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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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Jan 17, 2018

I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?"
Stand By Me

Three middle school kids in a factory town at the foot of a mountain range find adventure together in the mid-eighties.

To learn more about how Tales from the Loop is played check out our primer episode.

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 General Electric was contracted by the government to supply parts and electrical equipment. GE were also paired with MIT and a Federal Research Facility to carve 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 are large GE transformers, power lines and the bustling GE plant.

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.

The kids live in a small spread-out development south of Pittsfield. Their neighborhood is made up of Loop employees and GE factory families, as well as a smattering of people that perform seasonal work at the ski lodge. The kids are all students at Herberg Middle School.

Starting in the 80’s the demand for transformers has dwindled and GE has been ratcheting down production.  The past few years have been unseasonably warm, some blame the factory output, some blame the thrumming cooling tower and the Lenox loop. Whatever the case the ski tourism has been hit hard, further depressing the area.

The Kids:

Ollie Barker - Bookworm (Dan McCoy) soft-spoken book-learned kid, tends to sit apart, observing.

Chad Dawson - Popular Kid (Stuart Wellington) big mouth & big hair, uses his confidence, comfortable family standing, and sunglasses to charm his way through the early teen years.

Rush "Spud" McKenzie - Hick (Ken Breese) rough and tumble, more at home in the woods with his dog Hobo than stuck in school.

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

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 Brooklyn

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 10, 2018

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

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

Tales from the Loop 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.

 

Jan 10, 2018

"Be excellent to each other, and party on dudes!” – Abraham Lincoln

Three middle school kids in a factory town at the foot of a mountain range find adventure together in the mid-eighties.

To learn more about how Tales from the Loop is played check out our primer episode.

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 was contracted by the government to supply parts and electrical equipment. GE were also paired with MIT and a Federal Research Facility to carve 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 are large GE transformers and power lines and the bustling GE plant.

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.

The kids live in a small spread-out development south of Pittsfield. There neighborhood is made up of Loop employees and GE factory families, as well as a smattering of people that perform seasonal work at the ski lodge. The kids are all students at Herberg Middle School.

Starting in the 80’s the demand for transformers has dwindled and GE has been ratcheting down production.  The past few years have been unseasonably warm, some blame the factory output, some blame the thrumming cooling tower and the Lenox loop. Whatever the case the ski tourism has been hit hard, further depressing the area. 

The Kids:

Ollie Barker - Bookworm (Dan McCoy) soft-spoken book-learned kid, tends to sit apart, observing. 

Chad Dawson - Popular Kid (Stuart Wellington) big mouth & big hair, uses his confidence, comfortable family standing, and sunglasses to charm his way through the early teen years. 

Rush "Spud" McKenzie - Hick (Ken Breese) rough and tumble, more at home in the woods with his dog Hobo than stuck in school.

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

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 Brooklyn 

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 3, 2018

“Don't give your money to the church. They should be giving their money to you.” 
― George Carlin

A small town and a tight knit community are rocked by a visitor from the past.

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!

 

Dec 27, 2017

“‎The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know and love and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you're just another part of it.”
― Brenna Yovanoff

A small town and a tight knit community are rocked by a visitor from the past.

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!

 

Dec 20, 2017

"I find campfire stories and urban legends are kind of the bread and butter that inspires a lot of people who are making horror and thriller. There is a nugget of truth behind these sort of cautionary tales." - Jordan Peele

Twin sisters blossom in a summer camp built on a former cult compound.

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

The characters for this game:

Jasmine "Jazz" Willis (Ken Breese) - 17yr old Punk Rocker, one of the twins.

Daisy Willis (Kelsey Hercs) - Staight-laced 17yr old girl with a few secrets, one of the twins.

Zachariah Woalsh (John Holt) - Lone survivor of the now defunct cult.

The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Work - Gas Station Attendant & Customer and an Embarrassing Object, Virginity and Everyone Knows It.

Between John and Kelsey: Secret - Not Who They Appear To Be, and an Object, Information in the form of a Crazy Drunks Incoherent Warning.

