― Karel Čapek, R.U.R.

Three high school kids, in a suburban wasteland at the foot of a mountain range, try to keep things together in the early-nineties.

 

To learn more about how Things from the Flood is played check out our primer episode.

To get a sense of where these characters started take a listen to our Tales from the Loop story:

 

The World: Pittsfield and the Lenox Loop.

 

Pittsfield, MA - in the Berkshire mountains on the border of NY and Western MA. In the 1940’s GE, MIT and a Federal Research Facility carved a particle accelerator into the deep rock beneath the mountain range just south in Lenox, MA. They also carved cooling towers from the rock itself. The loop passes just under Pittsfield proper. The center of the city the large GE plant has long since been abandoned and retrofitted into housing for refugees from the lowlands.

To the south, a mile or two down South St, HWY 20 is the turn off to Bousquet Mountain, a ski area. A bit further south are the cooling towers and the subsurface labs.

In ‘89 two things happened- the wall fell, ending the cold war, and the flood came. The Loop and its labs are suspected as causing the flooding, which spread out from the hills and turned the middle of New England into a massive tidal floodplain. Under severe scrutiny over its part in the flood GE and facing massive fines, declared bankruptcy.

Normally the death of the industry would kill a town like Pittsfield, but all the displaced people from Boston and the farmlands moved en-masse into the Berkshires, or neighboring upstate New York. Service industry sprung up along with real estate and other infrastructure works, the once sleepy, lightly industrial nearly rural Pittsfield, has become a bustling suburb to Lenox to the south.

Lenox itself has become a large city, though the cooling towers and structures of the now flooded and abandoned labs are given wide berth. The once spread out development south of Pittsfield center is now a dense suburban development. The ski lodge has been converted to Condos and year-round living.

The other big event to note, in 90/91 rifts began to open in the swamps to the East. Emerging from these rifts came the Beasts- large dark shapes in crystalline armor. The government scrambled and with the help of a quintet of mysterious giant robots, were able to repel the waves and waves of creatures. This threat has become a part of life after the Flood.

The Teens:

Ollie Barker - Lone Wolf (Dan McCoy) withdrawn and serious, sets themselves outside.

 

Chad Dawson - Party Animal (Stuart Wellington) drinking and partying his way through high school, assuming he every gets out.

 

Rush McKenzie - Hacker (Ken Breese) from exploring the outdoors to now exploring the wilderness of the early internet, he's put on weight and lost himself in conspiracy theory.

 

Find Dan McCoy on twitter @dankmccoy

Find Stuart Wellington on twitter @flophousecat

Find Stuart and Dan's podcast The Flophouse on the flophousepodcast.com and on the MaxFun network. You can also follow the podcast on twitter @theflophousepod. The Flophouse has a number of live shows coming up this Summer and Fall so be sure to check them out if they're in your area!

Find Stuart's podcast Till Def Do Us Parrdy on soundcloud and through itunes. You can also follow the show on twitter @tilldef

If you're in NYC make sure to get over to The Hinterlands, Stuart's bar in Kensington, Brooklyn and their new bar in Sunset Park, Brooklyn- Minnie's

If you want to play some games we host a regular game night on Tuesdays at the Hinterlands.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Apr 17, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting an a rules summary of  Things from the Flood by Modiphius Entertainment. modiphius.net

Note that Things from the Flood is a stand-alone game but also a sequel to Tales from the Loop - the mechanics are the same so check out our Tales from the Loop primer for a more granular look at game mechanics.

Recommended number of players: GM and 2-4 players, Play time 2-4 hours on average.

Things from the Flood is a GM'd game that encourages the players collaborate with the Game Master to tell the story.

We recommend picking the PDF and or Physical copy from publisher. The character types can be printed and you only need a handful of 6-sided dice to roll against trouble.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Apr 17, 2019

"We Boys and Men need to know how to Love. Though It may sometimes hurt, we need to persevere and party it out."
— JUVENALIUS

Three high school kids, in a suburban wasteland at the foot of a mountain range, try to keep things together in the early-nineties.

