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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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Aug 8, 2018

“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”
― Mary Wollstonecraft ShelleyFrankenstein

Within the confines of a long abandoned missile silo a cult of Victorian horror-science performs mad experiments.

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

The characters for this game:

Lisa Spillson "Lula" (Ken Breese) - The historian and descendant of Mary Shelley.

Dr. Francis Tine "The Monster" (John Holt) - The head honcho.

Dr. Becker, MD PHD "Vicktor" (Joe Desimone) - A devotee to the teachings and text of Mary Shelley.

The Setup:

Backdrop: A cult built on an interpretation of Victorian science fiction has retreated from the world.

Main Location: The Castle - an abandoned missile silo in a field of such silos in the perimeter of a radioactive accident.

Aspects:
Mary Shelley is our Prophet
Proactive Evolution
Quarantine Zone

The Language:
Genesis - The rollout into the future apocalypse.
Swapper - Genetic glue, a tech developed by the cult.
Lula - An expression of love, a term of endearment.
Adams - The subjects of experiment, children raise for this purpose.
Igor - The new messiah.

Find Joe DeSimone @iheartfargo and his Make Room work HERE!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

Aug 1, 2018

"A zoo is a good place to make a spectacle of yourself, as the people around you have creepier, more photogenic things to look at."
David Sedaris

How to make the creatures of the Zoo more profitable?

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

The Characters:

Ted Flimshaw (David Slivken) - One of the older Zoo employees, a mammal expert.

Joe DaBiggs (John Holt) - An outside consultant brought in to increase the Zoo's profits.

Drew Dreyfuss (Will Holt) - The lizard house keeper, a reptile obsessive.

The Tilt:

Paranoia: What seems like dumb luck isn't. Things are afoot.
Guilt: Betrayed by Friends.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Will on instagram @nantucket_sommelier

Find David and his travel company on instagram @huckleberrytravel, and online generally at huckleberrytravel.com

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 25, 2018

"The noblest art is that of making others happy."
P.T Barnum

How to make the creatures of the Zoo more profitable?

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

The Characters:

Ted Flimshaw (David Slivken) - One of the older Zoo employees, a mammal expert.

Joe DaBiggs (John Holt) - An outside consultant brought in to increase the Zoo's profits.

Drew Dreyfuss (Will Holt) - The lizard house keeper, a reptile obsessive.

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Will on instagram @nantucket_sommelier

Find David and his travel company on instagram @huckleberrytravel, and online generally at huckleberrytravel.com

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 18, 2018

“. . . Kings, aristocrats, tyrants, whoever they be, are slaves rebelling against the sovereign of the earth, which is the human race, and against the legislator of the universe, which is nature.
― Maximilien RobespierreRobespierre

 

Killer trees in the age of reason and the reign of terror.

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

The Setting:

The 18th century France in the summer, the flames of revolution sweep the country.

 

The Killer:

Animated plants, possibly brought to life by an archaeological artifact.

The Characters:

Fromage the hyperactive executioner.

Ovaltine the flirtatious grandmother.

Boothe Van Smeen the tireless gamesman.

Rosalie the haughty milkmaid.

Flemme De'Brooks the half-witted revolutionary.

Morgan the avant-garde revolutionary.

Madamoiselle Satine the saucy maid.

Joulie Moirot the inquisitive youth.

Lil' Jaque the criminal mastermind.

Madame Coraline the true believing astrologer.

Monsieur Fleur the meticulous head of house.

Alain the constipated general.

Find Lucian Kahn on twitter @oh_theogony and find his game Dead Friend for purchase on DriveThruRPG.

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!

 

Jul 11, 2018

“Kill the king but spare the man.”
― Thomas Paine

 Killer trees in the age of reason and the reign of terror.

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

The Setting:

The 18th century France in the summer, the flames of revolution sweep the country.

The Killer:

Animated plants, possibly brought to life by an archaeological artifact.

The Characters:

Fromage the hyperactive executioner.

