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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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Dec 28, 2016

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting up and playing a game of Kingdom. 

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

Kingdom is a 'GMless' game, you don't need a Dungeon Master or Game Master setting up the rules and the world. 

We recommend picking up a copy of the rules from Lame Mage. They have copies available as PDF and physical books. Try your friendly local games store. If they carry role playing games they probably carry Kingdom.

In addition to players Kingdom only requires a handful of components:

1) Rulebook 

2) Character Sheets - available to print or copy from the rule book.

3) Index Cards & Paper

4) Writing Utensils

Dec 28, 2016

"The first step towards mastering time is always to make time meaningless"
Robert Aickman

A house on the Mississippi has gathered many inhabitants and many stories over the years.

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

pThe characters for this game:

Baby Doll (Ken Breese) - A haunted doll, the oldest of the spirits in Hurtview Manor.

The Bogeyman (Sharang Biswas) - A spirit fed by fear with an obsession with children.

The Well Dressed Suicide (John Holt) - One of the younger spirits in Hurtview Manor.

The Kingdom for this game:

Hurtview Manor, a haunted manor on the Mississippi.

Threats:

  1. Rezoning / Construction
  2. Exorcism
  3. Vanishing / Fading Spirits

Locations:

  1. The Greenhouse / Hot House
  2. The Room beneath the old Well
  3. The New Addition, a parlor
  4. The Nursery
  5. The Gate at the end of the drive
  6. The partially renovated Ballroom

The Conflict:

Conflict: Will Hurtview Manor let the Faithleys stay?


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 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!

 

Dec 21, 2016

“The dead know only one thing: it is better to be alive.”
― Full Metal Jacket

Boredom and the nearness of death lead to all sorts of mischief at this army encampment near the front.

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

The characters for this game:

Private "Coop" Kincaid (Chris Littler) - A mechanic, truck driver and smuggler.

Private Benny "Three Boots" McFae (John Holt) - A nervous soldier looking for a quick buck and a way out.

Corporal Jimmy "Bear" Hagen (Ken Breese) - A truck driver and smuggler with ties to a stateside organization of do-gooders.

Betsy Green, AKA 'Green' (Tiffany Cook) - Former hero turned henchman to Dr. Yes, a leading member of the evil GLOVE organization.

The grid for this game:

Between Ken and Chris: Black Market - Truck Drivers PLUS a Need - to get ready to take what you deserve.

Between Chris and John: Replacement Increments a pair of gung-ho patriots PLUS a Need - to get rich smuggling valuables.

Between John and Tiffany: Replacement Increments poker buddies PLUS a Location of Rest and Recreation "Java Junction" the Red Cross coffee tent  PLUS an Object - intelligence.

Between Tiffany and Ken: Brothers in arms PLUS an Object - an SS Dagger.

The TILT:

Mayhem - A Frantic Chase

Tragedy - Death out of the Blue

Find Chris on twitter @ctlittler and check out his band Chamber Band.

Find Tiffany Cook on twitter @TiffanyECook, tumblr and instagram

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!

Dec 14, 2016

“By now we'd come to look at all replacements as dead men who temporarily had the use of the arms and legs. The came and went so fast and so regularly that sometimes we didn't even learn their names. Truth is, after a while, we sort of avoided gettin' to know them.”
― The Big Red One

Boredom and the nearness of death lead to all sorts of mischief at this army encampment near the front.

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

The characters for this game:

Private "Coop" Kincaid (Chris Littler) - A mechanic, truck driver and smuggler

Private Benny "Three Boots" McFae (John Holt) - A nervous soldier looking for a quick buck and a way out.

Corporal Jimmy "Bear" Hagen (Ken Breese) - A truck driver and smuggler with ties to a stateside organization of do-gooders.

Betsy Green, AKA 'Green' (Tiffany Cook) - Former hero turned henchman to Dr. Yes, a leading member of the evil GLOVE organization.

The grid for this game:

Between Ken and Chris: Black Market - Truck Drivers PLUS a Need - to get ready to take what you deserve.

Between Chris and John: Replacement Increments a pair of gung-ho patriots PLUS a Need - to get rich smuggling valuables.

Between John and Tiffany: Replacement Increments poker buddies PLUS a Location of Rest and Recreation "Java Junction" the Red Cross coffee tent  PLUS an Object - intelligence.

Between Tiffany and Ken: Brothers in arms PLUS an Object - an SS Dagger.

Find Chris on twitter @ctlittler and check out his band Chamber Band.