To learn more about how Things from the Flood is played check out our primer episode.

To get a sense of where these characters started take a listen to our Tales from the Loop story.

The World: Pittsfield and the Lenox Loop.

 

Pittsfield, MA - in the Berkshire mountains on the border of NY and Western MA. In the 1940’s GE, MIT and a Federal Research Facility carved a particle accelerator into the deep rock beneath the mountain range just south in Lenox, MA. They also carved cooling towers from the rock itself. The loop passes just under Pittsfield proper. The center of the city the large GE plant has long since been abandoned and retrofitted into housing for refugees from the lowlands.

To the south, a mile or two down South St, HWY 20 is the turn off to Bousquet Mountain, a ski area. A bit further south are the cooling towers and the subsurface labs.

In ‘89 two things happened- the wall fell, ending the cold war, and the flood came. The Loop and its labs are suspected as causing the flooding, which spread out from the hills and turned the middle of New England into a massive tidal floodplain. Under severe scrutiny over its part in the flood GE and facing massive fines, declared bankruptcy.

Normally the death of the industry would kill a town like Pittsfield, but all the displaced people from Boston and the farmlands moved en-masse into the Berkshires, or neighboring upstate New York. Service industry sprung up along with real estate and other infrastructure works, the once sleepy, lightly industrial nearly rural Pittsfield, has become a bustling suburb to Lenox to the south.

Lenox itself has become a large city, though the cooling towers and structures of the now flooded and abandoned labs are given wide berth. The once spread out development south of Pittsfield center is now a dense suburban development. The ski lodge has been converted to Condos and year-round living.

The other big event to note, in 90/91 rifts began to open in the swamps to the East. Emerging from these rifts came the Beasts- large dark shapes in crystalline armor. The government scrambled and with the help of a quintet of mysterious giant robots, were able to repel the waves and waves of creatures. This threat has become a part of life after the Flood.

The Teens:

Ollie Barker - Lone Wolf (Dan McCoy) withdrawn and serious, sets themselves outside.

 

Chad Dawson - Party Animal (Stuart Wellington) drinking and partying his way through high school, assuming he every gets out.

 

Rush McKenzie - Hacker (Ken Breese) from exploring the outdoors to now exploring the wilderness of the early internet, he's put on weight and lost himself in conspiracy theory.

 

Find Dan McCoy on twitter @dankmccoy

Find Stuart Wellington on twitter @flophousecat

Find Stuart and Dan's podcast The Flophouse on the flophousepodcast.com and on the MaxFun network. You can also follow the podcast on twitter @theflophousepod. The Flophouse has a number of live shows coming up this Summer and Fall so be sure to check them out if they're in your area!

Find Stuart's podcast Till Def Do Us Parrdy on soundcloud and through itunes. You can also follow the show on twitter @tilldef

If you're in NYC make sure to get over to The Hinterlands, Stuart's bar in Kensington, Brooklyn and their new bar in Sunset Park, Brooklyn- Minnie's

If you want to play some games we host a regular game night on Tuesdays at the Hinterlands.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Apr 10, 2019

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.” 
 J.M.Barrie

In a quiet tidal pool, by a cold dark shore, the spirits of drowned women await mortal petitioners who will accept their gifts.

Rusalka is still in progress and we were honored that the designer, Nick Wedig, allowed us to share a game with our listeners. Go check out his work at his Teapot Games site.

The Map: 

To the South is the Shore. To the North West the Village. A stone alter and a configuration of stones rests near the edge of the pond closest to the village.
On the South side of the pond where the sea threatens to enter the pool, is a cannonball sunk in the silt. On Eastern bank a massive albino crocodile makes its home. Along the shore large poles are sunk into the sand and mud. They are topped with winding sheets that snap in the ocean winds.

The Characters:

Rurik (Amanda McLoughlin) - An aspect of moonlight, she wears flowers in her hair and ages with the phases of the moon, yo-yoing between a child and crone.

 

Marichka (Julia Schifini) - An aspect of tides, she has flowing seaweed for hair and jagged shark teeth.