Ovaltine the flirtatious grandmother.

Boothe Van Smeen the tireless gamesman.

Rosalie the haughty milkmaid.

Flemme De'Brooks the half-witted revolutionary.

Morgan the avant-garde revolutionary.

Madamoiselle Satine the saucy maid.

Joulie Moirot the inquisitive youth.

Lil' Jaque the criminal mastermind.

Madame Coraline the true believing astrologer.

Monsieur Fleur the meticulous head of house.

Alain the constipated general.

Find Lucian Kahn on twitter @oh_theogony and find his game Dead Friend for purchase on DriveThruRPG.

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!

Jul 4, 2018

“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”
– Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

 

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

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

Quest: The Colony

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

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

The Characters:

(Dalton)
Main Character: Sibin Ukker (the Youth) - A brash young person who wants to uphold the Earth traditions, to never forget where they come from and desires respect from Jorges.
Minor Character: Nils Gezzun (the Homesteader)

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Shar-Banu (the Freethinker) - A documentarian who wants a new society, free of Earth's norms and desires Sibin's help in presenting the data to that end.
Minor Character: Milow Beans (the Builder/Engineer)

(John Holt)
Main Character: Jorges Cao (the Visionary/Planner) - A driven engineer and architect who wants to tame the land and build a shining city while desiring Shar-Banu's help in keeping the others convinced that all is going well.
Minor Character: Kana (the Loner)

The Challenges:

(1) Deal with Dangerous Wildlife - a 3 week task
(2) Treat a disease afflicting the colony - a 2 day task
(3) Prevent Schism in the Community - a 2 week task

Find Dalton Gray on twitter @Daltonomous and learn more about what he's up to @StateofPlayNYC, Come Out & Play and the Adventure Society

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!

Jun 27, 2018

“No utopia can ever give satisfaction to everyone, all the time. As their material conditions improve, men raise their sights and become discontented with power and possessions that once would have seemed beyond their wildest dreams. And even when the external world has granted all it can, there still remain the searchings of the mind and the longings of the heart.”
– Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

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

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

Quest: The Colony

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

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

The Characters:

(Dalton)
Main Character: Sibin Ukker (the Youth) - A brash young person who wants to uphold the Earth traditions, to never forget where they come from and desires respect from Jorges.
Minor Character: Nils Gezzun (the Homesteader)

(Ken Breese)
Main Character: Shar-Banu (the Freethinker) - A documentarian who wants a new society, free of Earth's norms and desires Sibin's help in presenting the data to that end.
Minor Character: Milow Beans (the Builder/Engineer)

(John Holt)
Main Character: Jorges Cao (the Visionary/Planner) - A driven engineer and architect who wants to tame the land and build a shining city while desiring Shar-Banu's help in keeping the others convinced that all is going well.
Minor Character: Kana (the Loner)

The Challenges:

(1) Deal with Dangerous Wildlife - a 3 week task
(2) Treat a disease afflicting the colony - a 2 day task
(3) Prevent Schism in the Community - a 2 week task

Find Dalton Gray on twitter @Daltonomous and learn more about what he's up to @StateofPlayNYC, Come Out & Play and the Adventure Society

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!

Jun 20, 2018
“I have come here from my city,
I have descended from my nome;
I have built a house, set up (its) doors,
I have dug a pool, planted sycamores.
The king praised me,
My father made a will for me.
I was one worthy ---
One beloved of his father,
Praised by his mother,
Whom all his brothers loved.
I gave bread to the hungry,
Clothing to the naked,
I brought the boatless to land.
O you who live upon earth,
Who shall pass by this tomb
Going north or going south,
Who shall say: "a thousand loaves and beer jugs
For the owner of this tomb,"
I shall watch over them in the necropolis. 
I am an excellent equipped spirit (akh),
A lector-priest who knows his speech.
As for any man who enters this tomb unclean,
I shall seize him by the neck like a bird,
He will be judged for it by the great god!
I was one who spoke fairly, who repeated what was liked,
I never spoke evilly against any man to his superior,
Never did I judge between two [contenders]
In a manner which deprived a son of his father's legacy.
Harkhuf” 
― Miriam LichtheimAncient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms

 A sealed inter-dimensional way-station has become nothing more than a tomb.