Find Tiffany Cook on twitter @TiffanyECook, tumblr and instagram

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!

Dec 7, 2016

“It is so easy to get the better of people when they care about each other — which is why evil will always have the edge.”
― Casanova Frankenstein, Mystery Men

The brighter the sun the harder the shadows and LA is always sunny.

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

TILT:

Failure - A stupid plan executed to perfection

Paranoia - Two people cross paths and everything changes

The characters for this game:

Roger Stevenson, AKA Incisor (Steven Moverley) - An aged vampire hunter, from back when they weren't a protected class.

Victoria Duplinious 5 (Stacey Douglass Moverley) - Female clone of the late Doctor Victor Duplinious.

Victor Duplinious 17, AKA Incisor (John Holt) - Male clone of the late Doctor Victor Duplinious, styles himself a dental villain.

Sabel O'Hare (Josh Mueller) - Former hero turned henchman to Dr. Yes, a leading member of the evil GLOVE organization.

The grid for this game:

Between Steve and John: Villains - Similarly themed villains fighting for the use of the same name PLUS a Need - to get even with the whole damned world.

Between John and Stacey: Family - Clones PLUS a Need - to get respect from the bureaucrats at GLOVE who classified you as a D-class villain.

Between Stacey and Josh: Minions - New recruit and Old hand PLUS an Object - a doomsday device, Dr. Thunder's weather control device.

Between Josh and Steve: Heroes - Hunted vampires together back in the 70's PLUS the Location - A rave in Stockholm.

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Steve on his website stephenmoverley.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Josh in Brooklyn sometimes!

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!

 

Nov 30, 2016

“What good is science if no one gets hurt?”
― Chrome Dome from The Tick

The brighter the sun the harder the shadows and LA is always sunny.

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

The characters for this game:

Roger Stevenson, AKA Incisor (Steven Moverley) - An aged vampire hunter, from back when they weren't a protected class.

Victoria Duplinious 5 (Stacey Douglass Moverley) - Female clone of the late Doctor Victor Duplinious.

Victor Duplinious 17, AKA Incisor (John Holt) - Male clone of the late Doctor Victor Duplinious, styles himself a dental villain.

Sabel O'Hare (Josh Mueller) - Former hero turned henchman to Dr. Yes, a leading member of the evil GLOVE organization.

The grid for this game:

Between Steve and John: Villains - Similarly themed villains fighting for the use of the same name PLUS a Need - to get even with the whole damned world.

Between John and Stacey: Family - Clones PLUS a Need - to get respect from the bureaucrats at GLOVE who classified you as a D-class villain.

Between Stacey and Josh: Minions - New recruit and Old hand PLUS an Object - a doomsday device, Dr. Thunder's weather control device.

Between Josh and Steve: Heroes - Hunted vampires together back in the 70's PLUS the Location - A rave in Stockholm.

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Steve on his website stephenmoverley.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Josh in Brooklyn sometimes!

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!

Nov 23, 2016

“Nice valley. Think I'll keep it.”
―Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

In our second episode the characters play out the scenes as the world falls apart no matter how hard the hero tries to stop it,

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

The world of this game:

World Name: Many Goodly Things

Flaw: Materialism

Elements: Echo, Dust, Magnets

Traditions:

Architecture - The moving society is built on a series of magnetic flotillas of various sizes. The design aesthetics mirror the philosophies of the various clans that inhabit the structures.

Justice - The guilty are banished to the winds, stripped of magnet and clan. They are allowed to keep their birthstones.

Military - Clan leaders all answer The Lord of Many Goodly Things. Agents of the Lord wear a badge made of family cups beat into the shape of an inverted horseshoe magnet w/ a sword and oar crossed behind it.

Entertainment - Skiff Racers compete for status and resources for their clans. They ride on finicky hover sleds through the whipping dusts.

Birth - Clan lines are very important. Cross-clan marriage is common, but the clanner marrying in from another clan is stigmatized. Clan stones are kept even when marrying into a new clan.

Grief - No one grieves the cavern folk. Clanners who abandon their clan and society remove all their stones and their names are struck from the family naming chalices.

The characters for this game:

The Hero Racine Quartz-Angle

A wirey woman with long dirty blonde hair that she hides beneath her racing helmet. Her striking clear eyes are coveted trait in her Clan. She wears a racing jumpsuit embedded with magnets.

The Fallen is Sir Will

A soldier in the employ of the Lord of Many Goodly Things. He has become Racine's lover in the course of investigating her family since her brother went cavern folk.

