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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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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

“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!

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

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!

 

Aug 23, 2017

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting up and playing The Skeletons by designer Jason Morningstar. 

Recommended number of players: 1-6, Play time 1-3 hours on average.

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

We recommend picking the PDF from publisher, Bully Pulpit Games.

In addition to players, The Skeletons requires a handful of components:

1) Printouts of the character sheets and charts from rulebook

2) Index Cards

3) Writing Utensils

and an optional 6-sided die.

Aug 16, 2017

“In pursuing a ‘way,’ Japanese typically move beyond an interest in craftsmanship to a kind of sacred search for the ultimate.”
― Morinosuke KawaguchiGeeky-Girly Innovation: A Japanese Subculturalist's Guide to Technology and Design

Costume clad con-goers cavort in an orgy of 2d worship.

fiasco

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


The characters for this game:

Misty Marshall (D Gailey) - Cosplay and social media maven.

Max "Spike" Greenfield (Ken Breese) - Brother of Katie, a trust-funded youth.

Katie Greenfield (Tiffany Cook) - New to the Con scene- also a trust-funded youth like her brother 'Spike.'

Nicholas Kagan (John Holt) - A veteran of the the Con scene.

 


The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Otaku Bonding - Drunken Revelers, and the Need to Get Laid with a Hot Cosplayer.

Between John and D: College - Tabletop Gaming Group, and an Object - a Rare Prohibited Weapon

Between D and Tiffany: Networking - a 'Business' venture, and the Need to have 'Fun' at someone else's expense.

Between Tiffany and Ken: Family - Siblings who tend to Fight but both like Anime, and a Location, a Hotel Suite.

TILT:

Tragedy - Confusion Followed by Pain.

Mayhem - Magnificent Self-Destruction.


Find Tiffany Cook on twitter @TiffanyECooktumblr and instagram

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 9, 2017

"I do enjoy animated movies. I really love anime and movies like 'Spirited Away' and 'Howl's Moving Castle.'" - Nicolas Cage

Costume clad con-goers cavort in an orgy of 2d worship.

fiasco

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


The characters for this game:

Misty Marshall (D Gailey) - Cosplay and social media maven.

Max "Spike" Greenfield (Ken Breese) - Brother of Katie, a trust-funded youth.

Katie Greenfield (Tiffany Cook) - New to the Con scene- also a trust-funded youth like her brother 'Spike.'

Nicholas Kagan (John Holt) - A veteran of the the Con scene.

 


The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Otaku Bonding - Drunken Revelers, and the Need to Get Laid with a Hot Cosplayer.

Between John and D: College - Tabletop Gaming Group, and an Object - a Rare Prohibited Weapon

Between D and Tiffany: Networking - a 'Business' venture, and the Need to have 'Fun' at someone else's expense.

Between Tiffany and Ken: Family - Siblings who tend to Fight but both like Anime, and a Location, a Hotel Suite.


Find Tiffany Cook on twitter @TiffanyECooktumblr and instagram

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!

Jul 26, 2017

“I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest moment of my life.”

-Ed White

A near-future of space colonization and war against humanity's own creations.

fiasco

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


The characters for this game:

Dr. Meg Johne (Yvonne Hartung) - Astro-biologist clone.

Stetson (Ken Breese) - Clone con-man.

Cpt. Lee Minors (John Holt) - A veteran of the Many Wars.

 

 


The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Criminal - Assassin and Target, and the Need to Find the Lost Delta-5 Space Station.

Between John and Yvonne: Adversaries - Bounty Hunter and Quarry, and the Need to Get Even with the Colony on Titan.

Between Yvonne and Ken: Family - Siblings separated by a Conspiracy, and the Need to Hump a Perfect Clone of Yourself.


Find Yvonne at Team Awesome Robot

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!

Jul 19, 2017

"We're all going to die and they're never going to give me my license!"
― E.T.

A chilly New England island holds a mystery that could save the people of the island and perhaps the world.

To learn more about how Home By Dark is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Moira Payne (Liza Cortright) - A bookish 16 yr old who works at the ferry ticketing office.

Bailey Tanwell (Ken Breese) - A 19 year old beach-bum who works for the ferry.

Cormac Wainwright (Zach Norton) - The ferryman who shuttles seasonal visitors from the mainland.

Sawyer Payne (John Holt) - And 11 year old boy- one of the few kids in his generation on the island.

The setup for this game

The Secret: A Selkie with the ability to control the weather and calm the storm.

The Pursuer: Trident Industries and Dr Theodore Gilman, a cover for a group of people who wish to raise the lost city of Atlantis and regain their position of glory and power.

The Danger: The Wrath of the Sea, whether a natural force or called by the family of the Selkie, it threatens to swallow the island beneath the waves.