 

Semyon (John Holt) - An aspect of sorrow, she is a paper thin spirit with tattered flaking edges.

 

Bohdana (Ken Breese) - An aspect of ghosts, her face is masked and her dress flows behind and seems to have no end.

 

Find Amanda on twitter @shessomickey and on her website amandamcloughlin.com.

Amanda is also a member of the RPG podcast series Join The Party, learn more on their site jointhepartypod.com and follow them on twitter @jointhepartypod

Find Julia on twitter @juliaschifini and on her website juliaschifini.com she is currently a cast member on the Tides audio series, listen here tidespodcast.com

Amanda and Julia are founding members of the Multitude production collective. Find out more about Multitude's at their site multitude.productions and on twitter @MultitudeShows.

They are also hosts of the mythology, folklore, and urban legend podcast, Spirits. Learn more on their site spiritspodcast.com and on twitter @SpiritsPodcast.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

The game designer Nick Wedig has a repository of his work at Teapot Games.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Apr 3, 2019

"How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly he spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!" 
— Lewis Carroll

In a quiet tidal pool, by a cold dark shore, the spirits of drowned women await mortal petitioners who will accept their gifts.

During the setup Julia recommended the book Deathless by Catherynne M Valente. It is a telling of the Koschei the Deathless tale. 
https://www.amazon.com/Deathless-Catherynne-M-Valente/dp/0765326302

Rusalka is still in progress and we were honored that the designer, Nick Wedig, allowed us to share a game with our listeners. Go check out his work at his Teapot Games site.

The Map: 

To the South is the Shore. To the North West the Village. A stone alter and a configuration of stones rests near the edge of the pond closest to the village.
On the South side of the pond where the sea threatens to enter the pool, is a cannonball sunk in the silt. On Eastern bank a massive albino crocodile makes its home. Along the shore large poles are sunk into the sand and mud. They are topped with winding sheets that snap in the ocean winds.

 

 The Characters:

Rurik (Amanda McLoughlin) - An aspect of moonlight, she wears flowers in her hair and ages with the phases of the moon, yo-yoing between a child and crone.

 

Marichka (Julia Schifini) - An aspect of tides, she has flowing seaweed for hair and jagged shark teeth.

 

Semyon (John Holt) - An aspect of sorrow, she is a paper thin spirit with tattered flaking edges.

 

Bohdana (Ken Breese) - An aspect of ghosts, her face is masked and her dress flows behind and seems to have no end.

Find Amanda on twitter @shessomickey and on her website amandamcloughlin.com.

Amanda is also a member of the RPG podcast series Join The Party, learn more on their site jointhepartypod.com and follow them on twitter @jointhepartypod

Find Julia on twitter @juliaschifini and on her website juliaschifini.com she is currently a cast member on the Tides audio series, listen here tidespodcast.com

Amanda and Julia are founding members of the Multitude production collective. Find out more about Multitude's at their site multitude.productions and on twitter @MultitudeShows.

They are also hosts of the mythology, folklore, and urban legend podcast, Spirits. Learn more on their site spiritspodcast.com and on twitter @SpiritsPodcast.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

The game designer Nick Wedig has a repository of his work at Teapot Games.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Mar 27, 2019

d out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day..” 
― Ray Bradbury

The people of the other world have come to the cradle of the mountains and their presence will shape the land.

Companion's Tale was successfully kickstarted and is now available for purchase. Learn more on the designer's page Sweet Potato Press. Check out our rules primer here.

The Map:

They came over the sea and settled in the mountains and the riders on the plain made them pay fealty.

The Characters:

The First Born - (Alisha Bhagat) 
The Outsider - (Alisha Bhagat)

The Rescued - (Ken Breese) 
The Monster - (Ken Breese)

The Scholar - (John Holt) 
The Entwined - (John Holt)

The Mercenary - (Chris Deircks) 
The Bard - (Chris Deircks)

Find Alisha on twitter @AlishaBhagat.

Find Chris on twitter @c_diercks and learn about his theatre company, Team Awesome Robot, at teamawesomerobot.com.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Mar 20, 2019

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Companion's Tale by Laura Simpson. Purchase a copy here.