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

The Tomb:

A Winding affair beneath the surface of a vast desert. The only visible surface element is a massive black cube. In the heart of the tomb is a sphere of glossy black rock, hovering and rotating slightly in place.

The Characters:

Arrow-Shield (Ken Breese) - The warrior who still stands guard.

Headless (Kelsey Dionne) - The religious leader of a cult forgotten.

Tattered Cloak (John Holt) - An acolyte of the keepers of this place.

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 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!

Jun 13, 2018
Lieutenant Kawalsky: [Jackson sneezes hard] "Cold?"
Dr. Daniel Jackson: "Allergies: always happens when I travel."
-Stargate

 A sealed inter-dimensional way-station has become nothing more than a tomb.

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

The Tomb:

A Winding affair beneath the surface of a vast desert. The only visible surface element is a massive black cube. In the heart of the tomb is a sphere of glossy black rock, hovering and rotating slightly in place.

The Characters:

Arrow-Shield (Ken Breese) - The warrior who still stands guard.

Headless (Kelsey Dionne) - The religious leader of a cult forgotten.

Tattered Cloak (John Holt) - An acolyte of the keepers of this place.

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 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!

Jun 6, 2018

“In his dream she was sick and he cared for her. The dream bore the look of sacrifice but he thought differently. He did not take care of her and she died alone somewhere in the dark and there is no other dream nor other waking world and there is no other tale to tell.”
― Cormac McCarthyThe Road

A small band of children huddle in a graveyard on the outskirts of a city fallen to ruin.

To learn more about how Children of the Fall is played check out our primer episode.

The Tribe:

•An Unnamed group of about 13 children, a medium sized tribe, with no clear leader.

•Two months after the fall the tribe is holed up in a graveyard outside Indianapolis.

•They have an abundance of shelter, building material and tool. There is a dearth of food.

•In the short-term Tornado season is approaching, it is dangerous even with shelter, and with food in short supply they can't easily just hunker down. In the long-term the larger will supplied rural tribes, further out from the city could swoop in to do the tribe harm.

•The graveyard sits to the east of the city, between the graveyard and the city is a major big-box store. To the immediate east of the graveyard is a river or canal. To the north is a large forested area, and to the south a road that leads from town and out into the countryside.

The Mission:

•A Project to build up a Tornado Shelter & supply it.

•Tornados could strike at any moment so time is of the essence. The tribe will need to complete the project in the next couple of weeks. Smaller storms have already driven the fallen out of the city and added to the danger.

•Lack of food and fuel makes it hard to complete, we have many mouths to feed and our compassion has lead us to bring in children who are too young to help with food gathering and major works.

The Characters:

•Kelvin, the Innocent: a 12 year old who carries around a fish in a baggie.

•Jaques, the Martyr: a 15 year old goth, fascinated by death.

•Penny, the Hunter: A 15 year old tasked with doing the wetwork for the tribe.

Find Christopher McFarland on the second season of Jessica Jones on Netflix!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

Jun 6, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Children of the Fall by Gareth Graham. Purchase a copy here.

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

To play you'll need:
Rulebook
Printouts from the Rulebook,
Writing Utensils,
Blank Paper,
Tokens (2 per player).

Children of the Fall is a GMless game that can be played in a single session or in multiple sessions, with each session playing out in a mission over 4 acts. The tone is a dark apocalypse where the survivors are all children, as the adults have turned into dangerous maniacs and those that age into adulthood will suffer the same fate.

We recommend picking the PDF on Drive Thru RPG and or Physical copy from Frenzy Kitty Games.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

 

May 29, 2018

“As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd, what happens in a world without children's voices.”
― Children of Men

 A small band of children huddle in a graveyard on the outskirts of a city fallen to ruin.