The Pillar is Screed Sulfur Blast

A Sulfur clanner who married into the Quartz clan. He was a skiff racer until he pushed himself too hard and gained some permanent injuries that grounded him. He is now a clan Skiff Racing coach for Racine.

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!

Nov 16, 2016

“He doesn't have a name so Death can't find him!”
― Waterworld, 1995

The heart of downfall is the world you will play in. Our first episode is the creation of this world and the characters at the heart of it's imminent destruction.

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

The world of this game:

World Name: Many Goodly Things

Flaw: Materialism

Elements: Echo, Dust, Magnets

Traditions:

Architecture - The moving society is built on a series of magnetic flotillas of various sizes. The design aesthetics mirror the philosophies of the various clans that inhabit the structures.

Justice - The guilty are banished to the winds, stripped of magnet and clan. They are allowed to keep their birthstones.

Military - Clan leaders all answer The Lord of Many Goodly Things. Agents of the Lord wear a badge made of family cups beat into the shape of an inverted horseshoe magnet w/ a sword and oar crossed behind it.

Entertainment - Skiff Racers compete for status and resources for their clans. They ride on finicky hover sleds through the whipping dusts.

Birth - Clan lines are very important. Cross-clan marriage is common, but the clanner marrying in from another clan is stigmatized. Clan stones are kept even when marrying into a new clan.

Grief - No one grieves the cavern folk. Clanners who abandon their clan and society remove all their stones and their names are struck from the family naming chalices.

The characters for this game:

The Hero Racine Quartz-Angle

A wirey woman with long dirty blonde hair that she hides beneath her racing helmet. Her striking clear eyes are coveted trait in her Clan. She wears a racing jumpsuit embedded with magnets.

The Fallen is Sir Will

A soldier in the employ of the Lord of Many Goodly Things. He has become Racine's lover in the course of investigating her family since her brother went cavern folk.

The Pillar is Screed Sulfur Blast

A Sulfur clanner who married into the Quartz clan. He was a skiff racer until he pushed himself too hard and gained some permanent injuries that grounded him. He is now a clan Skiff Racing coach for Racine.

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!

Nov 9, 2016

FIASCO PLAY SET CONTEST 2016!! Tim Rodriguez, one of our players this week, has provided us with codes for his official Fiasco Mobile App. Contribute your ideas to our playset and if we use your suggestions we'll send you a code for an Android or iOS copy of the app!!

 

“Most of the successful people in Hollywood are failures as human beings.”
Marlon Brando

The brighter the sun the harder the shadows and LA is always sunny.

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

The TILT:

Failure - Something Precious is on Fire

Mayhem - Magnificent Self-Destruction

The characters for this game:

Muffy HoldenKampf (Ken Breese) - 22 year old trust fund heiress, party girl.

Alana Kardova-HoldenKampf (John Holt) - Second Wife (of three) to Papa HoldenKampf and mother of Muffy.

Ariel Allison (Stacey Douglass-Moverley) - Life coach to the rich and famous of LA.

Sabel O'Hare (Steve Moverley) - Accountant and gin-soaked gambler.

The grid for this game:

Between John and Ken: High Society - Eventual Heirs to the HoldenKampf Fortune PLUS the Need to cover up the name of the Real Baby Daddy.

Between Ken and Steve: Crime - Accountant and Client PLUS the Location Around Town - Betting on Horses at Santa Anita.

Between Steve and Stacey: Work - Life Coach and Work in Progress PLUS an Object - a Salacious Embarrassingly Awkward Sex Tape.

Between Stacey and John: Friendship - Frenemies PLUS the Need - to Utterly ruin anyone who gets in your way.

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Steve on his website stephenmoverley.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!

Nov 2, 2016

FIASCO PLAY SET CONTEST 2016!! Tim Rodriguez, one of our players this week, has provided us with codes for his official Fiasco Mobile App. Contribute your ideas to our playset and if we use your suggestions we'll send you a code for an Android or iOS copy of the app!

“Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”
Marilyn Monroe

The brighter the sun the harder the shadows and LA is always sunny.

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

The characters for this game:

Muffy HoldenKampf (Ken Breese) - 22 year old trust fund heiress, party girl.

Alana Kardova-HoldenKampf (John Holt) - Second Wife (of three) to Papa HoldenKampf and mother of Muffy.

Ariel Allison (Stacey Douglass-Moverley) - Life coach to the rich and famous of LA.

Sabel O'Hare (Steve Moverley) - Accountant and gin-soaked gambler.