Recommended number of players: 3-5 players, Play time around 2-4 hours.

To play you'll need:
Rulebook,
Companion's Tale Cards,
Writing Utensils,
Blank Paper.

Companion's Tale is a GMless game that encourages you to find your own truths as you define the edges of the hero that your characters follow and who shapes the world. Learn more on Laura's website, Sweet Potato Press.

We recommend picking the PDF or Physical copy from Indy Press Revolution.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Mar 20, 2019

“But first whom shall we send
In search of this new world, whom shall we find
Sufficient? Who shall tempt, with wand'ring feet
The dark unbottomed infinite abyss
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aery flight
Upborne with indefatigable wings
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy isle?” 
― John Milton, Paradise Lost

The people of the other world have come to the cradle of the mountains and their presence will shape the land.

Companion's Tale was successfully kickstarted and is now available for purchase. Learn more on the designer's page Sweet Potato Press. Check out our rules primer here.

The Map:

They came over the sea and settled in the mountains and the riders on the plain made them pay fealty.

The Characters:

The First Born - (Alisha Bhagat) 
The Outsider - (Alisha Bhagat)

The Rescued - (Ken Breese) 
The Monster - (Ken Breese)

The Scholar - (John Holt) 
The Entwined - (John Holt)

The Mercenary - (Chris Deircks) 
The Bard - (Chris Deircks)

Find Alisha on twitter @AlishaBhagat.

Find Chris on twitter @c_diercks and learn about his theatre company, Team Awesome Robot, at teamawesomerobot.com.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Mar 8, 2019

“The thing that makes me happy is that I know that on Mars, two hundred years from now, my books are going to be read. They’ll be up on dead Mars with no atmosphere. And late at night, with a flashlight, some little boy is going to peek under the covers and read The Martian Chronicles on Mars.”
― Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles

The nations of Mars bow before the metal city.

Icarus is live on Kickstarter til March 11th, 2019. The game is beautifully crafted. Thanks again to Hunter Books for providing us an in-progress printable set to present before the Kickstarter concludes. We'll have a primer up when the game officially releases. Learn more Here.

The Setup:

•Mars based colony civilization, long since out of contact with Earth.

•The Monument in the center of our civilization is a massive moisture gather that branches out in aqueducts to irrigate the farthest outposts of the colonization.

The Characters:

Grung Fortnight - (Ken Breese) they/them, Musician and outsider performance artist, part of the kaiju kids movement.

Aluf Klump - (Daniel Kelley) he/him, Whaler Bodyguard and right hand to a political leader in the society.

Sarta MorningStar - (Alexi Sargeant) she/her, Lobbyist for the high rollers of the society.

Angeline Noth - (John Holt) she/her, one of the Welders who modify the metal structures to house more people.

Find Alexi on twitter @alexisargeant and learn more about Alexi Sargeant's work on his website, alexisargeant.com.

Find Daniel on twitter @danieljkelley and learn more about his work at the Center for Technology and Society at the ADL.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Mar 6, 2019

“Mars is far more attractive as an outpost colony for earthlings than the moon is.” 
― Buzz Aldrin

The nations of Mars bow before the metal city.

Icarus is live on Kickstarter til March 11th, 2019. The game is beautifully crafted. Thanks again to Hunter Books for providing us an in-progress printable set to present before the Kickstarter concludes. We'll have a primer up when the game officially releases. Learn more Here.

The Setup:

•Mars based colony civilization, long since out of contact with Earth.

•The Monument in the center of our civilization is a massive moisture gather that branches out in aqueducts to irrigate the farthest outposts of the colonization.

The Characters:

Grung Fortnight - (Ken Breese) they/them, Musician and outsider performance artist, part of the kaiju kids movement.

Aluf Klump - (Daniel Kelley) he/him, Whaler Bodyguard and right hand to a political leader in the society.

Sarta MorningStar - (Alexi Sargeant) she/her, Lobbyist for the high rollers of the society. 