To learn more about how Children of the Fall is played check out our primer episode.

The Tribe:

•An Unnamed group of about 13 children, a medium sized tribe, with no clear leader.

•Two months after the fall the tribe is holed up in a graveyard outside Indianapolis.

•They have an abundance of shelter, building material and tool. There is a dearth of food.

•In the short-term Tornado season is approaching, it is dangerous even with shelter, and with food in short supply they can't easily just hunker down. In the long-term the larger will supplied rural tribes, further out from the city could swoop in to do the tribe harm.

•The graveyard sits to the east of the city, between the graveyard and the city is a major big-box store. To the immediate east of the graveyard is a river or canal. To the north is a large forested area, and to the south a road that leads from town and out into the countryside.

The Mission:

•A Project to build up a Tornado Shelter & supply it.

•Tornados could strike at any moment so time is of the essence. The tribe will need to complete the project in the next couple of weeks. Smaller storms have already driven the fallen out of the city and added to the danger.

•Lack of food and fuel makes it hard to complete, we have many mouths to feed and our compassion has lead us to bring in children who are too young to help with food gathering and major works.

The Characters:

•Kelvin, the Innocent: a 12 year old who carries around a fish in a baggie.

•Jaques, the Martyr: a 15 year old goth, fascinated by death.

•Penny, the Hunter: A 15 year old tasked with doing the wetwork for the tribe.

Find Christopher McFarland on the second season of Jessica Jones on Netflix!

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

May 23, 2018

"Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone."
— J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye)

 An abandoned factory turned Stasi prison is abandoned and ripe for development when the wall falls. What will be unearthed from beneath the layers of history?

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

The Setup:

•brooding & investigative horror

•The former East/West divide in Berlin, Late 1980's/early 1990's

•Main location: Abandoned Car Factory that later served as a Stasi secret prison, now empty

•Additional Locations: a Beirhall on the Western side of Berlin, A rocky quay on the banks of the Rhine, A tiny Catholic church near the main location.

•The Witness: Anna Schmidt - A developer, she scouts for real estate deals for a big french firm. She is here to check out the abandoned factory for possible purchase, demolition, and development. Anna is persistent and practical. She has face in progress and that gives her an optimistic philosophy.

The Clues:

•The Demon Key - it arrived in a black envelope and has teeth

•The Ledger of Names - a stained tome with hundreds of names and coded annotation.

•The Photo of a group of people taken at the factory - One person has their eyes open, they all resemble one another and each person in the photo is labeled with strange coded annotation.

•A Large Inky Pool - a black liquid that seems to absorb the light, it is spilled out over the factory floor.

•The Black Door - a massive barred portal, ringed with writing

•The Body of a Person - It resembles the figures in the photo

•The Clay Figure - a crude representative figure with a spiced odour

•The Demonic Magic Circle - a face in the floor of the room behind the black door

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!

 

May 16, 2018

“Auch wenn zwei Staaten in Deutschland existieren, sind sie doch füreinander nicht Ausland; ihre Beziehungen zueinander können nur von besonderer Art sein."

("Even though two states in Germany exist, they are not foreign countries to each other—their relations with each other can only be of a special kind.")

First Inaugural Address as West German Chancellor, October 28, 1969”
― Willy Brandt

An abandoned factory turned Stasi prison is abandoned and ripe for development when the wall falls. What will be unearthed from beneath the layers of history?

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

The Setup:

•brooding & investigative horror

•The former East/West divide in Berlin, Late 1980's/early 1990's

•Main location: Abandoned Car Factory that later served as a Stasi secret prison, now empty

•Additional Locations: a Beirhall on the Western side of Berlin, A rocky quay on the banks of the Rhine, A tiny Catholic church near the main location.