The grid for this game:

Between John and Ken: High Society - Eventual Heirs to the HoldenKampf Fortune PLUS the Need to cover up the name of the Real Baby Daddy.

Between Ken and Steve: Crime - Accountant and Client PLUS the Location Around Town - Betting on Horses at Santa Anita.

Between Steve and Stacey: Work - Life Coach and Work in Progress PLUS an Object - a Salacious Embarrassingly Awkward Sex Tape.

Between Stacey and John: Friendship - Frenemies PLUS the Need - to Utterly ruin anyone who gets in your way.

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Steve on his website stephenmoverley.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!

Oct 26, 2016

FIASCO PLAY SET CONTEST 2016!! Tim Rodriguez, one of our players this week, has provided us with codes for his official Fiasco Mobile App. Contribute your ideas to our playset and if we use your suggestions we'll send you a code for an Android or iOS copy of the app!!

“Under the moon, the road that ran from the edge of her forest gleamed like water, but when she stepped out onto it, away from the trees, she felt how hard it was, and how long. She almost turned back then; but instead she took a deep breath of the woods air that still drifted to her, and held it in her mouth like a flower, as long as she could.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

In a quiet town, set back in the woods of Ohio, a darkness festers.

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

The Tilt:

Failure - A Tiny Mistake Leads to Ruin

Innocence - Love Rears its Ugly Head

The characters for this game:

Gey Dawn (Tiffany Cook) - A high school rebel turned troubled agoraphobe.

Ethan Yardly (Ken Breese) - A high school partier turned responsible  Deputy Sheriff.

Elena Borracho (Tim Rodriguez) - The town's general medical practitioner and shrink.

Doug Widders (John Holt) - The town loon, a pump jockey who picks up odd jobs and drinks frequently.

The grid for this game:

Between John and Ken: Out of Town - Lost in the Woods PLUS the Location - Local Law Enforcement, a stakeout at a property in the woods.

Between Ken and Tiffany: School - Young Rebels PLUS the Object - Omens, a near death experience provides answers.

Between Tiffany and Tim: Professional - Doctor and Patienr PLUS the Need - To Find Answers about who tried to kill you.

Between Tim and John: Secret - A vessel Possessed by Dark Forces PLUS the Need - To hide your intention to Kill Again.

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

Find Tiffany Cook on twitter @TiffanyECook, tumblr and instagram

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!

Oct 19, 2016

FIASCO PLAY SET CONTEST 2016!! Tim Rodriguez, one of our players this week, has provided us with codes for his official Fiasco Mobile App. Contribute your ideas to our playset and if we use your suggestions we'll send you a code for an Android or iOS copy of the app!!

“Oh, but you must travel through those woods again and again... said a shadow at the window... and you must be lucky to avoid the wolf every time...

But the wolf... the wolf only needs enough luck to find you once.”
Emily Carroll, Through the Woods

In a quiet town, set back in the woods of Ohio, a darkness festers.

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

The characters for this game:

Gey Dawn (Tiffany Cook) - A high school rebel turned troubled agoraphobe.

Ethan Yardly (Ken Breese) - A high school partier turned responsible  Deputy Sheriff.

Elena Borracho (Tim Rodriguez) - The town's general medical practitioner and shrink.

Doug Widders (John Holt) - The town loon, a pump jockey who picks up odd jobs and drinks frequently.

The grid for this game:

Between John and Ken: Out of Town - Lost in the Woods PLUS the Location - Local Law Enforcement, a stakeout at a property in the woods.

Between Ken and Tiffany: School - Young Rebels PLUS the Object - Omens, a near death experience provides answers.

Between Tiffany and Tim: Professional - Doctor and Patienr PLUS the Need - To Find Answers about who tried to kill you.

Between Tim and John: Secret - A vessel Possessed by Dark Forces PLUS the Need - To hide your intention to Kill Again.

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

Find Tiffany Cook on twitter @TiffanyECook, tumblr and instagram

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!

Oct 12, 2016

"I'm not afraid of werewolves or vampires or haunted hotels, I'm afraid of what real human beings to do other real human beings." - Walter Jon Williams

An old house is chased across the world- the people who built it have unfinished business.

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

The TILT

Since the last episode we have added a tilt going into Act II:

Paranoia- a Stranger Arrives to Settle a Score

Mayhem- Magnificent Self-Destruction

The characters for this game:

Gus Bilby (Ken Breese) - Maxine's estranged twin, a former contractor on her crew, now a cowed occultist.