Angeline Noth - (John Holt) she/her, one of the Welders who modify the metal structures to house more people.

Find Alexi on twitter @alexisargeant and learn more about Alexi Sargeant's work on his website, alexisargeant.com.

Find Daniel on twitter @danieljkelley and learn more about his work at the Center for Technology and Society at the ADL.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Feb 27, 2019

“Slums are always a marvel; how human desperation can seem to warp the very laws of physics.” 
― Sam J. Miller, Blackfish City

In a super-dense metropolis the dutiful locksmith opens a door that should remain closed.

Lovecraftesque is available at Black Armada games, online game retailers and your friendly local game store. Learn more at our primer.

The Setup:

•heroic horror

•Near Future Urban Environment

•Main location: A "Walled City" called Warren Station

•Additional Locations: an Abandoned Blood Bank/Clinic, "Wherehouse" a Mega-Club, and "Street Level" a series of subterranean nutrient farms.

•The Witness: Beat Theremin - A locksmith, they are assigned to maintaining Warren Station. They have deep family obligations and a large extended family all housed in the Warren. After some youthful indiscretion Beat has become very by-the-book in their work. 

The Clues:

•A spiked high heel that is dissolving in a green slime

•An antique door knob and lock in the shape of a fish head.

•A pipe grate that has been 'graffitied' to look like a fish's maw

•A giant pile of orange spoor or eggs

•An ancient tome "Moby Dick"

•An etching that altered itself.

•A repeating "Hello, Beat" phrase

•A mushroom covered DJ

Find James Mendez Hodes on twitter @LulaVampiro, and check out his website jamesmendezhodes.com and on mastodon @lula. Find his recently successful Kickstarter for Thousand Arrows here.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Feb 20, 2019

“To condense fact from the vapor of nuance.” 
― Neal Stephenson

In a super-dense metropolis the dutiful locksmith opens a door that should remain closed.

Lovecraftesque is available at Black Armada games, online game retailers and your friendly local game store. Learn more at our primer.

The Setup:

•heroic horror

•Near Future Urban Environment

•Main location: A "Walled City" called Warren Station

•Additional Locations: an Abandoned Blood Bank/Clinic, "Wherehouse" a Mega-Club, and "Street Level" a series of subterranean nutrient farms.

•The Witness: Beat Theremin - A locksmith, they are assigned to maintaining Warren Station. They have deep family obligations and a large extended family all housed in the Warren. After some youthful indiscretion Beat has become very by-the-book in their work. 

The Clues:

•A spiked high heel that is dissolving in a green slime

•An antique door knob and lock in the shape of a fish head.

•A pipe grate that has been 'graffitied' to look like a fish's maw

•A giant pile of orange spoor or eggs

 

Find James Mendez Hodes on twitter @LulaVampiro, and check out his website jamesmendezhodes.com and on mastodon @lula. Find his recently successful Kickstarter for Thousand Arrows here.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Feb 13, 2019

"My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that." 
— Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)

A retinue from the rose kingdom travel to seek an alliance and peace.

For the Queen is expected to release in 2019. Keep an eye out at Evil Hat Games to get your copy. We'll put up a primer episode when the game is publicly available.

The Queen: 

Kindness and love.

The Interview:

We were honored to have Alex Roberts, designer of For the Queen, continue our conversation about design and play.  We've compiled links to subjects that were mentioned if you want to take a deeper dive:

Find Alex on her website at helloalexroberts.com and on twitter @muscularpikachu

Her amazing podcast, Backstory , is on the One Shot network

For the Queen - the landing page for the upcoming release of For The Queen, Alex's latest design published by Evil Hat Games.

Star Crossed - Alex's successfully kickstarted game that mailed to backers in Feb 2019 and is published with Bully Pulpit Games. Look for it at your local retailers and online soon!

Designers mentioned: Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games, Emily Care Boss, Vincent Baker

Games mentioned: LARPs from the Factory, Dialect, Misspent Youth, Burning Wheel, Fiasco, Dread, My Life With Master, Kagematsu, Shock: Social Science Fiction, We Are Here To See The Evil Wizard Kormakur, Last Item on the Agenda, Let's Be Dinosaurs, Nordic LARP

Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work. 