•The Witness: Anna Schmidt - A developer, she scouts for real estate deals for a big french firm. She is here to check out the abandoned factory for possible purchase, demolition, and development. Anna is persistent and practical. She has face in progress and that gives her an optimistic philosophy.

The Clues:

•The Demon Key - it arrived in a black envelope and has teeth

•The Ledger of Names - a stained tome with hundreds of names and coded annotation.

•The Photo of a group of people taken at the factory - One person has their eyes open, they all resemble one another and each person in the photo is labeled with strange coded annotation.

•A Large Inky Pool - a black liquid that seems to absorb the light, it is spilled out over the factory floor. 

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!

May 16, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Lovecraftesque by Joshua Fox and Becky Annison. Purchase a copy here at Black Armada.

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

To play you'll need:
Rulebook
A Dozen Index Cards,
Writing Utensils,
The Special Cards Deck (Printable from the PDF or available for purchase from the publisher),
Scrap Paper and some optional printed materials.

Lovecraftesque is a GMless game where your will take turns playing the Witness and Narrator as you lay out the clues to a creeping horror. Eventually your witness will find themselves face-to-face(s) with the horror and this final confrontation will determine your protagonist's fate.

We recommend picking the PDF and or Physical copy from the publisher.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

May 9, 2018

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

The platform of a space elevator houses the electronic brains that control the drones on the planet below. They are tasked with cleaning up the Earth for the eventual return of the humans.

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

The characters for this game:

HLN 3618N2-4 "Helen" (Iris Explosion) - The very proper administrator.

PCO-800 "Seev" (Patrick Cartelli) - The supply and aquisitions unit.

Atmospheric Oversight 35,73.11.B "Atmos" (Kelsey Hercs) - The air cleaning unit with a strong sense of purpose.

LSM-748 "Fleshwise" (Ken Breese) - Genetics and organics unit in charge of repopulating the fauna.

B33DL3 (John Holt) - The excavation and reclamation of subsurface ecology.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Earth has been left uninhabitable and the humans left, leaving a team of robots to rejuvenate the planet and await the return of the humans.

Main Location: Laika Station, a platform at the top of a Space Elevator. It is rooted in continental Asia.

Aspects:
Doubt: WILL they/SHOULD they come back? (the humans)
Task: Reverse Catastrophic Climate Change
Creation: Art from (attempted?) Reproduction

The Language:
Completion - The return of the humans
Post-Completion - A time after the humans return
Plete - An expletive, a blaspheme against the sacred eventual end
PreZero - A theoretical time before the task began
Standby - A term used to buy time while gathering thoughts before speaking, before continuing to speak
Rubrik - The guiding principles of our combined programming (Over-Prime)
Over-Prime - The combined goal of the tasks we are programmed to complete
Prime - The task we are programmed to perform
Variable Prime - An alternative task, The theory that a root task can shift based on interpretation of programming
"THE PRIME IS OURS" - An declaration of ownership over ones self and identification as one of the group
Indo - A vice where in you deliberately neglect maintenance so that repair requires extra effort. 
Sleep
- A state of profound sadness, either born out of inactivity or leading to lethargy and inactivity
EOM - An honorific, denoting that you have performed the most efficiently over the last Lunar cycle
ATMOSEOM - A term for those that lord their efficiency over their peers
Motaxu - The offspring of the drones and minds, constructed from organic and inorganic parts, sentient and outside the hive mind
Mollies - A derogatory & dismissive term for the Motaxu
Molly Maker - An insulting term for a member of the hive mind who creates and encourages the Motaxu
Augmentation - Ritualistic offerings to the hive mind by the Motaxu
The Disconnected - Anything outside the focus of the Rubrik, impossible to control or interface with, the unknown
The Variable - A thing from outside Earth, not covered under programming or instruction, a complication
VEOM - A religion of the Motaxu based on worship of the Variable
Elysium - A satellite of decrepit hive minds

Go check out Kelsey's play "Can't You Tell"  encore showing on July 7th, 2018. We'll update our social media when we have a specific link and you can follow her directly for updates!