The Setting: Schaeffer's Landing, Maine. Fall mid 70's

Assets:
Fishing Pole
Flare Gun
Compact Mirror
Inflatable Raft

Locations:
The Eastend, a desolate stretch of island that faces the open sea
Westend Boardwalk, the town center and where the ferry lets off
The Library, a modest two-room building with stacks and stacks of books.
The Salt House, a glorified shack, sometimes used for salting a catch, mostly used as a place to drink.

Find Liza out in the real world!

Find Zach's work on his portfolio site

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!

Jul 12, 2017

This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting up and playing Home By Dark. 

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

Home By Dark is a GM-less game, the players collaborate to tell the story. 

We recommend picking up a copy of one of the beginner sets from an indie rpg retailer. Try your friendly local games store.

In addition to players Home By Dark requires a handful of components:

1) Rulebook

2) 6 sided Dice in three color- about 15 of each color.

3) Index Cards

4) Writing Utensils

Jul 12, 2017

"This one, this one right here... this was my dream, my wish. And it didn't come true. So I'm taking it back. I'm taking them all back."
― Goonies

A chilly New England island holds a mystery that could save the people of the island and perhaps the world.

To learn more about how Home By Dark is played check out our primer episode.

The characters for this game:

Moira Payne (Liza Cortright) - A bookish 16 yr old who works at the ferry ticketing office.

Bailey Tanwell (Ken Breese) - A 19 year old beach-bum who works for the ferry.

Cormac Wainwright (Zach Norton) - The ferryman who shuttles seasonal visitors from the mainland.

Sawyer Payne (John Holt) - And 11 year old boy- one of the few kids in his generation on the island.

The setup for this game

The Secret: A Selkie with the ability to control the weather and calm the storm.

The Pursuer: Trident Industries and Dr Theodore Gilman, a cover for a group of people who wish to raise the lost city of Atlantis and regain their position of glory and power.

The Danger: The Wrath of the Sea, whether a natural force or called by the family of the Selkie, it threatens to swallow the island beneath the waves.

The Setting: Schaeffer's Landing, Maine. Fall mid 70's

Assets:
Fishing Pole
Flare Gun
Compact Mirror
Inflatable Raft

Locations:
The Eastend, a desolate stretch of island that faces the open sea
Westend Boardwalk, the town center and where the ferry lets off
The Library, a modest two-room building with stacks and stacks of books.
The Salt House, a glorified shack, sometimes used for salting a catch, mostly used as a place to drink.

Find Liza out in the real world!

Find Zach's work on his portfolio site

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!

Jul 5, 2017

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.”
― Herman MelvilleMoby-Dick or, The Whale

The singleminded mysticism of the Nazis allowed them to amass legendary objects of power. What became of these artifacts after the war? Our adventurers want to find out.

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

The characters for this game:

Caliope Trager (Yvonee Hartung) - A former librarian now a field researcher for a for-profit treasure hunting firm .

Udo Kreiger (Ken Breese) - A German ex-pat with a heart for adventure and a hunger for riches.

Jack Stone (D Gailey) - A war photographer and freelancer who may have ties to the spy game.

Dr. Hans Fugue (John Holt) - A former German rocket scientist now building spy planes for the US.

TILT:

Innocence - Misdirected Passion

Failure - Fear leads to a Fateful Decision

The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Romance - Old friends in romantic denial and and Object - mysterious and holy Holy Mirror of Truth.

Between John and D: The War - Behind enemy lines in their Uniforms and a Need - To get Ultimate Power by turning the Ancient and Mythical powers of the artifact on the World.

Between D and Yvonne: Odd - A Nosy Neighbor and a Secretive Person and a Need - To get out of this one-sided relationship.

Between Yvonne and Ken: Professional - Adventure Seekers and a Location - South America, the streets of Rio during Carnival

Find D Gailey on twitter @mxnurd

Find Yvonne at Team Awesome Robot

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!

Jun 28, 2017

“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
Augustine of Hippo

The singleminded mysticism of the Nazis allowed them to amass legendary objects of power. What became of these artifacts after the war? Our adventurers want to find out.

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

The characters for this game:

Caliope Trager (Yvonee Hartung) - A former librarian now a field researcher for a for-profit treasure hunting firm .

Udo Kreiger (Ken Breese) - A German ex-pat with a heart for adventure and a hunger for riches.

Jack Stone (D Gailey) - A war photographer and freelancer who may have ties to the spy game.

Dr. Hans Fugue (John Holt) - A former German rocket scientist now building spy planes for the US.

The grid for this game:

Between Ken and John: Romance - Old friends in romantic denial and and Object - mysterious and holy Holy Mirror of Truth.

Between John and D: The War - Behind enemy lines in their Uniforms and a Need - To get Ultimate Power by turning the Ancient and Mythical powers of the artifact on the World.

Between D and Yvonne: Odd - A Nosy Neighbor and a Secretive Person and a Need - To get out of this one-sided relationship.

Between Yvonne and Ken: Professional - Adventure Seekers and a Location - South America, the streets of Rio during Carnival

Find D Gailey on twitter @mxnurd

Find Yvonne at Team Awesome Robot

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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