Check out her latest performance running mid-February 2019 at the Kraine Theatre in NYC Feb 11th, 12th and 14th:


Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging  and Tim's Mobile Fiasco App for iOS on iTunes, and for Android on Google Play. You can find his game company at GalileoGames.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Feb 6, 2019

"For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought." 
— Edmund Spenser (The Faerie Queene)

A retinue from the storm kingdom travels to seek an alliance, or to demand surrender.

For the Queen is expected to release in 2019. Keep an eye out at Evil Hat Games to get your copy. We'll put up a primer episode when the game is publicly available.

The Queen: 

Unknowable and eternal.

The Interview:

We were honored to have Alex Roberts, designer of For the Queen, sit with us for a conversation about design and play.  We've compiled links to subjects that were mentioned if you want to take a deeper dive:

Find Alex on her website at helloalexroberts.com and on twitter @muscularpikachu

Her amazing podcast, Backstory , is on the One Shot network

For the Queen - the landing page for the upcoming release of For The Queen, Alex's latest design published by Evil Hat Games.

Star Crossed - Alex's successfully kickstarted game that mailed to backers in Feb 2019 and is published with Bully Pulpit Games. Look for it at your local retailers and online soon!

Designers mentioned: Jason Morningstar of Bully Pulpit Games, Emily Care Boss, Vincent Baker

Games mentioned: LARPs from the Factory, Dialect, Misspent Youth, Burning Wheel, Fiasco, Dread, My Life With Master, Kagematsu, Shock: Social Science Fiction, We Are Here To See The Evil Wizard Kormakur, Last Item on the Agenda, Let's Be Dinosaurs, Nordic LARP


Find Zelma on twitter @zforzelma and instagram @zforzelma and her website kelseyhercs.com for more information on her playwriting and performance work. 

Check out her latest performance running mid-February 2019 at the Kraine Theatre in NYC Feb 11th, 12th and 14th

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging  and Tim's Mobile Fiasco App for iOS on iTunes, and for Android on Google Play. You can find his game company at GalileoGames.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jan 30, 2019


"I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, 
in secret, between the shadow and the soul." 
— Pablo Neruda

The gods of darkness and the earth wish to maintain control on creation, but the host of light stand in their way. 

This colony base with its military mission teeters on the edge of disaster.

To learn more about how Follow is played check out our primer episode.

Quest: The Gods

A generational colony ship has been sent to do an end run around the inhabited worlds of a species the humans of Earth have declared war upon. They are tasked with establishing a colony as a beachhead to launch attacks on the enemy flank. An engineering team has been sent in a smaller ship, the Lightbearer-Alpha just ahead of the colony ship to establish the infrastructure for the landing.

The challenges: Hostile Megafauna in an Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere as well as Dissent & Disagreement amongst the team.

The Characters:

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Stratocaster (god of math and music) - A cloud of equations and musical notes.

Minor Character: Wool Warsh (the Demigod, ferry-man of Death)

(Christopher McFarland)
Main Character: Morgus (the god of Excess & Surplus) - A massive hungry god.

Minor Character: Yuri (a mortal granted immortality by touching the godhead)

(John Holt)
Main Character: The Veil (the god of shadows) - A veiled god, the bringer of death.

Minor Character: Dulcet (the demi-god huntress)

(Zach Norton)
Main Character: Synapse (the god of connections) - A god of humming energy.

Minor Character: Yardik (the spawn brother of Morgus)

The Challenges:

(1) Close the gate to the light - a 12 year task
(2) Destroy a line of hero kings - a 7 generation task
(3) Forge a new land for our chosen - a brief task

Find Zach Norton on twitter @Zmichaelnorton

Find Christopher McFarland on stage and in Jessica Jones on Netflix

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jan 23, 2019

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." 
— Francis of Assisi (The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi)

The gods of darkness and the earth wish to maintain control on creation, but the host of light stand in their way. 

This colony base with its military mission teeters on the edge of disaster.

