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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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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!

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