Between Kelsey and Ken: Family - Identical Twins, and the Need to Get Even w/the boy or girl who spurned them.

The Tilt

Failure: You thought it was taken care of but it wasn't.

Paranoia: A sudden reversal of status/fortune/sympathy.

Go check out Kelsey's play "Can't You Tell" live now on Kickstarter running until Wed, December 27 2017 7:08 PM EST

Find Kelsey on twitter @zforzelma

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 13, 2017

“What can I tell you
about the alchemy of twins?
Twins are
two bodies that dance
to each other’s joy.
Two minds that drown
in each other’s despair.
Two spirits that fly
with each other’s love.
Twins are
two separate beings
conjoined at the heart!”
― Kamand Kojouri

Twin sisters blossom in a summer camp built on a former cult compound.

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

The characters for this game:

Jasmine "Jazz" Willis (Ken Breese) - 17yr old Punk Rocker, one of the twins.

Daisy Willis (Kelsey Hercs) - Staight-laced 17yr old girl with a few secrets, one of the twins.

Zachariah Woalsh (John Holt) - Lone survivor of the now defunct cult.

The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Work - Gas Station Attendant & Customer and an Embarrassing Object, Virginity and Everyone Knows It.

Between John and Kelsey: Secret - Not Who They Appear To Be, and an Object, Information in the form of a Crazy Drunks Incoherent Warning.

Between Kelsey and Ken: Family - Identical Twins, and the Need to Get Even w/the boy or girl who spurned them. 

Go check out Kelsey's play "Can't You Tell" live now on Kickstarter running until Wed, December 27 2017 7:08 PM EST

Find Kelsey on twitter @zforzelma

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 6, 2017

“If you want to be watched by governments, all you have to do is tell people that you research radiation.” 
― Steven Magee

The source of power for the building wants to consume the residents.

To learn more about how The Final Girl is played check out our primer episode.

The Location for this game:

Residential building in Queens, NY in the 1970's.

The Killer for this game:

A Nuclear Consciousness.

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

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!

Nov 22, 2017

“Let’s never forget where we came from and we’ll find peace in our destiny.” 
― Milton Manrique JuarezITZALKU

A stone of legend is hidden in a temple lost to time.

We didn't do a primer episode for Dragons Conquer America as the rules are in Beta.

Important to note that the kickstarter for this game was cancelled. You can see the page here.
We had some issues with the game, noting that you would have to come at it with a very mature and aware group of players and possibly do some outside research to fully understand the complex issues. There is a great article on Vice by Dia Lacina, you can read it here.


The characters for this game:

Maria Milagros Castaneda (Ken Breese) - A Spanish noble woman turned explorer.

Citlali (Giaco Furino) - A Mexica peasant turned adventurer.

 


Find Giaco on twitter @giacofurino and his writing here.

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!

Nov 15, 2017

“In Tenochtitlan, Tezcoco and other cities there were groups of wise men known as tlamatinime. These scholars carried on the study of the ancient religious thinking of the Toltecs, which Tlacaelel had transformed into a mystical exaltation of war. Despite the popularity of the cult of the war-god, Huitzilopochtli, the tlamatinime preserved the old belief in a single supreme god, who was known under a variety of names. Sometimes he was called Tloque-Nahuaque, “Lord of the Close Vicinity,” sometimes Ipalnemohuani, “Giver of Life,” sometimes Moyocoyatzin, “He who Creates Himself.” He also had two aspects, one masculine and one feminine. Thus he was also invoked as Ometeotl, “God of Duality,” or given the double names Ometecuhtli and Omecihuatl, “Lord and Lady of Duality,” Mictlantecuhtli and Mictecacihuatl, “Lord and Lady of the Region of Death,” and others.” 
― Miguel León-PortillaThe Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

A stone of legend is hidden in a temple lost to time.

We didn't do a primer episode for Dragons Conquer America as the rules are in Beta.