Maxing Bilby (Lauren Bilanko) - Owner of Bilby Builders and go-getting entrepreneur in the development of suburban communities.

Berthold Scavaellum (John Holt) - An architect and mason with an affinity for sacred geometry and the occult.

The grid for this game:

Between John and Ken: Obligation, Jailor and Jailed

Between Ken and Lisa: They dream the same dream.

Between Lisa and John: Architect and Builder

There is a NEED element:
- To control Dangerous Emissions

There is a LOCATION element:
- Travel: Clinging to the back of a Demon

There is an OBJECT element:
- A Dangerous Faulty Generator

Find Lauren's gaming oasis, Twenty Sided Store in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. Also on twitter @20sidedstore

Find Lauren on twitter @bilanko

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!

 

Oct 5, 2016

"If I were gonna haunt somebody, this would certainly be the house I'd do it in."
― House on Haunted Hill (1959)

An old house is chased across the world- the people who built it have unfinished business.

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

The characters for this game:

Gus Bilby (Ken Breese) - Maxine's estranged twin, a former contractor on her crew, now a cowed occultist.

Maxing Bilby (Lauren Bilanko) - Owner of Bilby Builders and go-getting entrepreneur in the development of suburban communities.

Berthold Scavaellum (John Holt) - An architect and mason with an affinity for sacred geometry and the occult.


The grid for this game:

Between John and Ken: Obligation, Jailor and Jailed

Between Ken and Lisa: They dream the same dream.

Between Lisa and John: Architect and Builder

There is a NEED element:
- To control Dangerous Emissions

There is a LOCATION element:
- Travel: Clinging to the back of a Demon

There is an OBJECT element:
- A Dangerous Faulty Generator 

Find Lauren's gaming oasis, Twenty Sided Store in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. Also on twitter @20sidedstore

Find Lauren on twitter @bilanko

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!

Sep 28, 2016

Patricia: "I wonder where we'll end up?"
Joe: "Away from the things of man, my love. Away from the things of man.”
― Joe VS. the Volcano

The heart of downfall is the world you will play in. Our first episode is the creation of this world and the characters at the heart of it's imminent destruction.

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


The world of this game:

World Name: COM (Crucible of the Machine)

Flaw: Sloth

Elements: Fire, Music, Pasta

Traditions:

Birth- No one gives birth and more, children are provided in birthing pods randomly, no one knows their parents

Arts- Minimalist 'gas organ' music is all the rage, played on a central organ shaped like a lung

Death- A dying person must drag themselves to the Hall of Voice and hurl themselves into the lava. If their dead body is found it will be rolled out over the volcano's lip.

Religion- Replacing your organs with mechanical part is to bring yourself closer to the divine, the ultimate symbol is to have your heart replaced with an external heart.

Education- When children do go to school they are sent to trade or management, the trade trained are tattooed with a hammer on their forehead.

Fashion- People wear pasta as clothes, which is destroyed as they move about. It is replaced each morning by robots. It is a status symbol to have pasta build up on your body.


The characters for this game:

The Hero is Do-Org 5.

A skinny person with some muscular definition, shaved bodily, the pasta it wears is thin because it is active. One blue eye, one brown sets them apart. Middle aged for their caste- 45 years. 100% organic as is standard for its caste. Works as an organ player for the central gas venting organ. Wants to express themselves beyond the bounds of minimalist creative taste of the day.

The Fallen is Do-Vent 5.

A bit more muscular definition, shaved bodily, the pasta it wears is almost nothing because it is very active. A metal jaw replacement makes it different from its caste. Middle aged for their caste- 45 years. Works as an engineer guiding the poisonous gases through the venting organ. Has grown up in apprenticeship and worked with Do-Org 5 for some 25 years.

The Pillar is La-V

A pasta encrusted upperclass citizen, only 20% of La-V is still organic. It lays about on a palanquin and rolls out to appreciate the music of Do-Org5


Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Lisa on Google+

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!

Sep 21, 2016

“There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

The heart of downfall is the world you will play in. Our first episode is the creation of this world and the characters at the heart of it's imminent destruction.

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


The world of this game:

World Name: COM (Crucible of the Machine)

Flaw: Sloth

Elements: Fire, Music, Pasta 

Traditions:

Birth- No one gives birth and more, children are provided in birthing pods randomly, no one knows their parents

Arts- Minimalist 'gas organ' music is all the rage, played on a central organ shaped like a lung

Death- A dying person must drag themselves to the Hall of Voice and hurl themselves into the lava. If their dead body is found it will be rolled out over the volcano's lip.