Find Kelsey on twitter @zforzelma & instagram @zforzelman and her website kelseyhercs.com

Find Iris Explosion on twitter @IrisExplosion & instagram @1risexplosion and her website irisexplosion.com

Iris will be with d20 Burlesque at GenCon 2018 this year!

Find Patrick on twitter @patcartelli and check out his podcast Repeater

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

May 2, 2018

"Maria: HEAD and HANDS need a mediator. THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART!
Worker #1: But where is our mediator, Maria - ?
Maria: Wait for him! He will surely come!
Worker #2: We will wait, Maria...! But not much longer - - !"
- Metropolis (1927)

The platform of a space elevator houses the electronic brains that control the drones on the planet below. They are tasked with cleaning up the Earth for the eventual return of the humans.

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

The characters for this game:

HLN 3618N2-4 "Helen" (Iris Explosion) - The very proper administrator.

PCO-800 "Seev" (Patrick Cartelli) - The supply and aquisitions unit.

Atmospheric Oversight 35,73.11.B "Atmos" (Kelsey Hercs) - The air cleaning unit with a strong sense of purpose.

LSM-748 "Fleshwise" (Ken Breese) - Genetics and organics unit in charge of repopulating the fauna.

B33DL3 (John Holt) - The excavation and reclamation of subsurface ecology.

The Setup:

Backdrop: The Earth has been left uninhabitable and the humans left, leaving a team of robots to rejuvenate the planet and await the return of the humans.

Main Location: Laika Station, a platform at the top of a Space Elevator. It is rooted in continental Asia.

Aspects:
Doubt: WILL they/SHOULD they come back? (the humans)
Task: Reverse Catastrophic Climate Change
Creation: Art from (attempted?) Reproduction

The Language:
Completion - The return of the humans
Post-Completion - A time after the humans return
Plete - An expletive, a blaspheme against the sacred eventual end
PreZero - A theoretical time before the task began
Standby - A term used to buy time while gathering thoughts before speaking, before continuing to speak
Rubrik - The guiding principles of our combined programming (Over-Prime)
Over-Prime - The combined goal of the tasks we are programmed to complete
Prime - The task we are programmed to perform
Variable Prime - An alternative task, The theory that a root task can shift based on interpretation of programming
"THE PRIME IS OURS" - An declaration of ownership over ones self and identification as one of the group
Indo - A vice where in you deliberately neglect maintenance so that repair requires extra effort. 
Sleep
- A state of profound sadness, either born out of inactivity or leading to lethargy and inactivity
EOM - An honorific, denoting that you have performed the most efficiently over the last Lunar cycle
ATMOSEOM - A term for those that lord their efficiency over their peers
Motaxu - The offspring of the drones and minds, constructed from organic and inorganic parts, sentient and outside the hive mind
Mollies - A derogatory & dismissive term for the Motaxu
Molly Maker - An insulting term for a member of the hive mind who creates and encourages the Motaxu
Augmentation - Ritualistic offerings to the hive mind by the Motaxu
The Disconnected - Anything outside the focus of the Rubrik, impossible to control or interface with, the unknown
The Variable - A thing from outside Earth, not covered under programming or instruction, a complication
VEOM - A religion of the Motaxu based on worship of the Variable
Elysium - A satellite of decrepit hive minds

Go check out Kelsey's play "Can't You Tell"  encore showing on July 7th, 2018. We'll update our social media when we have a specific link and you can follow her directly for updates!

Find Kelsey on twitter @zforzelma & instagram @zforzelman and her website kelseyhercs.com

Find Iris Explosion on twitter @IrisExplosion & instagram @1risexplosion and her website irisexplosion.com

Iris will be with d20 Burlesque at GenCon 2018 this year!

Find Patrick on twitter @patcartelli and check out his podcast Repeater

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

May 2, 2018

This is a brief overview that lays out the rules summary of Dialect by Kathryn Hymes and Hakan Seyalioglu. Purchase a copy here at Thorny Games.