To learn more about how Follow is played check out our primer episode.

Quest: The Gods

A pantheon of gods has survived the last destruction of their world and now seek to gain support from the mortals they rule over.

The challenges: The mortals resent us and monsters destroy our creation, we destroy them but still they rise.

The Characters:

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Stratocaster (god of math and music) - A cloud of equations and musical notes.

Minor Character: Wool Warsh (the Demigod, ferry-man of Death)

(Christopher McFarland)
Main Character: Morgus (the god of Excess & Surplus) - A massive hungry god.

Minor Character: Yuri (a mortal granted immortality by touching the godhead)

(John Holt)
Main Character: The Veil (the god of shadows) - A veiled god, the bringer of death.

Minor Character: Dulcet (the demi-god huntress)

(Zach Norton)
Main Character: Synapse (the god of connections) - A god of humming energy.

Minor Character: Yardik (the spawn brother of Morgus)

Find Zach Norton on twitter @Zmichaelnorton

Find Christopher McFarland on stage and in Jessica Jones on Netflix

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jan 16, 2019

“Carnal embrace is the practice of throwing one's arms around a side of beef.”
― Tom Stoppard, Arcadia


The beast lopes across the face of a barren world. An entire civilization festers beneath its skin.

To learn more about how Downfall is played check out our primer episode.

The Haven: 

The Glorge is a gargantuan creature of flesh that lumbers blindly, on multiple limbs, across the face of the world. In the dripping moist layer, between the thick folds of its skin and its oily pulsing muscle and flesh, an entire society has formed.

The Traditions:

Birth: Everyone in the haven can carry offspring and become pregnant. It is a little strange to not be pregnant. The spheres in their bodies of developing children are mirrored in the symbol of the cornucopia spilling grapes and fruits that is ever present in the iconography of the culture.

Communication: The common greeting is to make out with the person you're greeting. In this ritual you also exchange a metallic lozenge with a name etched on it. These are referred to as candies.

Justice: Secrets are the currency of the society. An entire 'secret' police force and the encouragement of gossip makes information a commodity and a liability. This behavior is encouraged by the allocation of sweet vat-grown tongue meat.

Death: A death that explores the heights of delicious pain and pleasure is a good death. There is an oil derived from growths plucked deep from the Glorge that offers altered and heightened perception and is used exclusively for death seeking.

Entertainment: The coming-of-age ceremony begins when the brood of children reaches the age of consent and partakes in a race into the depths of the Glorge to retrieve the largest cysts. The victor is named Master of Flesh and the others who survive the ordeal are granted a name etched metal 'candy' lozenge.

Relationships: It is forbidden to make emotional connections to others. People play games where they toy with others to make them have an emotional attachment. The only way to ceremonially purge this is to grow a vestigial heart and present it to the object of affection.

The Characters:

The Hero: Sheer, a Feel Agent for the secret police, has heightened senses in their tongue. They are a bit different in the society in that they have empathy that draws them towards reciprocation instead of playing games with other people's emotions.

The Fallen:  Master of Tongues, the leader of the secret police, seeks to maintain their control on the society.

The Pillar: Bloom, a peer from the same trial as the hero, works in the processing of the psychotropic Oil Macabre.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jan 9, 2019

“People who live in society have learnt how to see themselves, in mirrors, as they appear to their friends. I have no friends: is that why my flesh is so naked?” 
― Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea

The beast lopes across the face of a barren world. An entire civilization festers beneath its skin.

To learn more about how Downfall is played check out our primer episode.

The Haven: 

The Glorge is a gargantuan creature of flesh that lumbers blindly, on multiple limbs, across the face of the world. In the dripping moist layer, between the thick folds of its skin and its oily pulsing muscle and flesh, an entire society has formed.

The Traditions:

Birth: Everyone in the haven can carry offspring and become pregnant. It is a little strange to not be pregnant. The spheres in their bodies of developing children are mirrored in the symbol of the cornucopia spilling grapes and fruits that is ever present in the iconography of the culture.