Religion- Replacing your organs with mechanical part is to bring yourself closer to the divine, the ultimate symbol is to have your heart replaced with an external heart.

Education- When children do go to school they are sent to trade or management, the trade trained are tattooed with a hammer on their forehead.

Fashion- People wear pasta as clothes, which is destroyed as they move about. It is replaced each morning by robots. It is a status symbol to have pasta build up on your body.


The characters for this game:

The Hero is Do-Org 5.

A skinny person with some muscular definition, shaved bodily, the pasta it wears is thin because it is active. One blue eye, one brown sets them apart. Middle aged for their caste- 45 years. 100% organic as is standard for its caste. Works as an organ player for the central gas venting organ. Wants to express themselves beyond the bounds of minimalist creative taste of the day. 

The Fallen is Do-Vent 5.

A bit more muscular definition, shaved bodily, the pasta it wears is almost nothing because it is very active. A metal jaw replacement makes it different from its caste. Middle aged for their caste- 45 years. Works as an engineer guiding the poisonous gases through the venting organ. Has grown up in apprenticeship and worked with Do-Org 5 for some 25 years.

The Pillar is La-V

A pasta encrusted upperclass citizen, only 20% of La-V is still organic. It lays about on a palanquin and rolls out to appreciate the music of Do-Org5

 


Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Lisa on Google+

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!

Sep 21, 2016

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting up and playing a game of Downfall. 

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

Downfall is a 'GMless' game, you don't need a Dungeon Master or Game Master setting up the rules and the world. 

We recommend picking up a copy of the rules from Less Than Three Games. They have copies available as PDF and physical books. Try your friendly local games store. If they carry role playing games they probably carry Fiasco.

In addition to players, Downfall only requires a handful of components:

1) Rulebook 

2) Character Sheets (3 total- 1 Hero, 1 Fallen, & 1 Pillar) - available to print or copy from the rule book.

3) Index Cards/Paper

5) Writing Utensils

Sep 14, 2016

I want to commit the murder I was imprisoned for.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A wizarding school only has its student's well-being and magical education at heart, right? This week we team up with Angela M Webber (of the Doubleclicks) & Richard Malena (Angela's co-host on Gosh Darn Fiasco) and their friend Kenna Conklin (co-host with Richard on Going Last). We've also got John's former New To You Show co-host, Mary Varn (of NPCcomic.com)

 

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

The characters for this game:

Parsnip McBobbleehat (Angela M Webber) - Founder of House Bobbleehat, now a ghost who inhabits the school.

Hyacynth Rosemary (Kenna Conklin) - The first year student desperate to make friends.

Nicholas Lindbergh (Richard Malena) - A student repeating a year and doing some extra-credit with Professor Beachum.

Prof. Remedy Beachum  (John Holt) - Magical Medicine Professor with a preoccupation with dark magic.

Prof. Dolores McBobbleehat (Mary Varn) - The sister of Parsnip, Professor of Magical Home Economics.

The grid for this game:

Between Angela & Kenna: Members of a Secret Organization w/in the School

Between Kenna & Richard: One of them took a Love Potion

Between Richard & John: One Teaches the other dark and unspeakable magic in private

Between John & Mary: Fellow Professors

Between Mary & Angela: Family, Sisters

There are two NEED elements:
- The Need to Get Respect from the Entire School
- The Need to the Truth about the week I have no memory of

There is a LOCATION element:
- The Groundkeeper's house

There are two OBJECT elements:
- A rumor that the school is built on a gravesite and the ghost are angry
- A magic watch that can turn back time

The TILT:

Going into Act II we've generated our two TILTS:

 

INNOCENCE: Collateral Damage

GUILT: Somebody Develops a Conscience


Find Angela on twitter @angelamwebber, check out her band The Doubleclicks, and her fantastic Fiasco series Gosh Darn Fiasco.

Find Richard on twitter @rmalena and check out his youtube series Atomic Game Theory

Find Kenna on twitter @goinglast and her podcast w/ Richard Going Last

Find Mary on twitter @maryvarn and her comic npccomic.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

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!