Important to note that the kickstarter for this game was cancelled. You can see the page here
We had some issues with the game, noting that you would have to come at it with a very mature and aware group of players and possibly do some outside research to fully understand the complex issues. There is a great article on Vice by Dia Lacina, you can read it here.


The characters for this game:

Maria Milagros Castaneda (Ken Breese) - A Spanish noble woman turned explorer.

Citlali (Giaco Furino) - A Mexica peasant turned adventurer.

 


Find Giaco on twitter @giacofurino and his writing here.

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!

Nov 1, 2017

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting up and playing Follow by designer Ben Robbins of Lame Mage Games. lamemage.com 

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

Follow is a GM-less game, the players collaborate to tell the story. 

We recommend picking the PDF from publisher.

In addition to players, Follow requires a handful of components:

1) Rulebook for quest playsets

2) Index Cards

3) Writing Utensils

4) a cup or bag to draw tokens from

5) tokens in two colors (can be supplemented with slips of folded paper; some blank, some marked w/ an 'x')

 

Sep 27, 2017

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free."
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

The dead rise like the tides.

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


The characters for this game:

Rusted Shirt (Chris Littler) - a humanoid skeleton armored in rusted chain and carrying a bent spear.

Big Head (Tim Rodriguez) - a skeleton with a silver amulet about its neck and a silver circlet about its swollen disproportionate skull.

Headless (Ken Breese) - a humanoid skeleton with no head wielding a pair of holy symbols.

Crawler (John Holt) - a bent humanoid skeleton with a fine coat and a chipped dagger.

 


The map for this game:

The tomb is a pyramid floating tip-down over a deep sea trench. The flat base rides just beneath the waves and a little deeper on the north and south side are air chambers to enter. From each of those chambers a pair of passages twist down towards the tip where sits the crypt. The coffin is suspended by chains from the tip.

Act I:

Act II:

Act III:


Find Chris on twitter @ctlittler and check out his band Chamber Band. and his new musical podcast venture 36 Questions.

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging  and Tim's Mobile Fiasco App for iOS on iTunes, and for Android on Google Play.

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!

Sep 20, 2017

"We should be dead. We didn't decompress."
— The Abyss

The dead rise like the tides.

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


The characters for this game:

Rusted Shirt (Chris Littler) - a humanoid skeleton armored in rusted chain and carrying a bent spear.

Big Head (Tim Rodriguez) - a skeleton with a silver amulet about its neck and a silver circlet about its swollen disproportionate skull.

Headless (Ken Breese) - a humanoid skeleton with no head wielding a pair of holy symbols.

Crawler (John Holt) - a bent humanoid skeleton with a fine coat and a chipped dagger.

 


The map for this game:

The tomb is a pyramid floating tip-down over a deep sea trench. The flat base rides just beneath the waves and a little deeper on the north and south side are air chambers to enter. From each of those chambers a pair of passages twist down towards the tip where sits the crypt. The coffin is suspended by chains from the tip.

Act I:


Find Chris on twitter @ctlittler and check out his band Chamber Band. and his new musical podcast venture 36 Questions.

Find Tim on twitter @dicefoodlodging  and Tim's Mobile Fiasco App for iOS on iTunes, and for Android on Google Play.

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!

Sep 13, 2017

In the beginning, there was darkness. And the darkness was without form, and void.” – Bomb#20

What the hell is he talking about?” – Boiler

And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I moved upon the face of the darkness. And I saw that I was alone. Let there be light.” – Bomb#20

-Darkstar

A medical orbital ship encounters something beyond their futuristic tech.

To learn more about how The Final Girl is played check out our primer episode.


The Location for this game:

A Space Research Med-Station Ship.

The Killer for this game:

An unknown contagion.