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

To play you'll need:
Index Cards (20-30),
Writing Utensils,
The Language Deck (Printable from the PDF or available for purchase from the publisher),
A Surface to play on.

Dialect is a GMless game where your will play an isolated community. You will grow a language based on your commonalities and that language will shift and eventually die along with the collapse of your isolated group.

We recommend picking the PDF and or Physical copy from the publisher.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

Apr 25, 2018

"If you have a very good concept of your character, you can snap into it." - Sean Bean

The goblins are tasked with an important job: get the demon baby ready for the unholy wedding.

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

The characters for this game:

Shakespearean Sean Bean (John Holt) - The most dramatically minded of the Beans.

Stark Sean Bean (Ken Breese) - The Stoic Bean.

Shooter Sean Bean (D Gailey) - The Actions-Speak-Louder-Than-Words Bean.

The Movie:

"Shoot The Moon"
A Sci-Fi action heist movie about agent Adam Furstman (as played by Sean Bean). He is looking for one last big score to set him up for life.

The Tasks:

  1. ACT 1
    1. Scout the Casino w/out being discovered in the crowd.
    2. Flee the Casino floor w/ the beautiful cat burglar Bianca Bellini
    3. Buy time for Bellini to hack the Elevator & get to the 152 floor
  2. ACT 2
    1. Convince Bellini & her crew that they need you for the heist
    2. Get past the robot security on the secret stairs
    3. Unlock the vault door
  3. ACT 3
    1. Get through the electrified computer center
    2. Get the treasure
    3. Flee w/ the Loot.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

 

Apr 18, 2018

"A common misperception of me is... that I am a tough, rough northerner, which I suppose I am really. But I'm pretty mild-mannered most of the time. It's the parts that you play I guess. I don't mind it. I'm not a tough guy. I'd like to act as a fair, easy-going, kind man at some point." - Sean Bean

The goblins are tasked with an important job: get the demon baby ready for the unholy wedding.

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

The characters for this game:

Shakespearean Sean Bean (John Holt) - The most dramatically minded of the Beans.

Stark Sean Bean (Ken Breese) - The Stoic Bean.

Shooter Sean Bean (D Gailey) - The Actions-Speak-Louder-Than-Words Bean.

The Movie:

"Shoot The Moon"
A Sci-Fi action heist movie about agent Adam Furstman (as played by Sean Bean). He is looking for one last big score to set him up for life.

The Tasks:

  1. ACT 1
    1. Scout the Casino w/out being discovered in the crowd.
    2. Flee the Casino floor w/ the beautiful cat burglar Bianca Bellini
    3. Buy time for Bellini to hack the Elevator & get to the 152 floor
  2. ACT 2
    1. Convince Bellini & her crew that they need you for the heist
    2. Get past the robot security on the secret stairs
    3. Unlock the vault door
  3. ACT 3
    1. Get through the electrified computer center
    2. Get the treasure
    3. Flee w/ the Loot.

Find D on twitter @mxnurd

Find John on twitter @LordJoho

Find Ken on twitter @Berlingsbeard

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

 

Apr 11, 2018

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

In a world of global peace, that has forgotten the machines of war, the harmony is broken with the incursion of autonomous killing machines, vestiges of a lost age.

To learn more about how Our Last Best Hope is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Sofia Morales (D Gailey) the tech obsessed Engineer.

Professor Cyndy Diamont (John Holt) anthropological computer scientist.

Brouge Craklin P.H.D.  (Ken Breese) military historian.

The Mission:

The Crises - A doomsday weapon from a bygone age has awakened in the frozen north.

The Limit - Time has forgotten the weapons of the past but the historians and hobbyists remember.

The Plan - Get to the "brain" and reprogram the mechs to blast themselves into the sun.

The Assets:

Employee Manual for Site X

3d Topographical heat map of the doomsday compound

A six-shooter pistol borrowed from a museum

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!