 

Sep 7, 2016

Fiasco - Toil & Trouble w/ the folks from Gosh Darn Fiasco


“We could have been killed - or worse, expelled.”
― Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone

A wizarding school only has its student's well-being and magical education at heart, right? This week we team up with Angela M Webber (of the Doubleclicks) & Richard Malena (Angela's co-host on Gosh Darn Fiasco) and their friend Kenna Conklin (co-host with Richard on Going Last). We've also got John's former New To You Show co-host, Mary Varn (of NPCcomic.com)

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


The characters for this game:

Parsnip McBobbleehat (Angela M Webber) - Founder of House Bobbleehat, now a ghost who inhabits the school.

Hyacynth Rosemary (Kenna Conklin) - The first year student desperate to make friends.

Nicholas Lindbergh (Richard Malena) - A student repeating a year and doing some extra-credit with Professor Beachum.

Prof. Remedy Beachum  (John Holt) - Magical Medicine Professor with a preoccupation with dark magic.

Prof. Dolores McBobbleehat (Mary Varn) - The sister of Parsnip, Professor of Magical Home Economics.


The grid for this game:

Between Angela & Kenna: Members of a Secret Organization w/in the School

Between Kenna & Richard: One of them took a Love Potion

Between Richard & John: One Teaches the other dark and unspeakable magic in private

Between John & Mary: Fellow Professors

Between Mary & Angela: Family, Sisters

There are two NEED elements:
- The Need to Get Respect from the Entire School
- The Need to the Truth about the week I have no memory of

There is a LOCATION element:
- The Groundkeeper's house

There are two OBJECT elements:
- A rumor that the school is built on a gravesite and the ghost are angry
- A magic watch that can turn back time


Find Angela on twitter @angelamwebber, check out her band The Doubleclicks, and her fantastic Fiasco series Gosh Darn Fiasco.

Find Richard on twitter @rmalena and check out his youtube series Atomic Game Theory

Find Kenna on twitter @goinglast and her podcast w/ Richard Going Last

Find Mary on twitter @maryvarn and her comic npccomic.com

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

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!

Aug 31, 2016

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”
H.P. Lovecraft

In a small New England town the outside pressures of the Great Depression are barely felt. It is the darkness within the sleepy old town that threatens all hope.

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


The characters for this game:

Roger Morris (Stacey) - Former University Law Student, now and FBI Agent

Prof. Von Thornton (Ken) - The University Law professor and dabbler in arcane knowledge.

Skippy Von Trapp (Steve) - Ancient Languages graduate student and aspiring cultist.

Judge Argus Wroth  (John) - Town Judge and high-ranking cultist.


The grid for this game:

Between John & Ken: Keepers of a shared secret (of the past?)

Between Ken & Stacey: Part of the Law community

Between Stacey & Steve: Con man and Mark (undercover agent and unwitting junior cultist)

Between Steve & John: Young Upstart and Old Guard cultists.

There are two NEED elements:
- The Need to Get to the Truth About the Secret Ingredient in Madeleine's Pies
- The Need to Get Respect from the Cult by Taking Over

There is a LOCATION element:
- The University Research Lab

There is one OBJECT element:
- A single word on a scrap of paper

We've also added a TILT:

Failure: A Tiny Mistake Leads to ruins & Guilt: Greed Leads to Killing


Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Steve on his website stephenmoverley.com

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!

Aug 24, 2016

“From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”
H.P. Lovecraft, Tales of H.P. Lovecraft

In a small New England town the outside pressures of the Great Depression are barely felt. It is the darkness within the sleepy old town that threatens all hope.

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


The characters for this game:

Roger Morris (Stacey) - Former University Law Student, now and FBI Agent

Prof. Von Thornton (Ken) - The University Law professor and dabbler in arcane knowledge.

Skippy Von Trapp (Steve) - Ancient Languages graduate student and aspiring cultist.

Judge Argus Wroth  (John) - Town Judge and high-ranking cultist.


The grid for this game:

Between John & Ken: Keepers of a shared secret (of the past?)

Between Ken & Stacey: Part of the Law community

Between Stacey & Steve: Con man and Mark (undercover agent and unwitting junior cultist)

Between Steve & John: Young Upstart and Old Guard cultists.

There are two NEED elements:
- The Need to Get to the Truth About the Secret Ingredient in Madeleine's Pies
- The Need to Get Respect from the Cult by Taking Over

There is a LOCATION element:
- The University Research Lab

There is one OBJECT element:
- A single word on a scrap of paper

Aug 17, 2016

“There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.”
Alan Moore, Watchmen

Heroes course through air in a world where humanity comes in extra shades of color, and an extra wide scale of ability.

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


The characters for this game:

Avery Jones (Stacey) - Woman from the future.

 

Kitsu the Fox Diety (Lisa) - The avatar of a fox god in female form.