Communication: The common greeting is to make out with the person you're greeting. In this ritual you also exchange a metallic lozenge with a name etched on it. These are referred to as candies.

Justice: Secrets are the currency of the society. An entire 'secret' police force and the encouragement of gossip makes information a commodity and a liability. This behavior is encouraged by the allocation of sweet vat-grown tongue meat.

Death: A death that explores the heights of delicious pain and pleasure is a good death. There is an oil derived from growths plucked deep from the Glorge that offers altered and heightened perception and is used exclusively for death seeking.

Entertainment: The coming-of-age ceremony begins when the brood of children reaches the age of consent and partakes in a race into the depths of the Glorge to retrieve the largest cysts. The victor is named Master of Flesh and the others who survive the ordeal are granted a name etched metal 'candy' lozenge.

Relationships: It is forbidden to make emotional connections to others. People play games where they toy with others to make them have an emotional attachment. The only way to ceremonially purge this is to grow a vestigial heart and present it to the object of affection.

The Characters:

The Hero: Sheer, a Feel Agent for the secret police, has heightened senses in their tongue. They are a bit different in the society in that they have empathy that draws them towards reciprocation instead of playing games with other people's emotions.

The Fallen:  Master of Tongues, the leader of the secret police, seeks to maintain their control on the society.

The Pillar: Bloom, a peer from the same trial as the hero, works in the processing of the psychotropic Oil Macabre.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Jan 2, 2019

“All science is merely a means to an end. The means is knowledge. The end is control.” 
― Milton William Cooper

Someone is controlling people and making them kill. The FBI has sent the duo that handles these odd cases..

To learn more about how Tall Pines is played check out our primer episode.

The Protagonists for this game:

FBI Agent Thersea Mills - The Believer

FBI Agent Alisha Sunderwala - The Rational

Paul Kather - The Student Filmmaker

Randy - The Cherished Eccentric 

Huck Diamond - The Local Sheriff

Ken Zhang - The Best Friend
_____

Find Sharang Biswas on twitter @SharangBiswas, and check out his game Mad Science Foundation

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Dec 26, 2018

“Down at the arsenal they keep the nerve gasses
Guarded day and night by caged white rabbits
Been sitting there for years, I'm gonna have at it
I cut through the fence, run right in and grab it, go crazy, crazy
Crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy”
― Dead Kennedys

Someone is controlling people and making them kill. The FBI has sent the duo that handles these odd cases..

To learn more about how Tall Pines is played check out our primer episode.

The Protagonists for this game:

FBI Agent Thersea Mills - The Believer

FBI Agent Alisha Sunderwala - The Rational

Paul Kather - The Student Filmmaker

Randy - The Cherished Eccentric 

Huck Diamond - The Local Sheriff

Ken Zhang - The Best Friend
_____

Find Sharang Biswas on twitter @SharangBiswas, and check out his game Mad Science Foundation

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme comes from the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

Dec 19, 2018

"I don't have a skull. Or bones."

-Olaf the Snowman, Frozen

Beneath the frozen northern wastes sits an abandoned factory, now a tomb.

To learn more about how The Skeletons is played check out our primer episode. We're using a supplement for The Skeletons, a new skeleton, The Deer. You can get this on Bully Pulpit Games and keep up-to-date on the latest through their newsletter. We also recommend their Drip.

The Tomb:

A round wooden hall with a series of stone columns in the center flanking a red sack suspended on a golden cord. Ancient works, tools and conveyance litter the space.

The Characters:

The Horror (Kelsey Dionne) - a twisted broken thing, that collects and care for the incomplete and flawed things cast-aside.

Big Head (Ken Breese) - The small stature of this being seems to be at home in the scaled down furnishings of the tomb.

The Deer (John Holt) - An acolyte of the keepers of this place.

Find Kelsey Dionne on her adventure website The Arcane Library and on Facebook.

Kelsey's new book is up on Amazon!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

Our Bored Ghost theme song is by the amazing Pat Cupples, see his band website Hotels and Highways.

Bored Ghosts we hope you found some distraction from your eternity in the void this week!

 

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