Apr 4, 2018

Supplementary

Our Last Best Hope


This is a brief overview that lays out the basic of setting an a rules summary of Our Last Best Hope by designer by Mark Diaz Truman. Purchase a copy here at Magpie Games.

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

Our Last Best Hope is a GMless game where your characters are on a mission to save the planet and/or humanity. There are additional missions and hacks available in supplementary books and downloads.

We recommend picking the PDF and or Physical copy from publisher.

Follow us on twitter @boredghostworld

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

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

Apr 4, 2018

“The world of the future will be an even more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence, not a comfortable hammock in which we can lie down to be waited upon by our robot slaves.”
― Norbert WienerThe Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics And Society

In a world of global peace, that has forgotten the machines of war, the harmony is broken with the incursion of autonomous killing machines, vestiges of a lost age.

To learn more about how Our Last Best Hope is played check out our primer episode.

The Characters:

Sofia Morales (D Gailey) the tech obsessed Engineer.

Professor Cyndy Diamont (John Holt) anthropological computer scientist.

Brouge Craklin P.H.D.  (Ken Breese) military historian.

The Mission:

The Crises - A doomsday weapon from a bygone age has awakened in the frozen north.

The Limit - Time has forgotten the weapons of the past but the historians and hobbyists remember.

The Plan - Get to the "brain" and reprogram the mechs to blast themselves into the sun.

The Assets:

Employee Manual for Site X

3d Topographical heat map of the doomsday compound

A six-shooter pistol borrowed from a museum

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!

Mar 28, 2018

“The yells and yammering, croaking, gibbering and jabbering, howls and growls and curses, shrieking and shrinking that followed were beyond description. Several hundred wildcats and wolves being roasted slowly alive together would not have compared with it.”
― J.R.R. TolkienThe Hobbit

The goblins are tasked with an important job: get the demon baby ready for the unholy wedding.

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

The characters for this game:

The Plugfingers (Ken Breese) - A clutch of three-eyed goblins wielding the plunging stick.

The Squishy (John Holt) - A clutch of one-eyed goblins who wield the one glove to hold it all.

The Butterboots (Tim Rodriguez) - A clutch of big-footed goblins wielding the darning needle of fashion.

The Tasks:

  1. Find Baby Clothes
    1. Sneak into Human Town
    2. Find enough Baby Clothes
    3. Get out of Human Town
  2. Clothe the Baby
    1. Desecrate the Clothes
    2. Soothe the Baby
    3. Wardrobe, Hair, and Makeup
  3. Present the Baby
    1. Find and Get to the Wedding
    2. Rig the Baby up in the Rafters
    3. Big Reveal of Baby when Orc kisses his Demon Bride

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

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

Mar 21, 2018

“Goblin tea resembles a nice cup of Earl Grey in much the same way that a catfish resembles the common tabby. They share a name, but one is a nice thing to curl up with on a rainy afternoon, and the other is found in the muck at the bottom of polluted rivers and has bits of debris sticking to it.”
― T. Kingfisher

The goblins are tasked with an important job: get the demon baby ready for the unholy wedding.

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

The characters for this game:

The Plugfingers (Ken Breese) - A clutch of three-eyed goblins wielding the plunging stick.

The Squishy (John Holt) - A clutch of one-eyed goblins who wield the one glove to hold it all.

The Butterboots (Tim Rodriguez) - A clutch of big-footed goblins wielding the darning needle of fashion.

The Tasks:

  1. Find Baby Clothes
    1. Sneak into Human Town
    2. Find enough Baby Clothes
    3. Get out of Human Town
  2. Clothe the Baby
    1. Desecrate the Clothes
    2. Soothe the Baby
    3. Wardrobe, Hair, and Makeup
  3. Present the Baby
    1. Find and Get to the Wedding
    2. Rig the Baby up in the Rafters
    3. Big Reveal of Baby when Orc kisses his Demon Bride

 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 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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