 

Dee-Kay (Ken) - An entropic parasite that has haunted humanity from the beginning of time.

 

President E.R Rager  (John) - President of the United States and alien steroid junky.

 


The grid for this game:

 

Between John & Ken: President & Advisor

Between Ken & Lisa: Their Paths have crossed over the Centuries

Between Lisa & Stacey: Romane, one remembers the other doesn't. Time Travel makes you sad.

Between Stacey & John: One knows the other's identity and uses it as leverage.

There is a NEED element:
- The Need to Get Laid to Continue your Species

There is a LOCATION element:
- The UN Building in New York

There are two OBJECT elements:
- The Mayor's Corpse
- Super Truth Serum

We've also added a tilt:

Tragedy: Somebody's Life is Changed Forever, in a bad way.

Failure: Fear leads to a Fateful Decision


Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Lisa on Google+

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!

Aug 10, 2016

“I’m just muscle and bulletproof skin — there’s nothing inside. No brains, no courage, nothing. I don’t even know what questions to ask, even if people’d listen to me.”
―  Astro City "The Tarnished Angel"

 

Heroes course through air in a world where humanity comes in extra shades of color, and an extra wide scale of ability.

 

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


The characters for this game:

Avery Jones (Stacey) - Woman from the future.

 

Kitsu the Fox Diety (Lisa) - The avatar of a fox god in female form.

 

Dee-Kay (Ken) - An entropic parasite that has haunted humanity from the beginning of time.

 

President E.R Rager  (John) - President of the United States and alien steroid junky.

 


The grid for this game:

 

Between John & Ken: President & Advisor

Between Ken & Lisa: Their Paths have crossed over the Centuries

Between Lisa & Stacey: Romane, one remembers the other doesn't. Time Travel makes you sad.

Between Stacey & John: One knows the other's identity and uses it as leverage.

There is a NEED element:
- The Need to Get Laid to Continue your Species

There is a LOCATION element:
- The UN Building in New York

There are two OBJECT elements:
- The Mayor's Corpse
- Super Truth Serum

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Stacey on instragram @stadomo

Find Lisa on Google+

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!

Aug 3, 2016

“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.”
John Updike

War brews in Europe and the tensions between labor and the industrial bosses is reaching a boiling point in the States. Join Lisa Reinke, Ken Breese and John Holt in a very exacting historical reenactment of early 20th century New York.

 

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


The characters for this game:

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Castelshaft (Lisa) - A progressive woman who exercises her beliefs by gambling and hanging in bars.

Henrich "Hank" Castelshaft (Ken) - The hardworking Lutheran bank teller and German immigrant.

Shawky Mash (John) - A grifter and gambler, a New Yorker who's never worked an honest day in his life. He rocks hobo chic.

 


The grid for this game:

Between John & Ken: Romance - Lovers.

Between Ken & Lisa: Spouse - Husband & Wife.

Between Lisa & John: Gambling Partners.

There are two NEEDs:
- To Discover the Dark Truth of what Happened on the S.S. Tuscania

There is a LOCATION elements:
- Hadley Hall in the Bowery

There is a OBJECT elements:
- Key to a safe deposit box at the Chase Bank on 200 Park South


Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Lisa on Google+

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!

Jul 27, 2016

“I believe in New Yorkers. Whether they’ve ever questioned the dream in which they live, I wouldn’t know, because I won’t ever dare ask that question.”
―  Dylan Thomas

War brews in Europe and the tensions between labor and the industrial bosses is reaching a boiling point in the States. Join Lisa Reinke, Ken Breese and John Holt in a very exacting historical reenactment of early 20th century New York.

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


The characters for this game:

Elizabeth "Lizzy" Castelshaft (Lisa) - A progressive woman who exercises her beliefs by gambling and hanging in bars.

Henrich "Hank" Castelshaft (Ken) - The hardworking Lutheran bank teller and German immigrant.

Shawky Mash (John) - A grifter and gambler, a New Yorker who's never worked an honest day in his life. He rocks hobo chic.

 


The grid for this game:

Between John & Ken: Romance - Lovers.

Between Ken & Lisa: Spouse - Husband & Wife.

Between Lisa & John: Gambling Partners.

There are two NEEDs:
- To Discover the Dark Truth of what Happened on the S.S. Tuscania

There is a LOCATION elements:
- Hadley Hall in the Bowery

There is a OBJECT elements:
- Key to a safe deposit box at the Chase Bank on 200 Park South


Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Find Lisa on Google+

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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