The characters for this game:

H.A.R.O.L.D. – a helpful medical cyborg

Seth Beauragard – security officer

‘Gummy’ – the pet lab animal with an experimental speech chip

Steve Stevenson – the foul-mouthed mechanical engineer

Kandace – the perky morale officer

Chaz Pilakki – Astro-Physicist

Eric – the sexy medical intern all the doctors lust after

Axe – the hard-drinking systems repair engineer

Dr. Cassidy Fest – the madame of microbiology

Prince Sebastian – the long-haired tabbycat

Mrs. Gymby – the loving housekeeper

Magda ‘Granny’ Kokola – the xeno-veterinarian

Brother Corius – the deeply pious monk of the Order of the Shining One


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

Find D Gailey 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!

Sep 6, 2017

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting up and playing Final Girl from designer Bret Gillan of Gas Mask Games. 

Recommended number of players: 3-8, Play time 2-4 hours on average.

Final Girl is a GM-less game, the players collaborate to tell the story. 

We recommend picking the PDF online.

In addition to players, Final Girl requires a handful of components:

1) A deck of standard playing cards

2) Index Cards

3) Writing Utensils

Sep 6, 2017

“If we ain’t out of here in ten minutes, we won’t need no rocket to fly through space!”
—Alien

A medical orbital ship encounters something beyond their futuristic tech.

To learn more about how The Final Girl is played check out our primer episode.


The Location for this game:

A Space Research Med-Station Ship.

The Killer for this game:

An unknown contagion.

The characters for this game:

H.A.R.O.L.D. – a helpful medical cyborg

Seth Beauragard – security officer

‘Gummy’ – the pet lab animal with an experimental speech chip

Steve Stevenson – the foul-mouthed mechanical engineer

Kandace – the perky morale officer

Chaz Pilakki – Astro-Physicist

Eric – the sexy medical intern all the doctors lust after

Axe – the hard-drinking systems repair engineer

Dr. Cassidy Fest – the madame of microbiology

Prince Sebastian – the long-haired tabbycat

Mrs. Gymby – the loving housekeeper

Magda ‘Granny’ Kokola – the xeno-veterinarian

Brother Corius – the deeply pious monk of the Order of the Shining One


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

Find D Gailey 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!

Aug 30, 2017

"Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone."
— Dorothy Parker

The bones of the unknown rise to defend a disturbed tomb.

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


The characters for this game:

Horror (Liza Cortright) - the bones of a number of creatures cobbled together into a 'living' weapon.

Outsider (Ken Breese) - The skeleton of a bipedal that is not totally human.

Arrow-Shield (Leta Tremblay) - An axe-wielding humanoid skeleton with an arrow-peppered shield.

Silver Torc (John Holt) - A silver amulet decorated humanoid skeleton with a blunted silver sword.

 


The map for this game:

 

The tomb is in the center of a complex. The floor of the tomb is littered with perpetual orchid blossoms. A silver artifact sits in an alcove in the corner of the tomb. A pair of towers is connected with a span over cavernous depths. A room with a slanted floor, a grate and shackles is to the south.

Act I:

Act II:

Act III:


Find Liza out in the real world.

Find Leta on twitter @LetaTremblay and her work on letatremblay.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!

Aug 23, 2017

“One would think it would be most unwise in a man to be afraid of a skeleton, since Nature has set curious and quite insuperable obstacles to his running away from it.”
― G.K. ChestertonThe Defendant

The bones of the unknown rise to defend a disturbed tomb.

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


The characters for this game:

Horror (Liza Cortright) - the bones of a number of creatures cobbled together into a 'living' weapon.

Outsider (Ken Breese) - The skeleton of a bipedal that is not totally human.

Arrow-Shield (Leta Tremblay) - An axe-wielding humanoid skeleton with an arrow-peppered shield.

Silver Torc (John Holt) - A silver amulet decorated humanoid skeleton with a blunted silver sword.

 


The map for this game:

 

The tomb is in the center of a complex. The floor of the tomb is littered with perpetual orchid blossoms. A silver artifact sits in an alcove in the corner of the tomb. A pair of towers is connected with a span over cavernous depths. A room with a slanted floor, a grate and shackles is to the south.

Act I:


Find Liza out in the real world.

Find Leta on twitter @LetaTremblay and her work on letatremblay.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!

 

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